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Understanding how Design Thinking, Lean and Agile Work Together

Mind the Product

The ideas of Agile are great. It’s the way it has been codified into rituals and certifications, and rolled out mindlessly that misses the point.

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How to Break into Product Management

Under10 Playbook

At many of the meetups I attend around New York City, I meet aspiring product people, people in other functions that want to break into product management. I get asked how to become a product manager all the time. Product management is an important role and many people want to transition to it.

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How To Say “No” To A Feature Request

PM Hardcore

No (picture credit at the bottom). Sometimes No Is The Right Answer. Can you talk to me about a time when you had to say no to a customer? Why did you have to say no? How did you handle it?

How To Fix A Product Management Mistake: Diet Pepsi

The Accidental Product Manager

Pepsi’s product managers screwed up Diet Pepsi, can they fix it? Image Credit: Mike Mozart. I think that we do need to hand it to the Pepsi product managers – at least on paper they did everything that they really should have done.

A day in the Life of Jamie Parkins, Senior Product Manager at JustGiving

Mind the Product

Jamie Parkins is a senior product manager at JustGiving, the online fundraising platform that enables people from all round the world to raise money for their cause of choice. It has been running for 17 years and has raised in excess of £3 billion to date.

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How to Work with Developers

Under10 Playbook

Great things are done by a series of small things brought together. Vincent Van Gogh, Post-Impressionist painter. A2A: How does a product manager work with product development?

The Secret to Great Product Management

280 Group

For this video we are joined by Tom Evans, a Senior Consultant and Trainer with 280 Group who has over 25 years of Product Management experience and helped develop the Optimal Product Process framework.

Product Knowledge: Asset or Liability?

High Octane Product Management

Is product knowledge more of an asset or liability for a product manager? Is product knowledge important in a product management role? Absolutely! The more important question is how much product knowledge is required to be successful? If you’re not a technical product manager, you probably don’t need as much as you think. Consider the following: Product knowledge tells you HOW a product works.

So What’s Wrong With Twitter?

The Accidental Product Manager

Everything was going great at Twitter, what happened? Image Credit: Kooroshication. So here’s a question for you: do you “tweet”? By that question, of course, I mean do you use the social networking tool Twitter?

What we Learned at Mind the Product London 2017

Mind the Product

I opened this year’s Mind the Product London conference by suggesting that product management isn’t actually about managing products, but about managing people. I believe that to be successful we need to work across disciplines and make sure that everyone in the team owns the product together.

Ask Steve: Who's responsible for product feasibility?

Under10 Playbook

Typically you’ll see a product manager doing product feasibility. A product manager’s primary job is to define the business opportunity, then guide the development and delivery of the product to the market. Product feasibility occurs in the DEFINE phase of product management.

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Don’t blow your product manager interview–and other innovation insights for product managers Sept 22, 2017

Product Innovation Educators

Each week I scour articles, wading through the dogs, and bringing you the best insights to help product managers and innovators be heroes. Top 4 missteps during a product manager interview – aka, how not to get the job. (1)

The magic of subscription pricing

Product Management Club

A few months ago, one of our proposals got rejected because of our pricing. It was on the higher side for this client that was based in Asia. We had proposed a lump-sum payment (aka as perpetual pricing in the Product Management lingo!) for our product license.

What Should Product Managers Do When Their Main Product Fails?

The Accidental Product Manager

Theranos is in bad shape, but they have introduced a new product Image Credit: Wikipedia. Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past few years, you’ve probably heard about a company called Theranos. They are a Silicon Valley startup that attracted a lot of attention. They claimed that they had invented a product that with just a minute amount of blood from an individual could run a large number of health tests. This blood testing device was called Edison.

Innovation is Broken by Janice Fraser

Mind the Product

What is the point of innovation? Why do we focus so much time and effort on digital transformation, agile transformation, and innovation? Simply put it’s because large organisations need to grow – and can’t.

Prioritizing for Strategic Alignment

Under10 Playbook

One of the questions we tackle in roadmapping is how an idea aligns with the organization’s strategy and vision—before it hits the roadmap. The Ansoff Matrix is a great tool for determining strategic fit for new product and feature ideas.

TEI 142: Platforms and innovation for product managers – with Larry Keeley

Product Innovation Educators

Savvy product managers use platforms. This episode focuses on platforms — a topic I haven’t discussed yet on this podcast. An effective platform strategy is important for growing organizations as well as those that are starting.

Creating effective customer feedback loops for product teams

Roadmunk

During one of my daily peruses of the tech Twitter-sphere, I came across a tweet I feel should be plastered on the walls of every single product organization ever. Tight and continuous feedback loops with real customers is common in great products. Stop debating and start validating #Prodmgmt.

