On Tuesday 19th July 2022, the global product community came together to celebrate World Product Day. A lot of fun was had, many insights were shared, and a huge amount of learnings were posted online for us all to improve our product crafts together. Here are some of the highlights from the day, including talks from ProductTanks all over the world, the 2nd ever ProductTank Awards, and insights from the product community.
To help keep up the celebrations, 22 ProductTanks around the world hosted digital and in-person events and delivered some incredible talks throughout the day. Insights, memes, and even articles were shared by the product community on Twitter and LinkedIn.
Growing product people and leaders from Aotearoa – ProductTank New Zealand
Kicking off the World Product Day celebrations were ProductTank Auckland and ProductTank Wellington joined to bring a hybrid event discussing how Aotearoa is growing amazing product teams and leaders.
Product Firsts – ProductTank London
ProductTank London hosted a fantastic stream discussing the theme of World Product Day 2022, Product firsts. The discussions were:
- Building your first AI product by Clare Woodcock
- My first public sector deal by James Routledge
- My first billionaire pitch by Jo Wickremasinghe
Continuous Discovery – ProductTank Heidelberg
ProductTank Heidelberg hosted its first ever hybrid event on World Product Day about continuous discovery with Konstantin Diener, CTO and Co-Founder of Cosee.
Networking with ProductTank Hamburg
ProductTank Hamburg took advantage of the sun with a great in-person networking event at a beer garden. They had an evening of chats, laughs, and sharing product stories with each other, a lovely way to celebrate World Product Day.
— ProductTank Hamburg (@ProductTankHH) July 19, 2022
Social media highlights
Members of the product community thanked the product people who helped them get to where they are now, shared tips and insights, and even posted funny memes!
Thank you for your support, your thoughts, your constant challenges, and your friendship
— Andrea Saez (@dreasaez) July 19, 2022
My #worldproductday shout out goes to everyone behind @MindtheProduct – from the original founders to today’s crew. In my mind, they have made every day WPD, which is pretty darn impressive.@simplybastow @bfgmartin, Analisa,@thedailyem @simoncast @James_Mayes & many more!
— Kate Leto (@kleto) July 19, 2022
It’s 💙#worldproductday, and I hope you all have a great day of learning, sharing, reflecting and honing your craft. I love to see how many Product Tanks and local communities take the chance to gather today and so I’ve decided to bring some 🎁 gifts to the party.
— loomista – Petra Wille | STRONG product people (@loomista) July 19, 2022
Happy #WorldProductDay product people!
A shout out to all of you!
Product is hard…and at times even a bit crappy. So if you’re having a tough day/week/month here are some product memes to lighten the mood 😂 https://t.co/yRDVDG2QEM
— Ant Murphy (@ant_murphy) July 19, 2022
What advice would you give someone moving into a product leadership role?
We also asked questions throughout the day. Here are some of the best answers to the most answered discussion topic: What advice would you give someone moving into a product leadership role?
A product leader is a product manager in a leadership team. And a team is a team. The approaches you’ve used in product teams still work if you tweak them a bit. https://t.co/rSRjQ0UXnk https://t.co/nz3rEjamXt
— Scott Colfer (@scottcolfer) July 19, 2022
Have mentor(s) or a close group of product people you can *really* talk to, they’re invaluable as #prodmgmt can be lonely & challenges unique
— Morag McLaren (@moragmclaren) July 19, 2022
The ProductTank Awards
Organising and running ProductTank meetups requires dedication – not to mention a huge amount of effort – and all of our ProductTanks do a fantastic job. For this reason, we brought back the ProductTank Awards with even more categories including a fan vote on favourite ProductTank Speakers and talks! Here are the categories:
🏅Most events hosted in 2021
🏅Most popular Stream in 2021
🏅Most popular Stream (collaboration) in 2021
🏅Most popular talk published on mindtheproduct.com
🏅Your favourite ProductTank speaker
🏅Your favourite ProductTank talk
We were so happy to see so many product people and companies write articles for World Product Day to share their knowledge and learnings with the product community. Here are a few:
How DesignOps helps Products by Shailesh Gogate. Shailesh wrote up ProductTank Pune’s World Product Day event.
Product Managers: Look out for your well-being too by Chanade Hemming. Chanade lists some great points on how product managers can look after their well-being – an incredibly important skill to learn.
12 questions with our Delivery Director on World Product Day by Code. Code interviews its Delivery Director, Claire Kerley on her product journey, and any tips she has to share from her experience of climbing the ranks as a product leader.
All in all, World Product Day was a fantastic day. We were treated to so many insightful product talks from our talented ProductTanks across the globe as well as some fantastic insights, discussions, and entertaining posts from the product community. If you missed out, then simply search for #WorldProductDay on Twitter and LinkedIn.