December, 2016

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Product Owner vs Product Manager

Mind the Product

As a Product Owner and the CEO of Scrum.org I was invited to speak at ProductTank NYC earlier this year about the conflict between the roles Product Owner and Product Manager.

Let’s stop calling it software engineering

Under10 Playbook

Much of the language of software creation is based on the manufacturing metaphor. We “plan” software. We “engineer” software. We “assemble” software. The implication is that creating software is rote work that can be done by factory workers on an assembly line.

Decision Time: How Decision Rules Help You Make Better Product Decisions

Roman Pichler

Decisions, Decisions. “Is Is everybody OK with changing the release goal for Q3?”, asks Julie, the product manager. After a few seconds of silence, Julie moves on to the next topic assuming that the stakeholders agree. But most people are still thinking about the idea or oppose it.

How to Stay Informed Without Losing Your Mind

Nir Eyal

Around the election, in a desperate search for answers about our nation’s future, I found myself scrolling, reading, and watching everything I could. I was trapped in an endless pull-to-refresh cycle of consuming more news, tweets, posts, and videos than was good for me. I told myself that I was staying informed, that this was […]. The post How to Stay Informed Without Losing Your Mind appeared first on Nir and Far.

As a product manager, you need to do just two things

Street Smart Product Manager

One of the biggest lies in product management is agile. That may sound like heresy, but hear me out… I actually love agile. It’s a great approach to reducing the risk of developing and shipping software. It’s a better software development methodology. But on its own it doesn’t solve the problem of providing a capital […]. The post As a product manager, you need to do just two things appeared first on Street Smart Product Manager. Product Management

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Product Manager vs. Product Owner Revisited

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Five years ago I wrote an article arguing that it is essential that the product manager is also the product owner. My motivation, which I made no secret of, was that I was worried about this point because more than a few companies were using the relatively new role of the product owner as an excuse to once again separate “the business person” from the “the person that talks with the developers.”

How to Start a Career in Behavioral Design

Nir Eyal

Nir’s Note: This guest post is by Erik Johnson. Erik applies behavioral design principles on The Behavioral Insights Team at Morningstar. Six years ago, I was in a position that many people early in their careers find themselves in: I had no idea what I wanted to do with my life. My first job out of college […]. The post How to Start a Career in Behavioral Design appeared first on Nir and Far. Behavior Design In Action Behavior design behavioral design career

Why Do The Walmart Product Managers Need Their Own Payment System?

The Accidental Product Manager

The Walmart product managers want to make it easier to give them money Image Credit: Mike Mozart. Hopefully everyone already knows that Walmart is a huge company. Just about every city in America of any significant size has a Walmart located in it.

The Myth of the Iron Triangle

280 Group

I am always amazed at how often accepted truths turn out to be false. I am further astounded at how liberating it is to throw off the constraints imposed by those beliefs. The first myth that Kent Beck, the father of Extreme Programming, shattered for me is that change does not have to be expensive.

My team are my product: How to develop a high-performing team of product managers (or anyone else)

Mind the Product

In my role as Head of Product at Comic Relief I currently have one overarching goal: to embed Product as a way of working. This is in order for Product to provide value to the organisation and it is underpinned by developing a high-performing team.

Ask Steve: How to deal with tiered pricing

Under10 Playbook

A2A: In a typical tiered pricing scenario, buying 101 seats in Tier 2 is cheaper than buying 100 seats in Tier 1. How do you deal with the edges on pricing tiers? Yes, there is always have some way to game a pricing system.

True North: Managing Long-Term Roadmap Needs with Agility

Pragmatic Marketing

By Dave West. Everyone wants to see the product roadmap. Sales wants to use it to drive bigger deals, engineering wants to know what is coming next to make technology decisions and other teams want to feel like they are part of a long-term strategy that will take the organization to the next level. But, the market is fickle, with an ever-changing set of priorities and needs.

How to create a culture of innovation

Lead on Purpose

Disruptive and incremental innovations: How to ascend the ladders and avoid the snakes Guest post by Gaia Grant and Andrew Grant Current realities are harsh. Whereas once it was enough to bring out slow incremental improvements, to give time to … Continue reading → Innovation culture disruption improvement markets

Merry Christmas – Take The Week Off!

The Accidental Product Manager

Here's Hoping That You Name Shows Up On The "Nice" List This Year! Loyal readers & subscribers, here’s hoping that this upcoming Christmas season week is a great week for you – I’m taking it off!

Omni-Channel Product

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Have you ever received a text notification from your airline about a flight delay before the ground crew in the waiting area has the information? Have you been unclear on whether to call your bank’s web support or banking support line to answer a particular question? Are you baffled by the differences in your favorite retailer’s in-store and online experiences?

Scope creep or just change?

Mind the Product

It starts with “Can you just …?” What about …” or “Don’t kill me but …?” What comes next is a new idea, feature, or request that hasn’t come up before. This conversation happens all the time and it causes a lot of grumbling about “scope creep”.

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Building Insanely Great Products

Under10 Playbook

Friend David Fradin has written a new book on product management called Building Insanely Great Products and he quotes me on the Amazon page.

