Check, check… Does the mic still work? #JoelKallmanday

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It’s almost six months without blogging from my side. What a bad score!
It’s not a coincidence that I’m blogging today during #JoelKallmanDay.
A day that reminds the community how important it is to share. Knowledge, mostly. But also good and bad experiences, emotions…

A bittersweet day, at least for me.
On the bitter side: it reminds me of Joel, Pieter, and other friends that are not there anymore. That as a Product Manager, I have to wear big shoes, and it does not matter how good I try to do; I will always feel that it’s not good enough for the high expectations that I set for myself. Guess what! Being PM is way more complicated than I expected when I applied for the position two years ago. So many things to do or learn, so many requests, and so many customers! And being PM at Oracle is probably twice as complicated because it does not matter how good I (or we as a team) try to do; there will always be a portion of the community that picks on the Oracle technology for one reason or another.

On the bright side: it reminds me that I am incredibly privileged to have this role, working in a great team and helping the most demanding customers to get the most out of incredible technology. I love sharing, teaching, giving constructive feedback, producing quality content, and improving the customer experience. This is the sweet part of the job, where I am still taking baby steps when comparing myself to the PM legends we have in our organization. They are always glad to explain our products to the community, the customers, and colleagues! And they are all excellent mentors, each with a different style, background, and personal life.

And knowing people personally is, at least for me, the best thing about being part of a community (outside Oracle) and team (inside Oracle). We all strive for the best technical solutions, performance, developer experience, or uptime for the business. But we are human first of all. And this is what #JoelKallmanDay stands for me—trying to be a better human as a goal so that everything else comes naturally, including being a great colleague, community servant, or friend.

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Ludovico

Principal Product Manager at Oracle
Ludovico is a member of the Oracle Database High Availability (HA), Scalability & Maximum Availability Architecture (MAA) Product Management team in Oracle. He focuses on Oracle Data Guard, Flashback technologies, and Cloud MAA.

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