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Xero's Sr PM on How Organization Size Influences Product Management

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How Organization Size Influences
Product Management explained by Xero's Sr PM
/Productschool @ProductSchool /Productmanage...

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About Me
Currently a senior product manager
at Xero
8 years of experience working in
product management (or what
resembles...

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Measuring organization size
Number of Employees
Size of Product Management Team
Revenue
Number of Customers
Startup Conglo...

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Product Management differs by industry, company, and era. Like many things, it is growing and maturing every day. Through Jason's own personal experience; he spoke in an open format, and challenged the audience to envision their ideal Product Management career; at a small versus a large organization.


Takeways:
- Help you to determine: How much responsibility, accountability and ultimately impact do you want to have?
- Help you evaluate yourself: Does your personality resonate better with small company product management skills or large company?

Product Management differs by industry, company, and era. Like many things, it is growing and maturing every day. Through Jason's own personal experience; he spoke in an open format, and challenged the audience to envision their ideal Product Management career; at a small versus a large organization.


Takeways:
- Help you to determine: How much responsibility, accountability and ultimately impact do you want to have?
- Help you evaluate yourself: Does your personality resonate better with small company product management skills or large company?

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Xero's Sr PM on How Organization Size Influences Product Management

  1. 1. How Organization Size Influences Product Management explained by Xero's Sr PM /Productschool @ProductSchool /ProductmanagementSF
  2. 2. About Me Currently a senior product manager at Xero 8 years of experience working in product management (or what resembles product management) Spent 12 years working in federal and state governments
  3. 3. Measuring organization size Number of Employees Size of Product Management Team Revenue Number of Customers Startup Conglomerate Most Organizations
  4. 4. Why is organization size important? Skills Focus Autonomy and ownership Advancement
  5. 5. Skills Scrappy Navigating ambiguity Jack-of-all-trades Intuition Communication Navigating bureaucracy Specialization in UX, analytics, platform, etc. Small Org Big Org
  6. 6. Focus Product-market fit Prioritization Fail fast Ship and iterate Keep the trains running Grow the product Coordinate with other product areas Manage risk Small Org Big Org
  7. 7. Autonomy and ownership Fewer layers and more control over decisions Collaborate and decide Broader product scope More layers and less control over decisions Drive consensus Narrower product scope Small Org Big Org
  8. 8. Advancement Flatter org structure is less likely to have intermediate roles More freedom to customize role Hierarchical org structure usually creates career stepping stones Opportunity to specialize (platform, domain, etc.) Small Org Big Org
  9. 9. Apply it Know yourself and what you want Identify what makes your skills and experience relevant Seek out opportunities to make the transition
  10. 10. Questions?
  11. 11. www.productschool.com

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