▪️What scale do you use to measure an employee performance?
▪️Why 1 to 10 does not work?
It is all about finding/setting a clear and stable reference point. Agreed and communicated expectations is a good starting point 👌🏽
What makes a great product manager? Google suggests dozens of articles with a variety of characteristics and skills highlighted. As it is a frequent question on every Product Management interview, and you usually want to give MECE answers on an interview, I put my top-qualities list in a matrix, based on a KANO model:
One of the most common challenges I noticed in Product management is being able to plan, communicate, and get buy-in from different levels of stakeholders efficiently.
As Product Manager, you will have different levels of stakeholders:
▪️Your own team
All of them need a different level of detail and most likely from different angles. Knowing that you might want to organize your analysis, planning process, and communication in similar structure.
🔹 Insight #1. Starting your product development planning from the top will help to focus on the most valuable problems and get management buy-in before you even start development.
🔹 Insight #2 Limiting to right level information for the right stakeholders will improve communication clarity.
Good product management is a balance between three bigger skill sets:
🔹Craft (methodologies, decision making, prioritization, routines)
🔹Communication (Company, Stakeholders, Team)
🔹Commercial awareness (Knowing problem area, understanding users and potential impact to overall business)
This simple framework can actually help to structure personal development and help managers to guide Product people towards faster growth.
ℹ️ In fact, this framework can be used for almost any position (be it engineer, salespeople, marketing, …) however requirements and actual skills in those sets would be different.