CHAPTER2

UNDERSTANDING THE ROLE OF THE PRODUCT MANAGER AND ASSESSING YOUR PRODUCT MANAGEMENT ACUMEN

If we could first know where we are, and whither we are tending, we could then better judge what to do, and how to do it.

—ABRAHAM LINCOLN

Landing a job as a product manager can be compared to making a parachute jump into an unknown field: each person lands in a different spot within the confines of the terrain. As with any unfamiliar landing place, you need to quickly orient yourself to where you are in this new environment. As you try to navigate by yourself, you may feel frustrated and lost in this uncharted territory. If you don’t find a way to accomplish all that is expected of you, you will be driven by the urgent demands of others and lacking ...

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