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The VP of Product vs. the Product Manager

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Ellen Chisa
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Strategy

  • PM: Final say on product decisions, but not team structure decisions.
  • VP of Product: Decide where your product team lives within your organization.

Hiring

  • PM: Actively participate in hiring, and give important input on candidates' fit.
  • VP of Product: You decide what the team needs and when you need it. Hiring choices are yours to make.

Delegation

  • PM: You should know your product better than anyone. You handle the details.
  • VP of Product: Stay informed and ask "why," but trust your PM.

Standups

  • PM: Daily meetings with designers and engineers.
  • VP of Product: You go to executive team meetings. One big skill always applies: the ability to absorb feedback.
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