Getting to Here in Product Management

TBPP2013_alt-abrv-114 On Thursday, February 6th, the 4th annual winner of The Best Product Person (TBPP) was announced at The Product Group!

And, this year’s runner-up was so astounding he too has been invited to speak at The Product Group and receive special recognition on our awards page for The Best Product Person.

Runner-up

Only under extraordinary circumstances do we award a runner-up — where product excellence is clearly displayed and proximity to TBPP is especially close.  This year, join us in also congratulating the TBPP Runner-up, Matthew Smith of Shutterstock

Take a moment and congratulate this year’s runner-up to The Best Product Person of 2013: Matthew Smith. (tweet)

Matthew is currently the General Manager of Offset.com, a subsidiary of Shuttertsock, the largest global image marketplace. Prior to running Offset, he was the Director of New Products at Shutterstock, where he lead the company’s video, mobile, and new product strategy. Previously he was a Senior Product Manager at Gerson Lehrman Group (GLG), the world’s leading expert network, where he built and ran the company’s survey and Q&A business.

Getting to Here

> What key people helped shape you into the product manager you are today?

There are three influential people who shaped my product beliefs at an early age, and I am not sure any of them are aware of it.  

The first is Jonathan Glick (the founder and CEO of Sulia.com).  Jonathan and I worked together at Gerson Lehrman Group (GLG).  He was the one who actually tapped me on the shoulder and brought me into the product world. When I asked why he thought I could be a product manager, he responded by saying “You understand the technical aspect of what we do, you understand the business aspect of what we do, you can talk to customers, and most importantly, you can make decisions – good product people have to be willing to make a call, and be ok being wrong.  It’s the indecision that really kills momentum”

41kreHtR39L[1]The second person is Marty Cagan (Partner at svpg.com).  Marty came to GLG to help us think about product years ago, and everything he had to say instantly hit home with me.  It was all about customer research, validation of ideas before development, and prioritizing efforts based on research and metrics.  In fact, Marty was so spot on with how I thought about things, that we brought him to Shutterstock when I first got there so that he could help Shutterstock as well.

The third is my father.  As a kid, I watched my father build and sell two business.  He did everything, sales, business development, design, managing, product, etc.  For me, it just made sense.  If you are going to build something, you have to be able to think about all aspects of the business, you have to understand that if you build a product, you then have to market it, you have to know how the economics work, how users respond to it, and you have to be able to motivate a team to build and sell it.  Most importantly, my father taught me that the key to building a business, is understanding all aspects, the complexity, and being able to break them down into simple, actionable elements. 

> How did you decide to become a product manager?

As I mentioned above, it was Jonathan Glick who really threw me into the water.  I wasn’t really aware of what a product manager was, but I was use to dealing with clients and translating what they were doing, what they were looking for, patterns of usage, etc into ideas for the business.  Jonathan tapped me on the shoulder one day and said “you need to be a product manager”.   

> What inspires you in your day-to-day work?

First and foremost, people.  The team I work with has just as much passion for the business/products I work on, and it’s amazingly inspiring.  The second is the fundamental challenge of solving problems; I love the idea that we, as product people, can create tools, products, services, etc that change peoples daily habits and routines for the better.  Last, but certainly not least, is the idea that we should be beating ourselves; I fundamentally believe that we should always challenge ourselves to build a better business on a daily basis, because if we don’t, someone else will.

More to Come

Over the coming weeks we will be speaking with and learning more from Matthew Smith.

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 2014 has begun!  The individual who first nominates TBPP is also awarded!  This year, the first nominator of Adrian received a $100 gift certificate to Amazon.comNominate your pick for The Best Product Person right now!

http://tbpp.wufoo.com/forms/the-best-product-person-of-2014/

And, don’t forget, take a moment and congratulate this year’s runner-up to The Best Product Person of 2013: Matthew Smith. (tweet)

Enjoy!

