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PM Interview Videos: iPhone Favorite Product

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In this live mock product management interview, Stephen asks Muhammad why his favorite product is the iPhone, and what he would do to improve it.

How To Land a Product Management Job Straight Out of College

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Breaking into product management straight out of college is challenging. I’ve noticed that there's a lot of confusion on building the relevant skills for the job. Should students focus on honing their technical skills?

How To Break Into Product Management—Sachin Rekhi

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Sachin Rekhi is the founder and CEO of Notejoy , and a prolific blogger on product management. In this Path to PM post, Sachin and I discuss five practical paths to product management. Listen to our podcast here, or read the transcription below! How did you first break into product management? As an undergraduate at UPenn, I was originally planning to move into software engineering on graduation.

How to Evaluate Associate Product Manager Programs

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Associate Product Manager (APM) programs are well known in Silicon Valley as rotational, mentorship-focused programs designed to accelerate the careers of young aspiring product managers.

The Ultimate Embedded Analytics Guide

In today’s ambitious business environment, many companies are taking an embedded analytics approach to capitalizing on the value of their information. Learn all about embedded analytics in this guide by Sisense, including a general overview of embedded analytics, the different approaches to embedding BI and analytics, and the benefits and challenges of the most popular BI solution technologies.

The "Why" of Interviewing—Suzanne Abate, PM Consultant and Instructor

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Suzanne Abate is the co-founder of The Development Factory and online PM community, 100 Product Managers. In this Path to PM blog post, Suzanne and I discuss the "why" of PM interviewing, and how to break into product management. How did you break into product management as your first career?

Preparing for the Associate Product Manager interview—Hamsa Pillai, Google APM

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Hamsa Pillai is a senior at Duke University and will be heading off in the fall to join Google as an Associate Product Manager. In this Path to PM blog post, Hamsa and Stephen discuss how to ace the undergraduate associate product management interview. Tell us about your current PM career.

All About The Users—Todd Olson, CEO of Pendo

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Todd Olson is the CEO and co-founder of Pendo. Pendo is a product engagement platform that helps businesses better understand their users and is a Series-D company backed by Sapphire Ventures, Battery Ventures, and Spark Capital. In this Path to PM post, we discuss the importance of connecting with a product's users and the tough aspects of product management. Tell us about how you broke into product management. Before Pendo, I was a VP of product at Rally Software.

How To Answer Product Management Interview Questions—Sachin Rekhi

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In this post, Sachin Rekhi, founder and CEO of collaborative notes app Notejoy , gives a masterclass on answering the most commonly encountered interview questions posed in product management interviews. At the end of our interview, we chat about some fun product questions! The Case Question Examples: Design a high-tech gymnasium. Design a smart shoe.

10-30-50 Product Management—Shreyas Doshi, Product Lead at Stripe

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Shreyas Doshi is a product lead at Stripe. In this Path to PM post, we discuss switching product management careers and Shreyas's 10-30-50 product management framework to becoming a successful product lead. Previously Shreyas has served as a director of product management at Twitter, and a group product manager at Google and Yahoo! Tell us about how you first broke into product management. My first product job was at EDS (Electronic Data Systems) where I was an engineer.

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6 Styles of Data Analysis and Visualizations

Get inspiration for your next dashboard update in this guide to the six styles of analytics and data visualizations.

How to Improve your Product Sense

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Shreyas Doshi is a product lead at Stripe. We discuss how to improve the elusive "product sense," a relevant skill to all product managers. Previously Shreyas has served as a director of product management at Twitter, and a group product manager at Google and Yahoo!

The Four Skills of Product Management

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PM roles vary a lot. But what are the skills every product manager must know? Beyond some core competencies, most PM roles require a highly variable combination of four major skill-sets: The primary competencies of Product Management. I’ve included relevant skills between each.

Disney's PM Director on Lean Startup and the Media Industry

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Sanaz Alexander is a product manager at the Disney ABC Television Group Software Solutions team based in Burbank, CA. At Disney, she is currently working on software for Disney's broadcast operations team and streaming services and manages a team of 12 designers, developers, and QA professionals. In this Path to PM blog post, Sanaz and I discuss applying lean startup principles to media products. How did you break into product management?

