I frequently think about the capabilities that are considered unique to PMs. Developers would have their own area of expertise, and designers, too. However, it seemed that PMs managing projects were generalists, covering multiple areas at the same time. Therefore, I have always had questions about this and thought about ways to develop expertise and unique capabilities.
Developing from the title of ‘project manager’, the concept of ‘product manager’ to have an ownership over the product and to be involved in the overall project is receiving an increasing support. The position of product manager is generally explained as the one to have understanding of the three areas, including business, technology, and user experience, and to have an influence on the aforementioned areas while positioning themselves in the overlapping area of the three.
Whether it is a project or product manager, there is no significant difference in terms of the fact that they would be involved in the product based on understanding of the three areas. Project managers should also position themselves in the overlap between various areas composing a project and be involved in the overall project based on ownership and expertise related to the project. It is a capability unique to project managers to meet various stakeholders and to find an adequate compromise as a center of communication.