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Melissa Ushakov

Melissa Ushakov

Group Manager, Product Management, GitLab

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Melissa Ushakov
Melissa Ushakov
GitLab Group Manager, Product ManagementNovember 23
* Soft skill: Great product managers can seamlessly adjust their communication to match their audience. As a product manager, you'll speak with people in different roles and varying levels of expertise in your subject area. It is essential that you can communicate your ideas and exchang......Read More
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Melissa Ushakov
Melissa Ushakov
GitLab Group Manager, Product ManagementNovember 23
I'm a Group Manager of Product at GitLab https://about.gitlab.com/job-families/product/product-management-leadership/#group-manager-product-gmp. I am a manager for the Product Managers for the Plan stage at GitLab. Each product manager on my team has engineering, UX, and quality counterparts that......Read More
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Melissa Ushakov
Melissa Ushakov
GitLab Group Manager, Product ManagementNovember 23
Developers on the team will generally have a sense of the market since the products we build target them as a persona, especially if you're dogfooding your product. It's important to validate problems and solutions with customers to ensure that we're building a product that aligns with market nee......Read More
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Melissa Ushakov
Melissa Ushakov
GitLab Group Manager, Product ManagementNovember 23
As a Product Manager, you need deep knowledge of the personas you serve. To build great products for developers, you don't need to be a developer, but you need to understand their challenges, motivations, and day-to-day work. I encourage product managers to use the products they build so that the......Read More
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Melissa Ushakov
Melissa Ushakov
GitLab Group Manager, Product ManagementNovember 23
One common mistake I have seen is having a monetization model that does not scale. Services and customization on top of open-source software will only scale as much as your workforce can. Having paid features on top of open source software and a tie ring philosophy that can be easily explained is......Read More
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Melissa Ushakov
Melissa Ushakov
GitLab Group Manager, Product ManagementNovember 23
I think that the whole team should strive to build a product that end users love. I love when there's passion on the team and ideas about what to build. When you are building a product for a persona that is close to you, it's important to gather data from end users to ensure that you have a compl......Read More
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Melissa Ushakov
Melissa Ushakov
GitLab Group Manager, Product ManagementNovember 23
There are three key aspects of this: * Consistency - In large companies, APIs are maintained by many teams. Ensuring consistency across endpoints is essential to a great end-user experience. It's hard for when users when switching endpoints changes the format of standard fields like ti......Read More
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Melissa Ushakov
Melissa Ushakov
GitLab Group Manager, Product ManagementNovember 23
I've always been drawn to tools that help teams collaborate. I love the feeling of knowing that I made a team's day-to-day work easier, more enjoyable and gave them more time to spend building great products. In almost all my jobs, I became an admin for our DevOps tools, spent time working with t......Read More
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Melissa Ushakov
Melissa Ushakov
GitLab Group Manager, Product ManagementMarch 7
One question I love to ask is: "Tell me about a time when a conversation with a customer made you realize that your product direction was wrong." I have heard so many great stories about dispelling assumptions by talking to customers. One of my favorite stories was when a PM did generative ......Read More
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Melissa Ushakov
Melissa Ushakov
GitLab Group Manager, Product ManagementMarch 8
Contributing myself and supporting my team can be at odds with each other. Coaching and supporting my team is always my number one priority. There are times when I simply need to say no and deprioritize things to ensure I have enough time to support my team.  It's important to have open commun......Read More
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Credentials & Highlights
Group Manager, Product Management at GitLab
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Lives In Austin, Texas, United States
Knows About Developer Product Management, Product Strategy, Product Management Skills, Enterprise......more