Deciding to be a Product Manager

Out of the hundreds of nominations, and amazing finalists, the 7th annual winner of The Best Product Person is … Chris Butler.

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 and The Product Group.

Take a moment and congratulate The Best Product Person of 2016: Chris Butler. (tweet)

Getting to here…

> How did you decide to become a product manager?

I had thought originally I would be an engineer out of college. While interviewing for a program manager position at Microsoft I was intrigued by the questions I was asked while interviewing. One question in particular was ‘how would you design a washer/dryer for someone that was sight impaired?’

The reason why I stayed in product while trying out business development and evangelism is that it has the right mix of partnership and execution. Even when I worked in a BD role it was very product focused, sometimes whether the product team liked it or not.

More to Come

Over the coming weeks we will be speaking with and learning more from Chris Butler.

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 2017 has begun!  The individual who first nominates TBPP is also awarded!  This year, the first nominator of Chris received a $100 gift certificate to Amazon.comNominate your pick for The Best Product Person right now!

http://TheBestProductPerson.com

And, don’t forget, take a moment and congratulate The Best Product Person of 2016: Chris Butler. (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 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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Product Management #jobs for the Adventurous

tpj-logo-w_lkw_thumb1_thumb_thumb_thIf you are a great product person looking for a great product job, or vice versa, check out our job board.  Thousands of employers across all areas of product, from management to design, from digital to physical, are looking to fill positions from our community. 

Each week we highlight some of the recently posted openings.  Check out this week’s newest, below…

Product Manager @ REDBOOKS (New York, NY (Chelsea))
Keywords: Agile, B2B, Product, SaaS
http://theproductjobs.com/page_view_posting.php?job_id=1301&lf=twf

Mobile App E-Commerce Strategist – Associate Director @ Verizon (Piscataway, NJ )
Keywords: A/B Testing, Ecommerce, Mobile app, Personalization, Sales funnel
http://theproductjobs.com/page_view_posting.php?job_id=1302&lf=twf

Product Management at Startups vs. Enterprises

In our a recent live stream from one of our mentors of The Product Mentor, Krishna Madhuvarsu, lead a conversation around “Product Management in Startups vs. Enterprises”.  We are always looking for more product mentors from all around the world.  Signup to be a Mentor Today!

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About The Product Mentor

The Product Mentor is a program designed to pair Product Mentors and Mentees from around the World, across all industries, from start-up to enterprise, guided by the fundamental goals…

Better Decisions. Better Products. Better Product People.

Each Session of the program runs for 6 months with paired individuals…

  • Conducting regular 1-on-1 mentor-mentee chats
  • Sharing experiences with the larger Product community
  • Participating in live-streamed product management lessons and Q&A

Signup to be a Mentor Today!

Throughout the program, each mentor leads a conversation in an area of their expertise that is live streamed and available to both mentee and the broader product community.

Meet the mentors…

PictureJordan Bergtraum
VP Product Management, ServiceChannel

Jordan is a Management level, revenue-driven, B2B SaaS Product Management and Project Management leader. He grows revenue and adoption, and ensures product by turning business problems into profitable, simple, easy-to-use solutions
Jordan works closely with his market, executives, and internal subject matter experts to develop roadmaps, and communicate these roadmaps internally and with clients. He translates complex business problems into solutions that are easily consumed by engineering, marketing and sales. Jordan has enterprise Software-as-a-Service experience within the facilities management, legal and pharmaceutical verticals, having most recently worked at ServiceChannel, Epiq Systems and Medidata Solutions.
Jordan has a BS in Biology from Union College and an MBA & MS in Information Systems from Boston University’s School of Management. Jordan lives in Manhattan and in his spare time likes to play soccer.

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Product Manager, Gumtree.com

“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” Leonardo da Vinci
Ladislav believes that success is in simplicity that’s why his aim is to help companies to make complex products simple for users. He lives in London, currently working as Product Manager at Gumtree.com, an Ebay company, previously led product at international startups and large organisations. Ladislav focuses on user centric product development, especially on brand, usability and revenue product challenges. He is passionate about Lean and Agile Product management, innovative business models and business and product strategies.

