Career Development

Product Owner vs Product Manager

As a Product Owner and the CEO of I was invited to speak at ProductTank NYC earlier this year about the conflict between the roles Product Owner and Product Manager. And how organizations need to consolidate on one overall decision maker for the product, and that person should be engaged with the delivery teams as a representative of the business / customer. (Continued: )

Finding “Product-Me” Fit

Among other things, I am a product manager at Nucleus, a photographer, and a Oakland native transplanted into NYC. In my journey of building product, I’ve found that it is crucially important to think about the meaning and value you want to create in the world, and what it is about who you are that lets you add something unique and meaningful to the products you build. (Continued:

Learning in Product - Ellen Chisa

How Do You Know if You’re a Good Product Manager?

There is a generic checklist of skills needed for being a good product manager, including things like writing your own code, coming up with A/B or A/A tests, or doing multi-armed bandit tests. However, there will always be new things to learn. No matter how many things you check off of the list, someone will always be able to find something you haven’t learned yet, so Ellen argues that you shouldn’t focus on your checklist. (Continued:

Experiences in Product: Shendi Wang Explains her Career Path
Shendi’s experiences in product started at American Express, developing prepaid products in a startup environment with their own tech platform. From there, she moved to The Street, a financial news website. Today she leads a brand new group at Mastercard, with a team of only five people. (Continued: )

Sophia Huang: Onboarding as a Product Manager

Sophia Huang is a product manager at InVision. She started her career in the San Francisco Bay Area, and eventually moved to New York City to work with InVision, the makers of the popular “InVisionApp” software. In her ProductTank NYC presentation, she goes over the challenges of on-boarding as a product manager.

Sophia explains that it is extremely rare for a company to have a smooth and proper on-boarding procedure. The process at times can be chaotic and you want to work quickly in identifying someone in the organization who can direct all your questions to (especially in the first two weeks of starting your role). In Sophia’s experiences, she has directed all of her questions to one team member or a “buddy”, rather than being able to utilize the proper frameworks and points of contact for onboarding.