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Five Dangerous Myths about Product Management

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Noah Weiss
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Most people learn product by apprenticeship, and so there are myths about what a PM role actually is.

The Myths

  • PMs are mini CEOs
    • PMs lead a team, but they don't have CEO responsibility
  • PMs are decision makers
    • PMs facilitate decision making and coordinate ideas but they don't make calls.
  • PMs are idea generators
    • Brainstorming is a team exercise. PMs are judged on the output of the team.
  • PMs play company politics
    • PMs unite their team around a shared mission
  • PMs need technical degrees
    • It can help, but all they need is curiosity and the ability to work with engineers Great PMs focus on customer and business impact, and amplify their teams. 
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