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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

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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The Demo goes badly

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Every product development project has a crucial milestone, the official demonstration. A recent story about the original iPhone demo at Moscone center in SF, in early 2007 from the point of view of the engineers in the audience is particularly illuminating.

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Forecasting – A Product Management Task

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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

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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

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.” ” On /. see what I did there?) there […]. product management business acumen business case business model

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

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

Product Analytics Playbook: Mastering Retention

Why do your users churn? In this guide you'll learn common product pitfalls and how to fix them.

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

Scope Creep

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In my more than two decades of product management experience, with many different engineering and development organizations. Regardless of how great the teams are/were, there are always slips in schedule. I am puzzled by this. Even when with a great team, populated with hugely talented, and highly productive engineers, programs take longer than planned. Perhaps […]. product management

Product Management Transparency

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Transparency – (noun), an image, text, or positive transparent photograph printed on transparent plastic or glass, able to be viewed using a projector. If you are as old as I am, you remember printing your powerpoint slides to transparency film to be used on an overhead projector during presentations. It was a dark time. However, […]. product management essentials

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 […]. product management 2018 MVP award BPMA

6 Steps to Improving Your Application’s Analytics Experience

No one designs bad dashboards and reports on purpose. So why do so many applications have terrible analytics experiences? Download this ebook for secrets to creating dashboards and reports your users will love.

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. Waiting 12 seconds to compile a module was too long, and encouraged the developer’s attention to stray to Reddit, or some other time suck, and then they would […]. PM Tales UI/UX

Just in Time Product Management

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Product management is a discipline where there is an unending to-do list, a fixed amount of time in the day, and enough outside influencers to make even the best multi-tasker whither and die. Yet good product managers always appear to be in control of the situation. This is a testament to several traits that are […]. product management essentials

The Product Lifecycle, an introduction

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If you work at a startup, or a small company, chances are this three letter acronym is alien to you. However once you graduate to a mid sized company, with multiple products, and, more importantly, multiple divisions or business units, the construct of a PLC is inevitable, and even welcomed. PLC is an acronym for […]. product management essentials

Product Management Rockstars

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I read a post today by Tom Leung on his blog, “Always be Shipping” that got me thinking. The premise of the posting was that only superstars need to apply. As someone in my earlier days who viewed himself with many of the qualities that are being sought, and to a large degree still lives […]. PM Tales essentials

The Connected Journey: Developing your Empathy to Strengthen Strategies for Customer Relations

Speaker: Esther Kieft, Delivery Manager (Group Technology) at Domino's Pizza Enterprises

It is well known that empathy is a key ingredient in creating lovable products, yet not all products offer the best customer experience. From meeting stringent deadlines to insufficient resources being available to carry out customer research, there is a range of reasons why customer empathy could be missing in product development. Join Esther Kieft, as she breaks down using empathy at a distance to evaluate the problems that customers are experiencing during this global health crisis.

Product Management like a Golf Swing

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One day, I was musing about the job of product manager, and what differentiates a good product manager from an okay one, and an analogy sprung to mind. Think about a golf swing. There is the addressing of the ball, the back swing, the forward swing, and ultimately the follow though. When you are teaching […]. product management essentials

Time Management Tips – Meetings

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I wish I had the secret to time management and how to control the beastly amount of tasks that build inexorably in the typical product manager’s “to-do” list. Alas, Product Management is one of those roles that collects the odds and ends of the organization, either by design (formally assigned), or by being the “buck-stops-here” […]. product management essentials

UX Observations

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During a calorie laden splurge for lunch, I stopped in at the local Five Guys franchise. While waiting for my grilled gut-bomb (which was delicious) I watched the Coke Freestyle machine. It was an illuminating experience. The machines weren’t new to me, having seen a couple in the past, I figured out what I wanted, […]. product management Interfaces research UI/UX

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Customer Success – an important role

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Digital Transformation, it’s all the rage, and doing a simple Google search yields a plethora of hits, from training to consultants, to the big market research companies, all weighing in. This wave of disruption continues to grow, and brings with it myriad opportunities to completely change the business.

