Product Management Exercises to improve your 2020 skills
January 12, 2020
January 12, 2020
As a product manager you should constantly be working to improve your ability to manage your product by completing product management exercises that will keep your mind sharp. When you work on one product, and focus your energy on building up that product you can start to miss some obvious problems because we get too focused on a single thing we miss the larger picture. By working on product management exercises on a normal basis you get a chance to step back from your product and apply your skills to a different problem and come up with new solutions. You may find the solution you come up with for a different product also applies to your own.
Product management exercises can range in the type you want to complete based on the amount of time you have and the type of problem you are trying to solve. Here are a few product management exercises you can complete which are high level questions to make you think about products you are using and to make you aware of what your impression of those are.
- What is your favorite product and why? If you can answer this question you may realize that there are some specific traits that this product has which has made it easier for you to use, or saves you time, automates something, and at the end of the day solves a real pain point you have and beyond that, they do it in an awesome way. Now write out what makes the solution so great and see if your own product follows the same principals.
- Give an example of a poorly designed product? Again, with question one you can focus on what makes a great product but for this focus on what the most painfully designed product you have used is. Now write out what made that a painful product for you to use. Were there extra clicks, was it confusing, did it not really solve your problem? Make yourself aware of why you feel the way you do when you use a different product so that you can write out your impression and then apply that impression to your own product to see if you have the same problems.
- Pick a product you use every day and come up with three improvements for it. As you write out your potential improvements for these products stop to think why they were not yet implemented. Is it something specific to your use of the product so low need for the overall user base? Are they difficult updates or is the request outside of the scope of what the product is trying to do? Perhaps the product manager of the product may not have had the request yet before? As you are getting requests to improve your product you should hear all requests and ensure you are reviewing them to see if they should be promoted to your product roadmap.
Learning is a part of all jobs as the space around technology changes constantly and user needs are constantly changing. Product managers need to ensure they keep their skills sharp to continue to build out a great product for users and by doing product management exercises you have the option to make 2020 a great year by focusing on products around you and learning from what works and what fails to ensure your product is adopting the best of what is around you.
If you are looking for more product management exercises, we have those for you as well!