Growing and Learning in Product Management - Product Science Journal #35
I'm feeling reinvigorated and ready to tackle everything from the basics to the nuances of applying continuous product discovery.
Dear product practitioneers,
It's fall, and I'm excited to be back into the routines of the school year. Whether it's meeting with my kid's teachers, teaching a new class of business school students, or running a workshop, I'm using my growth mindset. This is the time of year to dream big, set goals, and start building habits that will get you there. I am setting goals for my business and myself and am eager to begin working toward them. So this issue is about growing and learning.
On that note, I'm thrilled to share that your chance to come and learn from me is coming up this November 10-11 in New York City. For the first time since the pandemic, I'm hosting a public workshop, Data-Driven Product Decisions, where I'll share the Product Science Method, teaching you how to kill a bad idea or advocate for a great one. I hope to see you there!
In the final episode of Season 4, Ken Norton tells us why he thinks the best way to learn product management is through apprenticeship. I quite agree, although for those who aren't lucky enough to find a good person to learn from, I do also think the right content, experience, and mindset will get you there eventually. Listen to this episode for more of his wisdom!
This article from Marty Cagan is a great resource to share when someone is first learning about product management.
Having a growth mindset is so valuable in today's rapidly changing world. In this article, Tchiki Davis describes the importance of a growth mindset and how to build one.
Podcast Season 4 Has Ended
We wrapped up Season 4! In addition to the episode above, check out these episodes:
- The Dan Olsen Hypothesis: You Can’t Just Take What You Learn In A Big Company And Apply It To A Startup
- The Sam Haveson Hypothesis: The Artfulness of Product Management is Identifying Customer Needs
- The Caroline Rose Hypothesis: Absolutely Everybody Should Be Involved In Discovery Research
- The Janel Wellborn Hypothesis: Teams Should Celebrate Learning Fast, Not Failing Fast
- The Karthik Suresh Hypothesis: Even Amazing Products Fail Without the Right Go-To-Market
- The Kate Leto Hypothesis: Human Skills Are Teachable
- The James Mayes Hypothesis: Focus On What Drives the Audience to Curate Great Events
- The Sarah Bernard Hypothesis: Customer-Centric Companies Uncover the Most Impactful Solutions
Join us for Data-Driven Product Decisions: A Hands On Workshop for Product Leaders
On November 10-11, 2022, I'll be running a workshop in New York City and I'd love to have you there! I'll share how to build products that drive growth and outcomes for users and your company. Participants will learn the Product Science Method, a step-by-step process for evaluating product opportunities and laying the foundations for high-growth product development. Learn more here.
My talk at Women in Product is now available
Back in May I gave a talk at the Women in Product Conference on Becoming a High-Growth Product Leader with Continuous Discovery. Now it's on YouTube! Check it out here.
Brought to you by H2R Product Science
Our team at H2R Product Science partners with startup founders and product leaders to share The Product Science Principles and the accompanying framework, the Product Science Method, which I've developed over my time in tech startups. Through our coaching and consulting work, we help our clients figure out which product growth opportunities they should pursue and build the product management skill to deliver on their goals. Reach out if you'd like to explore working together, whether as a client or a team member!
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