This is the introductory piece to a series of interviews with product managers. I am on a quest to find out what different product managers do, how their role compares to product management theory, what their daily struggles are, and how I can become a great product manager myself.
Why am I doing this? I want to become a great product manager, and hopefully down the road some people might also find my learnings interesting and useful.
In March I attended Product Camp in London, an all-day event where the crowd is greeted by an empty schedule, and it is up to participants to create the agenda and content of the talks. The most popular talk was from Prad Patel, on impostor syndrome. It became evident that majority of attendees at the event were wondering what other product managers really were doing, whether they faced similar hurdles and blocks to progress, and if looking for support in that group was an option. Hearing a room full of specialists not sure of themselves and encouraging each other led me to believe that an insight into the various product management roles in the vast field would be a great learning opportunity.
First the Blog, Then the Book?
After the talk was over, Simrun, a PM working in fintech, said he would love to read a book on daily life of different PMs, and compare it to his role and experience. Eager to find answers to similar questions, I thought that a book would be a big commitment for someone to write, but that short blog posts would be a great starting point. As a result of that conversation at the un-conference and a further conversation with Mind The Product’s James Mayes, I decided to take the task in my own hands.
Secondly, I am looking for a new job as a product manager. But not just a job, I want to know that I could be a great product manager, and for that I have to learn.
Two years ago I joined MarketInvoice, a prominent fintech company in London, with the aim of becoming a product manager. With little experience in the field I made an informed decision to get hands-on involved as much as possible in product work in MarketInvoice, and I loved it. Continuous self-studies in online courses, participating in mentorship programs to gulp information on product management, and mingling in the product scenes in London confirmed to me that this is what I want to do. I am fascinated with building and creating new things, and it makes me a feeling of satisfaction and achievement to know I have made someone’s day better.
While I had a great learning experience in MarketInvoice and I met some of the smartest and most amazing people I know, my career wasn’t progressing at the rate I wanted, and two weeks ago I left the company.
Please get in Touch
Having had a whiff of experience in the product field and wanting to learn more, I am now on a quest to listen and pick up insight from other PMs.
If you have any specific questions you would like to ask other Product Managers, let me know. And if you are a PM willing to share your story and experience, please do step forward!