person who does Product Management
I am one. (see here)
- need 2 positions? http://www.enthiosys.com/insights-tools/pm-prod-owner/
Charlie O Donnell on the risk of juggling Product Manager responsibilities with everything else necessary as a Start Up Entrepreneur. I have the occasional brilliant product insight--usually mixed in with a whole bunch of horrific ones--but that doesn't mean I'm skilled at the discipline of product management. I was the founder who spent Tuesday afternoons and my rare spare time thinking about product in the midst of 80 other things I had to do and didn't realize how harmful I was to that process. It's not that I wasn't smart or didn't have good vision. Product is a fulltime job and a craft people train hard for to be good at.
I got together with some of my peers to discuss the characteristics of a PM. We're a technical bunch, so it took us just 30 seconds to reach a conclusion: PMs have but two configuration variables from which all interactions with them (APIs?) derive: Has technical skills = (True/False); Knows what he wants = (True/False).
So, like all Magic Quadrant-s, this one has two axes. The horizontal axis represents level of knowledge of the Product Manager. This is a combination of the PMs ability to understand market problems, customer needs, technology trends, and of course, their own product at a reasonable level of detail... The vertical axis represents the ability of the Product Manager to effectively work across teams.
- Ted Barnett thinks it's becoming obsolete as a role. The processes I've been doing for most of my career will move into engineering and design... I feel like my job now is to find a way to infuse product management thinking into the rest of the team -- not BE a product manager. To the extent I make the decisions (or priorities), I disempower the team.
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