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Product Q&A with Justin Watt
Justin Watt About: While attending university for psychology, Justin ventured into project & product management where he took part in internal products creation for Shaw and IBM. He worked on projects with MetaLab on the side starting in 2012 and officially joined the team in 2015 where his formal title is Project Manager, which at MetaLab includes product management as a focus. He’s worked on and launched products for Fortune 10...
Product Q&A with Jess Lee
Jess Lee About: Jess Lee is an investing partner at Sequoia Capital and is the venture capital firm’s first female partner in the U.S. in 44 years of operation. Previously, she was the CEO of Polyvore – a journey she likes to call “unusual.” When she was at Google, she became obsessed with using Polyvore and sent in detailed user feedback through e-mail to the original co-founder. This resulted in her...
Product Q&A with Christina Wodtke
Christina Wodtke About: Christina Wodtke trains companies to move from insight to execution as principal of her firm, Wodtke Consulting, and teaches the next generation of entrepreneurs at California College of the Arts and Stanford Continuing Education. Christina has led redesigns and initial product offerings for such companies as LinkedIn, MySpace, Zynga, Yahoo!, Hot Studio, and eGreetings. She has founded two consulting startups, a product startup, and Boxes and Arrows,...
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The Product Manager Interview Process at Large Tech Companies
This is a guest post from our PMHQ Advisor, Fernando Delgado. Context I worked at Google for 5+ years, where I interviewed over 150 PM candidates. I then worked at Yahoo for 3 years, where I interviewed over 100 PM candidates. At Yahoo, I was a member of the hiring committee for 2 years and co-founded the APM program. So the observations below mainly apply to those 2 companies and the...
How to Write a Data Science Product Manager Resume [+ Examples]
Interested in learning how to write a data science product manager resume? You’re in the right place! Becoming a product manager with a data science background is difficult, and that’s why it’s hard to find the right advice on writing a data science product manager resume. Having such niche expertise ensures success in the job market. However, you still need to impress the hiring manager to get to that point. ...
Group Product Manager vs. Principal Product Manager: What’s The Difference?
Curious to know how to advance your career as a long-term product manager as either s group product manager or principal product manager? Then look no further. Product managers are responsible for establishing a product’s vision and long-term business strategy while ensuring that all stakeholders are aware of said strategy. While it is a senior position, there are numerous career paths, such as Group Product Manager (GPM) and Principal Product...
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General Assembly Product Management Review: Is it worth it?
Product management is increasingly becoming an in-demand skill. Various institutes and product schools, such as the General Assembly product management courses, offer a great way to specialize in this area and become a product manager. That being said, General Assembly’s product management courses aren’t the only options you can pick. This raises a question – are the product management courses offered by General Assembly even worth it? To that end,...
Berkeley Product Management Review: Is It Worth it?
If you’re an aspiring entrepreneur who wants to run your own startup or a marketing trainee looking to excel in the trade, product management would be a critical skill in your arsenal. Many institutes and platforms offer specialized programs and bootcamps – one of which is the Berkeley product management program – that can certify you for this skill. However, with so many in-person and online courses/programs out there, are...
Stanford Product Management Review: Is it Worth it?
Product management is a fast-developing discipline. With the need for fresh and improved talent increasing, product managers have never needed to up their game more. Luckily, programs, such as the Stanford product management from Stanford University, are providing managers with the knowledge and credentials they need. The Stanford product management program is great, but is it really worth it – especially since there are so many other online communities and...
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Best 10 Product Management Software 2023: Reviews and Pricing
Modern product management is all about cutting out redundancies, making processes smarter, and more efficient. With automation and machine learning taking over legacy systems, more and more product teams are having to adapt to new operational methods. This is where product management software comes in. From tracking tasks to keeping time, and even identifying redundant processes, product management software has revolutionized how teams approach building and launching. In this article, we’ll go over the 10 best product management software and their pricing, as well...
11 Best Product Roadmap Software 2023: Reviews and Pricing
Having a comprehensive and effective product roadmap can mean the difference between the best products and a complete market failure. That’s where modern product roadmap software comes in. Almost every product roadmap software out there can contribute towards the greater product plan and its success. However, the question arises as to which product roadmap software will be the best for your product goals. In this article, we’ll take a look...
Best Product Management Tools in 2023[Review]
We compiled this official guide based on conversations with hundreds of product managers in our PMHQ community who revealed the most popular product management tools and product management tools that they currently use on the job. 64 Best Product Management Tools 2023 The following are the best tools for product management according to their main functions. They are divided into different categories such as collaboration, product roadmap, product management, etc. Product Management...
What is Agile?
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Maintaining Feature Parity Across Platforms
In the PMHQ Slack community, we regularly get thought-provoking questions that we feel should be explored in-depth and documented for future reference. We’re starting a new set of Q&A posts to dive into these kinds of questions, and enable everyone in the community to revisit the answers and contribute further! “For the first time, I’m working on a product that spans multiple platforms (iOS, Android, macOS, Windows, Chrome). What are...
What is the Waterfall Model?
Interested in learning about the most traditional and foundational software development processes? The waterfall methodology is a linear project management approach that has been used for about 50 years now. In the waterfall model, stakeholder and customer product requirements are collected at the beginning of the project, and then sequential phases are created to accommodate those requirements. Let’s take a better look at what the waterfall method is: What is...
