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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).


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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 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.

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.

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?

Group Product Managers vs. Principal Product Managers

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Are you interested in becoming a product manager or advancing your product management career? What are the long-term career tracks that are available for PMs?

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.

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 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.

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?

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?

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.

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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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!

Embedded Analytics Product Fit Guide - A Product Manager’s Handbook

Adding embedded analytics to your software doesn’t have to be an overwhelming task. This guide is the perfect companion for SaaS product managers. It will walk you through the process of choosing the right analytics provider step by step.

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.

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.

Product Management: Guide to Thriving as a Product Manager

As more organizations move from project to product thinking, Product Managers are occupying increasingly crucial roles. Download this guide to learn tips and strategies that will help you grow into a strong Product Manager and thrive in the position.

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 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.

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!

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.

Re-Thinking Translation for Business Growth in a Digital-First World

Effective localization is critical to business expansion. But traditional translation processes can't keep pace with today's agile, omnichannel realities. Read our eBook to discover the limitless possibilities uncovered by agile translation management.

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.

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).

What is System Design in Technical Program Management?

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If you're preparing for the technical program management interview, you already know that the interview generally consists of four types of questions. These are program sense, cross-functional partnerships, behavioral, and system design questions.

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.

Rightpoint Launches Cadillac's Reimagined In-Vehicle Experience

Every company is either an experience company today or will need to reinvent themselves to become one. Learn how Cadillac is using research, experience design and organizational change to deliver a next-generation user experience.

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.

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.

Making Software Pirates Pay: An E-Commerce Playbook

Vendors large and small have been using software intelligence to understand who is using unlicensed versions of their software so they can develop data-driven strategies to identify and convert unpaid users, generating new license revenue.

Ace the product management take-home assignment

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As you progress through product management job interviews, you may notice that many companies ask for the PM candidates to complete a take-home assignment. This take-home assignment can consist of product design questions, metrics and analytics, and sometimes strategy.

Networking to grow your PM career

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Networking and mentorship have been two cornerstones of my career development. Whether it’s to find new roles, explore opportunities, or to seek advice from someone who has explored a path you’re interested in, it’s valuable to have a strong network you can tap into.

What is Program Sense in Technical Program Management?

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Have you ever heard the term "program sense" before? If you're interested in the field of technical program management, then the answer is, without a doubt, yes. Yet, the topic can be a little complex or confusing for those that aren't totally familiar.

System Design Interview Prep: SQL vs NoSQL Databases

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This post is the first in a series for prepping for system design interviews. Check out more system design interview prep resources here: [link] In system design interviews, you will often have to choose what database to use, and these databases are split into SQL and NoSQL types.

Leading Advertising and Analytics Company Outperforms With a Graph Database

Xandr, a division of AT&T, has built an identity graph that connects information on people, households, and more. The company is using this graph to provide advertisers an ability to deliver commercials more successfully than ever before. Learn more.