Global cross-functional communication
Though our team was small, we were dispersed across three countries (United States, Spain, and Venezuela) and four time zones. We made this work through a beautiful combination of clear communication channels on Slack, updates on development on Taiga, a clear system for updating designs on Figma, design tasks on Notion that I managed daily, and weekly team syncs.
Additionally, because our engineering team was based in Venezuela and the Head of Product + Head of Business were based in Spain, I was inspired to improve my Spanish speaking skills. All of the sprint updates were documented in Spanish, so whenever I had time, I would go through and practice/learn. I now know the Spanish words for many eng terms, but please don't quiz me! :)
Flexibility in product strategy and project management
We also had to think through our features quite a few times as we introduced an AI integration to create our sounds, as our eng team identified constraints within our tight deadline, and as research informed us to take a different approach. This required a lot of flexibility – as we often found ourselves switching routes – and a sharp eye for detail – as one small change in one experience may affect a multitude of others.