This week, Product School hosted Matt Resman, Senior Product Manager at Meta, for a special #AskMeAnything session. Matt gave tips on how to break into Product Management at Meta and other companies, and what traits successful Product Leaders have.
Matt is a strategic Senior Product Manager with a demonstrated ability to perform in dynamic, fast-paced, high tech, entrepreneurial environments. Currently, Matt works at Meta as a Product Leader for Facebook Reality Labs.
Before this, he was at Google as a Product Manager. He has managed multi-disciplined teams in the development and launch of innovative products using a highly collaborative approach. Prior to that, he held the position of Director of Product Management and Marketing at MirraViz and as a Senior Product Marketing Manager at BridgeLux.
Matt is experienced in building strong customer relationships, consolidating and communicating customer needs, and establishing well-founded technical product strategies.
What is your top tip for getting noticed and scoring an interview for a PM role at Meta?
Not answering this from a Meta standpoint, but in general. The key things that will help you stand out in the Product Management world are:
- Be yourself, there is no specific mold that every Product Manager falls into. You are a sum of your experiences; the unique perspective that you bring is what people are looking for.
- Creativity, innovation and ability to think outside the box are always key. Don’t get stuck trying to think about a problem through a specific lens, always be thinking about the broader picture and the large impact you can have.
- Lastly, network with people who are at the companies you want to work at, its amazing how helpful people can be!
What are the main competencies do you believe a Product Leader must have?
Typically I find product leaders have the following traits:
- Quickly get alignment in an organization that has differing opinions.
- Ability to comfortably move forward without having all of the data and readjusting as learnings come in.
- Someone who can dig deep while also being able see how the bigger picture comes together.
- Someone who is a team player and can empathise with others on the team.
Another interesting article: Characteristics of Exceptional Product Managers
What template do you use to update your immediate boss (Director of Product)? And how often?
Good question. It really varies based on the manager and the relationship you have with them. Here are a few different things I have done in the past:
- For managers that want to have a more formal relationship I typically have a doc that outlines the current projects we are working on, the status for each one, any blockers that we are running into and areas where I could use their help. I leave this doc in a shared folder that we can both access and will review with them in my 1:1s.
- For managers that prefer a less formal relationship I typically keep a 1:1 doc that has basic discussion points I want to bring up in our 1:1s and discuss at that time. Typically with these managers I also just send them informal emails or chats to keep them up to date.
As for cadence this really comes down to your manager’s preference, but for your immediate manager weekly is good, for skip level an above bi-weekly or monthly seems to work well.
Currently our Product Managers use a combination of Miro, Jira, Excel to manage ideas, prioritisation, documenting visions, Objectives, Key Results. Is there one tool you have found to consolidate these?
This is a question that pops up a lot. I don’t have an answer that is “XYZ tool works best.” What I find is using the simplest tool possible helps. As a Product Manager you need to be able to work with different organizations that typically have different tools and methods for doing things. Trying to jumble and manage all of these at once can be very difficult. So find a tool that is simple and something that you find yourself going back to all the time. For me, the best way I find to organize information is in a spreadsheet and use slide decks or docs to expand on my strategy and vision.
Any final advice?
One final piece of advice: as you look to break into PM roles, remember that companies want you and your unique experiences. Everyone has a different skill set that they bring to the table, be sure to highlight and embrace your unique skills and abilities, these are what will set you apart and help you be successful!