The Product Manager’s Manifesto

Medha Ghatikesh
Jun 18, 2015 · 2 min read

Compiled from lessons taught at Product School by Hamid Schricker and Ken Norton’s tips on working with engineers.

I am a hustler. I will get shit done. I will ship. I will find a way — no ifs, no buts. I will prioritize ruthlessly. I will fail fast and learn fast. I have razor sharp focus. No excuses.

I will speak clearly and concisely. I will adapt to my audience. I won’t be afraid to say NO. I will find my voice. I will speak with presence. I will get out and talk to the people I’m building products for.

I will treat whatever I touch as a product. I am a product.

I will bring energy to the team. I will be genuine. I will be transparent. I won’t kiss ass. I will avoid business jargon. No ego. I will stay up with the team to show support. I will bring donuts in the morning after a hard day’s night. I will strive to remove any obstacles and answer any questions. I will protect my team from distractions. I will run meetings efficiently. I will respect their time.

I will be scrappy. I will take risks. I will take the blame. I will deflect the praise to the team. I will sweat the details. I won't commit on behalf of the team without consulting them first. I will involve the team early. I won't hide information. I will trust the team.

I will constantly seek to improve. I will ask questions. I will strive to keep learning. I will never get too comfortable with my job. I will step outside my comfort zone. I won’t be afraid to get my hands dirty. I will do the things no one else wants to do.

I am an evangelist of my product. I will show passion for my product. I will communicate the vision. I will build the right thing and I will build it right.

I will hustle. I will ship. I will.

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Product Manager @Groupon. Prev:@MyFitnessPal, Under Armour, Orion Health. Edu: CMU, University of Auckland. Born: 🇮🇳 Raised: 🇳🇿 Living: 🇺🇸

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This is where I write about products, product management, and sometimes about being a woman in tech.