Resources for a new (and lost) PM

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Hi Jas! Small world... I used to work in a corporate innovation lab with a very unstructured product team. I wrote a little bit about the product-related challenges we faced here -- would love to know if you're seeing similar patterns in your world: https://medium.com/@emmats/why-corporate-innovation-labs-struggle-with-product-development-and-what-we-can-do-about-it-6b519ce8f375In terms of resources: PMHQ Weekly Reads is my favorite recurring newsletter... and I refer back to this piece by Vince Law all the time when thinking about strategy and storytelling: https://hackernoon.com/wtf-is-a-strategy-bcaa3fda9a31Most of my other favorite materials have not been strictly capital p "Product Management"... I enjoyed Blue Ocean Strategy, Jobs to Be Done, and books about the evolution of large companies (The Everything Store, Behind the Cloud)... those have all been great for getting exposure to how business decisions are made.Let me know if you want to chat more!
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Hi Emmats, thank you so much for sharing your experience. I can relate to a lot of points you mentioned, especially with #1 in having a clear scope as to what I'm accomplishing with my team. I have added your suggested readings to my Goodreads to-read list :) Excited to jump into 2020 with so many great books lined up!
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Hey Jas, welcome to the craft! My all-time favourites overall:Lean Startup — an amazing book to understand everything that makes a good product, contains solid practical theory and a lot of proven methodologies to ensure the product is meeting a real need and is built to actually fit. Most important term to keep in mind: MVP. Inspired by Marty Cagan — another amazing one. This is a PM role playbook that has a really great and reasonable approach to the recipe of the role, the responsibilities and the craft overall.Don’t Make Me Think by Steve Krug gives a peek into how simple the products must be for people to get them and like them and how hard it is to make them that simple. SPRINT — Google Ventures methodology on creating workable prototypes in a week. These four should arm you with the starter knowledge and from there you will know which parts of the knowledge you need further, be it a good understanding of UX, design thinking, quantifying the value of the product and building business models, analytics, technology, leadership, Agile or anything else. Let me know if you have questions, I’d be happy to answer or refer you to the resources!
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Feel your pain @Jas! I was (and usually) the only PM at my consulting gigs over the last couple of years. I've written a post with some resources here: https://elpha.com/posts/a5t69e4n/a-list-of-pm-resourcesThere are also a few Product Management Slack workspaces, you'll find some good feedback resource channels there as well. https://stratejos.ai/blog/10-of-the-best-slack-groups-for-product-managers-in-2018/I would also recommend a two sided approach, to get more comfortable with the range of duties/projects/tasks thrown at you. I would: 1) Start doing some interview prep exercises, this will help you to identify weak points in your approach, and help you gain practice in a range of different skills.2) I found the imposter syndrome to be real when I officially became a PM (even though I've been doing it for years). Try finding people to mentor! Teaching someone a new skill can really help you lock in that confidence. Answer questions here on Elpha, on the PM subreddit and places like Roadmap.com. Happy to answer anything else as well, send me a PM if you want any specific questions answered.
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Hi @Jas, we recently launched a PM career accelerator track that I believe could help you. Take a look. It’s run in small cohorts of 3-5 students at a time for 6 weeks. Has a combination of self paced learning, live sessions, and mentorship/ peer exchanges. https://productlab.accelx.io/career-accel.html#aspiring-pmWould be happy to answer any questions... best of luck!