'I can "talk the talk" with the development team now, which makes communications more smooth and efficient. I applied my coding skills when reporting bugs, as sometimes I can point out what is wrong specifically.'
Hello! Can you introduce yourself to our community?
What did you do before joining Le Wagon Australia?
You are now Product Manager. Can you tell us more about your role?
How do you apply the skills you acquired during the Bootcamp?
Doing Le Wagon was more like a bonus for me as I've been on the track of PM for 8 years. It turns out that the programming mindset and coding skills I acquired at Le Wagon make me stand out more in this competitive job market. More importantly, I can "talk the talk" with the development team now, which makes communications more smooth and efficient. I applied my coding skills when reporting bugs, as sometimes I can point out what is wrong specifically. Oh, I also programmed the HTML email signatures for each coworker to save the designer and developer time! Haha
What would you say to someone thinking about joining Le Wagon Melbourne and thinking about becoming a Products Manager?
1) Empathy (the most important one). Empathy in product management means being able to listen, observe and care about their users. A Product Manager needs to walk in users' shoes in order to understand their needs, problems, and pain points.
2) Curiosity. PMs must be able to learn fast in order to gain insights and make decisions on the product. They have to learn both the business side of the product (understand the business model, the market opportunities, the target audience etc.) and the technical side (be familiar with the tech stacks your company uses, have data analytical sense, etc.).
3) Strategic thinking. A Product Manager is almost like a mini-CEO. They need to understand the product strategy and how it aligns with the overall company strategy. They also need to know the product vision, how it will generate customer value and what is the differentiating advantage over its competitors
4) Communication. PMs spend much of their time communicating their ideas, thoughts, plans and proposals! They form a bridge between users, marketing, sales, designers, and engineers. The best PMs are skilled communicators who have the ability to communicate user experience, data analytics, marketing and business strategy, and technical limitations and challenges.
'In product management, there are always three keys aspects: Communication, Analysing, and Documenting.'