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.

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.

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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.

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?

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.

Creating effective customer feedback loops for product teams

Roadmunk

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.”.

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.

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 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.

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.

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?

TEI 094: Creating product roadmaps for product managers – with Jim Semick - The Everyday Innovator – Resources for Product Managers and Innovators

Product Innovation Educators

The best practices for constructing product roadmaps. What are the best practices for constructing and using roadmaps? The best practices for constructing product roadmaps.

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?

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.

Vision vs. Strategy

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Normally I encourage teams to construct a product strategy around a series of product-market fits. Overview. In recent articles on keys to product success and the alternative to roadmaps I have highlighted that if you want the benefits of product team empowerment and autonomy, then you need to provide each team with the necessary context in which to make good decisions.

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.

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.

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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.

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.

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.

Creating product teams–and other innovation insights for product managers July 1, 2016 - The Everyday Innovator – Resources for Product Managers and Innovators

Product Innovation Educators

Check out the quick and easy way to construct user stories at [link]. Each week I scour articles, wading through the dogs, and bringing you the best insights to help product managers, developers, and innovators be heroes. .

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?

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!

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?

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.

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.

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.

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.

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?

Product management is hip! And other innovation insights for product managers June 10, 2016 - The Everyday Innovator – Resources for Product Managers and Innovators

Product Innovation Educators

I construct the discipline of product management to span idea creation through product launch and on to eventually discontinuing the product.

Why Marketing Should Go Agile

Pragmatic Marketing

We still spend time writing thick marketing plans, constructing yearly budgets, launching big-bang ad campaigns and targeting broad audiences (instead of having conversations with people). Marketing has changed more in the last five to seven years than at any other time during my career.

10 Skills Every Mobile Product Manager Needs

Amplitude

A product is no different from a well-constructed story. Like general product management, the role of mobile product managers emerged out of a need to serve the changing face of tech. It’s a specialized role that requires specialized skills that cater to mobile products.