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Presentation: Creating Balance Between Product Managers & Engineers

Track: Optimizing Yourself: Human Skills for Individuals

Location: Seacliff ABC

Duration: 11:50am - 12:40pm

Day of week: Wednesday

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Product Managers and Engineers are like the Yin and the Yang in Chinese philosophy.  Both functions bring complementary strengths and  are critical for shipping a good product.  It is thus more important than ever to create and maintain a harmonius and balanced relationship that produces the best outcomes.  

In this talk, Vidya Nagarajan will share her story from the experiences she gained from her 19 years of working in the Tech industry. She will talk to the lessons she learned along the way, what she wished she had known and how she uses various techniques from her tool-kit to keep everything in balance.

Speaker: Vidya Nagarajan

Heads Product Management for Identity-as-a-service product (Cloud Identity) @Google

Vidya Nagarajan heads product management for Google’s Identity-as-a-service product (Cloud Identity) in Google Cloud. She was responsible for consolidating Google's leadership with Chromebooks in the Education vertical through online assessments. She founded the area of  embedded ChromeOS platform with kiosk mode that powers dedicated/purpose-built devices such as kiosks, meeting room hardware and digital signs. She holds 2 patents for kiosk mode on ChromeOS.   Prior to this, Vidya founded the deployment services team at Google for managing GSuite migrations.  Vidya started her career in the Tech industry as an engineer.

Additionally, Vidya  runs a Holistic Lifestyle company ( that aims to democratize access to mental wellbeing,  helps people grow and transform their lives. She earned her Bachelor's degree in computer science and engineering and a Master's degree in Business Administration.

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