Become a product manager if you are fulfilled by:

  • Solving people’s problems 🙇‍♂️ 
  • Driving business growth 📈 
  • Working closely with a variety of people 👨‍🎤 
  • Developing a strategy 🤔 
  • Getting shit done ✅ 
  • Leading a team 🤝 
  • Communicating often and broadly 🗣 
  • Making decisions 👍 
  • Creating amazing experiences for people 👌 
  • Being organized, detail-oriented, and prepared 😎 

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How To Get Into Product Management (And Thrive) ✨

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Do not become a product manager if you are primarily fulfilled by

  • Appreciation 🥳 
  • Having your way 😑 
  • Being left alone 🚨 
  • Always being right 🤓 
  • Designing or building things yourself 👩‍🎨 
  • Everyone liking you 🥴 
  • Flow states 🧘‍♂️ 
  • Avoiding meetings 🤐 
  • Avoiding email ✉️ 
  • Avoiding people 🤨 

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  • Internal transition at a large company — Generally the easiest and quickest route.
  • Finding a junior PM role at a large company — Likely the most common route, but is limited to companies with APM or internship programs. 
  • Joining a startup with a burning need — The key to this route is having connections with startup founders, showing a lot of hustle, and delivering success when you are given the chance.
  • Starting your own company —This is by far the most work-intensive path, and rarely planned, but hey, it works. 

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  • Taking any problem and being able to develop a strategy to resolve it.
  • A PM that is good at nothing else but execution is valuable to a team.
  • Communication. Everything you do as a product manager is done through writing, speaking, and meetings.
  • Leadership through influence
  • Making decisions, informed by data.
  • Building great products, and having taste. You are building a product for other people, and so you’ll want to build some experience doing this.
  • Always being prepared. Having the “I got this” aura.

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Executing well is like captaining a tight, smooth-sailing ship. You need to make sure that everyone knows what they need to do and then does it, that the crew hums together in unison, [and] that you estimated the journey well enough to have packed ample supplies.

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The decisions PMs make are the ones that unblock their team so they can continue to build. They don’t need to make every decision, but they are responsible for ensuring a decision gets made — whether by them, their team, or their stakeholders. Product managers are the hedge against indecision.

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Product intuition is a skill: it is the observation of human behavior, trained by data, and applied to software.

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