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Director of Product Management, Gentex Corporation

Dustin Levy is a Director of Product Management at Gentex Corporation—the leading supplier of high-performance flight equipment for military, law enforcement, and rescue aircrew worldwide.  In this position, Dustin’s primary responsibilities include product portfolio management, new product introduction and product line strategy deployment. Prior to joining Gentex, he was a Senior Product Manager at Smiths Detection and in that role launched several new chemical identification solutions into the global security market. During his career, Dustin’s research efforts have been supported by fellowships from the National Research Council and National Institutes of Health and include a track record of several new product innovations, patents and publications. Dustin is a graduate of the doctoral program in Physical Chemistry at the University of Maryland Baltimore County and the MBA program at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

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Director of Active Analytics, ActiveHealth Management

Paul Hurwitz is Director of Active Analytics at ActiveHealth Management, a Healthagen Company and subsidiary of Aetna. He is responsible for the strategic roadmap and execution of the Active Analytics product suite, which is focused on providing standalone clinical analytic solutions and business intelligence modules to internal users and the payer/provider customer base.   Paul is an experienced product management professional with over 15 years of experience in technology management and 10 years in product management.  Prior to joining ActiveHealth, he led a cross-functional team at Medidata Solutions working on life sciences software for the design and optimization of clinical trials.  Prior to Medidata, Paul led product management and was head of technology at Centage Corporation, a budgeting and financial forecasting software company in Natick, MA. Paul is a member of the Boston Product Management Association, Boston CTO Club, the Boston-NY CTO HIT Club, co-founder of the Boston Jewish Outdoors Club and product management consultant. He is a graduate of Yeshiva University’s Syms School of Business with a degree in Marketing.

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Product Management Consultant

Amanda is an experienced product management leader with over 20 years of experience in product portfolio management and innovation generating significant revenue and market share growth. In a career spanning a range of corporate and not for profit sectors within Australia and the Pacific Islands, Amanda has championed organisations to embrace product and service innovation opportunities.
In her most recent role, Amanda spearheaded the Corporate and Overseas portfolios for Australia’s largest private health insurer, Medibank.  Amanda is passionate about customer led product design and in product prototyping to deliver best in market products and customer outcomes.
Amanda has a Bachelor of Economics and a Master of Arts (Asian Studies) from Monash University. She is a University of Melbourne Asialink Leadership Fellow and Asia Education Foundation Literacy Ambassador. Amanda lives in Melbourne with her family and in her spare time likes to explore all things cooking related (with a dose of the gym thrown in to try and work it all off!)

PictureAdrienne Tan
CEO, Brainmates

In 2004, Adrienne Tan co-founded Brainmates with Nick Coster. As the Brainmates CEO, Adrienne draws on 20 years of senior Product Management experience gained at The Microsoft Network, Telstra BigPond and AUSTAR. Adrienne has a Masters of Economics (Social Science) with distinction from The University of Sydney. She majored in Industrial Relations in her undergraduate degree. Her other academic pursuits include lecturing at the University of Technology Sydney in Information and Interaction Design and co-authoring a chapter in the book Digital Experience Design. Adrienne recently contributed to two Product Management books; 42 Rules of Product Management and the 42 Rules of Product Marketing.

PictureDominic Gadoury
Director Product Management, ADP

Dominic is the Director of Product Management at ADP’s (Automatic Data Processing) New York City based Innovation lab.  In his role in this lab of ~100 employees Dominic leads (and geeks out) in the fruition of roadmap deliverables for Employee Engagement, Analytics and Workforce Management solutions.  Dominic has been in various product owner roles at ADP for the last 14 years including ADP’s creation of an employee mobile app that is actively used by nearly 2 million employees worldwide.  Dominic was also a key player in helping ADP transition from a waterfall SDLC to agile in less than 2 years time.  Dominic has a BA in Psychology from the University of Massachusetts.

Vikas-Batra_thumb2_thumb_thumb_thumb[1]Vikas Batra
Product Management Leader, Alcatel-Lucent

Vikas has over 15 years of experience in Telecom/IT industry with over 10 years in the field of Product Management. Vikas started his career as software developer with Siemens.    After doing IT consulting for some time he moved into Product Management at Lucent Technologies and held various roles developing and launching multiple telecom software and hardware products.  He led a large, multi-location product team in developing a new mobile technology that provides voice (VoIP) and data services over Satellite to phones of size comparable to traditional cellular phones.
Currently, Vikas is a Product Management Leader at Alcatel-Lucent bringing 3G, 4G and Wi-Fi capable Small Cells to marketplace.
Vikas did his Master of Business Administration (MBA) in Information Systems from XLRI  Jamshedpur, India.  He did his Bachelors of Engineering (Honors) in Electronics and Communications from Delhi Technological Institute (formerly Delhi College of Engineering) Delhi , India.

