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Product Management Career Ladders at 8 Top Technology Firms

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Sachin Rekhi
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Product organizations are a small proportion of a technology firm's R&D teams; therefore, they tend not to focus on developing the same formalized career ladders.

Most Common Dimensions of Advancement

  1. Independence
    1. Associate PMs & PMs are expected to operate with some independence & regular check-ins with their manager. Senior PMs & beyond should be without supervision.
    2. Seek out experiences that help you gain a breadth of experience across the product lifecycle.
  2. Product Scope
    1. This covers both the overall amount of product functionality that you drive as well as the complexity of product offerings you are responsible for.
    2. Focus on exhibiting mastery of given product area. Then work on increasing your scope.
  3. Leadership
    1. This involves exhibiting mastery of the core dimensions of product leadership within your feature team.
    2. Most careers in PM branch into 2 paths: individual contributor or people manager.
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