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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?

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.

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 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.

Why Conversational AI Is Key to Customer Service in the Customer Experience Era

In today’s hyper-competitive market, every business must become a customer experience-first business. Customer satisfaction has become more important than price or any individual feature. Read the new Tractica white paper to learn how important conversational AI is to your CX strategy.

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.

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.

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?

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.

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.

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!

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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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 10X Product Growth—SC Moatti, Founder of Products That Count

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SC Moatti is the managing partner at Mighty Capital, a venture capital firm, and founder of Products That Count, one of the world’s largest product manager networks.

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.

4 Steps to Developing Your Customer Care Strategy

The quality of a customer care strategy can make or break a company, but simply resolving a customer service issue or complaint is no longer enough. Learn the 4 steps that address the major points you need to consider when building a customer care roadmap.

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?

How To Transition from Software Engineer to Product Manager

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So, are you a software engineer interested in becoming a product manager? Here's a definitive guide for your approaches and a step-by-step playbook for how to take the leap. Software engineering is one of the most common starting points when transitioning into a product management role.

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.

Nine Companies Share 30+ Best Practices for Creating Embedded Analytics Products

In this 4-part series, product and technology leaders share insights for successfully going to market with a data product. Download the eBook now, and find out how you can embed analytics in your solution, from building your business case to designing and launching your product.

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.

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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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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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!

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 ?

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.

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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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.

Plan for Product Launch Success with Data and Analytics

Speaker: Piyanka Jain, President and CEO, Aryng

When you launch new feature (or an entirely new product), there are many questions that you'll need to answer. Is the feature being adopted? Do your customers like it, or does it need to be improved? Was the launch successful? Well, that all depends on how you define success. Join Piyanka Jain, President and CEO of Aryng, as she explains why - and how - you should use data and analytics to define and track a successful launch.

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.

Whole Product Concept – A Quick Guide for the Expert PM

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Whole Product Concept is discussed in this article and will help guide you through the holistic experience of your product – and might just help your product and career succeed. Join our upcoming webinar: Becoming Expert: Delivering Superior Value with Whole Product Thinking.

Leadership styles for directing small teams

Lead on Purpose

Leadership differs depending on the size of the group you’re leading. For most product managers, the people they lead work on different teams and the individuals they need to influence don’t report to them.

Engaging Stakeholders with Opportunity Solution Trees: 3 Tactics to Try

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Two and a half years ago, I introduced the opportunity solution tree. It’s been a blast seeing product people put it into practice. Today, I’m excited to share Hope Gurion’s thoughts on using opportunity solution trees.

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The Magic of Intent: Start Knowing The Goals of Your Users

Speaker: Terhi Hanninen, Senior Product Manager, Zalando, and Dr. Franziska Roth, Senior User Researcher, Zalando

It's important to know your users - what are their preferences, pain points, ultimate goals? With user research and usage data, you can get a great idea of how your users act. The tricky part is, very few users reliably act the same way every time they use your product. Join Terhi Hanninen, Senior Product Manager, and Dr. Franziska Roth, Senior User Researcher at Zalando, as they explain how they were able to reach a new level of user understanding - by taking their user research and segmenting their users by point-in-time intent. You'll leave with a strategy to change how your product team, and organization at large, understands your users.

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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