Making the transition from consultant to product engineer

Inside Intercom

But making the transition from consultant engineer to a product engineer was a revelation – I realized that working as an engineer in client services and working as a product engineer are essentially two completely different jobs, bridged only by the common use of technology. By “consultant engineer”, I mean an engineer developing software for a client (which is again different from being an independent contractor). Being a Consultant Engineer.

The "Why" of Interviewing—Suzanne Abate, PM Consultant and Instructor

PMLesson's Ace the PM Interview

I helped technology and resource startups raise capital and get listed on the Venture Exchange up in Toronto. Through my work as a product consultant and product management instructor, I’ve discovered that there are a lot of questions about what product management is.

Freelance Consulting and Product Management – Time to Join the gig Economy?

Mind the Product

Therein lies the opportunity for a product management consultant. Consulting on a part-time and freelance basis may be a viable option for you, depending on where you are in your career. marketing acumen to promote the nascent consulting business.

Product Management Journey?—?Developer to Consultant to Product Manager

The Product Coalition

Developer to Consultant to Product Manager If you asked me 5 years ago, I didn’t even know what Product Management was. It was a great experience working in an MNC that functions with the startup mindset. Product Management Journey?—?Developer

How consulting helped me to be a better PM

The Product Coalition

Last year, I made the switch from technology consulting to product management. As a technology consultant, I would move from client to client, spending about 6 months on average with each before moving on to the next. Things are a little different in startup world.

Startup Dust

Oren Steinberg

The biggest asset any startup has is the time of its entrepreneurs and key talents. The success or failure of the startup often hinges on their ability to focus their efforts on the critical path at any given time. As the startup grows and faces scalability and growth challenges the issue of focus becomes even more challenging. 2 unexperienced entrepreneurs have a great idea for their first startup. The post Startup Dust appeared first on Oren Steinberg - blog.

Building a Product Startup Within an Agency

Mind the Product

We decided, about 18 months ago, that our consultancy business model, though growing and successful, could benefit from diversification — specifically, from creating something with tangible intellectual property. Let me explain: Why a Product Startup?

The Startup Lifecycle: How To Win At Each Stage

The Product Coalition

Every startup goes through three basic stages as it strives to become the next Uber or Amazon: idea, launch, and growth. The secret to becoming a successful startup lies in knowing your strengths and weaknesses and overcoming all the obstacles you will face along your journey.

Truth needs to be told?—?startups fail because CEOs have lousy bosses

The Product Coalition

startups fail because CEOs have lousy bosses Why do startup fail? They are all reasons the founders mentioned when asked to tell why their startups failed. I’m saying this as a 3 time CEO of startups that shut down (I’ll save my success stories for a different post).

The Startup Brand Fallacy: Why brand marketing is mostly useless for consumer startups

Andrew Chen

Brand marketing is mostly useless for consumer startups. Startups build a great brand by being successful, finding product market fit and scaling traction, etc. If this seems contrarian to you, it’s because there’s a vast ecosystem of consultants, agencies, and other middlemen who are highly incentivized to have you spend $ and effort on non-ROI/non-performant activities. Early startups should opt out of all of this. Hard to bet on that in the early days of a startup.

This Brand Strategy Can Make Your Startup Look Bigger Than It Is

First Round Review

As a founding partner of Rock Health and seasoned consultant, Leslie Ziegler has helped brand dozens of startups. Here's what the success stories had in common. Continue reading at First Round Review »

9 essential sales steps you need to grow your SaaS startup

Inside Intercom

In the early stages of most SaaS startups’ lives, the CEO or founder often acts as the initial head of sales. Alan Gleeson is a B2B Marketing Consultant based in London with a passion for helping SaaS businesses to grow.

What is, and what isn’t, a Tech Startup

Bogdan Coman Says

Lifestyle entrepreneurship, tech startup, scale-up, IT&C company, or just a regular business… You can easily be lost in translation. At that time, the term startup didn’t exist. I mostly agree with the Paul Graham’s definition: A startup is a company designed to grow fast.

