Product manager training is offered by SPLSG Partners. This makes it highly relevant for our members. Above all, we focus on two main areas:
General management skills & lateral leadership abilities
Our training focuses on practical examples and intensive exercising in a group setting. In other words, we try our very best to enable validated learning. This makes sure that you won’t forget when you get back to your daily routine.
Please don’t hesitate to reach out in case you have questions about our product manager training. Also if you have ideas for training we don’t offer yet. Above all, we would love to welcome you to one of our training packages.
1. Training content section of the SPLSG website, we publish fundamental information regarding our program and trainers.
2. In our member blog, we are regularly posting updates about specific training, locations, etc.
You will always find up-to-date information regarding our training packages on this page.
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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.
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 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.
Product and IT – a love-hate relationship? Well, the answer to this question really depends on who you ask. I would argue that there are many product managers out there who’s comfort zone is technology. And outside product management, you will find a lot of senior executives for whom it doesn’t really matter if “product” or “IT” as long as their desired features get delivered in scope, on budget and on time.
Jörg Malang – Your Trainer for “Getting out of the IT Box”
In my long career as a senior product leader, it mattered to me a lot. This is not always a very healthy tension. I am talking about the tension between the overarching ambition to have an influence on “business” and the overall direction of the company and the obligation to be head down and simply deliver.
To be frank: A great product leader needs to be capable of doing both. Nitty-gritty detail work and then being able to challenge the Board regarding the company strategy. If the product leader isn’t up for this – who else? If there is someone else doing this, then this person might be the factual product leader and not you. Even worse, if there is a person doing this without knowing what it means to be a “product company” you as a product leader should be sued to not speak up because this is causing damage to the company.
The SPLSG training “Getting out of the IT Box” is for those product people out there who need to expose themselves to a broader audience and influence their outside perception. I am running this training myself. It is a topic very close to my heart.
We will talk about what getting out of the IT box really means and why it is so important to learn to speak the right language and to not let go. The attendees will get a deeper understanding of how organizations work. But we will also do some role play and dive deeper into concrete practical examples. Finally, it is supposed to be a starting point for the regular exchange of the attendees.
Please get in touch if you wish to hear more Email. Or have a chat with the trainer Jörg Malang.
Book your training in Barcelona, Berlin, London, Malta or Munich now!
PS: Please always look out for early bird tickets. Typically there are some available if you are early enough!
Product Manager Coaching – is this something I as a product leader need? Well, it depends. The most important question to ask yourself is: What is the role of your line manager in your very specific situation? As Marty Cagan points out in his article “Coaching Tools – The One on One” about 1:1s, they are a central part of the growth as a product leader in their career.
“If you’re a PM, and you have not been receiving this type of ongoing, intense coaching, then I hope you’ll bring this note to your manager, and see if he or she would be willing to invest the time to help you reach your potential.”
But what if this isn’t the case? You might argue that then the product manager is free to walk away from this manager or even this company. But here comes the challenge: Especially in Europe, you will have a relatively hard time to find true product companies and true product leaders as your manager.
How SPLSG is different
This is where SPLSG coaching for product leaders starts. In situations where the existing context doesn’t provide enough support, the SPLSG partners are there to help. Focus is basically on the following aspects:
Increasing awareness of the personal situation
Understanding the broader organizational context the product leader is in
Improving leadership skills especially in situations where the product leader doesn’t have any formal authority
Extending the fundamental understanding of general management and how the different functions create value for the business
However, it is very important for SPLSG to focus on the specific needs of a product leader. Making it as concrete and relevant as possible for anyone in a product related role is key. This also differentiates SPLSG coaches from any other coaches.
Next steps – first five coachees get a free of charge session
In case you are interested in hearing more, please read here or directly reach out via Email.
PS: The first five coachees will get a 45 minute session free of charge with our initiator and founding partner Jörg Malang.
Product manager training in Berlin and others! SPLSG is focusing a lot on offering training to its members. Also, Non-SPLSG members are welcome on request in specific cases. You will find more about the overarching SPLSG event concepthere.
We are offering training for product leaders throughout Europe. During the months to come, there have been training packages organized in the following cities:
Barcelona, Berlin, London, Malta, and Munich
What makes our training program stand out, is the focus on “horizontal” skills and abilities. The following picture illustrates this very well:
We are also happy to provide you with some individual coaching to find out what type of training might be the best for you. We are looking forward to welcoming you to one of our training events very soon!
To give you some orientation, we have created to following pages for you:
PS: Beware that the early bird ticket sale for the training packages offered in Barcelona have more or less already closed. But if you are able to come to Berlin? We still offer early bird tickets for the training packages. Please note that you will need to hurry as early bird sales end very soon!