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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)?

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.

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.

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.

How to Monetize Data with Analytics

For software vendors looking to grow their customer base and increase revenue in a crowded marketplace, successfully and seamlessly integrating analytics into a SaaS product is critical. Learn how to monetize and productize data with embedded analytics.

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?

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.

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.

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.

A New Segmentation Model for Customer Onboarding

A great customer onboarding program is a proactive and meaningful way to make a lasting impact on customer engagement, retention, and expansion. In this eBook, Skilljar 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.

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 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.

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.

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?

Design and Run Experiments That Actually Progress Your Business

Speaker: Nick Noreña, Innovation Coach and Advisor, Kromatic

Experimenting as a way to explore new products, services, and business models can help eliminate the guesswork involved in building something your customers actually value. That said, it's often quite tricky to take your vision and figure out the first experiment to run. How do you get started? How can you ensure your experiments are well-designed? Join Nick Noreña, educator, entrepreneur, and currently an Innovation Coach at Kromatic, as he walks us through how we can figure out the right experiments to run for any product or service, and in organizations of all sizes.

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?

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.

How to Design Strong Experiments

Speaker: Franziska Beeler, Head of Cloud Academy, and Tendayi Viki, Associate Partner, Strategyzer

When testing new business and product ideas, choosing the right experiment is just the beginning. After we have chosen our experiment, it’s important that we spend some time designing it well. Join Tendayi Viki, corporate innovation expert and associate partner at Strategyzer, and Franziska Beeler, Head of Cloud Academy at Strategyzer, as they walk us through the three key elements that help you design stronger experiments and come away with the evidence you need to advance your idea.

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?

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.

Walk a Mile in Your Customer's Shoes

Speaker: Steven Haines, Founder and CEO, Sequent Learning Networks

Product professionals use phrases like "voice of the customer," and "user experience" so often that it can be easy to lose sight of their actual meanings. How can we, as product professionals, learn to keep customers and users at the heart of our work? Join Steven Haines, globally recognized thought leader and author, as he guides us through a memorable journey demonstrating how you can walk a mile in their customer's shoes. He'll explore how, by developing true empathy for your users, you can ensure you're creating the features and products they actually want.

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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Introducing Exponent: Advance Your Tech Career

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New name, who dis? Today, we're excited to announce a big change: PMLesson is now Exponent. With this rebrand, we're also expanding our platform in the coming weeks to include resources for more tech careers and exciting new partnerships. What's changing?

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.

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!

Get Better User Insights With Wasteless Validation

Speaker: Tim Herbig, Product Management Coach and Consultant

Product teams tend to get ahead of themselves by rushing from idea straight to building a Minimum Viable Product (MVP). How can a product manager slow their team down and prevent them from wasting valuable resources? Join Tim Herbig, Product Management Coach and Consultant, as he introduces a new way of understanding MVPs and explores how you can approach validation without wasting the resources of your development team.

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.

Consumer vs. Enterprise Product Management: The Complete Guide

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Although product managers at consumer and enterprise companies have a title in common, the jobs themselves can vary drastically. So, how is product management in enterprise different from consumer tech?

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!

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.

How User Acceptance Testing Can Save You Time and Money

Speaker: J.B. Siegel, VP of Client Services, Seamgen

Before a new product or feature goes into development, you have to gauge whether it will be a worthwhile investment. But what’s the best way to do so - and how can you get honest insights from your end users? Join J.B. Siegel, VP of Client Services at Seamgen, as he explores how to use wireframes and clickable prototypes to validate your product. He’ll discuss how user testing allows you to really understand your users - and how to use the insights to inform your product strategy.