What do PMs do at Amazon?

Amazon gKoV81
Aug 21, 2018 11 Comments

Serious question. I’ve seen them in sprint planning meetings but they rarely contribute and I have no idea what they do other than that.

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  • Amazon / Design MiddleWest
    They write documents that account for business objectives, customer needs, and technical capabilities/limitations. They are, in a way, generalists. The best manage to balance a lot of competing interests and keep scope and roadmaps under control so teams can deliver brilliance.

    It’s a hard fucking job when done right.
    Aug 21, 2018 3
    • Amazon Planck
      If they did all of that, what the hell would I do as an SDM? Give me that PM, would make my job easy.
      Aug 22, 2018
    • That’s the idea
      Aug 22, 2018
    • Amazon / Design MiddleWest
      @Planck—and that’s why you’re (hopefully) well compensated! Your ability to put up with nonsensical bullshit is sort of paid off.

      But yeah. I feel ya man.
      Aug 22, 2018
  • Amazon HFRr64
    Varies a lot depending on team. Good ones should be writing business requirements for new features, developing long term roadmaps, presenting business cases to leadership to get more funding, etc.. they really shouldn’t need to be involved much in tech implementation, unless your team is struggling to deliver shit (which sounds like is probably not the case).
    Aug 21, 2018 1
    • Amazon gKoV81
      OP
      Thanks for clarifying this. Yeah we are doing fine hitting all our goals. I just see the PM once every two weeks and sometimes they do no even come to our sprint planning meetings.
      Aug 21, 2018
  • LinkedIn WildPear
    They’re quiet cuz they’re finding a way to take all the credits
    Aug 21, 2018 0
  • Google / Eng BiggusD
    They reinvent stuff for no reason other than saying they designed X system.
    Aug 21, 2018 0
  • Adobe Cvvh32
    Have you felt there was a need for them to speak up or was there a question for them that they didn't answer?
    Aug 21, 2018 1
    • Amazon gKoV81
      OP
      No. They just sit there and look at random things on the internet I’ve noticed. I’m not complaining I do the same thing. I was just Curious what their actual job was.
      Aug 21, 2018
  • Google / Eng
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    Chill out and rake in the big bucks
    Aug 21, 2018 0