Jeremy Horn
The Product Guy

About ‘The Best Product Person’

The Best Product Person (TBPP) is the leading international award honoring excellence in Product Management. Established in 2010, TBPP is awarded annually in association with The Product Guy (https://tpgblog.com) and The Product Group (http://meetup.com/theproductgroup).

TBPP Recognizes 1 person each year, invites them to speak and share their knowledge and experience with the larger product community. The nominations can be submitted by anyone. And, if you are the first to submit the winning nominee, you too will be rewarded  Over the course of the year, the various nominees are interviewed and the finalists narrowed down to: The Best Product Person of the year . The finalists are interviewed and evaluated for excellence in Product along the following lines… Becoming a Product Person, Your Product, Advice to Product People, and Future & Trends.

TBPP is both (1) the way the Product community gets together to recognize excellence amongst our ranks as well as (2) provide, to a large audience, insights into that excellence in a manner we can all learn from and leverage in our own Product journeys.

For more information about The Best Product Person award and past winners visit https://tpgblog.com/tbpp

About ‘The Product Group’

The Product Group is an opportunity for Product Managers, etc. to come together to meet, interact, and network. It’s an awesome way to meet fellow Product People in a laid-back, conversational environment within which sharing and learning can flourish and complement the knowledge base for all on a peer-to-peer basis. The NYC chapter of The Product Group meets the first Thursday of each month. If you are interested in a establishing chapter near you, please contact The Product Guy or The Product Group for more information. (https://tpgblog.com/theproductgroup/ )

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Looking Forward with The Best Product Person

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More segments from the Q&A session I had with Adrian Jank  — and shedding some light onto just exactly what makes Adrian truly The Best Product Person of 2013.

What makes The Best Product Person person of 2013 tick?

Looking Forward…

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

LeanTrans[1]I think the biggest positive trend in product management is the Lean movement over the last 3-4 years. It’s really put the customer in focus and made product development a more collaborative process. Because of lean I think product management and developer roles are starting to brush up against that of great designers. Great design is often rooted in deep research, and as product management has evolved we have gotten more and more involved in the research process. Our involvement naturally makes the research process more collaborative with developers and others in the process. 

Negative Trends:  In a way its starting to make some companies think they can cannibalize product management by assigning it across the roles of  a tech lead and UX lead. While I think you can get away with this for some period of time, eventually an organization is going to reach a point where the execution of a strategy starts to fail. It will happen because the dev team ran into problems and kills the functionality without really understanding the value lost, or poorly executed UI will be released because the designer didn’t spend enough time in the design phase–“Any flaws in the design can be addressed in the next iteration!”– and the customer gets mad. 

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

MetricsGraphsmPeople who understand the psychology of the customer are going to be better positioned to create long term value for larger and larger companies. As this happens, more and more product managers are going to be tapped for CEO positions. While we may not have some of the deep financial knowledge, we do understand how to move metrics, and we understand that if you move the right qualitative metrics, customers, and their spending will follow.

 

Nominate TBPP 2014 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 2014 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-2014/

Stay Tuned

Over the next few weeks I will share more of my interview with other great participants from The Best Product Person of 2013!

Subscribe now (click here) to make sure you don’t miss any part of this series exploring The Best Product Person of 2013, 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 2013: Adrian Jank. (tweet)

Enjoy!

Jeremy Horn
The Product Guy

Product Management Advice from Adrian Jank

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Over the coming weeks I will be sharing segments of a Q&A session I had with Adrian Jank  — and shedding some light onto just exactly what makes Adrian truly The Best Product Person of 2013.

What makes The Best Product Person person of 2013 tick?

Advice…

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

It was during a pragmatic marketing training session, and it’s one of their advice[1]staples “Your opinion, while nice, doesn’t mean shit”. 

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

Tough decision! I once took a role at a company where I quickly learned I was not passionate about the problem I was solving. It made paying attention to all the details more difficult to do because the passion wasn’t there. The job didn’t work out and despite a love and passion for product management I thought I might not be cut out for it. I had to stop and really evaluate what types of problems I want to solve. I eventually figured it out, but it was a hard lesson to learn.

Nominate TBPP 2014 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 2014 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-2014/

Stay Tuned

Over the next few weeks I will share more of my interview with Adrian Jank, The Best Product Person of 2013!

Subscribe now (click here) to make sure you don’t miss any part of this series exploring The Best Product Person of 2013, 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 2013: Adrian Jank. (tweet)

Enjoy!

Jeremy Horn
The Product Guy

“In the Now” with Adrian Jank

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Over the coming weeks I will be sharing segments of a Q&A session I had with Adrian Jank  — and shedding some light onto just exactly what makes Adrian truly The Best Product Person of 2013.

What makes The Best Product Person person of 2013 tick?

In the Now…

> Whose shoes would you like to walk in for a day? why?

snapchat-evan-spiegel-021113[1]Evan Spiegel just turned down 3 Billion from FB for a company that has little to know revenue, and while it’s done a great job acquiring and activating users, I’d love to see how their retention plays out. Is Snapchat really solving a big enough problem that would justify turning down that number? I’d love to find out what the general public doesn’t know. 

However, if I could I’d probably want to spend the day with Dave Chase and pick his brain about his experiences building the recently acquired HealthTech company Avado. Avado is going down a similar path I am exploring in my own work. How can we give Dr.’s better insight into what their patients are doing after they leave the Dr. Office AND How can we give patients more access to their doctor without actually having an appointment.

> What excites you about your current products?

I recently took on an engagement with a health tech company, and it’s truly been eye opening. There are huge problems to solve on both the patient and the doctor side of the ecosystem. While my thoughts on how the president has bungled the launch of his new health-promotion-industry[1]“product” (sold the feature, not the value), regardless of how it’s been sold, the ACA has forced a business model change in the healthcare ecosystem. The change from an assembly line type mentality to a service mentality (Income only for outcomes) has opened a huge need in the market for products that serve both sides of the ecosystem. In the customer conversations I am having it is mind boggling to hear and see how little technology has helped both doctors and patients. 

Furthermore the opportunity has allowed me to create a Lean culture from the start. It’s been exciting to see how things have come together the last 8 or 9 weeks. I am consulting with a small company that has been willingly to embrace my philosophy. We recently launched our concierge MVP. Its going to be exciting to see the path this takes on the next few weeks.

> What do you like most -and least – about being a product manager?

As cliche say as it sounds I love my customers and my team. I love the excitement I feel when I’ve tapped into something painful during a customer conversation. In the healthcare industry its the best kind of pain too. Some of these doctors don’t even realize their pain.

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I think the least enjoyable part of being a product manager right now is having to cultivate the data myself. Right now we have a hacked together product using web resources like vimeo and wufoo to do the work. Trying to compile that data into meaningful reports is time consuming!

I love the data, but even at the smaller startups I’ve worked at I’ve been able to work with a BI person. Right now its a manual process for my team and I, trust me its not easy!

Nominate TBPP 2014 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 2014 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-2014/

Stay Tuned

Over the next few weeks I will share more of my interview with Adrian Jank, The Best Product Person of 2013!

Subscribe now (click here) to make sure you don’t miss any part of this series exploring The Best Product Person of 2013, 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 2013: Adrian Jank. (tweet)

Enjoy!

Jeremy Horn
The Product Guy

TBPP2013: Adrian Jank on “Getting to Here”

TBPP2013_alt-abrv-114What makes The Best Product Person person of 2013 tick?

Over the coming weeks I will be sharing segments of a Q&A session I had with Adrian Jank  — and shedding some light onto just exactly what makes Adrian truly The Best Product Person of 2013.

Getting to Here…

> What key people helped shape you into the product manager you are today?

