Product management has blossomed into one of the hottest roles in business. There are more conferences, resources, and tools than ever to support the discipline's emergence. In 2017, many influencers helped to move the industry forward.
Below, we focus on 40 thought leaders along with their top contributions from (roughly) the past year. This list is in no particular order.
Julie is the VP of Product Design at Facebook where she manages the design team responsible for the core Facebook experience. She was featured in Design Disruptors and is a frequent writer on the topics of design and product.
David is the CEO of Drift and was previously the Chief Product Officer at Hubspot. He is also the co-host of the Seeking Wisdom podcast, in addition to being an active investor/advisor in various startups and firms.
- My Simple Framework for Making Customer Feedback Actionable
- Building a Customer-Driven Product Team is Product Management
- Are You A Momentum-Maker or a Perfectionist?
Eric Ries is an entrepreneur and the author of the New York Times bestseller The Lean Startup. He is the creator of the Lean Startup methodology, which is practiced by individuals and companies around the world. This methodology was the inspiration behind his founding of the LTSE and his books The Leader's Guide and The Startup Way.
Mike is the Co-Founder of Product Collective which organizes INDUSTRY, one of the largest product management summits anywhere in the world. Mike also serves as a Faculty member of Case Western Reserve University in the department of Design and Innovation, and is Co-Host of one of the top startup podcasts online, Rocketship.FM.
Kevin is the founder of Product Manager HQ, one of the first and largest Slack communities for product people. He also curates a weekly newsletter with more than 18,000 subscribers. Kevin also serves as the Principal at Pear VC.
Chris is the Director of Product Strategy at Philosophie where he helps organizations like Google and PwC with product strategy and management. He’s previously held roles at Waze, Microsoft, and Kayak.
Jackie is the Head of Product Management at Asana. She is also the Co-Author of “Cracking the PM Interview.”
Martin is the Co-Founder of the world’s largest product management community, Mind the Product. He has over 20 years experience building leading online products in both corporate and start-up environments across the US, UK, and Sweden. He also recently co-authored the book, Product Leadership: How Top Product Managers Launch Awesome Products and Build Successful Teams.
Melissa consults on product strategy, UX design, and process through her agency, ProdUX Labs. She is also a frequent speaker at conferences focused on product management and design. She also started Product Institute, a 10-week online school in Product Management open to both public and private clients.
Holly is the Founder of H2R Product Science, where she is a product management trainer and consultant for companies looking to scale their companies. Before that, she was a Group Product Owner at Shutterstock.
Brent is the Executive Vice President of Product at XO Group where he leads XO’s 50 person product team. He is also the organizer of the NY Product Conference as well as an active advisor and mentor to various startups.
Jason is the Co-founder & CEO of Basecamp, a web-based project management tool. He is also the co-author of the book Rework, about new ways to conceptualize working and creating.
- Working Smarter is Product Management
- What is someone going to stop doing when they start using your product?
Ken is a partner at Google Ventures where he provides product and engineering support to various portfolio companies. He is also a group product manager for GV’s quantitative research and data science team. He is the author of the oft-referenced post: How to Hire a Product Manager.
- Ants and Aliens: Why you need a thirty-year plan (yes, thirty)
- Becoming a Great Product Leader
- A Certain Ratio
Brian Lawley is the CEO and Founder of the 280 Group, a Product Management and Product Marketing company that provides consulting, contractors, training, certification, books and templates. He is also the former President of the Silicon Valley Product Management Association.
Jeff Morris is the Director of Product Management (Revenue) at Tinder. In his role, he led the revenue team to the #1 top grossing app ranking in the App Store and manages one of the top grossing products in mobile history.
- Revenue is Product Management
- The Process vs. The Product
- Product Managers: What Is Your Unfair Advantage?
Michel is the Co-Founder and CEO of usermind, responsible for company vision, strategic direction, planning and execution. Michel’s enterprise software career spans almost 20 years with roles in sales, products, strategic marketing and general management.
- Conquering a Category is Product Management
- Michel Feaster of Usermind on How to Unlock Employee Potential
- Creating an Enterprise Software Category — and Owning It
Tristan is a Lean Startup Coach & Advisor at Kromatic where he helps startups and intrapreneurs improve their product and business models. He has worked with teams all over the world and regularly shares his advice based on his experiences on his blog.
- User Experience is Not a Feature
- The Risk of Building the Wrong Stuff
- Three Lean Startup Principles to Live By
John is a Senior Product Manager at Zendesk where he focuses on search platform and relevance in addition to wearing multiple hats. He also frequently writes about the discipline of product management on HackerNoon.
Jeff is the Product Lead at Airbnb where he focuses on leading data visualization, experimentation, and machine learning infrastructure.
- Democratizing Data is Product Management
- How Airbnb Democratizes Data Science With Data University
- Superset: Scaling Data Access and Visual Insights at Airbnb
Jeremy, aka The Product Guy, is the Founder of tafifi. He is also the founder of The Product Mentor program and The Product Group Meetup in New York and London.
Buster is the Platform Product Lead at Slack and has previously held product and software roles at Twitter and Amazon.
Paul is a Managing Director at Castle and frequently writes about the discipline of product management on Medium and in his newsletter, Pivot Product Hits.
Richard is the CEO of Fresh Tilled Soil, a leading user interface design firm. He is also an active advisor and mentor to startups.
Noah Weiss is the Head of Slack's Search, Learning, & Intelligence group and its NYC office. Previously, Noah was the SVP of Product Management and Analytics at Foursquare.
Tommi is the VP of Product for Music, Video, and API at Shutterstock. He has also previously owned/operated a record label.
John is the Chief Product Officer at Varo Money where he builds mobile banking products. He has held various product roles in the past and often writes about product management on Medium.
Steve currently teaches entrepreneurship at U.C. Berkeley- Haas Business School, Columbia University, and Stanford University. Over the last 40 years, Steve has been part of, or co-founded eight Silicon Valley startups.
Bob is the Author of The Startup Owner’s Manual. He travels the world training corporate and startup innovators alike.
Thor is the CEO of Alpha, the platform management teams use to generate insights about users, products, and markets.
Jeff is the Author of Lean UX and Sense and Respond. He is a frequent conference speaker on the topic of applying lean methodologies within enterprise.
Roman is a leading product management expert specialized in lean and agile practices. Roman is the author of "Strategize: Product Strategy and Product Roadmap Practices for the Digital Age" and "Agile Product Management with Scrum".
Josh is a longtime product manager and a partner at Greylock Ventures where he invests in new consumer products and services. Greylock has invested in companies like AirBnB, Facebook, and LinkedIn.
Bob is the President of Sequent Learning Networks and the Author of Creative Strategy Generation. He previously led Thomas & Betts’ Global Product Management and Technology teams, where he had oversight for over 50 brands and over 100 product lines.
Marty is a Partner at Silicon Valley Product Group where, he helps companies develop better product strategy, product design, user experience, and more. He also formerly held executive product positions at eBay, AOL, and HP.