My Guest Post on the Aha! Blog

Once upon a time, I wrote a thing.

In the early 2010s, I was an active blogger on the topic of product management. As part of my process of learning my craft, I participated in a loud debate among the online product management community which was trying to define the difference between the agile product owner role and true business product management.

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My thinking at the time, partly shaped by the organization I was in, led me to advocate a top-down approach where a product manager drives the roadmap and outward facing activities, in partnership with a product owner who is more focused on development activities and backlog management.

I was invited to share a post on the blog of Aha!, a provider of product management roadmapping software. I found out a few years later from Aha!‘s CEO, Brian De Haff, that this post was among the top performing posts on the Aha! blog.

And here it is: The Product Manager vs. Product Owner

As a postscript, I must confess that my view has now changed.

Having seen the flaws of this model, I now advocate narrower full-stack product roles, where individuals own both the outward and inward facing activities. The issue of product manager overload is better managed with via breadth of responsibility. Brian took a similar position in his rebuttal.

What do you think?

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