ProductTank: The things nobody told me about being a Product Manager

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  1. 1. 1 Slides posted online afterwards (I promise) @_shaunrussell
  2. 2. Education of a product manager
  3. 3. Life as a product manager (told by emojis)
  4. 4. The things nobody told me about being a Product Manager
  5. 5. Existentialism for Product Managers Your work is intangible.
  6. 6. Your work is intangible. You are forever tackling uncertainty. Existentialism for Product Managers
  7. 7. Your work is intangible. You are forever tackling uncertainty. Youre supposed to know less than your colleagues. Existentialism for Product Managers
  8. 8. Your work is intangible. You are forever tackling uncertainty. Youre supposed to know less than your colleagues. There is no nish line. Existentialism for Product Managers
  9. 9. 9 Go watch other PMs in action.
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  11. 11. Nurture friendships 11
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  13. 13. Find your own meaning. 13
  14. 14. The greatest damn Product Manager in the world.
  15. 15. 15 Nope.
  16. 16. What is your superpower? What is your dream product? How would you like your colleagues to think of you? 1. 2. 3.
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  18. 18. The trouble with stakeholders Your relationship is not reciprocal.
  19. 19. The trouble with stakeholders Your relationship is not reciprocal. They will think they know best.
  20. 20. The trouble with stakeholders Your relationship is not reciprocal. They will think they know best. They have long and selective memories.
  21. 21. The trouble with stakeholders Your relationship is not reciprocal. They will think they know best. They have long and selective memories. You get all the responsibility, but none of the power.
  22. 22. Confront issues head on. 22
  23. 23. Make use of external sources. 24
  24. 24. Rarely say yes 25
  25. 25. 26 Source: https://blog.intercom.io/rarely-say-yes-to-feature-requests/ Will it still matter in 5 years? Will it improve, complement or innovate on the existing workow? Will it generate new meaningful engagement? Can we design it so that reward is greater than effort? Can we scope it well?
  26. 26. Listen to your gut 27
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  29. 29. Takeaways 30 Stakeholder Management Confront issues head on. Make use of external sources. Listen to your gut. Looking after yourself Go watch other PMs in action. Nurture friendships. Find your own meaning. @_shaunrussell
  30. 30. Thank you!