CHAPTER 1Why an Ultimate Guide to Product Managers?
CHAPTER 2What Is a Product Manager?
CHAPTER 3The 3 Key Responsibilities of Product Managers
CHAPTER 4The Characteristics of a Good Product Manager
CHAPTER 5The Characteristics of a Bad Product Manager
CHAPTER 6A Day and Week in the Life of a Product Manager
CHAPTER 7Tools that Product Managers Rely on
CHAPTER 8The Makeup of a Product Management Team
CHAPTER 9Who Do Product Managers Report to?
CHAPTER 10Who Does a Product Manager Lead?
CHAPTER 11Product Manager vs. Product Owner
CHAPTER 12Product Manager vs. Technical Product Manager
CHAPTER 13Product Manager vs. Product Marketing Manager
CHAPTER 14Product Manager vs. Program Manager
CHAPTER 15How to Become a Product Manager in 2021
CHAPTER 16Are Product Management Courses (Certifications and Degrees) Worth the Time and Investment?
CHAPTER 17Product Manager Salaries and How Resume Breakdown
CHAPTER 18Landing Your First Product Role in 2021
CHAPTER 19Finding Product Management Jobs
CHAPTER 20Owning Your Product Manager Interview
CHAPTER 21Common Product Manager Interview Questions
CHAPTER 22Working as a Product Manager in an Agency
CHAPTER 23Working Freelance as a Product Manager
CHAPTER 245 Key Tips for New Product Managers
CHAPTER 25How to Level up Your Product Skills
The easiest way to find a product management role is from within your current company. If the opportunity is available.
This can be done by expressing your interest to your direct manager. In most cases companies are happy to support their team members with reaching their career goals and would rather have skilled talent in another department within the company rather than have them leave and join another company entirely.
With a supportive manager you can create a transition plan into a product role.
This transition plan may begin by taking a product management course with your company’s learning education stipend, shadowing members of the product team to learn how they perform their roles, moving onto assisting them with minor tasks until you are able to fully transition into the team.
If transitioning into a product role from within a company is not possible then you need to have grit while taking the necessary steps to obtain a role elsewhere.
We will talk about where to find product management roles in the next section however another avenue to consider is an internship or an Associate Product Manager program (APM).
APMs are designed for individuals who are interested in product management and want to graduate into product management roles.
Recognizing the growing interest in product management a number of notable software companies in Toronto partnered to create the APM Toronto program.
Even prior to applying for an internship, an APM program, or getting a cover letter and resume in front of a recruiter or hiring manager, you should to have knowledge of product management and some product management experience (build something).
This includes experience related to performing customer research, prioritizing features, managing design sprints, documenting product specifications, enabling stakeholders, utilizing project and product management tools, and more.
All of which can be obtained through taking a product management course at a notable bootcamp and/or building a product.