Bhushan Kolleri

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What accomplishment in your product management career has brought you the highest level of satisfaction and joy? Can you narrate why?

Discovering a repeatable formula for building a high-performance product management team has given me the most satisfaction. Being able to maintain excellence as a team is a lot harder than as an individual.

What aspect of  product management did you struggle the most with? How did you overcome  it?

Most businesses are traditionally wired to view product management and technology teams as support functions. You win them over by delivering outstanding results and laying down ways of working together.

What's one common  myth about product management that you find common among aspiring PMs.

B2C is sexy; B2B is boring. You won't discriminate along those lines when you focus on the problem statement(s) that you are trying to solve.

What are some common  pitfalls that product managers must be aware of?

Embarking on product development without identifying the measurable goals. Confirmation bias. Assuming that others have read and understood what you documented.

If not product  management, what career would you have picked? Are there any complimentary skillsets that you see between being a PM and your alternate choice?

Startup founder, developer, designer, marketer, lawyer, accountant. I played a bit of all of these roles before it all coalesced into product management.

What is something  about product management that you wish you knew when you started out?

That you can (and must) validate the underlying assumptions before setting out to build the product.

What accomplishment in your product management career has brought you the highest level of satisfaction and joy? Can you narrate why?

Discovering a repeatable formula for building a high-performance product management team has given me the most satisfaction. Being able to maintain excellence as a team is a lot harder than as an individual.

What aspect of  product management did you struggle the most with? How did you overcome  it?

Most businesses are traditionally wired to view product management and technology teams as support functions. You win them over by delivering outstanding results and laying down ways of working together.

What's one common  myth about product management that you find common among aspiring PMs.

B2C is sexy; B2B is boring. You won't discriminate along those lines when you focus on the problem statement(s) that you are trying to solve.

What are some common  pitfalls that product managers must be aware of?

Embarking on product development without identifying the measurable goals. Confirmation bias. Assuming that others have read and understood what you documented.

If not product  management, what career would you have picked? Are there any complimentary skillsets that you see between being a PM and your alternate choice?

Startup founder, developer, designer, marketer, lawyer, accountant. I played a bit of all of these roles before it all coalesced into product management.

What is something  about product management that you wish you knew when you started out?

That you can (and must) validate the underlying assumptions before setting out to build the product.

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