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The tools to help you develop product management skills

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If you really want to secure your dream role as a Product Manager, there are a number of tools and software packages you can familiarise yourself with. These will help to improve your knowledge and prepare you for eventualities you’re likely to encounter. 

You can learn about them and watch YouTube tutorials on how they work so that once you enter the workplace, you’ll already have some knowledge and a basic understanding of how they work. Name dropping a few of them in your interview might also give you an edge.  Also, have a look at our blog ‘Top skills you need to be a Product Manager’ to learn more about what it takes to be a Product Manager.

The Platforms

Below is an overview of some of the most popular Product Management tools and the benefits they have to offer when you’re in the role.

MySQL Workbench 

When working as a Product Manager, it’s important that you can use data and understand how to use it to make decisions.

This is a crucial part of creating successful products because it enables you to gain a deeper understanding of user behaviour and preferences.

MySQL Workbench is a visual database design tool which combines SQL development, administration, design, creation and maintenance into a single integrated development environment. 

Benefits include:

  • You can do everything you need on one easy-to-use platform 
  • Access to visual tools for creating, fulfilling and improving SQL queries (SQL is a domain-specific language used in programming which is designed for managing data)
  • Write, run and debug SQL statements
  • Access the performance dashboard which enables you to quickly view key performance indicators

Redshift

Amazon Redshift is a fully managed, large-scale data warehouse service which is hosted in the cloud. 

Users can start with as little as a few hundred gigabytes of data and scale this up to much larger amounts.

This helps organisations and their employees to gain new insights for their business and customers, which makes it a very valuable tool for Product Managers. 

Benefits include: 

  • It provides a fast, simple and cost-effective data warehousing service
  • You can analyse all your data quickly and save the results 
  • Build powerful reports and dashboards
  • Gain real-time insights about your applications and systems

To learn about the other platforms available, have a read of ’12 Product Management tools to have in your product stack.’

Product Management Software

Below is an overview of some of the best Product Management software often used by those in the industry. For more ideas of software that Product Managers often tend to use, you can also have a read of ‘The best Product Management software 2021.’ By familiarising yourself with how they work now, it will really help you once you enter your first role. 

Jira

You can plan, track and manage your software development projects in Jira. You can also customise your workflow, collaborate and release great software, making it the ideal platform to improve your Product Management skills. 

Benefits include:

  • Access up to date visual data 
  • Choose workflows or create your own from scratch
  • Combine the Jira software with tools you already use
  • Easily change your product requirements
  • Make your work more efficient through automation tools

Monday.com

Monday.com is visual and very easy to use – making it ideal for those who are new to Product Management. Within the software, you can create workflows yourself or choose from more than 200 ready-made templates.

Everything is synced in real time and updates are kept in one place which makes managing projects incredibly easy. 

Benefits include: 

  • The ability to automate repetitive tasks to save time
  • Integrate it with other tools such as Slack and Dropbox
  • Store your files so everything is organised in one place
  • Advanced search capabilities 

If you’re ready to pursue your dream career, why not have a read of our blog How to become a Product Manager? In it you’ll find lots of helpful tips and advice including the qualifications required, how to gain work experience, salary expectations and what your typical career path might look like. 

Feeling inspired? Find out more about starting a career in Product Management by listening to our THIS IS HOW podcastwhere we chat to Leon Farrell, Product Manager at Warner Music.