Yeah for you! You landed a new product management job in a s#!+hole of an economy! You must be WICKED AWESOME to accomplish such a feat! The Cranky Product Manager applauds you!
But because the Cranky Product Manager is, well, the CRANKY Product Manager, she’s gonna have to let some of the fizz out of your celebratory champagne. Because that’s what she does. It’s her specialty.
So, here’s some signs that your brand new Product Management job is gonna suck – whether you are new to product manager, at a new company, or just in a new line of business at your same old company.
And please, Esteemed Members of the Crankerati, add your own warning signs in the comments.
- The Product Managers don’t know off the top of their heads, their products’ revenue from last quarter and last year. (Perhaps this is because Finance won’t share the info with them, but it is never a good sign.)
- The Product Managers don’t know off the top of their heads who the major competitors are, their approximate sales, and their approximate growth.
- There are more Product Managers than QA engineers.
- The product documentation group has more headcount that Product Management and QA combined.
- There are no User Experience Engineers.
- The are no Sales Engineers (otherwise known as Pre-Sales Consultants).
- Long-term product investment decisions are predominately based on forecasts from Sales — the one group at the company that is paid to focus almost exclusively on the short-term.
- The company needlessly changes names, brands, messaging, product names, logos, etc, constantly. For no apparent reason other than resume-enhancement for the marketing people, but costing the company millions each time
Addendum: Make SURE you check out the comments to see another 50+ Warning Signs contributed by Esteemed Members of the Crankerati!