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Posted on 20th March 2024 by Luca

Jean-Michel Lemieux is one of the OGs of engineering and product having been the CTO at Shopify and the VP Engineering at Atlassian. Jean-Michel helped grow both Shopify and Atlassian from single-product to multi-product companies and led the building of their platforms. 

In Today’s Episode with Jean-Michel Lemieux We Discuss:

  1. From band class to Shopify CTO
  • How did Jean-Michel make his way into the world of product?
  • What were Jean-Michel’s biggest lessons from his time at Atlassian & Shopify?
  • How are Shopify & Atlassian the same? How are they different?
  • Why does Jean-Michel think Shopify could have been 10x bigger?
  1. Building the Perfect Product
  • How does Atlassian & Shopify build movements instead of product?
  • What does Jean-Michel know now that he wishes he had known before he joined Atlassian & Shopify?
  • How does Jean-Michel balance between shipping speed vs. quality?
  • Why does JM think scrums and TDDs are BS? How did his last year at Shopify change his approach in product development?
  • What is a time horizon friction? And how does it impact teams?
  1. How to Lead a Product Team:
  • What is micro alignment, and why does Jean-Michel think it is so important?
  • What 3 types of decisions every team makes?
  • What does Jean-Michel think are the most common reasons teams become average? How does he prevent it?
  • What do Jean-Michel think are the most common mistakes CEOs make today?
  1. Hiring the Best Product Team:
  • How does Jean-Michel structure the interview process for new product hires?
  • What signals does Jean-Michel look out for when hiring? Why does he believe experience does not matter?
  • What are Jean-Michel’s biggest hiring mistakes? What were his lessons?
  • What are 2 of the most common mistakes founders make when hiring a product team?

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