Happy 2014! Weâ€™re only a few weeks into the new year, but thereâ€™s lots going on.
Job Opening: Consulting Director, Product Management at SiriusDecisions
SiriusDecisions is growing and further strengthen our expanding consulting team, weâ€™re looking for a consulting director who is focused on Product Management in b-to-b organizations. If youâ€™re interested, or know someone who might be, view the job posting and apply on LinkedIn (the job posting is also on our web site).
Finding Your Product Market Fit: Jeff Bussgang at the Boston Product Management Association
I was lucky enough to be in Boston last week for the Boston Product Management Association‘s annual kick-off. It was a fantastic event, headlined by a great presentation by Jeff Bussgang, general partner at Flybridge Capital Partners and senior lecturer at Harvard Business School. The presentation — Finding Your Product Market Fit — was a great overview of some important concepts that are impacting product management. If youâ€™re not familiar with concepts like customer development and Lean Startup, itâ€™s definitely worth taking a look at the slides (1.1MB PDF).
I tried to capture some of the good quotes from the talk and tweet them out:
â€” Jeff Lash (@jefflash) January 17, 2014
ProductCamps for 2014
If youâ€™re not familiar with ProductCamps, they are free â€œun-conferencesâ€ organized at a grassroots level. Instead of traditional conferences, where the schedule and speakers are selected by a small group and announced in advance, at a ProductCamp, all of the attendees (or, technically, â€participantsâ€) show up the morning of and vote on what sessions theyâ€™d like to see on the schedule. Sound a bit strange? Well, it is, but theyâ€™re great fun, and they are fantastic opportunities to â€œtalk shop,â€ learn from and network with others in the product management community.
Each ProductCamp is organized locally, and the schedule is already starting to fill up for 2014. Check the schedule on ProductCamp.org to see if thereâ€™s one near where you are. (If not, maybe you want to organize your own?).
Iâ€™ll be at a few of them in the coming months, including:
- ProductCamp Austin: February 15, 2014
- ProductCamp Vancouver: March 8, 2014
- ProductCamp St. Louis: March 9, 2014 (which I’m helping to organize)
Will you be there? Let me know. Itâ€™s always good to put a face with an email address / Twitter handle. Iâ€™m looking forward to meeting a lot of new faces and connecting with some old friends.
Whatâ€™s Hot on Twitter
Here are a few of my tweets which have generated the most interest over the past few weeks; to get these in real-time, follow me at @jefflash: