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 pastHow a move from Walmart to Oracle went wrong and why she ended up back at WalmartHow she started as an engineer in India before starting to query the "What" and the "Why" naturally moved her towards product managementSome 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 SchoolHow her passion for communication & education led her to ironically become a trainer for Product SchoolHer work with Women in Product and the initiatives she's working on to help support women in the product communityWhy it's important to be able to make mistakes as long as you learn from them