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The biggest challenge for product managers?

Mind the Product

A few weeks ago, I invited Mind the Product readers to take part in a brief survey with a simple goal: to identify the biggest challenges product managers face in their role. Here are some key stats to give you a sense of what the respondent pool looked like: 89% of respondents had either product manager or product executive titles. per response.

9 tips from TED speakers on successful product management

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Being a product manager is not easy. After all, a product or a complete product line is under your full responsibility – from launch through to sales, and every milestone in its lifecycle included. Here we’ve picked out some nuggets of product management wisdom from nine product managers and business leaders. Know Your Product by Heart.

Product Owner vs Product Manager

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As a Product Owner and the CEO of Scrum.org I was invited to speak at ProductTank NYC earlier this year about the conflict between the roles Product Owner and Product Manager. And how organizations need to consolidate on one overall decision maker for the product, and that person should be engaged with the delivery teams as a representative of the business / customer.

Three Superpowers of a Product Manager

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As a product manager it’s not uncommon to feel pulled in a million different directions as you work to meet the needs of your customers, developers and company stakeholders. This is particularly important in large-scale organisations or when you build a customer-facing product. Internal stakeholders need to know how the products you build work. Communication Powers.

Product Manager vs. Product Owner

Roman Pichler

As you may know, the product owner originated from Scrum, where the role is responsible for maximising the value the product creates. This sounds like a text-book product management responsibility to me. Additionally, some approaches like SAFe employ a separate product manager and product owner role. How come? So What? ”). Now What?

Product Management is Culture Management

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Or “ How to Manage Software Development in Teams who Think Nothing Like you “ Product management has two diversity problems. Cultural homogeneity in product teams is dead, welcome cultural diversity. Our engineers and designers can come from anywhere, yet everything we learn about product management focuses on teams that consist mostly of white Westerners.

Product Management is About Making Mistakes

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Once upon a time, I met a product manager of a company who was leading a freemium model product, with some success. He regularly interviewed users to work out their needs, he gathered and analyzed usage data of the product to extract new requirements, and he defined new features with a high level of detail. The product manager did not understand.

A Product Manager’s Guide to Strong Team Communication

Mind the Product

Product managers and their more recent Agile brethren, product owners, hold one of the most demanding positions in an organisation. As the crucial nexus in the product development framework, their plate is all too often full with business demands, technical requirements, and marketing concerns. Staying devoted to a course or product can be difficult.

Developing as a Product Manager

Mind the Product

There are no guides to Product Management. As Ken Chin points out, the best way to learn about Product Management is to speak to people who have been doing it for longer than you. It’s worth seeking out those people who have been working close to Product Management as there are a few more of them. Your first steps as Product Manager.

Mental Models for Product Managers – Part 2

PM Hardcore

In this part we dive into what you really came here for – product management-specific mental models. Why are product management-related mental models different? The mental models I’m going to talk about share two key characteristics: They are about about products. We have some great mental models in product management. Cognitive laws.

Mental Models for Product Managers

Mind the Product

As product managers, our mental models drive our decision-making, the way we communicate and collaborate with others, and how we prioritize. As a product manager looking for ways to be more effective, having more mental models is a great start. They are about products. How to apply mental models to your work as a product manager: Study up on mental models.

Become a Better Product Manager in Just One Weekend

Mind the Product

We can’t help with a healthier lifestyle but we can help you level up your product management career! ProductCamp is a great opportunity to learn from, teach to, and share with other passionate product managers. It is a free, full day “unconference” for product managers, where the sessions for the day are run and decided on by the attendees.

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The life of a Product Manager – Learning by Doing

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Osama Hanif (Digital Solutions Manager at Telenor) launched the first digital agency in Lahore and went on to join Telenor Digital. Osama’s talk is a personal summary of what he learnt through the process of launching this and other products. When they reduced the price for certain apps, their product uptake went through the roof. Plan for improvisation. Test retention.

Finding Flow in Your Product Management Career

Mind the Product

A few years ago, I wrote a couple of blog posts about working as a consultant in product management. At that time in London – we’re talking 2011/2012 – it was, dare I say, a bold step to leave a full-time, good product position to go freelance. Like many of you, I’ve tried to create products that enable users to enter flow, sometimes with more success than others.