Ari-LinkedIn_thumb2_thumb_thumb_thum[2]Ari Tiktin
Mobile & Emerging Media Product Director, CNBC

Ari is an award-winning executive who has led cross-functional teams to launch dozens of multiscreen products for premier consumer brands. He is currently the product head for a healthcare startup aiming to introduce innovative solutions to help parents with young children. Previously, Ari launched WebMD’s mobile web business and grew it to 23+ million monthly unique visitors. Prior to that, he launched Discovery Mobile which included two-dozen mobile web sites, smartphone and tablet applications.

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Director of Product Management, Schoology

Jonathan is Director of Product Management at Schoology, a fast growing startup in education technology, and he is excited about how technology is unleashing the future of education. Prior to Schoology Jonathan held a variety of product roles in web and mobile. From head of product at an early stage startup to managing global web properties at American Express, his career has taken him to the UK, France and back to New York.
A hands on product leader, Jonathan relishes close collaboration with design and engineering teams. When digging into a new challenge, he starts by establishing a long range product vision, then ruthlessly prioritizes opportunities and features to find the sweet spot between customer needs and business strategy.
When he’s not building products, Jonathan enjoys rediscovering suburban life with his wife and two kids.

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Product Manager, Bloomberg

Felix works at Bloomberg as a Product Manager for their Corporate Compliance suite. Having been a support person out of college, he transitioned into operations, then programming, then into Product Management. He finds the diverse background helps him communicate effectively to build good software. When he’s not doing product management, he trains for long distance cycling, and dreams of opening a tiki bar.

Krishna-Madhuvarsu_thumb2_thumb_thumKrishna Madhuvarsu
Director of Product Strategy, Oracle Inc.

Krishna enjoys creating new products and works at the intersection of the technology, design and strategy. Krishna believes in “Mobile and Social eating the world” and helps enterprise customers to make use of technology to increase their productivity. Krishna spent several years in building Platforms and brought scalability to several products. Previously, he started his career as a software engineer in embedded systems and moved to application software before venturing into Product Management. Krishna has a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and an MBA in entrepreneurship and marketing. Krishna is an author, enjoys writing blogs and tutorials on anything technology.

Ian-Moulton_thumb2_thumb_thumb_thumb[1]Ian Multon
Product Manager, TouchTunes Interactive Networks

Ian Moulton has over 10 years of experience in digital product management. He began his product work at Broadcast Interactive Media, where he launched a video publishing platform for broadcast news sites. He later joined the Associated Press, where he managed AP’s Online Video Network, as well as AP’s YouTube channel. Ian is currently a product manager at TouchTunes, where he led a design engagement and development effort to create a new user interface for over 60,000 digital jukeboxes. Ian loves capturing learnings from users, even when they are proving him wrong. Ian has a BA in Economics from Wesleyan University. When not doing product management Ian enjoys playing the guitar, hiking and mountain biking.

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Director of Product, Outbrain

A passionate customer advocate and result-driven executor with deep mobile expertise, Addi is leading teams in creating consumer and business digital products, for startups and Fortune-500 companies alike, for more than a decade.  In her current role, as Director of Product at Outbrain, Addi is re-imagining a content-marketing platform. Previously Addi was theProduct Manager behind the redesign of the American Express mobile apps and before that she managed a startup that focused on mobile marketing and content delivery. She also provided strategic advice to Fortune-500 companies as a Management Consultant. Addi started her career trying her hand in customer support, QA, project, sales and marketing management before finding her passion in product management in startups that focused on mobile and its application in business settings. Addi holds an MBA from the University of Michigan, and a BA in Occupational Therapy from Tel Aviv University.

Dan-Mason_thumb2_thumb_thumb_thumb_t[1]Dan Mason
Head of Product, People Magazine

I am a digital product executive and engineer with 15+ years experience in product development, with a focus on media, advertising and emerging platforms.  I know what it takes to innovate and break new ground, and I have an unrelenting focus on my customers, who are always right!
I have a wide range of experience in product, tech, and strategic business development. I have built and managed Agile teams from both the product and engineering perspective; I have built products in house, with offshore teams, with partners and through acquisition. I strongly advocate a Lean, customer-driven product process and embrace analytics and data-driven experimentation. I have deep domain knowledge in mobile, advertising, real estate, SaaS, video, TV, sports, and news, and I am a fast learner who enjoys the challenge of developing new expertise.

