Shreyas Doshi+ Your Authors @shreyas early PM & first PM lead @stripe. formerly a PM lead @twitter @google @yahoo. I share offbeat ideas here—useful for some, useless for many, not for everyone ❤️ Jul. 03, 2020 1 min read + Your Authors

Something I’ve observed over the years:

Product Managers who always win real-time debates about product issues — with their quips, eloquent arguments, bulletproof analogies & metaphors — tend to build surprisingly mediocre products, with mediocre outcomes.


This tendency of Gifted Great Debaters (GGD) has a few adverse effects:
- It falsely grows GGD's confidence about being right
- It shrinks GGD's team members’ self-confidence
- It can drain team members’ energy to a point that they often just choose not to speak up

How to deal with this if you're a GGD?

- Reframe the point of the product debate in your head. It isn’t to win. It isn’t even to get your arguments heard
- The point of a product debate is for you to seek counterarguments
- Ask questions rather than making definitive statements

How to deal with this when working with a GGD?

- Send GGD a link to this thread 😀
- Ask GGD to make a compelling case for the opposite of their stance. Create a norm that no decision can be made without that
- Get more time. Create some space between the debate & the decision

And perhaps the most important tactic of all:

Have fewer 𝘷𝘦𝘳𝘣𝘢𝘭 discussions about important issues.

𝘞𝘳𝘪𝘵𝘪𝘯𝘨 instead of 𝘛𝘢𝘭𝘬𝘪𝘯𝘨.

Writing creates rigor.

A few related points from the Good PM, Great PM thread:

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