Ivan Chalif, a Senior Product Manager at Strong-Mail Systems wrote an insightful titled, "I am NOT the CEO of my Product" in the March /April issue of the Silicon Valley Product Management Association Newsletter. He outlines several reasons, such as his lack of control over staffing / resource decisions and macro level strategy. He concludes that the product manager's role is much more like a Chief Operating Officer (COO) than a CEO. While the COO has some strategic responsibility, the role is more focused on tactical, and short-term operational management, which means he is responsible for the development, design, operation, and improvement of the systems that create and deliver the firm’s products/services. The COO is more involved in the day-to-day operations working in a roll-your-sleeves-up and get-your-hands dirty function, which is more aligned Product Management activities.
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