Attitude and bias are as important as experience and skill, says Julie Babb.
In Summary: A list of the qualities the product team at Pivotal Labs look for in PM candidates. Everything from being user-centred and data driven, to being able to succinctly communicate what problem your product solves, and for whom.
And what's #1 on the list? Shipping, of course!
It's not just roadmaps, says ProdPad's Andrea Saez.
In Summary: The team at ProdPad have put together a list of tips, and resources for anyone who wants to be a Product Manager but doesn't know where to start. Passion for product, working with the right team, conducting research and managing ideas are all fundamental.
And don't be fooled by anyone offering 'official' certification! There is no such thing in Product Management.
Remember, it's you that's interviewing them, says John Cutler.
In Summary: During any hiring process, it's common to hear talk about empowerment, ownership, and customer-centric thinking. But it's vital, when considering a role as a PM, that you determine if there is good 'product/market fit' between you and a company's culture.
Product Management is extremely org-specific. What works in one company may leave someone burnt out, ineffective or maligned in the next.
John lists 10 killer questions that will help you work out what a company is really like behind the scenes.
Happiness = harmony, says Crew's Jory MacKay.
In Summary: The urgent tasks of managing other people and projects can take over time set aside for the 'real' reason we are Product Managers: to make products.
Caught between two types of schedule (that of Maker and Manager), PMs can find themselves feeling permanently unfulfilled.
The solution? Spend time setting up your rituals and routines, respecting your need to do both, and committing to schedules and systems that give you both time to manage and to make.