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.

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

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.

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.

Understand Your Power To Claim Your Value (Part 2 of 3)

bpma ProductHub

The key to managing constructive conflict in a comfortable way is something that Stephen Covey fans will recognize – Seek first to understand. Bullying and name dropping expose you as someone who does not know how to manage conflict constructively and relies on others for influence.

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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 Heart of Innovation by Blade Kotelly

Mind the Product

Then you construct the questions to help you understand the problem and then you try to answer the questions so you can work out which are interesting. Good innovation should make your company feel uncomfortable.

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?

Could Your Next Chair Come From Amazon?

The Accidental Product Manager

In order to prepare to deliver more furniture, Amazon has gone ahead and constructed four large warehouses. Could Amazon become the next big furniture seller? Image Credit: Buck Lewis.At some point in time we all have the need to get some furniture. When this happens to you, what do you do?

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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From the Passenger Seat – An Engineering View of Effective Product Management

Mind the Product

The only constructive byproduct is a learning experience worth communicating to save other products from succumbing to the same mistakes.

What Should Tesla Product Managers Do When Your Customers Try To Break Their Product?

The Accidental Product Manager

It won’t work if it can’t “see” the lane markers, it can’t detect construction cones, etc. Caption: Customers are trying to break Tesla’s auto drive feature Image Credit: randychiu.

How Designers & Developers Can Work Better Together

Mind the Product

Being generous (and smart) with your time includes finding positive, constructive and encouraging ways to share feedback.

Paving the Cow Path and Other Stories by Simon Cross

Mind the Product

Facebook product manager Simon Cross chose to talk what has influenced his theories of product management at this year’s London #mtpcon, giving the audience some constructive advice and leaving them with some food for thought.

How aligning product and marketing teams improves customer experience

Mind the Product

If your customers’ experience through your business’ Loyalty Loop is to be seamless, it helps if everyone involved in constructing and managing that experience understands the full context of their work.

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.

What Would You Do If Walmart Turned Off Your Gas?

The Accidental Product Manager

They had an agreement with Walmart that allowed them to construct and operate gas stations at Walmart and Sams Club stores. What would you do if your biggest customer decided to go it alone? Image Credit: Wil C.

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.

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.”.

Turn Your Release Notes Into a Content Marketing Machine

Mind the Product

When you’re constructing your roadmap, you should already be thinking about how you want to bundle tasks into releases and how those releases are communicated to your users.

How To Price Your Product Correctly

The Accidental Product Manager

Yes, there may be the initial construction of the product – that’s the easy part to determine the cost of. Setting the right price can determine if your product will be a success Image Credit: Allen.

“My CEO is a Finance Guy Stuck on ROI…”

Mironov Consulting

So we engage constructively by reaching people where they are. (combining a series of similar conversations). Head of Product: My CEO is a finance guy*, and is pushing the product team hard to prioritize all engineering work solely on ROI.

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?

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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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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.

Your Audience’s Real Roadmap Questions

Mironov Consulting

If there are valid innovation concerns (and there usually are), strong product leaders get the key stakeholders together in a safe setting for constructive discussion.

Should you change the product name?

Under10 Playbook

I don't know the details but I imagine Sage had major problems when they renamed Timberline to Sage 300 Construction and Real Estate (or Sage 300/CRE). Names are the hooks we hang ideas on.—Al —Al Ries and Jack Trout, authors, pioneers of positioning theory. The research is in. The old product name is out; we have a new, super-duper product name. We've got all new branding. Now, how in the world do you get buy-in from the rest of the company?

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Lessons from onboarding for a better customer experience–and other innovation insights for product managers Dec 15, 2017

Product Innovation Educators

Read about constructing one at [link]. Each week I scour articles, wading through the dogs, and bringing you the best insights to help product managers and innovators be heroes. Making that first impression with your product – onboarding.

Are Agile Frameworks Dominating the Software Product Management Landscape?

High Octane Product Management

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.

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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?

A Guide to Collaborating With and Motivating Your Engineering Team

Mind the Product

On top of that they’re also highly sceptical – the best ones question everything (in a collaborative, constructive fashion). Product management is a cool job, arguably one of the most sought-after roles in business today. But, if you’ve been at it long enough, you inevitably end up hearing some version of this phrase at one time or another: God only knows when my product is going to be shipped! Frustrated Business Person (or PM).

Using Outsourcing to Launch and Scale Your Product Faster

Mind the Product

Constructive negative feedback on tasks and goals is welcome. Let’s establish this right upfront: nothing beats a well-managed full-time in-house team of local developers. So why would you want to outsource anything? Doesn’t outsourcing come with a lot of headaches just for a bit of saving? As with anything complex, it depends. Outsourcing: Why and When? Are there enough skilled developers at your location? Can you find people with the specific skill-set you require?

A Practitioner's Guide to Product Message Maps

Pragmatic Marketing

Now it’s time to apply what you learned in your message workshop and the themes you developed to construct the first draft of your product message map. At the end of the day, creating marketing communications based on well-constructed message maps will help increase win rates, reduce sales cycles and significantly reduce content-development costs. Indulge me for a minute.

Imagine What a Rock Star Product Manager Could Do With Healthcare Reform

High Octane Product Management

Open-ended questions are a great way to get everyone involved in the conversation and build consensus in a way that’s highly constructive. Put all your political leanings aside. This is about pure, practical, common-sense, good old-fashioned problem solving skills and how they lead to great solutions! The famous words of Charles Kettering, “a problem well stated is half solved” have never rang truer!

TEI 097: How product managers pitch and sell ideas to managers – with Chris Westfall - The Everyday Innovator – Resources for Product Managers and Innovators

Product Innovation Educators

It’s an artificial construct. How can product managers construct an effective pitch? Constructing and delivering an effective pitch follows these steps: Start with your listener or audience – understand what is in their best interest.