Drive vs help is an interesting contrast. I spent a lot of time getting to “help” since I was worried a lot of other words insert product management into a pole position on the team rather than putting the team itself first.

I feel the best teams don’t need to be dragged along or even pushed up a hill. But product managers are still critical to do whatever it takes to make sure the team can accomplish their mission. Sometimes this is pushing forward, sometimes just taking great notes and helping achieve consensus or more likely commitment after debate / disagreement. I like to think of the best product management more like someone steering a raft from the back down a rushing river than stepping on the gas driving a bus. If a team needs the energy boost and driving, a product manager should get ahead and pull things along, at least until they are self sustaining.

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