More segments from the Q&A session I had with Matthew Smith — and shedding some light onto just exactly what made Matthew an outstanding runner-up to The Best Product Person of 2013.
Take a moment and congratulate this year’s runner-up to The Best Product Person of 2013: Matthew Smith. (tweet)
> What is the best career advice you received as you entered product management?
Failing is totally ok, so long as you know why you failed. If you know, then you can adjust, and adjusting is product management.
> What is the hardest less you learned as a product manager?
Failing when you do not have metrics. There is no way to know what you did wrong, and there is no way to adjust. All you can do is guess or start over.
More to Come
Over the coming weeks we will be speaking with and learning more from Matthew Smith.
Thank 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.com. Nominate your pick for The Best Product Person right now!
And, don’t forget, take a moment and congratulate this year’s runner-up to The Best Product Person of 2013: Matthew Smith. (tweet)
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/ )