This word “Product Manager” is ambiguous and confusing. I would like to define this word Product Manager little differently. I like this job because of it’s ambiguity only, which gives immense possibility at the same time.
From the time, I started working, I was highly focused on learning, taking challenges and executing things. I learnt technology, applied mathematics and other tools which helps building something, but I was missing one piece, why to build something, and answering that question is the job of product manager. Product Manager knows exactly, what to build, why to build and then it becomes easy to know how to build. Earlier I was only doing what and how, why was missing.
This enlightenment is not so easy to achieve “to question why?”. And it’s not only about job, it’s the same question which is equally challenging in relationship, business, life, love etc.. It needs a certain kind of state of mind to ask this question. If you are dumb, you won’t be able to ask this question, it won’t matter for you, you’ll just do thing, without knowing any meaning or purpose, why to do? If you are like super-human, like God (of course hypothetically), then you won’t be able to question this, because this why won’t bother you because all and every such thought is a disturbance, question is a NO state of mind. To ask this question, you have to perfectly balanced human, who learns about the purpose of life in the life and start questioning why to the self.
In my 24 hours of journey of everyday, before I hit the bed, I always recall today’s joy, accomplishment and learning. And among multiple phases of my nights, I’ve felt most contended when I have created something in last 24 hour, I feel most contented when I go through that process of creation. And if it continues for 3-4 months and when it starts taking shape, you start to get the kick, you start to enjoy the electricity which starts to hit your brain and that gives me the biggest kick. In every sense of my living, I have realized survival, love and creativity are most satisfying act of life. When we start to create a product, it’s exactly like a sculpture to create, or create a cinema, or create a canvas painting, or to create a saga, you look from top level, understand all the characters, details, story line, flow, intensity, emotions, color and music. And then comes planning and execution, in between we go through many situations of fight and love, fear and victory, confusion and determination, just like when a movie director or painter or a writer goes through.. and that’s the journey I always love to go through because I enjoy that process of creation the most. When it starts taking shape, color start glowing, the art and texture and characters starts building from your imagination to real, product starts to talk, music starts making sense, characters start engaging your mind….. woooooooow, that’s the moment of a white smoke, a drag of enlightenment, a scent of first rain, a touch of your beloved, a pride of first victory, a messages from investor after a long wait, a coverage on Techcrunch after requesting all the Indian media houses…
….that’s the reason I like to be a Product Manager.