Inevitability, no matter how good a product manager you are and despite the best attention to gathering requirements and scoping out the release plans, you will run into a challenge. Most likely, whether you are in hardware, software or services, this challenge will be that your development team cannot meet the timeline (or the budget) with the list of features that need to be developed
There was a webinar today entitled “Is Doman Expertise Critical to be a successful Product Manager?” sponsored by Product Management View (part of Ryma Techonology’s community.) This was an interesting event, where both sides of the argument were presented, by credible product management professionals. And, if the twitter conversation was any indication, passion still exists when it comes to the discussion. (You can review the twitter feed using the #pmv hashtag.)
Several months ago I wrote a blog on this subject. In the blog, and still today, I advocate that for technology companies, having the right product management/marketing skills is more important than having the industry skills.