SPLSG Product Leader Roundtable Concept Successfully Launched In Berlin

Berlin, 03/06/2019

Today the first ever Product Leader Roundtable has taken place in Berlin. Ten product leaders including CPOs, Heads of Product, and others have met to discuss relevant topics around product leadership.

SPLSG Product Leader Roundtable – Room ready for the participants

It was a pleasure and an exciting experience the like to welcome all those professionals to our first ever Product Leader Roundtable. The level of discussions and quality individual contributions was great and we are looking forward to more in the future,” says Jörg Malang (initiator & founding partner SPLSG).

Based on this first success, SPLSG is planning to roll out this concept to other cities & countries as well. Together with SPLSG Ambassadors like the SPLSG Ambassador Berlin Luca Criscuolo, there will be a local “anchor” in every location.

All participants confirmed that they see value in this concept and are planning to attend the next iteration in about three months. In case you are interested in updates and/or in participating in the next Roundtable, please sign up with your email address below.

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Invitation-only Event – Selected Product Leaders Define the Topics – Berlin 03/06 09:00-16:00

Berlin, May 3rd, 2019

For the first time in Berlin, the Senior Product Management Leadership Group opens an invitation-only round table to experienced Product Leaders for learning and networking.

Product Leaders Among Themselves in Berlin

Similarly to a Bootcamp, the attendees will bring in advance topics. The list of topics will be prioritized upfront by the attendees and facilitated by Jörg Malang (Initiator & founding partner of Senior Product Leadership Group SPLSG).

Two topics have been identified already and will be covered in any case:

  • Perception of product management organizations and how to influence it
  • Innovation vs optimization – product management organizations juggling between unknown and safety
Jörg Malang, Facilitator & Host of the first Roundtable

Only attendees in an actual product leadership position qualify and only a restricted number of applicants will be selected based on their experience and potential contribution. By applying to this round table, your name will be included into an initial list, we will reach you ASAP to communicate the acceptance or rejection.

Jörg Malang says: “This is a unique opportunity to join and shape the only product leadership initiative in Berlin. We believe this helps our community to grow and reinforce in the years to come.”

Last Call for Munich Training Workshops

We are getting close to the deadline for applications to our product leader workshops in Munich (May 14th, 15th & 16th):

Training 001 – Getting out of the IT Box – Munich – May 14th

Training 002 – Selecting the right career path – Munich – May 15th

Training 003 – Managing my Manager w/o Product Background – Munich – May 16th

Please reach out anytime!

Full Weekend Training for Product Leaders in Malta for as low as 499 EUR + VAT

Welcome to our crash course in general management and leadership over the weekend in Malta. In a small group of two to six attendees, you will spend time with our Trainer Jörg Malang who has 20+ years of professional experience. Jörg holds an Executive MBA from one of the leading business schools worldwide (HEC Paris).

Training in Malta June 14th – 16th

If you want to understand general management challenges better and more specifically need to improve your contribution to the organization, this is the right training for you. Therefore, you should spend some time to understand the fundamentals of general management. Above all, you wish to get a wider perspective on how a CEO would see the world.

Please read more. Or book your tickets here! In case you wish to have a chat, please send us an Email.

PS: Early Bird Tickets cost 499 € plus VAT for the entire weekend. After May 14th, the price will go up to 999 € plus VAT. So please be fast!

“Getting out of the IT-Box” & “Managing my Manager” Training in Malta

By ignoring the complexity of organizations around Product the gaps between Product/IT and the rest of the organization are getting wider, not smaller. Our training on April 30th in Malta is all about this topic. Please read more here.

Finding a way to “manage upwards” in a tricky situation where your manager has no background in product management. Our training on May 2nd in Malta is all about this topic. Please read more here.

Interested in having a chat with us? Please reach out.

Full Weekend Training for Product Leaders in Malta for as low as 499 EUR + VAT

SPLSG training in Malta

Welcome to our crash course in general management and leadership over the weekend in Malta. In a small group of two to six attendees, you will spend time with our Trainer Jörg Malang who has 20+ years of professional experience. Jörg holds an Executive MBA from one of the leading business schools worldwide (HEC Paris).

If you want to understand general management challenges better and more specifically need to improve your contribution to the organization, this is the right training for you. Therefore, you should spend some time to understand the fundamentals of general management. Above all, you wish to get a wider perspective on how a CEO would see the world.

Please read more. Or book your tickets here! In case you wish to have a chat, please send us an Email.

PS: Early Bird Tickets cost 499 € plus VAT for the entire weekend. After March 31st, the price will go up to 999 € plus VAT. So please be fast!

General Management Training for Product Leaders – Why?

General management training for product leaders – I am sure many product managers don’t automatically get excited when thinking about it. However, please think twice about it!

“Mini-MBA” training for product leaders

Typically making a product company successful requires influence on what is being built and how it is being built. The SPLSG vision “every company defines, builds, launches and operates products successfully” needs to come to live. The starting point will be to get alignment with the CEO and the C-Level Executives regarding company strategy and its implementation. Therefore, it is massively helpful to understand how a company operates and “ticks” from a CEO point of view. And a CEO is by definition a general manager.

Understanding his/her view, but also putting yourself into the shoes of other C-Level Executives is only partly achieved with empathy. In contrast, there are also additional hurdles that are grounded in functional expertise. At the end of the day, the biggest question is how to gain authority outside the area of own functional expertise. This is exactly the same challenge a general manager would face. He/she needs to be able to influence his/her organization without being an expert.

Typically you would need specific experience and/or education to become more knowledgeable. However, no one will need to become an expert. Just enough to be able to challenge a CFO or a CMO. MBAs try to close this gap. They offer different formats to learn enough about strategy, strategy implementation, and the different functions to have a solid framework to steer a business.

