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What it takes to be a Product Manager
A Day In The Life Of A Product Manager : Based On A True Story :-)

By: Amit GoelAmit Goel
Co-Founder & CEO at CareerPlot


I had published this post about 1.5 years back on my personal blog and now, reposting it on LinkedIn. This post is not about being inspirational or talk about the pros and cons of being a product manager. It is all about doing what one always wants to do in life. Everyone plays an important role in success of a company. Be it a CEO, COO, sales, marketing, programmers, testers, admins, HR, finance, support or a lesser known mortal called Product Manager, everyone is so integral for a company to be successful. and the measure of success is only one thing called “Customer Happiness Index”.
So, With all the kind of roles mentioned above, most of them are very well defined functions. There is only one function called Product Management which is so ambiguous (in everyone's mind) that even product managers get confused many times why they exist. Sometimes, it is so frustrating for a product manager to figure out whether one is an engineer, support executive , operations person, salesperson, marketing professional or basically, either nothing or everything.
So, Let's visualise a day in the life of a product manager. Feel free to replace the characters in the story with the people around you. For example: you can replace the CEO with other managers, directors or project heads etc..
A Product Manager day entails a minimum of the following.
Daily Stand up meeting ( a catch up with his/her team)
This is the bare minimum and a must have. A product manager definitely starts a day with a daily stand up with his teammates (mostly virtually on telephone to save time in the morning while being in traffic). In this stand up, he blurbs out the issues he is facing to get the feature released on time or if nothing else, at least get it released. Also, he fights out with his team mates (other product managers) about why his thing is important and others need to wait. By the end of this stand up, his blood pressure has already shot up and is boiling with anger.
Stand up with Feature Teams
This is optional if agile is functioning in its best possible format in a company. but in reality, agile is twisted in most companies and a product manager becomes the part of feature team stand up to make sure he observes the progress and issues and resolves if it can be. Now, there are different opinions by everyone on how agile should be. But a product manager should be the last one attending daily stand ups of different teams.
Dealing with Sales teams 
By the time, stand ups are over and a product manager barely manages to finish a cup of coffee and is about to finish his 50% of email replies, he gets the calls from sales executives about clarifications of certain features in the product and if they can be modified with in a day to get the potential customer. Of course, most of the time , the answer is a BIG NO. and he spends crucial minutes explaining that it cannot be done. at the end of the discussion with sales executive, with in few minutes, he starts seeing the mails from almost all corners how a customer is lost because a product is not up to the mark and he missed out on such basic scenario of customer needs. and as a result, company has lost a very significant customer and a huge pile of money.
Dealing with Tech teams
Because of argument with sales teams, he talks to tech team if certain tweaks are possible in the product quickly. Inspite of him being technical and polite, the tech team just ignores him and says a BIG NO without understanding the impact on customers or business or even giving him/her a proper hearing. They just move on to their second cup of coffee and a discussion on how Facebook is handling millions of requests per second. Because for tech teams, their daily dose of technology orgasm happens with hi-tech discussions about how other companies are building cool technology and how their company is full of stupid shit of people who do not know anything. Now, the product manager is left distraught and disarrayed by a bunch of engineers who claim to "know-it-all" gods.
Dealing with Marketing 
As the product manager is recovering from the blows given by tech teams, a mail from marketing arrives asking for suggestions for a new partnership they wish to crack. They want suggestions if they can launch a new product scheme in the market and if the product can support it. This one is fairly easy and a product manager says yes to anything which helps in product growth. but then, comes the hard part. Now, he needs to draft a one pager and get the graphic designer to depict it in exactly what marketing teams wants and the hours go by while that lonely graphic designer sitting in a corner thinking like Leonardo Da Vinci or Salvador Dali tries to open up Photoshop on his 16 GB memory machine for the next two hours.
