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Why You Need to Move Beyond PM Interview Frameworks

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Struggling to ace your senior PM interview? Looking to bring more of your depth and experience into your answer, but not sure how to fit it in? There’s a common issue I've seen in PM candidates with lots of practice behind them, where they find themselves at a certain plateau.

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).

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Differences between PM (Product Manager) vs TPM (Technical Program Manager)

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So, what’s the difference between a Product Manager (PM) and a Technical Program Manager (TPM)?

The Accidental Product Manager: From Cars To Games To Google

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We talk to Sai Boddupalli , an Exponent alumnus, on his journey being a product manager across various, distinct industries spanning automotive, e-commerce, gaming, and payments. Sai is going to be a PM at Google starting December, working on the Payments Platform.

More Effective Agile Leadership

Speaker: Steve McConnell, CEO, Construx Software

In this talk, Steve McConnell, CEO of Construx Software, distills hundreds of companies’-worth of real-world experience into the proven Agile leadership practices that work best. Steve will seamlessly thread together traditional approaches, early Agile approaches, modern Agile approaches, and the principles and context that underlie them all—creating an invaluable resource for Agile leaders, their teams, and their organizations.

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 Prepare for Product Management (PM) Behavioral Interviews

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In this post, we interview Stephen on how to ace your product management behavioral interview questions. Stephen Cognetta is the co-founder and CEO of Exponent, a tech interview prep company. Previously, he was a product manager at Google.

Breaking into Product Management from a Non-Technical Background

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We talk to Azi, an Exponent alumni, on his journey to breaking into product management from a non-traditional/non-technical background. Azi is currently PM at LinkedIn, working on Onboarding and Retention for its online education platform LinkedIn Learning.

Non-Technical Rookie Errors To Avoid In Your Product Management Interview

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Are you in the process of preparing for an upcoming product management interview? Whilst strong technical knowledge plays a fundamental role in a successful product management interview, there’s more to a successful PM interview.

How to Manage Product Managers: Herding The Cat Herders

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When I first joined Google as a young PM and flew to Mountain View for my brainwashing orientation, the legendary engineer Joseph Smarr welcomed me with: “Hi, new cat herder!” I wasn’t familiar with the idiom back then, but I’ve learned over the years just how right he was!

Win the Digital Transformation Game with the Product Mindset

Speaker: David DeWolf, Founder and CEO, 3Pillar Global

No matter what your idea is, no matter how good it is, and no matter how well you know your market, 3 out of 4 digital initiatives do not succeed. To better understand how to win, we should first understand why we’re failing. In this webinar, David DeWolf will share his experiences and lessons learned to help you succeed in playing the “product” game, instead of the “IT” game.

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.

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.

Communication Tips For Excelling In Your Product Management Interview

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The perfect product manager candidate will have several core attributes. For an entry-level candidate, it’s almost impossible to tick all of the boxes. This is why you need exceptional communication skills to stand out from the crowd in the interview process.

Early Access: Exponent's Software Engineering Course

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We're excited to give you a sneak preview of Exponent's new software engineering interview prep course! Starting today, you can sign up for the SWE Course waitlist to get early access to the course.

BI Buyers Guide: Embedding Analytics in Your Software

The business intelligence market has exploded. And as the number of vendors grows, it gets harder to make sense of it all. Learn how to decide what features you need and get an evaluation framework for every technical and non-technical requirement you could imagine.

Traps To Avoid In Your Product Management Interview

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A product management interview can be both exciting and nerve-wracking. There is often a great deal of variance in how tech companies conduct these interviews. This can present candidates with many challenges and pitfalls to avoid.

Three Night-Before Tips For Crushing Your Software Engineer Interview

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Having a momentous event to confront in the morning can be a nerve-wracking prospect for many. An interview for a software engineer position at a leading tech company has the potential to be a life-changing and career-defining event.

Landing College Internships: Engineering, Growth, and Product Management

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We talk to Sid Panjwani , an Exponent alumni, on his journey through various internships, spanning Engineering, Growth, and Product Management. Sid is currently a senior at Vanderbilt University, finishing his degree in Computer Science. Q: How would you answer the “Tell me about yourself” question?

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.

Architect Your Organization for Effectiveness, Productivity, and Joy

Speaker: Ron Lichty, Consultant: Interim VP Engineering, Ron Lichty Consulting, Inc.

As a senior software leader, you likely spend more time working on the architecture of your systems than the architecture of your organization. Yet, structuring our teams and organizations is a critical factor for success. In fact, the impact of software architecture parallels the impact of organizational structure. We are excited to welcome Ron Lichty, co-author of a seminal book on managing software teams and a well-known speaker, he’ll speak to organizing for effectiveness, productivity and joy.

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?

