2016 – More Hardcore Product Management Ahead

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This post is about where I’ll be focusing in 2016 in terms of becoming a more skilled product manager, and in helping others achieve that. But there’s always room for improvement, and as I’ve mentioned lots of times, getting more effective at product management has a huge ROI. But instead of focusing on that goal this year, I’m going to focus on a system for being a better product manager. Calendar, by Joy (CC 2.0 license).

Top 10 Product Talks of 2016

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Mind the Product and ProductTank were founded on the importance of sharing stories between product managers in order to further our craft, so we love recording those talks and sharing our speakers’ hard-earned lessons with everyone else in the product community. Your Product is Already Obsolete – How to Survive. All products go through three distinct phases – birth, growth, and survival. The Day-To-Day Product Management Toolkit.

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What We Learned About Building Products People Love in 2016

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2016 was a year when the product management community grew significantly and continued to mature. I think what marks out the following is that they all deliver practical and actionable advice – advice which can be applied by anyone at any stage in their product career. Here’s a look at what we learned in 2016 based on our most read posts during the year. How do product owners get their development teams to love them? Product Management is Ownership.

Bigger and Better – Product Management Survey Results 2016

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More than 1,200 of you took part in this year’s Product Manager survey, double the number who took part in our survey three years ago. It’s growth that is mirrored throughout the product manager community, and we see the effects directly at Mind The Product – in the increasing number and greater popularity of our conferences, ProductTank meetups, and in subscriptions to our hand-curated newsletter. Our universe is expanding.

Product Owner vs. Product Manager Exploration

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Regardless of which role or title you may have, you should have at least a basic understanding of the Product Owner vs. Product Manager comparison; similarities, differences, and overlap. In our recent Product Management Team Survey we found that in companies doing Agile development, 70% indicated that the Product Manager is also the Product Owner. Agile Product Management Agile Product Manager Product Owner Roles

Product Manager Salary Statistics

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The Product Manager salary for a new hire in Silicon Valley is now higher than that of engineers. Looking to find out what a reasonable Product Manager Salary is? This article will give you some statistics about being a Product Manager and what to expect in terms of salary and other benefits. The importance of Product Managers is on the rise. The post Product Manager Salary Statistics appeared first on 280 Group Product Management.

Coping with Product Manager Burnout

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Now, several decades later as a Product Manager there are times I miss those days. The post Coping with Product Manager Burnout appeared first on 280 Group Product Management. Product Management ProductivityVision Built on Uncertainty When I started my career as a young programmer I was tasked with bug fixing as a way to learn the code base….I I hated it. It wasn’t challenging enough for me.

The Importance of a Product Management Framework

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What is a Product Management Framework? In order to understand what a Product Management framework is, it’s helpful to understand the literal definition of a framework: a basic supporting structure that underlies a system or process. So a Product Management framework is what guides Product Managers and their company through every phase of the Product Management process and helps to keep a discipline that can be extremely complicated, as organized as possible.

Product Management is More Important Than Ever

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Product Management as a role has moved on in leaps and bounds during my career. As the number of people gathered at Mind the Product London 2016 prove – it’s a skill and a job that more and more companies understand, appreciate, and seek out. We’ve got our job title, we’ve got our space in the organisation, and we’ve got our seat at the management team table? Let’s just get on with building awesome products?

Story: Career Advice and Growing in Product Management

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The founders of the Boston Women in Product share their story of how they started in product management, some of the challenges they faced and how mentors helped them navigate through these experiences. Cait Porte , Vice President of Product Management, Zmags. As my career in product management accelerated, so did my fear of being able to balance it all. Sarah Ptalis , Director of Product Management, GoDaddy.

The Simple Guide to Product Management

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In 2016, Glassdoor identified Product Management as the #8 best job to have in America, with a job score of 4.5 Other jobs on the list included Data Scientist, Tax Manager and HR Manager. Unlike many of those jobs, product management is known for its nebulous career pathing and ambiguity. For new and aspiring product managers, that can be a challenge. Think critically about product direction and market opportunity.

Tesla Agile Development: Product Management at its Best

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Software and Product Management at its best. The post Tesla Agile Development: Product Management at its Best appeared first on 280 Group Product Management. Agile Product Management Agile Cool Products FeaturesTesla Agile Development: Version 8.0 Last week I received the version 8 update from Tesla.

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Climbing the Product Management Career Ladder

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In B2B product management, tactical, operational and strategic refer to layers in the customer organization – not your job responsibilities. Master each of these customer domains and the next rung on the product management career ladder awaits. When the product management/marketing profession was in its childhood, upward mobility options were few: director and VP. In fact, less product knowledge may be more beneficial as you move up the food chain.

What Will Product Management Be Like In 5 Years?

