Any tips for interviewing/trying to transition to a product manager role from technical program manager?

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Free courses from Udemy can help you get a broad idea of Product Management. Some are audio ones, I listen to them while driving and it’s very insightful. It’s going to be a pretty easy transition for you.

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I think that definitely helps. Once you get more into grips with it, you can start to reframe your experience to fit with the what the role requirements are and think about how to be more customer-focused as others are saying. Are you getting any opportunities internally to explore that transition or are you applying externally?

Id advocate starting by doing. Use your knowledge of the current pains and priorities of your customers and business to inform novel product ideas that might improve the situation and advocate for them in whatever forum your company has for advancing new product ideas.

Do this repeatedly and with empathy, rigor, and passion, and people will notice. Then when a PM position appears you go for it.

This is how a customer success manager at our company became a PM with no prior experience. He created his experience and his knowledge and empathy was more valuable than the hard skills which we could teach, so we did it.

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Focus on the customer experience, since that's going to be the biggest challenge during your transition. That's what they'll be looking for.

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Honing your focus around the customer centric mindset is going to be crucial. Coursera or Udemy have great courses for learning more about this, and there are books like The Lean Product Playbook and Cracking the PM Interview that should help as well

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