It’s a question that comes up all the time – how do I get into product management if I am trained to do something else? I answer the question obliquely, by listing out the characteristics, skills, and mindset you need to be a successful product manager.

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  • Bob Sutton on strong opinions, weakly held. “I’ve been pretty obsessed about the difference between smart people and wise people for years. I tried to write a book called ‘The Attitude of Wisdom’ a couple times. And the virtues of wise people – those who have the courage to act on their knowledge, but the humility to doubt what they know – is one of the main themes in Hard Facts [one of Bob’s excellent books].”
  • My earlier article about optimization.

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About the author

Your host and author, Nils Davis, is a long-time product manager, consultant, trainer, and coach. He is the author of The Secret Product Manager Handbook, many blog posts, a series of video trainings on product management, and the occasional grilled pizza.

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