A machine learning startup in the mobility space with strong proprietary inference engines needed a Product Manager to steer product development in the right direction. I created a product vision and roadmap and brought the team together to a common goal. Within a few months we came from frustration and a half-baked prototype to a happy team and a production-ready smart data SDK that we piloted with a large French automotive OEM.
This startup had strong machine learning capabilities and had been doing successful projects with automotive OEMs for a while. They wished to productise their technology to build a more scalable business than just project-based work alone. The whole company was about 100 people at the time with machine learning engineers and developers together being the largest group.
The team was unhappy. We lost 2 good people within the first weeks that I arrived
no coherent vision, demo app was supposed to develop into whitelabel product
What did we do?
I protected my teams from managerial interference.
I analysed what was there.
I created a vision, and roadmap
In parallel colleagues of mine started implementing the SAFe scaled agile framework.
The team came together and turnover
We had a clear path forward,
We won the first client for our smart data app SDK.