Mind the Product Leadership Meetup
Mind the Product is delighted to invite you to our first standalone event in New York exclusively for product leaders, where we can talk about the unique challenges of building and leading product teams, product strategy, and all the other stuff that gets us excited. You’ll need a unique code in order to book your free place. You can find this code in your invite email.
Not received an email invite from us? If you are a product leader - Director, VP, CPO or higher - and want to attend, you can apply online for an invite.
World Product Day: Watch the Webcast
From left to right, Saad Khatri, Vivek Bedi, Karen Kranack and Tania Philip. Watch the recorded webcast on Facebook.
From left to right, Abhishek Mathur, Anne Griffin, and Kenneth Kuo (our guest presenter and Q/A moderator) respond to audience questions during our second ProductTank NYC of 2018 at Metis (at WeWork).
From left to right, Saad Khatri, Richard Banfield, and Jessica Waite (our guest moderator) respond to audience questions during our first ProductTank NYC of 2018 at Capital One Labs.
From left to right, Erin Essex, Diane Kim, and Clément Delangue respond to audience questions during our 2nd ProductTank NYC event of November 2017 at ustwo Studios.
From left to right, George Abbott, Martin Eriksson, and Daniella Patrick (our guest moderator) discuss Product Leadership during our 1st ProductTank NYC event of November 2017 at Capital One Labs.
From left to right, Jim Thomson, Michelle M. Chu, and Shiven Ramji respond to audience questions during our September 2017 edition of ProductTank NYC at Venmo.
From Mind the Product
BY ANDREW MARTINEZ-FONTS ON JUNE 15, 2018
What does culture have to do with building great products? In my opinion, everything. I’m a group product manager at Yelp, and in this presentation from MTP Engage, I look at why it’s so important to create a supportive culture where product people and engineers collaborate and trust each other. I manage a team of […]
BY EMILY TATE ON JUNE 13, 2018
Who to hire as a junior-level product manager is one the most difficult decisions a product leader has to make. Most product jobs require some level of product management experience, so you can focus on understanding what a candidate has done and how their existing skill set will fit with what you need for your […]
BY MARTIN ERIKSSON ON JUNE 13, 2018
Mind the Product London 2018 on October 18-19 will be better than ever, with more workshops, more networking, and more fun than ever. But most importantly #mtpcon will, as usual, bring you the best minds in product from around the world for a day full of thought-provoking insight, inspiration, and learning. We’re delighted to announce […]
BY JEFF HUDOCK ON JUNE 11, 2018
Having worked on teams using agile methodologies for several years, retrospectives are a major part of my life as a product manager. Retrospectives (retros) are held at the end of each sprint cycle, at the end of the overall release, and sometimes to review other meetings or processes. Retros are intended to review your team’s […]
BY PETRA WILLE ON JUNE 8, 2018
Bashing agile is in vogue at the moment, so when veteran product manager and product design evangelist Jeff Patton suggested it as a topic for his keynote talk at MTP Engage I jumped at it. If the audience was expecting a speech which shot down agile methodologies, they were wrong. Instead Jeff started to deconstruct agile […]
BY JAMES GADSBY PEET ON JUNE 7, 2018
The Times and The Sun, flagship brands of News UK, are on a journey to become more product led in how they develop and maintain their digital assets. To move them forward, Jo has introduced product lifecycle thinking, shared KPIs, product portfolios, and a lean process for testing new ideas. Along the way she’s learned […]
BY MARTIN ERIKSSON ON JUNE 6, 2018
Last July Mind the Product returned to the epic Davies Symphony Hall in San Francisco for yet another day of learning, sharing, and appreciation of the craft of product management. #mtpcon starts with a day of deep-dive pre-con workshops (now sold out), our exclusive Leadership Forum, topped off with fringe events across the city, and […]
BY BILL SKEET ON JUNE 5, 2018
The team casually assembles for the routine design critique. Stakeholders from the business and development teams join members of the design team as they prepare to review the latest concept designs and prototypes. The designer kicks off the meeting with a greeting and a review of the problem, audience, goals, and other inputs that have […]
BY LAURE PARSONS ON JUNE 1, 2018
If you’re a product manager, UX researcher, or startup founder, you know how valuable customer feedback can be. You’ve probably heard the current buzzword “continuous delivery” and recognise that learning about your users’ problems and experiences on an ongoing basis makes for better, more creative, and effective product decisions. You no doubt have also discovered how time-consuming getting this […]
BY CHRISTIAN BECKER ON JUNE 1, 2018
When we compare today’s agile product management in practice with what we have seen some 10 years ago, not much has changed: Agility is still mainly limited to UX labs and A/B testing, and misses the potential value that could be found between the initial idea and a working product. The standard answer within product […]
BY MARC ABRAHAM ON MAY 31, 2018
On 23 May 2010, Martin Eriksson organised the first ProductTank meetup in the back room of a bar in London’s West End. Twenty-five interested people attended this first meetup… Fast forward to last Wednesday, 23 May 2018, when we celebrated the first ever World Product Day. World Product Day brought together: A global community of over […]
BY JAMES GADSBY PEET ON MAY 30, 2018
Conflict can be a productive way to collaborate as a team, ensuring a variety of perspectives are brought into a solution. It can also push teams apart, when it is focused on personal attacks rather than ideological disagreements. Improve your team’s conflict capability and you’ll see better decisions, more intense commitment to them, people holding […]
BY JONATHAN WADDINGHAM ON MAY 25, 2018
JustGiving’s goal is to grow the world of giving, enabling more money to be raised for good causes through the use of technology. Initially JustGiving supported only registered charities on its website, but the founders’ vision was to support all good causes. In 2012, when I was working as part of the JustGiving team responsible […]
