Nine product management misconceptions that are holding you back:
Product managers make all the decisions
As a product manager it’s your job to make sure the right decisions get made—not make all the decisions.
Give your team the clarity and context they need to make decisions themselves.
You need a CS degree to be a great PM
Your technical skills don’t determine your success as a product manager.
Technical chops are useful if you’ve got them, but they’re not essential.
PMs need to be experts in their domain
You don’t have to know anything about fintech to be a great fintech product manager.
Sometimes, having no experience is a benefit rather than a hindrance.
If you don’t know anything, then you’re free to question everything.
It’s the product manager’s job to come up with all the ideas
It’s the job of the PM is to discover the most valuable problems to solve for their customer.
It’s up to the product team to come up with the most valuable solutions.
PMs need to be available all the time
One of your most important jobs as a PM is keeping your team unblocked.
That doesn’t mean you need to be ready to jump the minute they message on Slack, though.
You need to make sure you’re carving out time for deep work.
The product manager writes the user stories
Writing user stories is a job for the whole product team, not just the product manager.
If you’re a product manager writing them to hand over to engineering, you’ve got a problem.
Product managers build what their customer asks for
The Henry Ford “faster horses” quote might be apocryphal, but there’s definitely some truth to it.
Your customers won’t be able to tell you what they need—it’s your job as a PM to discover it.
Product management is all about shipping features
The next feature you add isn’t going to be the one to turn everyone into engaged users.
To be successful, you’ve got to solve a handful of problems in ways that are good enough to make people want to pay for them.
Product managers are the CEOs of their product
Regardless of what Ben Horowitz might’ve said more than two decades ago, the product manager isn’t the CEO of their product—the CEO is.