Earlier this year, I experienced somewhat of an existential crisis — I’m not getting any younger, and although I love my life as a musician, if I was to do something else — now would be the time.
Every great product started with an awesome idea and people who were skilled and motivated enough to see it through. There are ideas and products everywhere, but only a handful survive or thrive in the market. Some of them are just lucky. However, a great deal of those survivors are there because they combined many or all of the ingredients for a successful product.
The greatest part about being a product manager is getting the opportunity to build products. It’s innovating, creating and releasing something that people will use and enjoy using. After months of working in your first product management role, sprint after sprint, it’s time.
Everyday, product managers all over the world open their laptops and prepare to take on the challenges of product development with their teams. There will be setbacks, there will be leaps ahead, and there will be moments of flowing innovation. In this hectic, yet intensely rewarding career, there are also many habits you can adopt that will help you in each hurdle, support each sprint and keep development moving forward. Here’s our list:
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.