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Concept to Creation: Exploring Product Design and Management with Harshika Jain and Nitul Shah

In our latest episode of Product Unfiltered, we had the privilege of hosting Harshika Jain, Senior Product Designer at McKinsey, and Nitul Shah, Staff Product Manager at Walmart.

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Product Unfiltered: A Discussion with CMU alumni Harshika Jain, Senior Product Designer at McKinsey, and Nitul Shah, Staff Product Manager at Walmart

In the latest episode of Product Unfiltered, we had the pleasure of hosting two distinguished guests from Carnegie Mellon University alumni, Harshika Jain, Senior Product Designer at McKinsey, and Nitul Shah, Staff Product Manager at Walmart. Their diverse backgrounds and expertise provided valuable insights into the intricate world of product management and design. Here are the key takeaways from our enlightening conversation:

Harshika Jain's Insights:

  • Journey into Product Design: Harshika shared her journey from industrial design to product design, highlighting the pivotal role of her experience at the National Institute of Design in India.

  • Challenges in Collaboration: She discussed the challenges of collaborating with engineering teams and emphasized the importance of considering technical limitations and user feedback in the design process.

  • Ethical Considerations: Harshika delved into the ethical considerations of generative AI technologies, addressing issues such as hallucination bias and the role of product designers and managers in mitigating them.

Nitul Shah's Perspectives:

  • Frameworks for JNI Products: Nitul shed light on Walmart's frameworks for implementing JNI products, focusing on data sensitivity classification and risk management.

  • AI Tools in Product Management: He discussed the utilization of AI tools like Retrieval-Augmented Generation (RAG) models in product management, emphasizing their role in validating requirements and documentation.

  • Impact of AI on Product Management: Nitul explored the potential impact of AI tools on product management roles, emphasizing the continued importance of human judgment and expertise despite advancements in AI technology.

Shared Insights and Discussions:

  • Product Management and Design: Both guests shared their perspectives on product management and design, emphasizing the importance of empathy, problem-solving skills, and creativity in both roles.

  • Favorite Products and Ratings: The speakers rated various products from Slack to Instagram, highlighting their usability, user-friendliness, and societal impact.

  • Career Advice: They offered valuable career advice for aspiring product managers and designers, stressing the importance of networking, adaptability, and aligning personal interests with career choices.

The episode provided a comprehensive overview of product management and design, offering insights and advice for professionals and enthusiasts alike. Stay tuned for more enriching episodes on Product Unfiltered!

 


Product Unfiltered is a platform dedicated to fostering insightful conversations with industry experts, thought leaders, and innovators in the realm of product management. Our podcast aims to provide a space for sharing diverse perspectives, best practices, and emerging trends that shape the ever-evolving field of product management. Join us as we delve into the minds of those driving innovation and creating impactful products across industries.


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