About Jock

Jock BusuttilHello and welcome!  I’m Jock Busuttil. As my surname tends to come up as Bushtit in spell-checkers, ‘Jock’ is fine.

Who are you, then?

I’m a product manager, author and speaker. I’m responsible for the contents of this blog. Sorry ’bout that.

What qualifies you to write and speak about product management?

I have over seventeen years’ experience working for software companies, the majority of which as a product manager. I started out working in firms ranging from software startups (Zeus Technology) to large multinationals (Iron Mountain, IGT, Experian).

Since 2012, I’ve been working as a freelance product consultant through my own company, Product People. This usually means working hands-on as an interim product director or head of product, while helping to recruit my permanent replacement. I also give one-to-one mentoring and training sessions.

This way of working has given me the opportunity to collaborate with plenty more great people from a variety of companies, large and small, in lots of different sectors ranging from finance to health & wellness. I’ve also done a fair bit of government work as Head of Product at both Ministry of Justice Digital and the Government Digital Service (GDS).

For speaking engagements, you can contact me on Twitter or over on my company website. You can see most of the people I’ve worked with on my LinkedIn profile.

What do you love about being a product manager?

The people I work with, seeing my products take off, usability testing, sharing best practices, building and growing a team.

What do you hate about being a product manager?

Information overload, pointless meetings, petty bureaucracy and not having as much time in the day as I would like to get everything done.

Very nice.  Do you have a life outside of work?

I try to. Outside of work, I’m into cooking, motorbikes, music and skiing, though rarely simultaneously. You’ll generally find me in and around central London.

What’s the point of this blog, then?

This blog makes up for my atrocious memory by serving as a reminder of practical advice I’ve given to and received from others over the years. By sharing this advice with you, along with my thoughts, experiences, failures and successes, I hope you’ll use it to become a more effective product manager.

As you may have gathered by now, I’ve also written a book about some of my and other people’s most spectacular product failures and success. You can buy it from reputable bookstores, I’m told.

I tweet about product management, usability and less serious things on Twitter. You can also find an up-to-date summary of my professional work on LinkedIn. I also run a product management consultancy company called Product People, so if you would like me or some other experienced product managers to come along and help you out, please feel free to get in touch.

Thank you for reading. Let me know if you’re looking for info on a topic not covered on this site or if you’re having any problems.

Jock Busuttil (August 2017)

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