Forge your path to becoming a Product Manager , no matter your background.

8 actionable insights based on 20 stories of real product managers who broke into the industry from different fields to help you carve your own path to Product Manager.

Read a FREE sample chapter here.

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"The eight key takeaways at the end of the book is like a proverbial cherry on the top, distilling the essence of the 20 stories the reader went through."
—Kislay, VP of Product

What's Inside?

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The final chapter, Takeaways, summarizes eight patterns observed across the stories to give you actionable insights on how to spot, size and pursue the right opportunities to break into product management.


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20 long-form stories of real product managers from all over the world who broke into product management from fields like business analysis, marketing, industrial manufacturing, program management and many more!

👉 Learn more about the stories here.

"Written in a very approachable and conversational tone, you will love it if you are interested in a PM role. Spoiler alert: the path is not always a straight line."
—Shawn, Aspiring Product Manager

Why Do I Need This?

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There's no set path to becoming a Product Manager.

But that doesn't mean you have to wing it.

Discover how 20 Product Managers have successfully paved their ways into the field to get inspiration for carving your own unique path.

Spot, size and pursue the right opportunities.

Use the eight common patterns outlined in the Takeaways chapter to understand what types of opportunities to go after to maximize your chances of success.

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Screenshots of informational boxes inside the book

Learn about product management along the way.

Key product management terms and concepts are explained in informational boxes throughout the stories in the book.

"This book should be an essential read for anyone who is looking into a career in Product Management."
—Kislay, VP of Product


Who is this book for?

If you're an aspiring Product Manager who isn't sure how best to utilize your prior experience and maximize your chances of breaking into the field, this book is for you.

Are the stories about real Product Managers?

Yes! Every story is based on a real Product Manager whom I interviewed myself. I interviewed Product Managers from the United States, Canada, Philippines, India, New Zealand, Latin America, Israel and the United Kingdom.

Do you have a refund policy?

If you don't feel that you got value out of the book, email me at within the first 30 days and I'll issue you a refund.

How can I learn more?

Shoot me a DM on Twitter (@LenaSesardic) or email me at Happy to answer any questions you may have!

"It's a fantastic coffee break read! I quickly looked for profiles similar to mine and found it exciting to relate with their journeys. It's also inspiring to see the path people have taken to get to where they are."
—Mervyn, Venture Programs

Meet the Author, Lena Sesardic.

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Hi, I'm Lena.

I have 3+ years' experience in product management. Most recently I led an innovation team as a Product Manager.

I've mentored countless individuals through their transition into product management and various other career transitions.

The 20 stories in the book.

International Relations, Sales Ops, Salesforce Admin, Business Analysis

English Literature, Customer Care, Technical Support

Product Design, Software Engineering

Software Engineering, Scrum Master

Food, Nutrition & Health, Data Analysis, Business Analysis

Business Information Systems, Business Analysis

Computer Science, IT Admin, Operations, Technical Support, Business Analysis

Electronic & Electrical Engineering, Software Engineering, Business Analysis, MBA

Marketing, Product Marketing

Industrial & Systems Engineering, Industrial Manufacturing, Business Analysis

Computer Science Engineering, MBA

Electronics & Electrical Communication, MBA, Program Management

Marketing, Web Development

Cognitive Psychology, Computer Science, UX Software Engineering, Product Design

Marketing, Product Marketing

Mathematics, Project & Program Management, Web Development, MBA

Nanotechnology Engineering, Business Analysis, Account Management

Economics, Mathematics, Statistics, Commercial Banking

Chemical Engineering, MBA

Economics, Customer Service, Operations, Business Analysis