Product Managers’ Customers Are Now Shopping Online

The Accidental Product Manager

What does it mean if your customers are now shopping online? Image Credit: Elliot Stokes. The times they are a changing. As product managers it is our responsibility to stay on top of trends that are affecting our customers. One very important trend is just exactly how our customers are going about buying things. In the old days, customers would decide that they needed something, get in their car and drive to a store or a mall, go browse a store, find what they wanted, and then buy it.

How to Survive the Hardest Part of Product Management by Janna Bastow

Mind the Product

There is probably one part of the product management job we can all agree is the hardest – people. People are unpredictable, they have strong opinions and unconscious biases. Many people in your organisation have more power than you, yet they are wrong just as often.

Using The Five Queues

Under10 Playbook

One of the most powerful concepts in the Under10 Playbook software is "The Five Queues." This article by Steve Johnson was featured in Pragmatic Marketing's Summer 2017 issue of The Pragmatic Marketer. Learn more about how to use the five queue technique with your product and technical teams

TEI 140: Market validation in 3 steps – with Bryan Elanko

Product Innovation Educators

How Product Managers and Innovators Can Validate a Product Concept for a Target Market. Creating a successful product requires a diverse set of skills and one of them is properly validating a product concept.

25 must-read product management articles

Roadmunk

Throughout my career as both a product manager and startup founder, there’s been one severely underrated skill I credit for much of my success—and that’s reading. Trust me, when I say I’m an avid reader. Just take a look at my Goodread list !).

Alpha Product Management Survey Results

280 Group

If you haven’t read it already, the Product Management Survey results from Alpha are well worth the read. You can download a copy of the Product Management Survey here. It has some great insights about the state of Product Management so that you can compare yourself or your team to others.

Scaling Your Platform and Managing its Evolution

Mind the Product

Examples of platforms are all around us. Businesses that have been successful at building platforms have disrupted traditional companies and scaled quickly. AirBNB, Amazon, Salesforce, and Uber are just some examples of platforms that have become massively successful in recent years.

SaaS product management

Street Smart Product Manager

It’s amazing how often product managers forget a simple, yet fundamental truth: Our job as product managers is not just to build features users want… Not just to prioritize the roadmap… Not just to spend time talking with customers… Not just to ensure a successful release… Those activities are important, of course. But they don’t […]. The post SaaS product management appeared first on Street Smart Product Manager.

Conducting market research–and other innovation insights for product managers Aug 25, 2017

Product Innovation Educators

Each week I scour articles, wading through the dogs, and bringing you the best insights to help product managers and innovators be heroes. Tips for conducting consumer and market research for new products.

What is a technology roadmap, really?

Roadmunk

One of the most popular roadmaps in our template library is the technology roadmap. Now, ‘technology” is kind of a loosey-goosey moniker—but the ambiguity is a result of its broad application (and this broad application also happens to be why this roadmap is so popular).

Take a Recess. Be More Productive.

Lead on Purpose

Guest post by Dave Crenshaw Think back to when you were a kid in about third grade. You’ve been in the classroom the better part of the day and a draining feeling would start to occur. Before long, that tell-tale … Continue reading → Purpose example health productivity recess well-being

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Your Product Manager Super Power: Not Knowing Everything

Mind the Product

How Much Should I Understand? A friend, who’s recently become a product manager, asked me that recently. She’d inherited a technical product where the engineers already had a view of the direction and deliverables required.

How to Monetize Your IoT Product

Tech Product Management

With their ability to gather data after a product has been deployed, IoT products provide a platform to generate new and innovative business models that haven’t been seen before. In this post, I describe some of the most interesting ways to monetize your IoT product today.

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Product management negotiation–and other innovation insights for product managers Sept 14, 2017

Product Innovation Educators

Each week I scour articles, wading through the dogs, and bringing you the best insights to help product managers and innovators be heroes. How product managers negotiate like a pro. Product management is negotiation.

4 real-world marketing roadmap examples

Roadmunk

Any half-decent marketing is essentially storytelling. As a marketer, everything you create needs to tell the story of your product and the value it offers your users. That’s why roadmaps are such a natural fit for marketing teams. A marketing roadmap tells the story of your marketing strategy.

Lean Product Management – Minimizing Wait Times

280 Group

In the previous post on developing a Lean Mindset, we covered flow efficiency and how to apply the principle to get from idea to MVP (minimum viable product) faster. The post ended by mentioning two ways to shorten the time to MVP: Minimizing wait times (i.e., non-value added time) and Improving the productivity of our value-added steps. In this post we’ll focus on the first method, to minimize wait times. Eliminating wait times is one of the easiest ways to.[continue continue reading].