You might not know this, but the Cranky Product Manager has special abilities. Ones that go beyond her prowess with requirements documents, her ability to read customers’ minds, and the way she can get developers to actually do what she asks without offering bribes or sexual favors.
Can’t guess what these abilities are? Well, the Cranky Product Manager is an “empath” (sorta). Kind of like Deanna Troi. But without the skin-tight, low-cut lavender jumpsuits and penchant for stating the blindingly obvious.
As an empath, the Cranky Product Manager can sense how all of you — the Product Management Crankerati — are feeling at this very moment.
She’s sensing that you are feeling frustrated and that you have too much to do. That your days are filled with hundreds of emails, dozens of meetings, tons of documents and reading, customer visits, travel, presentations, strategic planning and and more and more and more. The onslaught just won’t let up, and you are feeling just a little overwhelmed (although you won’t admit it). As such, you’ve lost a bit of your sense of humor.
So, the Cranky Product Manager is here to help. Maybe give you a smile or even a few chuckles.
First, re-live your daily conference call hell with the video “A Conference Call in Real Life“:
Second, the next time you have to deal with that caustic-yet-brilliant CTO, remember this Dilbert:
Third, check out the Cranky Product Manager’s Pinterest board, for EVEN MORE cartoons on product management, software, and Silicon Valley (mixed with a dash of working-mom humor).
And fourth, try to get a bit more sleep, rein in your inner control freak, and remember that you just LOVE product management! It’s WICKED AWESOME.