Product Management Unpacked

Solving the right problem — The importance of design thinking in product management.

Product Management Unpacked

“The manager who comes up with the right solution to the wrong problem is more dangerous than the manager who comes up with the wrong solution to the right problem” – Peter Drucker. Nobody wants their product to be received as a source of frustration. Still, we see it all the time. Look around.

HOW A CAPSTONE PROJECT LED TO A ROBUST FUTURE IN PRODUCT MANAGEMENT.

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After nine years working as a systems engineer, applications engineer, software engineer and finally, a lead data engineer, Debashish Sasmal was ready for his next strategic move. “I’d I’d worked for a startup in Hyderabad, India where everyone had to wear different hats,“ recalls Debashish. “I

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Meet the MS in Product Management Class of 2020

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Discover what's behind this year's outstanding cohort. Product Leaders Product Management Education ms in product management

Key Differences Between the Role of a Product Manager in Startups vs. Large Enterprises

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Companies of all sizes across industries are looking to hire product managers. With this in mind, company culture, resources and the specific demands of different roles probably play a big part in your decision to take a product management position at a company.

How to Scale a Data Literacy Program at Your Organization

Speaker: Megan Brown, Director, Data Literacy at Starbucks; Mariska Veenhof-Bulten, Business Intelligence Lead at bol.com; and Jennifer Wheeler, Director, IT Data and Analytics at Cardinal Health

Join data & analytics leaders from Starbucks, Cardinal Health, and bol.com for a webinar panel discussion on scaling data literacy skills across your organization with a clear strategy, a pragmatic roadmap, and executive buy-in.

How A Product Management Internship Built A Future Career with Home Depot.

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“I’m actually a pretty avid DIY-er,” confides Pranita Ramakrishnan, MS of Product Management, Carnegie Mellon University, Class of 2019. “I I grew up in a family where if you didn’t take a trip to Home Depot twice a month to get some type of materials for a project, something was wrong.”.

Why Becoming a Product Manager is the Best Next Step for Your Tech Career.

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Career need a kickstart? Imagine a future with impact! 9:00 p.m. on Sunday night… Dread sets in… It’s the sensation of knowing tomorrow will feel like the past 99 Mondays.

Leading Product with Empathy

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A look into cloud-based technology product management and what it takes to build products that customers value. The paramount role of a product manager is to understand markets and empathize with consumer needs,” says Corey Grone, senior product manager of cloud data protection at iland Cloud.

How AI is influencing product management jobs

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According to a Brookings Institution report , “Automation and Artificial Intelligence: How machines are affecting people and places,” roughly 25 percent of U.S. jobs are at a high risk of automation.

When your product is your product team

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Pendo’s chief product officer shares his take on product management leadership. “If If software is leading the world, then product managers are the modern-day businessmen and women,” says Brian Crofts, Chief Product Officer (CPO) at Pendo.

2021 Dresner Advisory Services Business Intelligence Market Study

Every year Dresner reviews the state of the BI market as it stands today. This 12th annual report breaks down customer perceptions of BI and how well each vendor performs. See for yourself how all the major BI vendors stack up.

Moving at the Speed of Demand

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A look into healthcare product management in the time of Coronavirus. Ever wonder what it’s like to be a product manager for a leading healthcare provider and insurer in the middle of a world health pandemic? Meet Claire Marcus, senior product manager at UPMC Health Plan.

The “51331 memo” and the origins of product management

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Today is no ordinary Wednesday. It’s May 13th. It was on this day in 1931 that the field of product management was born – its birth marked by an internal memorandum written by Neil H. McElroy, manager of Proctor and Gamble’s Promotion department.

Working Remotely as a Product Manager: It’s about trust.

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Everyone is now learning about remote work: how to do it, what not to do, and the pros and cons of working from home for different jobs.

How to be a great product manager during a recession

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We are in an economic crisis. They happen every so often. In business, sometimes we call them recessions.

