What a year!
The past 2 years, since I left Atlassian, have been extremely fulfilling. I don't count the number of workshops on Agile, analytics and product strategies, because what matters is progress. And some of the people and companies that chose to work with me have made incredible progress in 2017.
I couldn't be more grateful for the trust and hard work of the people who have engaged me, but looking back made me think about how I can help more companies this year. To practice what I preach, I will try to "10x" my impact in 2018: My mission this year is to teach 500 product people and help 100 companies to build better products and grow faster.
Why so many?
Because in Australia, we have a lot of startups, but not enough talent and funding to properly support them. Product thinking helps us do more with the resources we have, and ultimately helps our tech ecosystem grow faster. That in turn will attract more talent and capital, but it all starts with companies thinking more like Atlassian and building high-growth products without a huge amount of external funding or talent.
Here is my 2017 in numbers:
- I taught and coached over 50 Product thinkers from organisations like Hubspot, Microsoft, PwC, Optus, FairFax Media, News Corp and Visa – they were also kind enough to give me an instructor-NPS above 80%;
- My coachees scored jobs at companies like Atlassian, Freelancer and Airtasker;
- Some of the 10 companies that have worked with me as their Head of Product have reached some big milestones, including
- CancerAid, where the team went from 2 to 15 people while also winning SharkTank, getting into TechStars, securing a 6-figure deal with Cedars-Sinai and won a load of awards;
- Gamurs, which raised $3.5m and is going global;
- 1Scope's founder Christina Chun won the Female Entrepreneur of the Year award at Startcon, and the company raised $1m;
- UTS Hatchery, named Best Learning Experience by AFR and their startup accelerator just released their 4th cohort, a bunch of 10 amazing startups I was lucky enough to support as Entrepreneur in Residence.
A few other things I have already lined up include:
- The next week-long Product Management course at General Assembly in Sydney (ping me if you're interested);
- Pause Fest 2018, which has invited me as a Product Management expert and mentor for their conference in Melbourne;
- Group coaching sessions for more experienced PMs and founders around Sydney who want to level up;
- A bunch of blog posts that talk about some of my lessons learned and concepts I use regularly.