The Making of Product Managers

20 Stories of Real Product Managers Who Broke Into Product Management
From Different Fields

There is no beaten path to becoming a Product Manager. But learning about how others have broken into Product Management can help inspire and spark ideas for what opportunities to pursue.

This eBook contains 20 stories of real Product Managers who broke into Product Management from a large variety of different fields like Marketing, Software Engineering, Technical Support, Industrial Manufacturing and many more.

The final chapter, Takeaways, contains eight valuable insights based on the patterns observed in the stories.

Read the free sample chapter here.

Why Product Manager Transition Stories?

I frequently get asked about how I ended up in Product Management. Like most Product Managers, my path had many twists and turns. Each shaped my career.

I have always been interested in how individuals navigate through their careers. There is a lot to be learned from others' experiences, especially in a field like Product Management that attracts individuals from a large variety of educational and professional backgrounds.

While working as a Product Manager and some personal projects, I have spent a lot of time conducting customer interviews. So, I decided to use my interviewing skills to produce something valuable that may help aspiring Product Managers break into the field.

What's Inside?

Contents page of the book listing all book chapters with pages

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Who is this ebook for?

I wrote this book with both aspiring product managers and existing product managers in mind. It can also be relevant for anyone who is interested in career transitions.

When will the Amazon Kindle version be available?

The Amazon Kindle version will be available on September 8, 2020.

How long did this ebook take to write?

The initial interviews with the product managers took approximately a month to complete, followed by five months of editing, design and packaging.

Where can I learn more about you?

Head over to to see some of my other work. You can also follow me on LinkedIn, Twitter and Instagram to see what I'm up to.

About the Author

Hi, I'm Lena Sesardic. I'm originally Croatian but I grew up in Japan and Hong Kong for most of my life before moving to Vancouver, B.C. in 2009. I spent my whole life transitioning from one place to another, and then one career to another. My story of how I transitioned into product management is included in the book.

One of my strengths as a product manager is conducting customer interviews for the purpose of discovery. This sparked the idea of interviewing product managers and writing a book about them.