Interview Series: Nir Erlich, Product Manager of Craft.io
Our latest interview was with Nir Erlich, Product Manager, CEO and Founder of Craft.io, 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.
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 School hosts multiple events each month at our locations in New York, San Francisco, Silicon Valley and now Los Angeles.
Check out what we have lined up for the rest of October:
Product management events in New York:
Wednesday, October 12th How to Build a Strategy in an Agile Environment Host: Chris Butler, Senior Product Strategist at Philosophie in NYC The team makes progress sprint-over-sprint, but how do they know if you are always headed the right direction? Strategy for agile teams is about how they link the high level decisions that leaders make with the day-to-day actions that team members make.
Wednesday, October 19th Get Hired! Landing the Product Job Host: Rick Aronstein, VP and Head of Product Recruitment at AC Lion Getting hired for a product management job can be challenging. But there are strategies and trends you can keep up on in order to land the right job for you. Want to hear some of them? Join Rick Aronstein, a former product leader who now recruits talent for some of New York’s top companies including Vimeo, AMC, Fanduel, Blue Apron, and Vitamin Shoppe.
Wednesday, October 26th Product Management Happy Hour Host: The Product School Team Drinks are on us! If you are an aspiring Product Manager, come to chat and drink with the Product School team, instructors and students.
Product management events in San Francisco:
Wednesday, October 12th Finding What’s Next for Your Product Host: Vincent Huang, Product Manager at BetterWorks Congratulations, you’ve managed to find product-market fit for your product. Your user base is growing, you’ve even managed to get people to give you money for your product. You’ve reached the first major milestone. You look up and ask, what’s next? In this session, Vincent reflects and shared on key takeaways of trying to grow the product from a single to a portfolio.
Wednesday, October 19th How to Become a Product Manager “Ask Me Anything” Host: Carlos González de Villaumbrosia, Founder & CEO of Product School Would you like to get a job as a Product Manager? Join us for this free open doors session to get an overview of our part-time product management course curriculum, meet the lead instructor and have the chance to ask any additional questions that you might have about what it takes to become a product manager in San Francisco.
Wednesday, October 26th How to Ask Questions: The PM Edition! Host: Connie Kwan, Head of Product for Developer Ecosystem and Marketplace at Atlassian In this workshop find out how to ask questions effectively to uncover problems and get the answer you need. Learn about the different contexts and the technique to use in each. Walk away with at least one go-to question for every situation.
Product management events in Silicon Valley:
Wednesday, October 12th Risk Management in Product Development Host: Neelam Dabholkar, Product Management Consulting and Training This session will bring out some case studies where poor risk management led to complete chaos and devastation and how some simple steps taken initially, would have prevented that.
Wednesday, October 19th Product Management Happy Hour Host: Product School Team This is the perfect time for all those in Silicon Valley to to come out and chat and drink with the Product School team, instructors and students, learn about what we do and who we are, and have a great time. Drinks are on us!
Product management events in Los Angeles & Santa Monica:
Santa Monica Wednesday, October 12th How to Become a Product Manager “Ask Me Anything” Host: Carlos González de Villaumbrosia, CEO of Product School Would you like to get a job as a Product Manager? Join us for this free open doors session to get an overview of our part-time product management course curriculum, meet the lead instructor and have the chance to ask any additional questions that you might have about what it takes to become a product manager in Santa Monica.
Downtown Los Angeles Wednesday, October 13th The Rise of the Digital Nomad Host: Dana Alibrandi, Freelance Product Manager, Instructor, and Digital Nomad Learn how one product manager is making the transition and traveling the world in the process. We’ll discuss lifestyle philosophy, as well as specific tactics for staying connected and productive while on the road.
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