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Hello, Product People! Welcome to this AMA recap with Jyoti Bhatia, Meta Product Leader. If you’ve ever wondered how to break into Product (and Product at Meta specifically), here is what Jyoti has to say about it after three years at Meta and over 10 years in Product.
Jyoti Bhatia is a Technical Product Leader at Meta. She has 10+ years of experience in the end-to-end product life cycle.
Jyoti worked as a Strategic Product and Project Manager in multiple domains including internet security, insurance, and education with a passion to solve critical business problems. She successfully managed the redesigning and delivery of endpoint security products in a fast-paced, change-oriented environment alongside managing cross-sectional teams.
Previously, she worked as a Senior Product Manager at ThreatModeler Software and as a Product Manager at Allcity Global and Comodo where Jyoti was responsible to ensure successful product launches and optimization of the experience.
What’s the first step should folks without prior PM experience do to land their first PM role or gain product experience?
For candidates without product experience, there are multiple avenues to pursue entry into the PM field. Its about gaining knowledge and experience. Knowledge can be pursued through multiple courses offered through organizations like Product School and/or college/universities.
For experience, one can explore if the current project or organization has avenues to contribute and engage in those career moves. Apply for Entry level roles to organizations of interest. Some organizations also offer intern positions and training avenues like the RPM (Rotational Product Manager) program at Meta. Engaging with PM communities on LinkedIn and networking are areas that can help.
What are the skills that Meta looks for when hiring Product Managers?
At Meta, the process of thinking around users and pain points is encouraged. The skills are primary around product sense, design, execution and leadership. For a detailed set of responsibilities, I recommend taking a look at their careers page and reading up some roles.
Ability to build products to solve pain points and learn from success and failures in a move fast environment is a valuable experience.
How do I prepare for the Meta RPM program?
Meta has a dedicated website for their RPM program.
This is from under the FAQ section:
We hire RPMs once a year for two start dates in the following calendar year. There are five Facebook offices which support RPMs: Menlo Park, Seattle, New York City, London, and Tel Aviv. We also offer a remote option in the United States. Applications generally open in late July or early August on Facebook Careers. We encourage you to sign up for alerts there so you are notified when applications go live.
Your application to the program will require a resume and responses to short answer questions. These questions should take no longer than 1 hour to complete. Applicants must answer these questions before they may submit their application to the program so applicants should be mindful of the application deadline and plan accordingly. Late applications will not be accepted.
What is the preferred CV style for people who recruit Product Owners/Managers?
I am not sure of the CV style, but there are certain traits in a CV that are more attractive than the others. Some of these are: what was the impact to the user or the organization accomplished because of the efforts. Quantified impact versus just qualitative results. Hope this helps.
What is the best way for PMs to help keep their teams focused when there are competing priorities at the leadership level?
Ruthless prioritization is critical for a PM to cultivate amongst the team for it to deliver impact. It’s critical for a PM to be aligned with the leadership on the priorities and determine the timelines for the same. Once the 1-2 year strategy has been established, the PM can continue to communicate the half yearly roadmap and its monthly progress with the leadership, which includes goals and success metrics to determine how the team is progressing towards the goals.
For any competing priorities, the planning needs to consider the impact of the change in the competing priorities, resource needs and how it might impact the current roadmap.
In partnership with leadership, the updates to the strategy and changes to the roadmap (if any) need to be incorporated.
What prioritization frameworks do you use in fast-paced environments?
There are multiple prioritization frameworks that can be utilized. However, considering a fast paced environment, impact, cost, reach and effort (RICE) has been used in various flavors.
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