You have now set yourself up for something great. You have set up your portfolio, hustling with some side projects to give you experience and provide value. The last stop is the “Job Offer” itself. Part-3 will be the last of the mini-series to transition to a product role. Here, I will share tips on, what’s next and how to choose roles keeping your interests in mind.

Here you are, steering yourself to get that first official role. Let me tell you that this is not the last stop. Everyone’s journey is unique and these are just some things I learned along the way. Possibly you already have something or you’re on your way to start getting interviews.

Once, I had created some value around myself doing side projects, showing passion and motivation for product management, I first reached out to my community Co-organizers of different ProductTanks around the world, asking for some much-needed advice on how should I crack getting my first role. The straight answer…


This is the continuation of the series of transitioning to a Product role from any background with zero product experience. You have made small steps towards your journey and have started doing some product management tasks, reading books, engaging with the product communities around you. Now in this part, we take the next step, of building a portfolio to create value.

You have a pretty good idea now about Product Management and if becoming a Product Manager is the right fit for you! You have done some initial research, spoken to your product person at the organization you work at. You have done some of the things that I have explained here. Or you have made your recipe on how to conquer this transition from your background to Product Management.

The question is now, how do you level up your product management skills?

Once I had an initial phase set, I wanted to create some value for myself. How can I…


When I decided that I wanted to become a Product Manager, I had no roadmap. I had never worked in Product and I had no idea where to start. 14 months after, I had 4 competitive job offers and transitioned to an Associate Product Manager role. Here, in this mini-series, I will be giving insights on how you can transition to a Product Role with zero experience in 3 parts.

The role of being a Product Manager is the most talked about in today’s tech industry. Glassdoor puts a product manager position as the 4th best job in the United…


The Product Manager’s greatest value in any organization is to influence. We have no direct managerial responsibilities over team members. Communication skills are a must and presentation skills are then, a must-have. Here I have written my thoughts on how Junior/ Associate product managers can become better at presenting.

I remember the time when I was in my last year of high school, and as the captain of our school football team, I was selected to do a convocation speech. Anxious and nervous, I remember the day clearly even after 9 years. That was my first attempt at nailing story-telling where I managed the emotion of my speech with the audience interacting with me. Since then, I have spoken on public platforms and used every opportunity to be part of product demos, workshops, and much more.

As a new Associate Product Manager at Dynatrace, I also went through multiple…


This article will try to explain what is product-market fit, how to achieve it, and explore the ways to conduct and measure it.

Product/Market Fit is a common concept in the startup world, also known as PMF. For new Product Managers, it deserves to be more widely understood and it remains the driving force behind the success of every product or service.

1. What is Product-Market fit?

To start, have a read at Marc Andreessen’s “On product/market fit for startups”. It has been the single most influential post for me as someone breaking into Product Management and working in the startup scene.

Product/market fit means being in a good market with a product that can satisfy that market.

Can’t get a better and precise definition than that. In…


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Priority is a question of goals. If you’re directing the ‘What should I prioritize first? The answer you’ll likely receive is ‘well, what do you want to do?’

When you build products to solve a specific problem and want your customers to hire these products on an everyday basis, it’s inevitable that the minute you ship your first features, tapping into your customer base will allow you to build the best version of your product.

Feedback is one of the most valuable tools you have for improving your products. Without leveraging your users’ input to guide your product decisions and roadmap, it’s impossible to build a truly customer-centric product.

But first, what is Customer Feedback?

Customer feedback is information your business receives directly from customers informing you about…


I have had many people reach out to me asking about my experience from the Product Management Certifications I did from Product School and followed with Udacity. Here, I explain how these courses helped me to break into Product Management, but this is no secret sauce, it helps you to get started and one can start building on it.

I remember the days back in May 2018 when I first graduated from the University of Windsor, Canada. I had paid $60,000 and I had no clue what to do with my education. Fast forward, 3 years now, working as a Software Engineer, I am running a Product Community, have a couple of Associate/ Junior Product Manager freelance roles under my belt and now actively moving into Product Management. So how did I do this?

There is no secret sauce. I first asked myself the hard questions including if I even wanted to become a Product Manager, my mentors who…


Product-led Growth is a mystery at times. So what is Product-Led Growth?

Traditionally, as confessed by many product people, decisions in the organization were taken using a top-down approach. Investors and executives were the only ones who decided what is to be built in terms of the product roadmap, what value the features will provide and they were the only group in the whole organization who understood what is being sold. Product success was based on functionality but no thought or effort was put into the user experience. Why spend time, money, resources on creating value improving user experience?

Fast-forward 30 years, now many organizations use the “Product-Led Growth” term. There seems…


As a young Product Manager, it is important to be Data-Driven, but there are traps on the way. Being fooled by Data? Collecting too much Data, too often! Here I discuss, how to become Data-Driven but not drunk on Data.

I recently completed my Data Product Manager course offered by Udacity. Through my experience gained professionally and through these courses, one thing was clear from the start, if you can’t measure it, you can’t improve it. Data-Driven product management is core to the foundation of successful products being used by millions of users around the world.

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manav chugh

I am a product enthusiast working as an Associate Product Manager. I have a brain of an engineer, the heart of a designer, and the speech of a diplomat.

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