What Product Managers could do differently in 2008.

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What you would do differently in 2008 Harvard Business Review went out on the streets of Boston and interviewed a number of individual and asked what they would do differently next year. The full video interview can be seen at 2008 workplace resolutions.

Interview Questions for Product Managers

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Several months ago I spent a lot of time interviewing potential Product Manager and Lead Product Managers to head up a product team. Listed below are some common interview questions along with some that I hand crafted for the particular PM job s being advertised at the time.

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How do you demonstrate that you can manage products

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Product Management interview question: Tell me about a project you have run or a product you have managed through its life cycle? This is an interview question that gives you the opportunity to: a) Demonstrate that you have a practical experience in the product development process.

Product Strategy of Microsoft, Yahoo, and FAST - BUT war declared on Google

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Bill on Business comments that: Microsoft has laid its cards on the table early in 2008 with its $1.2 By the time you read this blog post the announcement that Microsoft has put in a $44b bid for yahoo will be yesterday’s news.

How to Create Products Customers Love

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Product Management View Webinar Series – Marty Cagan, of SVPG, presents “How to Create Products Customers Love.

How to be a better Product Manager

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Graham Jones co-founder of Lane4 an international performance development consultancy gives several tips, in his recent article “ How the Best of the Best Get Better and Better ”, published in this months addition of Harvard Business Review, on improving your management performance – many of the tips are applicable to Product Managers. The article draws several parallels between successful sports and athletics personal. The tips are very applicable to Product Managers. The first point that Jones puts forward is that the real key to excellence in both the sports and business world is mental toughness and the ability to thrive on pressure. Loving Pressure Product Management by its very nature is a job that is highly pressurised. You may be at a trade show and all of sudden the (beta) product your demonstrating gives up the ghost. How do you cope? It’s not always possible to ship spare equipment to annual exhibitions – such a situation will call for the product manager to quickly think on their feet. Or suppose your release gets unexpectedly delayed, a senior stakeholder has promised a major client that new feature in order to secure a purchase order or sponsorship deal– the lucrative deal is under threat and your mail box and voice mail gets flooded by a host of complaints and questions. To add to the pressure your company is desperate for revenue, times are hard – competition is tough. Jones states that “You can’t stay on top if you aren’t comfortable in high-stress situations. Indeed, the ability to remain cool under fire is the one trait of elite performers that is most often thought of as inborn. But in fact you can learn to love the pressure…” The two tip that Jones gives is to: a ) learn to compartmentalization – the sports person who loses a match on Monday must be able to put the defeat behind them walk onto the pitch the next day and play with the will to win. b ) Have a secondary passion that you can switch to – a hobby or charity you support. The ability to switch will help you avoid burn-out and therefore succesfully ride the storms of a commercail life. Reinvent Yourself I read a number of years ago that feedback was the breakfast of champions. Jones gives an example of Trampolinist Sue Shotton who reinvented her performance and as a result became world champion. One of the things that enabled her to achieve her ambition was her “insatiable appetite for feedback – according to Jones a quality he has seen in all top business performers his worked with. Product Managers who work in an organisation that values ‘ lesson learnt’ or ‘ scrum retrospectives ’ can solicit or create an atmosphere for honest constructive feedback. Celebrate the Victories It’s important to celebrate victories but according to Jones it’s vital to be able to identify how and why you were victorious, he says that “The very best performers do not move on before they have scrutinized and understood thoroughly the factors underpinning their success.” It’s important that Product Managers know how and why they’ve achieved success. This gives them a better chance of repeating success at a later date. Related articles: Ten Steps to Better Product Management. Your Career

What’s Product Management is like a Year after Implementing Agile

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It’s been over a year since the product management team went on a series of agile/scrum training courses. The transformation and associated challenges over the past 14 months have been quite interesting. Here’s a report on the journey, progress, issues encountered and experiences to date.

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The Need for Product Managers Continues to Grow.

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Traditionally when I think of the job of the product manager I think of someone who is half marketing and half engineer – someone who is 50% orientated towards business needs and 50% orientated towards technology.

Where will the product manager be in 3 years time?

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Where do you, as the Product Manager, see yourself in three years time?

7 things the Product Manager needs to consider when bypassing processes

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Wikipedia , states that: Product lifecycle management (PLM) is the process of managing the entire lifecycle of a product from its conception, through design and manufacture, to service and disposal.

If you want to get into Product Management - then ask a good Product Manager.

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Many ask the question “How do I get into Product Management” well here are a few links to Q&As, on the topic, on Jeff Lash’s new website ‘Ask a Good Product Manager’ How can a software engineer become a product manager?

How do Product Managers Keep up with Technology?

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In general Product Management and/or Technical Product Management is about orientating between business and markets trends and needs and being able utilise technology to define product features and enhancements. Marty Cagan, in his article Are You Technical Enough?

