Product Masterclass

Updated: Sep 6, 2020

Two of our Product Mentors at Product Elites took out time to answer some concrete questions about Product Management. Each participant asked specific questions related to their current product challenges and Thê-Minh Trinh and Tolulope Ayeni provided tailored answers to each.


We looked at 4 Categories during this class:

  1. Transitioning to Product Management

  2. Stakeholder Management

  3. Product Management Tools, Skills & Processes

  4. Mid-term, Long-term Strategy


Transitioning into Product Management

Questions:

  1. How do I find my next job as a product manager? I would like to transition from a small start-up into a bigger company

  2. How do I transition from Product Owner to Product Manager?

  3. How to transition to a PM role?

  4. How do I position myself as an entry PM to actively lead in prioritization, feature suggestion and general product management.

Transitioning Tips:

  1. Understand the difference between Start-Up PM (mostly jack of all trades) vs Corporation PM (all hands on deck)

  2. Understand the difference between Product Owner & Product Manager

  3. Enroll in a training program

  4. Get a Product Mentor

  5. Curiosity is key

  6. Start a Side Project

  7. Take up a Product Manager role informally in your current organisation

  8. Read Product articles / books

  9. Join Meetups & Product events

  10. KYC - Know your customer & KYB - Know your business

Need more tips on Transitioning into Product Management? Read an article written just for you.


Stakeholder Management

Questions:

  1. What’s the right way to communicate requirements to stakeholders?

  2. How do you work with senior engineers that prioritize what to work on?

Stakeholder Management Tips:

  1. Be direct. Explain the Why and not the What.

  2. Ask the obvious (or Clarity over comfort)

  3. Adapt to communication styles (visual, asynchronous, …)

  4. Let user needs guide your decision-making

  5. Empower them to make great decisions


Tools, Skills and Processes


Questions:

  1. What are some of the best tools available?

  2. What technical skill do you have that sets you apart as a product manager?

  3. How do I see firsthand how product management works in conjunction with agile methodologies?

  4. How do you manage a new product launch? What tactics, strategies and processes do you use?

Tips for Tools, Skills & Processes: