The Product Management Interview Blog

How to Transition to Product Management as a Lawyer with Google PM

Product Gym: Do you enjoy being a Lawyer or a Product Manager more? Blake Reese: Product Manager! Of course, I loved learning the law and practicing it. As a lawyer, I could solve people’s problems to make their lives better. As a Product Manager, I get to solve problems to make people’s lives better by working with really smart engineers to actually build things. The building aspect is what being a lawyer lacked. Product Gym: I know you transitioned into Google and you were a Counsel for

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How to Transition to Product Management as a Developer by Stash PM

If Product Management is a potential career that you are seeking as a Software Engineer, you should keep yourself open to the opportunities that may arise around you. Make sure you can identify business opportunities, as well as coordinate with stakeholders to figure out what their core goal is for the product in a long-term, technical perspective. Product Gym:  What’s your definition of Product Management? Nicholas Monje: In short, I tell engineers what to build. What I mean by that is the legwork of gathering requirements,

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How to Transition to Product Management as a Business Analyst by Vimeo PM

The Business Analyst position has been known to many as corporate’s version of Product Management. Vimeo’s Product Manager Ashley Chen advises people who wish to transition into Product Management to start gaining experience in the field through working at a startup.  From there, they can learn skills and develop a wide range of knowledge in many areas that would make them a very effective Product Manager. Product Gym: Since Product Management has been

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8 Reasons Why You Need to Stop Building Side Projects

At Product Gym, we are asked the question, “What do you think about building side projects? Or what are the best side projects for me to build?” The answer that we always tell to our clients is, “Building a Side Project is the worst strategy you can employ to land a product manager job.” The following are 8 Reasons Building a Side Project is the Worst Strategy Ever to Land a

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Why Product Managers Stay in the Industry by Yelp PM

Product Management is an exciting field that comes with many challenges. We sat down with Quy Le, a Product Manager at Yelp, to talk about what motivates Product Managers to stay in the game, as well as important skills to have and develop. Product Gym: What is your definition of Product Management? Quy Le: I would say Product Management is the combination of business strategy and project management. It’s being a leader of your product. I think the concept of Product Management is

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How to Transition to Product Management from Strategy by Zocdoc PM

Product Managers tend to be people who can’t decide who they want to be when they grow up. But at the end of the day, Product Managers are generalists, and they really exceed in the role because they are curious about such a variety of things. You should have a go-getter attitude, be empathetic, and be able to maintain and build that credibility with your teams is your power.  We talked to Carol Skordas Walport,

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What Unique Traits Make for an Effective Product Manager by BCG Digital Ventures PM

Product Management is an occupation that draws upon a variety of skills and disciplines. Aside from the purely technical, what other skills might one need in order to be an effective Product Manager? We sat down with Nicole Lenzen, formerly Senior Product Manager at BCG Digital Ventures and Co-Founder/Head of Product of Brooklyn-based digital consulting studio Default Projects, to discuss crucial soft-skills and provide helpful insights for aspiring Product Managers. Product

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How to Preempt Change in a New Product Management Career by Amazon PM

In this article, we spoke with Vivek Garg the Director, Product Management Audible from Amazon to understand more about how to effectively deal with change. Apparently, the best strategy is the exercise preemption. Product Gym: Every single time you moved around in your career, how were you able to deal with change on the job? Vivek: What I started realizing was that these changes were helping me learn and grow the most. Over a period of time, I

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How to Determine if Product Management is the Right Career Choice by Google PM

By far one of the most frequently asked questions we receive each month is, “How do I know if Product Management is for me? How do I know this is the right path for me?” We sat down with Shobhit Chugh, a Google Product Manager based in Boston, to bring you guys realistic insight on Product Management and how he approaches this question. Product Gym: How long

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