The future of Technology Product Management


A few people have responded to the survey I posted, asking about problems facing Technology Product Management, but we need more of you to participate.

We need the collective input of the community and from there we can move forward to try to address some of the issues that you raise.

Here are some questions to get you thinking.

Imagine a future where Product Management has matured into an ideal scenario for you.

  1. What does that future look like?
  2. What’s different about it than now?
  3. If you are a PM, what are you focusing on then, that you aren’t focusing on now?
  4. What does the Product Management organization look like then as compared to now?

Think about these kinds of questions and either provide feedback in one of two ways.

  • Leave a comment on this blog.
  • Click the following link  and submit your words via the anonymous survey. (click here)

    And TELL ALL YOUR PM FRIENDS to do the same. Really, the more input, the better.

    Saeed

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    2 responses to “The future of Technology Product Management

    1. Hi Saeed,
      I think for me I’m still trying to get my head around why we need a Product Management Manifesto in the first place. Could you clarify that a bit? For example, I still think the pragmatic marketing framework is a pretty good way to capture all of the facets of what a PM does. Although I don’t agree with all of it (and in particular there are things in the more pure marketing boxes that seem a bit dated), I still think it is pretty darn good and at most might need a tweak or two. Is the suggestion that we replace that with something else or is the Manifesto about something else completely?
      Sorry, I’m kind of coming into this conversation late so I might have missed something.
      That said, I think it’s sparking a lot of interesting dialogue so perhaps that in itself is reason enough to talk about it some more.
      April

    2. April

      Good question. Putting the exact need (or not) of a manifesto aside, the question really comes down to whether there is a need to improve (in any significant ways) the Technology Product Management profession?

      My answer to that question is yes. It has to be yes because if the answer is no, it means the profession is perfectly fine the way it is, and we know that is not true by any means.

      Now the key questions are:

      1. What are the main areas that need improvement? (the what?)
      2. What are the best ways to enact those improvements? (the how?)

      I’m currently trying to gather the data, through this blog, discussions with other PMs etc. to answer question 1. From there, as a community we can try to define how to answer question 2, as well as any other questions that come up.

      Saeed