I would argue, this might be an overkill for a product leader. What if there were a training that would teach only the essentials that are really relevant for product leaders? In case you are interested in more, you should keep reading.

Trainer Jörg Malang – General Management for Product Leaders

Jörg Malang
Jörg Malang, Initiator & founding partner SPLSG

The SPLSG initiator and founding partner Jörg Malang is running this three-day training on the sunny island of Malta. From Friday to Sunday product leaders will get trained with the essence of general management that is 100% relevant to fulfill their roles as product leaders.

Jörg has more than 20 years of professional experiences incl C-Suite and CEO and he holds an MBA from one of the leading business schools globally (HEC Paris). The unique combination of practical and theoretical expertise makes him the perfect trainer for this course.

General Management training for product leaders – please read more here. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to Jörg also directly anytime in case you need a more personal feedback or advice.

My Manager has no Product Background – What to do

My manager has no product background. How shall I as a product manager deal with the situation? This is a topic that not only affects product managers on an executive level. As a Chief Product Officer, I would typically have a CEO as a line manager who doesn’t have a product background. But it can also happen to a Head of Product who reports to a CTO. Or to a Product Owner who is part of a Marketing Team.

Setups like this may occur in companies that are not aware of the fact that they actually are product companies. Product and IT is for them the execution department – based on “business” requirements. In case you are interested in learning more about product companies, please read a blog post that has been published earlier (“Product company maturity – how to find out where you stand.”) In such companies it is typical to have line managers who come from different backgrounds than product management.

At first sight, this might not matter. But think again! A person who isn’t used to thinking customer centric and who doesn’t understand the essence of agility will have a hard time with a product manager who challenges every bit that is asked from him/her.

Let’s have a look at the following dialogue. This dialogue is made up. However, it could happen any time between you and your line manager.

A made up real-world dialogue

A: I need your product roadmap for the next two years!

B: We work agile and always focus on the most valuable things first.

A: I need your product roadmap

B: We don’t know which features we are going to deliver such long term because we want to validate before developing

A: I need your product roadmap for the next two years

B: We have a long term north star and perfectly know which KPIs we want to move the needle on for business

A: I need…

I am sure almost every product manager has experienced something like this is his/her career. What do to do about it?

The Trainer Jörg Malang

Jörg Malang
Trainer Jörg Malang

The SPLSG initiator and founding partner Jörg Malang offers training in Barcelona, Berlin, London, Malta, and Munich for exactly this challenge.

“MANAGING MY MANAGER W/O PRODUCT BACKGROUND – TRAINING 003”

This training focuses on the following content:

  • Defining what is meant by “Managing my Manager”
  • Understanding the different backgrounds (CTO, CMO, CEO, etc.).
  • Identifying the common ground between my Manager and me.
  • Real-world role play to come to a deeper understanding of the different motivations.
  • Create a forum for experience exchange – also beyond the training.

The trainer has more than 20 years of experience including long years of being exposed to such situations. During his career, Jörg reported to people with the following backgrounds in companies like Nokia, XING, HRS Group, Betsson, and more:

  • (Supervisory) Board / Investors
  • Business Development
  • IT
  • Commercial Officer/Operations
  • Sales/Business Development

Therefore, he can bring valuable insight to the table and plenty of real-world case studies to learn from. Please find out more about locations and cost for this training here. Jörg is also more than happy to jump on a chat with anyone who might be interested in know more.

Please send us an Email.

Career Planning Product Managers – Training

Career planning for product managers is a bit tricky. On the one hand, there are many opportunities. On the other hand, there is so much confusion about job titles, role descriptions, career paths, etc.

Career at the cross roads

SPLSG sees the need to dedicate one full day training to this topic. Therefore attendees will benefit from their time and money investment from many angles:

  • Understanding the personal situation better. In other words, the focus will be on finding out more about my strengths and weaknesses. We will also look into opportunities and challenges for product leaders.
  • Being able to improve own “due diligence” in an interview situation. In other words, we will learn how to find out if a role in scope is meeting our expectations. Finally, challenging if the hiring company is a product company, etc.
  • Looking a couple of years ahead: Where do I want to be in 3-5 years?

About the trainer

The trainer is the SPLSG initiator and founding partner Jörg Malang.

Jörg Malang
Trainer Jörg Malang

Jörg has gone through the product management “trenches” himself. Here come his major relevant roles:

  • 2007 Business Analyst kimeta
  • 2008 Product Owner Nokia
  • 2009 Head of Product Management Nokia
  • 2011 Director Product Nokia
  • 2011 VP Product XING (incl. Head of Product Innovation Lab)
  • 2012 Chief Product Officer XING
  • 2013 (External) Head of Product Mobility Hub TUI Travel
  • 2014 Chief Product Officer & Managing Director HOTEL DE
  • 2016 Chief Product Officer Betsson

In addition to that, Jörg was the line manager of larger product organizations:

  • Nokia: some 30 employees (incl. 3-5 product employees)
  • XING: some 20-30 employees (incl. 15-20 Product Owners of different seniority/hierarchy levels)
  • HOTEL DE: up to 200 employees (incl. 5-10 Product Owners of different seniority/hierarchy levels)
  • Betsson: some 100 employees (incl. 40-50 Product Managers of different seniority/hierarchy levels)

This is why Jörg can give all attendees of this training valuable insight for their own career. Training packages are currently offered in Barcelona, Berlin, London, Munich, and Malta. Please read here to find out more.

In conclusion, career planning for product managers matters also to you! Please send us an Email if you wish to know more.