Podcast: What is Product Management?

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Tom & I tackled the issue of product management roles, titles, and responsibilities. Tom writes, This episode features Steve Johnson, a thought leader, speaker, and product management consultant. Steve has some great things to share with us about Product Management. Go to What is Product Management? – Sea:3Ep9.5

Outcome-Driven Innovation for Product Managers

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In this talk at ProductTank San Francisco, he shares how jobs-to-be-done theory and the Outcome-Driven Innovation (ODI) process are being used to help startups, Fortune 100 companies, and others be significantly more effective at creating customer value and creating breakthrough products and services. Most importantly, the job in this model is not at all married to a specific product.

What Will Product Management Be Like In 5 Years?

PM Hardcore

The future is hard to tease out, but here’s what will happen in product management’s future. (CC Earlier this year Janna Bastow of ProdPad put out a call for opinions on the future of product management. To understand the future of product management I started from the “present” of product management. Or managed to!).

Product Management for Dummies

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Whether you’re new to product management, want to add to your skills, are hiring product managers, or creating a product management process this book has something for you. Product Management For Dummies by Brian Lawley and Pamela Schure. Product management as a topic is vast. The Whole Product. what are the risks?

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Product Management is More Important Than Ever

Mind the Product

Product Management as a role has moved on in leaps and bounds during my career. As the number of people gathered at Mind the Product London 2016 prove – it’s a skill and a job that more and more companies understand, appreciate, and seek out. We’ve got our job title, we’ve got our space in the organisation, and we’ve got our seat at the management team table?

Five Essential Steps for Getting into IoT Product Management

Mind the Product

You want to get into IoT product management, but where do you start? This trend is fuelled by companies around the world embracing the IoT trend and launching more and more products that are connected to the internet. I’ll be the first to admit that the IoT industry is very young, and there are many products out there that don’t seem to add a lot of value. Energy.

Changing Lanes – Becoming a Platform Product Manager

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I’m a product manager for a content management system that runs some of the most-visited websites in the world. Prior to this I’d had a year’s product experience at a customer-facing SaaS company and naively I believed I could copy-paste this experience. At its heart a CMS is a platform, not a product. Platform vs Product. I was wrong. Conclusion.

Amsterdam product managers: who we are and how we work

Mind the Product

Since 2012, our friends at Mind The Product have done multiple surveys on the facts and figures of the product community. The purpose of this survey is to get a snapshot of product people working within the ProductTank Amsterdam community and to provide some statistics as we build out the community. So here there is the first local survey of our Amsterdam community. Who are we?

Mindfulness Tips for Product Managers and Product Owners

Roman Pichler

Why is Mindfulness Beneficial for Product People? Mindfulness provides a number of well-known benefits, such as, improved creativity, productivity, and wellbeing, and it has become popular at companies like Apple, Google, and Nike. I find that mindfulness is particularly helpful for product managers and product owners. But in reality, it reduces our productivity.

The Simple Guide to Product Management

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In 2016, Glassdoor identified Product Management as the #8 best job to have in America, with a job score of 4.5 Other jobs on the list included Data Scientist, Tax Manager and HR Manager. Unlike many of those jobs, product management is known for its nebulous career pathing and ambiguity. For new and aspiring product managers, that can be a challenge.

Bigger and Better – Product Management Survey Results 2016

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More than 1,200 of you took part in this year’s Product Manager survey, double the number who took part in our survey three years ago. There now look to be more women in a product management role. We see a 7% increase in the proportion of female product managers in the last three years, and they now account for 35% of respondents. Our universe is expanding.

My team are my product: How to develop a high-performing team of product managers (or anyone else)

Mind the Product

In my role as Head of Product at Comic Relief I currently have one overarching goal: to embed Product as a way of working. This is in order for Product to provide value to the organisation and it is underpinned by developing a high-performing team. Cue epiphany; my team are my product! My team are my product. Our current reality. Fear and caution are inevitable.

Powering to Success as a Product Manager

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Powerful Product Manager Keys. The post Powering to Success as a Product Manager appeared first on Spice Catalyst. Newsletter Dave Product Management Product Marketing

What makes effective decision making so challenging for product managers?

