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What is the Product of the VP Product?

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When your product is your team. Your Team is Your Product One of the hardest things for a VP Product to do, as the team of product managers under his lead grows, is to release control. As a VP Product, you need to trust your product managers to make the right decisions. You need to empower them.

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How AI Is Changing The Product Management Job Description by Mayukh Bhaowal

Mind the Product

In this MTP Engage Manchester talk, Mayukh Bhaowal, Director of Product Management at Salesforce Einstein , takes us through how product managers must adjust in the era of artificial intelligence and what they must do to build successful AI products.

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Why Product Managers should care about Development Culture

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Make sure your tools are optimized. As product managers, we focus on many things including strategy, execution and mostly connecting strategy and execution. When it gets to development culture many product managers feel it is not their problem because it is the domain of the VP R&D.

Technical Debt vs Product Managers

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Why should product managers involve themselves with prioritizing technical debt? When it comes to technical debt many product managers do not like to get involved. They see it totally as the domain of the development.

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How to Write Fewer Requirements

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Free your time to be more strategic Requirements are overrated In Are Requirements Overrated and Your Role is not to Write Requirements I explained why writing requirements should be a minimal task. I talked about 3 major reasons why it is good for everyone: Your time is valuable.

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Is Scrum Agile Enough?

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When people forget the goal and focus on the method. Too many times people confuse agile and scrum. Agile is a concept with principles that helps us develop software better, validate it as soon as we can, and bring value to our customers faster.

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Treat your Roadmap as a Compass

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How to effectively build and manage your roadmap and your stakeholders’ expectations. The Roadmap Challenge I recently participated in a meetup of very experienced product management leaders arranged by ProductX. We discussed roadmaps and the challenges surrounding them.

Don’t Manage your Stakeholders from your Ego

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Consider your stakeholders as valuable resources rather than obstacles you need to overcome. Let's Start with a Story A colleague product manager told me a story.

Plan with Problems. Execute with Solutions.

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How to build a roadmap while staying agile and lean, and why so many product teams do agile wrong. Bottom to Top Agile In many companies that make a transition to agile, the move is initiated by engineering, which is focused on execution and efficiency.

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Product Analytics Playbook: Mastering Retention

Why do your users churn? In this guide you'll learn common product pitfalls and how to fix them.

Product Management is about People and Trust.

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The importance of soft skills. The Technical Product Manager Junior product managers usually focus their learning on the technical aspects of the profession:· Are my requirements the best?· How should I conduct competitive analysis?· How should I price my product?·

Saying “No” when you want to say “Yes”.

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It always gets down to priorities. Respect all Ideas As a product manager, if you do your job properly and make yourself approachable, you get a lot of requests and amazing ideas.

Mentoring 101.

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Step by step product management mentoring. In Mentoring Thinking I explained why it’s good to become a mentor.

Product Management Blog Retrospective

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What I Learned from a Year of Product Management Blogging. Write your Passion There are many reasons why people start writing blogs. The most common is the need to promote a business. In my blog, this was not the case. I started writing a blog about a year ago in order to express my thoughts.

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6 Steps to Improving Your Application’s Analytics Experience

No one designs bad dashboards and reports on purpose. So why do so many applications have terrible analytics experiences? Download this ebook for secrets to creating dashboards and reports your users will love.

The All-in-One ProductManager

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Why product managers should be an all-in-one deal and should be involved in everything (sales, marketing, support, etc). Should you split between inbound and outbound product managers? Or should a product manager be “full spectrum”?

Mentoring 101.

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, Step by step product management mentoring. Many of the below sections appeared first in. What should you self-commit to, before mentoring? and why!). Appeared first in. Being a mentor is not just a nice enhancement to your skills and activities on your CV. It is a commitment. You practically promise someone else that you are going to help them in both their career and self-development process.

Treat your Roadmap as a Compass

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, How to effectively build and manage your roadmap and your stakeholders’ expectations. ,, The Roadmap Challenge. I recently participated in a meetup of very experienced product management leaders arranged by. The major reason for this challenge is that the roadmap is not just a tool for a product manager to properly plan. The discussion around the roadmap is an opportunity for the whole organization to influence the product and what is going to be implemented.

Product Management Blog Retrospective

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, What I Learned from a Year of Product Management Blogging. ,, Write your Passion. There are many reasons why people start writing blogs. The most common is the need to promote a business. In my blog, this was not the case. I started writing a blog about a year ago in order to express my thoughts. I noticed that when I mentor or consult people, I often repeat the same concepts, so I thought it may be good to put that out to the world.

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The Connected Journey: Developing your Empathy to Strengthen Strategies for Customer Relations

Speaker: Esther Kieft, Delivery Manager (Group Technology) at Domino's Pizza Enterprises

It is well known that empathy is a key ingredient in creating lovable products, yet not all products offer the best customer experience. From meeting stringent deadlines to insufficient resources being available to carry out customer research, there is a range of reasons why customer empathy could be missing in product development. Join Esther Kieft, as she breaks down using empathy at a distance to evaluate the problems that customers are experiencing during this global health crisis.

Reverse Interview

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, Take control of your career by interviewing your employer. Many have written about what qualities they are looking for in a product manager and how they recruit them. I promise to write my own take on this at some point. This time I want to take another angle. When I mentor product managers or talk with my colleagues, many times their greatest challenge is that the culture of their company ties their hands. They want to do great things but cannot move above the daily politics.

Is Scrum Agile Enough?

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, When people forget the goal and focus on the method. Too many times people confuse agile and scrum. Agile is a concept with principles that helps us develop software better, validate it as soon as we can, and bring value to our customers faster. Scrum is just one of the software development frameworks that implement agile and there are many others including Kanban, extreme programming, lean software development and more. Scrum is a valid and very popular framework for agile development.

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The All-in-One ProductManager

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, Why product managers should be an all-in-one deal and should be involved in everything (sales, marketing, support, etc). Should you split between inbound and outbound product managers? Or should a product manager be “full spectrum”? Inbound vs Outbound (PM vs PO).

What is the Product of the VP Product?

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, When your product is your team. Your Team is Your Product. One of the hardest things for a VP Product to do, as the team of product managers under his lead grows, is to release control. As a VP Product, you need to trust your product managers to make the right decisions. You need to empower them. One of the best ways to do it is to understand that your product is no longer “the product”.

6 Ways to Secure (More Of) a Budget for Your Customer Education Program

Whether you’re looking to kickstart or expand your customer education program, you need access to a budget. Learn how you can demonstrate the positive ROI of customer training and make the case for securing a larger budget in our latest eBook!

Why Product Managers should care about Development Culture

Ask Benny

, Make sure your tools are optimized. As product managers, we focus on many things including strategy, execution and mostly connecting strategy and execution. When it gets to development culture many product managers feel it is not their problem because it is the domain of the VP R&D. While this is true, I do not think that as product managers we can ignore the development culture.

Technical Debt vs Product Managers

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, Why should product managers involve themselves with prioritizing technical debt? When it comes to technical debt many product managers do not like to get involved. They see it totally as the domain of the development. Most of the developers also do not want product managers involved in technical debt decisions because they feel that product managers care only about features.

How to Write Fewer Requirements

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, Free your time to be more strategic Requirements are overrated. Your time is valuable. Every minute you spend in perfecting the details of a solution, for a problem you already know you need to solve, is a time you don’t spend trying to find the next one. Smart creatives. Escalation of commitments. By writing too much, you may get too attached to the solution.