No, you’re not losing it, that title is in Russian! A fluent speaker herself, Tatyana joins MojoTech as a Product Manager in the Providence office. Having worked in a variety of careers, she brings her creativity and technical know-how to MojoTech. Read on to learn about her background and what about product management excites her.
What experiences and/or education led you to your new job at MojoTech?
After a variety of career iterations in marine biology, art, QA/QC, and marine emergency response, I’ve honed in on PMing as a fun and interesting mix of creativity and technological know-how.
Before your life at MojoTech, what was the most interesting project on which you ever worked?
I managed the development and delivery of a desktop app that could evaluate Europe’s capacity to respond to a large scale offshore oil spill. The app consisted of a large database of oil spill response equipment from all across Europe and users could develop different response strategies by deploying the available equipment in various ways to a hypothetical oil spill. The app would calculate the effectiveness of the response in terms of amount of oil recovered as well as clean up costs. It was then used to “stress test” the response capabilities of different regions in Europe. It was a really complex and interesting project that brought me to a whole bunch of European countries!
What do you enjoy most about Product Management? And, what do you enjoy least?
That moment when all the different ideas, hopes, and dreams for a product start to form into a usable piece of software! When things start breaking and you’re running out of time.
What personal characteristics do you feel are necessary to be a successful PM?
The ability to translate between developer-speak and end user/layperson speak. Knowing how to prioritize when everything seems necessary and urgent.
What do you get out of Product Management that you couldn’t get from any other type of work?
Being involved with the broad picture as something is being built as well as being involved in the nitty gritty details. Seeing the product come together from both the technical side and the user side.
Describe a time when you confronted a problem that really tested your PM know-how.
Working on legacy software with a lot of stakeholders who don’t always agree on the requirements or the path forward and making sure that everyone is onboard and happy with the ongoing development of the product.
Now that you’re at MojoTech, what excites you most?
Working on a range of new products for different industries, working with talented developers and designers.
You’ve been banished to a deserted island with—gasp—no Internet, but lots of power outlets. What one piece of technology would you bring?
Combination coffee grinder and maker.
If you weren’t a Product Manager, what occupation would you choose?
Sculptor first, plant enthusiast second.
What is your idea of happiness?
Sitting in the sunshine and watching the ocean.
What are some of your other interests, outside of Product Management?
Making functional and/or pretty objects, home improvement projects, gardening, rock climbing, yoga, laying in the sunshine, hanging out by the ocean.