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PMDojo Sep 2020 talk

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I gave a talk on how to break into product management based on my learnings from interviewing 20 product managers for my book, The Making of Product Managers.

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PMDojo Sep 2020 talk

  1. 1. The Making of Product Managers Lena Sesardic PMDojo's Product Accelerator Talk Series
  2. 2. My Story 2009-2013 2013-2017 2017-2019 2019-2020 2020 (Present) Economics degree, UBC Customer Service & Operations Business Analyst, Product Manager Product Manager @ Innovation Lab Product Management Consulting, The Making of Product Managers (ebook), Entrepreneurship
  3. 3. The Making of Product Managers (ebook) www.themakingofproductmanagers.com
  4. 4. Product Managers come from extremely diverse educational and professional backgrounds. A Diverse Field
  5. 5. Statistics Commercial Banking International Relations Customer Service Customer Care IT Administration Salesforce Administration Business Information Systems Electronic and Electrical Engineering Nanotechnology Engineering Project Management English Literature Industrial Manufacturing Chemical Engineering Electronics and Electrical Communication Industrial and Systems Engineering Food, Nutrition and Health UX Software Engineering DataAnalysis AccountManagement SalesOperations WebDevelopment Technical Support Program Management Cognitive Psychology Product M arketing Product Design Operations Mathematics Economics Software Engineering Marketing Computer Science MBA Business Analysis 20 Product Managers interviewed for The Making of Product Managers
  6. 6. Real Product Manager #1 1) Studied International Relations 2) Salesforce Administrator 3) Salesforce Business Analyst 4) Product Manager, Business Technology Stan
  7. 7. Real Product Manager #2 1) Studied Food, Nutrition & Health 2) Data Analytics Business Analyst 3) Software Implementation Consultant 4) Scrum Master & Project Manager 5) Product Manager Filza
  8. 8. Real Product Manager #3 1) Studied Economics & Statistics 2) Analyst & Underwriter (commercial banking) 3) Product Manager Nene
  9. 9. Types of Product Managers Being aware of the different types of Product Managers is important in defining your path. Large org, startup, agency, consulting, founder, Technical Product Manager, Associate Product Manager, Product Owner
  10. 10. Breaking into Product Management Requires risk-taking and creativity. Spot, size, pursue, repeat.
  11. 11. Nuggets of Opportunity Acquisitions, mergers, startups, organizational restructuring and transformation. And any opportunity that would enable you to work directly with Product Managers.
  12. 12. The Value of Networking Create personal connections, take advantage of "weak-tie" connections, and learn the language of the field. Balance your networking with individuals in multiple stages of their journey.
  13. 13. Imposter Syndrome Share knowledge with others to provide value and increase confidence. Especially with those who are a few steps behind you.
  14. 14. Thank You! in/lenasesardic @LenaSesardic @LenaSesardic lenasesardic.com

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