Product managers have a LOT on their plates; sure, they have to juggle customer research, roadmaps, and wireframes. But they also have to keep the peace and make sure that communication channels are open between engineers, designers, and other stakeholders. That’s a lot of management – not just of things, but of people.
So we asked you, should PMs have direct reports? 73% of you said yes. That outcome probably reveals the makeup of our readership.
Our debaters, meanwhile, were actually not in favor of PMs having direct reports. They argue that people management is perhaps too much of an expectation of an already overloaded role. Focus on the product, they say — but isn’t the product people, too?
What do you think? Tell us in the comments.