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 »

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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How to Build Products That Transform People’s Lives by Chris Hay

Mind the Product

Given that some of the major triggers for patients with asthma are weather-related, their simple construct was to link real-time weather data with the patient in a bid to prevent asthma attacks. In this ProductTank London talk, IBM iX engineer Chris Hay highlights how technology can help us truly to change the world.

What is Self-Awareness and why Should you Care?

Mind the Product

In his book, What Got You Here Won’t Get You There he says constructive feedback is based on four components: Ask the right people. A tool that I use to facilitate constructive feedback in coaching is the Johari window.

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?

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.

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.

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.

Failure is Yours, Success Belongs to the Team by Tessa Cooper

Mind the Product

” By opening up like this, it sets the foundation for a more constructive conversation moving forward – where you can get to the root causes of the issue more quickly.

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.

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.

All walk and no talk? How to grow your product’s voice

Inside Intercom

Instead, the component parts of the “why” are the touchstones that help construct a narrative framework. The way we interact with the world is increasingly determined by the software we use, but despite that growing dependence, we only truly connect with software on an emotional level when it speaks to us in a distinctly human voice. So, how does software take on a personality of its own? That’s typically where marketing comes in. At eFounders , we launch 4 new startups each year.

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.

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?

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.”.

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.

“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.

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.

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.

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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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.

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.”.

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.”.

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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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.

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.