Lavanya Saraf’s Journey: Software Engineer to Microsoft | Pragmatic Leaders

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Lavanya Saraf, a talented software engineer at Microsoft, recently participated in the Pragmatic Leaders Workshop to expand her skill set and explore career development opportunities. As an expert in her field, Lavanya saw the value in enhancing her knowledge and transitioning into product management. In this blog post, we’ll delve into Lavanya’s experience at the workshop and highlight the key takeaways from her journey.

A Structured Learning Approach

Lavanya found the Pragmatic Leaders Workshop to be an exceptional learning experience. She appreciated the workshop’s activity-based approach, which encouraged constant problem-solving and critical thinking. By actively participating in various exercises and wearing her product management hat, Lavanya was able to dive deeper into the subject matter.

Engaging Mentors

Lavanya was pleased with the level of interaction and engagement she experienced with the mentors. Their expertise and guidance proved invaluable throughout the workshop. Whether it was one-on-one conversations or group discussions, the mentors provided valuable insights and answers to Lavanya’s questions.

Effective Panel Discussions

The final session of the workshop included a panel discussion, which Lavanya found particularly useful. She appreciated the opportunity to ask questions and gain different perspectives. The panel’s comprehensive answers opened up new avenues for thought and further enriched the learning experience.

Framework Evaluation

One aspect of the workshop that stood out to Lavanya was the framework evaluation. The workshop provided a structured approach to evaluating ideas and determining their viability. Lavanya enjoyed learning how to consider various criteria and perspectives when choosing an idea to pursue. The frameworks taught during the workshop helped her broaden her perspective and think from a product’s standpoint.

Enhancing the Learning Experience

Lavanya described her overall experience at the Pragmatic Leaders Workshop as amazing. The workshop not only helped her strengthen her fundamental skills but also provided a platform to enhance her career prospects. The structured learning approach, engaging mentors, and interactive panel discussions made the workshop a valuable and enriching experience.


Lavanya Saraf, a software engineer at Microsoft, participated in the Pragmatic Leaders Workshop to transition into product management. The workshop’s activity-based approach and engaging mentors allowed Lavanya to dive deeper into problem-solving and critical thinking. The panel discussions and framework evaluations provided different perspectives and a structured approach to evaluating ideas. Overall, the workshop provided a valuable learning experience and contributed to Lavanya’s career development in a meaningful way.

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