Product Management Unpacked

Weighing in on the “CEO of the Product” debate

Product Management Unpacked

Search for “3 traits of a great product manager” and you’ll find an overabundance of qualities that may make a highly skilled product manager: Strategic thinker. Passion for products. Empathizes/listens actively to customers/prospects. Aspires to build great user experiences.

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.

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

Product Management Unpacked

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.

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

Product Management Unpacked

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. .

Why Conversational AI Is Key to Customer Service in the Customer Experience Era

In today’s hyper-competitive market, every business must become a customer experience-first business. Customer satisfaction has become more important than price or any individual feature. Read the new Tractica white paper to learn how important conversational AI is to your CX strategy.

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.

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

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.

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

Product Management Unpacked

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.

The Skills It Takes To Become a Product Manager

Product Management Unpacked

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.

Embedded BI and Analytics: Best Practices to Monetize Your Data

Speaker: Azmat Tanauli, Senior Director of Product Strategy at Birst

By creating innovative analytics products and expanding into new markets, more and more companies are discovering new potential revenue streams. Join Azmat Tanauli, Senior Director of Product Strategy at Birst, as he walks you through how data that you're likely already collecting can be transformed into revenue!

Would-Be Product Manager’s Instruction Manual

Product Management Unpacked

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.

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

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.

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.

4 Steps to Developing Your Customer Care Strategy

The quality of a customer care strategy can make or break a company, but simply resolving a customer service issue or complaint is no longer enough. Learn the 4 steps that address the major points you need to consider when building a customer care roadmap.

Where Does Product Management Fit?

Product Management Unpacked

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.

Three steps toward creating market-leading products

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The goal of every company and product leader is to invent products (or services) that become recognized market leaders. Creating a new product category is icing on the cake, but also rare and extremely difficult.

Whole Product Concept – A Quick Guide for the Expert PM

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Whole Product Concept is discussed in this article and will help guide you through the holistic experience of your product – and might just help your product and career succeed. Join our upcoming webinar: Becoming Expert: Delivering Superior Value with Whole Product Thinking.

Data-Driven Product Management: How To Become an Insight-Driven PM

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This article discusses how data-driven product management can help you use the right data, to uncover the right insights, and ultimately build the right product.

Nine Companies Share 30+ Best Practices for Creating Embedded Analytics Products

In this 4-part series, product and technology leaders share insights for successfully going to market with a data product. Download the eBook now, and find out how you can embed analytics in your solution, from building your business case to designing and launching your product.

Leadership styles for directing small teams

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Leadership differs depending on the size of the group you’re leading. For most product managers, the people they lead work on different teams and the individuals they need to influence don’t report to them.

Your Passion is Your Greatest Asset, Learn How to Harness It

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Your passion is your greatest asset, learn how to share it Continue reading → Knowledge Purpose ambitions courage creativity entrepreneur experience grit passion

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Engaging Stakeholders with Opportunity Solution Trees: 3 Tactics to Try

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Two and a half years ago, I introduced the opportunity solution tree. It’s been a blast seeing product people put it into practice. Today, I’m excited to share Hope Gurion’s thoughts on using opportunity solution trees.

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Should Product Roadmaps Have Dates?

Roman Pichler

What Product Roadmaps Are (in a Nutshell). To start with, let’s briefly recap what a product roadmap is. I view a roadmap as a high-level plan that states specific benefits a product should provide over a certain timeframe, which may range from six to 12 months.

Top 10 industries for monetizing data: Is yours one of them?

Find out which industries, use cases, and business applications are the best opportunities for data monetization. Understand what data is being monetized, who wants it, and why. Use data you already own to create new revenue sources. Download the eBook today!

Product Backlog Management – 10 Tips for Product Managers

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The importance of product backlog management is discussed in this article along with our top tips for backlog optimization. A product backlog is an essential component for your Agile development team. It is a set of requirements received from business and formulated into development tasks.

Bridging the leadership gap in innovation

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Guest post by Jesse Nieminen We’re living in an age where many industries are facing big changes. To thrive, or even survive, most companies need to find ways to innovate. Yet, most companies fail to do that. For example, according … Continue reading → Innovation Leadership Learning mission vision

Product Ethics

Roman Pichler

What is an Ethical Product? An ethical product is an offering that does not cause any harm, neither to its users nor the planet. [1] 1] The former includes negatively impacting the people’s mental wellbeing, for example, by encouraging addictive behaviour or promoting harmful information.

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Prioritize Opportunities, Not Solutions

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I cringe every time I see product teams use a spreadsheet to rank the ideas in their backlog based on some made-up math formula usually consisting of things like business value, user value, and technical difficulty. While this exercise is pervasive, it misses the point entirely.

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Ask the "Right" Questions: Your Analytics-Guided Product Strategy

Speaker: Yoav Yechiam, Founder and Head Instructor, productMBA

Analytics are highly important for product managers - and yet, analytic implementations often fail to actually help us. It's not the technology, and it's not the tactics. In most cases, it's our approach that's misguiding us! Analytics are there to answer important product questions, not just to collect data. How can we be mindful of our analytics so they enable us, rather than confine us? Join Yoav Yechiam, Founder and head instructor at productMBA, as he explains best practices for a data-guided strategy that helps product managers get to the "why" of their biggest product goals.

Listen to Understand: Listening Practices for Product People

Roman Pichler

Listen to Understand, not to Answer. Most people do not listen with the intent to understand; they listen with the intent to reply,” wrote Steve Covey in his book The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.

Building a Culture of Accountability

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Guest post by Fred Halstead Accountability can be thought of as a punitive word with an implied threat-as in “I’m going to hold you accountable.”

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Product is Hard by Marty Cagan

Mind the Product

We are all learning how to manage product in the internet age. There have been many successes and failures, and there are still lots more to come. Marty Cagan has worked at plenty of internet successes and failures, including eBay, Netscape and HP.

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Empowered Product Teams by Marty Cagan

Mind the Product

At this year’s MTP Engage conference in Hamburg I had the pleasure to introduce my personal product management idol Marty Cagan to our audience. He spoke about one of his favourite topics: empowered teams.

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Plan for Product Launch Success with Data and Analytics

Speaker: Piyanka Jain, President and CEO, Aryng

When you launch new feature (or an entirely new product), there are many questions that you'll need to answer. Is the feature being adopted? Do your customers like it, or does it need to be improved? Was the launch successful? Well, that all depends on how you define success. Join Piyanka Jain, President and CEO of Aryng, as she explains why - and how - you should use data and analytics to define and track a successful launch.

Product Management Mentorship, an Essential Career Tool

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by Lynne Levy – One of the most critical moments in my career as a product manager was when I was a junior product manager. I had emerged from a meeting with engineering where they tore my requirements apart, and became angry and emotional in the process.