The Product Manager BottleNeck

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“A mistake I made early on in my Product Management career was trying to be involved with every discussion and workstream.

…Unfortunately, this approach was actually hampering me and the team. Unintentionally, I was:

  • Slowing the pace of our team’s delivery
  • Undermining the autonomy of the team
  • Almost burning-out

…Your value as a Product Manager comes from acting as a knowledge facilitator, not a knowledge controller. You don’t need to solve every problem. You need to create an environment where your team can.

[If you don’t stop being the bottleneck] …Ultimately, you’re going to become so overwhelmed by simply directing and managing conversations you’re going to feel exhausted. You’ll be spending more time acting as unnecessary overhead. You won’t be able to spend time understanding the real problems of your customers and how your business can solve them.”

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The SAR Method for Product Management Interview Questions

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“…Product Management interviews feature a lot of questions that are meant to show how candidates really fulfill their tasks. This article will show you how to use the SAR method to answer these challenging Product Management interview questions.

…What does “SAR” even mean?




Can you start figuring out what an answer based on this looks like? Imagine that they ask you “How did you deal with a disagreement with the engineering team?”. First, you describe the situation: a particular instance where your goals and those of the technical team were misaligned. Then, you describe the actions you took to solve this conflict. Finally, you explain the results linked to your intervention….

Let’s see why the SAR method is extremely useful to structure any interview answer:

  1. “The situation paints a picture of who you are as a professional. Literally, it describes a scene where you are taking care of things in an office. This is a key interview goal.
  2. You are not just dropping names and numbers; you are adding actions and context to them. This way, they become way more real than your resume and other application materials.
  3. The fact that you are willing to go in detail shows that you are open and honest. Especially if the story sounds less as “bragging” and more like a situation which truly tested your skills.
  4. The way you arrived at a conclusion and put your decisions in motion reveals your thinking process. This is crucial for many interviewers, who want to understand the how as much as the what.
  5. Finally, the information and particular data you pick to explain the effects of your actions are clues to your robustness as a PM. Particularly, your rigor when justifying your actions.”