Product Management Career Ladders
Intro to Product Manager Progression
- Product Management Careers: Levels, Career Growth, and Promotions
Brent lays out the rationale for having a strong career pathing and promotion system. He then provides three principles for how to design a product management career ladder: 1) Objectivity: Make sure the system is used across everyone on the team, in the same way 2) Transparency: Make sure the team understands the levels, take in any feedback, and review each team member's progression regularly 3) Support: Ask each team member about their short- and long-term career goals, and regularly create plans for which skills to develop
How to Progress Across Product Management Career Levels
- Ask Women in Product: How do I get promoted to Senior PM?
Tanmayi Sai and Alexandra Edelstein offer straightforward and practical advice to get promoted to SPM: • Expand your areas of scope across strategic thinking, measuring success, analytics, and product sense • Improve overall product team processes
- The Career Dilemma: Hunter Walk’s Advice to Product Managers
Hunter explains the common career fork that PMs often arrive at: whether to stay hands-on as a PM individual contributor (including as a Senior or Principal PM), or become a manager of PMs.
- Hacking Your Product Leader Career
Gibson provides a map for how to become a product leader, and covers: 1. The Required Technical & Functional Leadership Skills for a Product Leader 2. Embracing Creativity & Risk, Including Framing Your Career Hypotheses 3. How to Build a Personal Board of Product Advisors
Actual PM Levels from Leading Companies
- Steps to success: The importance of a clear career path for product managers
Intercom's product management career ladder covers 4 levels, and 5 skill groups: Insight Driven, Strategy, Execution, Driving Outcomes, and Leadership Behaviors.
- Product Manager Skills By Seniority Level — A Deep Breakdown
Brent provides a walkthrough of the product management career ladder at XO Group, which has 5 levels and more than 60 skills across 7 skill groups: Strategic Thinking, Communication, Collaboration, Technicals, Details & Quality, User Science & Empathy, and Management.