Hot Tips is a collection of candid advice by and for product people.
Found a great new way to build your roadmap? Got an awesome design or research tool you can’t live without? Unearthed the holy grail of prioritisation techniques?
Tell the JAM community! Sharing a Hot Tip is the best, fastest way to pay it forward to +3,000 makers from all over Europe. Your daily grind might be their ‘aha moment’!
Think of it as a precious piece of advice you wish you had received when you started building products. It’s a short snippet of wisdom that helps you do things differently. With Hot Tips, we hope to show there’s no ‘one best way’ and it’s ok!
📖 Be as open as you can. Share your insider knowledge. Something people won’t have come across before. A Hot Tip reveals how you do things.
🎨 Show, don’t (just) tell! Talking about your roadmapping process? How about including a screenshot of the tool you use? There’s nothing like seeing your ‘behind-the-scenes’.
💌 Keep it short and personal. Aim for 200 words max, and word it like you’re helping a friend out.
Every week, we’ll curate the best Hot Tips and share them with the community.
We're confident there is no one answer to this. Product Managers comes from all walks of industries and professions. So what did you do to become and product manager and what would be your advice to people looking to move into the profession?
Want to move to becoming a PM? Hold your socks, it’s gonna be a crazy ride.
Product management sounds lush. It has an aura of prestige, ownership, and knowledge. But, it requires quite specific skills and work style, which might not suit your personality. Be aware of that and consult your doctor. Erm, I mean, talk to other PMs and learn what the job looks like in practice.
If you’re lucky and can spend more time with a PM you know — do it. Watch what problems they face and how they approach them. That’s not the end of shadowing though. As a PM you’ll need to be familiar with the work of all other departments. Spend time shadowing customer support and the back-end wizards. It’s all equally important.
It’s pleasant to focus on what interests you and comes easy. But, there is no way to escape it. You need to gain a solid understanding of all aspects of the product. Data analysis is boring and hard? That’s precisely why you need to spend more time learning it. How much time? Until it starts making sense.
Before you sail the big waters, practice thinking like a product person on the dry land. Test new products (find them on Product Hunt or Betalist) and try to reverse engineer the decision making process behind them. Learn to concisely explain what impresses you, and what the shortcomings are, list ideas how you’d improve the product (with justifications!). If you’re feeling gutsy, you can even send your analysis to the creators and — who knows? — maybe get a job once they start hiring. Or, practice dealing with rejection or constructive criticism.