Posted by Tom Grant on July 19, 2008
Find out what it means to product managers in the long awaited research document about the the job of product management. Here's the link.
In it, you'll find the interesting survey results about the difference between what product managers do, and what they think they should be doing. You'll also see some other important demographic information, such as who makes product decisions, where PM fits into org charts, and most interesting of all, what challenges PMs face. (Spoiler alert: They struggle with their own organizations far more than the challenges of the outside world.) The document also provides some recommendations on how to better respect the most important work of product management, and how to better organize and run a PM department.
Coming very soon is another article on a related subject, what makes the technology industry special. The extremely short version: By necessity, technologists talk a lot about innovation and competition, but what's missing from this conversation is the "A"-word.