Product Management is a rapidly growing career, and it requires a broad range of skills, including an understanding of project management practices, devops, and software development – even if you’re not doing the actual coding and development work.
Our next Insider Insights webinar features Emily Tate, the Chief of Staff for Mind the Product, the world’s largest community of product people. Prior to joining Mind the Product, Emily spent over 10 years in product leadership as a consultant with Pivotal Labs and product manager in the travel industry. She started her career managing software solutions for airlines before taking her experience to the traveler’s side of the journey as the product manager for a leading travel management app, TripCase. Emily is passionate about the craft of product management and loves talking about new ways to make products people love. She was listed as one of “52 Women Making an Impact in Product Management.”
During this webinar, we’ll discuss how Emily stays up-to-date with tools, best practices, and technology, and how she has used training/learning to learn new skills and advance her career.
Our online learning platform offers classes through the Foundation subscription that teach you fundamental knowledge in topics like project management practices, devops, and software development. The knowledge and tech skills you learn with Develop will prepare you to become a successful product manager. Take control of your career and start learning today.
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In addition to providing professionals with high-quality learning at affordable prices to help them gain valuable business and tech skills, Develop is focused on encouraging and being a resource for those who are looking to start a new career and need guidance on how to start. One way that we’re doing this is by hosting our “Insider Insights” series of blog posts and webinars with leaders in different industries.
Join us Thursday, July 16th, at 2 PM ET, as we chat with Casey Cheshire, the Founder and CMO of Cheshire Impact, the most experienced Salesforce and Pardot consulting partner.
A Marine Corps veteran, Casey is also the creator and host of the Hard Corps Marketing Show. As a marketing thought-leader and marketing automation strategist, Casey is the author of Marketing Automation Unleashed and has shared his craft with thousands of marketers at conferences across several continents. When not traveling, Casey enjoys spending time with his family, climbing tall mountains, and occasionally jumping out of perfectly good airplanes.
During this webinar, we’ll discuss the path that Casey took to get to CMO, why learning is so important for his employees, and how his degree in Computer Science helps him as a marketer and leader.
Develop’s online learning platform is dedicated to providing in-demand business and tech skills at great prices, and also serving as a resource for professionals who are looking to start a new career and need guidance on how to begin. To help with this, we’re hosting a series of blog posts and webinars with key leaders throughout various industries.
We hope you’ll join us on Thursday, July 9th at 2 PM ET for a conversation with Ed Fonseca, Network Engineer at Agile Defense, where he works to provide secure network design and operations support to various government organizations.
We’ll talk about how Ed got where he is today and what his current role as a network engineer looks like, why learning is so important in his career, and what he would recommend for anyone who is recently unemployed or looking to start a new career.
Ed has 10 years of experience in IT across varied fields, including K-12 education and the festival event space. He is also CompTIA Advanced Security Practitioner certified (CASP), CCNA certified, and is working toward his Cisco CCNP & CCIE Enterprise and Cisco DevNet Associate certifications. Ed has worked on several projects to deploy SDN solutions such as Cisco ISE, and has been a lead technician on multiple department-wide inspections (which were passed with flying colors, of course).
Develop’s Foundation subscription provides the fundamental knowledge you need to kick-start your career in IT. We offer online courses in topics like cybersecurity, networking, and telecom so you can learn at your own pace. Become a network engineer like Ed and start your learning journey with Develop.
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This year has changed the professional world in ways we’ve not seen in decades. Overnight, nearly every company asked their employees to work remote, many for the first time ever. Additionally, millions of people found themselves without work, struggling to figure out what their next career move would be, and if they had the right skills to make that jump.
While this seems like chaos, the good news is that it’s possible to find your way in this new world of remote working, remote learning, unemployment, and gaining new business and technical skills to keep your career moving.
We sat down with Darren Murph, the Head of Remote at GitLab to talk about how today’s professionals can succeed, even if the path ahead isn’t clear.
GitLab is a web-based DevOps lifecycle tool that provides a Git-repository manager providing features such as wiki, issue-tracking, and continuous integration and deployment pipeline capabilities using an open-source license. As a company with a fully remote workforce of tech professionals, GitLab is uniquely positioned to offer guidance throughout these crazy times.
