When we look at Product Management as a job, a typical Product Manager’s duties and responsibilities include a number of things. Different types of industries, different levels of seniority, and different areas of focus, among other things, require different kinds of activities. But if I have to explain what a typical day at work is like, I can divide it into three main parts:
Working with both internal and external stakeholders
Most of the Product Manager’s time is spent talking to people from different departments, such as strategy, engineering, sales, UX, Legal, and product marketing, to find out what customers say or want. Another important goal is to make sure that all key stakeholders know and understand the product priorities and our short-, medium-, and long-term strategic vision.
Also, as a product manager, one of the most important things is to make sure communication is always two-way and that the product manager continues to use the expertise of all key teams to make sure you are building the right solutions and collecting all the data we need to make the right decisions.
Talking to the Stakeholders
It’s more important and harder to find the right question than it is to find the right answer. So, as a product manager, asking the right questions helps you find the right answers so you can come up with ideas, set priorities, finish the roadmap, and make important product decisions. This means that you have to go to a lot of product management meetings, both planned and unplanned ones. These meetings will help you figure out where customers are having problems and where you should focus your attention. Then, you can take what you’ve learned and use it to make better products for our customers.
Find out, think about, and make plans
As a Product Manager, you spend a lot of time every day looking at metrics, market trends, competitor research, the product roadmap, and getting ready for customer meetings and demos. This gives you all the information you need to build a solid foundation for your products and find places to run experiments based on what customers want. You should also plan to use these pieces of information to come up with new ideas and find new ways to solve problems that customers often face in creative ways.
A product manager’s day is usually different and doesn’t follow the same pattern in every company. But these are the main tasks that most Product Managers do every day, and there are probably more.