Why talk to clients?
It may seem obvious that you, as a PM, should be talking to clients, but sometimes you need a little push when you're not sure you need to talk to a specific client. In fact, this is an important part of the work of the PM.
Each job description must contain the "voice of the customer" that you must convey to the engineering team. And you become this confidant, and create this authority among the developers.
It helps develop customer empathy. They describe use cases, their problems, you will hear them and you will be able to have a dialogue with them. You will understand how dependent they can be on other teams. You can talk to a developer with a direct client script.
Test hypotheses you may have. You will be able to answer your questions - how customers use your product. And testing these hypotheses will help you refine your product to fit the market.
Talk to the client - it's nice! Customers know your product, sometimes even better than you as a PM. And by talking to them, you'll have insightful feedback to pass on to developers or stakeholders.
Who are your customers?
- Customers don`t always have to be people outside your company that pay you money to use a product
DevOps engineering: devs using your pipelines
IT role: downstream teams
PM: internal customer teams
Getting time with customers
Slight tangent: PM interviews
Direct customer reachouts
Great, you have their attention!
Tips and tricks for getting feedback from customers
Preparation is key (of course)
Understand that how you word a question will impact how it is answered.
(What are some problems you currently face in managing your infrastructure?
Do you have problems with backup, security, or updates?)
Tips and tricks for getting feedback from customers:
Support - related conversations
Risker but still valuable
Keep it short
"What`s in it for me?"
Azure Serial Console - a survey with leverage
Azure Automanage - support reachouts
Reach out after onboarding failures
Offer to help, and seek feedback
Build customer relationship
Drive retention and decrease churn
Azure Automanage - Cohort calls
Purpose of calls:
Share product updates
Ask for feedback
Next steps with customer feedback
Identify problems to solve
At MSFT, we keep a whole OneNote dedicated to customer feedback so that anyone can use it at any time.
Getting customers` attention
Tips and tricks for maximizing feedback
Alfred Sin, Microsoft Product Leader