What: One-Day Product Leaders Roundtable (Workshop)
When: Friday, March 24, 2017
Where: San Francisco (TechSpace, 77 Geary Street)
Included group dinner on Thursday evening, March 23, at Jardinière
This was a one-day roundtable specifically for those leading product management teams: Product VPs, Directors of Product Management, Chief Product Officers and other product-focused execs. Limited to 12 attendees, we set an agendaof top issues — and spent a full day sharing strategies for addressing these issues. Since we were among peers, we were able to talk frankly about what works and what doesn’t work at the executive level.
- Managing roadmap interrupts from founders and stakeholder executives
- Hiring, training and mentoring strategies for new product managers
- Selling the value of product management to peer organizations
- Role definitions, or “who does what”
As a way to get to know each other in advance, the group had a private dinner the evening before at Jardinière (300 Grove St, SF). Wine, wisdom, war stories, and closed-door networking with other product executives.
Even if we assume a team of individually great product managers (and developers and designers and marketing/sales/services/support folks), organizations are complex. Getting things done is hard, so we must be strong enablers of our teams. Sharing leader-level experiences helps us recognize patterns across companies team and give names to apparently-unique issues.
Readers of my blog may recognize related executive-level topics in What Do Product Leaders Worry About?, A VP Product’s Checklist, What’s A Vice President of Product Management? and Prioritization Requires Strategy.