How to create free time as a Product Manager (or Manager)

  1. creating team processes (the method of doing things) and
  2. creating team culture (the manner of doing things)

1. Create a structure for your team so they can work independently

2. Create culture for your team so that they can make decisions independently

  1. Be driven by data, but don’t be metrics-obsessed. Data guides thinking but it’s not the only thing. Metrics have a half-life of usefulness for your team and you should constantly think about better ways to measure value.
  2. Be transparent. Document decisions made and share those decisions widely.
  3. Invite feedback and close the loop. Take feedback in from all parts of the team and ensure that people understand why you do/don’t act on pieces of feedback.

3. Spend the rest of your time upskilling your team

  1. yours, so you can teach them directly
  2. someone you know, so you can connect them to that expert
  3. Learning content, so you connect them to the resource (a class, a book, etc)

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I'm a Product Manager who loves to solve problems at the intersection of how to help people get value out of complex ecosystems and how people make decisions.

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