In her Personality Matters series, Leslie Sachs examines the personalities and people issues that are found in technology groups from cross-functional, high-performance teams to dysfunctional matrix organizations.
How Do We Blend
The best approach is to select Product and Project Managers with effective and flexible skillsets who are able to work towards being able to blend the two essential views. From a personality perspective, you need to be able to take an honest look at your own skills and tendency towards one approach or another. You will also benefit from being able to understand how other people impact you. Armed with self-awareness, you can begin to work towards expanding your own people skills and increasing your effectiveness interacting with different kinds of personalities, whether the focus is long or short-term.
Would You Seriously Try to Code in Just One Language?
Some techies do specialize. But we all know that flexible technology professionals are in much more demand and are always more successful. If you blend your people skills so that you are able to handle different personalities and lead effectively in a variety of situations then you will obviously be more successful.
Product versus Project perspectives often draw upon different personality traits. Technology professionals who can understand how these different approaches impact themselves and their teammates will find it much easier to thrive in today’s challenging work environments.