4 ways to tell that you aren’t really a Product manager

Being a Product manager in Europe can mean almost anything. If we are going to have real product driven companies, it’s important to start trying to define what this role really is.

Unfortunately there are so many definitions by both companies and people. Instead let’s discuss a set of tasks that wouldn’t be your day to day (outside of perhaps startup stage).

Here are 4 responsibilities that indicate you aren’t really a true Product manager:

1. Your main responsibility is the product backlog

2. You live with the development team

3. You perform and / or manage user acceptance testing

4. Optimize the value of the dev teams work

Ok ok ok.

If you want to be a product focused company then build your team the way it should be built without taking shortcuts. Understand what a Product manager is and more importantly, understand what it is not.

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