The ultimate truth is that no product will never quite be right for everyone; it’s an ongoing process of continued development and iteration to make it better. The best product managers are the ones who simply roll up their sleeves and help their team through this journey.
…ularly the founder, CEO, or VP of their group, and the vision that person specifically articulated. Just like with helping your team, this isn’t to say that product managers shouldn’t have great ideas of their own, but that they should be able to translate their ideas back to the core vision and goals of the company, and ensure they have top-down support for executing on them.
When people ask me how to get in the good graces of engineers, data scientists, and other highly specialized talents, my answer is not “learn how to code.” It is, without fail, “take a genuine interest in the work that they do.” It took me years to understand this, but I now believe that it is an incontrovertible truth of product management. Modeling and cultivating genuine curiosity is a huge part of your job.
,” but rather bein…am with the information to make technical decisions that will support the company’s business goals. In other words, the differentiating factor between success and failure is not being “technical enough,” but rather being adept at making connections between different sets of values and expertise.