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The future is hard to tease out, but here’s what will happen in product management’s future. (CC Earlier this year Janna Bastow of ProdPad put out a call for opinions on the future of product management. To understand the future of product management I started from the “present” of product management. Where are we now in the product management discipline? The “Present” of Product Management.

Top 10 Product Guest Posts of 2016

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2016 has been a year when the craft of product management grew, evolved, and matured at a staggering rate! While Martin highlighted the top product talks of 2016 yesterday, I’d like to take a few moments to look over the most popular guests posts on the Mind the Product blog – both to acknowledge the amazing insights being shared by our community, and to make sure you didn’t miss out on a great read. Managing Agile Teams Remotely.

How to Onboard Junior Product Managers for Success


As your product management team grows, you will inevitably bring on some more junior product managers. Some may have a couple of years under their belt, while others may be fresh out of school or recent converts from engineering, design, analysis, or project management. It would be easy to view these new product managers as a distraction from your own daily grind, or even as competition, but this. Product Management Product Management Process

Mental Models for Product Managers – Part 1

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Some general purpose mental models are very useful for product managers. Mental models for product managers. What about mental models for Product Managers specifically? There are quite a few mental models about products and making them successful. The post Mental Models for Product Managers – Part 1 appeared first on Hardcore Product Management. Product Management ToolsThe importance of mental models.

Selection Criteria for Product Management Tools

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As a product manager, I’d like to find some tools that help me do my job. I deal with: Customers – finding their problems and listening to their product feedback. Positioning and value propositions – what my product does for my segment, and why it’s a better solution than the competition. Tools for building the solution and managing that process are a dime a dozen. Product Management Tools product management framework tools

7 Customer Feedback Nightmares Every Product Manager Should Avoid


With that in mind, here are 7 of the most common customer feedback nightmares Product Managers face and a. Product Management ProcessBill Gates once famously said “Your most unhappy customers are your greatest source of learning.” While it’s a poignant quote, it doesn’t mean unhappy customers are your goal (there’s only so much positive spin Silicon Valley can put on failure). Prevention, as always, is the best medicine.

Product Owner vs Product Manager

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As a Product Owner and the CEO of Scrum.org I was invited to speak at ProductTank NYC earlier this year about the conflict between the roles Product Owner and Product Manager. And how organizations need to consolidate on one overall decision maker for the product, and that person should be engaged with the delivery teams as a representative of the business / customer. But, what happens in organizations that already have product managers?

Mindfulness Tips for Product Managers and Product Owners

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Why is Mindfulness Beneficial for Product People? Mindfulness provides a number of well-known benefits, such as, improved creativity, productivity, and wellbeing, and it has become popular at companies like Apple, Google, and Nike. I find that mindfulness is particularly helpful for product managers and product owners. Secondly, a major success factor for every product person is to develop empathy for the users and customers. What is Mindfulness?

The biggest challenge for product managers?

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A few weeks ago, I invited Mind the Product readers to take part in a brief survey with a simple goal: to identify the biggest challenges product managers face in their role. Here are some key stats to give you a sense of what the respondent pool looked like: 89% of respondents had either product manager or product executive titles. The Big Takeaway: We Don’t Know Whether We’re Building the Right Products.

The Product Manager’s Survival Guide

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Last month, at the SVPMA ‘s monthly meeting it was a treat to have Steven Haines, a luminary in the field of product management to conduct a cross functional product team meeting role play. One of his books was new to me, The Product Manager’s Survival Guide , geared to the new product manager, who finds themselves needing to come up to speed rapidly. Good depth, and great advice, even for late career product managers.

Jam 2016 – Product Manager Club

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On the 4th November the Product Manager Club attended JAM 2016 in London. Yeah but what’s Jam 2016?! So in the words of the founders Mathilde Leo and Sebastian Powell , We often asked ourselves how other companies go about designing and building great products. How do product managers, designers and engineers make it all happen? A bunch of product people in a room sharing stories, experiences and a glimpse into their own world of ‘product’.

Product Manager Certification: What, Why, How

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Advancing your career by earning a Product Manager Certification can be a highly-effective strategy. What is a Product Manager Certification? The post Product Manager Certification: What, Why, How appeared first on 280 Group Product Management. Career Advancement Product Management CertificationThis article discusses the benefits of certification and what you can expect to gain by becoming certified.

Improving Product Management in 2016; Product Management Podcast

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Improving Product Management in 2016: Strategy vs. Technique. This metaphor carries over to product management — improving the performance of a product management team can come through improving their techniques (such as grooming a backlog) or through improving their strategic sensibilities (such as taking a strategic approach to business planning). and the SiriusDecisions Product Ownership Decision Framework. Product Management

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Book Review: The Phenomenal Product Manager

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I bought a copy of “ The Phenomenal Product Manager ” in 2009 or so on a lark. Written by Brian Lawley, the top man at the 280Group , a consultancy, and training organization with deep product management and product marketing skills and reputations, I was at first put off by how thin the book was. The advice to “buy the fastest computer, and biggest screen to help with your productivity” seemed to be pretty condescending.