Life of a European Product Manager

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We talk to Katja Muradyan , an Exponent alumnus, on her journey to breaking into product management from a consulting background and her experiences building various products in Europe. Katja is currently PM at Google in Europe, working on Wear OS.

Great PM Interview Answers Include Tradeoffs. Here's How.

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Product management is all about tradeoffs. Should the team launch a new feature in the international market? Or should the engineers focus on code refactoring to reduce issues down the road? It is very rare that there are no downsides to one choice over the other even if it initially seems that one option is inherently better. A great PM can always articulate why they made a certain decision and talk intelligently about its downsides and its advantages.

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 Essential Guide to Building Analytic Applications

Embedding dashboards, reports, and analytics in an existing application presents some unique opportunities—and poses unique challenges—to software teams. Download this eBook to hear 16 product experts share insights on business intelligence, UI/UX, security, and everything that goes into building a successful application with analytics at its core.

Product Innovation with Rick Robinson, VP Product AARP Innovation Labs

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Rick Robinson is the VP of Product Development for AARP’s Innovation Labs. He began his career as a journalist and moved into digital journalism then product creation in the mid ‘90s.

Product Managing the Cloud with Hemanth Kempanna

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We talk to Hemanth Kempanna, an Exponent alumnus, on his journey to breaking into product management and his experience building cloud-based products. Hemanth is currently a PM at Motorola. Q: How would you answer the “Tell me about yourself” question?

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.

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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An Adult Conversation About Estimates

Speaker: Beekey Cheung, Software Consultant, Professor Beekums, LLC

Estimates are a contentious topic in software development. Most of our development teams hate providing estimates and many managers are starting to view them as unnecessary. As senior software leaders, how can we determine whether estimates are helpful or harmful to our teams? We are excited to be joined by Beekey Cheung, a software consultant and blogger known as Professor Beekums, who has helped many leaders and teams go from fearing estimates to using them appropriately. He'll walk us through the value of estimates, how to overcome the hesitancy many have in giving them, and how to provide better estimates.

How to Prepare for Product Management (PM) Behavioral Interviews

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In this post, we interview Stephen on how to ace your product management behavioral interview questions. Stephen Cognetta is the co-founder and CEO of Exponent, a tech interview prep company. Previously, he was a product manager at Google.

PM Interview Product Design Case Study - Pet Pain Points

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In this post, we'll review a case study submission from one of our Exponent members. Question : Design a product that solves user pain points around owning a pet.

How Levels.fyi Brought Salary Transparency to the Tech Industry

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Jacob interviews Zuhayeer , co-founder of Levels.fyi, to discuss careers in tech, launching MVPs, and negotiating salaries. J: What motivated you to build and launch Levels.fyi ? Z: Around 2 years ago, my co-founder Zaheer and I were chatting about what I'd do after college.

PM Interview Product Design Case Study?—Tokyo Olympics

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In this post, we'll review a case study submission from one of our Exponent members, Chase Sutton. Question : How would you design an emergency system for the 2020 Olympics?

The Definitive Guide to Predictive Analytics

By embedding predictive analytics, you can future-proof your application and give users sophisticated insights. The Definitive Guide to Predictive Analytics has everything you need to get started, including real-world examples, steps to build your models, and solutions to common data challenges.

Should You Be a Product Manager or a Software Engineer?

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Here's a breakdown of how to consider a career in product management versus software engineering As a new grad, I was lucky enough to choose between product management and software engineering amongst other options.

PM Interview Estimation Case Study - Laundry Detergent

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In this post, we'll review a case study submission from one of our Exponent members, Abin Abraham. Question: Estimate how much laundry detergent is used every year, across the world?

Estimation Case Study - How much Laundry Detergent is Used Every Year across the World?

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Source: Unsplash Intro Hello Exponent PM community members, today we have a case study submission from one of our amazing members, Abin Abraham. Abin worked on an estimation question to estimate how much laundry detergent is used every year, across the world.

Launching Exponent's PM Interview On-Site Simulation

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Trying to prepare for an on-site PM interview? Ever wonder how your interviewers make their decisions and evaluate your performance? Want to get tangible, useful practice and feedback for your critical interview day?

The Six Principles of Persuasion

Speaker: Michael Carducci, CTO, Mago:Tech

As senior tech leaders, we often fall prey to thinking that a “good idea” and logical case is sufficient to get the desired response and result. We might be trying to get our CEO on-board with investment in a new technology or a rearchitecture effort, or we might want culture or process changes by our team. Our “good idea” is simply the beginning. An idea must be communicated; a case must be made; and ultimately other people must be persuaded to get onboard. Michael Carducci brings a fascinating background to this webinar. He’s a technologist and regularly works to help senior leaders improve their results. He’s also a professional mentalist and has been a student of psychology, human behavior and the principles of influence for nearly two decades.