Product Managers and Managers are really not the same. While a Manager focuses on leading their team to deliver theirs tasks in a more productive manner, the other focuses on the product’s attributes and its customers.
So what makes a good Product Manager? According to CEO of Aha! (the world’s #1 product roadmap software), Brian de Haff , the 5 habits that make a real Product Manager are:
Product managers will not tell their team how they’re supposed to de their jobs. Instead, they will convince them of why the features of their represented product are right for their customers. Product managers always keep the goal foremost in their mind, and they paint a vision for why what they are asking for matters.
Know the Customer
Product managers are the customer and product relentless advocate. Great product managers should know the customer, product, and business better than anyone on their team (and mostly better than anyone in the company). Product managers are well aware of what their customers really represent for the business and deeply understand that without them, their product wouldn’t be successful.
The most productive product managers know that they do not have all of the answers. They remain open to new ideas from their teams, as well as from other, unexpected places like customers. They listen carefully so that they do not miss meaningful insights and suggestions.
A great product manager leads through both success and failures, in other words, they accept responsibility. This doesn’t mean that they don’t follow up to figure out what went wrong when necessary; they do. They just don’t throw anyone under the bus during that process.
A product manager understands that there is a direct correlation between team recognition and productivity. Product teams rise and fall together, and saying “you did a good job” goes a long way.Original article 5 Habits of Hyper-Productive Product Managers By Brian de Haff