Paying It Forward: Product Camp SV Keynote

A short talk about Paying It Forward and the important of personal networking in the product management community. I share three personal vignettes to highlight value of personal networking and ways we can all Pay It Forward to build an even stronger product community.

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Post: 10 Questions from The Clever PM

10 questions from The Clever PM for his blog series including ‘What piece of advice would you share?’ and ‘What are the biggest challenges for Product Leaders? and ‘Biggest differences between smaller startups and larger companies?’

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Podcast: Perspectives on Product Management

A Product That Counts podcast pulling together interviews from 5 product thinkers: what makes good products, good product managers, and scalable organizations

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Product Camp: Getting Promoted to Director

This Product Camp discussion focused on career ladders for product managers, what directors do that’s different from their individual contributors, and how to signal your interest if you want that next job up. Several participants raised real-world issues, and product veterans sharing their hard-won points of view.

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One-Day Product Leaders Roundtable

This one-day roundtable (workshop) is specifically for those managing teams of product managers. We will collectively tackle VP-level organizational and leadership issues. Plus dinner the evening before: wine, wisdom, war stories, and closed-door networking with other product executives.

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Getting Developers’ Buy-In on Build versus Buy

Technical Build versus Buy decisions should be straightforward, but we need development collaboration and motivation to get these right. What emotional barriers do we hit, and how do we address them? And how do we become better students of organizational behavior?

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Selling Vs. Learning

Product managers must be part of the (enterprise) selling process. But selling and learning are hard to do at the same time with the same customer. How do we create separate learning opportunities with a wide range of customers and prospects to deeply understanding markets, segments and fundamental needs?

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Podcast: Organizational Anthropology

Individual product managers are focused on their individual products/services, but product leaders need to think about their organizational context: how do we get things done? What motivates each functional group and how do we align incentives? Can we get out ahead of inevitable resource conflicts?

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Motivating Development Teams

Motivating development teams can be tricky: we can’t make developers work harder, we can only make them *want* to work harder. How do we set context, add meaning and connect teams to real users?

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Productivity vs. Responsiveness

Engineering teams focus on overall productivity and repeatability. Sales teams want account-level responsiveness. How can product managers mediate this inevitable conflict?

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