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.

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 keep Product Management Simple and Effective

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Tackling the constant flood of e-mails that consumes much of my working day is one of the things I aim to do better in 2008).

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.

From Technical Support to Product Management

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Mark Barnes has extensive experience in facing customers, initially as a customer support engineer and then later in his career as a product manager. Continue reading to learn more about his transition and views about product management. What’s your academic background/training? BEng in Electronics Engineering from Sussex University. Postgraduate Diploma in Marketing from Chartered Institute of Marketing. What did you do before you where a product manager?

Where do you see your product in two years time?

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Looking into the future and knowing what the competition, the market and your product will be like is probably one of the most challenging tasks that any product manager has to undertake. This can be a tricky question to answer at a job interview. Where do you see product x in y years time ”? How a product manager answers this question gives the interviewer an insight as to how much of a visionary they are and whether or not they keep a keen eye on technology as it progresses.

From Marketing to Product Management

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Ivan Chalif is author of th eblog The Productologist. He is also a founding member of the Silicon Valley Product Management Association ( SVPMA ). In addition to creating the original logo, and managing the website and forums, Ivan was instrumental in organizing early SVPMA events and establishing the organization’s charter. What’s your academic background/training? Both my undergraduate and graduate degrees are in Psychology and Counseling.

How Product Managers can estimate business value using agile techniques

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We recently finished a scrum sprint; during the sprint review the technical team gave a demonstration, to senior business owners, of the newly developed functionality and bug fixes they had done during the sprint. It was noted at the sprint retrospective and subsequent discussions, that followed, that the demonstration gave equal weighting in terms of the time spent demonstrating each user story.

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How to get into Product Management

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ProfSvcs has left a comment on my blog post "Moving from Technology to Product Management to increase business skills" ‘asking how someone gets into product management’. The answer became what I would consider too long for a comment so I’ve written this article that I hope will help him and others who what to move into product management. I must stress that this is my opinion based on my own experience and the experience of others I’ve worked with.