My name is Tim Hey (I love last name jokes so don’t be shy) I am a Principal Product Manager on the Growth team at GitLab and I focus on Expansion.
I currently live in New Boston, New Hampshire 🇺🇸 with my wife Elizabeth, our 2 sons and our 2 dogs (they are rescues and we have no clue what breed they are).
I was raised in New Hampshire but lived on Hilton Head Island for 8 years, this is where my wife and I started our life together and we plan to move back when the children are older.
I’m an introverted extrovert which for me means that I enjoy spending time with others but I recharge in solitude. You will know which mode I’m in within seconds of interacting with me.
I studied business management and sustainable product design and development at Keene State College in New Hampshire and it just so happens that it’s exactly what I’ve built a career around.
I ride bikes and love going on long gravel rides on old country roads. If I’m feeling fit I will compete in local gravel races, criteriums or cyclo-cross races. When I do compete I race for team Mad Alchemy. Feel free to follow me on Strava
My working hours are 9am to 5:30pm with a 1/2-hour lunch break at 12pm.
I prefer fixed working hours because it allows me to be more productive and efficient.
I block out 3-4 hours each day (in the morning) for meaningful work.
My typical week
I use Monday's to advance deliverables, catch up with the team and address any blockers that may have popped up.
I have most of my meetings Tuesday - Thursday and like to keep Fridays meetings-free.
Each Friday I prepare a plan for the next week.
My typical day
I get up at 6AM on most days (if my children don’t wake me up first).
I workout 4-5 times per week and try to do this between 7-8:30 AM.
I start working at 9AM and take my first break around 12PM.
I check my email in the morning around 9 and after lunch at 1pm.
I prefer to have meetings in the afternoon hours but will meet anytime during my normal working hours.
What’s keeping me busy
I have my own OKRs and try to keep a good mix of personal and work related objectives to keep me on track. Here are my current OKRs for FY21-Q1.
I also create a weekly plan every friday, this helps end the week and hit the ground running after the weekend. To see what I'm currently working on check my current tasks.
How to reach me
Slack: Direct message or mention is probably the best way to reach me during the day (my handle is @tim_hey). I will always have Slack open during business hours but I have notifications disabled on many of the channels (we have so many channles) so it may take some time before I respond. If you have an urgent message or need me to repond quickly the best approach is a direct message with a link to the issue you need me to contribute to.
E-mail: I read my emails twice a day and work through them like a task list. If you have an urgent email please use [URGENT]: in your subject line so I see it. Please do not feel obligated to read or respond to any of the emails you receive from me outside of your normal hours.
I like to focus deeply on the task at hand, so I turn off notifications for email and Slack. Please expect my responses on email and Slack to be asynchronous. Your messages are important to me and I will respond as soon as I can.
You can schedule a 30 min coffee chat with me via Calendly.