In this session, we compare and contrast the roles of project managers and product managers. At a high level, project managers are responsible for the execution and implementation of quality solutions that support business objectives. Product managers integrate external customer needs with business goals to suggest product development roadmaps. Project success is measured by meeting budget, schedule, and quality outcomes. Product success is evaluated by long-term margin contribution, market share, and customer satisfaction.
Because there is overlap between the roles of project managers and product managers, there is sometimes confusion to determine which skills are necessary. In both roles, a successful candidate will apply strategic, tactical, and operational decisions to lead teams and achieve goals.