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Practical guide on how to get started in product management

#1 Product of the DayMay 05, 2019
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Free comprehensive quick start guide with a practical action plan on how to break into product management.
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Ryan Hoover
Ryan HooverPro@rrhoover · Founder, Product Hunt
My background is in product management so I get a lot of questions from hopeful PMs on how to break into the field. My advice: Build side projects. It's hard to land a job as a PM without experience (classic chicken and egg problem). So if you can't get a job as a PM, hire yourself. Side projects illustrate that you can turn an idea into something and the result is a concrete artifact that others can see and use.
Jake Shinder
Jake Shinder@jake_shinder · build cool shit
@rrhoover good advice, always something I look for when hiring...demonstrates passion too
Angela
AngelaMaker@angela_jiang
@rrhoover absolutely. it's something we call out specifically for people to do. while classes and reading are good to understand basic concepts, it's not enough to land a job as a PM. Applying concepts and skills though some form experience, no matter how minor, (via side projects or otherwise) are crucial to demonstrating you have potential.
Jordi Mon Companys
Jordi Mon Companys@mordodemaru · PM | Product Hunt Madrid
@rrhoover Ryan, what about specialisation? I mean, it seems to me that the skills for a PM role in one industry may not be at all the same for another industry/product.
Mikkel I. Karlsen
Mikkel I. Karlsen@thekarlsen · Junior Consultant
Nice ressource. I'm always a bit shocked as to how much it actually takes to contribute to a modern techonology company. Not only do you have to know a wide array of technology (front-end and database), you also have to be a strategist, customer facing, a project manager, a quantitative analyst and more. Although you don't have to excel at all of these, I think the bar for new grads is set pretty high, when it comes to skill-requirements.
Angela
AngelaMaker@angela_jiang
@thekarlsen yes, this is why the role is typically an experienced one in the sense that one is usually working for a few years in another career track before switching over. the good news is that there is increasing demand for PMs so there have been more APM programs that are willing to take new grads and effectively train them for 2 years within company.
Mikkel I. Karlsen
Mikkel I. Karlsen@thekarlsen · Junior Consultant
@angela_jiang On-the-job training positions for graduates are pretty rare in Denmark still. Major companies have 2-8 yearly graduate positions open, and that's pretty much it.
Angela
AngelaMaker@angela_jiang
@thekarlsen that's unfortunate. hopefully that changes soon
Nathan Maas
Nathan MaasPro@natmaas · Product Manager | Founder
Well done @angela_jiang this is great and well organized!
Angela
AngelaMaker@angela_jiang
@natmaas thanks!
Sirius
Sirius@blindvolf
Great, I am willing to recommend it. But sadly, your website is too slow to open in China. Can you improve it?