Today is a big day in the history of our Product Management community!
Over the last six years, Product School has grown from a small coworking space in San Francisco to the world’s largest global network of Product Managers. We bring together the best minds in Product to create groups, resources and content accessed by over one million people every year.
This growth has been exciting, and we’re proud to be the PM world’s number #1 source of free training and information. But we also know that we have more to give. This is why we have quietly been working on a new behind the scenes project that will allow you to get exclusive access to even more Product Management resources, training, mentorship and support. …
So, you’ve started job hunting in product, and you’ve noticed that not all product teams are born the same.
You’ve seen one job posting which offers a role on the core product team. Your favorite company is offering two entry-level Product Manager roles, but one is with growth, and the other with platform. Which one should you apply to?
And what will happen if you take up your friend on the offer of joining their brand new startup? What does a first product team look like?
So many questions, and so much confusion! Luckily, we’re here to help.
Job hunting can feel like learning a whole new language (luckily Product Management comes with a glossary), and today we’re going to give you a quick lesson on the different, and most common, types of product team. …
So you’ve put together an incredible team, you’ve built the world’s best product, and you’re ready to send it out into the world and get it to the people. But how exactly are you going to achieve that? You could launch it in the app store and on your website and just…pray?
Hopefully you’ve got more of a plan than that, and that plan is your Go To Market strategy.
When you’re an aspiring Product Manager, you’ll hear a lot about ‘the first 90 days’ on the job. Even if you’re an established Product Manager, every time you’ve landed a new role, you’ve thought about what the first 30, 60, and 90 days will look like.
It’s about more than just making a good first impression and getting to grips with your new day-to-day. These first steps are crucial to how your first year will go.
That’s why John Franck, seasoned product professional turned author, wrote Every Product Manager’s First 90 Days.
We were lucky enough to get an early copy of this awesome workbook, and even more lucky to speak to Franck himself about what inspired him to write it, how aspiring PMs can build their experience before landing a role, and why ‘hit the ground running’ is not good advice. …
As a team leader, you want to be friends with your teams. You want to uplift them and empower them to do their best work, meet their targets, and grow as professionals. In the spirit of uplifting them, It can seem uncomfortable to point out what they don’t know.
Part of being a leader is being able to be constructively critical of your teammates, and that means being able to address their knowledge gaps.
There’s a right way and a wrong way to go about it.
Who amongst us hasn’t dreamed of having one of those jobs that, when you tell people where you work, their eyes widen and they say “WOW, you work there?! That’s so cool!”
In the tech world, this reaction mostly goes to the big name brands that everyone has heard of. Apple, Google, Microsoft, Facebook, etc. People imagine that because these companies make so much money, and are so incredibly widespread, that to work there you have to be some kind of genius who can build apps in your sleep. Because these are the dream jobs!
…are they though?
Where do Product Managers actually want to work? …
Everyone in tech was talking about it — move faster, reduce costs, discover a problem, react immediately, improve, rinse and repeat. It was new, it was exciting, it was modern. Agile took over the tech world by storm, and it looks like it’s here to stay.
When you’re hunting for your first job as a Product Manager, you’re now quite likely to see experience or understanding of agile product development as a requirement. That means, for a successful career in the product world, you need to get to grips with this methodology.
Here, we’re going to dive into exactly what agile is, where it came from, the core principles, and what it looks like in the real world. …
Tech is a global phenomenon, powering practically every aspect of daily life. For that reason, the tech industry itself has spread across all corners of the globe, with notable tech hubs in The USA, Latin America, China, India, Africa, and Europe.
Product Management is on the rise across the board, but Europe still seems to be a little slow to catch on. Have no doubt, the role is still on the rise, but growth of the role doesn’t seem to be as consistent as it appears to be on other continents.
Nevertheless, European tech is on the rise! Founders and investors are realizing that Europe is the perfect place to launch a product. Despite being a place known for its love of tradition, it’s also the perfect place to make big 21st century risks! Thanks to easy access to social welfare and affordable health care, the people of Europe are starting to take risks, more willing to take the leap of faith on their new project. …
Product Management, like any other profession, is full of advice from people who have ‘been there, done that.’ And we love it. It’s so great to have a community full of passionate professionals who are keen to help others break into the industry. Or to make that transition, get that promotion, manage that team, and all of the things in between.
Product Managers learn from each other, and advice from experts can be an incredible asset.
However…there is another kind of advice. The kind we’ve all experience from time to time. Unsolicited, bad advice.
We asked our community on Facebook, ‘What’s the best PM advice you’ve ever been given? …
When you’re just getting started in Product Management, there’s a mind-boggling amount of new terms and and theories to come to grips with, especially if you’ve never worked in the tech industry before.
If you’ve come from an engineering background you’re already very familiar with today’s topic: technical debt. But if you’ve come from marketing or any of the other myriad background Product Managers typically come from, you might be scratching your head.
That’s what we’re here for! To break it down and make it easy, and today we’re lifting the lid on technical debt.