My take is as follows.
John Cutler

Hey John, thanks for your response!

In my opinion, the PM is definitely part of the team. But if decision-making would be a task in the backlog, the PM would be responsible for it, just like writing Python code is the responsibility of the Back-end Engineer. The “how” is still open.

This is what I meant by saying that the Product Manager is more than a facilitator.

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