It can be tough, even at the best of times, to remain engaged at work – to find a community of people to share with and learn from. Emily Webber’s seen this in action and has started (and nurtured) successful communities both at work and at home. She joined us to continue where her 2018 Mind the Product talk left off and to go deeper into how to build great communities with remote teams.
Quote of the Episode
Really effective communities that I’ve seen… have that sense of community where people feel like they have peers that can support them. Peers that can really help them, keep them motivated and engaged, and all those wonderful things in their roles.
Listen if you’d like to learn more about
- Support Networks
- Building Communities
- Remote Working Practices
Links mentioned in this episode
- Find out more about Emily’s work, or follow her blog, on Twitter or LinkedIn
- Read Emily’s book, Building Successful Communities of Practice: Discover How Connecting People Makes Better Organisations
- In the Ether has all of the details for how to run a great virtual lean coffee
- The Diversity Charter
- Sharon Bowman’s book, Training from the Back of the Room!
- Robin Dunbar’s Social Circles feature in The Guardian – and the paper that Emily co-authored with Dunbar,
The Product Experience is hosted by Lily Smith and Randy Silver.
Lily enjoys working as a consultant product manager with early-stage and growing startups and as a mentor to other product managers. Lily has spent 13 years in the tech industry working mainly with startups in the SaaS and mobile space. She has worked on a diverse range of products – leading the product teams through discovery, prototyping, testing and delivery. Lily also founded ProductTank in Bristol, the Product Managers’ meetup with regular events and talks on Product now with 800+ members and growing. Now the Head of Innovation at Go Compare, Lily also runs ProductCamp in Bristol and Bath.
A recovering music journalist and editor, Randy has been working as an interactive producer and product manager across the US and UK for nearly 20 years. After launching Amazon’s music stores in the US and UK, Randy has worked with museums and arts groups, online education, media and entertainment, retail and financial services. He’s held Head of Product roles at HSBC and Sainsbury’s, where he also directed their 100+-person product community. Now a trainer, Discovery and Leadership consultant, he’s spoken at Mind the Product Engage (Hamburg and Manchester), the Business of Software, Turing Festival, a number of ProductTanks (London, Zurich, Manchester, Birmingham, Bristol, Oxford, and Brighton… so far!) and at conferences across the US and Europe.
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