Product Management Essentials: Tools and Techniques for Becoming an Effective Technical Product Manager

  • 2h 38m
  • Aswin Pranam
  • Apress
  • 2018

Gain all of the techniques, teachings, tools, and methodologies required to be an effective first-time product manager. The overarching goal of this book is to help you understand the product manager role, give you concrete examples of what a product manager does, and build the foundational skill-set that will gear you towards a career in product management.

To be an effective PM in the tech industry, you need to have a basic understanding of technology. In this book you’ll get your feet wet by exploring the skills a PM needs in their toolset and cover enough ground to make you feel comfortable in a technical discussion. A PM is not expected to have the same level of depth or knowledge as a software engineer, but knowing enough to continue the conversation can be a benefit in your career in product management.

A complete product manager will have a 360-degree understanding of user experience and how to craft beautiful products that are easy-to-use, with the end user in mind. You’ll continue your journey with a walk through basic UX principles and even go through the process of building a simple set of UI frames for a mock app.

Aside from the technical and design expertise, a PM needs to master the social aspects of the role. Acting as a bridge between engineering, marketing, and other teams can be difficult, and this book will dive into the business and soft skills of product management. After reading Product Management Essentials you will be one of a select few technically-capable PMs who can interface with management, stakeholders, customers, and the engineering team.

What You Will Learn

  • Gain the traits of a successful PM from industry PMs, VCs, and other professionals
  • See the day-to-day responsibilities of a PM and how the role differs across tech companies
  • Absorb the technical knowledge necessary to interface with engineers and estimate timelines
  • Design basic mocks, high-fidelity wireframes, and fully polished user interfaces
  • Create core documents and handle business interactions

Who This Book Is For

Individuals who are eyeing a transition into a PM role or have just entered a PM role at a new organization for the first time. They currently hold positions as a software engineer, marketing manager, UX designer, or data analyst and want to move away from a feature-focused view to a high-level strategic view of the product vision.

About the Author

Aswin Pranam is a product manager, ex-software engineer, and avid technologist. Prior to his current role as a senior product manager in a venture group, Aswin spent time working in technical roles at Google, Boeing, Disney, and IBM. Aswin has a Bachelor of Science in Informatics (HCI) from the University of Washington, a Master of Science in Information Systems Engineering from Johns Hopkins University and an MBA from Carnegie Mellon University. In his free time, Aswin is the founder of, a non-profit organization dedicated to building technical infrastructure for NGOs and resource-constrained organizations. To get in touch, please send an email to

In this Book

  • Introduction
  • Guiding Principles
  • The End-to-End Product Journey
  • Industry Spotlight—Q&A with Umesh Unnikrishnan
  • Understand the Software Stack
  • SQL Quickstart
  • Industry Spotlight—Q&A with Vivek Bhupatiraju
  • Analytics are Everything
  • Software Development Methodologies
  • Industry Spotlight—Q&A with Sean Ammirati
  • Deconstructing System Design
  • Mindful UX
  • Industry Spotlight—Q&A with Leslie Shelton
  • Rapid Prototyping
  • The Good, the Bad, and the Unusable
  • Industry Spotlight—Q&A with Daniel Csonth
  • Playing the Part
  • Product Strategy
  • Industry Spotlight—Q&A with Amelia Crook
  • Crossing the Finish Line
  • Industry Spotlight—Q&A with Romy Macasieb


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