Podcast: Too Many Product Managers with Ken Norton

Mind the Product

When the opportunity came up to chat with him, we wanted to cover something new – the idea that startups are hiring too many product managers. Should you go work at a startup? Lily enjoys working as a consultant product manager with early stage and growing startups and as a mentor to other product managers. Lily has spent 13 years in the tech industry working mainly with startups in the SaaS and mobile space. Should you go work at a startup?

The ABCs of Product – Melissa Perri on The Product Experience

Mind the Product

I see a lot of product managers from an enterprise company go, ‘Hey, I’m gonna work at a startup, it’s gonna be awesome’ And then they get in there and they go ‘Holy crap, what happened?

TEI 080: Innovate like a startup – with Michael Docherty - The Everyday Innovator – Resources for Product Managers and Innovators

Product Innovation Educators

When established companies decide they need to be more innovative, they often talk in terms of acting more like a startup. But acting like a startup is much more challenging in reality, especially for larger organizations. Instead, established companies can partner with startups.

Killing Zombies – Lisa Long on The Product Experience

Mind the Product

Lily enjoys working as a consultant product manager with early stage and growing startups and as a mentor to other product managers. Lily has spent 13 years in the tech industry working mainly with startups in the SaaS and mobile space.

Mastering Design Sprints – Kai Haley on The Product Experience

Mind the Product

Lily enjoys working as a consultant product manager with early stage and growing startups and as a mentor to other product managers. Lily has spent 13 years in the tech industry working mainly with startups in the SaaS and mobile space.

Podcast: Marketplace Thinking and Fur Babies with Christopher Nheu

Mind the Product

His presentation, Product Thinking for Marketplace Startups , does an amazing job of documenting the differences between pipes and platforms, the three fundamental forces of marketplaces, and the specific challenges of catering to customers concerned with the well-being of their fur babies.

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Ready to Pivot? Forget Lean Methodology and Listen to Your Gut!

Oren Steinberg

After years of designing tests for startups he had his eureka moment about solving a problem he faced on a daily basis, in an original way. So he left his job and founded his startup. At this point in his story the strategy consultant in me woke up!

Don’t limit yourself to one “superpower” as a PM

The Product Coalition

I started off as a Product Management Analyst at Trulia after a background in Strategy Consulting, so I leaned heavily on quantitative data to make product decisions. At a startup, you learn fast that when there’s a deadline?—?like After all, that’s what a startup is all about right?

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Dear CEO, Innovation Starts with a Good Product Manager

Mind the Product

I’ve worked for more than a decade in product management with Fortune 500 companies and startups, and I realize I’m seeing a scary pattern. Product managers are only hired after the innovation or startup teams get concepts or funding approved. You would think that someone holding this position would be leading innovation teams or startups, but the problem lies in companies justifying the investment for the role. According to CB Insights, this is 42% of startups.

Get Your Team Experimenting More by Using One Little Word…

Mind the Product

For me, as for many, the idea of applying a scientific approach (experiments, hypothesis, etc) to product management came from Eric Ries in Lean Startup. Lean Product Management Product Management Basics Product Management Characteristics Lean Startup product planning

Lean experiments: Tristan Kromer on better product process

Mind the Product

I spoke to Lean Startup coach Tristan Kromer at Lean Startup Week earlier this month, where he presented a workshop about a “lean experiments toolbox”. He is also editor and primary author of the Real Startup Book and runs lean consulting firm TriKro LLC.

Close Your Eyes and Imagine a Strategy. Let Me Guess: Got Nothing?

The Product Coalition

Ability to create simple physical devices at scale (so a pure internet-based startup could not compete). (4) And the co-author of the strategy and book is a long-time consultant of Porter’s own consulting firm, Monitor! strategy fitbit startup-lessons product-strategy startup

Why Product Managers Should Learn to Code

Mind the Product

I’ve had all sorts of job titles; digital marketer, growth hacker, creative technologist, UXer, startup product person, product strategist, product owner, lean coach and consultant. I’ve been a startup founder – when I completely tanked my first foray building product.

