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Irma Mesa talks about Product Management and Remote Work

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We talked to Marisa Morby a few weeks back about product management. Marisa has a design background and we talked to her about how that influenced her approach to being a product manager.

This week we're talking to Irma Mesa about product management. Irma has a development background, so we're going to dig into what she does as a PM and how her programming background applies to her current role.

We also talk about working remotely and contrast it against the traditional office environment.

Show Notes:

  • 1:01 - Intro
  • 2:08 - How did you become a Product Manager?

    • What does a Product Manager do?
  • 10:23 - Does your development experience help you as a PM?
  • 13:03 - How do you apply your PM experience to personal projects?
  • 15:22 - How does senior management view Product Management?
  • 20:47 - Do you get involved in the AGILE process at work?
  • 25:50 - Is Product Management a good transition from development?
  • 30:07 - Can Product Management be a foot in the door for a development job?
  • 30:52 - Are there Product Manager certifications?
  • 31:19 - How does UX differ from Product Management?
  • 32:44 - How do you function as a remote worker doing Product Management?
  • 36:37 - How to find remote work without experience
  • 40:56 - Open Offices and time saved from working remotely
  • 43:54 - How to convince managers to trust their team to work remotely

    • Micromanagers! 😫
  • 49:49 - Why does Irma have a podcast, blog, newsletter, etc.?

    • Why do we do all that stuff for Tech JR?
    • Pushing for better diversity in Tech and how it affects products and services
  • 56:09 - Where to find Irma online

  • 58:04 - Nerd Minute

    • Cicada 3301 - YouTube
    • IT Chapter 2
    • Spawn Animated Series on HBO
Wed, November 13, 2019, 1:00 PM UTC