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How do you live without a product manager? #45
So.. with the everyone does everything and everyone does whatever mentality who is driving the product? Who has the vision? Who turns the bad ideas down? etc etc..
Admittedly you are a developer company making tools for developers so I believe the landscape is different than with a company who is making products for say the medical industry.
From what I understand so far a lot of this comes from the designers. But what if what one designer wants is not a direction the "company" wants?
We talk a lot about what we want for GitHub. Bars, lunchtime conversations, Campfire... we all have a very good mental idea of what different components should look like and what GitHub itself should look like (and what currently sucks about the product). When you have that common ground, it's not too hard to let people go build things.
That's probably true. But I wouldn't want to work on a project that I'm not deeply interested in. Let someone else do the shitty work. It's a big enough industry for that.
We haven't really had that problem. If we did, we'd just say no to their design or Pull Request and move on.