What is a Software Product Manager/Software Product Management?
Product Managers ensure that products achieve specific objectives in an ever changing market and competitive landscape.
The CEO of a technology start-up is often the first Product Manager in a company. The CEO knows the market, competitive landscape, and has created a vision and strategy for the company's first product. Once the company grows enough in funding, revenue, and/or size, the CEO will pass responsibility of the product to a Product Manager so that the CEO can focus on running the entire business.
When existing products have lots of feature changes to manage or new product lines are added to the mix, then new Product Managers will be hired to manage that work. Product Managers are also hired to manage custom internal facing software applications. The craft of being a Product Manager is product management. See the Message Board > Events by Our Group > Next Meetups for a list of responsibilities and topics for Product Managers to know.
The most important distinction is that a Product Manager keeps up to date on their ever changing market(s), products, and corporate strategy. They work with many people, must be excellent communicators, future oriented, strategic planners, skilled negotiators, detail oriented (requirements), and competent decision makers.
Our group's mission is to provide Software Product Managers a face-to-face life-line and improve our craft in the pursuit of creating killer software products. And, to have fun doing it!
Why a Software Product Management group?
Fundamentally we believe that face-to-face meetings are better at exchanging rich ideas and fostering collaborative relationships in comparison to online-only conversations. Additionally, we want to eliminate barriers, such as high membership fees and exclusive membership, in order to encourage participants with different levels of experience and different backgrounds related to the ideation, roll-out, and management of software products.
We believe that the number of people and amount of innovation involved in software products could support a group focused specifically on Software Product Management. This will make it easier to keep the topics relevant and understandable to all participants.
We are 100% focused on our members and community – we don’t sell anything, we’re not a business. This is to minimize the group’s bias and also keep ourselves open to all ideas, including “disruptive” ones. We encourage collaboration with for-profit enterprises.
Finally, though the NYC group is young we’re already naming it part of an “Association” in order to visualize its future connection with other groups around the country, and hopefully the world. The realized future will evolve through the growth, imagination, and participation of its members.
(1) the community is free to join (though events may charge a nominal fee for expenses)
(2) open to everyone interested, including non-Product Managers
(3) open to all ideas
(4) self-organized, member-driven, and open to volunteers!
(5) members can give non-expert but well researched or real-world presentations
(6) “experts”, like consultants and for-profit businesses, may present for members’ education and benefit
More detail on this group's origination and mission is in the "files" section.
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