February 2019 Chapter Meeting

February 19, 2019
5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
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689 N. Clinton St.
Syracuse, NY 13204
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Project Manager vs Product Manager

Project Manager and Product Manager are two different positions which often create confusion. However, they may overlap and a Project Manager can also be a Product Manager. But in most cases, the two frequently collaborate in order to create the best outcome possible. And working closely together is an inseparable part of their work.

What’s The Difference?

However, there are certain differences that make these two positions distinct.  So let’s begin with a clear overview on both of them:

Project Manager

Project Managers are change agents: they make project goals their own and use their skills and expertise to inspire a sense of shared purpose within the project team. They enjoy the organized adrenaline of new challenges and the responsibility of driving business results.

Product Manager

Product Managers are typically found at companies that are building products or technology for customer or internal use.  The Product Manager is often considered the CEO of their product and is responsible for the strategy, roadmap, and feature definition for that product or product line.

Hence, the main distinction between a Project Manager and a Product Manager is that they have a different scope of responsibilities.

To Sum Up

The differences in a Project and Product Manager’s work appear to be insignificant but are crucial. Without drawing a boundary it may be easy to get lost in the duties. And what can follow are the wrong work outcomes and, in the result, wrong product delivery. This can bring losses to the company. But with the collaboration of a Project Manager and a Product Manager, the company may grow and become successful in its mission.