Adapted from a presentation originally shared at Yeshiva University’s Katz School of Science and Health.
When starting as a Product Manager, knowing the responsibilities and goals is only the first step. The responsibilities of a PM can vary drastically from team to team or project to project. It is important to have different ways of thinking about the role in order to properly orient yourself. This is a sample of my toolkit that serves as a baseline for how I think about the Product Manager role and any problem, feature request, or new initiative I encounter.
CEO of the Product
One of the common mental models for thinking about product management. Being the CEO of the Product sounds enticing, but it is important to consider what this does not mean.
Warren Buffet spends five to six hours reading every day. I’m always trying to read more, but this quote made me think more specifically about how much and what I am reading. This is my ideal breakdown for reading in a day:
Current events, business news, and related research
Fun, relaxing read (fiction, well written business books or case studies)
Growth reading (academic papers, books outside my core focus)
Email newsletters (in addition to a well curated Twitter feed) are the best way to stay aware of current events, learn from subject matter experts, and broaden one’s understanding of key issues. Newsletters are growing in popularity for a reason!
This is my list of newsletters I currently subscribe to: