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Devika Nair
Director of Product, Oracle Cloud Infrastructure, OracleJuly 20

The biggest challenge for any tech product manager (or program manager) will remain your ability to influence. You need to influence members at all levels of the organization on whom you have little authority. 

The way to overcome this is ensuring your have a clear understanding of why your work/request is important. You would also need to ensure that the recipient finds these important and it is aligned with some goal of their own.

Vasanth Arunachalam
Director, Technical Program Management, Meta | Formerly MicrosoftFebruary 2

I personally enjoy my role. I think no challenge is insurmountable. If I were to think hard, especially at Meta, the pace at which technology advances is simply astounding. Especially in Integrity (a.k.a Trust & Safety) domain that I lead, the complexity of adversarial problems and the AI/ML investments we make to solve for those, is staggering. As a people manager I need to be deliberate about keeping myself up to date and grounded in my area of ownership.

Vasanth Arunachalam
Director, Technical Program Management, Meta | Formerly Microsoft
It could be a combination of any of these things - * Look at data (dashboards, customer feedback channels, internal partner team feedback) to check progress (on product success, platform performance) -Take any actions necessary (filing bugs, resolving a SEV) * Supporting your cross functional team to deliver on roadmap projects -Brainstorm product and technical solutions. -Sprints, design reviews, code reviews -Removing blockers * Look at data to proactively surface opportunities, hot spots, technical bottlenecks etc * 360 communications often tailored meticulously fo...
Navin Ganeshan
Head of Driver Products, Amazon Relay, Amazon
(Reposting this from a related question)  A technical product manager at Amazon is generally referred to as a Product-Manager-Technical (PM-T). A PMT can have ownership over a product, a functional area or even a program, but their primary focus is on formulating the vision, the strategy and roadmap for that area. They are also ultimately responsible for the end metrics of adoption, quality and effectiveness of the features they deliver. They are also the primary customer champions synthesizing their current pain-points, as well as anticipating future needs. They develop concept document...
Devika Nair
Director of Product, Oracle Cloud Infrastructure, Oracle
Two constant challenges for me in any product role has been finding the right way to say no. This could be to your customers asking for a particular feature or your organization that has decided to prioritize certain aspects differently.  The best way to overcome this challenge is by having your facts and data clear. For example, it is easy to convince leadership about your prioritization rationale if you have data to back up your claims, whether it is potential revenue or customer impact.