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Women in Product Management Sarah Gaeta

Women in Product Management Series: Sarah Gaeta, VP and General Manager at Tivo

As a continuation on our series of interviews with women leading product management teams, I reached out to Sarah Gaeta, currently VP and General Manager in Software and Services at Tivo. I was curious to learn how an undergraduate degree in Italian and a teaching degree from Harvard led her to a career in Product Management. In this interview, Sarah shares her path, missteps and lessons, and offers advice for new Product Managers. Sarah’s basic philosophy is that everything happens…[continue reading]

Questions Product Managers

Two Questions Product Managers Should Ask Every Day

There are two simple questions Product Managers need to ask every day in order to be dramatically more effective. By integrating the questions “Why?” and “So What?” in to their daily work, any product manager can improve their effectiveness. Why? Asking why is one of the most fundamental things you can do as a Product Manager. Beyond the first ask, you should get underneath the initial answer, dig deeper in to some motivations and meanings by asking why several times.…[continue reading]

Women in Product Management Sara Wood

Women in Product Management Series: Sara Wood, VP Product at Gap Inc.

For a new series of interviews with women leading product management teams, I reached out to Sara Wood, currently VP of Product at Gap, Inc in San Francisco. I was curious to learn what led her to Product Management, the missteps and lessons she learned along the way, and advice that she has for new Product Managers. When I asked Sara how she got into Product management, she shared that she started using network technology in graduate school for her…[continue reading]

3 Ways to be a better product manager

Three Ways to Immediately Be a Better Product Manager

To find out how to be a better Product Manager we interviewed Pamela Schure, co-author of Product Management for Dummies. Pam has been a Product Manager and has been teaching Product Management for over two decades, and she provided us with some insights about three things she has seen effective Product Managers do that others don’t. First, become a master of using data. Have at least half a dozen (and preferably 2-3 times that many) data points about your customers,…[continue reading]

Top 10 Product Management Linkedin

Top 10 Tips for your Product Management LinkedIn Profile – Video Presentation

Watch Mira Wooten present the 10 best things you can do for your Product Management LinkedIn Profile. The 280 Group’s Solutions Manager and Director of Recruiting, Mira Wooten, recently traveled to ProductCamp LA and gave this valuable presentation on the top 10 things you can do to beef up your Product Management LinkedIn Profile and get noticed by recruiters. The presentation was filmed by the good people at ProductCamp LA and you can watch it for yourself. Take the next…[continue reading]

Product Manager Salary

Product Manager Salary Statistics

The Product Manager salary for a new hire in Silicon Valley is now higher than that of engineers. Looking to find out what a reasonable Product Manager Salary is? This article will give you some statistics about being a Product Manager and what to expect in terms of salary and other benefits. The importance of Product Managers is on the rise. According to CNN Moneywatch, Product Management is now the fourth most important profession in corporations, behind only CEOs, General…[continue reading]

Product Manager Certification

Product Manager Certification: What, Why, How

Advancing your career by earning a Product Manager Certification can be a highly-effective strategy. This article discusses the benefits of certification and what you can expect to gain by becoming certified. It also discusses the options that are available so that get you the most benefit for the time and money you invest. What is a Product Manager Certification? According to Merriam Webster, certification is defined as “official approval to do something professionally or legally.“ Extending this definition, we can…[continue reading]