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Learn the secrets to achieving product-market fit from renowned coach Vidya Dinamani, Product Rebels Founder & author of Ground Work, in this exclusive interview with Vidal.
Vidya shares invaluable insights on discovering your market needs, validating customers, and creating a winning MVP. You'll get actionable tips on:
* Defining your target customer and their underserved needs (09:53)
* Prioritizing qualitative research to truly understand your users (29:51)
* Avoiding common product manager mistakes like focusing on the wrong metrics (46:23)
* Using grassroots tactics to iteratively build what users want (43:28)
* Recognizing when you've achieved product-market fit (50:33)
This conversation is packed with practical advice for aspiring entrepreneurs and product leaders. Vidya busts myths about product management and outlines strategies to connect with customers and build products people want. If you want to improve your product management skills, this video is for you!
Don't miss the key recommendations and homework challenge at the end to start honing your PM skills today!
– Introduction and discussion on the concept of product-market fit (01:06)
– The role of a product manager and its importance (09:53)
– Challenges faced by companies without a product manager and how to overcome them (15:01)
– The need for customer-centricity and the power of customer observation (21:21)
– The importance of qualitative research versus surveys (29:51)
– The myth of product managers being project managers (34:18)
– How to prioritize time as an entrepreneur or engineering manager to achieve product-market fit (39:57)
– Grassroots strategies, guerrilla tactics, and hacks for success (43:28)
– The most common mistakes in product market fit and how to address them (46:23)
– Signs and indicators that you are on the right path to product-market fit (50:33)
– The effectiveness of MVPs and tips for creating them (53:48)
– Developing the skill of coming up with insights and breakthrough ideas (57:24)
– Recommended resources for further learning (1:03:19)
– Homework challenge for aspiring entrepreneurs and engineering leaders (1:07:00)
Vidya's LinkedIn profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/vdinamani/
Product Rebels: https://productrebels.com/
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Learn how to address bias and improve workplace diversity with Tacita Morway’s advice. As CTO at Textio, she is on the front lines of addressing discrimination and improving diversity. In this inspiring talk, Tacita shares her experiences with bias and offers practical advice for improving diversity in the workplace. She advises how to build a pipeline, interview in a non-biased way, the pitfalls of referral programs, and more. We uncover reasons underrepresented minorities, women, and marginalized groups often get stuck at the bottom of the hierarchy and leave and what we can do about it. This talk is a must-watch if you’re looking for ways to make your workplace more inclusive.
In this video, Dana Sherrell, VP of Engineering at Boulevard, shares some of her most important lessons about engineering management. This video is a must-watch if you’re thinking about becoming an engineering manager or are already in a leadership role. She covers many topics, including going from IC to a manager, transparency — constant communication with your team, setting clear expectations, building relationships, observing others, disagreeing and committing, and more.
In this video, Agata Grzybek, engineering manager at Netflix, shares some of her most important lessons about engineering management. This video is a must-watch if you’re thinking about becoming an engineering manager or are already in a leadership role. She covers many topics, including burnout, meditation, women in tech, coaching, productivity, non-violent communication (NVC), and more. She also shares her thoughts on engineering managers’ challenges and opportunities.
Learn how to set yourself up for success in your engineering career with this advice from an industry expert! We cover what career planning is and what are the most important things to factor in. What are some ways that people can improve their clarity around career planning? How would you approach career planning specifically as an engineering manager or leader? Why do some people get stuck in middle management while others are on this fast track and zoom right up to VP level? Working with a mentor, or a sponsor in your career planning. And more!
There’s a lot that goes into being a good engineering manager. From keeping your team on track to ensuring that projects are completed on time, and within budget, it’s a lot of work! But there are resources out there that can help. Many amazing resources (articles, conference talks, presentations, books, videos, podcasts, etc.) are collected in the following curated lists, many of which are not widely known. Every engineering manager, director, CTO, VP, etc., should check out these free resource collections. While these resources are aimed toward managers in tech, they are possibly helpful to any manager.
A strong engineering manager resume is one of the essential components in a successful job search. Having difficulties crafting or enhancing your resume or CV for a position as an engineering manager? Try this quick guide with helpful tips and things to remember to do!
What are some of the biggest challenges that people encounter in managing up? How should people speak to their manager? How to use influence. What is assertive communication? And how to ask for what you want. Plus important advice for those raised not to disagree with authority. You will leave with resources to develop the skill of managing up.
Introverted? Make this your superpower by learning how to be an introverted leader! I spoke to Wen Hsu, a coach who specializes in working with first- and second-generation female leaders. The benefits and drawbacks of being a first or second-generation immigrant are explored. We cover why imposter syndrome can be a good thing! We also talk about double standards for women in tech, how to keep women in the field, and how to help them succeed as engineering leaders.
Next week at DrivenCon, I’ll help you crack the Engineering Manager interview. I will live-stream a mock EM interview. Then I’ll explain why I asked certain questions and evaluate the answers. Sign up for a free ticket. https://drivencon.io/#schedule #interviewtips
Learn to be a great engineering leader. This week I speak with Anand Safi, Director of Engineering at Mark43, Advisory Board Member, Mentor & Coach. We talk about what is important to look for in hiring, the importance of having a routine and themes for the day, strategy, ruthless prioritization, focussing on people’s strengths, and more.