Resources > Articles

Anna Turner: People Leader, Product Leader

Post Author
  • Each issue of The Pragmatic features a member of the Pragmatic Alumni Community (PAC) who goes above and beyond to share their knowledge, connect with their peers and find innovative ways to apply Pragmatic Institute’s best practices in their work.

Pragmatic Alumni Community header

Anna TurnerA passion for helping product professionals develop their expertise combined with the drive to build great products is what makes Anna Turner an MVP in the Pragmatic Alumni Community (PAC). And a commitment to solving customer pain points through technology is what makes her an exceptional product professional.

Currently the director of product and development operations at Ultimate Software, Turner has spent 16 years in B2B high-growth tech companies, including Snagajob, PeopleMatter, Benefitfocus, and Blackbaud. In that time, she’s committed herself to developing products, and especially people.

 

“The single thing I am most proud of in my time as a product leader across multiple companies is mentoring the next generation of great product people.”

 

But colleagues aren’t her only focus — Turner also has her customers top of mind as she goes about her work. She’s developed mobile apps at two different human-capital management (HCM) companies to help her clients optimize their efficiency. Thousands of HR professionals sleep well at night knowing they can effectively meet compliance requirements because of the projects Turner has tackled. And not to be overlooked is the payment processing platform she developed — it’s already processed more than $1 billion in donations for nonprofit organizations.

This experience and expertise in the product space have led to rich contributions to the PAC. Turner willingly shares her knowledge as it relates to leading people, operational best practices, and market problem discovery. She’s always willing to answer great questions from other PAC members as well as poses thought-provoking questions that cause fellow community members to think differently.

 

“It’s great to understand what other community members are trying, what’s working and what’s not. It helps me maintain an outside-in perspective on market product practices.”

 

But Turner isn’t only dispensing knowledge to PAC members, she’s also learning.

“I’m always amazed to find out how my product peers may have found innovative ways to solve challenges similar to the ones I run into,” she said. “It’s a thriving community that’s ready to help each other and offer perspectives and advice. It’s an alternate sounding board and a place to gather ideas from product people across a variety of industries.”

Author

  • Each issue of The Pragmatic features a member of the Pragmatic Alumni Community (PAC) who goes above and beyond to share their knowledge, connect with their peers and find innovative ways to apply Pragmatic Institute’s best practices in their work.

Author:

Other Resources in this Series

Most Recent

Optimizing product management budgets
Article

How to do More With the Same (or fewer) Resources in 2023 with Segmentation and Targeting Updates

Six steps to a data-driven understanding of your best-fit buyer. Improve the efficiency and effectiveness of your marketing programs by shifting your focus (and budgets) to best-fit personas and ICPs. 
Person working on project management software on a tablet
Article

10 Tools for Product Managers 

The right product tools can make it easier to manage your team, but there are hundreds out there—so how do you choose which one is right for you?
Purchasing on a mobile device with a credit card
Article

8 Distribution Strategy Examples For Product Teams 

A distribution strategy is a blueprint for how your company delivers its products to customers. Here are 8 methods and helpful examples. 
Magnifying glass emphasizing the word data
Article

Going Beyond Win/Loss Data

The true value of a win/loss program comes from unfolding the narrative behind that data. 
Article

Comprehensive Approach to Win/Loss Analysis 

Win/loss analysis is all about capturing intel about the buying process from the buyer’s perspective. And yet, so often companies struggle to understand why prospects make the buying decision they do.

OTHER ArticleS

Optimizing product management budgets
Article

How to do More With the Same (or fewer) Resources in 2023 with Segmentation and Targeting Updates

Six steps to a data-driven understanding of your best-fit buyer. Improve the efficiency and effectiveness of your marketing programs by shifting your focus (and budgets) to best-fit personas and ICPs. 
Person working on project management software on a tablet
Article

10 Tools for Product Managers 

The right product tools can make it easier to manage your team, but there are hundreds out there—so how do you choose which one is right for you?

Sign up to stay up to date on the latest industry best practices.

Sign up to received invites to upcoming webinars, updates on our recent podcast episodes and the latest on industry best practices.

Training on Your Schedule

Fill out the form today and our sales team will help you schedule your private Pragmatic training today.

Subscribe

Subscribe

Training on Your Schedule

Fill out the form today and our sales team will help you schedule your private Pragmatic training today.