Why does learning matter to you?
I recognize that I don't know everything, and the moment that I have felt comfortable with knowing a certain scope of a subject I've been surprised that something new or different surfaces. With that experience, I have grown to see the importance of always keeping an eye out for what's new, what is done differently and what could inspire me, too. Learning for me is more than text or digital content. It also includes on-the-job training, experience, self-reflection, retrospection, observation, learning from others, being coached and coaching others. I find that there is a lot that we can learn from each other and to grow personally and professionally we should take the time to learn or develop knowledge, skill, technique, attitude, and habit.
What are you learning currently?
With the gift of a little extra time to re-organize my days as of late, I’ve had the chance to take up reading books, which I haven’t done since I was much younger. It’s been a learning experience since reading a book and really getting into it means detaching yourself from everything that goes on around you. Pets playing, traffic sounds, and, of course the big one, mobile phone notifications. This is personal learning since, in my role as a product manager, reading content related to work happens automatically. From the professional side, the product owner role is still very new to me and I am constantly trying out different techniques on how to work with my stakeholders so that I can keep things interesting, exciting, and growing.
How are you always learning?
I'm usually someone who likes to do things that make a big impact, with minimum effort on my part. We have opportunities in the form of training courses where experts will help you understand methodologies or bring in real world experiences to help you relate better and thus speed up the learning. I'm usually not much of a reader so I love using videos and infographics to both learn and communicate my own learning to others. I rely on those— subject experts, teachers, mentors, and even peers—who have already tried and tested what we are trying to do as they will always be able to shine some light and help us navigate. Learning from others, practice, trial and error, self-study, digital research from trusted sources, and video content are all ways I use to learn every day in some little way.