A product manager does just about anything under the sun to make her product successful. This makes it difficult for new product managers to know what to focus on first. I often wished there was a bootcamp manual on how to be a great PM. In particular, I’d love to read chapters on the following:
- Prioritizing what to learn among the many responsibility areas.
- Making a decision with insufficient data (and tips on sleeping soundly after that.)
- Communicating to others that you’ve considered their feedback, despite many of those requests not making it to the product roadmap.
- Balancing responsiveness to customer demands and other product differentiation.
- Enabling true engineering creativity and innovation despite market and customer time pressures.