Earlier this week, we teamed up with the folks at Pendo to launch the State of Product Leadership.
There are 7 key findings, along with some recommendations that we’re making — and you should definitely check out the whole report for all of it.
But there were a couple of things that really surprised me.
1) Delivery is seen as a top product metric by today’s product leaders.
Personally, I’m not so sure this is a good thing, though. Obviously, yes — we want to keep our promises and deliver products at the times our organizations need them. But if we’re measuring delivery, how do we know that we’re actually delivering *value*?
2) Product people at marketing-led companies are actually *more* likely to be data-driven than product people at product-led companies.
This was a head-scratcher for me. Not that marketers aren’t data-driven, but it was a surprise that product-led companies seemed to be less data driven than those that were more marketing-led. The actual percentages weren’t so far off, so maybe it’s not worth getting so worked up about. But nevertheless, it was a surprise to me.
3) People really aren’t as satisfied working in product these days — which makes me sad.
We asked an NPS-style question to product leaders about whether they’d recommend their career path to a friend. The score? 9. It’s technically positive, but it’s certainly not a resounding statement about how satisfied they are.
There are a lot more learnings in the State of Product Leadership report — so take a look and let us know if anything surprised you. Actually, we’ll be inviting everybody who downloads the report to a special virtual event where we dissect the findings and draw some of our own conclusions. You can join us for that and add your take on things as well!