Influential Product Management Mentors

Excerpts from our conversation with The Best Product Person of 2017, Melissa Perri.

Getting to Here

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

The first person who really started me on the path to where I am today was my VP of Product at OpenSky, Chris Keane. He inspired me to try new things and learn as much as I could.  Then, when I began using Lean Startup techniques in my role in 2012, Chris encouraged me to start a class on Skillshare to teach others. I was skeptical at first because I didn’t think anyone would be interested, but he insisted, and hey, it worked. I am disappointed by how much the importance of people management is underestimated in some companies, because I know I wouldn’t be where I am today if Chris hadn’t pushed me to grow.

Chris also gave me my first book specifically on Product Management, “The Art of Product Management” by Rich Mironov. Reading that book was the first time I felt like I was part of a larger community. There weren’t many Product Managers in New York when I first started- I had only met a handful of others outside my company. The book propelled me to follow more PM thought leaders like Hiten Shah and Ken Norton.

After learning more about my domain, I became influenced by adjacent areas like Agile, Lean, Lean UX, and Lean Startup. Eric Ries’s book was really the turning point in my career. I sought out and learned a lot from people like Jeff Gothelf, Josh Seiden, Giff Constable, and David Bland, who were at the forefront of that movement.  Jabe Bloom, Arlo Belshee, Hakan Forss, and many people in the Agile community (especially at Lean Agile Scotland) challenged me to explore new ideas in the Agile and Lean space that pushed the boundaries of what I knew as product development. Seeing how all of those systems intertwined really inspired me to get better at what I do.

Watch now and see why she is counted amongst the ranks of the best in product management.

More to Come

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 2017: Melissa Perri. (tweet)

Thank you to everyone who participated, nominated, interviewed, AND passed on the word! The nomination period for The Best Product Person of 2018 has begun!  Nominate your pick for The Best Product Person right now!

http://TheBestProductPerson.com

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. 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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The Best Product Person of 2017 is…

TBPP2017_alt-abrv-114Out of the hundreds of nominations, and amazing finalists, the 8th annual winner of The Best Product Person is … Melissa Perri.

Melissa Perri Headshot - 300dpiThe 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 2017: Melissa Perri. (tweet)

Melissa Perri is the CEO of Produx Labs, a consultancy that helps organizations become product-led, and creator of online Product Management school, Product Institute. Melissa works with organizations to add the missing pieces to many digital transformations: training the product teams and consulting on strategy, structure, and process. She coaches them to answer two important questions – “Should we build this?” and “Why?” She is also writing a book on Product Management with O’Reilly called, Escaping The Build Trap, due out the Spring of 2018.

Watch and learn more about Melissa…

More to Come

Over the coming weeks we will be speaking with and learning more from Melissa Perri.

Thank you to everyone who participated, nominated, interviewed, AND passed on the word! The nomination period for The Best Product Person of 2018 has begun!  Nominate 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 2017: Melissa Perri. (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. 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/ )

Nominate a Great Product Person Today! #prodmgmt

Today, nominate someone you know who is great at Product Management…

http://TheBestProductPerson.com

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.  If you know a great product person, nominate them today.

Past winner’s of The Best Product Person

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Submit your nomination today!

TBPP2017_alt-abrv-114TBPP 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 (see 2016′s prize).  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.

Submit your nomination today!

For more information about past winners (and nominators) visit:  https://tpgblog.com/tbpp

Thanks to all those who participate and spread the word of TBPP!

Enjoy!

Jeremy Horn
The Product Guy

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/ )