This is a really interesting mod to my original definition and I like where you are going with it. I tried to capture this with the two phrases:

* “the right product” — where the right product is one that actually engages users in what they want/like to do

“to your users” — finding the right users who actually care about what you do.

I didn’t want to specifically mention the users goals or intentions because not every product necessarily starts with a user’s goals. Twitter and Facebook didn’t for example — maybe they hit on users’ deep down desires to be more connected, but it was ultimately a decision of creativity on the product teams to help find the right product users loved, and not just about fulfilling goals.

But you are right — there is an important nuance here that all product managers need to understand. The script should always be flipped and we should focus on users first. The only reason product managers have a job is to help a team build a product that makes a user’s life somehow better.

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