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Innovation, SaaS, and Enterprise: Announcing the First Three Speakers for #mtpcon London!

Mind the Product

Mind the Product London 2017 on September 8 will be better than ever, with more workshops, more networking, and more fun than ever. But most importantly #mtpcon will, as usual, bring you the best minds in product from around the world for a day full of thought-provoking insight, inspiration, and learning. Don’t miss out… Lea Hickman, Partner, SVPG. Scott Berkun, Author. Workshops.

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.

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 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.

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?

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Why Our Tech Obsession Might Be a Work Obsession

Nir Eyal

Nir’s Note: Below is the transcript of an interview I did with David Burkus, an award-winning podcaster and author of Under New Management: The Unexpected Truths about Leading Great Organizations. This interview was part of a Heleo Conversation on the topic of technology obsession, work-life balance, and challenging assumptions in order to change behavior. I hope you […]. The post Why Our Tech Obsession Might Be a Work Obsession appeared first on Nir and Far. Changing Your Habits Putting Technology In Its Place addiction work

Getting Developers’ Buy-In on Build versus Buy

Mironov Consulting

In theory, Build versus Buy decisions should be straightforward: we compare off-the-shelf offerings with the time/cost/expertise to create them ourselves; we run the numbers; then we make an objective financial-technical decision before starting any work. In practice, these decisions sneak up on us after a lot of work has been done. be replaced by standard, fully available commercial products.

6 Areas of Expertise for Effective Product Managers

Under10 Playbook

When I do my job right, there’s no sign of it. Disasters just fail to occur. Herman Wouk. I was interviewed by Chad McAllister, host of The Everyday Innovator podcast, on the six types of expertise in product management. Some product managers are not as effective as they could be, or they have actually become less effective over time.

9 tips from TED speakers on successful product management

Mind the Product

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. a Team Leader. link]. Lead Through Inspiration. link]. Know Your Product by Heart.

The Unbelievable Future of Habit-Forming Technology

Nir Eyal

Nir’s Note: Jane McGonigal is a game designer at The Institute for the Future and bestselling author of Reality is Broken and SuperBetter. She’ll be speaking at the upcoming Habit Summit in April. You can register here!) In this interview with Max Ogles, McGonigal discusses impact of future technologies on behavior, habits, and the way […]. The post The Unbelievable Future of Habit-Forming Technology appeared first on Nir and Far. Behavior Design In Action

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

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.

Podcast: What is Product Management?

Under10 Playbook

I was interviewed by Tom Cooper for his podcast. 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

Using Experimentation to Drive Product – Stephen Pavlovich (CEO of Conversion.com)

Mind the Product

Stephen Pavlovich , CEO of Conversion.com, talks to ProductTank London about Using Experimentation to Drive Product. Why aren’t people converting and what experiments can you run to try and fix that? The aim of any experiment should be to better understand your users and apply those insights to your product. Experimentation can give you data you can’t get anywhere else.

The Secret Marketing Power of Evolutionary Psychology

Nir Eyal

Nir’s Note: Gad Saad is a professor of marketing at Concordia University and the author of The Consuming Instinct. He’ll be speaking at the upcoming Habit Summit in April. You can register here!) In this interview with Max Ogles, Saad discusses the role of evolutionary psychology in modern marketing. Q: Let’s start with a simple […]. The post The Secret Marketing Power of Evolutionary Psychology appeared first on Nir and Far. Behavior Design In Action marketing

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

Optimal Product Process Poster for Sale Now

280 Group

After receiving many inquiries about them over the years, we at 280 Group are now officially selling Optimal Product Process (OPP) posters. Using a solid Product Management Framework is one of the most important things a good Product Manager can do. Learn more about the importance of a Product Management.[continue continue reading]. Product Management Framework Optimal Product Process

Never underestimate the power of observation

Under10 Playbook

You need to "listen deeply," listen past what people say they want to hear what they need. Jon Meads, User Experience Architect. I set up a program in my marketing automation system and somehow set up a loop. The program called a page that called the program that called the page and so on. I was on the phone with the developer who examined what I had done.

The Right People in the Right Roles

The Product Bistro

Last week, a good friend came to town and we had a chance to connect for dinner and drinks. During the course of the evening, one topic we discussed was related to an article that he read that emphatically made the case that small (and some not so small) companies often look to a single leader for “Sales and Marketing.” The case that was made is that these are two very different roles, and thus, it is nearly impossible to find a single individual who could do both roles well. This reminds me of the conundrum we frequently face in product management. But it was never a primary focus. Summary.

April 5/Dublin: Product Managers, Product Owners, Scalable Agile Product Models

Mironov Consulting

What: Product Tank Dublin. When: April 5, 630pm. Where: dogpatch/CHQ , Dublin. Registration. We’ll have a half hour to talk about product managers, product owners and scalable models for agile product teams. A lot to cover! Ideally, we’ll knock down some popular myths and walk away with a few fresh ideas. How to navigate them and bring product to market.

