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Product Management Resources To Make It Look Like You Know What You’re Doing
When I first became Product Manager for Pebble, nothing could have prepared me for how different it would be. Despite a background in Project Management, Customer Service, Business Analysis and Financial Forecasting (among other things), I knew next to nothing about how to plan, manage and launch a successful software product.
Product Management isn’t new. Silicon Valley startups have been employing Product Managers since the mid-nineties, at least. In traditional industries, they’ve always existed in some shape or other.
Great Product Managers are utility players; experienced individuals with a good working knowledge of every discipline their role touches. Like Ben Horowitz says in his defining article, Good Product Manager / Bad Product Manager, Product Managers are the CEOs of their products.
But how does a newbie learn all the skills they need to be able to get their hands dirty at each stage of the product journey?
Thankfully, there’s a ton of great content online to help new Product Managers get to grips with the job. You can learn a lot from those who’ve done it before, after all; they’ve made the mistakes so you don’t have to.
Here are my picks of the best articles and resources which have helped me look like I know what the hell I’m meant to be doing: