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This week I've been thinking about the differences between product and project management. Friends? Enemies? Frenemies? I've just written a 10-page report for O'Reilly on the subject, but here's one key point:
Product management is a leadership role, (not equivalent to a CEO, but) one judged by business results and requiring clear objectives. By contrast, project management is management role, one judged by on-time and on-budget delivery and requiring clear deliverables.
Most people I talk to say you can't have both in one person (or if you do, you've found a unicorn). Can you? Should you? Write me back.
My friend Gillian Daniel at Wayfair is looking for a kick-ass product leader, a director position building and mentoring a team for their sales agent tools. Apply here.