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A 5-week community of practice for people in their first year as a full-time product manager.
Orbital Studios helps you find and develop a community of practice—a group of peers you can both learn from and turn to for challenges (and opportunities) down the road.
First, we screen applicants to ensure they meet the specific requirements for experience level, role and responsibility.
Then, we convene a series of live virtual gatherings—usually over 4-5 weeks—facilitated by an experienced Studio Lead.
What you can expect:
To ensure relevance, prior to the start of the program we ask participants to share their current, day-to-day challenges, which we share back in Week 1.
We use their responses as a starting point. It helps us (and them) get a sense of where everyone is at, and it helps us understand how to direct the program.
Here's a sample of what past participants have shared:
When you're just starting out in a new role, you'll likely be long on problems but short on answers.
So, we bring in experienced practitioners from the Orbital Network who are uniquely qualified to speak directly to these challenges to share their stories and perspectives.
Some of our guests are senior versions of the participants; others are senior versions of their colleagues—folks with whom they will need to collaborate.
The most important part—we create opportunities to individually and collectively reflect, which enables the participants to go deeper as needed (and to get to know each other better).
Decision Making and Leadership
VP of Product & Data at Transfix
Sr. Product Manager at Google
Working with Engineering
Engineering Manager at Splice
Engineering Manager at Warby Parker
Working with Design
Product Designer at Spotify
Staff Product Designer at Etsy
Quick Wins & Best Practices
Product Manager at Foursquare
Senior Product Manager at Codecademy
Often times people simply need to be reminded of what they already know, or to take a moment to consider a fresh perspective.
For that reason, our process is heavy on dialogue, listening and self-reflection, rather than instruction.
Here's a sample of what past participants have discovered:
"I have gained more confidence in my position because of the talks today. It was great to see others are in the same boat trying to figure things out. Even the senior speakers haven’t figured out everything and mentioned it was okay to not know everything."
"I feel like I have a better understanding of how to interface well with coworkers in different roles! I’m convinced of the need for bringing my teammates along in my decision making process."
"My perspective has absolutely changed for the better. I feel less like I need to have all the answers. I feel empowered to bridge utilizing instincts and research to make product decisions and to use the resources available to me within and outside of my organization. I also want to remember to be an open, welcoming resource to others as I move forward on my journey as a PM."
"What has been reinforced is that my job is to curate information, be a connector and shepherd assumptions. I think it’s easy to fall into the feeling that it’s to continuously optimize my own decision making but that’s a difficult and almost impossible task. Recognizing that with other PMs has been helpful for my perspective."
"I realized today how important it is for me to keep my emotional reactions to events decoupled from my interactions with teammates and behavior in the office."
"You HAVE to force the hard conversations. That’s the single biggest value add you can possibly give."
There's no homework, though we may assign challenges over the course of the program which will be scoped to fall within your normal work schedule.
Since 2016, we've gathered 300+ product managers, designers and engineering managers and directors from over 100 companies to learn from and with their peers across the industry.