Marc-Wendell_thumb2_thumb_thumb_thum[1]Marc Wendell
Director of Product Management, Worldnow

Marc Wendell currently is Director of Product Management at Worldnow where he oversees day-to-day product development and product strategy.  Prior to Worldnow, Marc held a number of senior-level roles in product development were he facilitated the execution of a number of different products across a broad spectrum of industry verticals. His expertise includes product development and customer experience across various platform experiences. His industry experience includes media, start-ups, publishing, financial services, interactive agencies, tier 1 research intensive academic institutions and the stock media industry.

James-Alexander_thumb2_thumb_thumb_t[2]James Alexander
Founder and Head of Product, Vizibility

James builds products and services which delight customers and differentiate companies. He recently sold his third start-up, Vizibility, an enterprise-class digital business card solution. Vizibility is a SaaS delivered service in the mobile wallet ecosystem and received outstanding reviews and recognition, including 4 stars by PC Magazine. As a successful technology entrepreneur of three start-ups (with two exits), and as a product management executive at Adobe for seven years, he has led cross-functional teams through every stage of the product life cycle. James has held responsibility for $100M+ productportfolios and managed both small teams and large organizations. He has worked on four continents and localized products and services for 27 countries. James holds an MBA from Saïd Business School at the University of Oxford and has been awarded 12 patents.

Enjoy!

Jeremy Horn
The Product Guy

Key Mentorship in Product Management

Out of the hundreds of nominations, and amazing finalists, the 7th annual winner of The Best Product Person is … Chris Butler.

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 and The Product Group.

Take a moment and congratulate The Best Product Person of 2016: Chris Butler. (tweet)

Getting to here…

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

The core of product management was something that I learned at Microsoft. We would joke that program managers aren’t useful for the first two years. They do an amazing job training and supporting the new product people. I was right out of college.

A particularly great manager I had started as someone I worked with as a peer. Liz Yang was a development lead on a team of mine and then moved to GPM where I worked for her. She is the model of what I use as a great manager. She would challenge me to grow, give me the chance to learn, and truly cared about helping me succeed in my career (both while I was at Microsoft and longer term). Besides generally caring about my growth, she really made the 1:1 important.

When I think about the people that have become voices in my head I think of John Boyd and Venkatesh Rao that runs the Ribbonfarm blog.

Boyd was the great granddaddy of agile with the OODA loop. His presentations while in the US military and the research path he took to that point is fascinating. It is taking everything before him from a military strategy standpoint and boiling it down to key ways to think about strategy.

Rao is originally an academic (a 2nd generation Boydian acolyte?) that sold out and became a management consultant. I love the long form topics he takes on in his blog. They are interpretations of what Boyd has talked about for the next generation of technology. He has written books I highly recommend including the The Gervais Principle, Tempo, Be Slightly Evil, among other things. His short fiction is pretty great too.

More to Come

Over the coming weeks we will be speaking with and learning more from Chris Butler.

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 2017 has begun!  The individual who first nominates TBPP is also awarded!  This year, the first nominator of Chris received a $100 gift certificate to Amazon.comNominate your pick for The Best Product Person right now!

http://TheBestProductPerson.com

And, don’t forget, take a moment and congratulate The Best Product Person of 2016: Chris Butler. (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 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/ )

Move Up The Ladder to the Next Rung in Your Product Career

tpj-logo-w_lkw_thumb1_thumb_thumb_thIf you are a great product person looking for a great product job, or vice versa, check out our job board.  Thousands of employers across all areas of product, from management to design, from digital to physical, are looking to fill positions from our community. 

Each week we highlight some of the recently posted openings.  Check out this week’s newest, below…

Product Manager @ ShopKeep (460 Park Ave. S, New York, NY 10016)
Keywords: entrepreneur, pm, product, scrum, smb
http://theproductjobs.com/page_view_posting.php?job_id=1304&lf=twf

Product Owner @ Argo Digital (New York, NY)
Keywords: Agile, Cross Functional Teams, Disruption, Insurance
http://theproductjobs.com/page_view_posting.php?job_id=1303&lf=twf

The Living Roadmap and Barnes & Noble AND much more in February!

