Building Multi-Dimensional Careers in Tech | Vidya Srinivasan, Principal Product Manager at Meta

Product Unfiltered

06-05-2023 • 49 mins

In this episode of Product Unfiltered, we had the pleasure of hosting Vidya Srinivasan, a Principal Product Manager Lead at Meta. With over 10 years of experience in product, technical and leadership roles across consumer, small business, and enterprise segments, Vidya has led successful product initiatives at Microsoft and Facebook. Vidya shared her insights with Product Unfiltered on the importance of clarity in product management, understanding different product roles, and prioritizing user mental health and well-being over engagement and revenue. In this video, we summarize the key takeaways from Vidya's session. One of the critical takeaways is the importance of creating clarity in product management. This helps the team understand the problem, the trade-offs in making decisions, and why the team is the right one to solve it. Having a technical background is also essential to be a great PM, as it helps in understanding how to build amazing products. Vidya emphasizes the importance of prioritizing user mental health and well-being over engagement and revenue. Safety and well-being are critical components of a user's experience, and it's crucial to consider them when building products. Furthermore, setting short-term and long-term goals, prioritizing and stack ranking, and effective communication are critical in product management. It's also important to do postmortems and retrospectives after major product launches to understand what worked well and what needs improvement. Vidya also shares some valuable resources she follows to stay updated in the product management space, such as newsletters and podcasts. Lastly, she shares the qualities that early-stage product managers should possess, such as being inquisitive and taking the initiative. Vidya's insights provide valuable guidance for anyone interested in pursuing a career in product management. Product managers need to prioritize clarity, understand different product roles, prioritize user well-being, and communicate effectively to succeed. Effective mentorship and keeping up to date with the latest trends and best practices are also critical to success in this field. Don't miss out on this insightful session! Podcast Link: