I'm mentoring aspiring and growing product managers!
I am leading the purchaser product group on the wlw.de platform as Head of Product, matching the needs of millions of B2B buyers and sellers. I'm driving the strategy and leading product managers, UX and data scientists..
I have been shaping digital teams and products for nearly 20 years: I started as a designer during Germany's dotcom era (2001-2003), studied business and am a self-taught developer. In my past jobs I wore many hats, from COO to education lead for the packaging industry and digital marketeer to NGO CEO. I was a freelancing developer and IT project manager alongside my main jobs for many years. I love to translate between tech and business and have a strong drive to ship and learn from data and users.
My Mentoring Topics
- Async first
- Product strategy
- Stakeholder management
- Product careers
- Saying No
- Validating product hypothesis (qualitatively + quantitatively)
- AB Testing
- Unconventional career development
- Personal development
- Remote setup and culture
The whole session was very structures. I really liked your approach of asking questions and therefore marking me realize reasons for the problem myself. There was a lot of input I can directly start to work with. As a tiny little thing I think it would have been really helpful to know you want to focus on one specific problem. If I remember correctly this was part of the questions during the booking but honestly I forgot about this as I booked the session more than a week ago. It would have been nice to make this even clearer upfront. But this is really just a tiny little thing as I was overall super super happy with the mentoring and am looking forward to potentially another session in a couple of weeks.
I want to thank Martin for his time, he is a great mentor during our meeting he shared many new ideas and some useful resources that of course will be help me achieve my goals. I really appreciate all what he has done.
And when I achieve some progress, I planning to schedule new session with him again.
Industry shifts, perception of past experiences, book recommendation
MVP, Productization, Networking
1. I realised that mentoring is highly underrated and I am glad that I found one from this platform
2. I learned how to manage my team difficulties better
3. I received multiple suggestions for the solutions to my problems
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The session was great, because Martin guided me with his questions to find the the answers to my original question. It felt like coaching. I could feel that he is dedicated to the idea of the mentoring club, since he offered me follow up sessions to guide me through along the way.
Of course Martin also could tell me more about how he experiences his job, which was very insightful and it was good to get his insights on my current skillset.