As the clock turns past midnight, it’s officially a new year — out with 2014 and in with 2015! If you’re anything like me, 2014 was an interesting year, full of both challenges and opportunities, as is every year as a Product Manager. As we’re looking forward into 2015, I thought it was appropriate to provide a list of the top five New Year’s resolutions for Product Managers of all shapes, sizes, and experience levels.
This is the second time I’ve massacred a quote from former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, and while I personally have no love for the man, he’s a font of applicable and interesting quotations on the subject of battle tactics, strategy, and resource management. This particular quote comes from a hearing in which he was asked about armor that was not provided to troops in Iraq — and in an historic response, he said, “…you go to war with the army you have — not the army you want or wish to have at a later time…”
In a prior post, I talked about five things that clever PMs should never do — traps that we often fall into as a result of our focus on getting things done and delivering value, while perhaps not being as mindful as we should about leading through influence. Today, I’m going to flip that post on its head and talk about five things that every clever Product Manager should do.
One big problem with Product Managers is that we tend to be somewhat alpha when it comes to our products, and we can be very passionate — not only about our products, but also about our own ideas and beliefs about our users, our market, and ourselves.