I have spent a year now working with PMs in my team on their career dev plans. I have seen our 1-1s evolve. We have done endless gap analysis and discussed growth plans. I have also mentored a few other PMs in Gojek. Since I have enjoyed the experience so far I have decided to mentor a small group of early PMs.
What I am thinking:
- Start with an hour monthly. It can be a single 1 hour or 2 half-hour slots every 2 weeks.
- We will use the same doc I use for structured 1-1s with the PMs in my team.
- A longer career dev plan will be discussed each quarter. We will focus on all the aspects mentioned here: Career development plan for PMs.
- Unlike Aristos which had a batch size of 5, this time I don’t have a number in mind. I will just mentor a few people based on my availability.
- I don’t have a time period in mind for this engagement. We can start with 3 months and see if this is helpful. If yes, we will continue. Else, we will just move on.
Basically, I will use the same docs/processes I use for running my team but instead of a PM in my team, I will be focused on your growth. This program won’t be as intense as Aristos. This will be more of a coaching/mentorship session than me pushing you to read X articles/books by the next session.
Why I am doing this?
- As I grow in my own career, I hope this will help me become a better mentor/coach/manager.
- I want to help others. I have a few mentors in my life and I want to pay it forward.
- It will help me connect and work with a bunch of promising PMs early in their career. If I ever need to hire people or recommend PMs to friends, I can have a pool of promising folks.
- A lot of startups don’t provide the mentorship required by beginner PMs and I think this program can help fill the gap.
Who you should be?
- Early PM; You should be already working as a PM. This program is not for people looking to get into Product Management.
- Hungry to grow; You should be someone aspires to be the best in your domain.
- Read books/blogs; You should be willing to read more books on your craft. Learning never stops in our field and getting a PM job is the start and not the end of your career.
What do you need to do?
- Send me a DM on Twitter explaining how you think this will be helpful for you. Write about what you are looking for in a mentor. Send the last book you read related to your job.
- If you want to learn how to do cold DMs better, especially when it comes to requesting referrals or mentorship, listen from around 12:30 mark of this podcast till around 23 min.
- Take this seriously. Come prepared for our sessions. If we don’t find this useful, we will part our ways.
Interesting read: Athena
Update: I have already said Yes to a few people. Not taking in any more folks. Thanks.