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AMA: Meta Sr. Director of Product Management, Guy Levit on Stakeholder Management

April 26 @ 10:00am PST

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How do you measure your own success in your role? How much have those performance indicators evolved as you grew within your role?
Guy Levit
Sr. Director of Product Management at Meta
Generally, I am thinking of success in 3 dimensions: Vision, People and Execution. All three need to work well for a team to succeed over time. Early in your career Execution takes a bit of a higher focus. You can get your first 2-3 promotions by launching bigger and more complex projects. Howeve...more
What are some tried and true strategies to drive alignment cross-functionally for a remote team?
Guy Levit
Sr. Director of Product Management at Meta
Reality these days is that we mostly work in remote settings, and even when we do go to the office, some people will be dialing in. As a result, I believe 80% of the strategies have to do with focusing on the fact that we are all people, 20% are tactics and adjustments for remote settings. Gener...more
Do you approach stakeholder management differently based on the team you're talking to? (Design, Marketing, Engineering, Sales, Customer Success). And if so, how?
Guy Levit
Sr. Director of Product Management at Meta
Ultimately Product Management is about people. I do approach stakeholders differently, but it’s based on who they are, rather their role. Some stakeholders like to be consulted ahead of time, some prefer being briefed in bigger forums where they can gauge the reactions of others. Some like struct...more
How do you work towards win/win situations with stakeholders who's top-line goals are inversely correlated to your top line goals?
Guy Levit
Sr. Director of Product Management at Meta
I love this question! It happens a lot and working through it is part of our role as PMs. There are a few layers to my approach here: First, start with building the relationship. (I hope this theme is clear by now ;-). While your goals may conflict, at a higher level you are playing for the sa...more
How do you structure your Product team? How big is it, what does everyone do? How do you measure success of each function/person?
Guy Levit
Sr. Director of Product Management at Meta
My current product team has about 40 PMs (And we are hiring!). I would not dive into what each of the team does, but maybe talk about how we went about structuring it, which may be a more transferable skill. When I first joined Meta my VP asked me if the current team structure is the right one...more