TBPP-Winner-2013Roger McAulay: In my first true product management role I was fortunate enough to work with a great CTO who really taught me how to build relationship building throughout the organization and how to make my relationships with developers more impactful. I’ve taken with me throughout my career. I’ve been able to take that philosophy and apply it across functional areas (marketing, design, executives, etc). 

Gothelf/Will Evans: Both are the thought leaders in the Lean UX. I was lucky enough to be on one of the first teams to be practicing Lean UX. The team itself was a hypothesis and it forced all of us out of our comfort zones and silos. It forced me to become a better facilitator. Product Management became less about owning the customer and creating ideas. Instead it became more about representing the customer and navigating the team towards potential value.

Growing Up Military: Another key attribute, there isn’t really a person attributed to it, that has shaped my career is how I grew up. My dad was in the Military. I moved around a lot and was exposed to a lot of different experiences and ecosystems. Learning how to get past being the new kid really taught be a lot about being empathetic. Empathy is a key trait in great product managers. Not to mention moving in the Military teaches you how to prioritize. Imagine being a kid and being told you get to fill one box(not a big one either) that will arrive within a few days after you move, all the other stuff you want will come 3-6 weeks later! 

> How did you decide to become a product manager?

After 1 semester of CS and calculus I realized programming wasn’t for me. However I knew I wanted to be in technology, and I enjoyed working with people. I changed my major and focused more on project management. Eventually this led me to  NYC and a hybrid project management/product management role at a startup. I quickly realized I loved the process of interacting with  people and defining the solution that this role afforded me. I decided this was my career.  This was before the startup craze hit New York City and no one really knew what a Product Manager.

I eventually turned this into my first full fledged product management role at a startup. I was green, but threw myself in it and loved it from the minute I got started and I’ve been a product manager ever since.\

> What inspires you in your day-to-day work?

Right now its knowing that I could latch on to a big enough problem that I can really make an impact in someone’s life. Healthcare is such a personal experience, and the ecosystem is finally ready to let technology help make healthcare a better experience for everyone.

Also the joy of getting to build something from scratch with a fairly blank agenda. Unless you are founding your own company, it’s rare when you get these types of opportunities. It’s really pushing my own capabilities and allowing me to experiment with my own practice of Lean.

Nominate TBPP 2014 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 2014 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-2014/

Stay Tuned

Over the next few weeks I will share more of my interview with Adrian Jank, The Best Product Person of 2013!

Subscribe now (click here) to make sure you don’t miss any part of this series exploring The Best Product Person of 2013, 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 2013: Adrian Jank. (tweet)

Enjoy!

Jeremy Horn
The Product Guy

The Best Product Person of 2013 Announced!

TBPP2013_alt-abrv-114 On Thursday, February 6th, the 4th annual winner of The Best Product Person (TBPP) was announced at The Product Group!

This year saw such record turnout the official announcement was moved from January to February to allow us enough time to carefully consider the flood of 100+ nominations from all around the world!  Again, many received multiple nods for recognition in excellence in Product Management!TBPP-Winner-2013-373

The Product Guy & The Product Group are very pleased to announce The Best Product Person of 2013 is Adrian Jank!

Adrian Jank’s career in product management and entrepreneurship led him to spearhead efforts in agile methodology and product strategy with multiple Internet startups, including TheLadders.com, ThissHowIWork.co, Gust.com, Healthasts.com, Bloomberg LP, Zingy, BurnLounge, and Borderfree. He volunteers his time with First Person American, a non-profit initiative that explores stories of modern immigrants in the US. He studied Interaction Design at the School of Visual Arts, and has a bachelor’s degree in Information Systems from Old Dominion University. Adrian has a strong competitive background in triathlons, skiing and distance running. Endurance sports fuel Adrian’s passion to succeed in the most grueling training session on the track, in the pool, on the bike, or on the slopes, which help prepare him for the most demanding days at the “office.” He is a frequent guest lecturer and workshop leader at universities. Adrian also bakes the world’s best red velvet cupcakes. For more about his work, visit about.me/adrianjank or connect with him on http://www.linkedin.com/in/adrianjank.