How to Operationalize Data From Multiple Sources to Deliver Actionable Insights

Speaker: Speakers from SafeGraph, Facteus, AWS Data Exchange, SimilarWeb, and AtScale

Learn how to blend various datasets together from top data providers in AWS Data Exchange like Safegraph, Facteus, and SimilarWeb with internal data to innovate and make smarter decisions at scale.

“Software eating the world” creates a growing need to educate product managers.

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Digital transformation impacts almost everything, so the demand for product management continues to increase – every day. When I started in product management in the mid-1980s, most product managers were hired to work in traditional B2C businesses, which is where the idea of product management originated. Modern product management started in 1931 with a memo written by Neil H. McElroy at Procter & Gamble.

Celebrating the Birth of Product Management With the Industry Leaders of 2020

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Just a few months ago, CMU MS in Product Management Program celebrated a very special day – 05/13/31. It was on this day, 89 years ago that Procter & Gamble promotions executive Neil H. McElroy wrote a memorandum that gave birth to the field of Product Management.

Why women make great product managers

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Marty Cagan, founder of the Silicon Valley Product Group , delivered the opening keynote to the 2016 Mind the Product Conference. His keynote, “Behind Every Great Product,” highlights professionals involved in some of the most iconic technology products of our time, including Netflix, iTunes and Word for Mac. All six of the examples he uses are women in product management. The skills that make women succeed in product management: Emotional Intelligence. Problem Solving. Compassion. Collaboration.

Product Management: Leading by Trust

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Greg Coticchia, the executive director of Carnegie Mellon University’s new Master of Science in Product Management program, was recently a guest on The Pitchwerks Podcast , a weekly audio show hosted by Scot MacTaggart that talks about sales, marketing and startups. During the show, the dynamic duo discusses some of the nuances related to a career in product management including why leading by trust is critical for being a great product manager.

Insiders' Guide to Self-Service Analytics

Self-service analytics are vital for how your users interact and engage with your application. As you explore analytics solutions for your application, see why self-service analytics can prove critical to the adoption and stickiness of your application.

Feature prioritization in product management: the key to building products that sell

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There are many methodologies for feature prioritization in product management. If you are a product manager dealing with this, beware that one size doesn’t fit all. Choosing the right feature for the stage of development your product is in can unlock enhanced market performance. . Product feature prioritization is one of the most difficult parts of a product manager’s job. It is the essence of the job in terms of defining ‘what’ gets built.

Launch Your Product Management Career

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Landing a job in product management requires specialized learning, real-world experience and one year of your time. The role of product manager is one of the top 10 hardest-to-fill jobs in the entire information technology sector, so expect to be well compensated for your effort. Product Management Career

Weighing in on the “CEO of the Product” debate

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Pathways to a Product Management Career

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If you’re reading this, you’re exploring how to become a Product Manager and you’ve undoubtedly concluded that you will be in high demand. You’re right. The role of Product Manager is in the top 10 hardest-to-fill jobs across the entire information technology sector, which makes them among the highest paid, too. So why aren’t there more good Product Managers? Two reasons: The job isn’t easy.

How to Use a Semantic Layer to Scale Data & Analytics Across Your Organization

Download this guide for practical advice on using a semantic layer to improve data literacy and scale self-service analytics. The guide includes a checklist, an assessment, industry-specific use cases, and a data & analytics maturity model and roadmap.

Becoming a Product Leader: Leading Product Success in the First 100 Days

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Early success in your role as a new product leader is essential to establishing the foundation for long-term results. For any new product leader, the first 100 days are vital. During this period, people form their views about the person you are – your priorities, values and style (Kourdi & Edwards). This is where you need to establish yourself, your leadership style and your presence. A product leader hired to handle disruption is a leader in the face of adversity.

Skilled Product Leaders Can Manage Business Disruptions

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A constant in business today is the speed and scope of change. Businesses encounter disruption more frequently than ever. In some cases, disruption can be attributed to innovation. But disruption also arises from specific external forces: market-defining technology changes, regulatory changes, new competitors with different business models and more. And companies realize that facing disruption is no longer the exception. It’s the rule.

