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Things Nobody Told Me About Being a Product Manager

Mind the Product

Shaun Russell shares his journey into product management, sketching out the well-trodden path he took to getting started – reading, taking workshops, learning from peers, and so on. But being a product manager is really hard, and nothing can prepare you for it. There are things that nobody tells you, so Shaun explains what he’s learned along the way. Friendships are Important.

The Ladder of Evidence: Get More Value From Your Customer Interviews and Product Experiments

Product Talk

One of the best signs of an effective product team is a regular cadence of customer interviews and product experiments. But it’s not enough to simply check the box on these activities; we need to make sure that we do them effectively. Without a strong background in research methods, it’s hard to know how you are doing. It’s called the Ladder of Evidence and I explain it in the video below.

When should Product Backlog Grooming Take Place?

Roman Pichler

Option 1: In the Sprint Review Meeting. Your first option is to work on the product backlog in the sprint review meeting. This approach ensures that the backlog is updated before the next sprint starts. This allows you to immediately action any new insights thereby mitigating the risk of taking the product in the wrong direction. Additionally, the backlog is collaboratively worked on.

How to Achieve Your Goals By Creating an Enemy

Nir Eyal

DJ Khaled, the one-man internet meme, is known for warning his tens of millions of social media followers about a group of villains he calls “they.” They don’t want you motivated. They don’t want you inspired,” he blares on camera. They don’t want you to win,” he warns. On Ellen DeGeneres’s talk show, Khaled urged the host, “Please, Ellen, stay away from them!” […].

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Never make left turns

Under10 Playbook

In the field of observation, chance favors only the prepared mind.—Louis —Louis Pasteur, French chemist and microbiologist. Did you know UPS trucks almost never make left-hand turns? Understanding the mechanics of how delivery vehicles work results in increased productivity for drivers and dramatic savings in fuel costs. We will make left hand turns, but not ones that are unnecessary.

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Apple Shows Product Managers How To Get More For More

The Accidental Product Manager

The Apple iPhone 7 plus contains more features than the iPhone 7 Image Credit: Kārlis Dambrāns. You sorta gotta have some pity for the poor product managers over at Apple. I mean yes, they are responsible for one of the most popular products out there: the iPhone. What are these folks to do? A New Way To Make Money From The iPhone. Sales of the iPhone plus has made up roughly 40% of the over 58.5M

Tying Strategy to Your Product Roadmap

Pragmatic Marketing

By Jim Semick. We’ve all heard about “strategic” product roadmaps. But what exactly does that mean in practice? A roadmap is a plan for your strategy that maps out the direction of your product. It provides context for your stakeholders and communicates the why behind what you’re building. Ideally, it’s a high-level visual summary that helps product managers get everyone on the same page. Themes.

Product Management for Dummies

Product Bookshelf

Not just for dummies, this book is for everyone. 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 best answer to a question that arises is “It depends.”

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Product Managers – You Are Not the CEO of Anything

Mind the Product

When Ben Horowitz wrote his groundbreaking memo good product manager, bad product manager nearly 20 years ago he described a product manager as the CEO of the product. While this has gotten a lot of people excited about the job I couldn’t disagree more – unless you’re the founder and the product manager at the same time, you are not the CEO of anything. Does that sound like any CEO you know?

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The Evolution of Modern Product Discovery

Product Talk

Product management is evolving quickly. The days of gathering requirements from business stakeholders and documenting them in long product requirements documents are vanishing. We no longer take months or years to release value to our customers. Instead, product teams are experimenting their way to viable solutions. into context and help product teams know what to use when. I hope you enjoy it.

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. Nevertheless, the product owner is often regarded as a tactical role focused on managing the product backlog, detailing requirements, and interacting with the development team. How come? So What?

