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12 Common Technical Product Manager Interview Questions

A technical product manager is a critical piece of the product management puzzle. It’s vital to find the perfect profile to fill in this position. For that reason, knowing some common technical product manager interview questions can help – whether you’re a hiring manager or a TPM candidate. From larger tech companies like Google,...

Interviewing with Engineering Managers

As part of the product manager interview process, you’ll find that you’ll be interviewing with engineering managers quite regularly. After all, product managers work closely with engineering managers on a day-to-day basis, and they jointly lead their teams to success. Therefore, organizations must ensure that the engineering manager approves of...

Agile Estimation: Sizing Stories

The project has been funded, the team is assembled, and as PM you've written out feature stories based on your product roadmap. Now it's time to talk specifics and figure out the amount of effort each story will take - will the team be able to complete everything in the given time frame? In agile development, an estimate is a unit of measurement of...

Product Manager Interview: The Product Design Question

A product manager's core responsibilities include working with a team to design, build, ship, and continuously improve a product. During product manager interviews, most companies love to hone in on your ability to execute against these responsibilities by asking how you might think about designing a product. The popular product design question usually...

What is the Waterfall Methodology?

  When starting new projects, companies face a decision of choosing which development methodology to use and one methodology that has historically been very popular is the Waterfall methodology. Development methodologies are simply a way to organize the workflow of product (usually software) development and there are pros and cons to each methodology....

What Does a Product Manager Do? [A Day in the Life]

As product managers, the one question that we get asked every now and then is: "What does a product manager do, anyway?" Unfortunately, many of us still stutter while answering this question since product management is a versatile career path. Furthermore, responsibilities vary from company to company. To be more specific, the product manager...

Product Manager vs Project Manager: What's the Difference?

  What's the difference between product manager vs. project manager? It certainly doesn't help that both are named so similarly, and I can't tell you the # of times I've been incorrectly labeled as a project manager. To start, the two disciplines have fundamentally different purposes. The goal of product management is to maximize return on investment,...

What is Effective Altruism? A Guide for Product Managers

Product managers seek to find and address the pain of others - so it’s no wonder that some of the most altruistic and philanthropic people I know are product managers! In fact, most product managers I know are interested in creating a positive impact in the world through their work. And, on top of that, they’re also interested in creating a positive...

PMs & Metrics: Counter Metrics

While north star metrics are incredibly valuable for creating focus and alignment, they provide even more value when paired with a counter metric. What’s a counter metric? A counter metric is something that you measure to ensure that you haven’t over-optimized your north star metric to the detriment of your customers and your business. Below, I’ll...

6 Best Product Management Internships in 2020

The product manager role has seen a rise in global demand in the last couple of years. Today, we’re seeing an increasing number of fresh graduates looking for a rewarding product management internship to kick off their career. With more and more businesses undergoing digital transformation and product practices evolving, the product manager has become...

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