Forming a cornerstone of product management, the ability to understand what to build next (and what not to!), explain and justify your choices, and make better-informed decisions set apart a good product manager from a great one. However, it is easier said than done. At the end of the day, how do we know if a decision is right or not? And this is where, in my opinion, we can start shifting our mindset.
After my most recent Product School #AskMeAnything session on Slack, I realized how many aspiring Product Managers are convinced they need to obtain an MBA from a business school to break into the field. While I understand the value some see in getting the Masters degree, I disagree with this notion.
More often than not we, as Product Managers, forget to take a step back and ask ourselves “Why?” Why am I including this feature? Why is the development team working on this deliverable? Why are we doing all of this in the first place?