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Level Up! Advancing Your Product Management Career


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How do you graduate to senior roles as a Product Manager? We’ll start by putting some definition to those roles, then dig into some practical advice on how to make those kinds of transitions with a special focus on an issue every level PM contends with: Influencing others. Originally presented at the Boston Product Management Association Fall Mentorship Meeting, September 2015.

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Level Up! Advancing Your Product Management Career

  1. 1. My Secret Origin English grad PM by accident Web, mobile
  2. 2. Role definitions Practical advice for career advancement Influencing others
  3. 3. What does a Product Manager do?
  4. 4. Product Managers define the right stuff to make.
  5. 5. Product Managers understand the big picture of their individual products
  6. 6. PM Directors focus on process and people, not single products
  7. 7. PM VPs focus on the overall business and its success
  8. 8. PM - individual products PM Director – process and people PM VP – overall business Differences in areas of focus
  9. 9. How do you get from here to there?
  10. 10. Find a good boss and/or mentor
  11. 11. Have a direct conversation with your boss
  12. 12. Demonstrate you’re already doing the job
  13. 13. Time your request for promotion
  14. 14. But, wait a second…
  15. 15. How do you get people on board with your ideas?
  16. 16. Big Picture - Internally
  17. 17. Relevant Questions – By Department
  18. 18. Inside Their Minds – By Stakeholder
  19. 19. Me YouUs
  20. 20. Don’t Be All Business All The Time
  21. 21. Visit Product Management Meets Pop Culture at Follow me on Twitter @chriscummings01
  22. 22. All images copyright and trademark their respective owners.