This is the third in a series of posts exploring the takeaways from INDUSTRY The Product Conference 2019. The first post explored how to structure your product team, and the second one explored the importance of context.
My third main takeaway from INDUSTRY is that you are not alone.
You’re not the only product person who works at an insurance or financial services company trying to figure out how you can apply product management ideas and techniques to enable your organization’s business.
Yours is not the only organization that has asked one of the big management consulting companies (Ernst & Young, McKinsey, BCG, etc) to help it with an agile and digital transformation without really understanding what that means.
You’re not the only product person who is having Scrum or SAFe done to you while at the same time not addressing the bigger issue of deciding what are the right things to do.
Yours is not the only organization to have brought in trainers and coaches to help with the above items only to find out that changes don’t stick unless and until the behaviors of those who brought in those trainers and coaches changes.
You’re not the only product person being asked to manage to outcomes, but are still being measured by output metrics.
You’re also not the only one accepts that these dysfunctions are part of the job and are trying to find ways to address them productively.
I can say you’re not alone because I’ve encountered many of the situations above personally and talked to several people at INDUSTRY who commented that they appreciated finding out they aren’t the only ones who were having to deal with these types of problems.
This week, I wanted to pass along some resources I’ve compiled over the past couple of years that can help you work through those problems. So while context requires that you have to adapt to your situation, that doesn’t mean that you still can’t learn from others, and help others learn from you.
Some examples of internal products
While it’s great to have access to several examples of internal product management, it could be overwhelming so I decided to point out my five favorite examples from the This is Product Management podcast. If you have time, listen to all thirteen. If you’re a little pressed for time, I suggest you start with the five I’ve listed here.
Where to meet product people in person
If you’d like to meet others who are going through the same sort of challenges that you are, one of the best places to meet them is at a conference full of product people. Here is a listing of the ones I’m attending this fall.
39 Conference Tips
If you end up attending those events, or any other, there are certain things you should do to make sure you get the most out of them. That includes connecting with people that are going through the same issues that you are.
Join 20,000+ Product People at Product Collective
If you can’t make it to an in-person event, you can always join an online community. Here’s some information about Product Collective – one of the better product communities I’ve come across.
3 Examples of actual agile organizations
Three organizations that walk the agile organization walk, but see no need to talk the talk, even though they share their practical experiences freely.