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Finding the Right Data Science Mentor [Checklist]

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Data Science is a double-edged sword. It’s vaguely defined, so job-seekers have leeway to build their ideal career, but working in ambiguity is draining. Finding a good mentor to help navigate the uncertainty can make all the difference.

Should I Be A Consultant or A Product Manager?

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Considering a career in management consulting or product management? Here's your one-stop-shop to gain an overview between these two roles, the typical education required, what the interview process looks like, and the salary that can be expected.

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Three Tools to Help Your New Remote Team Stay Productive

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As companies across the world continue to take precautions against COVID-19, many teams find themselves "suddenly remote" and adjusting to a new set of challenges on top of their daily work.

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)?

Design Thinking for Product Teams: Leverage Human Insight Throughout Development

Product teams must increase their exposure hours with customers—seeing and hearing them. Human insights and the design thinking framework can be applied to your development cycle to help you build better products and experiences for your customers.

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.

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?

Introducing: Exponent Interview Questions

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At Exponent, we believe interviewing is a skill and the best way to get better is through deliberate practice. That's why we built Exponent Interview Questions , the largest and most comprehensive database of product management interview questions and answers.

Transitioning From Data Analyst to Data Scientist

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Data nerds of the world, rejoice! Data science has topped “best jobs” lists for years. Professionals in the field report both high salaries and high job satisfaction, and prospects are only getting better.

How Do I Become a Product Manager at IBM?

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An inside look at product management at IBM and the interview process. Kevin Wei is an Offering Manager at IBM managing Watson Knowledge Catalog and DataStage. In this Path to PM blog post, Kevin shares his journey breaking into a product role as a new grad hire at IBM.

A New Segmentation Model for Customer Onboarding

In this eBook, we will show you a new framework for building a customer onboarding program, including how to segment users and drive long-term value and retention through education.

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.

Product Design Case Study: Design a Smart Fridge

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In this post, we'll review a case study submission from one of our Exponent members, Sholanki Sarkar. Question : Design a Smart Fridge. If you want to brush up on the basics of answering Product Design Questions, check out Exponent’s lesson on how to ace the product design interview question.

Should You Be a Data Scientist or a Data Analyst?

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If you’re looking to break into tech, you’ve seen the term “data science” thrown around. It’s no surprise HBR named Data Scientist the “sexiest job of the 21st century”; data is more valuable and more available than ever. Making sense of it though? Still a challenge.

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).

Building Healthy Innovation Ecosystems for Your Projects

Speaker: Nick Noreña, Innovation Coach and Advisor, Kromatic

In this webinar, Nick Noreña will walk through an Innovation Ecosystem Model that he and his team at Kromatic have developed to help investors, heads of product, teachers, and executives understand how they can best support innovation in their own ecosystem. He'll also go over metrics we can use to measure the health of our ecosystems as we build more resources for innovators.

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.

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.

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!

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.

Build vs Buy: 10 Hidden Costs of Building Analytics with UI Components

Many teams, as a logical first step, choose to build their own analytics with the help of UI components. But eventually you’ll find that doing it yourself and at scale has hidden costs. Consider these 10 factors when deciding whether you should build analytics features with UI components.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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?

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.

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.

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?

Add User Tests to Your Agile Process: Reduce Risk in Shipping New Products

Agile has become the go-to methodology for companies that want to reduce the risk involved in shipping new products. But how do you prevent building items nobody wants? If you wait to get user feedback until after development, then you’ve waited too long.

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.

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.

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.

3 Reasons to Prioritize On-Demand Customer Training

On-demand training is a powerful tool you can leverage to support new customer onboarding and ongoing education through the customer lifecycle. In this eBook, we’ll delve into the 3 key benefits of on-demand training for your customer onboarding process.

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.