INTEGRAL SKILLSETS: What It Takes to Become a Product Manager With Neha Satya


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What roles does the product manager actually take in the company? Neha believes that, more than the job description, product managers play a huge role in enabling teams in overall processes even if we don't see it directly. In this episode of The Agile Coach, Vivek and Neha dive deep into the skills that are unnecessary and those that are important in order to become an effective product manager.


  • Neha's transition from medical school to product manager
  • Core skillsets needed in product management
  • Things you don't need to become a product manager
  • You have to be able to put things into perspective as you progress
  • Emotional intelligence is needed to ask the right questions
  • Connection before correction


On what made Neha choose the path of product management:

“Ultimately, it all came down to the impact that product managers have on decision-making within the company. You hear a lot of the time “product and CEO of the company” and I don't believe that as true. It's really that product people are enablers for their team.”

Neha's on critical thinking as a core skill:

“I think one skill that's also very important for a product manager is having critical thinking skills. So, really look at what the problem is at hand and work collaboratively with your teams to come up with the solution that balances need of the customer, the business, and why it's technically feasible.”

Neha on how data can best back you up:

“Everything that we mentioned, stakeholder management, all of that I think is basically the cherry on top if you have this to back you up which is data-driven. I think it's really important to use whatever data you have at hand to make the right decisions”

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