Navigating your product career wherever you are on the ladder can be difficult to nail, especially with no product paths being forged the same. With only six weeks to go until #mtpcon London, here are some of the best nuggets of advice from speakers who have taken to the #mtpcon stage over the years.
From PO to CPO: How to drive your product career by Namrata Sarmah
In this keynote from last year’s London conference, Namrata Sarmah, Chief Product Officer at INTO University Partnerships, looks back at lessons learned from her wide-ranging product career. Her advice is to experiment and take risks, do not be afraid to broaden your experience, be hands-on in your role, regardless of seniority, and don’t be afraid to dream big, and build a network while you do.
Key takeaway: Have a plan and dream big: Understanding where you’re going, as well as being able to delegate, allows you to balance your work life better.
Your product career by Gibson Biddle
In this talk from #mtpcon Digital 2020, one-time Netflix VP of Product Gibson Biddle lays out a methodology to hack your product career through self-positioning, experimentation, data-assessment, and feedback. Using a basic positioning model, he shows how we can understand our own value, asking product questions like: What is the product?; What are the benefits?; What’s your personality? Gibson also offers a methodology for assessing your strengths and weaknesses and recommends looking at both your product and leadership skills.
Key takeaway: Find your own personal board of directors made up of peers and mentors. This community can give you critical feedback based on their own experience, breadth of skill and networks.
Leading product teams in Asia by Kenneth Chin
In this talk from Mind the Product Singapore Kenneth Chin shares some of the cultural differences he’s experienced between East and West and how we can learn from those differences to build better product teams and careers. In order to thrive in teams and organisations in Asia, it’s important to realise that they span both Eastern and Western cultures. Kenneth says that there are very few experienced product leaders in Asia to work for and learn from so it’s also important to find organisations that embrace learning.
Key takeaway: Optimise your career for learning as opposed to money or status. It starts with being humble and knowing what you don’t know – and then figuring out where you can learn those things.
If you want to elevate your product management game and witness inspiring and actionable keynotes at our flagship #mtpcon conference in London, then you can secure your place to #mtpcon London today! Happening on 20 October, additionally the day before (19 Oct) choose from 7, in-person workshops or our half day Leadership Forum. We hope to see you there!