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How can a product manager make effective decisions about the direction of their product? Why should product managers be under any more pressure to make sound decisions than finance managers or sales and marketing teams? Firstly, product managers should look to own the success of their products, including the commercial and customer satisfaction performance.

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Mental Models for Product Managers – Part 1

PM Hardcore

Some general purpose mental models are very useful for product managers. Mental models for product managers. What about mental models for Product Managers specifically? There are quite a few mental models about products and making them successful. Product Management ToolsThe importance of mental models. by Linden Tea ).

What is (and isn’t) product management?

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—Peter Drucker, American management consultant, educator, and author. Marketing, product management, and development engage with a market, in other words, many or all customers at one time. Visiting a customer with a sales or support objective isn’t product management; that’s selling and support. How to use this. Are these activities owned?

Climbing the Product Management Career Ladder

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In B2B product management, tactical, operational and strategic refer to layers in the customer organization – not your job responsibilities. Master each of these customer domains and the next rung on the product management career ladder awaits. When the product management/marketing profession was in its childhood, upward mobility options were few: director and VP.

Product Management Memory Lane with Alyssa Dver

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While talking to her we realized her deep roots in Product Management in the Greater Boston area all way into Digital Equipment Corporation (DEC) in the late 80s. Product Management was still figuring out if it’s a necessary discipline in software companies. With her background in Product and Marketing, the lessons, stories and tips will be very relevant to you.

Do product managers need to be technical?

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I’ve been hearing about job postings for product managers that require computer science degrees. What I’ve learned is many product managers don’t have adequate technical background to understand the questions or to give practical answers. One product manager demanded a specific capability. The people who buy and use your products.

Are You a Naughty Or Nice Product Manager?

Mind the Product

It’s that time of year again – No, I don’t mean financial planning or strategy reviews – I mean it’s a chance to reflect on what we’ve achieved, how we’ve achieved it, and think about whether we’re being the best product person we can be. Signs you might be a Naughty Product Manager. It’s not always obvious, but you might be a Naughty Product Manager.

10 Gifts to Delight a Product Manager this Holiday Season

Mind the Product

So whether you’re looking for gift ideas for that special product person in your life, to reward your team, or just to spoil yourself – here are our top 10 gift ideas for product managers. Most of us product people are fuelled by coffee, and the office Keurig or (shudder) instant coffee just don’t cut it. MindtheProduct gift ideas product manager gift

Story: Career Advice and Growing in Product Management

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The founders of the Boston Women in Product share their story of how they started in product management, some of the challenges they faced and how mentors helped them navigate through these experiences. Cait Porte , Vice President of Product Management, Zmags. As my career in product management accelerated, so did my fear of being able to balance it all.

6 Areas of Expertise for Effective Product Managers

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I was interviewed by Chad McAllister, host of The Everyday Innovator podcast, on the six types of expertise in product management. Chad writes, Product managers and product teams have the challenge of creating market-winning products — those are products that customers love and that create value for customers and the organization. Herman Wouk.

Selection Criteria for Product Management Tools

PM Hardcore

As a product manager, I’d like to find some tools that help me do my job. I deal with: Customers – finding their problems and listening to their product feedback. Positioning and value propositions – what my product does for my segment, and why it’s a better solution than the competition. Tools for building the solution and managing that process are a dime a dozen. Mostly I have to use Word, or Confluence, or spreadsheets, or just my big brain, to manage all that. Product Management Tools product management framework tools

Product Manager Salary Statistics

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The Product Manager salary for a new hire in Silicon Valley is now higher than that of engineers. Looking to find out what a reasonable Product Manager Salary is? This article will give you some statistics about being a Product Manager and what to expect in terms of salary and other benefits. The importance of Product Managers is on the rise.

Product Owner vs. Product Manager Exploration

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Regardless of which role or title you may have, you should have at least a basic understanding of the Product Owner vs. Product Manager comparison; similarities, differences, and overlap. In our recent Product Management Team Survey we found that in companies doing Agile development, 70% indicated that the Product Manager is also the Product Owner.