Runner-up

Only under extraordinary circumstances do we award a runner-up — where product excellence is clearly displayed and proximity to TBPP is especially close.  This year, join us in also congratulating the TBPP Runner-up, Matthew Smith of Shutterstock!

Matthew is currently the General Manager of Offset.com, a subsidiary of Shuttertsock, the largest global image marketplace. Prior to running Offset, he was the Director of New Products at Shutterstock, where he lead the company’s video, mobile, and new product strategy. Previously he was a Senior Product Manager at Gerson Lehrman Group (GLG), the world’s leading expert network, where he built and ran the company’s survey and Q&A business.

More to Come

Over the coming weeks we will be speaking with and learning more from Adrian Jank and Matthew Smith.

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 2014 has begun!  The individual who first nominates TBPP is also awarded!  This year, the first nominator of Adrian received a $100 gift certificate to Amazon.comNominate your pick for The Best Product Person right now!

http://tbpp.wufoo.com/forms/the-best-product-person-of-2014/

And, don’t forget, take a moment and congratulate The Best Product Person of 2013: Adrian Jank. (tweet)

Enjoy!

Jeremy Horn
The Product Guy

About ‘The Best Product Person’

The Best Product Person (TBPP) is the leading international award honoring excellence in Product Management. Established in 2010, TBPP is awarded annually in association with The Product Guy (http://tpgblog.com) and The Product Group (http://meetup.com/theproductgroup).

TBPP Recognizes 1 person each year, invites them to speak and share their knowledge and experience with the larger product community. The nominations can be submitted by anyone. And, if you are the first to submit the winning nominee, you too will be rewarded  Over the course of the year, the various nominees are interviewed and the finalists narrowed down to: The Best Product Person of the year . The finalists are interviewed and evaluated for excellence in Product along the following lines… Becoming a Product Person, Your Product, Advice to Product People, and Future & Trends.

TBPP is both (1) the way the Product community gets together to recognize excellence amongst our ranks as well as (2) provide, to a large audience, insights into that excellence in a manner we can all learn from and leverage in our own Product journeys.

For more information about The Best Product Person award and past winners visit http://tpgblog.com/tbpp

About ‘The Product Group’

The Product Group is an opportunity for Product Managers, etc. to come together to meet, interact, and network. It’s an awesome way to meet fellow Product People in a laid-back, conversational environment within which sharing and learning can flourish and complement the knowledge base for all on a peer-to-peer basis. The NYC chapter of The Product Group meets the first Thursday of each month. If you are interested in a establishing chapter near you, please contact The Product Guy or The Product Group for more information. (http://tpgblog.com/theproductgroup/ )

Product Management Excellence, VenueBook, and Marching on!

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Congratulations to Adrian Jank, The Best Product Person of 2013! Join me in congratulating @adrianjank on winning The Best Product Person of 2013!! #tbpp (tweet)

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Thank you to everyone who made it to our latest RECORD-BREAKING 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…

The Best Product Person of 2013: Adrian Jank
launched in 2010, this annual award recognizes excellence in Product Management

Featured Product: VenueBook
exploring the product, its challenges and successes, from search to not giving it away
(thanks to Kelsey Recht)

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, March 6th @ 7PM
RSVP Now!

Stay tuned for more announcements about March’s Featured Product, ProdThink.

tpj-logo-w_lkwAnd, don’t forget to check out our new job board exclusively dedicated to Product jobs!Visit  http://TheProductJobs.com and happy hunting!
TPM-Short3-Logo4If you are interested in being a Product Mentor or seeking Product Management Mentorship…

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.

#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)

tpj-logo-w_lkwAnd, don’t forget to check out our new job board exclusively dedicated to Product jobs!Visit  http://TheProductJobs.com and happy hunting!
TPM-Short3-Logo4If you are interested in being a Product Mentor or seeking Product Management Mentorship…

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.

