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Learning Over Knowing in Product with Jalen McGee

Posted on
May 31, 2024

Join us as we delve into the world of product management with Jalen McGee, a dynamic Product Manager at Microsoft, Azure Arc. In this episode, Jalen opens up about his journey from intern to product management, sharing invaluable insights into the transformative role of internships in shaping a successful career in tech. 

Through his story, we explore the essence of product management — from ideation to execution — and the indispensable role of customer feedback in crafting products that truly resonate. Jalen's narrative is a testament to the power of curiosity, the importance of embracing change, and the relentless pursuit of growth in the ever-evolving tech industry. Join us for a conversation that not only highlights Jalen's personal and professional growth but also offers valuable insights for aspiring product managers and seasoned professionals alike, illuminating the path to innovation and success in the tech world.

In This Episode:

(0:00) - Intro

(2:10) - The impact of internships on Jalen's approach to product management.

(4:56) - Jalen's advice to his younger self about valuing learning in tech.

(8:46) - Essential skills for product managers, with a focus on adaptability.

(13:00) - The value of fresh perspectives from early-career PMs.

(18:26) - Discussing customers' crucial role in product development and launch.

(23:36) - The benefits of the energy and eagerness of early-career PMs.

(27:54) - Rapid-fire questions reveal Jalen's preferences and insights into product management.

About Our Guest:

Jalen McGee stands at the forefront of innovation as a Product Manager at Microsoft, Azure Arc. His journey from an eager intern to a key influencer in product strategy exemplifies a relentless pursuit of growth and a deep commitment to delivering user-centric technology solutions. At Microsoft, Jalen has become synonymous with leading through change, advocating for groundbreaking solutions that redefine user experiences while ensuring Azure Arc's competitive edge in the market.

With a keen eye for detail and a steadfast belief in the power of feedback, Jalen's approach is rooted in understanding the nuanced needs of users and translating them into actionable insights that drive product development. His work ethic is matched by his passion for mentorship, reflecting his dedication not only to technological innovation but also to cultivating talent within his team and the broader product management community.

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