Project Management Institute Silicon Valley Chapter offers Social Media Demystified Workshop

Spice Catalyst

Social media workshop offered April 29 in Silicon Valley. The post Project Management Institute Silicon Valley Chapter offers Social Media Demystified Workshop appeared first on Spice Catalyst. Newsletter Dave Product Marketing Social Media Marketing Bootcamp

Product Managers Prepare For The Great Mattress Wars

The Accidental Product Manager

There’s a battle that getting ready to start in the market for mattresses Image Credit: Charles Wagner aka ChumpChange. Just exactly how much time do you spend every day thinking about that mattress that you sleep on. Scientists say that we’ll spend roughly 1/3 of our lives sleeping, so you’d think that the mattress that we sleep on would be a very big deal. Mattresses?

Training to be a Better Product Manager

Mind the Product

7 years ago, I started working at my first tech startup. I remember very clearly meeting a Product Manager named Jim Lindstrom on my first day and asked to shadow him. I saw a bewildering but exciting range of tasks and responsibilities, I didn’t quite understand it, but I wanted to. As I suspect many others in my position did at the time, I had to cobble together what there was and make do.

The Relationship Between Positivity and Productivity (And How to Make It Work for You)

Lead on Purpose

Guest post by Annabelle Smyth Many companies still hold tight to the old way of doing things. They put you in high-pressure situations and hope that you get all your work done out of fear. Fear that you will miss … Continue reading → Purpose Trust Communication creativity positivity productivity

Featured Product Management Consultant Interview: Phil Burton

280 Group

Every few months or so, we will bring you a new interview with a featured 280 Group Consultant/Trainer who discusses a number of Product Management issues. Our first featured Product Management Consultant is Phil Burton, a seasoned PM veteran who talks about the most difficult parts of Product Management, his favorite training exercise and more. ” [continue reading].

Steps Executives Can Take To Improve Performance

bpma ProductHub

Contributed by Greg Geracie. In a recent post for the Boston Product Management Association I outlined several steps that members of product development teams can take to improve the performance of their teams. These steps are a result of our ongoing research into what distinguishes high performance teams from the pack. Accountability metrics. Cross-functional hand-offs. Time spent with customers.

How Did GoPro Lose Their Focus?

The Accidental Product Manager

GoPro makes great cameras, but they’ve lost their focus Image Credit: superidoljp. Wouldn’t it be great if when you are out and doing all of the exciting things that you do, rock climbing, surfing, hiking, etc. if you could somehow capture the moment in a photo? What you need is a specially made camera that can take a beating and still keep on working. How GoPro Got Into Trouble.

What is the ROI of Design? – Nate Clinton (ProductTank San Francisco)

Mind the Product

Nate Clinton works as the Managing Director for Cooper in their San Francisco studio. Before Cooper, Nate has held product and design leadership positions at StarMine, Thomson Reuters, and BuildZoom. As a consultancy Cooper leads initiatives in content creation, business development, and creative leadership. Though he’s opened to suggestions!) For Nate, it’s a misleading question.

How to improve employee performance

Lead on Purpose

How to improve employee performance Leaders often wrestle with how to best motivate their employees to rise above their current performance and execute at a higher level. One of the keys to helping employees in this regard is to have … Continue reading → Knowledge Learning collaboration employee performance performance productivity

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Product Camp: Getting Promoted to Director

Mironov Consulting

Attendees of Product Camp Silicon Valley 2017 voted up this talk on “ Getting Promoted to Director.” ” We had an energetic discussion, including several real-work-life examples of senior product managers who were thinking about the next job up; or had already talked with their managers about promotional opportunities; or who may have accidentally set hard deadlines for roles that may not be open in time. Product Career Ladder: Getting Promoted to Director from Rich Mironov. Events 2017 Leadership Organizations careers jobs leadership management organizations promotions trust

Product Demos: Selling Value in Spite of Product Deficiencies

High Octane Product Management

Sales revenue would come easier if your products had every capability that prospects thought they needed during the buying cycle. Unfortunately, it will never be reality. Your products will always be deficient in someone’s opinion. Don’t sweat it. Here’s how to respond to product deficiencies while still selling value. When a prospect asks for a feature you don’t have, respond as follows: “We don’t have a feature by that name, but tell me what you’re trying to accomplish and I’ll show you know how our product handles it.” . It may be enough to get you over the hurdle.

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The Driver of Product Success The Product Manager

Spice Catalyst

This video describes the product manager who is primarily responsible for product success. The post The Driver of Product Success The Product Manager appeared first on Spice Catalyst. Foundations: PM Newsletter Dave

Product Management is Culture Management

Mind the Product

Or “ How to Manage Software Development in Teams who Think Nothing Like you “ Product management has two diversity problems. The first one is well-acknowledged: our industry must have more women, other ethnicities, and better representation from LGBTQIA. The World is Flat. Our current reality is vastly different from what we’ve seen even 10 years ago. It simply doesn’t work. References.

How do you master your conversations?

Lead on Purpose

Words matter. In many situations, especially when it comes to leadership, what we say, and how we say it, determines our success. Situations arise where emotions run high and the choices we make have significant outcomes. The pressure is high, … Continue reading → Knowledge Learning Trust career conversations discussion