What Do Product Leaders Do? (and How Can I Become One?)

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Career paths for product folks are murky, job responsibilities are unbounded, and most of us got our first product management jobs accidentally or through internal transfers.  Opportunities for advancement can be just as unclear. If you’re already a product manager, where do you go next?

We’ll break down the problem a bit:

  • What do product leader do, as distinct from (individual contributor) product managers?
  • Ways to signal interest and demonstrate product leader skills
  • “Should I want that?” 

About the Speaker

Rich Mironov, CEO, Mironov Consulting

Rich Mironov is a 35-year veteran of Silicon Valley tech companies. He coaches product executives, parachutes into companies as the interim Head of Product, and was the ‘product guy’ or CEO at six start-ups. Rich’s long-running blog (www.mironov.com) covers software, start-ups, product strategies, and the inner life of product managers. He is the author of “The Art of Product Management” (2008) and organized the first ProductCamps.