Wisdom for a Noogler/new TPM

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Panneus

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U.S. Department of the Treasury
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Jan 23 7 Comments

Ladies and gents, I’m about to join Google as a TPM in a few weeks and hoping to crowdsource some wisdom. Doesn’t have to be a Google-specific as the TPM role seems fairly universal in the big tech firms :)

For example, what are some of your biggest lessons learned? Both as a TPM, PgM or as a SWE working with either of those. As SWEs, do you wish your TPMs or PgMs were better at some things or paid more attention to other things?

My impression before starting is that the emphasis is on project management, in addition to having some domain knowledge on whatever project or product being assigned to. Agile/scrum sldc and being able to make sure everyone plays their part, especially product managers/owners prioritizing backlogs.

Obviously engineers are the top dogs and will need to develop good rapport with. From interviews it seems some teams can be a bit chaotic and fast-moving while others are slower and more rule-bound.

Either way I’m psyched!

Tc 250, yoe 9.

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  • Google tuyyu
    Just move fast in Cafe lines, don't fill 3 boxes at a time.

    Other than that do whatever you want.
    Jan 23 0
  • Amazon
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    Amazon

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    Amazon, Microsoft
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    TPM = Technical Product Manager?
    Jan 23 2
    • Proofpoint / Eng foodtruckj
      Technical Program Manager
      Jan 23
    • New / Project
      Panneus

      New Project

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      U.S. Department of the Treasury
      BIO
      Looking to get into FAANG
      Panneusmore
      OP
      Correct! Technical Program Manager
      Jan 24
  • Amazon lipsticko
    Congrats!
    Feb 24 0
  • TrueCar pkoy
    Sent you a DM
    Jan 25 0
  • Microsoft stayfitcop
    What level did you get in at? L5?
    Jan 23 0