How can product managers navigate the complexities of internalization and mobile app development? In this podcast, Product Director Jonathan Ozeran interviews Disney Parks, Experiences and Products Product Manager Anh-Vu Dinh on the challenges and considerations involved in internationalization and mobile app development. Uncover the role of technology, from mobile apps to augmented reality, and the evolving landscape of product development. Dive deep into the hybrid work culture, the impact of wearable devices on personal health, and the possibility of making a difference in the lives of those in need.

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Show Notes

  1. Anh-Vu Dinh is a Product Manager at Disney Parks experiences and products. He focuses on the digital experience for Disney Cruise Line.
  2. His responsibilities include web-based aspects such as booking, post-booking experiences, prepaid gifts, and add-ons.
  3. He has a background in tech, starting as a business analyst and quality assurance tester before transitioning to project management.
  4. Anh-Vu joined Disney through content production and gained experience in producing and sustaining content efficiently.
  5. Aspiring product managers should have a passion for understanding how things work and a holistic view of product development.
  6. Teamwork is emphasized as crucial in product management.
  7. Internationalization poses challenges such as language, laws, and currencies, requiring localization and tailoring experiences to specific markets.
  8. Examples are given from Disney Cruise Line’s expansion to Australia and New Zealand. This includes considerations like Goods and Services Tax (GST) and providing price estimates in local currencies.
  9. Internalization and mobile app development play a significant role in Disney’s product development strategy.
  10. Native mobile experiences, offline functionality, and enhancing the cruise experience through mobile apps are important considerations.
  11. Product managers should focus on technology adoption, including mobile apps, augmented reality (AR), and exercise caution regarding unintended consequences.
  12. The evolution of technology includes the rise of social platforms, mobile devices, the current focus on conversational AI, voice technology, and machine learning.
  13. The podcast addresses the hybrid work culture and adapting to remote work during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  14. Human connection, collaboration, and optimizing schedules and meetings in a hybrid environment are excellent ways to improve remote work culture.
  15. Feedback, both positive and constructive can lead to improvement and growth.
  16. Anh-Vu reflects on the impact of a wearable health tech product and the value of monitoring sleep and health data.
  17. Product managers should understand trade-offs, iterative development, and be open to pivoting.
  18. Anh-Vu expresses a desire to help people in need. He refers to those he encounters during his commute and explores potential long-term solutions using technology.

About the speaker
Anh Vu Dinh Disney Parks, Experiences and Products, Product Manager Member

Product Manager supporting Disney Cruise Line who's been involved with digital experiences for most of his professional career.

About the host
Jonathan Ozeran Director of Product, Director of Product

Jonathan is a product and operations leader, company builder, investor and advisor. He has assembled, scaled and led product, design, software engineering, hardware engineering and machine learning teams across numerous financing stages (pre-seed through Series G).

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