YOU are responsible for the ultimate success of the product.

As the product manager, you are a bit of a time traveler. You exist in the past, watching and analyzing how people use the product that is in the market, you exist in the present, working with your engineers to build what needs to be created now and you exist in the future, planning and researching what needs to be created for the future, but you aren’t alone

Many skills that go with product management, including

·      effective communication,

·      project management,

·      feedback analysis,

·      data analysis, and

·      understanding marketing and advertising concepts. 

Going deeper into any of these topics can strengthen the fundamental skills make you a more effective contributor to your product team. 

The first and most important thing to know about product management is that you’re actually not a manager of anybody. 

No one reports to you, you’re nobody’s boss, and you definitely can’t fire anyone. 

This is actually by design because a product manager needs to continuously interact with a number of different people, get maximum collaboration from their engineers, and also the designers that they work with.

Think about it for a second. If you wanted honest feedback from engineers and designers that you work with, but you’re also their boss, do you think they’re going to tell you if they have any disagreements with what you have to say? Probably not. 

So you want them to tell you every single time that they disagree with you.

A product manager is someone that sits in between multiple areas of a company and acts as a communications hub, organizer, an enabler for everyone else.

#productmanager is many things. 

A communications hub,

A prioritizer,

A researcher,

A presenter, 

but most importantly they’re responsible for the ultimate success of the product.

Product managers are communications hubs and jacks-of-all-trades. 

It’s their job to know about a lot of things and sometimes a huge amount about very certain areas depending on what you’re working on.Product managers also get to directly affect every single part of the business. And they interact with every key person on every team from marketing to sales to legal and engineering, and even design, all the way up to executives and often times the investors or the board members. 

The Right Place

A mother and a baby camel were lying around under a tree.

Then the baby camel asked, “Why do camels have humps?”

The mother camel considered this and said, “We are desert animals so we have the humps to store water so we can survive with very little water.”

The baby camel thought for a moment then said, “Ok…why are our legs long and our feet rounded?”

The mama replied, “They are meant for walking in the desert.”

The baby paused. After a beat, the camel asked, “Why are our eyelashes long? Sometimes they get in my way.”

The mama responded, “Those long thick eyelashes protect your eyes from the desert sand when it blows in the wind.

The baby thought and thought. Then he said, “I see. So the hump is to store water when we are in the desert, the legs are for walking through the desert and these eye lashes protect my eyes from the desert then why in the Zoo?”

The Lesson: Skills and abilities are only useful if you are in the right place at the right time. Otherwise they go to waste.

Value

A popular speaker started off a seminar by holding up a $20 bill. A crowd of 200 had gathered to hear him speak. He asked, “Who would like this $20 bill?

200 hands went up.

He said, “I am going to give this $20 to one of you but first, let me do this.” He crumpled the bill up.

He then asked, “Who still wants it?”

All 200 hands were still raised.

“Well,” he replied, “What if I do this?” Then he dropped the bill on the ground and stomped on it with his shoes.

He picked it up, and showed it to the crowd. The bill was all crumpled and dirty.

“Now who still wants it?”

All the hands still went up.

“My friends, I have just showed you a very important lesson. No matter what I did to the money, you still wanted it because it did not decrease in value. It was still worth $20. Many times in our lives, life crumples us and grinds us into the dirt. We make bad decisions or deal with poor circumstances. We feel worthless. But no matter what has happened or what will happen, you will never lose your value. You are special – Don’t ever forget it!