Day in the life as a Product Manager
Hi! I’m so excited to be writing today’s blog post about a day in the life of a Product Manager. By way of introduction, my name is Meenakshi Sharma and I am a Product Manager on the Enterprise Process Engineering team. In my role, I have the opportunity to focus on the deal closing process. I get to work with different groups at the firm including Deal Teams, Compliance, Finance, etc. to optimize processes. What does a Product Manager do? – A Product Manager is responsible for setting the vision of the software or ‘product’ they support. Being a Product Manager involves knowing the business/users you support, developing a roadmap, working with developers and focusing on product development. Although every day looks a little different, below is a typical day in my life as a Product Manager.
I get into the office between 7-730 AM. I like to grab breakfast from the pantry, catch-up on emails, and get settled into the day. I review my calendar for the day and prepare any materials needed for meetings. I also like to make a to-do list and prioritize anything that may need immediate attention.
My team is co-located in several different time zones, so the morning is spent catching up with the team and going through any open questions or blockers. The team consists of Business Analysts, Developers, and QA testers. The meetings are also an opportunity for team members to have design discussions focused on getting feedback from others.
I spend the mid-morning working on new functionality. This will typically involve writing documentation, and requirements, creating process flows, mock-ups, etc. One of my favorite parts about my role is the ability to collaborate with others. As I’m working through new functionality, I will often grab a conference room and whiteboard.
Lunch time! I take a break and grab something to eat. We have great food and a culture that encourages eating together. I like to step away from my desk to get a change of scenery and catch-up with others.
The afternoon is spent catching up with stakeholders across the firm. These meetings are normally used for working on requirements, open questions or discussing progress. Materials such as process flows, or mockups are often used to facilitate the conversation. I may also spend time with members from my team testing newly developed features before we release them to our users. The review process also allows us to make iterative changes.
Most of the meetings for the day have wrapped up and I spend time documenting meeting notes. I’ll take a quick look at what meetings I have the next day and prepare anything in advance if needed.
Head home! I hope this was a helpful insight into what a day of a Product Manager looks like at KKR!
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