You want to experience leadership and connection. You want to own the Product and create something that puts a dent in the universe. We like to call them visionaries: those who have an idea and lead it every step of the way towards completion.
For many people who start out as engineers, marketers, sales people or designers, Product Manager is a logical evolution in their careers. If you’ve thought about taking the leap, this post will break down exactly what you need to do.
Over the past six years, Product School has been privileged to host some of the best thinkers in Product Management. Speakers from companies like Google, Facebook, Uber, Tinder, Snapchat, and Apple have shared their top tips and industry secrets designed to help you get ahead in the PM world. These events have led to more than 250 blog posts summarizing the key takeaways from each speaker.
With so much information at your fingertips, it can be easy to feel overwhelmed. This is why we’re creating this guide to help you navigate our Product Management resources. Just choose the area you want to study, and dive in to find the post that answers your questions. Enjoy!
How to Become a Product Manager
Product Management isn’t just a role – it’s a worldview. It’s a set of attitudes, habits, and skills that define how you approach problem-solving, how you communicate, how you lead, and even how you think. No one becomes a Product Manager overnight. These blog posts contain advice directly from some of the best PMs in the world, so you can look inside their heads, and adopt the mindset that makes them great.
- The Ultimate List of Product Leaders to Follow
- Is Product Management for You?
- How To Get a Product Management Job at a Startup
- Massive List of Online and Offline Resources to Become Product Manager
- How to Become a Product Manager? Make Yourself the Product
- 5 Excellent Ways to Create Your Own Product Portfolio
Define Your Product Manager Career Path
If your goal is to be a Senior Product Manager at Google in 10 years, what should you be doing this year, next year, five years from now? From junior and entry-level positions to Head of Product, Product Manager career paths vary depending on your background, but there are common steps and milestones. With advice for Product Managers of different levels as well as people just starting out, these articles will make sure you’re heading in the right direction.
- 7 Ways Learning Code Helps Product Managers Be Great [Infographic]
- Is it Possible to Work Remotely as a Product Manager?
- Transitioning from Consultant to Product Manager
- Why Product Management is NOT Project Management
Get Certified as a Product Manager
Take control of your career with courses designed to help you get your dream Product Management job, and succeed in the role. At Product School we’ll be teaching you both the hard skills you need to ship products to completion, and the soft skills you need to lead diverse teams, find a job, and thrive in the PM interview. All our instructors are real-world Product Managers currently working at top firms like Google, Facebook, and LinkedIn. Live online courses are available at schedules designed to suit busy professionals. Our certifications offer clear progression based on where you are in your career:
- Product Manager Certificate (PMC): Get Your First Product Management Job
- Product Leader Certificate (PLC): Get Your Next Product Management Promotion
- Product Executive Certificate (PEC): Advance to the C-Suite
- Discover Your Product Manager Certificate Path and Get Certified
- A Day at Product School – What It’s Like to Study Product Management
Hone Your Product Management Skills
What exactly do you need to do to succeed as a Product Manager? Let’s dive deeper into skills like coding, public speaking, design, marketing and business development that will help you get ahead in the competitive PM space. What makes Product Management different is that you need both soft skills like leadership, influence, creativity, innovation, AND hard skills like coding, design, engineering, etc. When combined, your hard and soft skills result in something magical we call product insight. These posts will help you get there.
- Is Agile Development Right for Your Team?
- A Curated List of Tools and Software for Product Managers
- Using the Jobs to Be Done Framework for PM
- Product Management Skills: Cross Functional Collaboration
- What Everybody Should Know About Product Management Design Sprints
- How to be an Ethical Product Manager
- The 15 Most-Read Books by Top Product Managers
Join The World’s Most Exclusive Product Management Community
In 2021, our community got an upgrade. While we’ll still be providing the same volume of high quality free resources that you’re accustomed to, we’re also offering another level of support and access for the most passionate members of the PM world. Learn more and secure your spot at Product School Pro
Get a Product Management Job
Getting hired in your dream Product Management job takes more than hard skills. You need to build a network that provides you with the best opportunities. You need evidence of past success, and you need to be able to handle the – often deliberately tricky – interview questions. If you’re new in your journey, then you may need some tips! These posts will help.
- How to Get a Product Management Job at Amazon
- How to Get a Product Management Job at LinkedIn
- How To Get a Product Management Job at Facebook
Nail the Product Management Interview
Everything comes down to the interview. You can have a glistening resume, the best idea since sliced bread, and recommendations from Mark Zuckerberg himself… but if you blow the interview, it’s back to sleeping on your best friend’s couch. This is why we have created dozens of resources specifically aimed at helping you get the right PM interview answers, including the exact kinds of questions you’re likely to be asked, and more. Check it out!
- Prepare for a Product Management Interview at Google
- The Ultimate List of Product Manager Interview Questions
- How to Crack the PM interview with Gayle McDowell
What’s the Average Product Manager Salary?
You’re not in it for the money alone, but it helps to know the Product Manager is a well-compensated position. Salary will vary depending on your experience and location – a PM in Boston will be paid differently from a manager in Australia or Germany, but a six-figure paycheck is by no means out of the question. Learn more about what you can expect from your Product Manager’s Salary with these articles.
- What Is the Average Product Management Salary in Every Continent
- I Make $200k as a Product Marketing Manager — The Salary Series
Keep Learning from PMs’ Experiences
A lot of the best lessons can only be learned through experience. But what if you’re just starting out? You may not have direct experience, but we can give you the next best thing: the distilled experience of leading professionals. Learn life and Product lessons from industry veterans have been through many of the exact situations you’ll soon face in your career.
- Product Growth Explained by Facebook’s Core Product Manager
- What Do Machine Learning Products Need by Uber Product Manager
- PM Dictionary: 20 Words & Phrases You Need to Know
It takes more than a blog to make a great Product Manager of course! So we’ve created a plethora of other resources to help you along the way:
- ProductCon – The largest online Product Management conference in the world!
- The Product Podcast – We have a brand new series, where we interview the best minds in product from companies like Twitch and Google.
- Product School Pro – The world’s most exclusive community for Product Managers
- Books – Whether you want to browse a copy of our MVP The Product Book or our latest guide to The Product Mindset, we’ve got you covered.