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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]

Product Leadership

Elevate Your Product Leadership Through Emotional Intelligence

The Product Leadership Challenge Product Managers have a most distinct leadership challenge: standing at the hub of a multitude of departments and bringing together people with disparate goals and skills, you have all the responsibility for creating a successful whole product yet you have little formal authority to direct the actions of others. Therefore, successful product management requires highly effective leadership. When leadership is stripped of authority we discover the key element for being able to lead others comes down…[continue reading]

Interview Questions from Product Management Executives

10 Revealing Interview Questions from Product Management Executives

What questions directors and VPs of Product Management are asking and what they want to hear. As Director of Recruiting for the 280 Group Recruiting service, candidates often ask me how best to prepare for their interviews. I do my best to infuse them with information about our client and the position, but I rarely know what type of questions they will encounter from the interviewing team. In an effort to support our candidates, and the Product Management community at…[continue reading]