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Devika Nair

Devika Nair

Director of Product Management, Oracle Cloud Infrastructure
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Over 10 years of experience in product management (analytics, cloud). Previously a software developer.

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Devika Nair
Devika Nair
Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Director of Product ManagementJuly 20
First, ensure you have the right data to backup any claims or decisions you want to make. Second, focus on the goals you want from that audience. Third is to make sure that the content is clear and crisp with the right level of detail. Occasionally, I have to re-write a document for a different audience (e.g., CEO). However, in general ensuring there is a clear summary for anyone without assumptions of previous context and the decisions (or requirements) are clearly articulated in your doc/email/presentation. Include details for anyone who might want to dig in the subsequent paragraphs or include links/appendix for anyone who might want such details.
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Devika Nair
Devika Nair
Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Director of Product ManagementJuly 20
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.
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Devika Nair
Devika Nair
Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Director of Product ManagementJuly 20
My approach is usually to have a initial wireframe to convey your ideas. The UX team needs to have sufficient understanding of the customer journeys and need to be involved early in the product definition/creation phase. Start with your vision document and a wireframe and spend some time discussing the details. Involve them throughout the product definition and execution phases to ensure you remain on the same page.
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Devika Nair
Devika Nair
Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Director of Product ManagementJuly 20
I would not say I had a single point where I made this decision. I had the opportunity to lead a few PMs which I initially picked. I transitioned back to IC from this role a couple of times based on my interest in the product goals. My final (or I should say current since I could transition back to IC someday) decision was when I realized I was happier seeing success of my PMs than the success of the products. The slow transition helped me prepare both with the help of my mentors and advisors, and through "learn by doing". 
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Devika Nair
Devika Nair
Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Director of Product ManagementJuly 20
This depends on the goals of your product. In general, you want your key metrics to be aligned with what you and the organization considers the top goals of the product. For example, this might be revenue from your product, or number of other products customers use alongside your product. There would also be secondary goals like your adoption, retention and growth.
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Devika Nair
Devika Nair
Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Director of Product ManagementJuly 20
If your question was about Tech Product Management, it is a solid understanding of the product vision and direction. A tech PM is able to be the voice of the customer in front of engineering or the voice of engineering in front of marketing. They are able to represent the best interest for the product in front of any audience.
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Devika Nair
Devika Nair
Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Director of Product ManagementJuly 21
I've usually found that it is best to start with organizational priorities, and map the projects to the same. I've usually not been a proponent of prioritization frameworks, though I've found plenty of PMs including members of my team who find them helpful. I just don't find a one size fits all when it comes to frameworks. My usual method is to start with org priorities, including data arojnd the customer ask, additional constraints (e.g., dependencies, market timing) and create a roadmap that balances different types of projects. 
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Devika Nair
Devika Nair
Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Director of Product ManagementJuly 20
For Product Management, my general advice is to experiment with it. Try to understand your customers and market, define the product vision and work through requirements for your features. You can also go through exercises with side projects. For Project Management, I don't have personal experience, but I would say try getting hands on experience alongside your current role is the best path.
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Devika Nair
Devika Nair
Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Director of Product ManagementJuly 20
I don't think I've had a single surprise across my various tech product management roles. In general, I would say my most surprising aspects when I moved to a product role has been the amount of work that goes into non-engineering aspects. For example, how much influence marketing or finance can bring into the success of a product. Partnering with these organizations taught me a lot since I came from an engineering background.
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Devika Nair
Devika Nair
Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Director of Product ManagementJuly 20
The best tech product managers I know have a very good understanding of their product. This includes understanding the customer needs and market. They use this knowledge to make quick, but data backed decisions about the product direction. They are also able to influence and bring along a wide range of stakeholders in order to successfully execute.
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