15 Signs you might be a Product Manager

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15 Signs you might be a Product Manager

A light-hearted look at the tell-tale signs that you work in product.

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Matthew Jackson
·Apr 21, 2022·

3 min read

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1.) You have given up trying to explain your job to friends and family

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2.) And you die a little inside when someone calls you a project manager 😖

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3.) There have been times when this was your idea of a ‘light schedule’

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4.) But in reality you spend most of your days trying book a slot in everyone else’s calendar that works for an upcoming meeting

Ok, that’s an exaggeration! This Saturday at 4am works, right? 😇

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5.) You Googled this more than once pre-pandemic…

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With the number of post-it notes you’ve written, you’re probably down 20 IQ points, at least.

6.) You can name the authors of at least 3 of these classic books:

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Answers at the end of the article!

7.) You un-ironically use a Kanban board to organise your personal life 🤓

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8.) You sometimes create fake tasks in Asana for the joy of seeing the unicorn when you complete them 🦄

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Whoosh! Never gets old 😎😎

9.) When you forget to pick up groceries on the way home, you don’t apologise to your family, you simply explain that it was de-prioritised…

…but they shouldn’t worry, it’s in the backlog and will be considered again for next quarter, promise! 😇.

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10.) You know at least 20 nice ways to say ‘No’ without saying ‘No’

Top hits include:

  • “Which OKR does it align with?” 🤔
  • “Let’s take that offline.” 🚫
  • “Can we get some more data around that proposal?” 🤓
  • “What problem are we really trying to solve here?” 🕵️‍♀️
  • “Is there a manual workaround?” 🔨

11.) You also come with some other catchphrases

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Forget Barbie and Action Man, Convertia is the action figure our kids need! 😊

12.) You just silently judged me for using Comic Sans MS above 😏

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13.) Another day in the office is just another opportunity to AB test your outfit choices to optimise for compliments

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Woohoo! That’s a statistically significant uplift in self-esteem 🥲.

14.) You spend your life talking about goals and MVPs but you don't know your Ronaldos from your Rooneys ⚽🤷.

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15.) You shamelessly overuse gifs and memes to spice up your slides and emails

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Conclusion

So, product managers, how many of these signs did you tick off? And can you think of other tell-tale signs we missed? Let us know in the comments below!

Answers to question 6) The Lean Startup — Eric Ries, Inspired— Marty Cagan, Sprint — Jake Knapp, The Hard Thing About Hard Things — Ben Horowitz, Don’t Make Me Think — Steve Krug.