How mechanisms enable product managers to unlock the joint power of their extended teams

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A mechanism is defined as a process, technique, or system for achieving a result. It can also be defined as an assembly of moving parts performing a complete functional motion, or a system of parts working together in a machine.

In product management, there are multiple moving parts involved in building, launching, and growing a product. Product managers lead by influence, instead of authority, and work with multiple teams to move their product forward — essentially, product mangers lead a system of moving parts that all need to work together to operate efficiently.

In this post, we’ll walk through why mechanisms are the key for product managers to unlock the joint power of their extended teams. We’ll start with reasons why mechanisms are important in any organization, go back in time to one of the most effective mechanisms, and then jump into applying mechanisms to product management.

How effective writing can become your PM superpower

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Amongst the many skills of a great product manager, one of the most underestimated is communication. Becoming a master communicator can be the difference between a good PM and great PM, but it can also be the difference between a product manager and product leader. And while most PMs focus on building trust with their verbal communication, I believe the x-factor is instead in the power of written communication.

Writing is hard, takes time, and needs discipline. It can take many forms, whether a memo to sell an idea, documentation to drive team efficiency, or storytelling to drive a product vision for the organization. …

Tips for understanding and channeling your inner PM

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I enjoy mentoring others, whether guiding them in their careers, inspiring them through my experiences, or hyping them up to pursue their next opportunities. Lately, a lot of career conversations have been about the increased demand for “product management”. So, this post is for aspiring PMs that are looking to get their foot in the door, either transitioning from another discipline (e.g. engineering, consulting, operations) or applying out of college (e.g. undergrad, MBA, grad school).

My goal is to first walk you through the realities of product management, then offer thoughts on how to channel your inner PM, and close with tips to market yourself and land a PM interview.


Zakir Tyebjee

Product @ Shift, Ex-Amazon, Ex-Microsoft. Founder, builder, writer. Publishing monthly on all things product management.

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