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Strategic Thinking Skills for Product Managers

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In Mind the Product’s state of product management survey late last year lots of you said that strategic thinking had been the most important skill in helping you advance your career but it’s certainly not an easy skill to master. We’ve gathered some advice from the community in an attempt to offer some clarity.

At its simplest, strategic thinking is an ability to plan for the future. By implication then it can be seen as the sole preserve of product leaders. Not so, says Mind the Product’s founder Martin Eriksson, it’s something that every product manager should practise. He says: “The challenge for product is often that especially if you’re ‘just’ a product manager, that you get so stuck into your day-to-day, so all-consumed by the process of taking something off the roadmap and working through all the steps to get it shipped and then moving on to the next thing, that you forget to look up at the horizon. That’s how I think about…

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