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The ultimate guide to a product manager's job

A detailed guide on product managers: their responsibilities, the tools they use, their resources on how to level up their product skills, and so much more.

By Quadri Oshibotu




Chapter 1: Why an ultimate guide to product manager's role?
Shedding light on a product manager's role, responsibilities, tools, and so much more.

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Chapter 2: What is a product manager?
Defining what a product manager is and how they handle product development processes.

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Chapter 3: The 3 key responsibilities of a product manager.
Understanding the core responsibilities of a product manager.

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Chapter 4: The characteristics of a good product manager.
The key traits that distinguish a good product manager from a bad product manager.

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Chapter 5: The characteristics of a bad product manager.
What are bad product managers and how do we identify one.

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Chapter 6: A day and week in the life of a product manager.
The days may differ based on the specific stage of the product development process that a product is in.

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Chapter 7: Tools that product managers rely on.
The various tools that product managers use to perform their day-to-day tasks.

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Chapter 8: The makeup of a product management team.
A product team is not a team of solely product managers. Who else?

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Chapter 9: Who do product managers report to?
Understanding who do product managers report to when it comes to the chain of command.

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Chapter 10: Who does a product manager lead?
We mentioned earlier in this guide that good product managers are leaders. But who exactly do they lead?

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Chapter 11: Product manager vs. product owner.
The two work closely together and the roles may overlap, but what are the differences ?

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Chapter 12: Product manager vs. technical product manager.
Understanding the differences between the two roles.

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Chapter 13: Product manager vs. product marketing manager.
Both roles overlap in responsibilities, but one is consumer-focused and the other is market-focused.

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Chapter 14: Product manager vs. program manager.
Find our why program managers are considered as highly skilled project managers with additional responsibilities.

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Chapter 15: How to become a product manager in 2021?
What are the skills you need to become a product manager?

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Chapter 16: Are product management courses (certifications and degrees) worth the time and investment?
Find out our take and our recommendations on product management certifications and courses.

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Chapter 17: Product manager salaries and resume breakdown.
An in-depth look at product manager salaries and how a product manager's resume looks like.

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Chapter 18: Landing your first product role in 2021.
The where, what, how to land your first product role.

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Chapter 19: Finding product management jobs.
A guide on how to find product management jobs.

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Chapter 20: Owning your product manager interview.
Tips and tricks on how to ace your product manager job interview.

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Chapter 21: Common product manager interview questions.
A list of some common product management questions that you may come across.

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Chapter 22: Working as a product manager in an agency.
The roles and responsibility of a product manager may differ depending on whether they work in a product company vs. an agency.

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Chapter 23: Working freelance as a product manager.
What does working as a freelance product manager look like?

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Chapter 24: 5 key tips for new product managers.
Here are some key tips to keep in mind if you are a new product manager.

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Chapter 25: How to level up your product skills.
Here are some steps on how to level up your product skills.

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Chapter 26: Conclusion
A closing to this detailed guide and recommendations on what's next.

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