The outcast

Do you ever feel like as the product person everyone is against you? I walk around the office feeling like a pariah.

Devs want you to butt out. Stakeholders want you to push for faster and more.

We’re like the meat in the world’s most stressful sandwich.


The Lepper
3 months ago

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I empathize with you.
Once I had a terrible product feature launch. I walked down the office with dagger eyes staring at me because our phones did not stop ringing (in a bad way). One particular stressful person said to me: "You cart people", with the most scornful look. But on the bright side, I learnt what not to do in a major feature launch.

aki - 3 months ago - Reply

Bad User Story replied 3 months ago

Always look on the bright side!! Totally know the feeling of all the phones ringing. Want to say “WE KNOW!!”

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Could this be because your mates and stakeholders might be driven from uncertain and insecure circumstances? Try to find out why they are like this. I say, our PMs job is to be the light in their dark and help them find out what they need. Make sure you're not getting pushed around or controlled.

Daniel - 3 months ago - Reply

Bad User Story replied 3 months ago

Sounds pretty idyllic. I guess you’re right in that this is a company culture issue.

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Thankfully not like that where I am but I still totally feel your pain. I could easily see it being like that at many places.

BetaGirl - 3 months ago - Reply

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