Why your engineering processes need to solve real problems

Inside Intercom

In software consulting, the problems are predictability and accountability for your customers. Product Management Startups cupcake Engineering engineering process process product management startupsI came to Intercom from a company with a culture of heavyweight engineering processes. It was a well-oiled machine with battle-tested and often updated procedures. From an engineering perspective, it successfully kept you focused on coding.

Product Managers Try To Find Stores To Fill Malls

The Accidental Product Manager

They especially like startup firms that may have gotten their start online but are now looking to expand into physical stores now that they have gotten both customers and brand recognition. Blue Elephant Consulting –. Malls need stores, but what kind of stores?

Product Love Podcast: April Dunford, Speaker and Author

ProductCraft

This week on Product Love, I sat down with April Dunford, a positioning consultant, keynote speaker, and the author of “Obviously Awesome.” April has spent 25 years successfully running marketing and product teams for startups. In fact, most of the startups she’s worked.

Lawrence of Arabia, the Original Agile Disruptor, Had Sore Feet

The Product Coalition

… And what that means for startups and innovators today [We were] just sentient puppets on God’s stage: indeed, our taskmaster was merciless, merciless, so long as our bruised feet could stagger forward on the road … so very brief and sore was life with us. Startups, though, are vaporous?—?they

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How Apps Can Shape Your Future Self

Nir Eyal

Nir’s Note: This guest post is written by Jeni Fisher, a London-based Googler who consults startups on applying behavioral insights to achieve business and user goals. Early on in my role as an Apps partner manager at Google Play, I was drawn towards the Self-Improvement apps space because their persuasive influence transcends screen-level interactions. Their mission is […]. The post How Apps Can Shape Your Future Self appeared first on Nir and Far.

Why Writing Out Your Ideas is The Key To Better Understanding

The Product Coalition

Years ago I worked as a consultant to small businesses seeking funding. Prior to working in my consultant role, I had worked at a bank in the small business loan department. understanding writing startup product-management software-development

Liberating Structures 4 Scrum Workshop

The Product Coalition

So, I thought it might be a worthwhile experiment to aggregate the previous meetups into a one-day immersive workshop on Liberating Structures for Scrum, built around climate change and MegaBrain.io, a struggling startup with little runway left and in desperate need of two successful Sprints.

Predictable Delivery: Moving Beyond Velocity

280 Group

Senior Principal Consultant. Greg Cohen is a Senior Principal Consultant with 280 Group and a 20-year Product Management veteran with extensive experience and knowledge of Agile development, a Certified Scrum Master, and former President of the Silicon Valley Product Management Association.

Oprah versus Spock: Advice from Dan Olsen and The Lean Product Playbook

Mind the Product

Dan helps CEOs and product leaders build better products and stronger product teams as a hands-on consultant, trainer, and coach. I spoke to Dan recently in advance of Lean Startup Week in San Francisco, where Dan taught a masterclass on product/market fit.

Deconstructing Being Agile

The Product Coalition

Organizations began looking to consultants to help them become more agile, and an entire Agile industry was born. business entrepreneurship agile startup technologyHas the spirit of being agile been lost behind a mountain of rules?

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How to hand over your project to another software house? A CEO guide.

The Product Coalition

Such top-down knowledge and perfect understanding is core to the partnership based on consultancy, responsibility and strong motivation. agile software-development software-outsourcing startup-lessons startup-life

Design leadership as a subversive activity

Inside Intercom

Kirk to Taylor’s Spock, Drucker was also a management consultant, but he wasn’t all that much of a numbers guy. Design design design leadership design process design system startupsDesign management can be a strange beast.

How Apps Can Shape Your Future Self

Nir Eyal

Nir’s Note: This guest post is written by Jeni Fisher, a London-based Googler who consults startups on applying behavioral insights to achieve business and user goals. Early on in my role as an Apps partner manager at Google Play, I was drawn towards the Self-Improvement apps space because their persuasive influence transcends screen-level interactions. Their mission is […] The post How Apps Can Shape Your Future Self appeared first on Nir and Far.

Product Managers Learn How To Deal With A Close Shave

The Accidental Product Manager

The Gillette product managers have been watching their customers defect and go to internet startups. The goal is to see if this will stop their existing customers from defecting from them to online startups.