And an irritated customer calls 
While the lunch time is gone and the product manager is hungry, here comes the patience test. A customer calls directly to product manager as he got the phone number figured out by fooling the customer support executives or through the connections on LinkedIn and complains that he is not able to perform a transaction or may be there is some issue he is facing. Remember that every customer feels that the issue he is facing is life threatening. A product manager rushes to the QA team to verify it who, in turn, asks for “steps to reproduce”. A few hours with the QA team with the last hour full of hot debates and then, a few expletives and abusive exchanges gets the problem identified and now, an unacceptable timeline is communicated to customer about the fix of the issue. This angers the customer and he disconnects the phone.
Phone call from COO (chief operations officer)
The Product Manager is just about to begin his lunch when people are having snacks or playing ping pong in the evening, when the COO calls. The angry customer has reached out to top management and has threatened to part ways with the company if the issue is not resolved in an hour. Forgetting the so called lunch in between, the product manager rushes to tech team and pleads (read: begs ) to them to fix it urgently. Finally, one of the tech guys agree as he feels that he should help the needy (like sometimes, PETA feels to help the humans instead of animals). He fixes the issue but by that time, QA team is already preparing to leave for the day. Now, the product manager pleads (read: begs again) to the QA guy and he agrees to help (like Trump agreeing to help an immigrant who belongs to Slovenia). Then, the Dev Ops, Sys Admin and release teams finally listen to the pleas of a poor guy and make the release happen.
Roadmap Disagreement with CTO
By that time, CTO figures out that they have many more important things in technology to be taken care of as product needs to be scalable and reliable. and a huge discussion with CTO happens to align the roadmap again. Note that, roadmap discussions are a daily affair and a dream of one year roadmap is just a “DREAM”. CTO wants the system to be scalable to handle million customers at any given time when in reality, the company is still yet to breach the 5000 customer mark. and this is top priority because his team has figured out that Facebook and Google have built and used this super cool piece of technology and now, they have open sourced it too. Also, all other engineers in the world are talking about it so they need to implement it too.
Finally, Status update with CEO
The office is empty. People have gone home. It’s the security guards having dinner in office. The product manager is winding off for the day as he is just about to miss a celebration at home. But then the CEO calls, he has heard about the customer complaint, last minute bug fix done by tech guys, problems identified in product by COO and team, sales team complaining about product not having that feature which can bring revenue, marketing team just cribbing about zero support from product management, a screwed up roadmap as told by CTO and of course, not adhering to the instructions given by the CEO himself. So, CEO agains tells the product manager to spend another quick one hour to find a solution to all the problems and send him a proposal which needs to be reviewed first thing in the morning....
While the product manager is working on the proposal, the birds are chirping outside. The cleaning staff has started coming in... The sun is getting to 30 degrees in the horizon...
By the way, the celebration at home which he was supposed to attend at any cost got over yesterday.
FYI, This is not my story. I am one happy product manager who loves every aspect of product management and building products.Check my profile to know more about me :-)
PS 1 : If you are an aspiring product manager based in India ( Bangalore or Hyderabad ) and want to meet me in person, I can definitely catch up with you for a cup of coffee on any weekend. Just connect with me on LinkedIn and then, send me a message ...
If you want to have a telephonic discussion with me on anything about product management or startups etc, or would like to have my advice on these topics again... just connect with me on linkedIn and send me a message...
PS 2 : If you want , you can read my previous articles on LinkedIn to get my thoughts on product management. check the section "Don't miss more articles by Amit Goel" below.
Disclaimer : Any resemblance to persons living or dead should be plainly apparent to them and those who know them. All events described herein actually happened, though on occasion the author has taken certain liberties with the event definition and chronology, because that is his right to freedom of exaggeration like every other human being on this planet and especially, because he belongs to India.

