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How I Prepared for Facebook PM Interviews: Leadership and Drive

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Product managers (PMs) are de facto team leaders; taking ownership of a problem space, rallying teams around a solution, and relentlessly removing executional blocks. This involves dealing with conflicts, misalignments and failures.

Transitioning From IC to Management: Tips and Tricks for Engineering Managers

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Many engineering managers first transition into their roles as former individual contributors. Many unique struggles emerge for these new managers not used to the particular responsibilities involved with managing people.


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How I got a $375K PM offer from Instagram

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This is a story I did not expect to write. In 2016, I applied to Facebook’s RPM program. Even with a referral, I was cast aside. In 2017, a friend intro’d me to a tiny startup called Indigo Fair. I joined as “Head of Analytics” ?? since I had no real product experience.

PM While Black: Making product management accessible to the Black community

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In this post, we talk to Kayiita Johnson, product manager at Google Nest and the founder of PM While Black , a site making PM accessible to the Black community. In this Path to PM post, Kayiita and I discuss the challenges the Black community faces in getting into PM and how he is addressing them.

The Digital Experience Insights Report

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How To Write An Engineering Manager Resume

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Are you thinking of becoming an engineering manager? The role is exciting - you'll deliver complex projects. and lead a team. Understandably, you'll need a manager's resume. Don't worry, though!

What is the Role of a Technical Program Manager?

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Are you interested in making the leap into becoming a technical program manager (TPM)? You may be intrigued by the exciting job descriptions and lucrative salaries.

How to Prepare for an Engineering Manager Interview

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Engineering manager interviews are some of the toughest in the tech industry. Not only do you need to demonstrate your technical prowess and experience with designing complex systems, you also need to showcase your soft skills in people management.

How to Answer Product Design Interview Questions

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Are you preparing for upcoming product management or marketing interviews? Your interviewer is undoubtedly going to ask your questions highly focused on product design. Therefore, the wisest thing you can do to prepare is to take a look at some common product design questions, right?

Transitioning from Software Engineer to Engineering Manager

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Becoming an engineering manager is the first step into the big world of management for many software engineers. Engineering managers are tech experts and great leaders. This can be hard to demonstrate during an interview for some. If you are not sure where to begin, you are not alone.

How to Empower Your Users So You Can Create a Great Product

Speaker: Johanna Rothman, Management Consultant, Rothman Consulting Group

Join Johanna Rothman, Author and Consultant, for her session that will discuss why instead of designing for the users, CTOs and their teams should collaborate with empowered users to create a great product together.

How to Write a Product Requirements Document (PRD)

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Want to know what a PRD is? Or how to write one? As Product Managers, we write a product requirements document (PRD) to answer a few key questions: Why are we working on an initiative? How are we approaching the problem? What is the right solution?

How Technical Should Product Managers Be?

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One of the most frequently asked questions from those aspiring to enter the product management field is: how technical do I need to be if I want to be a PM? PMs build and manage technical products. To do so, they interact with software engineers and data scientists on a daily basis.

What is Product Vision?

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Product Vision or Product Vision Statement is the long-term goal for a product includes the long-term mission and the motivation behind its creation, along with why it’s important. Product visions, ultimately, serve as the guideposts for the development of the products.

Introducing: Personalized My Progress Dashboard

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Today, we are launching the new My Progress dashboard, which will be your home at Exponent to keep track of your growth, while recommending the best resources to achieve your goals like a great coach.


Insiders' Guide to Self-Service Analytics

Self-service analytics are vital for how your users interact and engage with your application. As you explore analytics solutions for your application, see why self-service analytics can prove critical to the adoption and stickiness of your application.

How to Ace Google’s Product Strategy Interview

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This is a guest post from Alexis and Adrienne's Product Managers at Work. I know people who are really good at strategic thinking. One of my friends can instantly take a problem that at first appears intractable, like “How would you drive down the cost of Tesla’s autopilot system to increase profit?”

The Ultimate PM Interview Study Plan

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Here's how to crack the PM interview, written by Richa Pareekh, Uber PM and former Google PM. Are you worried about getting the ultimate PM job? PM interviews are difficult and very very demanding, especially with the rise of the prominence of the role.

System Design Interview Prep: CDNs

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Photo by NASA on Unsplash Problem Background When a client sends a request to an external server, that request often has to hop through many different routers before it can finally reach its destination (and then the response has to hop through many routers back).

Agile vs. Waterfall: Which Methodology is Right For Your Project?

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A common question for product managers, project managers, technical program managers, and software developers alike is what methodology to use given a project. There is plenty to choose from, whether it be Agile, Waterfall, Scrum, or Kanban.

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The Beauty and Brains of Actionable Data: How to Go From Concept to Reality

Speaker: Dr. Joe Perez, Senior Systems Analyst at NC Dept. of Health & Human Services, and Chief Technology Officer at SolonTek

Join Dr. Joe Perez, Senior Systems Analyst at NC DHHS, and Chief Technology Officer, SolonTek, to learn how you can capitalize on your ideas by blending internal with external while leveraging them into a cohesive strategy for both the short term and the long term.

