Creating The Perfect Product Isn’t Enough

Monday, we sacrilegiously summarized the epic graphic novel Watchmen in 10 Panels Or Less™.

Today, we’re going to use that story summary as a springboard into a discussion on how being right sometimes just isn’t enough.


Hold on, Ozymandias: Creating the perfect product isn’t enough.
A good product manager has to get the market right, too. And avoid giant blue hands.

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Product Managers: Can You Reject Product Narcissism?

Yesterday we summarized Doctor Who “The Age of Steel” in 10 Screencaps or Less.

Today we’re using that summary as a springboard into a discussion on Product Narcissism.


John Lumic & friends

As we’ve seen, John Lumic was a genius. Unfortunately, he was also slowly dying–and rapidly growing insane.

Desperate to keep breathing, Lumic developed a method of bonding the human brain to a metal exoskeleton… and decided to grant everyone his version of immortality by forcibly upgrading them into Cybermen.

That, my friends, is Product Narcissism in its purest form. In science fiction, PN can threaten Life As We Know It. In product management, PN can kill your product and sink your career.

Let’s look at the signs of PN and how to treat it.

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What Makes A Good Product Manager?

In Detective Comics #619, Tim Drake — on the road to becoming Batman’s next Robin — wonders if familial tragedy is a prerequisite to becoming Robin.

In other words, it’s not just about athletic ability, acrobatics, crime-solving, and short-shorts–there’s also an element of tragedy required to cross the divide from teen boy to Boy Wonder.

This got me thinking: What traits make a good Product Manager? What’s the ideal background for a Product Manager?

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