What is this Product Dinner you talk about?
The idea is simple - you round up a dozen or so product managers, you put them in a decent restaurant and you let them chat. Given how simple the format is, I am surprised it is not done more often.
Thanks to Anna Alex of Outfittery who organised the event, I was lucky to join in this evening's edition at Ruben & Carla.
Predictably, it turned out pretty great. Product folk are pretty chatty bunch and the conversations sparked all over the place. In no particular order we discussed:
- New trends (service marketplaces are big, cleaning is next taxies);
- Engineers (can't live with them, can't live without them);
- Origin of the standup meeting (Prussian officers, reputedly. Totally unconfirmed, but it would fit the narrative); and
- Pomodoro technique (focus hours in particular).
All this and some great pastrami - a product guy could hardly ask for more from a Wednesday evening!