How to ramp up as a Product Manager. Gain context before you try to change things.

I always remember a song I heard as a child by Guatemalan singer Ricardo Arjona. It said (with a profanity substituted) “aquí no es bueno el que ayuda, sino el que no [molesta], acuérdese.” This translates to “here the good are not those who help, but those who don’t [bother], remember that.” Having recently completed…

From consulting, customer success into Product Management

Three years ago, I transitioned from Customer Success into Product Management full-time. Here is what my résumé included: Bachelor’s in Chemical Engineering Healthcare Consulting (3 years) Customer Success Management (1 year) I transitioned into Product Management at BloomReach, a Software-as-a-Service company. It was particularly important to me to do Product Management at a company in…

Becoming a Product Manager without a Computer Science degree

“Can I become a product manager without a computer science degree?” I asked that question to many product managers, friends, and anyone who’d listen when I was considering a transition into product management. I eventually transitioned into a product manager role at a startup, and now work as a product manager at Google, without ever…

Focusing on Product Management – how I am planning to develop my product management skills

Update 11/5/2019: I compiled a list of resources I found helpful while transitioning into Product Management. After 5 years working as a PM, those are the things I’d recommend. I have always found intrigue in the idea of writing posts for this blog, but the reality is that my focus has jumped around from topic…