Understanding Project Management

Project vs product management

“Are we there yet?”

On a family road trip, your parents may have quipped that it’s the journey, not the destination, that you should focus on. That’s not the case for your project manager.

It turns out there’s a lot of ways to answer that question. Software projects are notoriously hard to estimate, and the industry moves so fast that a product’s specification rarely stays the same for even a month—this is why many teams have given up on writing specifications. So, the answer to “Are we there yet?” is often something between “No” and “It depends on what your definition of there is.”

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