There are no rules that define who will make a great product manager
This episode was inspired by a “rant” (actually, a well-reasoned post) from Graham Reed on LinkedIn, and another post by Greg Prickril. Both were about the ridiculousness of the people posting nonsense and disinformation about product management and what it “really” is and who you have to be to be a successful product manager.
But the reality is that we know great product managers can come from any background – some were great developers, some couldn’t code their way out of a paper bag. Some started as business analysts, some as retail clerks, some as attorneys.
- Graham Reed’s post on elitism in product management.
- Greg Prickril’s post on elitism and disinformation in product management (and his appearance on this podcast)
- My related post on LinkedIn on “What do a retail worker, a chef, and an art history major all have in common?” (Answer: They might all make great product managers.)
- A post from Andy Bowden that inspired the section about job descriptions.
- My episode about some of the characteristics of successful product managers.
My product manager meetup
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