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Product Management Productivity Tip #2: Master Email

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How to Improve your Product Management Productivity by Mastering Email. As a Product Manager you can’t afford to waste time. The post Product Management Productivity Tip #2: Master Email appeared first on 280 Group Product Management. Product Management Best Practices ProductivityEmail sucks up your time for a number of reasons. You may read the same email multiple times.

Confessions of a Product Manager or ‘What I wish I’d known sooner about product monetisation’


Having written previously about the importance of monetisation to Product Managers it came as a shock recently to hear that my own product, Newsmart (a DowJones venture), is to be shuttered after nearly 3 years. Product Management“Launching isn’t hard. Coming up with an idea isn’t hard. Making something isn’t hard. It’s everything that comes after that.” – Jason Fried.

Product Management And Fear – Three More Powerful Creative Blockbusters

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Although focused toward product managers, the tips were general purpose ways to increase your creative output. ” At right around the same time I drafted this post with more tips that are especially applicable to product managers. More than most other creative domains, product management is a multidisciplinary activity. Scott uses MindJet , a commercial product. Product Management creativity interaction design mindmap politeness

From Engineering To Product Management: The Two-Step Career Move

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The transition from engineering to product management is one of the most difficult. Of all roles that touch the product, engineers are the furthest removed from the market and the customers. If you’re an engineer with product manager aspirations, make the move in two smaller steps instead of one big leap. The textbook product manager is a problem-finder by default. When you’re a product manager, very few things are black or white.

6 Reasons Why Boston is a Great Place to be a Product Manager

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The Boston area may just be the best place to be a product manager today. Bloomberg compared states based on R&D, productivity, high-tech density, concentration of STEM* employment, science/engineering degree holders, and patents with other areas. And you know who has to actually go and make those new ideas happen – product managers of course. Reason #2: One of the highest concentrations of product managers anywhere.

Tactical. Operational. Strategic. The Three Rungs on the Product Management Career Ladder


In B2B product management, tactical, operational and strategic refer to layers in the customer organization – not your job responsibilities. Master each of these customer domains and the next rung on the product management career ladder awaits. When the product management/marketing profession was in its childhood, upward mobility. Product Management Product Management Process

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Changing Lanes – Becoming a Platform Product Manager

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I’m a product manager for a content management system that runs some of the most-visited websites in the world. Prior to this I’d had a year’s product experience at a customer-facing SaaS company and naively I believed I could copy-paste this experience. At its heart a CMS is a platform, not a product. I quickly found that I needed to become a platform product manager. Platform vs Product.

As a product manager, you need to do just two things

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One of the biggest lies in product management is agile. The post As a product manager, you need to do just two things appeared first on Street Smart Product Manager. Product ManagementThat may sound like heresy, but hear me out… I actually love agile. It’s a great approach to reducing the risk of developing and shipping software. It’s a better software development methodology.

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7 Ways Product Managers Can Counter Experience Bias


No one comes to a product management job as a blank slate. Even if it’s an entry-level position, you must have done something beforehand to merit a company handing the fate of a feature or product over to you. That means you’re experienced, whether it was leading product strategy for another firm, time in the trenches building a product, or working in the industry your new solution will serve. Product Management

The 280 Group’s Top Product Management Blog Posts of 2016

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Here at the 280 Group we have been maintaining a Product Management blog for over a decade Every year we produce articles that we hope our readers find interesting and useful. We felt that 2016 was likely the best year yet for our Product Management Blog so we would like to share with all of you the top 10 most visited posts of the year. The post The 280 Group’s Top Product Management Blog Posts of 2016 appeared first on 280 Group Product Management.

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Five Tips for Introducing Product Management to Your Company

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Establish a clear vision for introducing a product management group and explore why your company would benefit from it. There are a number of advantages such a group can offer, including being able to launch more products, serving the right markets and segments, providing the right features, making better product decisions faster, aligning the stakeholders more effectively, and establishing clear roles and responsibilities. 2 Secure Management Buy-in.

Product Manager vs. Product Owner Revisited


Five years ago I wrote an article arguing that it is essential that the product manager is also the product owner. My motivation, which I made no secret of, was that I was worried about this point because more than a few companies were using the relatively new role of the product owner as an excuse to once again separate “the business person” from the “the person that talks with the developers.”

Your Product is Already Obsolete – How to Survive by Des Traynor

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You start by making the product work, then you have to grow the product, and then, crucially, you have to focus on survival – on keeping it relevant. Des Traynor is the co-founder and Chief Marketing Officer of Intercom, and in this hilarious and insightful closing keynote from Mind the Product San Francisco he shared his experiences of keeping Intercom relevant. Your product is already obsolete. Your product isn’t a set of screens. Mind the product.