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
Each day in the life of a product manager may differ based on the specific stage of the product development process that their product is in.
For a product in its early days of infancy a product manager may spend a large amount of their day speaking with customers to understand their problems, prioritizing the problems to solve, performing market research and competitive analysis, and testing and validating hypotheses.
Typically however, a product manager’s day begins with a standup meeting with their team.
In this meeting each member of the team discusses what they worked on the previous day, what they plan on working on that day, and very importantly, if they need help or are blocked on something.
This standup gives the team awareness of what their team members are working on and insight into who needs their help.
Thereafter a product manager may have another standup meeting specifically with their product team. Product team here refers to the other product managers at their company.
No two days may be the same for a product manager. This is one of the things that make being a product manager a fun job.
Some of the various activities that a product manager will do in a day include:
Writing user stories and acceptance criteria for their development team
Joining a customer success coach on a call with a customer to walk them through the product roadmap
Running usability tests with customers with assistance from their design team
Updating their product roadmap and communicating these updates with their team
Testing a new feature to ensure that it meets acceptance criteria prior to release
Crafting release notes for the latest version of their product
Holding a meeting with their management team to update them on the progress of key roadmap initiatives
… and a lot more
Product managers see more routine in their weekly schedule.
On a weekly basis some of the recurring meetings and tasks that a product manager may have include:
Sprint planning with their team
Meeting with their product team to share updates, successes, and concerns
Business review meeting with the managers of their business to share updates, risks, and mitigation plans
Meeting with the customer support team to understand the critical issues that customers are facing and the plans and timeline for resolution
1:1’s (whether with their superior, those they manage, or both)
Product demonstrations to present the latest product updates to their company