5 PM Skills for the 4th Industrial Revolution by pi-top Senior PM

The current education system, according to Toby Martin Hughes, is primitive. As Senior Product Manager at creative learning company, pi-top, he tells aspiring Product Managers what transferable PM skills they need to acquire in order to excel in this field, and how the 4th Industrial Revolution will change Product Management.

Meet Toby Martin Hughes

Toby is a Product Manager with 7+ years of experience working with cross-functional teams to deliver educational and consumer technology products. Based in London, pi-top is designed to make experimenting, coding and building electronics, simple, affordable and fun, winning the BETT ‘Innovator of the Year’ award in 2018.

Toby Martin Hughes

Top PM Skills for the 4th Industrial Revolution

New World, New Issues

The world we live in is rapidly changing, presenting us with new challenges, opportunities, and obstacles:

  • Technological advancements/risk
  • Climate change
  • Population growth/increase lifespan

However, traditional education is slow to respond to the changing times, and remains stuck in the past. In the classroom, little has changed:

  • Standardisation
  • Content overload
  • Education system hasn’t changed since the Industrial Age
  • Students are taught to be workers

But times have changed.

“The jobs of the future are the ones that machines can’t do.”

Graham Brown-Martin

We no longer live in the Age of Mastery

“The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn and relearn.”

Alvin Toffler
woman studying at desk

Product Manager: The 21st Century Job

The transferable skills needed to prepare you for the future:

  1. Critical Thinking
    1. Data analysis
    2. Define market-driven solutions
  1. Collaboration
    1. Leverage expertise
    2. Encourage peer participation
  1. Communication
    1. Bridge teams
    2. Empathise with customer
  1. Creativity
    1. Adapt to changes
    2. Play

Toby believes that we should help form the future we want. He shares a quote by Yuval Noah Harari:

“To keep up with the world of 2050, you will need to do more than merely invent new ideas and products, but above all, reinvent yourself again and again.”

Yuval Noah Harari

If Toby’s talk has inspired you to form the future you want, check out our other free resources to become a thoroughly 21st Century Product Manager.

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