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Nominate a great product manager you know today @ http://TheBestProductPerson.com !
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Thank you to everyone who made it to our latest RECORD BREAKING roundtable meet-up of The Product Group at Digital Ocean, as well as to our other sponsors, Yext, BKLYN, InVision, SUMMIT, Balsamiq Studios and Sunshine Suites.

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

Featured Product: Barnes & Noble
exploring the product, its challenges and successes, from omni-channel to loyalty

The Living Roadmap
from roadmap levels to discovery impact

 

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 2nd @ 7PM
RSVP Now!  

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

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Please submit your nominations for 2017’s great product management candidates @ http://TheBestProductPerson.com !

Learn more @ http://tpglog.com/tbpp

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 Latest Product Management Mentors

TPM-Short3-LogoWe are very excited to announce The Product Mentor Session 6 has just launched!  Since it’s very lean MVP kick-off in 2013, The Product Mentor has grown to 20+ countries and over 800 mentees in our backlog.  Help us with our global backlog of mentees and…

Sign up to be a Mentor today!

The Product Mentor is a very exclusive program to be chosen for.  As a result, all participants have fully embraced the sharing as much of their product management knowledge with everyone who has yet to make it into the program.

  • imageMentees share their newly acquired knowledge via Articles containing notable lessons learned from their Mentors
  • Mentors lead Talks on topics where mentors, mentees, and the rest of the Internet get to listen and ask questions in real-time.

This Session is shaping up to have some truly great Talks scheduled.  Hope to see you at one of the upcoming talks (or feel free to check out past ones on our YouTube Channel @ http://tpg.li/subscribe-tpg)

Sunday, Feb. 12

  • @ 10AM ET
    Advocating for Lean Practices with Nis Frome
    How to align lean methodologies with various (and often competing) stakeholder objectives.
  • @ 12PM ET
    Strategy in an Agile Environment with Chris Butler
    The team makes progress sprint-over-sprint, but how do they know if you are always headed the right direction? Strategy for agile teams is about how they link the high level decisions that leaders make with the day-to-day actions that team members make.
  • @ 2PM ET
    The Value of Win/Loss Analysis with Jordan Bergtraum
    Performing your own Win/Loss analysis can help you more objectively learn why your product sells, and even more important why it doesn’t sell. I’ll discuss the tactics of having there interviews, what questions to ask, and how to use the results.
  • @ 4PM ET
    Mixed Reality Interfaces and Product Management with Vikas Batra
    In this talk Vikas will share recent   developments in the field of Virtual Reality(VR) and Augmented Reality (AR) . Share use-cases on how AR is being used by enterprises to help you identify how you could use it to gain competitive advantage in your market.

Sunday, Mar. 12

  • @ 12PM ET
    Product Management & The Nuances of Digital Health Apps with Shelley Iocona
    Creating digital health applications requires product managers employ a unique and specific skill set, one that is often only learned by effective collaboration with clinical and administrative personnel. The learning curve can be very steep! Everything from how medical usability studies are conducted to best practices developing front-end requirements that conform to the FHIR data model for interoperability are nuances that can make or break your product development lifecycle. Learn what to look out for as a product manager working on a digital health application and set yourself up for success.
  • @ 2PM ET
    A New Flavor of Agile with Andrew Hsu
    How to thoughtfully include everyone’s experience to build the most effective product. “Absorbing what is useful, discarding what is not, adding what is uniquely your own. “
  • @ 4PM ET
    How do we build better teams? with Atma Degeyndt
    Reverse Game Theory or Mechanism design is about constructing a game with payoffs, in order to maximize utility.  Atma will discuss how to use behavioral and psychological levers (rules) to design teams with a higher probability of success.

