The AI Product Manager – A Key Role for the Future of AI Deployment

Daniel Faggella

Daniel Faggella is Head of Research at Emerj. Called upon by the United Nations, World Bank, INTERPOL, and leading enterprises, Daniel is a globally sought-after expert on the competitive strategy implications of AI for business and government leaders.

The AI Product Manager - A Key Role for the Future of AI Deployment

In the 1990's, Ben Horrowitz described a product manager as follows:
"A good product manager is the CEO of a product."
That definition isn't always a perfect fit, but it can be a good way of summarizing the responsibilities of a product manager; they are wholly in charge of bringing an in-house product from inception to generating an ROI. 

It follows that AI product managers are in charge of bringing AI products to life in the enterprise, but their responsibilities differ from the product managers of standard IT products. AI product managers require a very unique skill set to bring their products to life.

It is unlikely that companies are going to be hiring people for AI product manager roles outright; there simply aren't enough people in the world with experience managing AI projects in the enterprise.

Instead, many existing product managers at large companies will find themselves in charge of AI products in the new decade. Unfortunately, they won't have the foundation nece...

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