Bruce McCarthy is Founder and Chief Product Person at UpUp Labs, where he and his team are at work on Reqqs - the smart roadmap tool for product people.

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Product Management 101

Introduction to Product Management


My friend and fellow product person, Shobhit Chugh, has created a Boston-area meetup called Startup Product Talks. The charter reads:

"Startup Product welcomes everyone passionate about product excellence, regardless of title, industry, or stage of growth, to come together to share, learn and talk about what it really takes to produce products that people love and how to build sustainable businesses and revenue streams based on product excellence."

Having admired Cindy Solomon's work with Global Product Talk and Startup Product Talks in San Francisco, Shobhit worked with Cindy to provide something similar to Boston-area product people. He'd seen a talk I did at ProductCamp Boston and asked me if I would be the first speaker for his new group.

He felt there was a need in the vibrant startup scene of Boston and Cambridge for information on how good product management works and what it can accomplish. It turns out he was right. As of this writing, the group has 129 members and our first event brought in 20.

BTW, I want to give a shout-out to Venture Cafe in Kendall Square, who donated the space for this event, and to Andrew Singleton in particular. He expertly facilitated set up and got me a beer after the session when it really hit the spot. Thanks, Andrew!

Anyway, the session was a hit and here are the slides. They are my own point of view on what product management is about, how it works in the real world, what I look for when hiring, and how to land that first gig. Speak up in the comments, product people, and let me know what I've overlooked.

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