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India’s Top 15 Most Adventures and Thrilling Activities
India is gradually becoming a favoured adventure sports destination in the world. Best adventures spots destinations in India includes Scuba Diving in Netrani Karnataka,Raan of Kutch Biking Tours,Rock Climbing in Madhya Pradesh,Bungee Jumping in Chhattisgarh, Paragliding at Kamshet Maharashtra, White River Rafting in Sikkim,Flyboarding in Goa and Scuba Diving at Malvan Maharashtra.
Skydiving in Mysore, Karnataka

Mysore is listed as one of best skydiving destinations in India, skydiving experiences thrills you by jump off a plane with a parachute. The city is also host other ultimate aero sports experiences such as microlight flying and gliding in India.
Heli Skiing in Auli, Uttarakhand

Auli in the Himalayas of Uttarakhand state offers one of the highest and finest ski slopes in India. Heliskiing in India is one of the youngest winter season activity that mostly takes place in the northern states along with Skiing and snowboarding.
Mountain Biking at Singalila Ridge, West Bengal
Singalila mountain ridge separates mountain ranges of Bengal from Himalayas, running from northwestern West Bengal through Sikkim and host two highest peaks of West Bengal. Singalila Ridge is known as one of the most popular place for adventure mountain biking,trekking,camping and day hiking.
Scuba Diving in Havelock Island, Andaman

Havelock Islands is rated amongst the top dive centers in India along with other water sports that includes Sea walking, Snorkeling Coral reef tourism. Scuba diving allows you to explore the hidden treasures of the sea.
Bungee Jumping in Rishikesh, Uttarakhand

Bungee Jumping is one of the most extreme adventure sports in the world and Rishikesh is known as adventure capital of India. Rishikesh is one of the few places in India where Bungee Jumping activity take place along with giant swing and flying fox and white water rafting activity.
Hot Air Balloon Ride in Pushkar, Rajasthan

Pushkar, nestled in the rustic terrain of Rajasthan offers exhilarating experience with unique and amazing Hot Air Ballooning ride. Hot Air Balloon ride over the royal heritage and changing landscapes of Rajasthan is a lifetime experience.
Microlight Flying in Bangalore, Karnataka

Bangalore Jakkur aerodrome is one of India’s few dedicated Microlight Flying Center and offers an opportunity for you to get the lifetime experience. Microlight is the lowest category of aircrafts that gives a better flying experience in Bangalore,Mysore and Coorg.Image-enidhi
Sail a Yacht in Mumbai, Maharashtra
Boat and Yacht sailing in Mumbai offers romantic sailing experiences along the picturesque shorelines of Mumbai. Sailing experience will leave you mesmerized, something truly different from the other adventures and thrilling activities.
Parasailing at Baga Beach, Goa

Parasailing activity is a very popular water sports particularly in Goa along with many exciting activities such as banana ride,Jet Ski and other ocean water sports. Baga and Calangute Beach of Goa are famous for parasailing, water sports activity and dolphin cruises.
White River Rafting in Rishikesh, Uttarakhand

River Rafting is a very popular activity in Rishikesh and one of the most popular water sports in India. This challenging recreational activity most take place in Alaknanda, Bhagirathi, Indus, Zanskar and Teesta river of northern India.
Chadar Frozen River Trek, Ladakh

India is home to the world’s highest mountains and one of the major trek in the Himalayas includes Chadar Trek on frozen Zanskar river. Chadar frozen river trek is an extremely glamorous trek and has always captivated trekkers with its magical charm and snow beauty.
Dune Bashing in Jaisalmer, Rajasthan
Dune Bashing is actually known as desert safari in India, An adventure sport activity which is most popularly found in Sand Dunes near Jaisalmer amidst in Thar desert. Jaisalmer is most famous for its Sand Dunes,Camel Safari,Jeep Safari and Dune Bashing.
Waterfall Rappelling at Vihigaon, Maharashtra

Maharashtra is known for its natural vista especially during the monsoon season,Vihigaon Falls in Thane area is a perfect spot for waterfall rappelling in India. Waterfall rappelling or Canyoning is one of the lesser tried adventure sport in India.
Paragliding at Solang Valley, Himachal

Manali is emerging as the adventure sports capital of Himachal Pradesh with popular adventure sports like Paragliding,parachuting and Hot air ballooning. Solang Valley is also known for its summer and winter sport that includes Ice Skating,Skiing,Snowboarding and zorbing.
Flying Fox Zip Lining in Jodhpur, Rajasthan

The Mehrangarh Fort of Jodhpur offers you a unique and exhilarating experience of Flying Fox Zip Line between hill forts and ridge tops. Flying fox zip lining over Mehrangarh fort and Neemranafort palace offers spectacular and unique views of Jodhpur city. Image-jodhpuronline.


