There are so many skills required to be a Product Manager (can read in pervious article here).
People are an unpredictable variable and I try to at least mitigate that by using a framework to identify their main characteristics and values that you should validate through time.
The 16 Personalities
There is a study and theory that assigns people into 16 different personalities (more details). Those 16 personalities are divided into 4 groups: Analysts, Diplomats, Sentinels and Explorers.
There is a full description for each personality on the 16 Personalities Website. They explore each type describing strengths & weaknesses, career paths, workplace habits and so on.
Understanding your team
I created an example document here where a team can see each others personalities to better understand their peers. This presentation can also be a tool to onboard new team members.
Here are some steps to help you create a document for your team:
1. Ask team members to take the test
All the input you get is going to come from your best asset in the company: people. In this case, you need to explain why you are asking them to take the test. The first slide in the Document gives a brief explanation.
Once people take their tests you collect their results and put in the document.
For example, in my case I was labeled a “campaigner”:
2. Personal Likes/Dislikes:
Each team member should list one bullet of what they like and dislike in general as a person. Likes/dislikes can be food, hobbies, work ethic, etc. This helps people understand how they can better work with their peers.
3. Do not label people, it is just an idea of who they are
It is important to highlight that this is not to label people, it assists you in getting know a team member who you have never met before. Also, there are so many variants that can affect the personality and behavior in certain contexts.
I find it useful to start understanding people thru the test, and continue to learn more about them thru discussions and drawing your own conclusions.