Why am I hosting these Product Chat sessions?
I didn’t start my career out in product management. If you told me I’d be a PM when I just getting started in my career, I would’ve said “What’s a PM?”
My career started off in marketing where I developed skills in growth marketing that translated into product management. I got a chance to try my hand at product management and realized that product was where I wanted to be.
Throughout my marketing career, I had the opportunity to speak at various conferences and meet other marketers. Turns out that was an amazing way to learn. I realized that it was valuable to learn from marketers working at different companies, sometimes very different companies with very different products.
I assumed this would translate over to product management.
So I started hosting these small chats with product managers partly as a selfish way to learn, but also because every PM I’ve spoken to has always said they’d love to learn from other PMs.
What isn’t this?
In the world of online communities, there are dozens of Slack communities and Facebook groups that become cemeteries of disengaged members. The only people who post anything are the self-promotional folks who don’t have anything of value to add. And you end up on an email list of more promotional BS.
That’s why these chats are small groups. That’s why there’s no mailing list.
Just small conversations with other smart product managers hoping to share their learnings and learn from each other.