For aspiring and leveling up product managers

What’s up, everyone!

Here are few things I wish I had known a little early on in my product management career. Of course, unlike any other profession Product career is also going to be a bit of trial and error and experimenting with which areas/ problems excite you to work on.

If one thing I have learned over the past 8 years working as a PM is this —

Not every problem you work on as a PM will be exciting but your best work will be come out of the ones you…

Simple Answer— Product management is a decision-making role. It requires PMs to lead and make decisions in an ambiguous environment with a lot of unknowns sometimes. Often times the products are complex and decisions have impacts on many areas in a product.

Now let's break this down.

I always say product managers are there to solve 2 types of problems — 1. business problem (acquisition, retention, growth, revenue, etc) 2. Customer problem (user experience, providing value to your users). #1 and #2 go hand in hand, one doesn’t exist without the other.

if we don’t focus on the product role…

Think of Data sense for PMs as an understanding and knowledge that involves having to think about user actions (what is happening) and logically putting together a hypothesis (why it is happening) behind those actions.

Just the understanding of the user actions tells us only half the story. It is when several measurements are collected together that they become a complete story.

What does data sense for PMs include?

includes but not limited to —

  1. Have a basic understanding of the Key Performance Indicators (KPIs)
  2. Basic understanding of the key metrics that will allow you to accomplish your KPIs
  3. Aware of the funnels of your user journeys…

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As a product manager, you will find that you often have to shift quickly between strategic work and tactical work and sometimes to some monotonous tasks that no PMs like to do. You will be discussing your product and features at a high level with senior leadership in the morning, and then jumping right into a detailed discussion of feature priority with your developers after lunch. 🥙

There are mainly 2 things to note here —

  1. Change of focus — The focus of your work will shift from 30,000-foot level to 3000 feet down to granular level acceptance criteria for…

Out of the top, 5 Questions asked around Product management on the web and here on Product Career, one of them is

“Does a PdM need to have technical knowledge? If yes, to what extent? What can we call sound technical knowledge for PdMs?

Also, this role is often confused with Product Design. Product management and Product design are two separate roles.

Today we are going to bust all of these myths!

Let’s begin by understanding technical knowledge for PMs in a product based company.

Product Managers overall from technical knowledge perspective MUST HAVE —

  • Basic technical understanding of their products
  • Excited to learn more about the technical nature of their products
  • Aware of the technical goings-on and trends in their industry
  • Interpreting pros and cons of industry-relevant technology
  • Expand their knowledge and understanding — the full breadth…

Let’s put an end to, at times the overly complicated answers to this question.

A little story about an incident that happened when a relative asked “so what does your daughter do in the US?”

I am originally from India and but have studied both undergrad and grad here in the Silicon Valley in the United States. Even today after being in product management for almost a decade, if anyone asked my parents (about 5 years ago)about What do I do, they’ll get a response “our daughter works in an IT company” and beyond that nothing much. :)

I find two main reasons for this —

  1. I come…

I recently posted this on our Instagram page here in a series post just keeping the user's average attention span in mind on IG.

and 500+ people (out of my audience of 4k at the time) saved the post so I thought perhaps it was a good idea to share those thoughts here.

Product Career On Instagram

After working as a product manager for about a decade, both in B2B and B2C space, I have narrowed down a few must-have skills for product managers. …

In this article we are going to see how Emotional Intelligence can be of great value for Product Managers.

What is Emotional Intelligence?

How can we improve our Emotional Intelligence?

As Product Managers, how can we use Emotional Intelligence?

Bonus points for you — if you can find reference to iphone 12 image being used and why! Ok let’s go!

Emotional intelligence for product managers. -iphone 12 photos from
Emotional intelligence for product managers. -iphone 12 photos from
Source: iphone 12 —

What is Emotional Intelligence?

“Emotional intelligence is the capability of individuals to recognize their own emotions and those of others, discern between different feelings and label them appropriately, use emotional information to guide thinking and behavior, and manage and/or adjust emotions…

Grab a cup of your favourite drink and let’s get to it…

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#ProductManagement is one of top hot jobs, according to Glassdoor has found that Product Manager has taken the 4th place as the best job in the United States based on a very marked demand for this role in the U.S.

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Stay at the top of your game, there’s no way out

You are a Product Manager! You are happy with what you’ve become, you’re enjoying your job on a daily basis, everything is going as planned or maybe even better than expected after a few first months of working late hours because you were trying to “figure it out” and here you are, you finally made it.

But in order for you to stay at the top of your game, there are many things you can do, one of them, is the always technically sound and proven tool to acquire knowledge, books, and if they are recommended, even better.

One of…

Nazuk Jain

Digital product leader. Currently @VeloPayments. Ex — J.P. Morgan Chase, Wells Fargo — B2B, B2C (Web and Mobile) payments products

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