Product Managing Your Career—Stanford PM Instructor Daniel Elizade

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Daniel Elizade teaches Internet of Things product management at Stanford University, and works as an Internet-of-Things PM Coach full-time. In this Path to PM blog post, Daniel and I discuss IoT product management and how to succeed in PM recruiting by imagining yourself as a product. Tell us about how you broke into product management. I was born and raised in Mexico City, went to school there, and graduated with a dual degree in Electronics and Computer Science.

Embedded BI and Analytics: Best Practices to Monetize Your Data

Speaker: Azmat Tanauli, Senior Director of Product Strategy at Birst

By creating innovative analytics products and expanding into new markets, more and more companies are discovering new potential revenue streams. Join Azmat Tanauli, Senior Director of Product Strategy at Birst, as he walks you through how data that you're likely already collecting can be transformed into revenue!

A Checklist For The Perfect Product Management Resume

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After reviewing thousands of resumes at PMLesson , we've compiled a definitive checklist for what the best of them have in common. Run through this brief checklist to be sure you're putting your best foot forward. Overall Design Notes on the overall design of your resume. One-page. This is by far the most common blunder. As a product manager, you need to know how to prioritize, and that, unfortunately for many, includes your resume.

Welcome to PMLesson's Blog!

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What are some of the most common PM interview questions? How do great product managers break into the industry for the first time? What are the best answers to the "what is your favorite product" PM question? At PMLesson, we're dedicated to providing a wealth of information helping aspiring product managers land their dream job. Introducing: PMLesson's Blog. In the coming few weeks, we'll be posting the following, to complement PMLesson's comprehensive online PM interview prep course.

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Defining Product Management—Raphael Korach, Founder of The PM Interview

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Path to PM is a series of interviews with product leaders about breaking into product management. In this session, we interview Raphael Korach, founder of The PM Interview , a site with online virtual product manager interviews. Tell us about your current PM career. I’m a Senior Product Manager at Drivy where I have been working for 4 years now. Drivy is the leading carsharing marketplace in Europe, or you can describe it as an “Airbnb for cars” to be short.

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Falling into Product Management—Jim Semick, Co-Founder of ProductPlan

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Path to PM is a series of interviews with product leaders about breaking into product management. In this session, we interview Jim Semick, co-founder of ProductPlan. ProductPlan develops product roadmap software for product managers. How did you break into product management? I've been in product management and new product development for about 15 years. Before that, I had a background in corporate training and technical software documentation.

Buyer’s Guide for Embedded Analytics

Selecting the right embedded analytics technology in a crowded market filled with sub-categories can be a daunting task. This eBook discusses the top evaluation criteria buyers of embedded analytics need to consider.

Associate Product Manager Sample Resume

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Here's a copy of my resume when I was accepted to the Google Associate Product Management (APM) program. This resume should be used as a sample resume when creating your own resume. Here are some aspects worth highlighting on your resume: Software/Product Experience. Do you have experience shipping and building products? Data Analysis. Do you know SQL? Do you know how data informs product decisions? User Studies. Have you collected data for qualitative or quantitative research ?

Analyst to Product Manager—Emma Yee, Senior Data PM at GoodRx

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Emma Yee is a current Senior Data Product Manager at GoodRx , after starting her career as an analyst for five years. In this Path to PM blog post, Emma and I discuss breaking into product management as an analyst, and the importance of saying "no" as a PM. How did you break into product management? I had been an analyst for five years and was looking for the next step in my career.

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PM Case Study: Redesigning Chase's Country Dropdown

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PMLesson Case Studies are a series where we identify live internet bugs and propose product redesigns. In this article, we analyze how Chase Bank should redesign its travel dropdown. Chase, like many banks, records user travel notices to prevent falsely detected credit card fraud. Chase offers a feature where users can set a travel notice online, without having to phone in to customer service.

