Diversity and Inclusion
If we want to build products people love and to run successful businesses, being diverse and inclusive is vital — not to mention it’s simply the right thing to do.
As product managers, we spend most of our time involved in developing products that we ourselves don’t use. That’s why multiple viewpoints and experience are so important — they lead to innovative decision making and development. What’s more, diverse teams ultimately build more relevant products — products that impact the bottom line.
Hire Women! - Debbie Madden on The Product Experience
Debbie Madden wants you to make better teams – but because she knows what she’s doing, she gave her book the attention-grabbing title Hire Women. The founder and CEO of NYC-based Stride Consulting, Debbie offers practical advice for hiring managers, anyone looking for a new job, or who wants to change the culture in their current Read more »
The World is Colorful, so why Shouldn't our Users be? by Mirja Bester
Modern corporate culture is slowly coming to understand the benefits of highly diverse teams, stretching from gender to personality types. But where does product management stand with embracing that same diversity and complexity in our users? At this year’s MTP Engage, product director at Xing, Mirja Bester, shared how she thinks that by taking the Read more »
How to Help Others Without Losing Yourself by Roisi Proven
Roisi Proven, product leader for startups in the media industry, brings us a personal case study about her journey towards leading with empathy without harming her own wellbeing. Please note, this talk deals with issues such as death, mental illness, and descriptions of mental breakdowns. Empathy as a Superpower Empathy is a powerful tool to Read more »
Why Diversity in Product Matters by Ozlem Yuce
Consultant Özlem Yuce discusses the importance of team diversity when building products, and the impact of a non-diverse team on product development. Wet Suits and Shirley Cards Not so long ago the prevailing wisdom for developing products for women was to “pink it and shrink it”. Nowhere was this clearer than with wet suits. Designed to Read more »
How to Invest at the Margins by Andy Ayim
Technology companies are developing products which shape the world we live in and the way that we experience our lives, but this is largely closed off to people from low-income groups. Barriers, both explicit and implied, exist to stop those with less from accessing these opportunities. How can we spot the potential to be exceptional Read more »
Why Diversity Isn't Just Right, but Smart
As a Swede, the importance and value of diversity seems self-evident, yet the business world and the tech industry especially continue to struggle to embrace it. As I mentioned in my product management experience article, and as should be clear from the effort we put into the curation of our product management conferences, diversity is incredibly Read more »