Monday, December 31, 2007

recap: a product manager's year

This will be my last post of the year - thank you for making this blog a success in 2007, and I look forward to hearing from you in 2008.

What happened in 2007 in my now not-so-new gig? Before it becomes lost in the fog of memory, here are three highlights, each of which suggests a good question:

Some people came to town, some people left town. How do you deal with turnover from an emotional perspective?

We made tremendous progress implementing a variety of important systems, most signficantly for requirements and roadmap definition. Which product management systems are the most important ones for you to implement in a new job?

I learned I'm actually looking forward to saying "I don't know" more often. It takes quite the load off of me to not have to posess complete understanding of all things at all times. What can you do in 2008 to become a better member of your team?

I'm actually looking forward to 2008 more so than I can recall looking forward to any new year in recent memory. I hope you are too.


Anonymous said...

What systems did you implement?

bob said...

Stewart - "we" implemented two major new systems, one for requirements gathering/documentation/review, and one for roadmaps. I use the pronoun "we" because the product manager can't do anything without the team's buy-in. In truth, the systems we use are unique to our unique business - there are no "one size fits all" business processes that will work without modification for two different teams, which will come as no surprise to you.

The one that has had the biggest early impact has been the latter; the benefit of good requirements show up down the road.