Friday Fun: Is product management a profession?
My friend Saeed has decided to. Is product management really a profession? Can it be defined? Can it be learned? In particular, why is it that we say we want to be strategic but all of the discussions and webinars and articles seem to be about tactics: product launch, templates, leadgen, running the agile stand-up, writing better user stories?
What have we done in the last 10 years to make our lot better? And I don’t just mean incrementally better? I mean significantly better?
What I hear from hundreds of seminar attendees over the years is that new product managers need help figuring out where to spend their time. Or to put it another way, three days of training is better than zero days.
Is product management hard? No. The trick is not being the best marketer, accountant, UI designer, developer, sales person all rolled in to one. The trick is to make sure that features get built, marketing communicates them, support can answer questions, and sales can sell.
So let's sound off. Post a comment below or onabout the results that you have seen based on strategic product management.
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