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LTP2018 Jason Shen Product Madness - Product Management Hiring


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Leading the Product Speaker Jason Shen talks about how to tackle hiring in Product Management

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LTP2018 Jason Shen Product Madness - Product Management Hiring

  1. 1. Product Madness Five Ways to Bring Sanity Back Into the PM Hiring Process Jason Shen Co-founder & CEO | Headlight Jason Shen Co-founder & CEO | Headlight
  2. 2. Ridejoy
  3. 3. Percolate
  4. 4. Why is it so hard to hire PM’s?
  5. 5. Product managers: “Globally competitive, unseen in Australia”
  6. 6. High impact Different expectations Imperfect metrics
  7. 7. So what?
  8. 8. “Learn recruiting. Once I became a manager I learned that it was now my job. I had imagined that I would just let the recruiting org know what my open headcount was, and they’d handle the rest, but nope.” Jackie Bavaro Head of Product at Asana Author of Cracking the PM Interview
  9. 9. 1. Stop hunting unicorns
  10. 10. Software Engineering UX Design Marketing Data Analysis Project Management Industry Expert Sales Product Visionary Customer Support
  11. 11. You can’t have it all
  12. 12. You can’t (afford to) have it all
  13. 13. 2. Know what you need
  14. 14. Product is about trade-offs
  15. 15. 1. Hire for your must-haves Train / coach for the rest
  16. 16. 3. Promote more from within
  17. 17. Culture eats strategy for breakfast
  18. 18. Training Rampup Culture Rampup
  19. 19. “Workers promoted into jobs have significantly better performance for the first two years than workers hired in.”
  20. 20. 4. Create opportunities to learn product skills
  21. 21. “When people say they can only hire experienced PMs, I often read this as “I haven’t figured out how to efficiently grow new PMs yet.” Ellen Chisa CEO/Co-founder of Dark Former VP of Product at Lola
  22. 22. 5. Hire with take- home projects
  23. 23. Readium’s CEO wants to launch a new 280 sec “micro- podcasting” feature for their iOS app. Build an inital 3 month product plan / roadmap
  24. 24. Clarity Vision Credibility Execution Develop a Rubric
  25. 25. Bringing it home
  26. 26. 1. Hiring demands trade-offs
  27. 27. 1. Hiring demands trade-offs Culture matters as much as skills
  28. 28. 1. Hiring demands trade-offs Culture matters as much as skills Take-home projects > good stories
  29. 29. kehome Answer 3 questions and get a bundle of B2B, B2C & E-Commerce PM take-homes Give me feedback!