Interviews on product management in the web3 open source ecosystem


#1

Following up on the previous ETHProduct community call (#1 ETHProduct Community Call (Video + Notes)), I began to interview various PMs and teams within the web3 community in an attempt to gain a better grasp on the nuances of web3 open source product management vs. web 2.0 PMship.

I tried to learn about the following…

  • Understand how they are structured and coordinated as a team
  • Understand how have they improved coordination, what works / doesn’t work
  • How do the teams make decisions?
  • How do teams effectively communicate these decisions
  • How much do ideological aversions influence the method of coordination
  • What are teams currently trying to improve?
  • How does your team attempt to diagnose and improve coordination and efficiency?

Initially so far, I have had fairly candid chats, recorded them in the process then made notes of the recordings afterwards. So far I have had a chat with…

  • Jarrad (Status.im)
  • Afri (Parity)
  • Thibaut (Parity)
  • Madeof_Tin (Tennagraph)
  • Tim Beiko (PegaSys)
  • Griff Green (Giveth)
  • Tobias Schubotz (Gnosis)

Here are notes transcribed and taken from the calls/chats I have so far…

Exploring Status’s struggles of growing with co-founder Jarrad Hope https://docs.google.com/document/d/1cwShI1LLjngQDRyOx-w4Yd6l1fQMV6OEmwMXjnvEBW0/edit?usp=sharing

Learning about Parity’s programmer anarchy with release manager: Afri Schoedon https://docs.google.com/document/d/1s2SBLiJn-rxVzqbMG5ESDEe8VlIychHIn6eB8EV2o7s/edit?usp=sharing

Learning about Parity’s role of Product owner in Parity with Thibaut
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1dpzqxgwMhhgxUPphiv3AC6ahASVjb7luQPMPykfhrFY/edit?usp=sharing

Differences of working in deeper r&d tech startup vs. Ethereum client r&d with Tim Beiko
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1147xBi6dgGKpvgwqwp3SBfW9DizIROatnMnJ6oGNYfk/edit?usp=sharing

Challenges of grassroots open source projects with Madeof_Tin from TennaGraph
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1jROOlWRWHv4C-pCfcXRbhRhyk-xvMhH4oncqNiWw72M/edit?usp=sharing

Flat holacracy organisation models with Griff Green from Giveth
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1nPHYE2gp0wHmdXpjP1RUuFCzE4Jw_UA3j-1cytV3JcA/edit?usp=sharing

Business models and product management of Gnosis Safe with Tobias Schubotz from Gnosis
https://docs.google.com/document/d/15dwQOetEptOyvRotkZbq-Cn1rMmtutRFpSahFXP0qjg/edit?usp=sharing

I am still yet to have a chat with the following folks, expect notes soon as well ~

  • ENS
  • ImToken
  • SkaleLabs
  • EF

Looking to have ongoing conversations about it with others! Reach out :slight_smile:


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#2

thanks!

can you (or @5chdn) give some insight on this:

Lots of people left parity left due to not having people tell them what to do.

having problems parsing this.


#3

I guess the notes are still fairly rough and could be refined.

I believe we were talking about some people requiring more structure in the work environment. Not sure about ‘lots’, but apparently some folks left due to the anarchistic lack of structure and guided focus.


#4

+Added notes on my chat with Thibaut from Parity

Understanding the role of product owner amidst Parity’s developer anarchy


#5

as far as I remember, only one colleague left.


#6

My bad. fixed it on the docs


#7

Happy to chat about how we do Product at Argent


#8

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#9

+Added notes on my chat with Tim Beiko from PegaSys Engineering

Differences of working in deeper r&d tech startup vs. Ethereum client r&d with Tim Beiko
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1147xBi6dgGKpvgwqwp3SBfW9DizIROatnMnJ6oGNYfk/edit?usp=sharing


#10

Good work, @pet3rpan!
Would you allow comments in your googldocs? For corrections and questions…


#11

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#12

Had an awesome chat with @MadeofTin (TennaGraph) and @GriffGreen (Giveth) recently, interview notes will be up shortly! Also will be talking to @Simona_Pop @graeme @tschubotz tmr ~ stay tuned


#13

I would like to share some Product/Project Management experiences from imToken(ConsenLabs) if you like.:grin:


#14

Looking forward in chatting to you :slight_smile:


#15

Change log: + Griff from Giveth + Tobias from Gnosis

Flat holacracy organisation models with Griff Green from Giveth
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1nPHYE2gp0wHmdXpjP1RUuFCzE4Jw_UA3j-1cytV3JcA/edit?usp=sharing

Business models and product management of Gnosis Safe with Tobias Schubotz from Gnosis
https://docs.google.com/document/d/15dwQOetEptOyvRotkZbq-Cn1rMmtutRFpSahFXP0qjg/edit?usp=sharing