Things happen fast in the tech world. Just look at Product Hunt and the never-ending awesomeness they have in collections of tools, apps, hacks and the latest “everything you need to know about xyz.” (If you haven’t seen it yet, we also released The Product Glossary on Product Hunt.) Thanks to news headlines, even people outside of the product world can see how quickly things are changing in tech!
It can be difficult to stay in the loop. The best product managers have a general awareness of all the latest trends, and some idea of where they’re going. So how do we keep up with everything that’s going on? We use these three hacks to stay relevant…
Get Pocket – Don’t leave home without it
Pocket has been a lifesaver for many people for some time, and remains a favourite.
Even Buffer’s marketing team uses the tool to keep all the content that’s interesting to them in one place. The key is making sure you set it up with the topics you want to learn about, and check it at least once a week. To set things up, create your account and pick your topics. Then add articles to your to review, and favorite the ones you want to go back to later.
Here’s a peek at ours:
You can also go exploring to see what’s been trending lately:
Once you have everything set up, make sure you have the app downloaded on your phone so you can read on the go. They also send out a newsletter loaded with top articles based on your interests, and you can get a ton of information right there.
Finally, now that you are getting the newsletters and you have the app, add the Chrome extension and you’ll be a content master!
Track 25 of your favorite blogs in one Chrome folder
Another trick of the content trade – find top articles from all of your favorite blogs, (including The Product Management blog of course!), in less than 5 minutes. This may take some setup time, but once it’s done, it’s done. It can always be updated, but you’ll have quick access to what’s new, and eventually you’ll become exceptionally good at judging articles by a first glance.
Create a folder in your chrome with 25 blogs you follow, here are five to get you started:
- The Product Management Blog
- Pivot Product Hits
- Ellen Chisa – VP of Product at Lola
- Product Coalition
- Products that Count
Add them to your “Product Management Blogs” folder, and once they’re added, you can open them all at once:
Networking: It’s all about who you know
Networking can take you places you’ve never been and open doors that you would have otherwise missed. By becoming more involved in the product/tech community, you can learn things you might never have known and make valuable connections. Networking will not only help you potentially meet your next employer; but also get to know others with the same goals and interests as you, share knowledge, ideas and insights.
You can start by checking out our global events. You’re sure to find something close to home.
This isn’t limited to in-person events. If you live somewhere a bit remote, or your schedule keeps you too busy to attend IRL events, there are plenty of online networking opportunities as well, like webinars and AMAs. You should also make sure that your LinkedIn profile is set up to perfection, with a good-quality, professional photo of yourself, and all your most relevant professional experience listed. It’s the equivalent of your online business card/CV and can be the key to making a great first impression online.
We know how effective online networking can be, which is why we have a whole channel for it in our Slack community, which is free to join for all established and aspiring PMs.
For more blogs, talks, books and info, check out this huge list of resources to become a product manager.