What is quickly becoming tradition, we are kicking off the first series of the year looking at our most recent winner of The Best Product Person. Chris Sarette, The Best Product Person of 2011, is the estimable subject of this series. Over the coming weeks I will be sharing a segments of a Q&A session I had with Chris — and lending some insight into why Chris truly is The Best Product Person of 2011.
> What is the best career advice you received as you entered product management?
Engineer excellence. Don’t think of quality as something you check for at the end of an assembly line, but rather as something that’s ingrained into every stop a product makes in its development.
> What is the hardest lesson you learned as a product manager?
Finding balance. You need to set realistic goals for yourself and your team, otherwise what should have been victories end up becoming failures, because you had unrealistic expectations from the start. At the same time though, you can’t afford to get comfortable in what you know. Pushing the boundaries of what you’re capable of will keep you motivated, and exciting to your consumers.
Over the next few weeks I will share more of my interview with Chris Sarette, The Best Product Person of 2011!
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