SlideShare! The Successful Product Manager

If you asked me, “What does a successful product manager need to know or do?” and then cracked open my headthis presentation would be the result:

Note: Now that the answer to the above question has been realized, please don’t crack me over the head. It hurts.

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It took me days to compile the images for this presentation, and I had a particularly hellacious time trying to find a single image of the Invisible Woman being heroic, powerful and self-sacrificing. I tweeted about my woes, and BeaucoupKevin rode to the rescue. He’s no “Stan” but he is The Man, nonetheless.

Christopher Cummings

Blogs about product management. Loves Jesus, his family, comic books, video games, and giant robots. Occasionally crawls through mud and leaps over fire.

4 thoughts on “SlideShare! The Successful Product Manager

  1. Christopher: This slideshare is a brilliant combination of concise ideas with innervating visuals. Love it. Makes me feel super-hero-like as a Product Manager, though I’m rarely all the things I should be all of the time. I’m one of those flawed heroes; more Dark Horse than Marvel 🙂

  2. Hi Trevor –

    Thanks for the feedback. Some of these traits are definitely easier said than done. But I think we can do it.

    Given the favorites and views this is getting on slideshare, I’m thinking this could be the first in a series–because there’s a lot more to tell, and so many ways to say it… Any requests, let me know!

    – Chris

  3. This is awesome! I am sharing this with my team. I especially appreciated the “Gives Thanks” slide and the Curious George party invitation. To this point, I think it’s important to celebrate business successes more than product releases. E.g. celebrating that customer support has gone down by 20% due to improved user experience. Nice work!

  4. Thanks, Tabita! Celebrating good results is always a good idea… but, somehow, it tends to be forgotten or maybe overshadowed by the Giant Release that just went out. Maybe it shouldn’t be an either/or; maybe celebrate the release but save the bigger shebang for the results it produces?

    – Chris

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