How to Create a Kanban Project with Jira Software [Tutorial]
Looking to create a Kanban project with Jira software? Then you’ve come to the right place. As an agile project management tool, the Kanban methodology offers visual signals that help teams manage work. In 2002, Jira Software made its debut, giving organizations access to project management tools that streamline the planning and execution processes, providing maximum value for the Kanban development team. In this Jira tutorial, we give you a...
What is DevOps?
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Continuous Integration vs Continuous Delivery: What’s the Difference?
Would you like to know the difference between continuous integration and continuous development? Well, you’re in the right place. The software development industry is facing an ever-growing demand for delivering high-quality and high-performing software fast and efficiently. To respond to these challenges, software developers are implementing a variety of practices and approaches, such as agile methodologies, code reviews, refactoring, and to name a few. Continuous integration (CI) and continuous delivery...
What is Continuous Integration?
Are you curious about how to incorporate continuous integration into your product workflow? Then you’ve come to the right place. As more companies continue to explore different frameworks and approaches for product management, product teams feel obliged to learn the fundamentals of continuous integration and its application within product development. In this article, we go through the fundamentals of continuous integration as well as key insight and strategies for its...
What is Product Analytics?
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PMs & Metrics: Retention Rate
During our last post of the PMs & Metrics series, we covered the details of the conversion rate. In today’s post, we’ll be going over another important metric that PMs should be familiar with – the customer retention rate. The customer retention rate measures the proportion of customers that have continued to use your product over a period of time. There are two key phrases here to pay extra attention...
Data-Driven vs. Data-Informed
Many product organizations have stopped focusing on being data-driven, and are pivoting towards being data-informed instead. What’s the difference between the two? Let me illustrate with a real scenario. Product Study: Data-Driven Demand Assessment One of my past initiatives was to find a product-market fit for a particular product idea that we had. The goal was to use landing pages, SEO (search engine optimization), and SEM (search engine marketing) to determine...
PMs & Metrics: Bounce Rate
Product managers care deeply about the engagement of their users. After all, engagement is an indicator that their product is providing value to users. Of course, engagement can be measured in many different ways. One of the most important qualities of a successful product is that users find what they’re looking for. To measure this quality, let’s introduce a new metric to our toolkit: the bounce rate. Definition of Bounce...
What is Product Design?
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What Is a Wireframe?
Need to get a complete understanding of what wireframes are? If you are interested in getting in the UX field, you will certainly hear a lot about wireframes. Wireframes are an important part of app, website, and product development projects as they are the foundation on which to begin building. They present a clear summary of the page layout, format, information architecture, user flow, and intended behaviors. All these pieces...
User Interface (UI) vs. User Experience (UX) Design: What’s the Difference?
Would you like to know the difference between user interface and user experience? Well, you’ve come to the right place! Misused even by experts, the terms both have underlying gray areas that often confuse. There are two main components to an application’s design: the User Interface (UI) design and the User Experience (UX) design. The aesthetic component that allows users to engage with a product is the user interface design. ...
What is Product Development?
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Product Development vs. Product Management: What’s the Difference?
(Needs Images) Interested in learning the difference between product development and product management? Well, you’re in the right place! Product development and product management may seem to be similar concepts, but in reality, they’re quite different. It won’t be wrong to say that they are like a cup and teapot, as both have their own distinct functions. However, despite the differences, they are incomplete without each other. In this article, we...
What is a Great Product Development Strategy?
With new products entering the market every day, there’s an ever-growing need for better product development. Things like the industry, type of product, features, and other factors come into play. That’s why you need an excellent product development strategy. A lot of companies tend to focus on a product based on their customers. Some decide to offer a solution to an existing problem through their product. But, in all cases,...
What is a Great Product Strategy?
The success of any product depends on a number of factors, including the company, features, usability, and more. However, none of those factors amount to much if you don’t have a robust product strategy to back your product. Many companies figure out the ideal solution to a problem and then make up the perfect product or service. However, what a lot of companies do wrong is that they don’t work...
What is Product Led Growth?
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What We Learned by Testing our Minimum Viable Product on Medium
This is a guest post that was originally published on the Cubeit blog. Paul Graham says — “Make something people want.” Sound advice, but it leaves would-be-entrepreneurs with a serious problem. How do you know what people want? Before you go ahead and put the deposit down on that island you are going to buy with all the cash from your IPO, you need to know if what you are building will...
What is Growth Product Management?
I’ve noticed that more and more people have been asking, “what is growth product management?” and “is growth product management right for me?” These are fantastic questions! Growth product management is one of many variants of the product management discipline, and its focus is on increasing critical metrics by reducing barriers to value. Over the years, startups and tech companies have demonstrated a growing interest in hiring growth product managers. First,...
What is Product-Led Growth?
With all the resources and technology at our disposal, creating a new product has never been easier. However, successfully launching that product, acquiring new users, and keeping them around is a whole different story. To speed things up and keep the acquisition costs low, more and more software companies are opting for product-led growth – a relatively new GTM strategy. If you’re a marketer, product manager, or any other key...
What is Product Marketing?
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What is the Customer Experience?
Curious to know what the customer experience entails? Then look no further. For many companies, a good customer experience is often at the forefront of their business goals. Hotjar reports that 37% of mature companies consider delivering an outstanding experience as their number one goal. In this article, we explore the metric of customer experience and all the features which make it relevant to the company’s ability to gain a competitive...