Jobs in Tech 101

Product Management

Do you get excited about guiding the success of a product and leading the cross-functional team that is responsible for improving it?

Product Management
Product Management might be the field for you if:

Product Managers have a strong desire to lead projects and make critical decisions, and have the ability to come up with clever solutions to complex problems. They must be able to empathize with the goals and pains of target users, while also having the foresight necessary to predict when something will go wrong. They enjoy extensive thinking about complex ideas and are able to make persuasive arguments.

Rachel Kilroy, Sr. Product Manager at PERQ

“I love understanding a business problem or goal, breaking it down, and figuring out a strategy for how that can be achieved, improved, or made more efficient with our software. ”

Sound interesting? Here are some occupations in this field:
Product Manager

Product managers define consumer needs and business objectives, translating them into viable, innovative products. They combine business knowledge, technology and design to discover a product that is viable, feasible and usable.

Business Analyst

Business analysts understand business change needs, assess the business impact of those changes, capture, analyze and document requirements and support the communication and delivery of requirements with relevant stakeholders.

Product Owner

Product owners maximize the value of the product resulting from the work of the development team. They take on several roles, including business strategist, product designer, market analyst, customer liaison, and project manager to prioritize and deliver product outcomes.

A Product Manager's day might include:
8:00 AM

Attend the daily team stand-up meeting to get a quick update on current sprint dev work

Review any completed development work to make sure it is ready to go to production

Track metrics on a product’s usage, visibility, and sales

12:00 PM

Collaborating with the product management team on feature reviews and release roadmap planning

Take product feedback and requests from clients and internal groups and determining if and when we would make product changes

Assess new feature scope - what is a minimum viable product vs what we would really prefer to see in the feature

8:00 AM

Attend the daily team stand-up meeting to get a quick update on current sprint dev work

Review any completed development work to make sure it is ready to go to production

Track metrics on a product’s usage, visibility, and sales

12:00 PM

Collaborating with the product management team on feature reviews and release roadmap planning

Take product feedback and requests from clients and internal groups and determining if and when we would make product changes

Assess new feature scope - what is a minimum viable product vs what we would really prefer to see in the feature

You could work at a company like:

How product managers are evolving without a traditional career path

Product managers are increasingly becoming more important roles in technology companies. From helping the engineers figure out how to refine and hone features to communicating with clients about their experience with the product, product managers are responsible for the entire strategy and roadmap of a product.

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Meet Rachel Kilroy, Sr. Product Manager at PERQ

Rachel began as a developer and was presented with a career path choice to continue down a technical path or transition to a business path. From Kraft Foods in Wisconsin to PERQ in Indianapolis, read Rachel's story to learn about her career in tech.

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Meet Ashton Chaffee, Product Manager at Zylo

Ashton's career path went from working at an investment firm where she gained a variety of skills, to completing her MBA and joining Zylo as a product manager.

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Meet Virginie Adams, Product Manager at a High Alpha Company

Virginie has always been interested in math and engineering. After obtaining her degrees from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, she began working at ExactTarget, and her career propelled from there.

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Product development professionals love building products, automating inefficiencies, and solving problems.

Data scientist professionals enjoy extensive thinking about data and abstract problems.

Designers are passionate about crafting beautiful, functional user experiences.

Product managers get excited about guiding the success of a product and leading the cross-functional team that is responsible for improving it.

IT and cybersecurity professionals build and maintain the security of complex computer networks and databases.

Customer success professionals enjoy building relationships, and take pride in being the voice of the customer.

Support professionals have respect for all clients and team members, and enjoy engaging with people via phone and email to help them solve problems.

Sales professionals have a will to win and a knack for influencing and building relationships with people.

Marketing professionals crafting communications or experiences that inspire, inform, and influence people.

Finance managers have a passion for working with financial data and interpreting how a business makes money.

HR & office administration professionals have a passion for making sure the workplace is functional, comfortable, and efficient.