If you are an aspiring Product Manager without a technical background, here are some ways you could break into Product Management and improve your project management skills:
1. Do your homework
There's nothing more irritating than a person who doesn't spend time understanding a process
- Learn about the phases of Software Development Life Cycle (SDLC)
- Observe how engineers work - Identify flaws in a product - software or physical item, take things apart
- Learn how to Google things you cannot explain to a 5 year old
You cannot improve something you don't understand.
2. Work with product creators
If you are already employed, identify developers or designers who work on products, then observe how they decide what features are prioritised and when the product is shipped.
Also step up to lead work streams that focus on leading people from different teams to deliver an objective. This doesn't have to be a product in the first instance. It could be something as little as putting together slides for a meeting that needs input of different teams. This teaches you how to get people from different teams to achieve a common goal - content for a meeting.
3. Be visible
4. Read about why certain products were discontinued and about releases of new products
One of my favourite resource is: A Google Projects Resting Ground: The Google Graveyard
Release of new products can be found with @ProductHunt.
5. Attend local meet ups for Product Managers
6. Resources for aspiring PMs:
Apply for Associate Product Manager Programs. These are very competitive but worth the shot.
Communities to join: