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An interview with Petra Wille. Petra is a Product Leadership Coach and the author of the new book "Strong Product People - A Complete Guide to Developing Great Product Managers". I spoke to Petra about her journey into Product Management, the principles she lives by, and how she helps drive a strong Product culture. We also talk about not giving up to soon, but knowing when to quit.
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About the Episode
An interview with Petra Wille. Petra is a Product Leadership Coach and author of the new book "Strong Product People - A Complete Guide to Developing Great Product Managers".
We speak about a lot, including:
How a desire to affect change at scale moved her away from individual coaching to coaching Product Leaders
How she happened upon Product Management by being the best communicator on the development team
How a desire for a practical Product Leadership playbook led her to write her own
The importance of setting expectations and making incremental progress and not always aiming for perfect
The challenges of selling good Product thinking to senior management and some approaches to do it
The challenge of getting good management experience and becoming a good people manager without focused coaching
Some of the challenges facing women Product Leaders and if it's getting better or worse
Whether it's necessary to have a background in development to be an effective PM, or if it's even desirable
When to stick at a Product job and try to make it better, and when it's time to leave
The importance of making time for people development amongst all of the urgent day-to-day work