Part #1: Implementing an Agile Sales Framework

All About Product Management

By their very nature sales people are agile in their approach to selling products and services.

The Innovation Value Chain and Product Management

All About Product Management

Morten T Hansen and Julian Birkinshaw published an interesting article in HBR about what they call the Innovation Value Chain.

Project Manager or Product Manager what’s the difference?

All About Product Management

I sat down a few months ago with our HR recruitment officer – I began to sketch out the type of person we needed to fill the role of a Product Manager. The recruitment officer asked the question – what’s the difference between a Proj ect Manager and a Prod uct Manager?

Part #6 How Everyone Can Get Involved in Agile

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I’m currently using SharePoint 2007 as an interim solution before we implement Team Systems. I mentioned in an earlier post that I was adopting scrum (an agile development frame work). At first implementing scrum identified quite a few issues (mainly bottlenecks) with in the organisation.

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What is the job of a typical on-line Product Manager?

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What’s the job of the Product Manager in a cutting edge web development environment? What does the typical diary of today’s web and/or software Product Manager look like? Product Management business as usual ( BAU ) activities in scrum.

What do Product Managers do? What is expected of them? And how not to become overwhelmed?

All About Product Management

The answers to the first two questions above depends much upon the organisation, its size, the department ‘Product Management’ lives in your company and the industry sector that you work in.

Successful Product Managers collaborate to ensure innovative product development

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Profit-Driven Innovation with Hugh Richards

All About Product Management

Product Management View blog and webinar series has a webinar by Hugh Richards entitled " Profit-Driven Innovation". This webinar covers key issues companies face when innovating: #1. Why we innovate. #2. Key drivers of successful innovation. #3. Understaning company operations. #4.

How Product Managers can avoid innovation traps #part 1

All About Product Management

Product Managers often need to collaborate, co-ordinate, drive, release and launch innovative ideas into the market place. However there are pitfalls that product management need to avoid if success is be to secured.

How Product Managers can avoid innovation traps #part2

All About Product Management

How Product Managers can avoid innovation traps Part#1 touched on two innovative traps that ProductManagers may encounter: #1. Strategy: the misconception that every innovative idea has to be a blockbuster – where as a number of small incremental innovations could lead to over all product success.

How Product Managers can successfully ride the storms of a commercial life.

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Technology companies often go through good and bad times and even through the good times there will be situations which seek to hinder the personnel performance of Product Managers and Technologists.

Part #10 Justifying Time to Research with Agile

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Agile Research I worked for a company that designed and manufactured niche signal processing equipment for the broadcast industry.

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10 Tips For New Product Managers

All About Product Management

If you’re new to Product Management then you really should invest 30 minutes of your time to watch Jeff Lash’s podcast “Ten Tips For New Product Managers…” The podcast will also serve as a good refresher for those of you who are experienced Product Managers. Jeff's ten points are listed below. #1.

Part #9 The role of the Product Manager in Scrum

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Scrum has three key roles: #1 The team – who owns the sprint backlog and are responsible for estimating. functionality and fulfilling the commitment made at sprint planning meetings. #2 2 The Product owner – who owns the product backlog and decides on product functionality. #3

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Part #8 Tips on being an Agile Manager

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The agile manager must be able to constantly inspect and adapt in order to keep pace with a changing environment and capitalise on the changes as they occur. Here are 6 tips on ways in which you can inspect and adapt in order to improve the agility of your management and/or Product Management.

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Part # 7 Points to watch out for when converting from waterfall to agile testing

All About Product Management

Agile can be a challenge for the Test Analyst who has been trained and is accustomed to working in the traditional waterfall, Prince 2 environments or using the V model.

Part #5 How to adopt Agile Product Marketing

All About Product Management

The Agile Product Manager works closely with the engineering and technical teams working with in an agile framework such as scrum. The adoption of an agile methodology means that new features will get delivered incrementally every 30, 20 or even 10 days.

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How Product Managers can successfully ride the storms of a commercial life.

All About Product Management

Technology companies often go through good and bad times and even through the good times there will be situations which seek to hinder the personnel performance of Product Managers and Technologists.

Part #4 Agile Customer Support

All About Product Management

I worked for a company where in the morning I was booked on a flight to troubleshot issues at a customers site in Switzerland at Midday it had changed to Germany and by the time I went home I was booked on a flight (for the next day) to Florida. That’s agile customer care for you.

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Part #2: Agile meetings run by an agile chairperson

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All of us have attended many meetings during our careers, some good and some not so good.

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Identifying Agile Organisations, Functions and Roles

All About Product Management

There currently seems to be a strong move towards agile software development. Engineering teams and I.T. departments are adopting one agile method or another.

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Pain without gain (ROI) or pleasure with gain (ROI).

