How many CPOs do you know who also a have a Ph.D. in entomology? We know a guy.

Mike Profit is the Chief Product and Services Officer at Workwave, and he says that in product management, like in biology research, “you don’t always have all the data you need to make decisions […] You’re trying to solve a problem without too much information.” We talked about how product leaders can really come from a variety of backgrounds outside of technology.

Mike has more than 18 years of experience running product teams in different types of organizations; we talked about his approach to hiring and building high-performance product organizations, and how the makeup and structure of those organizations need to adapt and change as the overall company grows.

About the Author

Eric Boduch is the chief evangelist for Pendo. Previously, he served as the CEO of Brainstorm SMS Technologies LLC (dba SMaSh, Inc.) and was the co-founder and CEO of several other companies. Eric holds a Bachelor of Science from The School of Computer Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University in Electrical and Computer Engineering and is a graduate of its Executive Management Program.