System Design Interview Prep: CAP Theorem

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Photo by Tobias Fischer on Unsplash The CAP theorem is an important database concept to understand in system design interviews. It’s often not explicitly asked about, but understanding the theorem helps us narrow down a type of database to use based on the problem requirements.

How to Nail Amazon’s Behavioral Interview Questions

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It's no secret that getting a job at one of the big tech companies can be quite challenging. In a way, the interviews at companies like Google, Facebook, and Amazon are almost as famous as the companies themselves.

What TPM Interviewees Need to Know About Cross-Functional Partnerships

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Perhaps the most fundamental aspect of the technical program management position is what is known as cross-functional partnerships. As the name suggests, cross-functional partnerships are the working relationships that TPMs form with various team members involved in implementing their program.

How to Ace the Technical Program Management Interview

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Thinking of jumping into the field of Technical Program Management ? We understand that the TPM interview can be pretty intimidating. Technical program management, itself, is one of those roles that is a mix of many different fields. Let's dive into acing the technical program management interview!

3 Templates for Uncomplicating Your Product Management Process

In this workbook, you’ll find a comprehensive set of templates product development and cross-functional teams can adopt to better leverage your existing skills and your data.

How to Become a Data Scientist (2021 Guide)

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Are you looking to join the lucrative and exciting field of data science? Data scientists have become one of the most in-demand jobs of the 21st-century economy and are needed in almost every single industry. Data scientists regularly report high salaries and high job satisfaction.

Leveraging your PM Superpowers

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Product Managers come from a wide variety of personalities, backgrounds, and career paths which can uniquely shape their experience. You’ve probably also been asked “what’s your greatest strength (or weakness)” once or twice while interviewing for jobs.

How to Answer System Design Questions like "Design Twitter."

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One of the most common system design questions you'll come across during your product management or technical program management interviews are those asking to design some well-known product or technology from the ground up.

How to Answer Senior PM Interview Questions With Your Own Structure

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Read the first part of this blog series here. In our last post, we described some of the issues with structures and frameworks that interfere with answering interview questions at the level we expect of a Senior PM (or demonstrative of a highly-qualified PM at lower levels).

4 Approaches to Data Analytics

As the analytics landscape continues to evolve, application teams who need to embed dashboards, reports, and other analytics capabilities in their applications can choose from dozens of solutions. How do you differentiate one solution from the next?

Three Product Strategy Tools to Use in Your Next PM Interview

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This article was written by Timothy Fallen-Bailey, an Exponent PM Coach. Tim has worked for HP, Apple, Sybase, Siebel, Oracle, and Citrix before starting his own consulting company.

What To Do When Your Job Application Has Been Rejected

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We’ve all been there. Every single one of us has had to face at least one of our job applications getting rejected. Whether that happened through the form of radio silence from a potential employer or an email response to inform you of the bad news, we’ve all been there!

What's It Take to Work at Google?

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Those who are looking for a job in tech, whether it be in product management, software engineering, data science, or the like, have undoubtedly considered a career at Google.

Building Products for Positive Social Impact with Divya Dhar

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We talk to Divya Dhar an Exponent alumni, on her diverse journey from being a doctor to founding non-profits and most recently a stint in product management. Divya is currently PM at Google, working on Google Maps, specifically on its rideshare and delivery verticals.

Best Practices for Creating Long-Lasting and Continuous Discovery Habits

Speaker: Teresa Torres, Internationally Acclaimed Author, Speaker, and Coach at

Join internationally acclaimed author, speaker, and coach Teresa Torres as she explores the what, how, and why behind creating continuous discovery habits that give your team a clear benchmark to aspire to.

Why Decode and Conquer is no longer enough to prepare you for Product Manager Interviews

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Decode and Conquer written by Lewis C. Lin has long been a favorite prep book for those interviewing for product management roles.

How to Pitch Your Product Vision in Product Management Interviews

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Learn a framework for quickly pitching a new product idea, and enhance your career!

Mission-driven Product Management

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We interview Lisa Wang, former Google PM and CEO and founder of Almost Fun on her journey in product management and how she found a mission-driven career by building an ed-tech non-profit. How did your experience with product management help you found a mission-driven non-profit?

How to Break into Product Marketing Management (PMM)

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Wondering how to become a PMM? Product marketing is one of the newest and most impactful roles within an organization. As a product marketing manager (PMM), you influence most areas of the organization including product, design, sales, support, and, of course, marketing.

The SaaS Guide to Conversion Rate Optimization

Every SaaS business has a strategic responsibility to improve Conversion Rate Optimization across their product or site. Learn 7 detailed steps to infuse data into your process, surface customer drop-off points, and generate ideas to drive conversion.