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:
Addendum: I have created a resource stash for all things related to Software Product Management!
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.”
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.
When you know it’s time to hire a new product manager, maybe even the first one in your startup, how will you know what you should look for? Ask them the hard questions. Have them make decisions. Read this post on Medium.