A great product person thinks like Bayes. It is about the mindset of looking at the world skeptical like Bayes did centuries ago.

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A Great Product Person thinks like Bayes.

Bayes didn’t think his famous theorem, known as Bayes’ theorem, was worthy of publication when he first came up with it. He’d abandoned it for more than a decade, and only after he died, his theorem was formulated and published by Laplace in 1812. Since it was formulated, it has been so influential and become one of the fundamental rules in probability and statistical studies, and found itself many applications from medical science to artificial intelligence, from DNA de-coding to homeland security. If you used your email today and not being spammed it is also thanks to Bayes’ theorem.

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Given all the discussion around product management, it is surprising that more hasn’t been written about the qualities that make a good product manager.

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Good product managers use their influence to lead people. Photo by Teemu Paananen on Unsplash

What are the qualities that make a good product manager? How do you even define a good product manager?

Given all the discussion around product management, it is surprising that more hasn’t been written about the qualities that make a good product manager. What is not surprising is that the few I’ve been able to find varies greatly in content as the role and responsibilities of a product manager also change greatly across different industries and companies.

This is my attempt to put together the qualities that I’ve seen over and over in product managers whom I’ve both admired and…


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One of the questions I ask a candidate while interviewing them for a product manager role is about their experience in managing software projects and what lean means to them in that context. It is about knowing if they will be using the resources in an intelligent way while executing projects and delivering products, not using them until they know they actually have to, which lean mindset is actually all about. …


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If you are a product manager and to tell someone who hasn’t worked with a product manager before what you do, the chances are they will satisfy with your answer. There is much to say about the ambiguity around the product management role as the role of the product manager and their exact responsibilities change across different industries, different companies and depending on the stage and the culture of the company. Just look at the job listings for product managers and you will find diverse definitions about the roles and their requirements.

I try to avoid to contribute to the…

Gokmen Atak

Product guy. Always curious. Bayesian.

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