Sometimes you see a really good product manager and ask yourself what is it that makes them so damn good?
After scratching our heads – this is our list of 8 things.
It would be nice to have 10 so let us know what you would add…
cares about the customer, the market, the competition and the success of their product. Enthuses others to do the same.
2. Great at networking:
plugged into lots of people to get insights, data points and to influence stakeholders.
3. Thinks big:
identifies the things that will make the biggest difference to the product and that are aligned with business strategy
sets appropriate expectations for the product and takes accountability for its success. Holds others to deliver on their accountabilities.
5. Able to focus:
recognises that 80% of the value comes from 20% of what they do and is able to say ‘no’ diplomatically to requests with small impact.
makes a plan and delivers against it, grinding things out and doing what’s necessary to deliver on their promises.
7. Expert compromiser:
able to make trade-offs and prioritisation calls to balance market needs against internal issues, strategic goals and tactical imperatives.
8. Good communicator:
makes a case for product plans and strategy that is simple, clear and irrefutable. Is credible in front of an audience.
Director, Product Focus