A Product managerDefines, develops, launches & optimizes products that bring value to consumers. (With the end goal to maintain competitive advantage & profitability.)
Great ExpectationsThink big, Paint a VisionDescribe large disruptive opportunities, and develop concrete plans for how to take advantage of themSimplify & Prioritize (Focus)The 80-20 ruleCommunicate, EvangelizeBe impossible to ignoreForecast and measureEvaluation necessary for long term successLead & ExecuteRecognize no specific bounds to the scope of your roleP.S. A Product manager is “Not” expected to do:Project Management, Product Marketing, Data Analysis, Product Design, Legal, Compliance, Risk, Privacy…Although a Product Manager will wear one or many of these hats (or turbans) on any given day.
The stuff that I am trying to learn & model SKILLS & BEHAVIORS
Own the OutcomeLead without authorityBecause u r responsible & accountable for the outcome of the expectationsManage the product not cross functional teamsBuild a culture where the other contributors feel ownership & accountabilityBe Assertive but NOT prescriptiveThis one does not need a footer Influence the end to end experienceBeyond the walls of internal organizational structureKeyword: Influence 13
BehaviorsNo ExcusesFor every excuse think through 2 recommendations Don’t fight aloneIf stuck- flag, identify the root cause, solve with your peers/managersMVPEvery feature built must have strong rigor, reason & articulation behind itStamp out the HPPO cultureAn execs opinion also needs to be substantiated & justified
Being Janus Faced in a good way RetrospectionForces one to pay attention to the current situationWhile, seeing the FutureTake stock, project into the future, connect the dots & see if you can imagine hitting the goal!
Know what you don’t know This is Something that I am trying out these days. Consciously try to:You know what you knowYou know what you don’t knowYou don’t know what you knowYou don’t know what you don’t know