Tell us about your background and in your mind, the top 3 reasons you’ve gotten to where you are today.
I’ve spent my career across the spectrum of remote — over 15 years leading remote teams and charting remote transformations in colocated spaces, hybrid-remote environments, and all-remote. I hold a Guinness World Record in publishing.
The highest honor of my life is being chosen to be a dad. I’m an adoptive father, and I am a steadfast advocate for open adoption. It has transformed every part of my life, and expanded my family in a beautiful way.
I’m an explorer at heart, traversing all 50 U.S. states, over 50 countries, and over 50 national parks around the globe. I’m a million miler on Delta, and look forward to the adventures that await in the next million.
1) I’m a naturally transparent and empathetic leader, and I default to trust. I prefer empowerment to micromanagement, and have constantly prioritized flexibility over status. These traits are aligned with the primary benefits of remote.
2) I’ve found success in leading by documentation. As a former journalist, I realized that leading remote teams would be impossible without creating mentorship materials that could be catalogued in a single source of truth. Well before GitLab was founded, I built a company handbook at Engadget (a consumer electronics publication). My approach was to answer every question I was asked by new editors with a link. I would document the answer and file in the handbook, thereby only ever having to answer a question once. This enabled new hires to self-serve and learn quickly, which made them less reliant on me and more capable of generating innovation. At GitLab, I aspire to do similar. I’ve built and improved hundreds of pages within our 5,000-page handbook — materials that help new hires and new managers understand the nuances of remote.
3) I’ve focused on relationships. Relationships are the bedrocks of life, and your network is your strongest asset. I stay curious, and I try to learn something new from each person I meet.
What attributes do you look for when hiring someone to join your team?
Put simply, at GitLab, we look for candidates who align with our values and inform us that said values resonate with them. Great self-awareness and expert storytelling skills are necessary to thrive in an all-remote setting. Note that I look for storytelling as opposed to blanket communication. The best remote workers think three steps prior and three steps ahead, and can document ideas in low-context fashion that supports asynchronous workflows.
Having prior experience working remotely is appreciated, but by and large I look for the same attributes that a colocated manager would. Qualities such as timeliness, dependability, respect, a heart of collaboration, perseverance, empathy, kindness, and ambition are valued.
Even if someone has not worked in a remote environment before, chances are high that they have spent time on work while outside of their office. I ask specifically for how a candidate feels about autonomy and blameless problem solving.
Why do you believe it’s important for professionals to invest in training/learning?
Learning is growth. You can’t grow without learning. Now more than ever, professionals must learn what it means to manage remotely, to interact with people in their homes, and to have empathy for real-life and work being intertwined.
Learning is being intentional about your long-term wellbeing. While learning is always easy to push aside to handle in-the-moment fires, those who choose to prioritize learning will be better equipped for whatever is around the next corner. Online learning platforms like Develop, provide classes that cover a broad range of topics in an always-available online environment are great and provide flexibility for someone who is looking to continue to learn to progress their career.
The global pandemic has completely changed the business landscape and how we “work” – what lasting effects do you think this will have?
COVID-19 has accelerated the global embrace of remote work by at least 10 years. It has forever democratized the conversation. Now, every job seeker will be able to enter a screener call and ask “What is your stance on workplace flexibility?”
Workplaces will be forced to be more inclusive and understanding, or risk losing the best talent. People will feel more empowered to fit work into their lives, as opposed to the other way around.
People will realize how much relationships and community matters, and they’ll begin to fill more of their social quota from those areas rather than purely from work — a very necessary and healthy rebalancing. For far too long, individual identities have largely been tied to vocation. This global pause has created a powerful awakening.
Rural depopulation will begin to slow, and eventually reverse. Innovation will sprout from towns and countries most have never heard of, while major urban centers won’t slow down. This isn’t about one side losing and another winning; this is about empowering the marginalized to tap into opportunity.
What advice would you give to someone who is recently unemployed?
Prioritize fit. The world is in a vulnerable state, which enables you to ask candid questions in interviews. Find a company or team that truly aligns with your values, as best as possible.
Consider embarking on a solo journey, or assembling a team and forming a new company. If you’ve been pushing off an entrepreneurial urge, now is the time to correct that.