6 Ways to Secure (More Of) a Budget for Your Customer Education Program

Whether you’re looking to kickstart or expand your customer education program, you need access to a budget. Learn how you can demonstrate the positive ROI of customer training and make the case for securing a larger budget in our latest eBook!

When is it time to move on

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A recent post was around the topic of how long should you stay in a product management role. While there are no hard and fast rules, in my experience, and for me, it seems the answer is 3 years, give or take, before moving on to new challenges, or to be pulled up in rank. […]. product management essentials

Product Management Mistakes

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Being in the role for in extremely long time, I have uncovered a lot of truths, and hidden aspects of the expectations for the product manager. Now, I would like to discuss some of the common mistakes, misunderstandings, and outright WTF things that I see over and over again. From assumptions that we make, or […]. product management essentials

Technology Transformation – Adobe Lightroom

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Introduction. One of the most challenging tasks in product management is a major architecture shift of a product. Primarily a software related issue (although there are architecture transitions in hardware that are thorny too), the point when an old architecture is holding you back, and market forces are driving the discussion in your market space, a clean rewrite is what is required.

Time in a Product Management Role

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Recently, I was asked a relatively benign question: “How long should I stay in a Product Management role?” While the person asking it was relatively new in a position and another, more attractive offer is in the works, it caused me to pause and reflect. Not to make light of the young lady’s concern that […]. product management essentials

The Product Manager's Guide to Retention

This book walks through multiple aspects of retention, including why it’s so important, how to best measure it, and how to set goals for the different stages of retention. It also provides strategies for improving retention across the customer journey.

Product Management – Simplified

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Product Management in a nutshell Tons of ink has been spilled on the art (and science) of product management. About methodologies, strategies, and the like. Grumbling about how the role varies, depending on the organization. Yada yada yada. Let’s simplify this. Product management at its very core is: Identify a problem for some market segment […]. product management essentials

Product Management Truths – Redux

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One of my more popular posts has been on the unwritten truths of Product Management. Originally written over 5 years ago, that post covered many observations and self evident truths. Fast forward to 2018, and there are some additions to this list. Without further ado, I offer these observations: Whiz bang tools don’t make up […]. product management more truths truths

The Exit Interview

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Having 7 stops on my journey in Product management over the last 20 years, I have had several “exit interviews.” Today’s post is some sage advice that i have learned, and absorbed over this series of experiences. But, what is an exit interview, and why do they have them at all? From the employer’s side, […]. general product management interview job change

Dog Whistles

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Dog whistles. Sub sonic (or conversations you shouldn’t hear) sounds that make the hairs on the back of your neck raise. Every profession has some, product management or product marketing are clearly no different. There are some things you hear that instantly get your hackles up. They come from all groups. They all mean trouble […]. product management warnings

4 Approaches to Data Analytics for Your Application

Selecting the right solution for your embedded analytics is crucial to the success of your application. But with so many solutions and vendors, how do you make this critical selection? Learn about the different approaches to analytics and the pros and cons for each.

Product vs. Project Management

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While there are article after article posted about the difference between the product manager role and the product marketing manager role, there is one more relevant comparison that ought to be made, how does a product manager differ from a project manager. Why should we care about this? When I was was posting job req’s, […]. product management product project

Musing on the Future of Work

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Watching a British Police Procedural – Line of Duty, and at the end of a “Season” they did a run down of the investigating team, and one statement caught my attention, that one DC (Detective Constable), had passed her test and was now a DS (Detective Sergeant). This caught my ear, because it is a […]. Future of Work evolution workforce

My path into Product Management

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There are many paths into product management, as Steven Haines says so eloquently in his Product manager’s Desk Reference, most product managers don’t start there. I thought it was time to add in the path I took, that of Applications engineer. Instead of a list of traits and attributes, I will probably go a little […]. product management beginnings

Introverted and a Product Manager

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One thing that is crucial to success in Product Management is the ability to communicate. A common perception is that you must be an extrovert to be a good communicator. Yet, as a solid introvert, who hates crowds, and large gatherings, I have been quite successful in Product Management. I will admit that it isn’t […]. product management style

The North Star Playbook

Every product needs a North Star. In this guide, we will show you the metrics product managers need to tie product improvements to revenue impact. If you are looking for a more-focused, less-reactive way to work, this guide is for you.