A Question Unanswered: "Why Did You Want to Become a Product Manager?"
If more Product Managers could answer this question, we'd have better Product Managers.
The Great Divide
It's been 9 months since I last called myself a product manager. Having faced my qualms with the profession as a whole, the transition to a more technical role felt like a natural choice.
Ideas Are Cheap
Ideas are currently overvalued. As economic tech bubbles have come and gone, this discrepancy is a fossil of times which have already left us. A company which overemphasizes a PM's ability to strategize big-picture is a company behind the times of what is important.
Do PMs Need To Be Technical?
Product management messaging boards are typically filled with timeless clichés, most of which are questions from aspiring product managers. Of the usual inquiries young PMs have, there is one in particular which I find to be misrepresented: *"Do I need a technical background to be a good PM?"*
The Arrogance Epidemic
We are to some extent victims of circumstance, but if there is time to make an exception, it would be that of arrogance.
Culture Over Rules
Technology startups are often dominated by Caucasian males preaching the importance of culture. This irony should be lost on no one... in the boom of entrepreneurship and investing, the intangible concept of togetherness became an undeniable metric for success.
Will Product Go The Way Of Marketing?
High-impact professions attract seekers of success, but is this always a good thing?
Agile's unanimous success is the culprit of its own demise.
Defining Your Project's Issue Schemes
While the common set of issue types covers a vast number of needs, the 'industry standard' set of rules should really only be used as guidelines.
Product Management: The Personality Profession
Being a "good PM" may be more of a popularity contest than a measure of effectiveness.