The war between developers and product goes way back. Sometimes it’s a ‘behind the scenes’ war (“these developers estimations are always tripled”, “these product people and their dreams...”), sometimes it’s face to face (you can imagine what I am talking about here).
As a product owner and product manager, in the past few years I was asked many times how do I keep a good and productive relationship with development? If I would have to answer that question in one word it will be TRUST. In an atmosphere of trust, discussions, brainstorming and working together on day to day basis becomes much more effective and fun.
How do you move on to the point of mutual trust?
What are the things you SHOULD do?
What are the things you SHOULD NEVER do?
Building the trust might take time, but it is totally worth it. So, drop your weapons, and start building the trust!