The vulnerable PM

My two years of being an EdTech Product Manager have given me so much pause for thought relating to my confidence and approach. Being vulnerable as a PM in your work and putting yourself out there has really helped make better products.

It’s tough though on some days you need thick skin padded with perseverance.

I wanted to share this so other PMs who maybe are feeling a bit vulnerable know that sometimes it’s the space we need to operate in.

Here are some recent things where sticking my neck out and feeling vulnerable has been valuable.

  • πŸ’° Spending hours running UATs and UX interviews and getting a luc-warm reception to the features; this is golddust;
  • πŸ“ƒ Presenting alpha pipeline concepts and receiving a list of well-directed critiques; you’re onto a winner, keep going;
  • πŸ€¦β€β™‚οΈ Well researched tickets are shown to scrum teams only to get a startlingly solid comment from a VP on why it won’t work yet; No-one’s perfect, keep going;
  • 🀚 If you’ve brought the engineering team in on the product story and outcome, they’ll suggest better approaches than you had; That’s an ideal place to be, a team who are keen on the success;
  •  πŸ“Š Spending an hour justifying why we need analytics and being told we don’t; Not sure how this is advantagous, that’s basic… so never mind πŸ˜›

I hope sharing this post will lead to others knowing they can be vulnerable and it’s a good place to grow from.

Being a PM means you really have to stay vulnerable, you have to stay learning and listening.

By Dan Course

Senior Instructional Designer. Partnerships, people, products, delivery, agile tech and online edu. Naturally curious, innovative and willing to challenge the status quo.

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