Reimagine everything. Where do you want to live? What do you want your workday to look like? Now is a moment where everything is up for change.
Let yourself be real. The hurt is real. The doubt is real. It doesn’t define you, but it’s tangible. Acknowledge it, wrestle with it, then give it away. Give it due attention, but not a minute more.
What’s your advice for aspiring team leaders – how can they start with their best foot forward, or start preparing to lead a team?
The best remote leaders are the ones who get out of the way, and work to equip their teams with the training, tools, and workflows needed to do what they’re uniquely best at. Seek first to understand. Ask questions and learn. People will generally expect you to come in and trigger a wave of change without fully understanding a bigger picture — do the opposite of that, and you’ll build long-term trust.
Tell us about how your company/organization is working to help business and tech professionals succeed?
We’re reinforcing that GitLab is family and friends first, work second. We’re ensuring that our executives take time away from work in a visible manner, and we’ve implemented a series of Family & Friends Days to create 3-day weekends. We couple that with a Slack channel where team members are encouraged to share photos and stories of how they’re taking care of themselves and others with the time away.
GitLab’s mission is everyone can contribute. I’m able to share all of our learnings as the planet’s largest all-remote company in the GitLab handbook, which is open source, public to the world, and being iterated and updated continually.
We share this knowledge because we want to influence the proliferation of remote-first and all-remote companies, and to encourage other remote companies to share knowledge back while improving the GitLab handbook. We believe that a world with more all-remote companies will be a more prosperous one, with opportunity more equally distributed.
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Today our Foundation subscription gets even better with the introduction of an entirely new learning path, focused on Operating Systems. These new online courses are led by Daniel Cummins, a new instructor and an expert in networking and cybersecurity, with a host of IT certifications under his belt, including CTT+, CEH, CASP, CND, CCNA, Security+, CIPP/US, COBIT5 Foundations, Network+, A+.
Our first Operating Systems courses are focused on Windows 10 and Mobile operating systems, and they’re just the beginning! We plan to continue to expand this learning path soon. We’re adding these online courses at no additional cost as part of our promise that your Foundation subscription always includes the most current, up-to-date knowledge and tech skills available.
The first of our mobile OS-focused online courses is also new, “Mobile OS Fundamentals”. Finally, we’re expanding our existing “IT Trends” subject area with a new “IT Certifications” online course, explaining why IT certifications are necessary for your career and who the major players are in the IT certification world.
We’re very excited to have Daniel Cummins as a new instructor, and are always looking for new experts to help us teach in-demand business and tech skills. If you have someone you’d like to recommend (maybe yourself), you can use this form to get in touch with us.
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We’ve just added 21 new online courses to our Data Academy, as part of our ongoing commitment to continuously update our course collections. With these new online courses, our Data Academy now totals 150 courses, which contain a whopping 1,190 exercises and activities, ensuring our learners get the hands-on practice they need to become true data experts.
As always, these new online courses are included at no additional charge for existing subscribers.
So, what’s new?
Since Python is a core language used by data experts, we’ve added an entire workshop focused on statistics and calculus with Python. Our online courses will introduce you to Python statistics and calculus, which will help you grow your knowledge and skills:
What is Computer Vision? Our new Computer Vision course will answer this question and more. The new Computer Vision workshop offers an in-depth introduction to image processing and other methods of helping machines “see” our world:
Today we’re pleased to announce that we’ve added three additional workshops to our Data Academy subscription. These new workshops consist of 26 total online courses and add even more value to the Data Academy at no additional cost!
Since our Data Academy is built for learners looking to become experts in their field, it is important that we continue to include hands-on workshops and helpful exercise demonstrations in the subscription. In fact, today our online learning platform has over 200 hands-on activities, along with 800+ exercise demonstrations from our instructors. This gives students plenty of opportunities to actually follow along with a concept.
These additional workshops are also a way for us to deliver on our promise to always offer the most up-to-date workshops, courses, and knowledge checks available..
So, what’s new?
Because Data Science and Artificial Intelligence (AI) are among the top emerging jobs today, we put an emphasis on making sure that our subscribers were well-equipped to stand out in these roles with the AI Infrastructure Workshop, as well as the Natural Language Processing (NLP) Workshop.
