Become a Product Manager | Learn the Skills & Get the Job
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36 points • _Floydian
Tools and Resources for Product Management
Can we all come together and build a crowd-sourced directory of various tools and resources available over internet (free and paid, both) or others to refer it?
If yes, mention yours in comment and I will keep updating this mega thread.
- Become a Product Manager - Paid
6 points • SizzlinKola
This one helped me out a ton when I first got my feet wet in PM.
1 points • cheesy_luigi
I took Product School paid for by my previous company and would not recommend paying for it out of pocket. This course is much more comprehensive for a fraction of the price.
If you want to transition into Product Management: * Try and take more product responsibilities in your current company * Reframe your resume to be product focused * Apply to APM and PM roles (APM will probably be easier)
1 points • andravis
I'm CSPO certified and completed GA's Product Management course.
CSPO is pretty good but it's really just a two day course that primarily focuses on how to leverage scrum. To be honest, I can't say I really apply any of it at work.
I don't recommend GA. Everything you'll learn there can be found at this Udemy course for much, much cheaper: https://www.udemy.com/course/become-a-product-manager-learn-the-skills-get-a-job/
I agree with others who responded that experience is more important. Since PM is all about determining if a product idea is actually "good" there are plenty of PM exercises that you can practice on your own at home (check out the Udemy course for examples), then write a case study about what you did, and include your results in your resume/portfolio. This will very likely land you a Jr PM or even mid-entry PM job.
Finally, if you want more material, check out these podcasts: This is Product Management by Alpha and 100 PM by 100 Product Managers.
1 points • cottoncandy_cc
This is list of relevant book/course that i have read during my career
Product Management: - INSPIRED by Marty Cagan - The Product Book by productschool - This Udemy course about PM - Loyalty 3.0 - Hooked - Sprint by Jake Knapp - Four steps to epiphany - Value Proposition Design
Marketing: - Positioning - Crossing the chasm - Traction by Gabriel Weinberg
Unfortunately, I was internally hired from at my startup from Digital Marketing to PM (we did some project together and they saw an aptitude in me) and haven't had any job interviews.
1 points • kagemaster
https://www.udemy.com/course/become-a-product-manager-learn-the-skills-get-a-job/ - I always recommend this one. The best course out there imo
1 points • Aritisto
APIs, REST and a good understand of JSON (and JS) is something I have on my list, will definitely go through them!
Is this the udacity product cert you're referring to? Less pricey than the Pragmatic or Product School one, but still an ouchie :( I can afford it, would definitely go for it if employers would see value in it.
I am currently also undergoing this Udemy course.
Thank you for your help :)
1 points • firesofmay
Even if you can spend or your employer can pay for it, consider the following:
Start with expressing your interest to transition internally to someone higher in the team. Ask them what it would take to transition. In most cases they'll be happy to help you out.
Also take up extra work from any PM who does not feel existential threat if you become a PM. Every PM always has more work than they can do. They'll be happy to give you some of their work. Ask them questions but do your own study too.
Start with the udemy course to get a quick overall idea of the space. I'm currently doing this course: https://www.udemy.com/course/become-a-product-manager-learn-the-skills-get-a-job/
And start with following Shreyas Doshi on twitter/LinkedIn: https://twitter.com/shreyas
Read everything he has to say about PM. There are a lot of other people whom you can follow. But start with one. Enable notifications for every tweet of his. Read his past tweets. You'll slowly gain an understanding of the space like this.
While this might feel like a slow way to learn, you'll learn a lot more and build practical knowledge.
Also start writing and doing mini projects where you write insights, analysis, observations, meta trends etc.
Learn basic Adobe XD skills to know how to do wire framing.
This will give you a real headstart into the space.
Once you have made a good headway you'll know if its worth doing that course or not.
Part of being a PM I have realised is to figure out the unknown without a defined path.
This not only helps you learn the skills but also builds a mindset that will make you a successful PM who can walk the uncharted path.
Hope this helps!
1 points • mbastudent2022
Also was this the PM course you took?
And just wondering what you think the most useful things it taught you were? Looks interesting might take it myself.
1 points • uditsajjanhar
All the comments that mention books are really good ones. However, if you read these books you will really have to pick and choose on what is applicable to you as someone just staring out.
If you need organized information in one place I would recommend this Udemy course, which will give you the basics of everything and then you can choose to go deep down in any topics you feel the need. https://www.udemy.com/course/become-a-product-manager-learn-the-skills-get-a-job/
1 points • zaccc123
I recommend this: https://www.udemy.com/course/become-a-product-manager-learn-the-skills-get-a-job/ It explains a lot about product management and touch base on every process from ideation to product and market research.
