The role of a Product Manager
Once, a long time ago, me as well, I was a Product Manager. For the past years, I work with people in this role and every single day, I appreciate the responsibilities and challenges a Product Managemer is facing.
A PM is a chameleon, constantly adapting to what is needed to deliver a successful product. I recommend you to read the post "How to Work with PMs" providing a great cheat sheets for designers and other roles interacting with PMs, written by Julie Zhuo, Product design director @ Facebook.
I fully share her vision. Product Manager are exceptionally good at:
Providing clear communication
Being organized & understanding at every moment how their project is going
Working well with a variety of people in a variety of roles
Being communicative, organized, and easy to work with isn’t enough.
A good PM must also demonstrate the following skills:
Execution: 1) successful relative to goals, 2) on-time relative to expectations, and 3) smooth relative to team experience
Design thinking, i.e. understand, appreciate, and help drive a successful user experience Analytical, i.e. plan for and then draw conclusions from known inputs (quantitative data, user feedback, past experiences, etc) in order to craft a fact based roadmap for the future
Product vision, i.e. read the market and current technologies, problems, and attitudes to come up with new and innovative solutions to problems GET IN TOUCH!