Constructive Conflict

Clever PM

There are a great many company cultures in the world that go out of their way to avoid conflict of any kind. And, while the intent is good — nobody wants to work in a combative workplace — the common practice of lumping all conflict together into a single bucket and trying to toss it […]. Product Management Communication Culture Do's Facilitation Good PM Influence Interactions Leadership Organization PM Psychology

A Step-by-Step Guide to Constructing a Persona Workshop

Mind the Product

The post A Step-by-Step Guide to Constructing a Persona Workshop appeared first on Mind the Product. Our team is building a product for just one person. Unbelievable! Who is this person? His name is Eric. Eric is a senior developer at a medium-sized software company. With a smooth career path and eight years industry experience, Eric is considered a successful engineer. Eric loves coding and is passionate about new products. Radiohead is his favorite rock band.

CoConstruct uses productboard to create rewarding experiences for homebuilders & remodelers

ProductBoard

Success stories product management construction product planning product strategy UX design CRM user researchCoConstruct, a software platform for custom homebuilders and remodelers, has always put the customer at the center of their product so the company wanted a tool that allowed the company to surface the right insights to build the right features and tools that their customers need.

How Warby Parker Makes Every Point In Its Employee Lifecycle Extraordinary

First Round Review

Here, Co-founder Dave Gilboa breaks down exactly how they've constructed this culture. Warby Parker is known for being a wonderful place to work. Continue reading at First Round Review »

Our 6 Must Reads for Managers to Give Feedback That Helps People Grow

First Round Review

Giving constructive feedback that resonates is extremely difficult. You have to strike exactly the right chord for your words to cause change. Here's the best advice we've seen on how to do that. Continue reading at First Round Review »

When Push Comes to Shove – Picking Your Battles

Clever PM

In many organizations, conflict is part and parcel of the culture — some conflict can be constructive, some destructive, but most of it can just be downright annoying. And, because we often sit right in the middle of all of the random agendas, battles of ego, and emotional storms that can rage throughout the company, […]. Product Management Authority Communication Culture Do's Good PM Influence Interactions Leadership Organization PM Psychology Strategy

Dealing with Difficult Stakeholders and Team Members

Roman Pichler

But bear in mind that negative thoughts and emotions cloud your perception; they will make it difficult to have a constructive conversation with Jane. Think of moments when you saw Jane help others, make a constructive contribution, or commit other acts of kindness.

Design at the convergence of digital and material realities

Product Bookshelf

Objects can now be constructed in layers to create a complete artifact in one piece. Obvious Construction. Obvious Construction is the evolution of the Rationalist design language. Obvious Construction is a counter-balance to this digital opacity which pervades our lives.

4 Daily Scrum Tips for Product Owners & Product Managers

Roman Pichler

If you are concerned about the sprint progress, then say so in a honest but constructive way. Tip #1: Know what it’s all about. The Daily Scrum meeting, sometimes also referred to as stand-up meeting, wants to help the development team manage its work.

Australia’s leading Product Management conference: a feast for all seasons

BrainMates

Kirsten, who is Senior Vice President Product & Experience at Aconex, the most widely-used online SaaS platform in the world for construction, infrastructure, energy and resource projects, promises to share all her insider tips on how to transition into a product leadership role.

Making Consensus-based Product Decisions

Roman Pichler

Participating in this process can be difficult: it requires that people tolerate ambiguity, constructively deal with conflict, let go of their own ideas, and embrace someone else’s suggestion. Benefits and Limitations.

The power of a well-timed NO…and how to give one to your boss

UserVoice

By taking ownership of the exercise, you’re acknowledging that you value their input, plus it gives you the opportunity to formulate a well-constructed case against their request vs. a shoot-from-the-hip no-go response. Saying no is a true art.

Managing Product Teams for Success

Product Talk

Managers must learn to give constructive feedback rather than telling their teams what to do. I’ve been thinking about the challenges of managing product teams by outcomes.

Why your growth depends on taking risks with your hiring strategy

Inside Intercom

Appreciates fair, constructive feedback. Nice to haves: Comfortable giving constructive feedback to peers. Comfortable giving constructive feedback to leadership. There’s a key turning point for your hiring strategy in a rapidly scaling team or organization. The inflection point is when you go from only being comfortable hiring star candidates who pose very little risk to taking chances on candidates who don’t tick all the boxes but who have promise and potential.

