Top attributes (and important red flags to watch out for) when interviewing applicants for your product management team, and tips to keep new hires on track.

Savvy hiring managers know that talent alone isn’t enough to make a solid team. Rather, each employee’s commitment to a unified effort is arguably more important than individual experience to reach business objectives. Such traits are cornerstone attributes that Olivia Ryan, software project and product lead for the Louisville, Kentucky-based development firm Slingshot looks for when building and maintaining her product management team.

“A rockstar product management team is going to have great communication…


Product managers are often tasked with either buying technology from a third-party vendor or building it in house. Here’s how Dafna David, CPO at the rapidly growing travel app Bridgify, makes this crucial decision.

Adding new functionality to a product can be a time-consuming process that requires a knowledgeable engineering team and significant resources to solidify long-term stability. And certain features — especially those requiring real-time infrastructure — can be costly and difficult to build from scratch.

Third-party tech providers afford product managers more choices when it comes to improving their product. Rather than building functionality from the ground up…


These top podcasts for product managers help PMs stay motivated and updated on cutting-edge product tactics.

There are many resources such as books, webinars, blogs, and online courses that can help product managers improve their skills. But for time-pressed PMs, listening to podcasts is a key way to develop new ideas, learn tips from experienced product managers at top tech organizations, internalize product feature best practices, and stay motivated through stressful deadlines. Plus, podcast episodes are often less than 60 minutes, making them easy to incorporate into your afternoon walk or lunch break.

Whether it be learning how to define…


Imgur’s VP of product and engineering shares ways to keep development teams on track to bring product visions to life.

Likely one of your company’s most valuable resources, your engineering team works hard to bring your product vision to life by building new features, adding crucial functionality, improving UX/UI, and more.

Understanding, respecting, and prioritizing your engineers’ time is paramount to keeping your product progressing. …


Here are five top myths (and truths) product managers should know to build a competitive and secure messaging solution.

Messaging, whether it be through SMS/MMS text messages, email, or a messaging app, is a core way humans communicate with each other worldwide. According to CTIA, a trade association for the U.S. wireless communications industry, Americans sent 2.1 trillion SMS text messages in 2019, up 52 billion from the year prior; WhatsApp was delivering 100 billion messages per day by the end of 2020.

With more messages being sent than ever before, bad actors such as hackers, cybersecurity criminals, unethical companies…


Uber’s Senior Product Manager Divya Anand shares her Pixar-inspired storytelling tips to improve product strategy, share compelling customer journeys, and earn stakeholder buy-in.

Photo: Pixar

Whether you are presenting your three-year product vision to investors or writing a product requirement document (PRD) for your company’s engineering team, a significant part of a product manager’s role is outlining the “what,” “why,” “how,” and “so what?” of product development. In addition to being researchers, interviewers, market analysts, and strategists, successful product managers are also storytellers.

“Ultimately, what you’re trying to do with your work is tell a story or sell an idea…

Jenna Blumenfeld

Product Content Strategist @ getstream.io

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