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A day in the life of a Product Manager (PM)

At Antwak, we interview Product Managers (PM) across the globe about their experiences and professional journey as Product Manager. 

How do they handle multiple tasks and responsibilities? What is a day in the life of a Product Manager like?

Have you ever wondered what do Product Managers care about? And what Product managers need to know?

Let’s check out what these successful professionals say about their life as a Product Manager:

Gretchen (Gretchen Rodriguez) – Sr Product Manager eBay: She shared the challenges she faced in this role while doing product management before moving to the US. During that period the job title Product Manager was not that popular and was wondering how to proceed and that’s when she decided to wait for the opportunity to apply for this role to get this job title and role specifically to start officially. It was a challenge to wait to get this role after a long wait. But again it was worth waiting.

Sr. Product Manager Abhishek (Abhishek Shukla) -Adobe, Ex- Flipkart shared the challenges he faced in setting up a new product in his first 30 days. He focused on learning about the product and market in the first 30 days to achieve success. Learning about the product is not simply knowing product details but the challenges and uncertainties attached to it. Knowing about your customers, vendors, marketers, competitors, stakeholders in the ecosystem as a whole. Strive to determine your place in the ecosystem and your competitor’s strategies. Apart from these takeaways, one should also focus on the company’s core competencies and product strategies.

Product Manager-Preeti Sekar also speaks about the challenges an early professional might face in this role as a PM in the first 30 days. A person might be from a different domain, profile, and experience and new to this role facing all sorts of criticism and feedback from customers, stakeholders, etc, and eventually one can settle themselves with the roles and responsibilities of a Product Manager. 

Nitin Mishra Senior Principal Product Manager at Oracle. It is easier to handle an existing product than the new launch product. As existing and mature products demand managing the lifecycle of a product, managing customer expectations as much time consumed in compliance standards, etc. On the other hand, when working with newly launched products his focus was on offering the product to the market from scratch and doing market research.

Product Management is a versatile domain

Product managers identify customer’s needs and requirements and work with their team to turn their vision into reality. The Product Manager role is versatile in handling many responsibilities. Product Management is extremely challenging but it can be very rewarding and fulfilling as a career.

If you’re thinking of pursuing a career in Product Management and want to know about the important aspects of this role, then watch out the interview videos with some successful professional leaders conducted at Antwak. Here’s the link to the video playlist:

Also check out our story on product management here: transitioning into a product management role

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