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The Rise of Product Success Manager and Customer Journey

Spice Catalyst

My talk on The Rise of Product Success Manager and Customer Journey on The DYT #Podcast w/ @kartvee #startup #ux #prodmgmt [link]. The post The Rise of Product Success Manager and Customer Journey appeared first on Spice Catalyst

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Why leaders need to engage employees

Lead on Purpose

Many managers have an unspoken expectation that employees are responsible for motivating themselves. Their idea goes like this: since the company pays them, they should do what they’re told, and happily complete any task put in front of them. When … Continue reading → Leadership Speed Reading employee engagement motivation optimism

Your New Year’s Resolution: Subscribe To The Accidental Product Manager Newsletter!

The Accidental Product Manager

Subscribe To The Accidental Pro duct Manager Newsletter! Yet another New Year is almost here! What is your plan for becoming a better product manager in the new year? Clearly you are already reading The Accidental Product Manager blog and so that’s a step in the right direction!

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Sales & Marketing: Till Death Do Us Part

Pragmatic Marketing

The alignment between sales and marketing is one of the most critical components of successful revenue growth. But far too often, the relationship more closely resembles Athens and Sparta than a happy marriage. In this podcast, Bertrand Hazard , vice president of marketing for TrustRadius, shares his insights into why alignment is critical, how to tell if you’re out of synch and what you can do to get the relationship back on track and delivering more revenue.

Bigger and Better – Product Management Survey Results 2016

Mind the Product

Our universe is expanding. More than 1,200 of you took part in this year’s Product Manager survey, double the number who took part in our survey three years ago.

6 Reasons Why Boston is a Great Place to be a Product Manager

bpma ProductHub

Contributed by Steve Robins. The Boston area may just be the best place to be a product manager today. Here’s why. Reason #1: Boston is an Innovation Hub. Boston is the innovation capital of the USA – if not the world.

How important is it for a designer’s manager to be on the same product team?

Spice Catalyst

My answer to How important is it for a designer's manager to be on the same product team?Answer Answer by David Fradin:I agree with Michael. It depends on and should start from a clear understanding of what your customer wants to "do."Historically, "Historically, designers start from that point of view but don't generally don't go beyond that [ ] The post How important is it for a designer’s manager to be on the same product team?

Why leaders need to engage employees

Lead on Purpose

Many managers have an unspoken expectation that employees are responsible for motivating themselves. Their idea goes like this: since the company pays them, they should do what they’re told, and happily complete any task put in front of them. When … Continue reading → Leadership Speed Reading employee engagement motivation optimism

Is The Trick To Boosting Product Sales To Simplify Your Product Line?

The Accidental Product Manager

Olay is simplifying their product offering in order to revive their brand Image Credit: WindyWinters. For some odd and strange reason, each and every one of our customers is different from all of the others.

You Just Finished Training, Now What?

Pragmatic Marketing

Our Pragmatic Marketing training courses are chock full of tips, tools and best practices you can start to implement immediately. It’s actionable and it’s inspiring, but it can also be a little overwhelming deciding where to start. But not anymore. In this podcast, our very own Stacey Weber⎯long time Pragmatic Marketing instructor and practitioner⎯is going to breakdown what you should do first into three simple steps and walk you through how to master each.

10 Gifts to Delight a Product Manager this Holiday Season

Mind the Product

With the holiday season fast approaching, and 2016 having been a somewhat… challenging… year, it’s high time we started showing our love with some gifts.

Resume and Interview Workshop with Keith Klein

bpma ProductHub

Contributed by Cait Porte. In November, the Boston Women in Product (BWP) hosted an event with the support of Keith Cline. The event focused on resume writing and interview preparation specific to the Product Management function.

You either ROI or die

Street Smart Product Manager

Let’s face it: Accounting is boring as isht. Assets. Liabilities. Cost basis. Accrual. Cost principle. Double entry system… Finance is not much funner… In fact, it can downright make your head spin… Liquidity. Risk tolerance. Asset allocation. Dollar cost averaging. Capital asset pricing… Eh? As a product manager, why in the world would you […]. The post You either ROI or die appeared first on Street Smart Product Manager. Business Cases Product Management

How cloud is changing product management

Lead on Purpose

Guest post by Mauricio Prinzlau A product manager is generally considered to be leading the product, as if the product were a business by itself. The product manager holds responsibility for various aspects related to product management, including developing roadmaps … Continue reading → Product Management Team Building cloud P&L PaaS pricing requirements SaaS security

Our product life cycle management doesn’t seem to be doing that well, how can we assess it?

Spice Catalyst

My answer to Our product life cycle management doesn’t seem to be doing that well, how can we assess it? Answer by David Fradin: I don't think the other answers understand what the question might be concerning.

Drive Additional Inbound Leads With These 4 Rules for Mobile Marketing

Pragmatic Marketing

By Sophorn Chhay. When 80 percent of Internet users own smartphones, it is no surprise that mobile marketing has quickly become one of the leading sources for generating inbound leads.

How to Communicate When You’re Founding a Startup

Mind the Product

Forward Partners look to help early stage ventures get to Series A or seed funding by working with them on getting to viable and sustainable business models within 12 months. As such, for their team of startup experts, communication is absolutely key. So how do they make it work?