Instructor Profile: Aditya Tripathi
Aditya has been teaching the Product Management course at Experience Haus since early 2019, and has been working in Product Management and Product Marketing roles at companies such as VMware and Amazon.
Tell us a little about yourself and your current work outside of Experience Haus?
I currently work as a Sr. Product Marketing Manager at VMware. My business area within VMware creates automation and tooling for software developers. There are usually referred to as “platform” or “DevOps” products. Previously I was a product manager here at VMware, and at Amazon before that. I was part of Amazon’s largest vendor business – think Prime but for large companies. In all my product roles, I’ve loved creating business impact with new technology, while delighting end users. In a previous career, I’ve worked in software engineering roles at a couple of investment banks.
Did you have a specific goal you wanted to achieve before you started teaching at Experience Haus? Do you think your time here so far has kept you on the right track?
I learnt a lot of things about product management by accident and experiment. In teaching this course, my hope was to pass on my experience to others so they don’t make the same mistakes I did! So far my students consistently tell me what I’ve taught them has been relevant to them at work – so I feel like I am on the right track!
What is your teaching philosophy?
I believe effective teaching requires a lot of empathy. You really need to understand your student’s context and learning styles to deliver your content effectively. I endeavour to understand as much as I can about my students through in-class dialog, so I can tweak my content and delivery over time.
What do you enjoy most about teaching at Experience Haus?
At Experience Haus, I meet a range of people – some are only curious about digital skills whereas others are actively looking at transitioning into a digital role. I love conversations with my students about the new skills they could acquire and what impact those skills might have on their careers. Enabling someone to make the right decision for their careers is something I really care about, and get to do a lot at the Haus! I also love how much I have to think about my daily work as a product marketer / product manager, in order to teach my classes effectively.
How would you describe your dream classroom?
In my dream classroom, I’d be teaching product management to an audience that is actively considering moving into product careers. I think teaching that is intentional about outcomes is a lot of fun! I’d be delivering my material through some classes, but mostly conversation (pizza dinners!) and activity (hackathons!).
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
With Experience Haus – I see myself getting involved more in early career coaching conversations. Career wise, I look forward to growing into senior product management / product marketing roles and developing an expertise in technical products (tools for software developers). Enabling developers is great, because it indirectly drives innovation everywhere else!
How do you keep up to date with your industry and the courses you teach?
I attend industry events and conferences as often as possible – it used to be in person but I have tried keeping pace with online events just as much! I also try to check in with my connections from other companies in our space as often as possible – to talk about what they’re up to and learn from them. All of this conversation feeds into the materials I use in my classes.
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