Product Management Career Path

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Natalia Baryshnikova
Natalia Baryshnikova
Atlassian Head of Product, Enterprise AgilityNovember 10
Check out my other answer in this AMA to a question asked by someone from a construction industry. You can repurpose the steps I outlined in that answer to your situation. The key parts to figure out will be the WHY behind your interest in SaaS, a list of skills you have today that are transferra......Read More
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Saloni Patil
Saloni Patil
MikMak Director of ProductJune 10
The best part of Product Management is that many of the skills are transferable and while domain knowledge can be important, even that can be learned on the job. Key skills can differ based on which level you are at in your PM career, so am focusing on some that I think are most relevant for a mi......Read More
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How do you manage the 1000 questions and tasks that are shot at you when you are a PM in an early stage startup?
I'm the first PM in a startup that used to be sales led. I'm trying to set up the proper discovery processes, prioritization tactics and strategy, but I find that extremely hard to do as I'm getting carried away in the day-to-day tasks around requests, issues reported and project management.
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Natalia Baryshnikova
Natalia Baryshnikova
Atlassian Head of Product, Enterprise AgilityFebruary 17
Startups are all about speed. To move fast, you need to know where you are going (aka what to be ruthlessly focused on) and allocate the most of your time/energy to that. Easier said than done, right? One thing that helped a lot in my early startup days was my framework of "One thing I am going t......Read More
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Anton Kravchenko
Anton Kravchenko
Carta Sr. Director of Product ManagementFebruary 4
My favorite interview question was asked by a hiring manager ~8 years ago when I interviewed for an Associate PM position at MuleSoft. I was asked the following: "Imagine humans decided to take the moon and put it through a giant chopper/grinder. The mass that comes out of the chopper is being d......Read More
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Anton Kravchenko
Anton Kravchenko
Carta Sr. Director of Product ManagementFebruary 4
It's less about metrics and more about the outcomes you are creating for the business. For example, you might bring 10,000 new users or improve a UX for a specific feature -- but what matters at the end of the day is how you impacted the business. Has any of that made the business grow faster or ......Read More
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Natalia Baryshnikova
Natalia Baryshnikova
Atlassian Head of Product, Enterprise AgilityFebruary 17
The biggest struggle I have observed is related to transition from an individual level product craft growth to growing that of a group. Andy Grove in High Output Management said "Managers are responsible for increasing the output of their organizations and neighboring organizations they influence......Read More
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Catherine Bassett
Catherine Bassett
Gorillas VP ProductMarch 9
The best way to get better is framing and articulation is to understand what works best for your organization based on lifecycle stage, market type and product type. You may want to try framing using a few different types of strategies to see what fits best. The most popular frameworks are: 1. ......Read More
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Natalia Baryshnikova
Natalia Baryshnikova
Atlassian Head of Product, Enterprise AgilityFebruary 17
Ultimately, prioritization comes down to a chain of decisions. Regardless of the framework that you use, the question I see folks overlooking a lot is "who is the right person to make this decision". Is that you, the PM? Is that your manager? Or maybe, if the work relates to security vulnerabilit......Read More
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Melissa Ushakov
Melissa Ushakov
GitLab Group Manager, Product ManagementMarch 8
It's important to be transparent with your manager about your career aspirations and then align on the criteria for a promotion. Create an actionable plan to close any gaps and track progress against it. I have had these conversations with my manager several times over the years to prepare for my......Read More
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What's something that you didn't know it took to become a Director back when you were a senior product manager?
Something that you didn't know you would need to do that you only realized later.
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Anton Kravchenko
Anton Kravchenko
Carta Sr. Director of Product ManagementFebruary 3
Typically, promotions are the result of an individual's performance and business needs. In other words, it's hard to make a case for becoming a Director if your area can be covered by a single Sr PM, so both you and your product area need to grow.  PM Directors are also people managers who hire ......Read More
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