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Can I Become a Good Product Manager?

AKA What does it take for me to try out Product Management?

The thing is that Product Management is very simple. And perhaps that is why it is so hard.

There are three streams from which Product Managers rise:

  1. Design,
  2. Business and
  3. Technology.

The key to being a good Product Manager is to rise from one of these positions of strength, and then immediately lose it.

Here is what I mean:

If a technologist takes up a product, they forever see it as a technical product and do not realize that they have to pay equal attention to design and business. Same with folks from design and business.

This letting go, is where most smart folks fail.

If you are a technologist, do you have the willingness to give up being a technologist? If you can overcome that instinct and be cognizant of aspects of Design and Business, you will be an excellent Product Manager.

And this thought process is an important one to be a successful founder!


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Dinker Charak

Dinker has over a decade of experience in building products across diverse domains such as Industrial Automation, Home Automation, Operating Systems, High Energy Particle Physics, Embedded Systems, Online Video Advertising, Messaging, K-12 education and Private Banking. He also founded Gungroo Software. He books '#ProMa: Product Management Tools, Methods & Some Off-the-wall Ideas' and 'The Neutrinos Are Coming and Other Stories' are available globally. He also manages adbhut.in, an Indian Sci-fi portal.

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