Announcing The Product Person Spring Inclusion Party!

The Product Group is proud to announce The Product Person Spring Inclusion Party, Thursday, April 17th in NYC! RSVP Now (space is limited)!

A key piece of being a successful product person is creating an environment of innovation and inclusion.  So, it is with great excitement, I am proud to announce that we will have actual INCLUSION (the next evolution of ping pong and 2014’s January Featured Product) at the event! RSVP Now!

So, come have a great time, meet great product people, and practice your INCLUSION! :-)

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Networking and Socializing w/ Fellow Product People

Drink!

Eat!

Enjoy!

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Get to know your fellow Product People better in this year’s first social event! (Not your regularly scheduled roundtable discussion. )

Don’t forget, you must be a member & RSVP to get in.  See you there!

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To attend RSVP via http://www.meetup.com/TheProductGroup/events/169043442/

Enjoy!

Jeremy Horn
The Product Guy

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#prodmgmt Boosting 2014, Games of Inclusion, and The Best in February!

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Thank you to everyone who made it to our latest roundtable meet-up of The Product Group at MTV Networks / Viacom, as well as to our other sponsors, SUMMIT, 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: INCLUSION
exploring the product, its challenges and successes, from being the official sport of startups to finding the right partners
(thanks to Marco Santini)

New Year! New Skills!
from being leaner to engaging customers more

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, February 6th @ 7PM
RSVP Now!

Stay tuned for more announcements about February’s Featured Product, VenueBook.

And, also stay tuned for more announcements about The Best Product Person of 2013! (award ceremony at our February meetup… so RSVP early)

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

Enjoy!

Jeremy Horn
The Product Guy

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

World’s Best Programmer is… [w/ Inclusion]

anotherstar …to be announced at the end of this series.

unkown-person I am often asked what is it that I do that results in the programmers with whom I interact being so productive; what is it I do to get them motivated and to keep them motivated; and where can I find / who is the World’s Best Programmer.

Motivation

My answer is many fold and I provide a framework towards greater understanding in part 1.

The path to the motivated programmer, the happy programmer, is unique to each individual. There are, however, some general, instructional guides towards better understanding for all involved parties, and especially regarding those conditions that make for that highly motivated programmer.

Today, let’s take a deeper look at Inclusion.

Inclusion

I have already included certain aspects of Inclusion under the discussion of the importance of Communication to the environment of the World’s Best Programmer, so the following represents my continued thoughts and emphasis on this feature.

Communication encompasses the mechanisms by which ideas and the knowledge base, in general, are transmitted throughout the organization. While some organizations believe that there are only a select few who “need to know,” studies of effective organizations have demonstrated that it is important from a morale (and subsequently, a productive) standpoint for knowledge to be shared as much as possible. In that way, everyone working on a project understands the value and interrelatedness of their individual efforts and can then take pride in its successful completion/outcome.

Inclusion is an atmosphere of valuing the members of the organization for those contributions. While channels of communication promote Inclusion, it is only when those channels become institutionalized that individuals feel included. Saying everyone’s efforts are valued is one thing. Demonstrating that the organization truly does that takes place over time through repetitive actions that serve to strengthen that value in the organization.

True Inclusion is “in the air.” It is one thing to put in channels for communication, but it is also necessary that there be respect for the communications, and acceptance of communications, and the organizational value that every programmer just believes and accepts that this will occur.

On a more basic level, Inclusion in any organization is embodied by practices that have become part of the culture (second nature) that the contributions of all are anticipated and valued. If there is not a sense of Inclusion in an organization, the cost can be high, both in terms of money and time. Different perspectives do not see the light of day and are therefore not considered. No matter the channels of communication that are put in to place, if the programmer does not believe the organization values Inclusion, they may/will be reluctant to propose what may prove to be a more viable solution.

Examples of building that culture of Inclusion are…

Junior Programmers. Teach junior programmers, and team members, how senior people throughout the organization make decisions. Even though the junior individuals may not have a measurable impact on the end result of, or introduce a small cost of educational overhead to, meetings, being included and understanding what results in one idea being accepted over another, or why one approach is considered superior to an alternate, helps everyone feel more a part of the process, learn a thing or two, and become a stronger contributor.

Early. Get the technical individuals and other programmers involved early in a project. As the more business-oriented, or technically-oriented, components of the organization begin making the plans, both sides will benefit from mutual Inclusion helping one another steer toward much easier, cost-effective solutions and approaches.

The Search Continues

In addition to…

Clarity, Organization & Focus
Communication & Inclusion

… and before this individual, World’s Best Programmer, is announced, the characteristics…

Challenge & Respect

… will be further explored and discussed in the subsequent articles of this multi-part series.

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Enjoy!

Jeremy Horn
The Product Guy

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World’s Best Programmer is…

anotherstar …to be announced at the end of this series.

unkown-personI am often asked what is it that I do that results in the programmers with whom I interact being so productive; what is it I do to get them motivated and to keep them motivated; and where can I find / who is the World’s Best Programmer.

My answer is many fold…

Create an environment that values empowerment, self-worth and meaning. These are the pillars on which motivation and self-satisfaction in the workplace rest. Through an understanding of these pillars, and how they relate to, in this instance, programmers, one can then foster the conditions necessary in this search, as well as instrumental in providing an environment where programmers / developers can thrive.

A good programmer, just like anyone else within your organization, seeks these things. The challenge for many a manager (especially for the technically challenged) is relating to the individuals that make up their team, and understanding the underlying motivational drivers, from the programmer’s perspective.

Motivation

The path to the motivated programmer, the happy programmer, is unique to each individual. There are, however, some general, instructional guides towards better understanding for all involved parties, and especially regarding those conditions that make for that highly motivated programmer…

From Clarity to Focus

Clarity. Providing clear project requirements and goals.
Organization. Balancing the art and science, of programming, through structure.
Focus. Removing distractions and hurdles.

From Communication to Inclusion

Communication. Promoting openness, free flow of ideas and information, and teamwork.
Inclusion. Empowering throughout all aspects, from idea origination to release and support, from business facing to backend, of the product processes.

From Challenge to Respect

Challenge. Fostering growth, new learning, and meaning.
Respect. Establishing and fostering mutual credibility and understanding.

And More…

These all present a sound foundation to build and reflect upon, in search for the World’s Best Programmer! But, before this individual, World’s Best Programmer, is announced, the characteristics…

Clarity, Organization & Focus
Communication & Inclusion
Challenge & Resphttp://tpgblog.com/2009/04/14/worlds-best-programmer-respect/ect

… will be further explored and discussed in the subsequent articles of this multi-part series.

Subscribe now (click here) to make sure you don’t miss any part of this series highlighting many of the key driver’s of your team’s motivated programmers, nor the denouement of World’s Best Programmer, as well as other insightful posts from The Product Guy.

Enjoy!

Jeremy Horn
The Product Guy

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