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The New Skill Model for Product Manager

Expert Session with Matt LeMay

Matt LeMay, Constellate Data Co-founder

Matt has developed and led global data strategy and digital training workshops for companies like GE, American Express, McCann Worldgroup, and Pfizer.

Previously, Matt worked as Senior Product Manager at New York-based music startup Songza (acquired by Google), and Head of Consumer Product and Platform Manager at Bitly.

Session Highlights

- The surprising common delusion that both musician and Product Manager have when they're starting out on the new gigs (4:05)
- How the combindation of quantitative approach and qualitative data can help to understand people (7:50)
- The biggest problem the novice Product Managers encounter and how to tackle that (11:00)
- The three important skills the novice Product Managers lack (13:41)
- The outcome Product Managers should be seeking in terms of resolving internal politics and the tatics to employ (17:01)
- The comparison of the old and new skill models for Product Managers (20:31)
- What the influence of Product Managers is and how to acquire it (22:36)
- The biggest communication challenge for a Product Manager that no one talks about and how to deal with it (32:15)
- The misconception about being a Product Manager and what to do about it (33:33)
- The distinction between being a Product Manager and other employees (37:22)
- The level of technical fluency of a Product Manager should have (45:53)
- The two core components of successful execution for a Product Manager in terms of shipping the product out the door (46:49)
- The two principals for a novice Product Manager to avoid getting bogged down in the theoretical underpinnings of Product Management in the middle of learning Product Management principals (48:12)
- The cursory conversation Matt uses to examine if a person has the necessary skills for being a Product Manager (52:27)
- The Past and Future of Product Management (54:30)

The recommended resources for further study in Enterprise Product Management (56:56)

- Product Management in Practice: A Real-World Guide to the Key Connective Role of the 21st Century
- Influence Without Authority
- The Trusted Advisor
- Crucial Conversations Tools for Talking When Stakes Are High
- The Advantage, Enhanced Edition: Why Organizational Health Trumps Everything Else In Business
- The Five Dysfunctions of a Team: A Leadership Fable

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