What Defines a Good Product Manager
By Arijit Banerjee
If you are a product manager, you indeed have to play a good number of roles in order to channelize your synergies for the organisation. Product managers are expected to have exceptional interpersonal instincts. It is because they have to align the various goals of the company with the mindset of the different stakeholders. The main question being ‘How to become a good product manager?’ Here are the must-have characteristics of a good product manager:
A good product manager is always in the self-start mode when it comes to developing a new product or forming a strategy for the previous products. He/She is expected to face a lot of noise on a daily basis from every direction, and has to make sure to work above those noises for a successful product launch. Also, other people who are associated with the product may not share the same level of enthusiasm, therefore product managers are expected to influence them to work and drive consensus.
2. Focus on what is definitely important
It is quite easy to make modifications to an existing product rather than thinking of a new product strategy. A good product manager is the one who first understands what is important and what is just a routine thing. It is of great importance to think of the bigger picture for the organisation and its profit.
3. A high level of emotional intelligence
Great product managers are the individuals who have a high level of emotional intelligence. It is indeed difficult to become a common line of thread between the various stakeholders with different perspective and beliefs. Some stakeholders expect certain goals, some believe in deadlines, some disagree with things while some set roadblocks. The product manager is the one who sits with everyone, listen to their point of views, knows the expectations of different stakeholders and assesses their expectations. With emotional intelligence and analytical mind, the product manager can make a smooth roadmap.
4. An experimenter's mindset
When planning and developing a product, product managers operate under the assumption that they are on the wrong path and they will find out truth with the experiment. With the experimenter's mindset, they act honestly on the results obtained from the experiment. The product managers take the task of product development to new heights.
Discipline is very important for each and every professional. When an individual sits on the seat of the product manager, he/she is has to play different roles. Thus he/she has to add the factor of discipline to his/her day to deal with the different issues. Furthermore,in the absence of discipline, the product manager will end up becoming a victim of a busy calendar with a total loss of productivity.
There is no definite set of traits of a successful product manager. The product manager needs to keep a tab on the characteristics that can fuel development in their respective organisations.
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About the Author:
Head of Programs
Manipal Global Academy of Data Science (MGADS)
Vishnupriya Raghavan has a PhD in Information Systems and Operations. She also holds Master’s degrees in Mathematics and Information Systems. An educational professional with a distinguished career in providing educational instruction and overseeing academic affairs, she has also served as the Director of Programs at Institute of Product Leadership, Program Head for MBA and MSc programs affiliated to Edith Cowan University – Australia, Asia Pacific University – Malaysia, Cardiff Metropolitan University and Anglia Ruskin University – UK, Bangalore University and Visveswaraya Technological University – Belgaum.
She has spearheaded the development of Masters in Science (Information Technology with specialization in Mobile Apps) curriculum in collaboration with Anglia Ruskin University and Cardiff Metropolitan University, UK, Masters in Business Administration (specialization in Information Systems) curriculum in collaboration with Edith Cowan University, Australia. Furthermore, as the Director of Academic Programs Office at the Institute of Product Leadership, she was instrumental in shaping the curriculum. Furthermore, she crafted the combination of content, instructional methods and assessments for the Masters in Business Administration program in Product Leadership.