Why not to become a PM?

Can I break into product management with a non-technical background?


A lot of young people want to become Product Manager for all the wrong reasons and have wrong expectations from this role. They cannot be completely blamed as there is no standard definition of the duties of a Product Manager and the role varies across organizations.


Bad product managers are salesmen. They know they can’t lead with authority, so they try to persuade teams to implement ideas they come up with. They sell, they don’t inspire. While good product managers are story tellers. They tell captivating stories focused around customer pain and their emotions, which motivate others to action.


If you think you want to become a Product Manager for higher salaries, better perks, boss around and fly high in short time, then you are in the wrong place. To become a good PM you be a good listener, a good communicator, a good co-ordinator, a good thinker, a good decision maker, a good learner and above all have good technical knowledge.


Because product management blends so many skills and responsibilities, it can be a difficult role to achieve. Product managers often work in other jobs before demonstrating the ability to develop a new product and lead a team. So jumping to a decision to become a Product Manager might be a wrong decision for you.


Product Management can be a tremendously enjoyable job but only if you are focussed on the right things and you are ready to take responsibility for making it fun every day. Taking responsibility for fun makes a huge difference. You can be very effective and get credit for your work. But if you lack this quality and get in to Product Management, you might land u hating your job.

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With great responsibility, comes great stress. Due to its versatility, the role of a product manager is extremely challenging. Although this career is also very rewarding and fulfilling, it can often be frustrating for many reasons. So be careful before you get in to this trade.