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.
- 💰 Spending hours running UATs and UX interviews and getting a luc-warm reception to the features; this is golddust;
- 📃 Presenting alpha pipeline concepts and receiving a list of well-directed critiques; you’re onto a winner, keep going;
- 🤦♂️ 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;
- 📊 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 😛
I hope sharing this post will lead to others knowing they can be vulnerable and it’s a good place to grow from.