Product managers for software are in charge of managing software products' development. They are responsible for facilitating communication among relevant internal personnel and relevant external parties, including with their organization's implementation and support teams to eliminate programming issues that may arise in different environments. Product managers for software also meet with prospect and current customer to make sure the software product meets their needs and listen to feedback that may be incorporated into future versions. They work with the marketing team to accurately and effectively present software features to consumers.
Often, product managers for software help optimize the development process and help create a business plan to commercialize their software programs. They gather user input to prioritize software requirements, constantly review correct implementation, help with training tasks for the support team, and create innovative strategies to adapt to newer technologies. These managers often need to attend industry meetings to stay on top of current trends. Product managers for software generally work full time in an office setting. They report to the software development leader in their department.
This position generally requires a bachelor's degree in computer science or a related field. In addition, previous managerial experience is needed, and additional industry certifications may be preferred. Product managers for software must have excellent interpersonal skills and be able to give effective presentations to partners and supervisors. They should also proficient in more than one programming language.
Product Manager, Software Tasks
Oversee product development and monitor trends that indicate the need for new products and services.
Determine the demand for software products and services offered by a firm and its competitors.
Develop pricing strategies to maximize the firm's profits and market share.