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I recently participated in Prod MBA’s Virtual Leadership Summit hosted by friend and fellow product leader, Henry Latham. The Summit features interviews with 10+ inspiring product leaders. Each talk is centered around sharing tangible advice for helping product managers grow into effective product leaders.

In our 25 min interview Henry and I chat about:

  1. The messy nature of product management
  2. Tactics to get out of the “frenzy of work” in order to think strategically
  3. Advice on how to level-up your product skill set as a Junior/Mid-Level PM

Check out the video, and share your thoughts in the comments below!

Further reading from Merissa

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Note to readers: I originally wrote this post for CodeControl’s Future of Work blog in 2018. But, a lot has changed since then, and for the last 6 months most of the world has been working remotely. Therefore, I decided to revise and republish my advice for successfully navigating remote work as a product manager. I hope the tips help you and your team win!

I’ve been working with distributed teams for nearly 15 years, but my most challenging setup (yes, even when considering the pandemic) was in 2012. At the time I was in NYC working for a local tabloid. The people I worked most closely with were based in Seattle, France, Sweden, and India. Each group had its own time zone, ways of working, tech stack nuances, collaboration tools and styles, and comfort with English. …

Photo by Clark Tibbs on Unsplash
Photo by Clark Tibbs on Unsplash
Photo by Clark Tibbs on Unsplash

Five years ago I had a great opportunity to run an innovation project at a well-known financial institution. While I had several years of experience innovating within established organizations and flexing my intrepreneurial muscles, I was definitely not prepared for the challenges I would face.

But, my experience at the bank helped me grow as a product manager and as a champion for experimentation.

Regardless of whether you’re building a new product in stealth mode in a far corner of the office (like I was), or starting small by experimenting with your existing feature set, these 9 tips are for you. …


Merissa Silk

Hi, I’m Merissa. I have 10+ years of experience in digital product management in the US, Australia, and Germany.

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