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Pain with a threatened ROI or pleasure with an improved chance of a greater ROI - which one appeals to you?

Being up front during an interview

All About Product Management

During the past 6 months I’ve been interviewing a number people for Product Management vacancies. My company is currently experiencing rapid growth with its online products at the moment and therefore needs to build strong Product Management teams to facilitate that growth and help secure ROI.

Product Management and Value Chain Analysis

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Product managers who analyse the value chain aid in increasing their company’s profitability and therefore return on investment (ROI). Michael Porter’s value chain analysis is usually applied to the processes that would occur in a typical manufacturing company.

What direct reports and co-workers expect from a Lead Product Manager

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In this article I give my take on Larry Bossidy’s article “What Your Leaders Expects of You” published in April’s Harvard Business Review and “.What What is Expected from Product Managers.” Where I report what senior managers expected from me as their Product Manager.

How Agile is Your Product Management?

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Comparisons have been drawn between Prince 2 Project Managers and ScrumMasters. Much has been written about agile software development Vs waterfall with a focus on the developers and testers who actually carry out the technical work.

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Business Sense + Technical Sense = Common Sense

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Common sense = ROI (Return on investment). Getting the right balance between technological innovation and business acumen is critical for successful product development. I worked for a company that designed and manufactured niche cutting edge products for the video and film industries.

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Product Management and Knowledge Sharing

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Sources of knowledge for Product Managers: knowledge within people. If HP knew what HP knows, we would be three times as profitable stated CEO Lew Platt.

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What Your Leader Expects of You

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The latest copy of Harvard Business Review landed on my desk this morning. As usual I took a look at the contents page to see what topics April’s edition would be dealing with, and lo and behold the top article was “What Your Leader Expects of You”. I had just published a blog article (".what

Good TV viewing for Product Managers

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In general I tend to avoid watching too much TV. However there are a handful of programmes that are not only entertaining but also help stimulate the mind and can even help improve your performance as a Product Manager. My first choice is Dragons Den.

Part #3 How to run an agile training course

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We’ve all attended training session which were death by power point. There was little interaction from the attendees and the trainer seemed determined to get through everyone of his/her dozen or so bullet points that appeared on the numerous amount of slides that they had.

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Agile people working in a non-agile world

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Implementing an agile development frame work , such as Scrum , does not solve your company’s problems but helps identifies them. My current company has implemented the scrum agile management frame work.

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Calling all veteran, new and up and coming Product Managers

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Welcome to my blog – I’ve thought about setting a blog up for some time – in fact I did set one up at the beginning of the year – started blogging – got real busy at work – didn’t make a post for several weeks and then found that it had gone! So I thought the next blog I start will be on a subject that I’m passionate about and will therefore be easy for me to keep up-to-date – so here it is my blog all about Product Management.

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The Demo goes badly

The Product Bistro

A recent story about the original iPhone demo at Moscone center in SF, in early 2007 from the point of view of the engineers in the audience is particularly illuminating. Every product development project has a crucial milestone, the official demonstration.

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Ignoring Innovation: Lessons from Kodak

Melissa Perri

In 2007 I joined an innovation swat team at Cornell in the Johnson Graduate School of Business. It was called the Business, Science, and Technology Initiative (known to the cool kids as BSTI).

When I built products the stupid way

Street Smart Product Manager

In 2007, ProductRepair (name changed), a market leader in its industry, was facing some serious threats: A rapidly maturing business. New “digitally native” entrants with greatly enhanced data collection abilities. A 100% call center based customer service model, with an escalating cost per interaction. Service partners with increasingly divergent strategies. Legacy IT infrastructure that made […].

Make Your Product Stand Out with the Strategy Canvas

Roman Pichler

The dark one represents the value curve of the smartphone industry in 2007; the light one the first iPhone. The Strategy Canvas. The Strategy Canvas was developed by Kim and Mauborgne, the authors of Blue Ocean Theory.

10 years in the Bay Area – what I’ve learned

Andrew Chen

January 2007. It was 2007, and the iPhone hadn’t been released yet, YCombinator was just getting started, and MySpace was still bigger than Facebook. I barely knew anyone when I first arrived here, so I had a simple goal in 2007: Meet 5 new people per day, every day.

This New Template Helps You Write Better Product Requirements

The Secret PM Handbook

Copyright (c) 2007 Joan M. “Communication” by Joan M. See below for image credit. Effective Communication is Challenging. Product managers tell me – and the people managing product managers tell me – that one of their biggest challenges is communicating with the development team.

This New Template Helps You Write Better Product Requirements

The Secret PM Handbook

Copyright (c) 2007 Joan M. “Communication” by Joan M. See below for image credit. Effective Communication is Challenging. Product managers tell me – and the people managing product managers tell me – that one of their biggest challenges is communicating with the development team.