What's your product sign?
What does this year have in store for you and your product? Take the quiz and get your 2020 product horoscope.
Your sign is The Healer. This shouldn’t come as a surprise, since you’re a natural empath. You thrive when connecting with others, and your talents make you incredible at customer interviews and gathering user feedback. Your soft skills stand out in the product management crowd, and the best PMs are advocates for their users and their team.
Hey Healer, you might be feeling a bit misunderstood these days. Trust us, we know it’s no easy feat to be an empathetic product manager. They say you’re too sensitive, and you say it’s your intuition. You might find yourself constantly in the middle of communication conflicts between engineering, sales, success, or even your own team members. But we recommend you take time for yourself. Take a deep breath, step back, and assess the situation. Your inherent soft skills have always come in handy, but back up your intuition with some data and hard facts. You’ll be an unstoppable force this year if you combine your soft skills with analytical acumen.
Your sign is The Scholar. Data is your love language. You’re all about metrics, benchmarks, and the like. You know exactly what you’re talking about, and you have the numbers to back it up. Your decisions are data-informed, and this makes you great at testing hypotheses and experimenting. You believe data is the best way to validate all product decisions.
Scholar, you haven’t had the best time connecting with everyone. Remember that a product manager’s job isn’t just about dashboards and spreadsheets. We know product managers can be thought of as conductors of an orchestra -- they have to keep stakeholders aligned and keep the team moving at the same tempo. This requires some serious soft skills. Don’t look for just quantitative feedback -- venture out and talk to your users. There is a story behind the numbers. This year, we ask you to write that story.
Your sign is The Herald. Spreadsheets, Jira tickets, Miro boards, whatever it is, you have it handled. Others say you’re a Type A product manager, but why would you strive for anything else? Some PMs might feel constrained in boxes, but you see all the possibilities to innovate. You’re organized and process-driven. You’re transparent, efficient, and you deliver.
Hey Herald, you’ve been feeling a little lost these days. There are so many things going on -- deadlines are being pushed, assets are missing, and no one is agreeing on anything. You might be worried if you can ship in time, if at all. But don’t worry too much. You can’t predict every disagreement. Don’t add another checkbox in your to-do list at the moment. Instead, revel in the unknown. Lean into your craft. Talk to different teams, read more articles, do more walking meetings. This year, we ask that you don’t confine innovation to tools or processes.
Your sign is The Alchemist. You’re exceptional at cross-functional collaboration. Others dread working with others, but you know the intersection between all functions is where the magic really happens. You lean into your relationships with other teams and you’re transparent about your expectations. Hackathon is your favorite time of the year, because cross-functional collaboration really is the best ingredient for innovation.
Hey Alchemist, you might feel like you’ve been pulled in many different directions lately. You’re a product manager, which is sometimes synonymous for people manager (or even worse, project manager) You build a strong case for product to work with everyone, but maybe think about working alone for a bit. People say add this to your roadmap, add that. But remember, product is your lane. Not theirs. This year, don’t be afraid to stand your ground -- you know your product better than anyone else.
Your sign is The Seer. You’re an innovative visionary. The future might make some people anxious, but it just excites you. You’re subscribed to all the latest tech news, and you’re up-to-date with the industry trends. You can see your roadmap in six months, a year, and even longer. You’re the type of product manager that wants to be at the frontier of all groundbreaking new tech.
Hey Seer, it’s time to revisit your roots. While others are amazed by your ability to be innovative and vision-oriented, they would probably like it if you were present in the moment as well. Close all your Product Hunt or TechCrunch tabs. Don’t chase the hottest new trend or rebuild your whole product based on a flashy new feature your competitors are touting. Instead, seek inspiration from your craft. When’s the last time you checked in with a user? This year, we think you’ll find inspiration from an unlikely source.
Your sign is The Mage. You’re amazing at all the tools and tech that it takes to be a great product manager. You know your tech stack, and others are amazed by how well you wield tools. You have all the answers to questions about integrations. You could probably give an amazing demo with your eyes closed AND with spotty Wi-Fi.
Hey Mage, you know the saying: jack of all trades, master of none. That’s probably how you feel right now. You’re at a bit of a loss. You’re good at everything, but what can you really call yours? Before you sign up for another webinar or hit the books on PM basics for the umpteenth time (we know you’ve got them memorized), we suggest you sign into your product. Spend an afternoon exploring. What features are gathering cobwebs? Where are your users getting lost? This year, you’re the jack of all trades and the master of your product.
Your sign is The Adventurer. You’re a deeply curious person. When customers come to you with feature requests, you embark on a journey to figure out the “how” and “why.” You’re willing to go down the rabbit hole of support tickets in order to find out what’s going wrong, or right. While others might shy away from seeking too much negative feedback, you know that all feedback is a gift.
Hey Adventurer, you might be craving more of a routine these days. Sure, a product manager’s day-to-day is hard to predict, but you need structure. Try optimizing your calendar or writing a to-do list. Documentation is critical for every product manager. For every new thing you learn, or every project you want to start, plan for it somewhere. This will breathe a new air of productivity into your year.
Your sign is The Artisan. You’re detail-focused and driven by your craft. You probably grew up wanting to be a product manager before even knowing it was a career. You’ve always been proud to be a PM and your breadth of knowledge illustrates that. You know the product manager is the mini-CEO of the product, and you’re not afraid to get into a debate about it. You’re the voice of the product, and the customer, and you know it.
Hey Artisan, it’s time you think about the future and spend some time on long-term strategy. Product managers should be up-to-date with all the latest tech trends in order to innovate -- you can’t rely on age-old PM rules forever. Don’t shy away from expanding your tech stack. Try signing up for new webinars, getting a demo for a tool that might change the way you PM, or attending a conference. Your users will thank you. This year, we think you’ll find new ways to expand your professional horizons.
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