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18 Product Management Challenges and How to Overcome Them

Madeleine Wilson  //  August 10, 2021  //  2 min read

Product management is a challenging role, no matter what industry you work in. But with great challenges come great opportunities, and most product managers thrive on taking on new tasks and solving difficult problems.

To understand specific hurdles people working in product face, we surveyed 500 product managers and asked them to weigh in on their biggest challenges.

The three most common challenges include:

  1. I have too many responsibilities.
  2. I don’t have enough time in my day.
  3. My team is too small.

While 18 common challenges may seem like a lot, each one is valid, and we can definitely empathize. However, none of the challenges in the list are unsolvable!

Rather than simply responding to the top challenges, we want to share tips on how to approach them all. There is no challenge too big or too small to address, so this guide shares all of our best tips to face these challenges head-on.

Here’s the full list of the 18 product management challenges we tackle:

  1. I have too many responsibilities (56%)
  2. I don’t have enough time in my day (47%)
  3. My team is too small (33%)
  4. I want a better work/life balance (32%)
  5. I don’t have budget (29%)
  6. Our competitors are moving faster/earlier than us (27%)
  7. We only get a small volume of customer feedback (25%)
  8. We have too many ideas, and prioritizing our product roadmap is hard (22%)
  9. We don’t test with consumers enough (21%)
  10. There are too many decision-makers, which slows down progress (20%)
  11. I don’t have the data I need to make educated decisions (16%)
  12. I don’t have the authority to make decisions (16%)
  13. My technical skills aren’t advanced enough (15%)
  14. Our product hasn’t hit market fit yet (13%)
  15. We release with too many bugs (13%)
  16. We hire out development and get slower/worse results (13%)
  17. There is fragmentation in our marketplace (12%)
  18. People aren’t finding our app in the app stores (11%)

If you can relate to one of these struggles (although, we’ll take a wild guess and say a few of these might strike a chord with you), you’ll want to check out this guide. We dive into each one of these product management challenges and tell you exactly how to overcome it.

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About Madeleine Wilson

Madeleine Wilson is the Content Marketing Manager for Apptentive. No stranger to B2B tech, Madeleine enjoys translating complex concepts into easy-to-digest pieces of content.
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