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The Making of Product Managers
Lena Sesardic
PMDojo's Product Accelerator Talk Series
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
The Making of Product Managers (ebook)
www.themakingofproductmanagers.com
Product Managers come from extremely
diverse educational and professional
backgrounds.
A Diverse Field
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
Real Product Manager #1
1) Studied International Relations
2) Salesforce Administrator
3) Salesforce Business Analyst
4) Product Manager, Business Technology
Stan
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
Real Product Manager #3
1) Studied Economics & Statistics
2) Analyst & Underwriter (commercial banking)
3) Product Manager
Nene
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
Breaking into Product Management
Requires risk-taking and creativity.
Spot, size, pursue, repeat.
Nuggets of Opportunity
Acquisitions, mergers, startups, organizational
restructuring and transformation.
And any opportunity that would enable you to work directly with Product
Managers.
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.
Imposter Syndrome
Share knowledge with others to provide value
and increase confidence.
Especially with those who are a few steps behind you.
Thank You!
in/lenasesardic
@LenaSesardic
@LenaSesardic
lenasesardic.com

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PMDojo Sep 2020 talk

  • 1. The Making of Product Managers Lena Sesardic PMDojo's Product Accelerator Talk Series
  • 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. The Making of Product Managers (ebook) www.themakingofproductmanagers.com
  • 4. Product Managers come from extremely diverse educational and professional backgrounds. A Diverse Field
  • 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. Real Product Manager #1 1) Studied International Relations 2) Salesforce Administrator 3) Salesforce Business Analyst 4) Product Manager, Business Technology Stan
  • 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. Real Product Manager #3 1) Studied Economics & Statistics 2) Analyst & Underwriter (commercial banking) 3) Product Manager Nene
  • 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. Breaking into Product Management Requires risk-taking and creativity. Spot, size, pursue, repeat.
  • 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. 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. Imposter Syndrome Share knowledge with others to provide value and increase confidence. Especially with those who are a few steps behind you.