Traversing Product

Random things that I find & learn about Product Management

What is a Product Manager responsible for?

Aug 2021

This question is pretty hard to answer – it really depends on their role within the company, the team, their experience, the product and of course where the product is in its lifestyle.

At a very high level, I agree with this quote, a PMs primary responsibility is to

Help your team (and company) ship the right product to your users

Another similar quote that I like is

A PM is responsive for articulating what a winning product looks like, rallying the team to build it & iterating until they get it right!

That might not always be true, again depending on the situation and role within the company, for example, associate PMs and Senior PMs will likely have very different responsibilities.

Job titles aside, if we just take a look at job ad for a PM that I read a while ago, it had a list of things a they would be responsible for which included:

blog post I stumbled across mentioned PM’s are responsible for

Another post mentions

Product managers are responsible for guiding the success of a product and leading the cross-functional team that is responsible for improving it.

The product manager is the person responsible for defining the why, when, and what of the product that the engineering team builds. This means they lead cross-functional teams from a product’s conception all the way through to its launch.

The post goes on to say that the responsibilities include

Oh and here’s a relevant quote from Marty Cagan.

Product manager’s job is to understand and balance the many, often competing, needs of users and customers, sales, marketing, finance, customer success, legal, business development, engineering, design, and more.

So as you can see, it’s a hard question to answer, but hopefully this post is helpful!

- Aaron