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Thankful for Product Management

The Product Bistro

I am taking a week off of work to help with some issues with my aging father, and have a fairly slack day. Since it ’tis the season to send thanks, I thought I would indulge in a - for me - rare reflection of things I am thankful for professionally.

The power of "I don't know"

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In our product team, I have a reputation of being the sponge of institutional knowledge, the person that everyone asks when they need to know something. I am not sure how I got that reputation, but it just ain't true.

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Big Changes at the Product Bistro!

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The Product Bistro is undergoing a massive evolution. It started during a 6 month hiatus in employment, where I took some time to reflect on my career, and to make a run at freelance or piecemeal work.

That would be a hard NO

The Product Bistro

A little history. When I originally bought my Honda S2000, I became very interested in keeping it in great condition, and to do that, I picked up a habit of detailing.

The Complete R&D Funding Guide: How to Get the Funding You Need!

Speaker: Kevin Goldsmith, Chief Technology Officer at Anaconda | Peyman Pouryekta, CEO and Technology Advisor | Bob Webber, VP Product Flow Optimization, Construx

In this interactive panel discussion, we will address common pitfalls of investments for CTOs and VPs of Engineering and will teach you how to manage your investments with confidence and properly allocate resources across business priorities.

That would be a hard NO

The Product Bistro

A little history. When I originally bought my Honda S2000, I became very interested in keeping it in great condition, and to do that, I picked up a habit of detailing.

Stop whinging about “Tactical” vs. “Strategic”

The Product Bistro

Product Management often feels like they are too tactical, and they should be more strategic, but not all tactical tasks are bad to own. product management strategy RTB tactical

The Most Powerful Phrase in the Product Manager Vocabulary

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The most powerful phrase in product management isn’t something witty about product market fit, or positioning, or market segmentation. No, it is a very simple 3 or 4 words, depending on whether you employ a contraction or not. It’s my fault. That is it. Simple, but very difficult.

The Most Powerful Phrase in the Product Manager Vocabulary

The Product Bistro

The most powerful 3 words in a Product Manager's vocabulary is "It's My Fault." The blame game should not be in your toolbox, you own the product, act like it. Your team will thank you. product management

Work, the Future, and familiar names

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The way we work, and the type of work we will do is changing. In my past research, one name has come up over and over, David Autor of MIT. Future of Work

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Optimize the Performance of Your Serverless Functions

Run mission-critical applications on serverless without sacrificing visibility.

Work, the Future, and familiar names

The Product Bistro

Almost 5 years ago, I found myself starting a job that focused around training, and skills validation, and my area of focus was in the future of work, as well as the seismic change that “Digital Transformation” was having on the workplace ecosystem.

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It's OK to have some non-productive time

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Lately, I have been in a funk. Part of it is the isolation of the Covid era, and the enforced working from home. But a big part of it is the expectation I have that I am productive every second I am at my computer. However, I shouldn’t beat myself up over it.

It’s OK to have some non-productive time

The Product Bistro

Product Management is different from most roles in that you are always thinking about the product, and the myriad threads that it takes to make it. So, when you need to unplug, do not feel guilty. general product management time

To MRD or not to MRD.

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That is the question. In the way back time, before Agile, before OKRs and other fads, product managers wrote MRDs, or Market Requirement Documents. This was the artifact the began the process of developing a new product, or a variant of a product.

The Big Payoff of Application Analytics

Outdated or absent analytics won’t cut it in today's data-driven applications. And they won’t cut it for your end users, your development team, or your business. Learn how 5 companies used embedded analytics to achieve huge returns and greater value than anticipated.

To MRD or not to MRD …

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In the modern era, it seems that product management and organizations have eschewed the venerable MRD or marketing requirements document. However, it still has a place in the toolkit, and it should be leveraged more often. product management

Product Management Stock

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A topic that often comes up is where to find new product managers, and often people with certain titles are mentioned. But there are other important or more important) considerations. product management

Product Management Stock

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It has been a while since I have picked up pen and drafted a post, but I came across a Tweet last week that really made me pause and think.

Book Review: The Team that Managed Itself

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Christina Wodtke’s latest is a gripping read, combining a compelling story line, with some novel, and useful ideas to help team dynamics and how to lead.

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Better Learning, Better Results: A Guide for Product and Project Leaders

Continuous improvement is the differentiator that can drive your team to the next level. Download our 4-step guide to collaborative learning and position your team for success.

Book Review: The Team that Managed Itself

The Product Bistro

Christina Wodtke’s latest is a gripping read, combining a compelling story line, with some novel, and useful ideas to help team dynamics and how to lead.

