ONE THING...the Adult in the Room

Execs at growing companies see product people as their surrogates, the "adult in the room," as I've heard more than a few say.  With so many touch points -- customers, engineering, marketing, etc. -- product people have to bring a consistent strategic context to every one of these conversations, and get everyone headed in the same direction.

Which departments do you find are the hardest to bring together? Engineering? Sales? Elsewhere? How do you manage it? Discuss.

Hiring? Let me know about your difficult to fill positions and I'll highlight them in future issues.