From Engineer to Product Leader & Getting Away from the "How" (with Rekha Venkatakrishnan, Senior Manager, Group PM @ Walmart)
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From Engineer to Product Leader & Getting Away from the "How" (with Rekha Venkatakrishnan, Senior Manager, Group PM @ Walmart)

An interview with Rekha Venkatakrishnan. Rekha is a Senior Manager in Group Product Management for Walmart Global Tech, supporting Walmart offices around the world in building great product experiences. She's also a passionate advocate for advancing women in data, tech & product and a chapter lead for Women in Product in San Francisco.

We speak about a lot, including:

  • What it's like working in product for a giant like Walmart, in a global, distributed product team

Whether an organisation like Walmart can be truly agile or whether it's stuck in the past

How a move from Walmart to Oracle went wrong and why she ended up back at Walmart

How she started as an engineer in India before starting to query the "What" and the "Why" naturally moved her towards product management

Some of the challenges of going from an engineering mindset to product mindset, and getting away from trying to specify the "How"

How she prioritised practical, hands on experience and hadn't even heard of places like Product School

How her passion for communication & education led her to ironically become a trainer for Product School

Her work with Women in Product and the initiatives she's working on to help support women in the product community

Why it's important to be able to make mistakes as long as you learn from them

And much more!

Contact Rekha

You can contact Rekha on LinkedIn.

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