The Year of Product!

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Happy New Year!  This last year has seen many great things in product, from product ecosystems to analytics to the continued formal expansion into companies large and small, digital and physical.

In addition to the many positive changes we have been witnessing in the broader industries, I am also very proud of several new product community initiatives as well as the product people I have gotten to work with…

The Product Group, the world’s largest meetup for product people, passed some pretty awesome milestones this year…

4600+ Members
40+ Featured Products
4+ Years

Looking forward to seeing you all at our next meetup…

Thursday, January 2nd
Featured Product: INCLUSION
Special Topic: News Skills. New Year.
RSVP Now!

We are always looking to grow The Product Group base.  If you are interested in launching a local chapter of The Product Group in your hometown, you can contact me at jhorn (a-t.) tpgblog DoT com.

tpj-logo-w_lkwThis year we launched the free job board, exclusively dedicated to connecting Product People and the Jobs they love, with 800 new job postings and growing!

Visit  http://TheProductJobs.com and happy hunting!

TPM-Short3-Logo4It’s been a long journey since TPM was launched as an MVP earlier in 2013.  The interest and participation has been greater and wider that I ever could have imagined…

With participants from…

United States, England,
Australia, Spain, Singapore,
Jordon, Canada, Brazil

We are midway through our very first iteration with many amazing mentees, and of course, mentors…

Becky Yelland, Beth Temple, Calvin Chu,
Raviv Turner, David Shoenberger,
Adrienne Tan, Steven Cohn, Ari Tiktin

If you are interested in being a Product Mentor in our upcoming Session…

Please visit http://TheProductMentor.com TODAY and
Sign-up today!

PictureThe annual search for The Best Product Person continued and exceeded last year’s participation (well over 100 nominees)!  As a matter of fact, due to the enormous turnout, and great candidates, it took considerably longer to get through all the judging than prior years – but we do have a winner!  Stay tuned over the next few weeks for the official announcement of The Best Product Person of 2013.

And, hey, it’s never too early to start submitting your nominations for 2014! (Important: The person who nominates the winner also wins a very cool prize. Winking smile )

You can submit your nomination for TBPP 2014 at:

https://tbpp.wufoo.com/forms/the-best-product-person-of-2014/

GA_logo_199This year I continued teaching the long-form (10 week) product management course I designed at General Assembly and have been psyched to learn it has been their most successful (in the US and Worldwide) to date!

In completing the 6th consecutive teaching of the course since launch, I have very happily taught over 130 product managers looking to take their careers to the next level.  I would never be able to list them all, nor the large subset of the group that have gone on to some very great new product gigs, but I did put together a cool movie looking back at my students of GA PDM, 

Enjoy…

(Yes, I know the music didn’t perfectly line up with the duration of the video. Blame Google’s auto-awesome movie generator. Smile with tongue out)

Looking Forward

I have a few new product initiatives in the works for 2014 (a new podcast, product associates program, and more)!  Hope you all continue to enjoy them as much as I enjoy putting them together.  If you would like to help out, contact me via jhorn (a-t.) tpgblog DoT com and mention this blog post.

And, again, Happy Near Year!  Make it another great one for products and their product people!

Enjoy!

Jeremy Horn
The Product Guy

#prodmgmt Movements, Moven, and a New Year!

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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: Moven
exploring the product, its challenges and successes, from financial wellness to distribution strategy
(thanks to Mohamed Khalil)

Product Management Positioning (and the Future!)
from testing to working together

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, January 2nd @ 7PM
RSVP Now!

Stay tuned for more announcements about January’s Featured Product, INCLUSION.

tpj-logo-w_lkwAnd, don’t forget to check out our new job board exclusively dedicated to Product jobs!Visit  http://TheProductJobs.com and happy hunting!
TPM-Short3-Logo4If you are interested in being a Product Mentor or seeking Product Management Mentorship…

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.