Product Management Fortune Cookie: Transparency delivered, achievements returned.


BizDev asks for wrong features.  Sales gets in the way.  Your boss overrules decisions.  The team only wants to debate.  They all just get in the way of progress.

In my earlier years, I worked directly for a start-up CEO in new product development and strategy.  We worked one-on-one; and, through the weight of the CEO, simply did what needed to be done.  What I hadn’t realized at the time was that while I was making good improvements and progress with the products, I could have been doing so much better.

Sure, in a vacuum, there are less debates, less roadblocks, less change.  But, there is also less oxygen… critical in sparking better ideas and strategies.

At every opportunity, we product managers must seek  to open up new communication channels, shed light on the decision making process, and bare ourselves and our products to critique. Through bringing all people together, product managers can foster constructive debates, tease out valuable perspectives, and incorporate everything into a more robust product plan.

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Jeremy Horn
The Product Guy

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About Jeremy Horn

Jeremy Horn is an award-winning, product management veteran with 2 decades of experience leading and managing product teams. Jeremy has held various executive and advisory roles, from founder of several start-ups to driving diverse organizations in online services, consumer products, and wearables. As founder of The Product Group, he has created the largest product management meetup in the world and hosts the annual awarding of The Best Product Person. Accelerating the next evolution of product management, Jeremy acted as creator and instructor of the 10-week product management course at General Assembly and The New School, and mentoring at Women 2.0 and Lean Startup Machine (where is he also a judge). To see where Jeremy is now check him out at (1) and (2)