Now, first things first, we have to call out that product management can be hard and it can be incredibly easy to get into a rough place mentally, and I’m glad Ian’s in a better place now. Marty himself gave a classy reply and a link to this article
about managing PM time. I also wrote my own take
on how product management can be a terribly difficult job. My only gripe with the initial Tweet is that it felt unfair to call out Inspired and Marty directly. Inspired is very, very explicit about how tough product management is. The 60 hour working week (which is toxic, as I’ve written about
) is not presented in the book as a target, more of a warning!
In any case, make sure you look after yourself out there. We have a tough job, and you need mentors, coaches & leadership support. I’ve been doing a lot of mentoring recently, and am still pretty booked up but my DMs are always open on Twitter if you need to spitball.