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Melissa Ushakov
Melissa Ushakov
GitLab Group Manager, Product ManagementMarch 6
The answer here is extremely nuanced and will vary from situation to situation. There's a phrase from Graham Weston that has stuck with me from my time at Rackspace: “What we all want from work is to be valued members of a winning team on an inspiring mission.” When that phrase no longer ri......Read More
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Julian Dunn
Julian Dunn
GitHub Senior Director of Product ManagementDecember 1
There are a couple of factors to consider here: * Are you learning anything new in your current role? If not, would staying with the company, even if it is in a different role, or a more senior role (be that IC or management), satisfy your learning? * Do you enjoy the domain, vertical, a......Read More
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Milena Krasteva
Milena Krasteva
Walmart Sr Director II, Product Management - Marketing TechnologyOctober 6
There are some absolutes, which may be self-evident, but I'll still mention them for the record: disrespect, discrimination, excessive stress, unreasonable and unhealthy workload, workplace toxicity in all it's forms, the company is unethical or is visibly tanking...and many more.  Otherwise, I ......Read More
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Anton Kravchenko
Anton Kravchenko
Carta Director of Product ManagementFebruary 2
To make this decision, I think of opportunity, ambitions, passion, and time: 1. Opportunity - obviously there is a matter of compensation, but there is also an opportunity for professional growth. For example, joining a startup allows you to grow much quicker -- you will be wearing diff......Read More
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Julian Dunn
Julian Dunn
GitHub Senior Director of Product ManagementDecember 1
This is a tough question to answer because it is so situational. For example - I have seen organizations where PM is so immature that it is essentially a project management function. Melissa Perri even uses such an example in her excellent book Escaping the Build Trap! While in Perri's fictional ......Read More
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Anton Kravchenko
Anton Kravchenko
Carta Director of Product ManagementFebruary 3
It's less about metrics and more about the outcomes you are creating for the business. For example, you might bring 10,000 new users or improve a UX for a specific feature -- but what matters at the end of the day is how you impacted the business. Has any of that made the business grow faster or ......Read More
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Natalia Baryshnikova
Natalia Baryshnikova
Atlassian Head of Product, Enterprise AgilityFebruary 16
In short, you have to go from being a thinker to being a doer. The biggest mindset change is about learning when to stop with the analysis and transition into acting on things, in sometimes imperfect data coverage situation, and because of that imperfect coverage, how to experiment and iterate. G......Read More
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Louisa Henry
Louisa Henry
Gusto Head of Product for Mid-Market BusinessesApril 21
This is a framework shared by one of my former executive colleagues. I've found it to be incredibly helpful when thinking through your career, taking on a new project, or considering your next move.  Biggest suggestion is to get it on paper. Thinking about your career can be a lot like buildin......Read More
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Milena Krasteva
Milena Krasteva
Walmart Sr Director II, Product Management - Marketing TechnologyOctober 6
In general, the progression from any level to the next is a matter of demonstrating increasing levels of skill in product definition, technical or domain expertise, ability to navigate and project manage increasing levels of complexity, communication, and ability to influence amonst others. Anoth......Read More
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Rodrigo Davies
Rodrigo Davies
Asana Product Management Area LeadMay 17
For me the biggest differentiator is having a growth mindset. This doesn't just mean they want to make an impact and improve as a PM. For me it comes down to three things: 1. They have a sense of what they know and don't know, and are always eager to learn more. They question their own assu......Read More
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