TBPP2012: Looking Forward with Andres Glusman of Meetup.com

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In this last installment from a Q&A session I had with Andres Glusman of Meetup.com — and shedding some light onto just exactly what makes Andres truly The Best Product Person of 2012.

Looking Forward…

> What trends do you see in product management? positive trends? any negative trends?

We are moving towards an environment with faster cycles and greater experimentation. I’m witnessing firsthand, how this leads to significantly better results. That is also adding a lot of rigor to product development and significantly increasing our chances in making a difference with all the time and energy we invest.

I’m also seeing greater collaboration and sharing of best practices (we’ve opensourced our blueprint for making your own usability lab).

> How do you see product management evolving over the next 5 years?

I see the role evolving to be the person who orchestrates effective experiments while maintaining a cohesive user narrative. .

Nominate TBPP 2013 Today!

Amazon.com Gift Cards - In a Gift Box - Free One-Day ShippingThank you to everyone who participated, nominated, interviewed, AND passed on the word! The nomination period for The Best Product Person of 2013 has begun! The individual who first nominates TBPP is also awarded! Nominate your pick for The Best Product Person right now!

http://tbpp.wufoo.com/forms/the-best-product-person-of-2013/

Stay Tuned

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And, don’t forget, take a moment and congratulate The Best Product Person of 2012: Andres Glusman. (tweet)

Enjoy!

Jeremy Horn
The Product Guy

TBPP2012: Quick Advice from Andres Glusman of Meetup.com

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Over the coming weeks we will be sharing segments of a Q&A session I had with Andres Glusman of Meetup.com — and shedding some light onto just exactly what makes Andres truly The Best Product Person of 2012.

Advice…

image> What is the best career advice you received as you entered product management?

Break big projects into small batches. Get your earliest ideas infront of customers as fast as possible. Build, measure, learn.

> What is the hardest less you learned as a product manager?

Failure is the most likely outcome of any wildly creative endeavor. Go after the thing that is most likely to cause you to fail first. If you make it past that hurdle, you are probably on to something.

Nominate TBPP 2013 Today!

Amazon.com Gift Cards - In a Gift Box - Free One-Day ShippingThank you to everyone who participated, nominated, interviewed, AND passed on the word! The nomination period for The Best Product Person of 2013 has begun! The individual who first nominates TBPP is also awarded! Nominate your pick for The Best Product Person right now!

http://tbpp.wufoo.com/forms/the-best-product-person-of-2013/

Stay Tuned

Over the next few weeks I will share more of my interview with Andres Gusman, The Best Product Person of 2012!

Subscribe now (click here) to make sure you don’t miss any part of this series exploring The Best Product Person of 2012, or any other of the upcoming product person interviews, as well as other insightful posts from The Product Guy.

And, don’t forget, take a moment and congratulate The Best Product Person of 2012: Andres Glusman. (tweet)

Enjoy!

Jeremy Horn
The Product Guy

From Seeking Balance to Knowing your Cohorts

Every week I read thousands of blog posts. For your weekend enjoyment, here are some of those highlights. What are you reading this weekend?

analytics

On Product Management…

http://mindtheproduct.com/2013/02/everything-a-product-manager-needs-to-know-about-analytics/
Product Managers, get to know your cohorts!

oscar

On Modular Innovation…

http://www.web-strategist.com/blog/2013/02/25/oscar-tv-ads-failed-to-integrate-social/
Learn from the MI misteps of the Oscars.

balance

On Design & Product Experience…

http://uxmag.com/articles/visual-balance-and-weight-allocation-for-usability
Balance all that you have to see.

Have a great weekend!

Jeremy Horn
The Product Guy

Vitogo, Millennials and April’s in The Bag!

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Thank you to everyone who made it to our latest record-turnout roundtable meet-up of The Product Group at MTV Networks / Viacom, as well as to our other sponsors, Balsamiq Studios, Sunshine Suites, and Ryma Technology Solutions.

