International Journal of Science and Research (IJSR)

International Journal of Science and Research (IJSR)
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Informative Article | Management | India | Volume 10 Issue 2, February 2021 | Rating: 5.2 / 10

Exploring the Imperative for Technical Product Managers in Platform Teams: A Position Paper

Srividhya Chandrasekaran [3]

Abstract: Product managers play an important role in collaborating with product teams and end users to define requirements, guide product development, and ensure user satisfaction by being the voice of the customer. However, the role of a Platform Product Manager (Platform PM) introduces a unique dimension within product management. Tasked with constructing the foundational systems that empower product teams in feature development, Platform PMs create platforms for both end users and internal teams. Platform product managers are vital to the health of a technology company [1]. This position paper delves into the critical significance of Platform PMs possessing a profound understanding of the technical intricacies inherent in their platform products. As organizations shift with evolving objectives driven by emerging tools and technologies within platforms, the necessity for Product Managers to grasp the fundamentals of the underlying technology becomes increasingly evident. This comprehension is instrumental in addressing challenges related to performance, reliability, uptime, and scalability. The exploration within this paper aims to elucidate the role performed by Platform PMs, assessing the nature of challenges faced by them. A comparative analysis is presented, differentiating between the technical and non - technical aspects of a traditional PM versus a Platform PM. This investigation seeks to define a distinct position on the role of a Platform PM, highlighting its divergence from that of a traditional product manager.

Keywords: Platform Product Manager, DevOps, Shift Left, End - user, Continuous Integration

Edition: Volume 10 Issue 2, February 2021,

Pages: 1728 - 1730

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