How long have you worked in product?
And in what capacity?
As a Business or Product Analyst? Product Owner? Or Product Manager?
We all start from different places, and our paths for growth are varied.
In July, Adam Wensor, Craig Brown and the crew from EverestEngineering joined us to run an interactive Career Development Workshop, where we co-created a development framework.
For many of us, we stumbled our way into product. Our early days spent trying to work out what we’re supposed to be doing. Slowly building in some reps, and some muscle over time. Eventually feeling more comfortable with the work.
But how can we objectively assess ourselves?
And what sort of things should we work on to improve, and level up?
How might we build a roadmap for ourselves?
Product Management Competencies
What are the core competencies for product management?
This can be workshopped with your team. Alternatively, we leveraged a few experts in the field:
- Roman Pilcher;
- Marty Cagan’s Silicon Valley Product Group; and
- John Cutler
Next, we grouped the competencies into themes.
Then, we considered what different levels of mastery may look like?
Like many workshops, it was as much about the journey rather than the destination. However, with a broad mix of tenure in the room, it was a great opportunity to reflect how things can feel earlier on in our careers, and to gain some insights from those who may have more experience.
Thank you again to Adam Wensor, Craig Brown and the team at EverestEngineering for running the workshop and hosting the evening, and to our volunteers, Nosh Darbari and Yau Hui Min for helping on the night.
Resources and Additional Reading:
- Our Product Management Competencies inspiration:
- Examples of Product Management Career Development Framework from:
- The Dreyfus Model of Skill Acquisition
- Video Facilitation tool for the session – https://berst.io