One of the most common questions I encounter in my work as The Clever PM is a simple one — “How do I become a Product Manager?” And, while the specifics depend greatly on the individual person, where they’re at in their careers, and what companies they want to break into, one of the things that I’m always telling people is that it’s likely that they already have the skills that they need. The best and worst part about being a Product Manager is that the role is often a “jack of all trades” role — filling in where there are gaps in the organization, ranging from the strongly strategic to the severely tactical. No matter where you sit in your organization, chances are good that with the right perspective and point of view, you can likely position the things you do to fit some definition of “Product Manager”.
Product Management is a hot role in the current market, partly because there are companies realizing the importance of the role, and partly because everyone seems to think that they can do the job. Without opining on either of those driving forces, … [Continue reading]
Due to the unique role that Product Managers play in most organizations, we're often capable of being the strongest influences on the overall culture of the product development organization and of the company in general. And while there are many … [Continue reading]
It's far too common in the world of Product Management for us to wind up being narrowly focused on the actual product development cycle - define, build, measure, repeat. But there's far more to building, launching, and maintaining a successful … [Continue reading]
I'm often asked by in both formal and informal discussions whether I think that Product Managers are stuck in whatever industry they start in, and if not how to break into a new one. And through all the years of having these discussions I've … [Continue reading]
I find it entertaining when people talk about how Agile and Lean and Kanban are all relatively new, untested, and revolutionary concepts. That's because they're none of those things -- they're simply descendants of ideas and concepts that have … [Continue reading]
When most people talk about "vision" they're evoking a concept of long-term planning, setting big and brash goals that you might or might not achieve, but which set a "north star" by which you can plot the course of your product and company. And … [Continue reading]