Product Manager adopting web2.0 agile software development

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In the world of web development online product managers have two choices big bang (probably using waterfall) Vs incremental redesign (and empower product development ) of the websites their responsible for.

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Interview question on under performing

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What would you do if your boss called you to a meeting and informed you that your team has been complaining about your lack of leadership and management?

Interview Question: How Do Product Managers Handle Success?

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The interviewer poses the folloing question: "You, and your team, were involved in a successful launch of a new product that exceeded business expectations during its first phase - what would you do?" First I would Celebrate [with the team of course] and then….

How others have moved into Product Management

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How do I become a product manager? There is no one right answer to this question however one thing we do know is that very few if any people enter the realms of technical product management immediately.

How to improve your Product Management career and grow in your job

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I have recently been interviewing Product Managers about their jobs and writing interview Q&As for those who may be going for a job in Product Management. Refer to 'Your Career' for a list of articles).

Transition from Web Developer to Product Manager

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People often ask the question – How do I to get into Product Management [from being a software engineer, project manager, business analyst etc…]. Patrick Jolley is a case in point of a web developer who recognised an opportunity to move into Product Management and took it.

From R&D Engineer to Product Manager

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Francois Abbe has had many years experience designing world beating hi tech equipment. He has had the opportunity to travel the globe both as an engineer and product manager representing the products he has designed and ( later on in his career ) that he product managed.

Product Management moves into IT/IS departments?

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The function and role of product management will become crucial as businesses expand and become more dependent on technology departments to asist them in gaining the competitive advantage. But what is 'Technical Product Management'?

Product Managers need to reduce and handle stress

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What type of situations cause you stress? How do you handle stress? Stress can be a killer and every Product Manager and Project Mangers would have experienced during the course of their career. I was asked the question “How do you handle stress?”

Interview answers to questions regarding demands on development resource

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How would handle a senior business stakeholder that demands more than you can deliver with in a certain timeframe?

Moving from Technology to Product Management to increase business skills

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Bikram Gupta has been been in Product Management for over 3 years he has worked in various markets and technologies such as: Telecom/Wireless, Data Networking, and Security domains.

Moving from Business Analyst to Product Manager to "Online Product Manager"

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Andy wicks has worked as a Product Manager in two different industries. He currently managers a number of on-line products and services across a number of markets such as road transport and Human Resources. What’s your academic background/training?

Transition from Webmaster to Product Manager via Project Management

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Daniel has over ten years experience working with on-line products in various capacities. He currently works for Reed Business information as a Product Manager for the aerospace product range. What’s your academic background/training?

Interview with a Director of Product Management

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The 4 th Interview in the series is with the Director of Product Management at NetStreams – Paul Young. Paul is also the author of the product management blog: “Product Beautiful” and has a proven track record in product leadership, thought leadership and problem solving.

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How to get along with the development team

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Paul Young shares his thoughts on how Product Managers can get along with the development team. You need what I call street cred. That means a couple of things: first, you have to speak the language of development.

How to become a Product Manager

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Continuation of the interview with Paul Young What advice would you give some one who wants to move into product management? Product Management is unique in that there isn't a well defined career path for a product manager, unlike operations or marketing.

Interview with an Ex AOL Product Manager

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Brunella Russo has worked as a product manager at AOL – she currently works at Reed Business Information and has gained valuable experience in launching new products into untapped on-line market spaces. What’s your academic background/training?

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Interview with Jeff Lash: Author of How to be a Good Product Manager

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The second interview in the series is with Jeff Lash author of the blog " How to be a good Product Manager " - Jeff has a wealth of experience managing various on-line products and has produced a number of articles and podcasts on the topic.

Interview with a Product Manager

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* What’s it like being a Product Manager ? * How do you become one? What attributes do you need? * And what do you need to be able to get on with your development team ? This is the first in a series of interviews with people who have successfully moved into the Product Management arena.

Keeping Product Management Simple and Efficient

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Product Proliferation and complex ordering systems I know I want one but I’m not quite sure which one - was the constant thought of customers who wanted to buy our cutting edge, world beating system products.

A book for all Product Managers: The Art of Product Management

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Lessons from a Silicon Valley Innovator by Rich Mironov This book compiles some of Rich's most popular columns from 2002 to 2008. It includes thoughts on building and maintaining product organizations, understanding how customers think, ideas for how to price new products, and ways to motivate people who don’t work for you. Collected into a single volume, it paints a picture of a typical interrupt-driven day.

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Product Managers Need to Show Engineers “What Good Looks Like”

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Much has been written about how product managers can get along with the engineering teams – however the converse is also just as important – engineers need to get along and deliver for product managers.

Innovative Product Managers

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In his article, Innovating in Large Companies , Marty Cagan highlights the fact that many successful companies allow their engineers to spend 20% of the time on innovative projects of their choice. Marty encourages companies to allow Product Managers as well as engineers to spend 20% of their time innovating. Why is this a good idea? Because many successful products come from the bottom up rather than the top down.