Protecting Your Team from Uncertainty

Erin C Cummins
Mar 20, 2019 · 3 min read
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All managers have a responsibility to shield our teams from the distraction and stress of outside influences. Product managers, specifically, work hard to create tightly prioritized sprints for high priority releases that can easily be pulled off course by a seemingly innocent conversation.

Protect your team from the uncertainty that can come from wayward requests, feedback and rumors from other teams, and keep them focused on their current priorities. Nothing should be left up to interpretation, and your team will appreciate you managing their workflow and cross-team communication.

1. Give Them Certainty

2. Address Uncertainty

3. Control Communication

4. Head Off Wayward Requests

What else? I’d love to hear from other PMs about how you keep your teams focused at fast-moving startups and organizations with lots of distractions.

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