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MVPM: Minimum Viable Product Manager

By John Lafleur 1 minute read

TL;DR: A really great article summarizing the skills needed for being a great PM. For any PM or want-to-be!

You’ve probably seen this diagram before. It elegantly shows that product management is the intersection of a diverse skill set.

Its simplicity has made it one of the most successful product management memes out there, and it’s done good things for the discipline.

Long ago, as a young PM padawan, it helped me realize that I needed to structure my learning for breadth. What it didn’t tell me, however, was where to focus — I started trying to learn everything, and in hindsight that was a mistake.

There isn’t enough time on this Earth to learn everything you could about those three circles, so as helpful as this diagram is, it ends up impractical.

Yea… not really helpful
What would have been far more helpful was to know what actually comprises that intersection.

That intersection is what I call the Minimum Viable Product Manager (MVPM), and it defines a set of skills or knowledge that are useful to be an effective generalist product manager, one who can work on almost any problem.


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