We caught up with Ronke Majekodunmi, Senior Product Manager at PayPal, who’ll be a panelist in the “Product Management in a Remote Working Era” session at the Product-Led Festival, on April 5th - 6th, 2022
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Hi everyone. I'm Ronke Majekodunmi, Senior Product Manager at Paypal, and I am excited to be participating in the Product-Led Festival this year. Thank you for having me.
What will you be discussing at the upcoming Product-Led Festival?
I am so excited to be participating in a panel this year. We're going to be talking about product management in the remote working era. And I'm personally excited because I'm going to be on the panel with a couple of my colleagues from other organizations, and we'll get to share our experiences, our lessons learned, what we wish we had known before the pandemic started and how we've rallied to not only make our teams better but to build best in class products. I look forward to sharing my thoughts and my experiences.
What nugget of wisdom are you hoping to leave attendees with after your talk?
If there is one nugget of wisdom, I want to leave attendees with, it goes like this... empathy. If we have empathy, we can better understand our customers, what they need, why they need it, and the impact it has on their lives. If we can do that, then it means we can internalize their needs, and use our intuition as to what that means. It means we can actually build products for them that they don't even know they need. We can make great products that fulfill utility and that delight our customers. That is how we win in the market.
We also have to be able to apply empathy. To our colleagues, our scrum teams, our leadership, and our partners because they have been impacted by the pandemic and we now have a new normal of how we all work together.
Whether it's hybrid, whether it's working from home, or those that have gone back to the office, we now need to take a step back and let empathy drive a lot of our discussions. So empathy plays a big part, not just with our customers but with our own teams as well.
Which other sessions are you looking forward to watching at the festival?
The other session that I am personally looking forward to watching at the festival this year is the talk on “Building Inclusive Teams.” I'm always looking for ways to be a better leader so that I can build diverse inclusive teams. Because guess what? We’re building products for an emerging global market, and that market is constantly changing.
Their needs are changing, and that comes from a diverse place as well. Therefore, it’s important that our own teams are not only inclusive but diverse because that's how we're all going to build products for our communities that are going to last for years to come.
The reason why we really need those inclusive and diverse teams is that they have different, distinct lived experiences, geography, and perspectives in general. And we need all those different perspectives at the table when we build inclusive products. So I look forward to it.
The Product-Led Festival returns on April 5th - 6th, 2022, and will deliver two jam-packed days of awesome insights and thought-provoking content from leading product-led powerhouses, including:
- Monzo Bank
Don’t miss a single second of the action-led presentations, check out the agenda today if you haven’t already.