Creativity by Scott Berkun

Mind the Product

The word “ build ” originally comes from using atoms to construct things. It’s hardly surprising, given a beautiful stone and brick city with wide promenades, and how the tower must have looked during its construction.

Moving from Solutions to Problems

Folding Burritos

The reason is that we often fail to be constructive and pedagogic; if we don’t try to change their mindset, we’re sentencing ourselves to be thought of as “those pesky Naysayers.”. People from all over the company come to you with feature requests and ideas.

Feedback Management Basics Every Product Manager Needs to Know – And Adopt

Craft.io

Construct a centralized customer feedback database. Customers are experts on their consumer wants and needs. Customer feedback management is an important step towards acting on queries and demands and improving the customer’s experience.

Do Infrastructure Teams Need Product Management?

Mironov Consulting

All very theoretical, so let’s construct an example… Imagine that we’re at a medium/large ecommerce company with 90+ developers and mission-critical back-end infrastructure. I’ve been mulling this for a while, recently prompted by thoughts from Josh Robb and Amy Nguyen.

How to estimate the weight of a round shaped steel bar

Mind the Product

In this construction video tutorial, you will learn the detailed method for estimating the weight of mild steel round bar with the plug chugging formula.

Are You A Team Player? How to Cooperate With Your Team like a Pro

Craft.io

Active listening and constructive communication are the keys to effective collaboration with team members, on any given project.

Why you should diversify your user personas and how to do it

Craft.io

In this article, I discuss another aspect to be taken into account when constructing user personas – the need for diversification.

SVPMA July Meeting – Steven Haines

The Product Bistro

The dynamic was largely expected, and there were some constructive actions presented by all the functional groups. On Wednesday, July 6th, I attended the SVPMA monthly meeting. This time was different from the usual invited speaker, it was Steven Haines of Sequent Learning who hosted a “role play” of a cross functional product meeting.

Mental Models for Product Managers – Part 2

The Secret PM Handbook

A properly constructed value proposition is extremely compelling to prospects. Brain Wiring (by Wellcome Images, CC licensed). In part 1 I introduced mental models and some reasons they are important. And I provided a few “general purpose” examples.

Why Women Make The Best Product Managers

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It's also important to acknowledge that sometimes the way we acquire these skills or traits is not through positive and constructive coaching from a skilled manager or mentor, but rather through very painful lessons learned. Recently I gave a keynote address to the Mind The Product Conference in London , and in that talk I wanted to illustrate, by example, the essential role that very strong product managers play for their team and their company.

4 Traits of Successful Product Leaders

UserVoice

A well-constructed and effective internal organization is also essential for a product leader and his or her team to be successful. Product managers may or may not be the “CEOs of product,” but how do you boss around a bunch of CEOs?

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Enterprise Products - Roadmap Planning and Development Methodology

Effective Roadmap Planning and Development Process for Enterprise Products

It’s very important to have a very clear definition of these persona constructs to the most precise form. Roadmap Planning process Unlike Consumer products, you have two different types of audience to satisfy in Enterprise world, namely Buyer and User Persona. Ex: If you categorize Buyer persona as just an executive, it’s not going to help.

8 Tips for Collaborating with Development Teams

Roman Pichler

Provide constructive feedback and share your concerns. Manage the Product, not the Team. Focus on your job as the product manager or product owner, and manage the product, not the team. Provide guidance on the product, including its market, value proposition, business goals, and key features.

How to Improve Your Team’s Conflict Competence by Julia Whitney

Mind the Product

People are openly hostile to suggestions and new pieces of work – often jumping over each other to poke holes in other people’s work, and barely trying to mask it as constructive criticism. Conflict can be mined and used constructively by those who understand it.

TEI 090: Agile product portfolio management- with Brent Barton - The Everyday Innovator – Resources for Product Managers and Innovators

Product Innovation Educators

How can an Agile portfolio be constructed? Portfolios should be constructed around value streams. 5 Simple Rules of Agile Portfolio Management – blog post describing how to construct an Agile Portfolio. How can an Agile portfolio be constructed?

