The Product Management Blog

Tips and Free Resources to become a Great Product Manager

Interview Series: Nir Erlich, Product Manager of

Our latest interview was with Nir Erlich, Product Manager, CEO and Founder of, a popular roadmapping tool. He’s been working in product management for the past 17 years in various companies, including Vario and RayV which was acquired by Yahoo!. Here’s what he had to say about breaking into product management.

How to Transition into Product Management: The Full Scope

Our CEO, Carlos, broke into product management from an engineering role. He’s been the CEO and founder of three companies and learned how to be a product manager on the go, which took a long time. Instead of building another digital product he decided to create a school to teach others how the product development process works.

When we talk about product management and talk to aspiring product managers, there are three main questions that often come up. Here, we answer those top three, followed by more sent to us by our audience during our recent webinar.  

Introducing the First Coding Course for Managers

We are thrilled to announce we are now offering 8-week part-time Coding courses for Managers in our San Francisco and New York campuses. This is the very first coding course, specifically designed to give product managers the foundational knowledge of code they need to increase their skills and take their career to the next level.

7 Ways Learning Code Helps Product Managers Be Great [Infographic]

As teachers in product management, we get a lot of questions from aspiring and even current product managers. One of the questions we get the most is, “Should a Product Manager know how to code?” There are multiple ways and variations to answer this question from what languages are highly relevant to a PM, to how technical you should actually be. The short answer: coding helps.  There are many ways learning code helps product managers.

Product Management Events October 2016

Product School hosts multiple events each month at our locations in New York, San Francisco, Silicon Valley and now Los Angeles. 

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Interview Series: Jerome Bland-Sebrien, VP of Product at SERMO

Since we are in touch with dozens of experienced Product Managers who inspire us to build better products, we thought we’d share the wealth by putting together an interview series. Each week we will be sitting down with top people in product and highly motivated product managers currently breaking into the field. Each one will be full of insights, tips and background information on how they got the job and what product management means to them. Today, we’ll start with Jerome Bland-Sebrien

When Saying “No” Adds Value

You may have heard this everywhere, but, here it goes again, you will need to have the ability to say “no” to anyone, your customer, your team member, and even your CEO. Not all features have a place on the roadmap, and not everyone has the right data or information to decide when to include something, when to reduce something and when to leave it out altogether. This is why we need product managers. You might need to say “no” when:

5 Common Mistakes New Product Managers Make

Taking on the role of product manager can be overwhelming for many. You jump into various tasks, while demonstrating you can keep it all together and have multiple types of conversations in almost any situation. Although perfecting this balancing act comes with experience, there are a few mistakes many new product managers make, that you can be aware of to start your career off on a high note.

Marketing Your Product

In smaller companies, the product manager also markets the product, while larger companies have an in-house product marketing manager. Either way, it’s important to be aware of what how the product marketing manager approaches marketing. This way, you understand how they do their job and where you can help on marketing your product. 

A Joint Effort – Working with the Product Team as a Whole

As a product manager, it’s important to be able to work with multiple teams. So we often talk about how to collaborate with one or the other, but these teams will always need to work together simultaneously. It’s important to find a balance in which design and innovation evolve rather than disrupt product development. There are ways to make this dynamic fusion clear, efficient, and functional.

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