BY ARNE KITTLER ON MAY 24, 2018
Booking.com is a European company with a reputation for running experiments in a sophisticated way. Lukas Vermeer is a senior product owner at Booking.com and one of the key players who established not only the tooling, but more importantly the culture behind experimentation at Booking.com. The title of his keynote at MTP Engage refers to an […]
BY CHRIS MASSEY ON MAY 21, 2018
It’s GDPR week! Keep Calm and Manage Data Responsibly! I’m not going to go into an exhaustive breakdown of exactly what GDPR is, as there are plenty of other perfectly good posts about that. I’m also going to avoid – wherever possible – the legalese and specific jargon that comes with it. By this point, […]
BY SIDHARTH SREEKUMAR ON MAY 10, 2018
India is a complex and diverse country, more so than any other emerging market in the world. Its diverse linguistic, cultural, and economic user base makes it a daunting challenge, one that the start-ups operating out of global hubs like Silicon Valley and London don’t face until much later in their expansion lifecycle. So it […]
BY TREMIS SKEETE ON DECEMBER 11, 2017
My journey to product management was not what you might expect, but then again, maybe you would. I studied accounting and computers in high school. At 19 I got a job as a computer technician and by 21 I was a computer science major. I then got a job on campus as a network administrator. […]
BY AARON GLAZER ON JANUARY 26, 2018
The pace at which new platforms are introduced is increasing rapidly. This means that our customers are always looking for the next opportunity to get their hands on new technology and use it in complex, exciting ways. Virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality are the buzzwords we can’t seem to escape or get enough of. Last year […]
BY PRANAB AGARWAL ON JANUARY 11, 2018
I am a product manager. I’ve been one for over a decade, and I absolutely love it! Building new products, and building them from scratch gives me a huge boost! Interestingly a few of these products have crossed the million-dollar mark; so I wanted to share a few of my secret mantras that can help you […]
In this ProductTank NYC talk, behavioral designer Nir Eyal examines the ways in which product design can influence consumer behavior, and discusses how to apply this thinking across various technologies to create a positive impact on the world.
A full-time job pays the bills. You work with a team of people, customers, and clients, and you do it because you have to, and not necessarily because you want to. A side hustle on the other hand, is a job you do before or after your regular job.
Jim Kalbach is a respected author, speaker, and instructor in information architecture and UX strategy and currently Head of Customer Success at online whiteboard business Mural. His latest book, Mapping Experiences (O’Reilly, 2016), focuses on the role of visualizations in strategy and innovation and in this talk from ProductTank New York he discusses the roles and duties related to mapping experiences.
Vivek Bedi is the Head of Product at LearnVest. He has over 15 years’ product management experience, working for companies like Goldman Sachs, Sterling Backcheck, and now LearnVest. In his presentation, talks about LearnVest, the role of a product manager, and what he’s learned from his years as a product manager.
Alexa Scordato is the VP of marketing at Stack Overflow. Her company is an online community for programmers, and one of the top sites in the world. They see over 45 million visitors per month, seven visits per visitor every month, and each visit lasts about six minutes. The main focus of the site is the Q&A, and there have been over 7.6 billion times that a developer found a solution on their site.
Jordan Bergtraum is a management consultant who has been responsible for product strategy, UX, and teams consisting of product and project managers. In his ProductTank NYC presentation, he discusses the challenges of having one person in charge of product and project management. Jordan uses the Tesla automobile as a relatable example.
Sophia Huang started her career in the San Francisco Bay Area, and eventually moved to New York City to work with InVision, the makers of the popular InVisionApp software. In her ProductTank NYC presentation, she goes over the challenges of onboarding as a product manager.
Daniella Patrick is an Innovation Lab Product Manager at Accenture, which is one of the largest global consulting firms in the world, with clients and partners like Microsoft, GE, HP, and IBM. Accenture now has over 400k people employed, and offices in over 200 cities across 55 countries. Daniella’s educational background is in mechanical engineering and mathematics, and her professional experience includes operations, engineering, and design roles at several startups. In her ProductTank NYC presentation, she discusses her team’s role at their company and how they go about identifying problems and developing solutions.
Jenine has the consulting insights to connect business goals with user desire and motivation for service design and application development. She is experienced with the creative and technical skills to design solutions for intuitive, enjoyable experiences in a complex digital environment.
Adrian Franks is a design director and creative strategist at IBM. At IBM he worked to design and develop the Creative Toolbox, which helps designers and product managers familiarize themselves with the various tools available to prototype and create new products.
Jason Fleitz is Director of Web Operations at LivePerson, where they develop products such as LiveEngage- a platform that gives companies the ability to engage with their customers anytime on web sites, mobile and social networks. In this presentation at ProductTank NYC, he explains about how designers and developers can work better together on software projects, by adopting some simple tactics and strategies for better collaboration.
In this talk at Product Tank NYC, I describe how a class project turned into my first major product build. As head of product management at UncommonGoods, I have used the wish list redesign and its success to demonstrate the value of customer feedback, data analysis, and iterative development. It has since served as the driving force in the proliferation of the PM discipline throughout UncommonGoods.