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


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 »

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.

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.

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.

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


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.

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

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.

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

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

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.

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.

Mental Models for Product Managers – Part 2

PM Hardcore

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.

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.

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.

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.

4 Traits of Successful Product Leaders


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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Why Women Make The Best Product Managers


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.

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.

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.

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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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.

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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?

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.

New Product Development Strategy – From Idea to Commercialization

The main actions involved in the product development stage include: Product construction. When it comes to successful new product development, productivity is key.

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.

New Product Development Strategy – From Idea to Commercialization

The main actions involved in the product development stage include: Product construction. When it comes to successful product development, productivity is key.

The Simplest Entrepreneurship Mind-trap

The Product Coalition

Construct : ecosystems are created usually with a strong core value proposition which acts as a “center-of-gravity”. In retrospect I committed the same mistake repeatedly?—?finding

Perfect Your Value Proposition – B2B Marketing Rules

280 Group

Follow this format to construct it: Lead Line. Most market failures don’t result from poor marketing tactics. They result from going to the market with a poor marketing message, i.e.: not Relevant , Differentiated , or Credible to the target market.

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How to tap Into the Collective Wisdom of a Team

Mind the Product

Now the premise is established – you want to encourage people to share their ideas freely, even their “huge” or “unfeasible” ideas, which, in turn, will spur constructive discussions and lead to better solutions. I’ve always been keen on learning from other people.

Creating effective customer feedback loops for product teams


Even if they have no prospect of purchasing the product in say, the next year, we still want their feedback—positive or constructive,” says Michelle. Any feedback whether positive or constructive is going to help us at the end of the day build a stronger product and grow the company.”.

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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Designing UX In An App For People With Disabilities — UX Case Study

UX Studio

The three main features of the Route4U app can: Measure road information (curbs, slopes, inclines, surface quality) using information acquired from users actively moving around with the app on; Show different obstacles (surface defects, road construction); and. In a recent project, we had the opportunity to work on a product that really makes a difference. The Route4U is an app for people with disabilities which aims to make transportation equally easy for everyone.

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Should Product Managers Allow Customers To “Hack” Their Product?

The Accidental Product Manager

The new Delaktig sofa has been created from the ground up to allow customers to experiment with how they want to construct / use it. IKEA is designing products to be modified by their customers Image Credit: Lee Haywood. As product managers we believe that we are reasonably smart people.

What is an ethnographic study?


By participating and paying attention to what is happening around you, you will better be able to construct your ethnography because you will begin to understand things from their perspective.”.