Jitesh Gandhi

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What accomplishment  in your product management career has brought you the highest level of satisfaction and joy? Can you narrate why?

As a PM building  products which created significant amount of impact & convincing  stakeholders with your thought process. As a product leader grooming PM's to  become product leaders, building an impactful team, building a product led  organisation.

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What aspect of  product management did you struggle the most with? How did you overcome it?

Aligning stakeholders  in my early days of product management - what I realised was having data,  structured thought process and preparation before high impactful meeting is  the recipe to solve this. Becoming a product leader from an IC is a journey  in itself where you often get this feeling that you can do it better but how  do you groom your team to do it is the key here so that you can focus on  other important areas.

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What's one common  myth about product management that you find common among aspiring PMs.

A PM's job is to  launch a product

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What are some common  pitfalls that product managers must be aware of?

1) Confusing yourself  as the customer

2) PM's job is over after launching the product

3) Not  talking to your customers at a regular interval

4) Taking too much time in  decision making for two way door problems

5) Not solving the problem from the  root cause

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If not product  management, what career would you have picked? Are there any complimentary  skillsets that you see between being a PM and your alternate choice?

Growth/Category roles  where you need to solve problems to grow a particular area with a vision and  roadmap in mind

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What is something  about product management that you wish you knew when you started out?

Importance of UI/UX  in a product, importance of having a GTM (go to market) plan are some areas I  can think of.

What accomplishment  in your product management career has brought you the highest level of satisfaction and joy? Can you narrate why?

As a PM building  products which created significant amount of impact & convincing  stakeholders with your thought process. As a product leader grooming PM's to  become product leaders, building an impactful team, building a product led  organisation.

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What aspect of  product management did you struggle the most with? How did you overcome it?

Aligning stakeholders  in my early days of product management - what I realised was having data,  structured thought process and preparation before high impactful meeting is  the recipe to solve this. Becoming a product leader from an IC is a journey  in itself where you often get this feeling that you can do it better but how  do you groom your team to do it is the key here so that you can focus on  other important areas.

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What's one common  myth about product management that you find common among aspiring PMs.

A PM's job is to  launch a product

‚Äć

What are some common  pitfalls that product managers must be aware of?

1) Confusing yourself  as the customer

2) PM's job is over after launching the product

3) Not  talking to your customers at a regular interval

4) Taking too much time in  decision making for two way door problems

5) Not solving the problem from the  root cause

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If not product  management, what career would you have picked? Are there any complimentary  skillsets that you see between being a PM and your alternate choice?

Growth/Category roles  where you need to solve problems to grow a particular area with a vision and  roadmap in mind

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What is something  about product management that you wish you knew when you started out?

Importance of UI/UX  in a product, importance of having a GTM (go to market) plan are some areas I  can think of.

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