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Episode 58 - From Engineer to Product Leader & Getting Away from the "How" (with Rekha Venkatakrishnan)

Getting into Product
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Episode 58 - From Engineer to Product Leader & Getting Away from the "How" (with Rekha Venkatakrishnan)
26 May 2021
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An interview with Rekha Venkatakrishnan, Senior Manager, Group Product Management @ Walmart Global Tech. Rekha is a passionate communicator and educator whose curiosity led her from engineering to product leadership. She talks about her journey and how to make sure former engineers stick to the "What" and "Why" and not the "How"

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About the Episode

An interview with Rekha Venkatakrishnan. Rekha is a Senior Manager in Group Product Management for Walmart Global Tech, supporting Walmart offices around the world in building great product experiences. She's also a passionate advocate for advancing women in data, tech & product and a chapter lead for Women in Product in San Francisco.

We speak about a lot, including:

  • What it's like working in product for a giant like Walmart, in a global, distributed product team
  • Whether an organisation like Walmart can be truly agile or whether it's stuck in the past
  • How a move from Walmart to Oracle went wrong and why she ended up back at Walmart
  • How she started as an engineer in India before starting to query the "What" and the "Why" naturally moved her towards product management
  • Some of the challenges of going from an engineering mindset to product mindset, and getting away from trying to specify the "How"
  • How she prioritised practical, hands on experience and hadn't even heard of places like Product School
  • How her passion for communication & education led her to ironically become a trainer for Product School
  • Her work with Women in Product and the initiatives she's working on to help support women in the product community
  • Why it's important to be able to make mistakes as long as you learn from them

And much more!

Contact Rekha

You can contact Rekha on LinkedIn.