How Cognitive Biases Can Help (and Hurt) Your Business

Nir Eyal

Nir’s Note: Buster Benson is a product manager at Slack who worked previously at Twitter and Habit Labs and is working on a new book about cognitive biases. He’ll be speaking at the upcoming Habit Summit in April. You can register here!) In this interview, he chats with Max Ogles about how cognitive biases affect […]. Uncategorized biases

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The best roadmap isn't a big effort

Under10 Playbook

The roadmap has become one of the most commonly requested—yet frequently misunderstood—documents in the product manager’s arsenal. However, for many product managers, the roadmap is an annoyance that must be changed constantly. The best roadmap is a report, not an effort. Executives use roadmaps as a product status report. Developers use them to sequence work. This is safe.

Statistical Factors that Contribute to High Performance on Product Teams

bpma ProductHub

Contributed by Greg Geracie. Actuation Consulting has been conducting research on what separates high performance product teams from the pack. Over the last five years our surveys, coupled with regression analysis by an independent statistician, have helped us to identify over 25 statistically significant contributors to success on product teams. Download here. What do we mean by success?

4 Traits of Successful Product Leaders

UserVoice

Product managers may or may not be the “CEOs of product,” but how do you boss around a bunch of CEOs? Leading a product management organization is a unique role in modern technology companies, and one that was quite uncommon until fairly recently. This largely uncharted territory comes with some unique challenges. there’s really no magic metric for product management.

How I Read More Books – Bringing the Donuts 02/22/2017

Ken Norton

I read 61 books last year and it was easier than I thought -. At the beginning of last year I decided to try reading more books. I set what seemed like an unreachable annual goal: fifty. I ended the year with sixty-one, and a conviction that anyone can do it. It’s much easier than you think to read about a book a week

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Selling Vs. Learning

Mironov Consulting

I talk with product managers all the time, and always ask whether they are talking directly with end users and target customers. The most frequent response from enterprise product managers is “Of course! I’m on sales calls two or three times a week.” . When an enterprise sales teams pulls a product manager into a customer meeting, it’s to address a very narrow issue on a specific deal. Win-win-win.

How to Make Sense of IoT Hardware

Tech Product Management

Hardware decisions impact your IoT product’s cost, user experience, application capabilities, and more. But only about 20% of IoT Product Managers have experience managing hardware. In this post, I demystify IoT hardware to help you understand how a smart device acquires, processes, and communicates data to the Cloud. Getting Started - Intro to IoT IoT Technology

Powering to Success as a Product Manager

Spice Catalyst

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

Why Your Product Must Stand for Something

Mind the Product

Christian Rudder, co-founder of dating site OkCupid, has learned a lot about online dating behaviour. As a data scientist, he’s also been in the unique position of being able to observe how people behave in the dating world when no one is watching them. In the face of disagreement, people tend to feel even more passionately about their preferences. SAP does not. No one Wants you Here, Frankenstein.

8 Essential Elements of Your Customer Advisory Board Meeting Agenda

Pragmatic Marketing

By Rob Jensen. The topic of customer advisory board (CAB) meeting agendas is a popular one at our training events and at other CAB industry events we attend. Perhaps most telling of the need for guidance is that “customer advisory board agenda” is one of the top search topics around CABs. Internal Prep Meeting. Social Interaction Opportunities. Welcome Session. Introductions. Strategy Overview.

Make Your Product Stand Out with the Strategy Canvas

Roman Pichler

The Strategy Canvas. The Strategy Canvas was developed by Kim and Mauborgne, the authors of Blue Ocean Theory. It was originally intended as a business strategy tool to discover new markets. Luckily, the canvas can also be applied to individual products, as the following example illustrates. [1]. When comparing the two lines, we see that the they diverge. Applying the Canvas to Your Product.

