Ask Women in Product: Top 5 List and 2019 Index
As another year draws to a close, we look back at the articles that we published to answer the community’s questions in 2019. Looking for advice from Women in Product? We’re accepting questions for 2020.
The 5 Most Viewed Posts of 2019
This year’s Top 5 questions show that, while women in PM roles continue to grapple with imposter syndrome, we are also focused on career growth and continuous learning.
Do you ever feel like you’re in way over your head and you’re not quite sure if you even have the essential skills that a good PM needs? When imposter syndrome gets the better of you, the tactics in this post offer a way to work past the doubts that are holding you back.
Ever been told that you need to be more “visionary”? As you take on more senior roles, the ability to craft and communicate a compelling product vision becomes critical to your — and your product’s — success.
The best way to make your case for promotion is to show that you’ve got what it takes to do the job of a Senior PM. This post offers practical advice that you can start applying today.
Did you become a product manager by way of a STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) path? You’ll find this liberal arts reading list useful.
While variations exist across companies, a Growth PM’s job description entails a core set of responsibilities. Once these responsibilities are understood, the mission of the growth team becomes much clearer, and the way to build a Growth team follows naturally from that mission.
Thank you to our contributors and editors 🙏🏼
Listed alphabetically by first names: Alexandra Edelstein, Amulya Chirala, Amy Lin, Ashley Wali, Eleanor Stribling, Heather Rafferty Savatta, Hope Gurion, Janet Brunckhorst, Karmel E., Katerina Suchkova, Katie McCann, Kenlyn Terai, Lilia Gorbachik, Lisa Wagner, @mdy, Merci Victoria Grace, Natalie Rothfels, Sara Nofeliyan, Sara Vienna, Stephanie Muxfeld, Sydney Russakov, Tanmayi Sai, Terhi Hänninen, Tricia Cervenan, Vidya Venkatesh, and Whitney Doyle.
The Full 2019 Index
Listed in chronological order by publication date.
- What’s the best way to handle a micromanager?
Ask Women in Product: What’s the best way to handle a micromanager?
Sydney Russakov and Sara Vienna offer practical tips to strengthen your working relationship with your (micro)manager.
2. How do you manage Scrum for multiple teams in the same cycle?
Ask Women in Product: How do you manage Scrum for multiple teams within the same cycle?
Lilia Gorbachik and Stephenie Muxfeld share their approaches for organizing the work of multiple product teams.
3. I really want to be promoted to Senior PM. How do I make my case?
Ask Women in Product: How do I get promoted to Senior PM?
Tanmayi Sai and Alexandra Edelstein offer straightforward and practical advice that you can start applying today to get…
4. What books should be on the liberal arts reading list of every B2C PM?
Ask Women in Product: What Books should PMs be Reading?
What books should be on the liberal arts reading list of every product manager who works on B2C products?
5. Is my problem with the Product Idea or the Marketing?
Ask Women in Product: Is my problem with the Product Idea or the Marketing?
Katie McCann provides a useful guide for assessing your Product and your Marketing at the pre-funding stage.
6. What does a great product vision look like?
Ask Women in Product: What does a great product vision look like?
Karmel Elshinnawi, Katerina Suchkova, and Hope Gurion share tips for crafting a compelling future for your product.
7. What structure or process do you use to understand a new product?
Ask Women in Product: What structure or process do you use to understand a new product?
Stephanie Muxfeld and Lisa Mo Wagner share their approaches for getting up to speed on a new product.
8. How do I know if I’m a good fit for a PM role?
Ask Women in Product: How do I know if I’m a good fit for a PM role?
Ashley Wali and Vidya Venkatesh offer tactics that will help you work through the doubts that are holding you back.
9. First PM and First-time PM here. What should I do in the first 30/60/90 days?
Ask Women in Product: First PM and First-time PM here. What should I do in the first 30/60/90 days?
Tanmayi Sai offers a plan for your first 90 days when you’re new to product management and serving as the first PM at a…
10. How do I check if a company’s culture is inclusive?
Ask Women in Product: How do I check if a company’s culture is inclusive?
Amulya Chirala shares a few simple but effective things you can do to assess if a prospective employer’s workplace…
11. #PMSkillsAreLifeSkills: Plan for the Unexpected and De-escalate like a Ninja
#PMSkillsAreLifeSkills: Plan for the Unexpected and De-escalate like a Ninja
When you do Product Management work all day, it only seems natural to apply PM techniques and skills in other areas of…
12. #PMSkillsAreLifeSkills: The Power of Values and Principles in Life and in Product Management
#PMSkillsAreLifeSkills: The Power of Values and Principles in Life and in Product Management
Terhi Hänninen shares how values and principles have helped her both in life and at work in part two of our…
13. #PMSkillsAreLifeSkills: Should you Kanban your life?
#PMSkillsAreLifeSkills: Should you Kanban your life?
In this week’s edition of #PMSkillsAreLifeSkills, Heather Savatta describes how her family uses Kanban to stay…
14. What does it mean to be a Growth PM and how do you build a team?
Ask Women in Product: What does Growth mean for PMs and how do you go about building a team as a…
Sara Nofeliyan and Merci Victoria Grace share insights and lessons learned from their experiences as growth product…
15. When and how do I add Machine Learning to a product roadmap?
Ask Women in Product: When and how do I add Machine Learning to a product roadmap?
Kenlyn Terai offers a framework for assessing if ML is right for your product and outlines how you can add it to your…
16. How do I plan my Product Management career?
Ask Women in Product: How do I plan my Product Management career?
The skills that lie at the heart of Product Management and the same skills that you can use to plan your career…
17. How can an engineer break into Product Management?
Ask Women in Product: How can an engineer break into Product Management?
Eleanor Stribling shares tips from her perspective as a hiring manager who has conducted dozens of interviews in the…
18. How do you find your wins as a PM when you’re not producing working code?