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Over the course of the night a few of the highlights were…

Featured Product: Vitogo
exploring the product, its challenges and successes, from communication and motivation to subscriptions (thanks to Arel English and Team)

Millennials
from understanding to catering

The Product Group meet-ups are an opportunity for Product People (managers, strategists, marketers, etc.) to come together to meet, interact, and network in a roundtable setting. It’s awesome to meet fellow Product People in a laid-back, conversational gathering.

If you are a Product Person and are interested in having your product featured or participating as a featured guest expert at an upcoming meetup of The Product Group, contact me (or email at jhorn (a-t.) tpgblog DoT com).

I am looking forward to seeing everyone at our next meetup …

Thursday, April 4th @ 7PM
RSVP Now!
 

If you are interested in being a Product Mentor or seeking Product Management Mentorship…

Visit http://TheProductMentor.com and Sign-up today!

And, stay tuned for more announcements about April’s Featured Product, It’s My Bag.

If you would like to attend our next meet-up, RSVP today or visit our group webpage at…

http://meetup.com/TheProductGroup

Enjoy!

Jeremy Horn
The Product Guy

P.S. Interested in becoming a sponsor or host of The Product Group? contact me.

From Leading Most Humbly to Opening the White House

Every week I read thousands of blog posts. For your weekend enjoyment, here are some of those highlights. What are you reading this weekend?

humble

On Product Management…

http://leadonpurposeblog.com/2013/02/18/three-characteristics-of-great-leaders/
Study to be the next great humble leader.

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On Starting Up…

http://www.entrepreneur.com/blog/225672
Welcome your next mistake… more wizened.

whitehouse_api

On Modular Innovation…

http://blog.programmableweb.com/2013/02/08/white-house-announces-release-of-we-the-people-api-and-open-data-day-hackathon/
Join the people opening the White House to Modular Innovation.

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On Design & Product Experience…

http://paidcontent.org/2013/02/07/what-would-a-new-york-times-for-the-youngs-look-like/
Imagine the young future of the New York Times.

Have a great weekend!

Jeremy Horn
The Product Guy

Living Life Lean

Stupid-Book"A lot of people thought it sounded stupid … " — Evan Williams and Biz Stone of Twitter
"Everything I do people think is stupid." — Seth Godin, Bestselling Author

By such a definition of "stupid," I’ve done many "stupid" things in my life.

  • Beginning my first startup before I graduated university,
  • Establishing consumer protections in the advertising market,
  • Pushing TV and entertainment content organizations toward a more open, transparent, and available distribution channels,
  • Launching The Product Group (and The Product Jobs, and The Product Mentor, and The Product View),
  • And, and, and.

I’ve never thought of these as "stupid." With my long product management background, and experiences in agile and lean methodology, I have most often described my life approach as that of a lean philosophy (methodology). I have always lived my life and made decisions … to just START and TRY. Start with the minimum viable experiment, act, learn, improve, repeat. What a wonderful way to describe a lean life to the product management uninitiated, "start something stupid."

Start Stupid

This usage of "stupid" comes from a pre-release book I recently received and read. The book is called "The Power of Starting Something Stupid: How to Crush Fear, Make Dreams Happen & Live without Regret" by Richie Norton. This theme is best exemplified by the 2 earlier quotes.

In this sense, I have lived my life doing one "stupid" thing after another. Some quite successful, others awkward lessons in the long road of life. I appreciated Richie’s refreshing take on living life for success, being effective, and overcoming paralyzing procrastination. For anyone seeking to be more productive, to applying lean principles to their life, to more efficiently experimenting and building upon lessons learned, this book is for you.

Lean Stupid

While I have never thought of these decisions in terms of "stupid", Richie’s provocative style and storytelling, may be just the thing to help spur a whole new segment of people to Do. Whether you call it "stupid" or "lean living", the core principles persist…

  1. Eliminate waste
  2. Amplify learning
  3. Decide as late as possible
  4. Deliver as fast as possible
  5. Empower
  6. Build integrity in
  7. See the whole

If you are seeking a fresh and exciting kick to jump start yourself and success or wondering what it might be like to apply lean methodology to living better…

Go start something stupid. Live life Leaner. Enjoy the read!

Jeremy Horn
The Product Guy