It’s That Time Again! Submit for the Third Annual “You Might be a Product Manager If…” List!

After you’ve taken a few minutes to fill out the 11th annual Product Management and Marketing Survey, you might be feeling a little feisty.  Well, you’re in luck!  I am officially moving the annual “You Might Be a Product Manager If…” list to be in conjunction with the survey so you can get everything off your chest at once!  I’ll release the full list on this blog in January, and need your participation!  If you’d like inspiration, you can read the past lists.  Some of my personal favorites include:

You might be a product manager if…

  • You do a SWOT analysis before making any major purchase
  • Your wedding included a powerpoint presentation.
  • You spend more time with your development counterpart than your spouse.

Submit your best ideas in the comments below, or @ reply me on Twitter!  Best submission might even get something cool…

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  • Reply John E. Bredehoft November 10, 2010 at 11:13 am

    …you refer to your time in a singles bar as “competitive analysis.”

    …you classify your emergency room visit as a “bug fix.”

    …you call your gym membership or plastic surgery an “upgrade path.”

    …you ask your family to peer review your use case draft before going to the mall.

    …you ask the McDonalds counter help for the company’s latest ISO certifications.

    …the road maps in your car have a 2016 calendar date.

  • Reply Paul Young November 10, 2010 at 11:18 am

    Awesome John! Thanks!

  • Reply Christine Crandell November 11, 2010 at 1:44 pm

    • You do a market analysis on what home-buyers want before doing home improvement projects
    • You align your kid’s playtime with strategic growth strategies
    • You use automation and reporting software to manage collaboration in family events

  • Reply Chris J. November 18, 2010 at 4:25 pm

    …you named your dog, “Agile” and your cat, “Scrum”.
    …you correct your in-laws when they equate advertising with marketing.
    …you make your kids prioritize their chores, and insist they can get them all done on time if they would just focus.

  • Reply Elizabeth F November 18, 2010 at 7:25 pm

    …you leave 3 pages of typed instructions for the dog sitter, including a revision history.

  • Reply Glory November 18, 2010 at 8:18 pm

    You are the single wringable neck no matter what Agile is preaching these days.

    You work 50+ hours in the office and then spend countless hours at night with offshore development teams

    When the product does not bring the in revenue expected it is because you won’t put in that one feature that will make million of dollars (when you know it won’t)

  • Reply Steve Johnson November 18, 2010 at 9:09 pm

    You have a family web site with directions to your house.
    You are tech support for everyone who has met a member of your family.
    You know who is on TV after midnight since you’re still doing emails.
    You’re the one people call since you’re the only one who answers questions correctly.

  • Reply Peter Davies November 19, 2010 at 2:19 am

    …you have a project plan for the family holiday to Europe with dates, times, venue details and costs baked before you go.

  • Reply Eric Miller November 19, 2010 at 7:08 am

    You create a written MRD (yes, with revision history) before any major purchase.
    You create a full business case with 14 different scenarios to accompany the MRD you just created.
    You email filing system rivals the library of congress.
    You’re on first name basis with a majority of the lawyers in your zip code.
    You’re constantly trying to tell the school how they can improve the student drop off at the “car rider” line.
    You read analyst reports for your leisure time reading… (sigh).

  • Reply P.M. Dawn November 19, 2010 at 7:50 am

    …you actually enjoy completing customer surveys about – well anything!

    …you automatically think of 3 ways of explaining something – one for the developers, one for the business stakeholders, and one for the executives.

    …you actually know what “pragmatic” means.

    …you refer to an appetizer, salad, main course, and dessert as “releases” and not courses!

  • Reply Giselle November 19, 2010 at 10:44 am

    …you refer to your pregnancy as a product launch and your child as version 1.0.

  • Reply John Epeneter November 19, 2010 at 10:55 am

    • You introduce your newborn as your little persona.
    • You ask your children to go to SurveyMonkey to fill out their Christmas wish lists.
    • When your wife asks you to do a home project you hand her a PRD template.

  • Reply Tina Groves November 19, 2010 at 2:52 pm

    … you prepare a menu plan before grocery shopping
    … you’re finished your Christmast shopping before Thanksgiving or the night before. (There really isn’t anything in-between)
    … threatening to trash your BlackBerry is equivalent to being held at gun point

  • Reply Tim Reardon November 19, 2010 at 3:49 pm

    …No one REALLY knows what you do.

  • Reply Julie November 29, 2010 at 10:41 am

    You prepare a SWOT analysis to motivate and encourage friends when they are down (focus on S & O).

  • Reply roadmapwarrior November 29, 2010 at 1:35 pm

    …people mistakenly call you a Project Manager and you can’t help but correct them
    …you know that “roadmap” is ONE word, not two (no matter how many red squiggly lines appear under it)
    …you’re looking for a partner in life but still feel the need to consider build and buy as options

  • Reply Eric November 29, 2010 at 1:54 pm

    Informing the clerk at the store that you are a promoter/detractor for their business gets a blank stare.

  • Reply Anna December 1, 2010 at 2:09 pm

    … you are doing every job in the company except for your Product Management job…

    … you create user persona’s on your family members

  • Reply Roger L. Cauvin December 10, 2010 at 8:41 pm

    . . . you answer every request with, “What problem would that solve for you?”

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