Data is all around us – in every job, every organization, every industry. In fact, according to LinkedIn’s Top Emerging Jobs report, the top emerging jobs in 2020 include Artificial Intelligence (AI) Specialist, Data Scientist, and Data Engineer. There has never been a better time to learn the knowledge and skills you need to grow your data career – or start a new one with our Data Academy!
For $399.99/year, our Data Academy provides unlimited access to over 100 hands-on workshops and expert-led online data sciences courses, with helpful knowledge checks to ensure that you’re really learning.
We built our Data Academy in partnership with the Data experts at Packt so that everyone from aspiring Data Scientists to seasoned Software Engineers looking to future-proof their career can benefit and know that they’re getting high-quality online courses led by experts and industry veterans.
With workshops that cover data science, AI, machine learning, and deep learning, you’ll become an expert in how data works across the company. You’ll gain the skills to be able to use (and teach) systems to understand our world, analyze complex problems, and make better decisions. Even better, our Data Academy exists 100% online, so learners can take data science courses whenever and wherever they have time. That’s the benefit of our online learning platform. Develop has learning paths for AI Specialists, Data Scientists, Data Engineers, and more!
Ready to get started? Here’s a few suggestions on where to begin in our Data Academy:
We’re launching these online courses today because we recognize that it’s more important than ever for our Foundation subscribers to have access to the latest and greatest courses. It’s important to us that our subscribers can grow their knowledge and skills as quickly and efficiently as possible, with an eye to the future while it is actually still the future.
One of our promises to you is that Foundation always includes the freshest, most accurate, always-updated courses, learning paths and knowledge checks, at no additional cost. So you’ll see the number of online courses included in our Foundation subscription continue to grow.
So, what’s new?
As any sports movie will confirm, it’s always important to master the fundamentals. Have you ever wondered what is DevOps? What is Cloud Computing? Our DevOps training and Cloud Computing courses will cover the fundamentals and more! These new online courses and learning paths include “DevOps Fundamentals” and “Getting Started with Cloud Computing,” to make it even easier for anyone to start learning these crucial skills and be equipped to start a new project, role, or even a new job in these areas.
We’ve also added two additional Cloud Technologies learning paths, to give more specific courses on how business people can understand and use cloud computing. Our Cloud Computing courses focus on securing your applications on the cloud.
Everyone knows that learning is important. We spend most of our younger years in school, going through the established curriculum, progressing through until graduation. But then what?
It’s hard to know where to start when the curriculum ends and you’re left to find your own way. Even in the time from graduation to your first day on the job, it feels like technology has advanced by decades, and you now need to catch up.
We built our online learning platform and Foundation subscription for exactly this situation. Regardless of the department you sit in or the industry you work in, every professional must build a base level of technology fluency. Depending on the job, understanding everything from project management to software development could be needed to work effectively with the various teams across an organization.
Personally, I could have used a Foundation subscription when I joined a major travel company to take over marketing for their mobile travel app. While fluent in marketing, I soon discovered that my lack of tech skills were holding me back from working well with other groups.
Our product team would invite me to their “scrum” meetings, talk about what’s in the next “sprint”, host code reviews, and debate what should be included in the “MVP” release. I was completely lost, and it took longer than I’d like to admit before I realized that “MVP” did NOT mean “Most Valuable Player”.
I needed to gain additional knowledge and tech skills, and I needed them quickly so I could keep my projects moving and use the language our product team was speaking to communicate my needs and understand their priorities.
Maybe you’re not a marketer, but you work in finance or HR. Or perhaps you’re ready for a complete change of career, and you don’t know the first thing about technology or IT, but are looking to learn more. Our online learning platform has learning paths for agile project management, cybersecurity, software development (Python and Java basics), and more.
For just $99.99/year, the Foundation subscription contains over 200 courses and 220+ hours of content, led by experts, to help you get up to speed and then stay ahead of the curve. It’s well-organized and is separated into easy-to-follow learning paths. Each online course includes knowledge checks so you know you’re not only learning new information, but absorbing what you’ve learned.
For aspiring project management professionals, we’ve included a full suite of online courses on Agile Project Management, as well as prep courses to get you ready for an ITIL® 4 certification or the Project Management Professional (PMP) Exam.
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