Over the years, my main role has been as a product manager, which means guiding the evolution of a company’s product (or service). At the most basic level, the product manager’s job is:
- Figure out what to do next
- Get it done
“Figuring out what to do next” starts with gathering requirements from a diverse group of people, such as customers, management, traders, operations, compliance, developers, outside vendors, etc. Each of those groups is focused on solving a problem affecting their own area, and the product manager has to think about how potential changes for one group might affect the other groups.
Now that you have everyone’s wish list, you have to pick what’s most important to work on first, and get that done. This means communicating the requirements to the people who can make it happen, including ouside vendors or internal software developers, then following up to make sure it’s done correctly.
I really enjoy the product manager role. It’s sort of like solving a big Rubik’s Cube. There’s always a different challenge to work on.