Why all product managers should know how to wireframe?
Product managers must be able to communicate their ideas. The better they are at communication, better they can motivate their team to build them.
When I moved to London (UK) in 2012 to work as a product manager, my English was very poor.
Communicating with people was very challenging and because of my lack of vocabulary, I always had to find ways to describe things I wanted to say with the little English “toolbox” I had learnt just before moving.
I had good ideas to share, it was just hard to express them.
Naturally, I started to draw things and soon I realise I could actually share my thoughts with people without saying anything. That’s how wireframing became my best communication hack.
Instead of spending time talking about it, I was showing what I meant directly to people.
Wireframing is my favourite way to communicate my ideas. As they say “a picture is worth a thousand words”.
- Wireframing is about drawing what’s in your head.
- Wireframing helps you to start conversation with the team around a feature.
- Wireframing saves everyone’s time to understand your thoughts:
- People you report to are more likely to approve a good idea if they can see what it does and how it’s going to roughly work.
- Designers can deliver pixel perfect designs and consistency with much less back and forth to meet your vision of the functionality.
- Developers can even start working on the feature based on wireframes if design is not ready.
- It makes you understand better what you want to achieve and helps you to spot corner cases you wouldn’t have thought about.