Before switching to PM, I ponder if it is right for me as I will be giving up my years of experience in engineering. So I bought this course to understand what exactly PM does, and what kind of skills you need to succeed. Finally, I decided to make the switch and I write about why I came to that decision here.
1 points • Compunerd3
I done these on udemy and found them great
1: Become a product Manager | Learn the skills & get the job https://www.udemy.com/course/become-a-product-manager-learn-the-skills-get-a-job/learn/
2: Advanced Product Management: Vision, Stategy & Metrics https://www.udemy.com/course/advanced-product-management-vision-strategy-metrics/learn/
3: Advanced Product Management #2: Leadership & Communication https://www.udemy.com/course/advanced-product-management-2-leadership-communication/
1 points • tegularius00
Product Manager w/ 3 years experience here:
I was a Project Manager at a software development agency, and prior to that I was a Social Science academic (no real engineering background to speak of). To be frank, I wasn't a particularly good Project Manager - I found it hard to be invested in budgets based on estimates that everyone secretly knew were "finger in the air" guesses, and I often felt powerless to make an impact on the success or failure or a project. Whether or not the thing we built solved a legitimate problem felt incidental to "time and budget" concerns. I did a reasonable job of getting people to talk openly and honestly, which helped avoid some issues, but I always felt like I was on the back foot.
When I first came across Product Management, though, that all changed for me. Product Management seemed much more strategic and proactive, and a role where my job was to help solve user problems, not just "make sure x deliverables arrive by y date". It was also a role where I could use all those critical thinking skills that I built up as an academic and apply them to something worthwhile. So to answer your question, for me it was a really straightforward transition - in a way, it felt like a weight had been lifted and I could work in a way that felt more natural to me.
Before I made the switch I'd done the (in-person) Certified Product Owner course by Roman Pichler, which I think helped when I applied for a ProdM role at another company. If you're doing an in-person course, it's really worth reading up on the person delivering it rather than just picking the first one you see (I once did a Scrum Master course with one of the big training companies and it was awful). Another person who does excellent courses is Teresa Torres: https://www.producttalk.org/learn/.
For online courses, I did a run through of this one: https://www.udemy.com/course/become-a-product-manager-learn-the-skills-get-a-job/. How useful it might be for you will depend on the company, but I found it helpful as an overview of some of the skills you'll need to develop.
As for books, there are any number written by excellent Product Managers, though I hadn't read them before I started. A couple to look up would be "Inspired" by Marty Cagan and "Escaping the Build Trap" by Melissa Perri.
1 points • 00_zeta
I was looking at topics this morning and came across a few things that might be helpful:https://www.codespaces.com/best-product-management-certifications-courses-trainings.html
I just bought the Udemy course for $13, dont pay full price, there are many discounts available if are a new user or use Google search.
2 points • i_am_nk
I can say what I did, and people that read it can gain some insight. I try not to preach or offer advice, just my perspective. Always be learning!
First, Cole Mercer's Become a Product Manager | Learn the Skills & Get the Job on udemy has been the single best piece of information that I have found. Absolutely hands down better than anything at my MBA program.
Decode and Conquer Have met Lewis Lin, very nice guy and seems like a genuine dude.
and I like Dan Olsen's The Lean Product Playbook Have attended a few of his talks, I think they are really good.
Attend PM meetups and conferences. You want to be a pm then be around other pms! I got an interview from a conference where the speaker did a terrible job but I went up to the person after, while they were sitting alone and said I loved their talk.
Do something entrepreneurial, there is a ton of crossover.
When you apply, try and get a referral.
Product School Youtube almost certainly a PM from the company you want to work at has spoken here.
And then finally get lucky, like really really lucky. All of these will put you in a position to take advantage of a lucky break.
1 points • Baadshaah
First of all, I assume you are looking into IT product management.
From what I've seen the PM role differs at each company in as to what they require skill-wise. But here are some recommendations based on my experience.
First of most of the job boils down to having good communication, story-telling and negotiation skills. A great place to start off with would be this Coursera course and pick-up the book Never Split the Difference - Chris Voss.
Even though you might not see yourself as "code monkey" it is really important to understand technology well. A great course to start off in this regard would be CS50.
Then it would good to pick up some design skills. Read books like Don't Make Me Think by Steve Krug and Design of everyday things by Dan Norman. You can also check out the course UX Fundamentals by Aquent Gymnasium. Then I will recommend doing the weekly design exercises. Remember the goal is not to be pixel perfect but rather how to think design.
Then you can check out books like Four Steps to Epiphany - Steve Blank and Inspired - Marty Cagan.
I will also recommend to pick out your product and do a case study on it and think of ways on how you can improve.
1 points • Bombuhclaat
Check out this post
Check out that Udemy Course
Check out these books, decode/cracking the PM interview
Read these case studies
Cool blog post on PM interviews
Practice for yourself!