The Most Important Skills for Product Managers are … — On Product Management

Saeed writes: So what do you think of this list?  It’s not a bad list, but I’m surprised no one mentioned business skills and sales skills! Does that mean they are not important, or are not an issue with most PMs, or simply that they just weren’t mentioned? I suspect this indicates that many product managers are more involved with the technology of the product than the business of the product. And "sales skills" doesn't mean "selling product" skills but "selling ideas" -- to sales people and execs and the market. What do you think is missing? Post your thoughts on The Most Important Skills for Product Managers are … — On Product Management.
Steve Johnson

Steve Johnson

Steve Johnson was a founding instructor at Pragmatic Institute, a role he held for more than 15 years before he left to start Under10 Playbook. In his return to Pragmatic Institute, Steve supports the complete learning path for product teams, ensuring they are fully armed for success. 

Over the course of his career, Steve has helped thousands of companies and tens of thousands of product professionals implement product management processes. He has worked in the high-tech arena since 1981, rising through the ranks from product manager to chief marketing officer. Steve has experience in technical, sales and marketing management positions at companies that specialize in both hardware and software. In addition, he is an author, speaker and advisor on product strategy and product management.


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