3 Primary Roles of a Product Manager

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Project management plays a pivotal role within any organization. Project managers are constantly involved in tasks that require them to think, analyze, and employ effective strategies throughout the product’s journey, from ideation to marketing. Today’s podcast aims to simplify the main focus areas of a product management role. I’m Sachin Sharma, with over 10 years of experience in product management, and I’ve mentored more than 1000 aspiring product managers.

The dynamic nature of today’s business world corresponds to dynamic job roles, especially in product management. As a product manager, your responsibility is to oversee products throughout their lifecycles, from inception to obsolescence. You’ll set a vision for the product and ensure it meets its goals throughout this journey. Product managers coordinate with various teams and don’t have a fixed workplace, requiring flexibility and creativity.

Focus Areas of a Product Manager:
A product manager’s role may vary from one company to another, but three primary focus areas can be identified to provide clarity:

1. Discovering the Product (Opportunity Discovery):
This is the crucial first step in a product manager’s responsibilities. It involves deciding what to build and is often referred to as opportunity discovery. To create a successful product, a strong foundation is essential. Product managers actively seek opportunities and new ideas by gathering customer feedback, researching the industry, and conducting extensive research. The goal of this stage is to maximize value for customers.

2. Planning the Product:
The second key area of focus is planning the product. This involves envisioning the final product and determining the best way to present and execute it. Effective planning is essential, as a brilliant idea poorly executed can lead to product failure. During this phase, a product manager creates a product roadmap that outlines the product’s direction, objectives, and strategies. It’s a crucial step in translating ideas and research from the discovery stage into a cohesive plan.

3. Product Development:
In the product development phase, product managers bring together the findings from the discovery and planning stages. They create a backlog, which is a list of tasks, initiatives, or work required to achieve the product’s goals. This backlog provides a step-by-step plan for the product’s development, ensuring that it progresses systematically.

I hope this podcast has alleviated any concerns about the extensive responsibilities of a product manager. By focusing on these fundamental areas, product managers can effectively navigate their roles. If you’re interested in gaining the skills required to become a product manager, positioning yourself in this field, building your LinkedIn profile and resume, and excelling in product management interviews, I invite you to join my community and participate in my upcoming free training at Catchupwithsachin.com/saw-live. You can also find the link to this training in the podcast description. Take action, and I look forward to supporting your journey in my community. For those already part of my community, consider upgrading to the Diamond membership to accelerate your growth in product management. 

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