| ||Ask HN: Changing jobs as PM either gets fired or reassigned, what’s going wrong?|
6 points by simonhfrost 31 days ago | hide | past | web | favorite | 8 comments |
|Two days I was told yet again the project I’m working on will be reassigned a different product manager (PM). After moving to a European country four years ago, that now makes four out of four positions I’ve held where the PM has been swapped out due to the project ‘not going to plan’. I started off working at startups but have since switched to freelancing and also to bigger clients, so it seems like this issue is prevalent in all sorts of companies.|
I understand being a PM is an extremely difficult job, but why does it seem so hard to get a project running in the right direction? I’m usually in a team of highly skilled and capable people, but the same issues seem to pop up: misunderstanding requirements, unknown feature prioritisation, and timeline communication (the unrealistic deadline was inevitably missed). I often find myself under-utilised, not knowing what to build, or what the motive is.
Can anyone offer advice on how to improve or avoid this phenomenon? I’m starting to think the only solution is to work with smaller clients (virtually no management), or join the ranks of the big tech companies (Google, Amazon, …), where they at least seem to be doing something right.
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