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Forecasting – A Product Management Task

The Product Bistro

The role of Product Management brings many responsibilities, some great, some awful, and many that are just “there” One of the “there” responsibilities is forecasting. Being at the center of the organization, Product Management is the logical focal point for this activity, even though it requires input from groups outside their control. i.e. Sales and […]. product management essentials

Know Enough

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Having participated recently in the screening process for a product management position we are seeking to fill, scanning through a curated list of resumes, I was taken aback by the wide range of competencies that I saw.

Selling to Product Managers

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An interesting topic today, what it must be like to sell to someone who lives and breathes products, and all aspects therein. This post revolves around selecting a realtor as the trustee of my Stepfather’s estate. Synopsis: In late 2018, my Stepfather, my father figure for over 40 years, passed away. He had been ill […]. product management sales

Data-Driven Performance Feedback Helps Teams Improve Customer Outcomes

Speaker: Mickey Mantle, Founder and CEO at Wanderful Interactive Storybooks | Ron Lichty, Consultant: Interim VP Engineering, Author, Ron Lichty Consulting, Inc.

In this webinar Mickey Mantle and Ron Lichty will teach you why its important to have data driven performance reviews, the most effective way to use data in performance reviews, and how this data helps to align your employee proficiency with your company goals.

Know Enough

The Product Bistro

Product Managers don't need to be experts on the technology, they merely need to know what is enough. Mastery of the role is synonymous with the zen of knowing what you need to know. product management

Selling to Product Managers

The Product Bistro

An interesting topic today, what it must be like to sell to someone who lives and breathes products, and all aspects therein. This post revolves around selecting a realtor as the trustee of my Stepfather’s estate.

The “Miss”

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Revenues are softening, some long term decline is suddenly accelerating, and you are missing plan. Senior management wants to know why, and – more importantly – what are you doing about it. They point their fingers to Product Management to right the ship. The Problem – Product Management has many tools in its bag that […]. PM Tales product management tales

Business Acumen

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I’m going to tell a story that will ultimately show how misguided many supposed “good ideas” are, especially in relation to business cases, strategy, and planning. One site that I hang out on is Slashdot , an old school hang out that bills itself as “News for Nerds.”

Monitoring AWS Container Environments at Scale

In this eBook, learn how to monitor AWS container environments at scale with Datadog and which key metrics to monitor when leveraging two container orchestration systems (ECS and EKS).

Saying Goodbye

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A recent round of staff reductions at work has led to the expected “goodbye” emails, where departing colleagues send notes of their departure, some memories, and contact information. Alas, the ones I have recently seen were somewhat, uh, pedestrian , and uninspired.

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It's a Major Award!

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Way back, when I started the Product Bistro, I had a lot of spare time (between gigs), and I was using the blog to drum up some consulting, and piece work to fill in the gaps and time. I created this site to first describe what I could offer, and how my prior expertise could be leveraged.

Forecasting - A Product Management Task

The Product Bistro

The role of Product Management brings many responsibilities, some great, some awful, and many that are just “there” One of the “there” responsibilities is forecasting.

The no Product management Product – A Cautionary Tale

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When starting a new job as a product manager, you are occasionally handed the reins on a product that has never had ANY product management, whatsoever. There are many reasons for this. In this specific case, it was a hardware technology product that came out of a small startup. My then current company provided some […]. PM Tales tales

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to Embedded Analytics – 4 Mission-Critical Steps to Take on Your Analytics Journey

The right analytics capabilities will turn data into valuable insights for your end users. This research-based guide, derived from insights of industry professionals, will allow you to create an optimal strategy for acquiring those capabilities.

User Experience is more than just the UI

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A while back, I read a blog that got me thinking. Its premise was that developers should always have the fastest, best hardware to minimize down time.

What if Other Groups set Prices

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One of the most difficult part of a product manager’s job is pricing. Too low and you don’t make enough money (or leave money on the table), too high, and the product fails to take off. Getting it just right is part alchemy, part luck, and often just a bit of a guess. There are […]. product management pricing

Business Acumen

The Product Bistro

I’m going to tell a story that will ultimately show how misguided many supposed “good ideas” are, especially in relation to business cases, strategy, and planning. One site that I hang out on is Slashdot, an old school hang out that bills itself as “News for Nerds.” ” On /. see what I did there?) there […]. product management business acumen business case business model

Product Management Interview Tips

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So you want a product management job? How should you prepare for the interview? Especially if you are junior or looking for your first step on the product management ladder. I will share my experiences of several hops, and over 20 years of experience, on both sides of the interviewing process. Or you have been […]. general product management interview resume

Scaling Agile With Collaborative Learning

Speaker: Yuval Yeret, Enterprise Agile Coach, AgileSparks; Aryeh Sivan, Senior Director of Engineering, Akamai Technologies; and Yuval Zach, VP Customers, Shamaym

Continuous learning is a new addition to the Scaled Agile Framework. Join us for a panel discussion with Akamai, AgileSparks, and Shamaym sharing successful strategies for scaling Agile and practical takeaways for your team.