Destination Product Management

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Product managers are in high demand across the globe. With a Master’s in Product Management degree, you’re poised to take on the top positions in emerging global tech hubs of your choosing. Discover your own product adventure. Product Management Career product management career destinations

How to become a product manager: Five questions for would-be Product Managers

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Product managers are made not born. If you’re thinking about how you might become a product manager, start by asking yourself these five questions first: For more information visit ms-product-management.cmu.edu. Product Management Questions how to become a product manager questions for product managers

4 Approaches to Data Analytics

As the analytics landscape continues to evolve, application teams who need to embed dashboards, reports, and other analytics capabilities in their applications can choose from dozens of solutions. How do you differentiate one solution from the next?

In Product Management, it’s Not About the Big Idea. It’s About the Problem You Need to Solve.

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In reality, there are already too many ideas. Maybe even too many big ideas. That’s the bad news. Here’s the good news: as consumers and businesses, we have an endless number of problems. Some are big problems. And usually big problems need ideas of all sizes in order to find the right solution. A key to success in a startup: focus on getting out of the building (thanks, Steve Blank!) and strive to identify the ‘real’ problem.

How to Become a Product Manager

Product Management Unpacked

Exploring how to become a Product Manager? Undoubtedly, you’ve concluded that you’ll be in high demand. You’re right. The role of Product Manager is one of the top ten hardest-to-fill jobs across the entire information technology sector, which makes them among the highest paid too. The role is both strategic and tactical, and requires a unique combination of business acumen, technical smarts and emotional intelligence.

The Skills It Takes To Become a Product Manager

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To become a great Product Manager, takes a lot of skills — business acumen, technical smarts and emotional intelligence. Many parts will go into your making. Once you put them all together in just the right way, you’ll be highly valued and very well rewarded. For more information visit ms-product-management.cmu.edu. Product Management Skills how to become a product manager what skills do you need to become a product manager

Women Succeeding in the World of Product Management

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“Growing up in the 1970’s, I watched The Bionic Woman and Charlie’s Angels. They became my female role models and heroines – strong, intelligent problem-solvers who used their feminine skills to their advantage,” says Kate Hare, Chief Product Officer at Photobucket, to Women 2.0 , a media and tech industry leader in gender equality. Today, young women aspiring to launch into Product Management roles have more than fictional heroines to look up to.

How to Democratize Data Across Your Organization Using a Semantic Layer

Speaker: speakers from Verizon, Snowflake, Affinity Federal Credit Union, EverQuote, and AtScale

Learn from data and analytics leaders at Verizon, Snowflake, EverQuote, and Affinity Federal Credit Union about how to foster a data literate culture while scaling data access and self-service analysis across your organization using a semantic layer.

Product Management: A Field Where There is Great Power in Saying ‘No’

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I sat in a meeting about business strategy recently and one of the pieces of advice I gave the leadership team was that strategy was a lot about deciding what we were not going to do – what we were going to say ‘no’ to. It was actually funny because I said it almost without thinking about it.

Executive Director’s Perspective on how to become a product manager

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I wasn’t supposed to end up here in my career. Seriously. I am, as they say in academic circles, “from ‘industry.” I don’t have a Ph.D. I never aspired to be a researcher. And while I have taught for more than a decade at the graduate level, I was never part of the academic ecosystem. I was an outsider; I like to think I still am. I have led or been a major contributor to two of the most successful software companies in the world.

Would-Be Product Manager’s Instruction Manual

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People often describe a product manager as “CEO of the Product.” This sounds appealing, but the reality is that product managers don’t have a CEO’s level of authority over everyone who contributes to making a product successful. Being a product manager is actually more of a high-wire act — managing multiple disciplines and personalities — so you will need a cool head and a chill disposition. Yours is a bigger-picture opportunity.

Where Does Product Management Fit?

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Recently a CEO asked me if the marketing department should include product management and marketing communications. His concern was that internet/digital marketing had become so complex and such a huge task that having the responsibility of both marketing communications and product management would be difficult.

2021 State of Analytics: Why Users Demand Better

As organizations become more data driven, their analytics requirements grow. Find out how knowledge workers use analytics and explore their needs and preferences.