IT product leader wannabes get a dare

Last Updated 20 February 2015, 18:47 IST

Product Leaders Forum (PLF), an  initiative of the Institute of Product Leadership in association with Nasscom, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), and the Project Management Institute (PMI), has decided to invest in 1,000 product leaders in the country drawn from the ranks of techies employed in information technology (IT) companies.

Institute of Product Leadership Director (programmes) Pinkesh Shah told Deccan Herald during PLF’s one-day interaction on ‘Visionaries of Product Leadership’ that Indian companies are facing acute shortage of product developers with solid domain knowledge.

“Our game plan is to hold Producthon 2015, a five-week challenge, so that techies will be given a real problem as per the demands of customers. Then they will have to come up with a lean product plan which can be converted into a business plan,” Shah said.

“We want to build an ecosystem where developers find a way to grow themselves rather than get stuck in their career path. We will help them to nurture those ideas within their organisations as per customer requirement,” he said.

“Normally, services companies hire a general business manager to execute their business. we are going to ask hiring managers to see the skills of the techies which will be tested and proven at the hackathon,” he said.

Shah said PLF, a non-profit organisation, aspires to make the next Google from India with these challenges. As part of the programme, Shah said 10,000 engineers who are employed with various companies will participate in Producthon 2015. “Cisco, FusionCharts, Flipkart and Olacabs have expressed interest and already tied up with us in this endeavour,” he said.

Puganethi Panneerselvam, the chair of PLF, said the organisation is actively involved with leading companies so that they can take the talent pool with the ecosystem. “We want to take services companies to the next level with the product development ecosystem,” said Paneerselvam. Cisco India head Amit Phadnis said the company is already actively involved in India’s product development ecosystem.

(Published 20 February 2015, 18:47 IST)

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