Source-http://www.walkthroughindia.com/sports/indias-top-15-adventures-thrilling-activities/

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10 Extreme Adventures Sports Destination in India
Though some of the adventures sports are very new to India like Scuba diving and snorkeling, Ballooning and Paragliding etc but few place in India are well known for its kind of adventures and traditional sports such as Rock climbing,trekking andJallikattu. In the last few year India has become one of the hotspot for the adventures travel and well known as one of the best place in the world for its traditional and adventures games.Gulmarg Kashmir, Adaman Nicorbar, Uttarakhand and north East India are few best destination to try these adventures sports in India. Kalaripayattu, Kushti and Mallakhamb are few ancienttraditional Indian sport to try in the different region of the country for different taste of sports.
Skiing in Kashmir: Kashmir, the heaven of earth is offer best one of the place for extreme snow sports like Snowboarding, ice-skating and Skiing. Gulmarg in Kashmir,Kufri in Shimla and Auli in Uttarakhand are well known destination in India for adventure skiing and other winter sports. Skiing is the major attractions of Kashmir along with ice-skating in frozen lakes and hiking indeep valleys.

River Rafting in Himachal: Rivers of Great Himalayas like Chanderbhaga,bhagirathi Satluj and Ravi are some of the best river for white water rafting in India. River rafting is an extreme sport with thrills till the end in the highly dangerous rivers of Great Himalayas. The rolling white water of these rivers are offer tremendous opportunities for the challenging adventure sports activities of river Rrafting. Manali along with Kullu are some of the excellent option for adventure river rafting along with kayaking and other water sports.

Mountaineering in Uttarakhand: The peak of Greater Himalaya make Uttarakhand as one of the best place for mountaineering and climbing activities. Most of the area of Uttarakhand is either covered by forest or snow covered mountains with rocky hills and beautiful meadows. Mountain Climbing is a very challenging sport and needs skills to choose and perform the right technique at the right time, effectively and efficiently Garhwal and Kumon region of Uttarakhand offers mountaineering, ski,rafting, hiking and rock climbing sports in India.

Trekking in Arunachal: The slice of paradise is still untouched and unexplored, northeast India offers rare and wild experience of Trekking and adventure caving. The famous Bomdila Dirang Trek, Twang Mago Trek, Se La Nuranang Trek are the few destinations in the world to offer a wonderful experience of trekking. Trekking is the various beautiful valleys of Nagaland and Arunachal Pradesh with variety of flora and fauna should be a great experience. Its dense forests, rolling hills and lush green beauty also offers hiking,jungle camping and other mountain sports.

Scuba Diving in Andaman: The Andaman and Nicobar islands are union territories of India and famous for its virgin beaches and unexplored beauty of nature.These small islands are known for exciting scuba diving and snorkeling. Havelock Island is one of best sport to explore the under water untouched beauty of the Andaman Islands.

Flying Fox in Kerala: Apart from adventures water sports, Kerala offers one of the extreme and fascinating sport called FlyingFox.FlyingFox a unique journey from above the hills,rivers or valley’s with ultra-strong steel zip lines and at the same time enjoy the breath-taking view of down earth. As you fly through the steel zip lines like a giant fox from the valleys of Kerala also Fort in Rajasthan offers the same. Kerala also offers extreme adventures sports like Mountaineering, Valley crossing and Trampoline.

Bungee Jumping in Karnataka: The extreme sport bungee jumping is very young sport in India and yet to get popular in the country. Feel the fun along with thrill of Bungee Jumping in India, Mysore in Karnataka,Rishikesh in uttaranchal and Anjuna village in Goa are only few destination in India to experience the exciting thrill of weightlessness.Rishikesh get India’s Highest Bungee Jump Platform of 83 Meters.

Water Sports in Goa: Goa is most popular tourist destination in India and its sea beaches are known as best in the world. Arabian Sea beaches of Goa offers some of the most popular water sports like Jet Skiing, Parasailing, Swimming, Snorkeling and Kayaking. Ocean water Sports also includes In the water and On the water sports.

Paragliding in Maharashtra: The Western Ghat hills of Maharashtra are one of the most preferred adventures sport destination in India. Place of Maharashtra like Panchgani,Kamshet,Lonavala and Mahabaleshwar are well known for recreational flying sportParagliding in India. Paragliding is the another most special and thrilling sport after Parachuting or skydiving.

Rock climbing in Madhya Pradesh: Rock climbing is one of the popular adventure sports in Madhya Pradesh along with Rappling Valley Crossing,Jumaring and mountain climbing. The Satpura mountain ranges offers terrain for adventure activities like Rock Climbing and Trekking. Pachmarhi, Orchha Gwalior,Chanderi and Jabalpur are few best place who host good facilities and experiences of rock sports. The capital city of Madhya Pradesh, Bhopal is well known for adventure Boat Racing.



