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.
This 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!
The 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. )
This 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,
(Yes, I know the music didn’t perfectly line up with the duration of the video. Blame Google’s auto-awesome movie generator. )
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!
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 Groupmeet-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…
Since launching The Product Jobs, several months ago, to freely connect product job seekers and those looking to hire great product people there have been over 800 product job postings!
Today, I am very pleased to be announcing some new features…
Social sharing of cool and interesting jobs
If you see a job that someone in your social sphere may find interesting, or wish to clue in your friend on a great new opportunity for their career, you can now easily share the posting with him / her via Facebook, Twitter, and Google Plus
Easier Applicant Management
For job posters, all applicants, along with their application dates, resume, and cover letter information, are now called out in the “My Job Posts” section and selectable within the new applicant section at the bottom of the corresponding job post.
It can be hard to find a product job, harder to find the right product person. I get it. This has been my experience, as well as that of scores of others.
The Product Jobs is FREE for all! Just create an account to apply to, or post, a new PRODUCT position.
I believe in a growing and vibrant product person community. That is why I created The Product Jobs as well as founded The Product Group, the largest product management meetup in the world, providing product people of all types a laid-back conversational place to go to network, learn, and talk.
I hope you enjoy these new features for TheProductJobs.com and benefit from it as much as I enjoyed building it. Please help me in spreading the word of this resource for the Product community, enjoy, and happy hunting!