Seven Things To Know Before Hiring A UX Team

UX Studio

We welcome constructive debates. That keeps us open to constructive criticism, different thinking and ideas. A product owner or manager considering cooperation with a UX team needs to know some things about us UX folks. By now you probably know a bit about the field, but we’d like to show you how we work from our perspective, too.

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Continue, Stop, Start: a new take on retrospectives

Inside Intercom

Last, but not least: frameworks are constructed to help solve common problems. When faced with a problem or new process at work, most people usually don’t try to reinvent the wheel. Instead, they look for patterns and frameworks that are widespread and valuable.

The Stories Metrics Tell

The Product Coalition

There are a number of ways the formula can be constructed to best highlight what your levers or benchmarks are on the way to your top-line goal. It’s easy to set a couple top-line metrics and forget why they were put there after a while.

3 Reasons Why Working With A UX Company Might Be Good For You

UX Studio

A UX company can bring extra value to the Product Team: They bring constructive criticism. In every product’s life comes a time when the question occurs: how can we make the product more loveable? People often expect that a UX company will have the answer. Suppose you have a product. You may want to start looking for a UX company, but you are not quite sure whether that makes sense instead of hiring UX people. Luckily, many product owners have been through this before you.

Are Agile Frameworks Dominating the Software Product Management Landscape?

Proficientz – Product Management University

That way both parties can work together more constructively to produce solutions that are far better than either party could have come up with on their own. Some days it feels like Agile frameworks are dictating how product management is done. At a minimum, they seem to be dominating the product management narrative in the software industry. If that’s true, it’s not good for your products and it’s not good for your organization.

Are You Data-Driven or Data-Informed?

Johanna Rothman

For example, construction folks have specifications at a specific cost per square foot. I delivered a webinar called Agile Metrics for Team and Product Progress last week, thanks to the nice folks at Innovation Roots. I had fun and so did many of the participants. One person gave me a new saying about metrics (at the end, during the Q&A): Are you data-driven or data-informed? It’s such a great saying. I told her I was stealing it. Here’s why.

Acing Product Management Job Interviews

The Product Coalition

You should be able to talk about the business model of the company you’re interviewing with or at the very least the kinds of business models your current or previous companies have constructed.

Simplifying User Feedback

The Product Coalition

Some will only complain, some will have no opinion, and some will provide constructive feedback that you can action. Users who provide constructive feedback are extremely valuable. Complicated means overwhelming, and overwhelming means it’s not getting done.

VR In UX Research: All You Need To Know About VR User Testing

UX Studio

Workplace occupational safety: VR modeling can be very helpful in tackling safety issues in hazardous workplaces such as construction sites, where it is essential for people to be adequately trained before entering. Facilitation also proves harder in VR because the user experiences an entirely constructed physical environment different from the context of the interviewer.

How to tell your company story

Inside Intercom

It works in just about every situation where other human beings are involved and, contrary to what you might think, it’s actually surprisingly simple to construct a compelling story. As a human being, storytelling is one of the most powerful tools in your arsenal.

Smells like team spirit – what sports and engineering teams have in common

Inside Intercom

The same goes at work, where I commit to taking on constructive feedback, always focusing on the goal, knowing where I need to improve, and yes, more practice, practice, practice. There is something unique about the joy of being on a high-functioning, high-achieving team – and that goes as much for a sporting team as a professional one.

Agile Transformation: Practice Change, Part 2

Johanna Rothman

He hadn’t noticed that the construction and changed roads had increased his drive times by 10-15 minutes over the previous 8 years. Agile culture is about the ability to change. You need to know why you want to change, but once you know that, agile cultures promote change.).

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TEI 084: Product portfolio management – with Carrie Nauyalis - The Everyday Innovator – Resources for Product Managers and Innovators

Product Innovation Educators

In this interview, you will learn… What portfolio management is, the goals of portfolio management, constructing and managing portfolios, and. What are the ways to construct a portfolio? What are the ways to construct a portfolio?

How to keep KPIs meaningful for your customer support team

Inside Intercom

Constructive feedback is extremely important in our team and we encourage teammates to practice it with each other daily. “If you can’t measure it, you can’t manage it,” as Peter Drucker put it. But that approach doesn’t just apply to your supply chain management, revenue or churn rates – most fundamentally, it also applies to people and our performance. People are all unique, and our performance can vary from hour to hour, never mind from day to day.