Source-http://www.walkthroughindia.com/sports/10-extreme-adventures-sports-destination-in-india/

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15 Adventure Sports Destinations In India That Will Give You An Adrenaline Rush
With so much diversity in the terrains across the country, it comes as no surprise that India has a lot of scope for adventure sports. This is why adventure seekers from all over the world come over to enjoy an adrenaline rush like no other. From mountain biking in Ladakh to trekking in Jammu, India has several options of adventure sports to offer.
Here are 15 place in India where you can enjoy adventure sports:
MOUNTAIN BIKING
1. Singalila Ridge, West Bengal
It is a popular destination for mountain biking and has one of the world's most stunning bike treks. Over the years, Singalila has become a favourite destination for adventure enthusiasts.
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2. Pang to Rumtse, Ladakh
Cycling is the best way to explore Ladakh. With exquisite flora and an enchanting climate to boast of, Ladakh is the perfect place for mountain biking. Surrounded by beautiful valleys, the long treks of Rumtse can take your breath away.
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3. Trails of Sikkim
If you are looking for excitement and challenging climbs, take your cycle and head to Sikkim. Popularly known as the Himalayan Shangri La, Sikkim trails are popular among mountain bikers for their scenic beauty.
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SCUBA DIVING
1. Andaman Islands, Andaman and Nicobar
Andaman is a kaleidoscope of colourful marine life and coral reefs. The sea is a pristine experience for divers with a lot of treasure to be explored. Due to less diver impact, you can discover an entire new sea world here.
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2. Netrani, Karnataka
If you have always wanted to dive into a dreamy underwater world then you must visit Netrani Island. This is the ideal place for first time divers. One can enjoy a variety of fish and exotic corals here.
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3. Lakshadweep Islands
The clear waters of Lakshadweep boasts of a beautiful coral topography. The speciality of this place is that the coral reefs and underwater formations are undamaged by human activity which makes it perfect for divers to explore.
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PARAGLIDING
1. Stok Kangri, Ladakh
One of the most challenging treks in India, Stok Kangri is the best place to experience fresh breeze and lush green landscapes as you paraglide. The beautiful valleys act like nectar for your eyes and soul.
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2. Bir, Himachal Pradesh
Other than being a popular vacation spot, Himachal Pradesh is fast becoming famous among adventure lovers. Paragliding in Bir gives gliders a thrilling experience, and it is no surprise that it is regarded as the best site for paragliding in India and the second best in the world.
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3. Kamshet, Maharashtra
Kamshet, a small town located off old Mumbai, is famous for two things: The OSHO Ashram and paragliding. The reliable weather conditions make it one of the most sought after and popular destination for paragliding.
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WATER SPORTS
1. Rishikesh, Uttarakhand
An ideal place for rafting, Rishikesh has always been on the top of the list for outdoor sports lovers. The ride is a heart pumping adventure on these mountain rivers.
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2. Baga, Goa
Goa is India's favourite holiday destination and, among other things, is also famous for its water sports. They are a huge attraction, especially for tourists. You can relish the excitement of para sailing, the delight of windsurfing or the rush of jet skiing in Goa.
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3. Lakshadweep Islands, Arabian Sea
If you are a marine life enthusiast, Lakshadweep is the right place to spend your next adventure vacation. The place is blessed with natural beauty and you can spend time yachting or kayaking in the sea. We guarantee that it will be an adventure to remember.
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TREKKING
1. Shepherd's Trail, Himachal Pradesh
These beautiful treks in Himachal Pradesh will engross your mind and soul. The treks will connect you to the aesthetic beauty of Kullu Valley. Trekking here is a divine experience for every adventure junkie.
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2. Zanskar, Jammu & Kashmir
Zanskar, one of the remotest places in J&K, is famous for its treks. Trekking in the Kargil area gives you an unmatched sense of pride and accomplishment.
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3. Dodital, Uttarakhand
These majestic, snow-capped mountains is the perfect destination for trekkers. They come from all over the world to experience the exciting and exuberant treks of the Himalayan Mountains.
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If you're an adventure junkie, what are you waiting for? Pack your bags and head to the place on this list that excites you the most.


Source-http://www.scoopwhoop.com/inothernews/adventure-sports/

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