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Every candidate gets excited about his or her new opportunity as a product manager. For some, it may be a big change — switching from a different background to product management. For some, it could be a promotion to a senior product management role. And, for some, it could be a dream opportunity, albeit in a different firm. Often, this transition can be a bit challenging for rookie PMs but an addressable problem for seasoned PMs. Why is that so? It is mostly because of the high level of ambiguity that comes along with the product manager job.

Handling ambiguity is a struggle for novice product managers while a testing challenge for veterans. Seasoned PMs, mostly, have a mental model or a blueprint of what to do on the first 30, 90, and 180 days as a product manager. In this context, I’m quoting a few of my favorite lines from the book — ‘The War Of Art’, Steven Pressfield. …


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There are many “Product Management 101” articles that emphasize what does it mean to practice product management, yet few even discuss initial days of being in the role of a Product Manager. I’ve been asked many times about — “How I got into Product Management?”, “How did I practice this PM skill?” and “How was my experience in the initial years as a PM?”. My simple short answer would be — Well, honestly, I’d planned for a few things and the rest just occurred.

What excites me more are the queries around — What does the first version of being a product manager look like? Feel like? I vividly remember mine. And so, I decided to contribute my bit by penning this article — Product Manager version 0.1(released) …

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