If we’ve ever talked, you’ll probably know that I’m a big proponent of product management community events, either ProductCamps, GrandView on LinkedIn, and this past Monday I was also able to participate on the Global ProductManagementTalk. It’s an interesting idea, formed originally by Andrienne from brainmates and Cindy Solomon. It combines a lot of ad-hoc technologies, originally using Twitter for the most part, but now also leverage Skype for BlogTalkRadio – an easy way to record a skype conversation into a pseudo radio show and audio archiving for later reference. They also leverage a ton of other random free sites – including PRlog, BunchofLinks, and others – to get the word out.
In general I encourage these types of initiatives, as they give a free, public forum for discussing topics in product management, combine some interesting technology (I’m a geek at heart), and allow follow up conversations to occur. Greg Geracie, President of Actuation Consulting, and who I met originally when I was at Ryma Techology, was the co-host of the event, and I presented discussions around a topic I had been blogging about recently, namely the differences – and benefits – of cenetralized or decentralized product management. It’s very contextual on which is best for your organization, and from the companies I’ve worked with, critical to understand the business drivers behind which is most suited for you.
Overall it was a lot of fun, and I quite enjoyed the experience. Have a similar organizational challenge going on right now? Let me know how your experience turned out!