Product managers need to know everything

A few days ago, I was talking to a senior product professional.

He said something that struck me.

It wasn’t the first time I heard this.

A product manager is expected to know “everything”.


It’s often the case.

It’s possibly the biggest boon or curse of product management

You have to know tech when you talk to engineering

You have to know business when you talk with execs or customers

You have to know trends, triggers, influencing when you talk to sales

You have to know about the competition when talking to marketing and customers

You have to know the latest in tech if you want to influence the dev team

You have to know about cloud, dev-ops, security, crypto, interest rates, regulations…

The list goes on…

Additions to this never really stop!

It can be overwhelming at times

It can take up a lot of your time

Two things work me

Curiosity and continuous learning (something I enjoy)

Prioritizing – when there is so much to learn where do you spend the time?

How do you deal with this challenge?

What hacks, tricks you use?

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