Perfect PM Interview Practice—Ryan Hill, Founder of APMList

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Path to PM is a series of interviews with product leaders about breaking into product management. In this session, we interview Ryan Hill, founder of APMList. Tell us about your current PM career. I’m currently an APM at Oath, which is the parent company for Yahoo. I work on various aspects of yahoo.com, and spend most of my time in the Sunnyvale office. Occasionally I work in SF, but it’s usually more effective to spend time with the larger team down in the south bay.

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Nine companies share 30+ best practices for creating embedded analytics products

Product Leaders: Influence, Service & Patience—Saeed Khan, Transformation Labs

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Saeed Khan is the founder of Transformation Labs. Transformation Labs is an advisory and consulting firm that helps enterprise and technology companies accelerate their path to product success.

Optimal Product Process™ 3.0 Phase Four: Qualify

280 Group

This post describes the fourth phase in the Optimal Product Process: Qualify. Download the entire Optimal Product Process Ebook 3.0: CLICK HERE. As the end of development nears, the team determines if the product is ready to move into the final qualification phase.

Bridging the leadership gap in innovation

Lead on Purpose

Guest post by Jesse Nieminen We’re living in an age where many industries are facing big changes. To thrive, or even survive, most companies need to find ways to innovate. Yet, most companies fail to do that. For example, according … Continue reading → Innovation Leadership Learning mission vision

Your Product’s Most Important Feature Isn’t Getting the Attention it Deserves

280 Group

Misalignment between satisfying end users and wowing decision makers may hurt your bottom line. Every product team tries to prioritize features that most significantly drive sales and retention.

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Assessing the Five Styles of Enterprise Business Intelligence

The world of BI and analytics has evolved. Discover the five styles of reporting and analysis, and learn the pros and cons of each in an enterprise scenario.

Listen to Understand: Listening Practices for Product People

Roman Pichler

Listen to Understand, not to Answer. Most people do not listen with the intent to understand; they listen with the intent to reply,” wrote Steve Covey in his book The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.

Your Passion is Your Greatest Asset, Learn How to Harness It

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Your passion is your greatest asset, learn how to share it Continue reading → Knowledge Purpose ambitions courage creativity entrepreneur experience grit passion

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Why women make great product managers

Product Management Unpacked

Marty Cagan, founder of the Silicon Valley Product Group , delivered the opening keynote to the 2016 Mind the Product Conference.

10 Scaling Tips for Product People

Roman Pichler

1 Involve the Right People. A small group of qualified individuals who have the right skills and motivation can be more productive than many individuals who lack the necessary expertise and act out of obligation. This is true for product people and development team members alike in my experience.

Top 10 industries for monetizing data: Is yours one of them?

Find out which industries, use cases, and business applications are the best opportunities for data monetization. Understand what data is being monetized, who wants it, and why. Use data you already own to create new revenue sources. Download the eBook today!

Prioritize Opportunities, Not Solutions

Product Talk

I cringe every time I see product teams use a spreadsheet to rank the ideas in their backlog based on some made-up math formula usually consisting of things like business value, user value, and technical difficulty. While this exercise is pervasive, it misses the point entirely.

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The Global Benchmark Survey: Product Management Skills – Initial Insights

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Late last year, 280 Group conducted its most ambitious and comprehensive survey to date, to learn more about the skill levels of product managers across the globe. We invited over 30,000 product managers to participate, and received nearly 4,000 responses.

Optimal Product Process™ 3.0 Phase Three: Develop

280 Group

This post describes the third phase in the Optimal Product Process: Develop. Download the entire Optimal Product Process Ebook 3.0: CLICK HERE. Using a great plan (whether an Agile backlog with sprint priorities assigned or a more formal plan) the agreed upon product is then developed.

Why customer success matters

Lead on Purpose

Think about a product you use regularly. Why do you use it? Why do you love it? What keeps you coming back? When creating a product or service, you want your users and buyers to answer these questions with positive … Continue reading → Innovation Product Management #CustomerSuccess customer retention markets product service technology

Top 5 Analytics Features to Reach More Users with Valuable Data Insights

Ready to expand the benefits of your BI and analytics? This eBook describes the key capabilities that product, IT, and business owners must consider when charting a plan to scale up business benefits from data and analytics.