@terns Lunch & Learn: Product Manager Panel

Every week or so, the university team at Twitter hold a panel for interns to learn during lunch. Here are some notes that I take during one of the sessions on Product Management. Four product managers across the company are giving informations & insights on being a product manager at Twitter.

  1. Being a product manager is like a CEO, but without real authority
  2. The success of a manager is measured by the overall output of the whole team
  3. Learn all the way through failures is an inefficient way to learn. Sure you will learn a lot by failing, but you will be in a much better position when you have successes
  4. Understanding deeply about technical things will help you to be a better product manager
  5. If you want to be a product manager, get to know what real product managers do
  6. A product manager must be ready to talk to people, and be in a more personal relationship with her team
  7. Talk to customers
  8. Don’t make me think: make the product extremely simple (case with Twitter)
  9. Make things that are extremely useful or emotionally appealing (make users feel good)
  10. Being a product manager is about decision making, analyzing tradeoffs, and measuring things both quantitively and qualitatively

Personally, I find those things thoughtful & worth contemplating. I hope you also find them useful. ?

Hello world!

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Forgive me for the standard, good ol’ welcome post from WordPress ?. In the past years I rarely written anything, even though these are the times when I learned the most. I also experience many lifechanging moments and I really hope that I could share with all of you here, in the form of short essays. Stay tuned! ?

Freedom

You’re the entrepreneur of your life, you can decide what you’re going to do, what you’re going to prioritize. And you should never forget that you have a tremendous amount of freedom as it is to make these very basic decision on what you’re going to do with your life. (Peter Thiel)

These days everything you do, everything you dream of is being constantly watched by your surroundings. It feels like they have expectations on what you should accomplish, therefore based on their initial understanding of the world, they have expectations regarding what you should do to accomplish those matters. Any contrarian thoughts or actions against their idea is considered foolish, and/or against the law of nature.

In this postmaterialistic world, it is easy to succumb to those peer pressures. In a universe where every recognition is one click away, every criticism is one comment away, it is easy to fall prey on living a life where everyone is directing your desire, thus, your future. Nobody knows what you’re after except you, so ignoring what the world says might often works best for you in the long term. Even if you feel bad that nobody is noticing you, please stay true. Because if you feel that way, it means that you still put a great significance on what others have to say.

The thing is, you don’t have to follow everyone’s expectation. But be sure to exceed them in things that nobody else would figure out. There’s no single entity in this world that can actually stops you from making any kind of decision regarding yourself.[\]

A Summer in San Francisco, 2015

It’s been a month since I came back from San Francisco to do my internship at Twitter, and I haven’t written a single word about my experiences there. So in the next few weeks, I will post some writings about how I ended up going there, what I did there, what I learned, and what’s next.

San Francisco is a very beautiful city, I love it so much from the moment I got there until the day I was leaving. The people, the community, the places, and the vibrant atmosphere are just so perfect. In a long list of the must visited spots in the City, I managed to visit some: The Golden Gate Bridge, Fisherman’s Wharf, Twin Peaks, Golden Gate Parks, Alcatraz Island, and some more. Doing touristy things is just one of the best way to experience the city (which I did during the weekends), but there are more! Stay tuned!

Goodbye, Indonesia

I departed from Soekarno-Hatta airport on Friday at 6.15 am. It was my first attempt to go to an airport alone. At fist I was afraid I would look like a stupid person lost in a sea of cool people. Turns out I look stupid, but I decided to stay cool.

I arrived at the airport at 3.15am, the airport was busy but I was told by the security guard that my airline check in counter won’t open until 4am. And so I waited for almost an hour. Filled with boredom, I took my kindle out from my bag and read something.

The Happiness of Pursuit, by Chris Guillebeau. This was the book that I read. It told stories about people taking on crazy quests that have a meaningful impact on their lives. The writer alone had a quest to visit every country on earth, all of them. I read a few pages before the check in counter opened.

The man at the check in counter was very nice. I was very anxious before, but he chatted with me, it reduced my anxiety level down. Chill. I have done online check in the day before, so the process at the counter was quick, just toss your baggage and done.

I ran through a few more security checks and learned a few things. It turns out you can’t bring bottled water to the plane. Sigh. I just bought myself one. At last I waited on the gate lounge, and read a few more pages of the book. And then the boarding call came, and I was on board.