Don’t Ask People What They Want, Watch What They Do

Nir Eyal

Nir’s Note: Irene Au is a design partner at Khosla Ventures and former Head of Design at Google, Yahoo, and Udacity. She’ll be speaking at the upcoming Habit Summit in April. You can register here!) In this interview, she chats with Max Ogles about design strategy for startups. Q: You have an impressive background as […]. The post Don’t Ask People What They Want, Watch What They Do appeared first on Nir and Far. Behavior Design In Action Behavior design habit summit

The Problem of Story Detail

Under10 Playbook

The level of precision in stories is an industry-wide problem. In general, product managers want to convey high-level epics or scenarios while many developers want specific tasks. This represents a huge divide of expectations. Often product owners or business analysts try breaking big ideas (i.e., epics) down into small user stories or job stories. It’s true: you cannot program to an epic.

Product Roadmap Essentials

bpma ProductHub

By Boston Women in Product – The product roadmap frames every task and is the lifeblood of delivering a successful product. Boston Women in Product has been considering the importance of mastering the product roadmap as a critical responsibility of the product manager. Such an event is coming to Boston. For me, the product roadmap is the most essential tool for a product manager.

The Best Product Management Events Happening in 2017

UserVoice

There are plenty of fantastic ways to keep your product management skills sharp and keep up with evolving industry trends and new technologies. There’s no shortage of product management blogs, podcasts, and reading lists out there to keep you in the know. However, real, in-person events such as meetups and conferences are by far the best way to keep up with industry trends while simultaneously.

Can Product Managers Bring A Product Back From The Dead?

The Accidental Product Manager

Once a product has been killed off, it’s gone. Right? Image Credit: Heather Paul. There’s one aspect of being a product manager that we don’t spend enough time talking about. Killing products. Yes, you heard me correctly. When that happens, we need to do the humane thing and put it out of its misery. You’d think that that would be the end of the story. sold online.

Playing Whack-A-Mole With Risk

Tyner Blain

Assumptions are interesting things – we all make them all the time, and we rarely acknowledge that we’re doing it. When it comes to developing a product strategy – or even making decisions about how best to create a product, one of these assumptions is likely to be what causes us to fail. We can, however, reduce the chance of that happening. Being Wrong. But stay with me for now.

Why successful plans include a learning component

Lead on Purpose

We’re almost done with the first month of 2017. Most statistics I’ve read about people who set new year’s resolutions show that more than half have already given up by this point in the year (in less than one month). … Continue reading → Learning Product Management business processes products sales success

Memo to Boss: May I Change My Title, Please?

Spice Catalyst

Instead of your title being product manager and resulting in nobody knows what you do, here is a suggestion of a title that says what you do. The post Memo to Boss: May I Change My Title, Please? appeared first on Spice Catalyst. Newsletter Dave Product Management Product Marketing

Three Superpowers of a Product Manager

Mind the Product

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. The practices I describe are not an exhaustive list of tools and methods. But they are good examples of what my team and I have developed together over the last four years at Zalora. Communication Powers. Stakeholder Meetings.

Five Product Manager Resolutions for the New Year

280 Group

As 2017 starts off with a bang we at the 280 Group thought you might need a little help setting your Product Manager resolutions. We know you’ll keep these resolutions (at least for the rest of January maybe), and when you do you’ll watch your job effectiveness skyrocket. With that said, here are our top five resolutions for every Product Manager for 2017. continue reading].

User Story Reflections

Roman Pichler

Users. As its name suggests, a user story describes how a user or customer uses the product–a digital product is captured from the perspective of the users. This avoids a solution-centric view where we worry more about how to provide and implement the product features than why and how people will use them. I’d like to take this further and suggest that you should meet the users. Conversation.

Your Ability to Focus Has Probably Peaked : Here’s How to Stay Sharp

Nir Eyal

Having a hard time focusing lately? You’re not alone. Research shows interruptions occur about every twelve minutes in the workplace, and every three minutes in university settings. In an age of constant digital interruptions, it is no wonder you’re having trouble ignoring distractions. In their new book, The Distracted Mind: Ancient Brains in a High-Tech […]. The post Your Ability to Focus Has Probably Peaked : Here’s How to Stay Sharp appeared first on Nir and Far. Changing Your Habits Putting Technology In Its Place distraction focus

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