Hello folks: after a brief hiatus, we are back with the TPF weekly AMA series! This week, we were glad to welcome Saloni Arya, who currently is Director of Product Management at Flipkart.
Saloni is an IIT BHU graduate – she passed out in 2010. Since then, she has worked in various different roles. Her professional career started off as a software engineer at Microsoft, post which she shifted to Amazon as a Program Manager. Her break into Product Management came in 2015, with Flipkart. She then had a 3 year stint at Jumbotail, before returning to Flipkart as a Director of Product Management.
Thanks to her diverse experience, Saloni knows a lot about taking products from the 0->1 journey. She knows how to build detailed, far-sighted roadmaps, and naturally, being a former SDE, she knows a lot about tech as well.
So, let us jump straight into it:
How to get into in Product Management
A lot of questions in the AMA were around how one should enter the PM space. Some folks were curious how they should go about switching into a new PM role if an internal switch wasn’t possible. Others were curious if online certificates and bootcamps are worth the hype, and finally, a few questions were around the tech understanding a PM is supposed to have.
Here is what Saloni had to say about such questions:
Life as a PM at Flipkart
Saloni has several years of experience as a senior/group PM. She knows all about the big picture. So it was not a surprise to find a fair few questions on Product Roadmaps – best practices, how to prioritize things, and mistakes to avoid while creating a Roadmap. Along with this, there were a few questions about her typical day as Director of Product Management at Flipkart.
Here are Saloni’s responses to the above:
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