Critical Skills to Develop as a New Product Manager in Your First 6 Months

In the PMHQ Slack community, we regularly get thought-provoking questions that we feel should be explored in-depth and documented for future reference. We’re starting a new set of Q&A posts called Highlights to dive into these kinds of questions, and enable everyone in the community to revisit the answers and contribute further!

“If you could learn anything from anyone in your first 6 months as a PM, what single thing would you want them to teach you?” 

Our community tackled this question with gusto! Interestingly, few people shared the same perspective on what one thing they wish they knew as a new PM.

The answers revolved around the following themes:

  • Mental frameworks
  • Scope of responsibilities
  • Focus
  • Metrics
  • Confidence
  • Communication

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A/B Testing

A:B Testing

In a previous post about quantitative vs. qualitative research, I briefly mentioned A/B testing as a type of quantitative research product managers should be familiar with. This post will cover A/B testing in more detail – we’ll take a look at what it is, why it’s important, how it’s done, and some examples.

What Is A/B Testing?

One example of A/B testing is testing changes on a page design against the current design which allows the team to pick the design that produces better results. In order to do this, two versions of the page are shown to similar visitors at the same time. For example, half of visitors would see version A of the page, and the other half would see version B of the page. Continue Reading

Managing a Product

Managing A Product

Recently one of my co-workers shared an excellent article that explains what exactly a product manager does. I think it’s one of the clearest and best articles I’ve read about managing a product, and if any of you are interested or even curious about product management, I’d highly recommend checking out “So you want to manage a product?” on Medium.

I wanted to share some quotes from that article which I personally learned during my time as a PM and include some of my own comments – hopefully it’ll provide more info about an awesome field!

When you begin managing a product that has at least one customer, you quickly learn that your job is much larger than even the fullest-featured product. Your job is to deeply understand the problem that your product aims to solve then chase the moving goal of solving every nuance of that problem. You will always have too many feature requests and too little time. Too many bugs and too little time. There are always things to do. Continue Reading