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Rena Mashintchian
Director of Product Management, BoxMay 25
PMs are responsible for defining a winning product and rallying a team to deliver it.  It’s one of the roles that requires a large breadth of skills, as PMs sit at the center of technology, business and design.  Below are key traits that I look for when hiring a PM.  Beyond these skills, cultural fit and passion/excitement for the role are also important considerations.  Note that while it’s a bonus to have enterprise PM experience, it’s certainly not a requirement. * Intellectual ability - Ability to synthesize information, solve big hairy problems, make the right tradeoffs, and under...
D Matthew Landry
VP Product Management, Networking and Security, CiscoFebruary 23
Taking for granted a baseline of solid product management fundamentals and team simpatico, I feel the following play an outsize role in determining success in the enterprise: * Skeptical curiosity * Strong opinions, weakly held * Speaking and presentation skills, in front of senior execs & audiences * Ability to simplify and explain technical concepts * Interest in customers' industries and their end customers * Empathy for the sales team and how they sell * Familiarity with routes to market and channel ecosystems * Awareness of how all teams contribute to product delivery * Finan...
Mike Flouton
VP, Product, Barracuda NetworksMay 4
First and foremost - smarts. The basketball cliche is that you can't coach height. You can't coach a PM intelligence.  Next up, is a deep relentless customer focus. In B2C, you can get away being a mediocre PM using yourself as a proxy for the customer. You probably have a decent perspective on what you'd like out of a smartphone, though you're still shortchaning a large part of your customer base who doesn't think or work like you. As an enterprise PM, it's totally different. If I didn't do the research, I would have absolutely no idea what an email security administrator does all day, ...
Savita Kini
Director of Product Management, Speech and Video AI, Cisco
Key traits for AI PM is no different from other PM roles -- empathy for customer issues, ability craft / create / articulate problems and how we might approach the solution, industry and domain experience, and collaborative leadership to work with engineering. Willingness to learn or prior experience or understanding of AI/ML modeling challenges, and how they can be use in the context the industry / domain where it is applied is ofcourse a big plus. 
Sreenath Kizhakkedath
Uber Head of Growth Programs, Riders, Uber
Let me answer this more broadly. For any organization, it's important to have alignment across the different functions, including Product Management, Operations, Design, Engineering, and Data Science. You wanted to have a small leadership team that works very closely with shared KPI's and goals. Then the question is more around what projects to work upon to meet the KPIs. This is typically done through a lightweight prioritization framework. There are many industry standards for sprint management and prioritization. The key is to ensure there is the right leadership team with aligned priori...
Veronica Hudson
Director of Product Management, ActiveCampaign
The biggest change is the importance product plays in customer acquisition via trials and retaining customers past the 90-day onboarding period. When a product is self-serve, a PM should be paying attention to how their features drive trial conversion and the role they play in the customer onboarding process. This is often determined by identifying the drivers of PQLs (product qualified leads). So, for example, if we know customers that convert always use some combination of X, Y, and Z features within a few days of signing up for a trial, we will not only work to ensure that feature experi...
Vasanth Arunachalam
Director, Technical Program Management, Meta | Formerly Microsoft
This response also applies to one of the other questions asked here - "What qualities stand out in some of the best TPMs you know?" I strongly believe that you can be a successful technical product manager regardless of your background, as long as you have the passion and growth mindset. It is not rocket science (for that matter, look at Elon Musk for rocket science). So I’ll focus on some of the desirable soft skills that makes one a successful technical product manager - * Able to technically grok how things work, very fast * Balanced (between Strategic and Technical thinking) & Objec...
Roshni Jain
VP of Product, Eventbrite
There is no right answer, but here are a few lenses I've used when providing counsel to others and in considering the companies I've worked with: * Is this a product that I'm personally excited about? I don't have to be the ideal customer, but is there something about the product that excites me - it could be that it's a problem I'm passionate about solving, an approach that is truly innovative or differentiated, a customer that's a lot of fun to work with, or a business model that creates strong competitiive advantage * Are the secular trends in its favor? Is the company lea...
D Matthew Landry
VP Product Management, Networking and Security, Cisco
 In the broadest sense, the role of the product manager doesn't change. The customer profile changes, the buying patterns change, and the routes to market change. The core PM responsibilities don't necessarily change. However, many of those customer changes have an impact on how the PM does their job. For example, enterprises often separate the end user (the person who wants to use your product), the decision maker (often someone higher in the user's reporting chain), and the economic buyer (usually in a purchasing department). These are all stakeholders, and they all deserve attention fr...