Admin . Oct 17 . 4 min read
Every wannabe product manager dreams of building the next "It" product, but most of the times when they actually get hired in a Product Manager position they discover that the product they're supposed to manage already exists. We're talking about a product that was someone else's "baby", filled with technical debt and complicated coding decisions that can instantly overwhelm even the sharpest minds.
How should we prepare for this challenging task of managing a product build by someone else?
1. In the first few weeks, try not to rock the boat!
While we might be tempted in our initial naivete to assume that our mind is the brightest and certain product features don't make any sense to be kept, the best thing is to refrain from doing any drastic changes before we get a full grasp of our product and its technical stack.
2. Learn everything that you can about your product
My advice for any new product management professional is: start using your product as soon as possible, even before your first day on the job! You need to click on every button and not leave any existing feature unturned and untested. Only by spending a considerable amount of time exploring your product will you be able to understand the theory behind it. It is also important to learn the history of the product, get a full grasp of its architecture and the assumptions that were made while it was being built.
LAURAVAIDA . Photography: Elianne Dipp
I believe that good design shouldn't be just a by product of well functioning tech applications. The usability and design of a tech product should be as important as its core structures.
Hi, my name is Laura and I have a passion for the world of tech products. My background is quite diverse having worked in finance and marketing at the beginning of my career. Back in 2014 I broke into tech and loved it ever since. The past 4 years have found me working as a Product Owner and learning as much as possible about new product development.
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