You may have read the post that I put together in collaboration with my team on effective product management. It received a surprisingly positive response from the community. While it covers ‘what an effective product manager’ looks like it doesn’t give a lot of insight into how to become one, or how to build an effective team of product managers.

I thought it would be fun to partner with different leaders and individual contributors in my organization to share deeper insights into that second element: how to build a better team.

Episode 1: Managing agency

Graham Siener is a product leader I work with…


As a VP at VMware of product management, I spend a lot of time talking to teams about what the product management discipline should look like. Every step of the product management journey has been a delight for me — from individual contributor to managing a team of well over one hundred product managers. I have tried to capture some of what has worked for me and what I have seen work well here.

The Zen of product management

Product management’s primary allegiance is to the business. In most simple terms the engineering team owns the process of building the technology. The product management team…


Today we are incredibly excited to announce that Heptio will be acquired by VMware. It is a watershed day for our company, and we hope for the industry as a whole. The inevitable question is … why have we decided to join forces (now)?

Life at Heptio has been pretty exceptional since we founded the company two years ago. In a short period, we have made strong contributions in the Kubernetes and cloud native ecosystem, assembled a remarkable team and onboarded some of the most prestigious enterprises as customers. We were incredibly well capitalized and supported by our investors. …


It has been a truly amazing quarter for Heptio. Kubernetes has emerged as the de facto standard for container orchestration and Heptio has stepped up as a partner to many Fortune 500 companies on their cloud native journey. It is hard to believe that we started the company less than two years ago given the size and strength of the team — we recently passed our 100 employee threshold.

Today we were listed as a winner of the CNBC Upstart 100 award, following on the heels of being recognized with the Seattle Tech Impact Gold Award (in the cloud category)…


Some exciting news to share ‒ Gartner has named us a Cool Vendor in Cloud Infrastructure 2018*. The designation for 2018 went to four companies behind a key innovation enabling cloud native infrastructure. We’re honored to be recognized in the report — you can read the report to see what Gartner has to say about Heptio, Kubernetes and more.

When Joe and I started Heptio 19 months ago, we were committed to keeping Kubernetes open. We have always believed it is the best way to help companies move from legacy to cloud native, and to avoid vendor lock-in to any…


There is exciting news from our long time friend Brendan Burns at Microsoft this week with the announcement of AKS (Azure Kubernetes Service) general availability! As one of the co-founders of Kubernetes no one is better connected to the Kubernetes ecosystem or has had more direct personal impact on the emerging cloud native landscape than Brendan. It has been heartening to watch his impact as a leader in the Microsoft team working in the container and cloud native computing space.

As enterprises start putting together their cloud native strategy, first class managed Kubernetes services like AKS are an important tool…


Today we are announcing a collaboration with Microsoft to make Heptio Ark a strong Kubernetes disaster recovery solution for Microsoft Azure. We will also collaborate to make the Ark project an efficient way to move Kubernetes applications between on-premise computing environments and Azure, and to ensure that Azure-hosted backups are secure.

We launched the Heptio Ark project earlier this year to provide a production-grade solution for cluster disaster recovery. Working through the Kubernetes API, Ark builds a snapshot of the user’s intent, rather than attempting to rely on low-level in-flight information recovered from etcd (the underlying data store for Kubernetes)…


With the announcement of Amazon’s EKS managed Kubernetes service, Heptio welcomes Amazon Web Services to the Kubernetes community! Heptio is focused on ensuring that Kubernetes works well in every environment and believes that managed services like Amazon EKS offer significant advantages to customers who don’t want to deal with the mechanics of building and operating their own clusters. By working closely with the upstream community, we believe that Amazon EKS customers will benefit from the innovative power of the open source ecosystem, and will have access to the widest possible array of development tools and supporting technologies.

As with any…


A year ago Joe and I launched Heptio. Our goal was to create a company that could help businesses of all types connect with the Kubernetes and emerging cloud native computing ecosystems and get the most out of new open source technologies. It has been by far the most exciting and invigorating year in my professional career. On our anniversary, I thought I would share what has happened since Joe and I first met in his basement last November and started planning.

View from our office in downtown Seattle.

The team

By far the most exciting and gratifying part of building a company is assembling a team that shares…


Today the Cloud Native Computing Foundation launched the Certified Kubernetes program. We are pleased to announce that Heptio is participating, and that the AWS Quick Start for Kubernetes is our first certified release. We are also thrilled the community chose Heptio’s Sonobuoy as the underlying technology to support the certification program.

A key goal for Kubernetes is portability. This is done by creating a framework that could isolate developers from the specifics of a given infrastructure environment. Developers can build an application in one environment and then deploy it into another with minimal changes. Businesses can pick the hosting platform…

Craig McLuckie

Kubernetes, Containers, Cloud Native. VP Product VMware.

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