A vast majority of modern-day Product Managers are migrating from a technical background. This means that the remainder of the Product Manager community doesn’t come from a background involving any technological aspects. Although not having any technical experience isn’t exactly the end of your Product Management career, having some technical experience can go a long way. Here are some of the biggest issues faced by the non technical Product Manager.
Non Technical Product Manager Issue 1: Discussions with Technical Teams
It comes with no exception that holding an important discussion with your technical team can prove to be a difficult task if you harbor no knowledge of substantial technical calibre. This ranges from discussions involving keywords and terminology such as what platforms your team uses to discuss project deadlines and appropriate time estimates for a task.
What You Can Do to Remedy This
The best way to begin holding better discussions with your technical team is to study up key phrases and modern-day technological terminology. This not only provides you with adequate knowledge of holding meaningful meetings with the technical masters of your company, but it allows for you to understand better when you’re asked a technical question or to give a statement.
Non Technical Product Manager Issue 2: Creating Roadmaps
One of the key responsibilities of a Product Manager is the creation and tracking of roadmaps. There can be difficulties creating roadmaps if you don’t know the platforms, and requirements for different implementations of technical functions within a product. If you’re a non technical product manager, you may not know how long it’ll take for a task to be fully completed by the team. In that case, your range for estimating a deadline will only continuously expand or be far too close to the current date, and it can either slow down your project, or product unnecessary stress for your team members.
How to Overcome This Difficulty
The best way to get better at creating technical roadmaps would definitely be to study up on the key programs that your team uses, and what is required of them. Speak constantly and ask questions from the team members, and the directors of the teams. Get valuable insight from other prospective members of your company, and gather as much data as you can. Don’t be afraid to ask questions — everyone’s human and Product Managers don’t have the answers to everything.
Non Technical Product Manager Issue 3: Technical Presentations
This goes hand-in-hand with the first point, about discussions with the team. With the knowledge and calibre of a strong technical background, you’d be at a disadvantage when it comes to presenting to teams, and stakeholders/executives on where the product is, technologically speaking. This can be difficult to overcome and can lead to unprecedented situations.
This cannot be stressed enough: study, study, and study. Product Management is all about learning every day how to improve your skills and work in more situations daily. The more you learn and know about technology and technical functionalities within your company, the better. You don’t have to know everything about the field and be a master, but just scratching the surface can go a very long way — you don’t even have to know much coding to gain a significant benefit in the Product Management role.
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