How to spot an outstanding product manager

The post “Find, Vet and Close the Best Product Managers” is about the hiring process of product managers. It provides good examples of questions and weak and strong answers, so it is definitely worth a read.

More than that, outstanding product managers’ qualities are listed, and I fully agree:

  • Articulate what a winning product looks like.

  • Rally the team to build it.

  • Iterate on it until they get it right.

The qualities are then further explained:

  • Intellectual ability

  • Communication

  • Leadership

  • Effectiveness within the company culture

  • Knows what users want

  • Strategic/Analytical Thinking

  • Technical background

  • Entrepreneurial spirit

Addendum: I have created a resource stash for all things related to Software Product Management!

Hiring product managers for product management experience

There has been a discussion about whether to hire product managers that have product management experience or to hire product managers that explicitly do not have this experience. This article highlights the arguments in favour of PM experience:

  • Good (great) product managers bring a critical mix of technical talent, business insight and market/customer/user insight
  • Even startups have product experience, even if there is no dedicated PM role
  • Subject matter experts have no PM skills
  • Product management is harder than you might think
  • “A weekend at the dude ranch doesn’t make you a cowboy.”

How to hire a good designer

Last week I shared a post on how to hire a good Product Manager. But there are not only product managers in a good team (and developers, by the way), but a designer is usually also part of the team. You may also call the UX expert, UI specialist, or the like. But there needs to be someone who turns the product manager’s mockups into real UI.

Bokardo has a post on How to hire a good designer.

  • Always be building relationships.
  • Portfolio, portfolio, portfolio.
  • Can they tell a story?
  • Are they designers all the time?
  • Know what motivates designers.
  • Understand their current pain.
  • Have them hang with the team.
  • Do design exercises.
  • Reach out yourself.
  • Trust your team.
  • Can they critique/take criticism?

Read the details in Bokardo’s post.