Sunday, Apr. 16

  • @ 10AM ET
    Productivity Hacks for Product Managers with Andy Wadhwa
    Getting things done and accomplishing more in less time is an especially important skill for product managers. During this talk, Andy will go over a list of recommendations he has found to be helpful in boosting his level of productivity.
  • @ 12PM ET
    How to Break Into Product Management with Paul Hurwitz
    Learn how to leverage domain expertise and product management knowledge to break into a Product Manager role.
  • @ 2PM ET
    Getting Ahead in Product Management with Felix Sargent
    You’ve become a product manager, but now what? How do you progress your career, and what are you doing it for? This talk goes over how to turn an unimportant (but ok) project into a shining example for the company, and your career with it.
  • @ 4PM ET
    Opportunity Mapping for Product Discovery with Charlotte Gauthier
    Opportunity mapping helps product managers uncover the implicit needs and assumptions hidden in our understanding of a problem, and guides us to reframe the problem in order to generate many possible solutions. This allows for a more robust product discovery process.

Check back at http://TheProductMentor.com on the day of the Talks and a link will be posted for you to watch and participate.

More About The Product Mentor
The Product Mentor is a program designed to pair Product Management Mentors and Mentees around the World, across all industries, from start-up to enterprise, guided by the fundamental goals…

Better Decisions. Better Products. Better Product People.

Each Session of the program runs for 6 months with paired individuals…

  • Conducting regular 1-on-1 mentor-mentee chats
  • Sharing experiences with the larger Product community
  • Participating in live-streamed product management lessons and Q&A
  • Mentors and Mentees sharing their product management knowledge with the broader community

Sign up to be a Mentor today & join an elite group of product management executives!

Enjoy!

Jeremy Horn
The Product Guy

The Latest New Product Management Jobs

tpj-logo-w_lkw_thumb1_thumb_thumb_thIf you are a great product person looking for a great product job, or vice versa, check out our job board.  Thousands of employers across all areas of product, from management to design, from digital to physical, are looking to fill positions from our community. 

Each week we highlight some of the recently posted openings.  Check out this week’s newest, below…

UX Researcher @ Animoto (New York, NY)
Keywords: Product, User Research, UX, UX Research, Video
http://theproductjobs.com/page_view_posting.php?job_id=1300&lf=twf

Product Manager @ Animoto (New York, NY)
Keywords: Agile, Product, Product Management, SaaS, Video
http://theproductjobs.com/page_view_posting.php?job_id=1299&lf=twf

The Best Product Person of 2016 is…

TBPP2016_alt-abrv-114Out of the hundreds of nominations, and amazing finalists, the 7th annual winner of The Best Product Person is … Chris Butler.

chrisbutlerThe 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 and The Product Group.

Take a moment and congratulate The Best Product Person of 2016: Chris Butler. (tweet)

Chris has over 15 years of experience in leading product, BD and strategy. His product experience includes lead and director positions at Horizons Digital Group, Complete Seating (founder), Dash Navigation and Microsoft. He has also held BD roles (with product responsibilities) at KAYAK, Waze and Zvents. Chris can currently be found at Philosophie Group serving as Senior Product Strategist.  He graduated from Boston University with a Computer Systems Engineering degree.

Watch and learn more about Chris…

More to Come

Over the coming weeks we will be speaking with and learning more from Chris Butler.

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 2017 has begun!  The individual who first nominates TBPP is also awarded!  This year, the first nominator of Chris received a $100 gift certificate to Amazon.comNominate your pick for The Best Product Person right now!

http://TheBestProductPerson.com

And, don’t forget, take a moment and congratulate The Best Product Person of 2016: Chris Butler. (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 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/ )

Upgrade Your Product Management Position #opportunity

tpj-logo-w_lkw_thumb1_thumb_thumb_thIf you are a great product person looking for a great product job, or vice versa, check out our job board.  Thousands of employers across all areas of product, from management to design, from digital to physical, are looking to fill positions from our community. 

Each week we highlight some of the recently posted openings.  Check out this week’s newest, below…

Product Manager, News & Research @ S&P Global Market Intelligence (Charlottesville or Richmond VA)
Keywords: Digital Media, Digital Publishing, News, Product Manager
http://theproductjobs.com/page_view_posting.php?job_id=1298&lf=twf

UX Researcher @ Piktochart Sdn Bhd (Penang, Malaysia)
Keywords: Data driven, Researcher, UI/UX, User Testing, UX Research
http://theproductjobs.com/page_view_posting.php?job_id=1297&lf=twf

UX Designer @ Piktochart Sdn Bhd (Penang, Malaysia)
Keywords: Graphic Design, Startup, UI/UX, UX Design, UX Research
http://theproductjobs.com/page_view_posting.php?job_id=1296&lf=twf