How To Elevate Your Product        Management Career                             Vito Salvaggio      Vice President of Pro...
Be very good at something                            2
Be very honest about what you’re good at      and what you’re not good at                                           3
Information is power… if shared                                  4
Run to your boss with bad news                                 5
Use “I” only when admitting mistakes                                       6
Give people credit every chance you get                                          7
Measure your success by tangible       accomplishments                                   8
Work very hard, be rigorous, and strive for excellence (but not perfection)                                          9
Be organized               10
Be loyal to a cause, a mission, or a vision         (Companies are not always loyal to people)                            ...
Don’t try to “rise” too quickly –      experience matters                                    12
Stay informed on general business, on your   domain, and seek professional training                                       ...
Don’t go to your boss with questions.     Propose recommendations.                                        14
Don’t be your boss’s problem child                                     15
Balance self assurance with self awareness                                             16
Plan your career in 4 year chunks                                    17
Your reputation travels – everyone youwork with is a reference – whether you            know it or not                    ...
Don’t run away from difficult businessconditions – they can be great learning             experiences    (All companies ar...
Choose who you work for very carefully – check references, analyze the business                                           20
Don’t chase money or title – chase good       opportunities for success                                          21
Don’t whine too much – leave if you can’t change things and if you’re not happy                                           ...
But be careful not to take a “bad” job just      cuz you hate your current job                                            ...
Never personalize conflicts                              24
If you want to succeed at managing people,  make sure you’ve done the job of people                you manage          (Th...
When managing people, be selfless                                    26
Management is not a popularity contest –           be firm but fair                                           27
Never hire sub-par people to fill a position– have the courage to hire smarter people                than you             ...
Run your teams lean – don’t become an            empire builder                                        29
Clear and concise communication is  critical to career advancement                                     30
Thank You   Q&Avito@roxio.com                 31
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How to Accelerate Your Product Management Career

  1. 1. How To Elevate Your Product Management Career Vito Salvaggio Vice President of Product Marketing Roxio, a Division of Sonic Solutions vito@roxio.com
  2. 2. Be very good at something 2
  3. 3. Be very honest about what you’re good at and what you’re not good at 3
  4. 4. Information is power… if shared 4
  5. 5. Run to your boss with bad news 5
  6. 6. Use “I” only when admitting mistakes 6
  7. 7. Give people credit every chance you get 7
  8. 8. Measure your success by tangible accomplishments 8
  9. 9. Work very hard, be rigorous, and strive for excellence (but not perfection) 9
  10. 10. Be organized 10
  11. 11. Be loyal to a cause, a mission, or a vision (Companies are not always loyal to people) 11
  12. 12. Don’t try to “rise” too quickly – experience matters 12
  13. 13. Stay informed on general business, on your domain, and seek professional training 13
  14. 14. Don’t go to your boss with questions. Propose recommendations. 14
  15. 15. Don’t be your boss’s problem child 15
  16. 16. Balance self assurance with self awareness 16
  17. 17. Plan your career in 4 year chunks 17
  18. 18. Your reputation travels – everyone youwork with is a reference – whether you know it or not 18
  19. 19. Don’t run away from difficult businessconditions – they can be great learning experiences (All companies are kinda screwed up in some way) 19
  20. 20. Choose who you work for very carefully – check references, analyze the business 20
  21. 21. Don’t chase money or title – chase good opportunities for success 21
  22. 22. Don’t whine too much – leave if you can’t change things and if you’re not happy 22
  23. 23. But be careful not to take a “bad” job just cuz you hate your current job 23
  24. 24. Never personalize conflicts 24
  25. 25. If you want to succeed at managing people, make sure you’ve done the job of people you manage (There’s only one generalist – the CEO) 25
  26. 26. When managing people, be selfless 26
  27. 27. Management is not a popularity contest – be firm but fair 27
  28. 28. Never hire sub-par people to fill a position– have the courage to hire smarter people than you 28
  29. 29. Run your teams lean – don’t become an empire builder 29
  30. 30. Clear and concise communication is critical to career advancement 30
  31. 31. Thank You Q&Avito@roxio.com 31

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