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3 Ways to Become a Better Product Manager in 2019

  
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Our Guest
On episode 7 of Elevatd Life, we have Beau Blinder. I found Beau after his post on Medium titled "3 Practical Ways To Become A Better Product Manager" and we were able to have a really insightful conversation about those 3 core ways he talked about in his post and how he’s proactively started to build a strong system to include Engineers in customer conversations which leads to building better products.


Our Highlights

  • The difference of being a Product Manager a number of years ago vs. being a Product Manager now with tons of learning resources, support, bootcamps and opportunities.

  • 3 core ways you can become a better Product Manager in 2019!

  • How Beau has taken Deep Work in his own day to day life as a PM.

  • Examples of how Beau has started to loop in his Engineering Team and include them in customer conversations from the start.

  • “Nobody wants to build something if they don’t understand whose using it.” So, Beau makes sure his Engineering Team can understand who the users are and what pain points they are facing..


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The life of an IBM Watson Product Manager

  
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Our Guest
On episode 6 of Elevatd Life, we have Zia Mohammad. Zia is a talented Product Manager at IBM working with the Watson Premium product. Zia was a delight to talk to - before starting at IBM he started gaining interest in technology through different news outlets that were showcasing all the amazing and innovative solutions AI and ML were allowing folks to do. He ended up going to school at Ohio State and then stumbled across an intern position at IBM. After jumping onboard the IBM team, Zia has grown into the role of a Product Manager and works cross-functionally with a variety of teams to ensure his product is healthy.


Our Highlights

  • What does a typical work week look like for a Product Manager at IBM?

  • What is Watson Premium? And how does its services directly impact large enterprise companies?

  • Traditional design thinking vs. enterprise design thinking

  • The importance of side projects and side hustles

  • IBMs attention to innovative patents and how Zia submitted his own patent to IBM


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When Product Meets a Scientific Approach with Holly Hester-Reilly

  
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Our Guest
On episode 5 of Elevatd Life, we have Holly Hester-Reilly. Holly is the Founder & CEO of H2R Product Science where she works with product leaders and teams to develop their product growth strategy. Holly majored in Chemical Engineering at Columbia University before realizing that she could apply her scientific research to help motivated teams build successful products. Outside of work, Holly focuses on parenting and geeking out at a local strategy game spot!

This is an episode you don’t want to miss! Lots of great insights for a lot of folks.


Our Highlights

  • Going from a unique college major to then founder of a consulting and coaching business

  • Understanding the psychology and human behavior behind building successful products

  • How your current skill set can be transferable to entering the Product space

  • Practicing empathy when creating a product from the ground up


Find Holly 
H2R Product Science https://h2rproductscience.com/
Twitter https://twitter.com/h2rproductsci

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Iteration is key with Brittany Cheng

  
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Our Guest
On episode 4 of Elevatd Life, we have Brittany Cheng - Product Manager at Seesaw Learning (a platform for student engagement). Brittany grew up in the Bay area and has been surrounded by tech from childhood. She previously worked at Yelp focusing on the international product and search. She enjoys how Product Management allows her to connect the dots between people, data, ideas and users to solve challenges in the product.

Our Highlights

  • How growing up around strong role models affected breaking into tech

  • Building products that are user-centered

  • Thriving as a woman in tech

  • Observing users to learn and iterate on a living and breathing product

  • How regularly talking to users has a huge impact on the direction of a product

Find Brittany
Personal site http://brittanycheng.com/
Twitter https://twitter.com/bcheng42

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