Product Management brings together a number of functional disciplines. Besides blending creativity with lots of work like what an entrepreneur or a business unit leader would do, experienced product managers will pattern the various inbound, launch, development and outbound tasks into a workflow that is often typical to their area of expertise. This is one reason why product managers tend to stay with a type of product or within a specialty.
Like any good craftsmen, many have at the ready business tools for the various tasks required. Some gain these tools from experience, self-teaching, education or training, and all will innovate or combine these in various ways as needed. The good news is that in spite of a particular specialty and favored workflow, there are general tools and techniques applicable for product management across many kinds of products.
Over the years I have found this reference collection of tools and techniques quite useful in producing software products.
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