Spinning Plates…

A Product Manager’s job is a complex one. Too many parallel initiatives to juggle, too many deadlines to meet, and too many stakeholders to manage. Feels like you can never do any real deep work. It’s not just PMs, startup founders and managers at a medium to a large company also find themselves in this spot.

Where Does the Day Go?

At any given time, PMs are often working on several initiatives in multiple stages of the product lifecycle. As illustrated in the chart below a typical day goes by dealing with stand-ups, monitoring metrics, roadmaps, processing customer feedback, etc.

Additionally, PMs work with multiple stakeholders in the company. From Engineering, Design, to Sales and Marketing. Every function has a dependency on a PM’s deliverables.