Glen Chen

Glen Chen

Do Product Managers Need a Technical Background?

A common thread around product management involves how technical a product manager should be in order to be effective In this post, we’ll describe the two viewpoints to this...
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How to Work with Stakeholders as a PM

Apart from the day-to-day responsibilities, PMs must learn the skill of partnering with stakeholders Stakeholder management is a highly underrated skill that's often overlooked in...
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Agile Estimation: Sizing Stories

The project has been funded, the team is assembled, and as PM you've written out feature stories based on your product roadmap Now it's time to talk specifics and figure out the...
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An Introduction to Unit Testing and Integration Testing

  As a product manager who works with software engineers, you will definitely witness the various ways code is tested upon completion Testing the end product is...
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What Is a Wireframe?

Need to get a complete understanding of what wireframes are If you are interested in getting in the UX field, you will certainly hear a lot about wireframes Wireframes are...
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PMs & Metrics: Conversion Rate

As a PM, what are some important metrics to measure for your product In each post of this series, we'll be covering a different metric, why this particular metric is important,...
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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...
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How Do Product Managers & UX Designers Work Together?

In many companies, the product manager and the UX designer roles go hand in hand This week's post is an introduction to the UX designer role, how it's similar (and different) to...
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PMs & Metrics: Retention Rate

During our last post of the PMs & Metrics series, we covered the details of the conversion rate In today's post, we'll be going over another important metric that PMs should...
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An Intro to the Minimum Viable Product (MVP)

At my company, I frequently hear the term "MVP" being used by PMs, developers, and designers alike What exactly does this mean, and why is it so important for agile software...
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Product Management at a Large Company

Product management is such a broad field, with opportunities in companies of all shapes and sizes I recently came across an excellent post about PMing at startups vs PMing at...
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5 Tips for New Product Managers

Starting off as a new product manager might seem daunting There are so many things to learn in such a short period of time, and you're expected to provide the vision and roadmap...
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Feature Prioritization 101

One of the most important responsibilities of a product manager is feature prioritization What is feature prioritization Our last post covered story prioritization using sizing...
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Maintaining a Product After Launch

The launch celebration is over, the product is live, and there's finally time to take a (quick) breather after weeks of intense work But what happens after a product launch The...
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Gaining Respect as a Non-Technical PM

If you've been following the PM world even for a bit, you've probably come across the age-old question of how technical product managers should be In many software startups and...
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Opticon 2015: 10 Secrets to Building an Amazing Mobile Testing Roadmap

Over the past couple of days, I’ve had the opportunity to attend Opticon 2015, a huge conference for the experience optimization and testing community Hosted by Optimizely,...
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Does a Product Manager Need an MBA?

  Another age-old question in product management circles is whether PMs should have MBAs At least today, an MBA can be a double-edged sword when it comes to recruiting for...
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5 Ways the Product Role Varies Across Companies

There are few professional fields I've come across as diverse as the product management field In all my conversations with other PMs, I haven't experienced one instance where...
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6 Types of Products That PMs Manage

  I was re-reading the excellent Cracking the PM Interview recently and came across a great topic to discuss for this week's post Product managers manage products of all...
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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...
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Product Management in an Innovation Lab

I wanted to switch things up a bit this week and share some of my recent experiences as a PM in an innovation lab What are innovation labs These internal labs are typically found...
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What is a User Story?

Today we'll be going over the basics of one of the most important tools a product manager can have A user story is part of the agile methodology and communicates a product...
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4 Recruiting Tips for Students Aspiring to be Product Managers

  Last week I had the opportunity to return to my alma mater to help out with campus recruiting It was both humbling and eye-opening to realize that I was now on the...
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Quantitative vs. Qualitative Research

One of the most important aspects of delivering a solid product is making sure a lot of research goes into the effort Given the limited time and money a project has, it's...
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A Primer to Acceptance Test Driven Development (ATDD)

There are quite a few agile development methodologies that lean companies use today Acceptance Test-Driven Development (ATDD) is a popular one that I've had the most experience...
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Who Does a Product Manager Work With?

The role of a product manager is multi-faceted and product managers often work with many different groups of people in a company Of course, the extent to which product managers...
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