Beyond Coding Episode #143

How to be a Great Product and People Manager with Roman Arcea

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Roman shares his insight and experience in field of Product Management and People Management. We discuss the attributes of a great product manager. Crucial skills to learn and attributes that are harder to learn.

Next to that, Roman shares he's had many roles in the tech industry. Some with people management responsibilities and some fully without. Luckily all experience matters, but what drives him to switch roles in the first place?

Listen in to find out!


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00:00:00 – Intro

00:00:21 – Roman loves surfing

00:02:43 – Surfing in NL

00:04:49 – Patrick's first surf experience

00:06:26 – Surfing made Roman a better Product Manager

00:08:18 – What makes a great product manager

00:09:58 – Comfort in ambiguity

00:11:33 – Thinking through alternatives

00:12:38 – Influencing others

00:14:29 – Including different perspectives

00:16:50 – Listening to the essence

00:20:27 – A big vision

00:23:38 – Don't be too dogmatic

00:25:43 – How to create a product vision

00:27:28 – A product vision should be simple and clear

00:31:45 – Moving in and out of people management

00:34:56 – Unlocking options for people

00:37:10 – Everyone has goals

00:40:00 – Structured process of coaching

00:42:25 – Lack of will

00:44:37 – Enabling others as people manager

00:45:26 – Why it's worth investing in people

00:46:28 – Switching roles in an organization

00:51:02 – Big thanks to Roman!