December, 2016

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.

Performing Objective Prioritization

Under10 Playbook

Much of product management is prioritization. Which product to build; which feature to develop; which critical launch items to deliver. A prioritized list is critical—ideally sorted by some form of business value. Using an objective algorithm is the best approach.

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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.

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.

Mixing Qualitative & Quantitative Data with Storyboarding

Speaker: Tristan Kromer, Lean Agile Coach, Kromatic

Qualitative vs. Quantitative is a silly argument. Qualitative data from UXers should not compete against the quantitative data product owners need for their business model. Both are necessary to have a complete understanding of where the desirability of the product meets the viability of the business.

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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.

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!

March 24: One-Day Product Leaders Workshop

Mironov Consulting

What: One-Day Product Leaders Workshop. When: Friday, March 24, 2017. Roundtable dinner on Thursday evening, March 23. Where: San Francisco (workshop and dinner locations TBD). Cost: $1275, includes dinner. Sign up here.

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.

Creating the "Right" Product Roadmap With Data

Speaker: Sunil Parekh, Head of Product Management, SimplyInsured

Data can be qualitative or quantitative, and comes from multiple sources: customer interviews, product usage & funnel analytics, company financial performance, and internal stakeholders. How do you use that data to create a product roadmap that is aligned with your organization’s business needs?

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.”

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.

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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Connecting Analytics to Strategy - Keeping Your Corporate Objective In Sight

Speaker: Tom Evans, Senior Principal Consultant and Trainer, 280 Group

Data analytics has transformed the way many product managers approach product enhancements, creating strong demand for product managers with skills and expertise in defining and analyzing product metrics to make more valuable product decisions. But there is one essential element that is often left out of the conversation, and that is strategy. How does my product decisions support the overall strategy of the business, and am I tracking the right metrics based upon that strategy?

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.

My Top Five Product Management Essays of 2016

Sachin Rekhi

2016 was another great year of writing for me. I published my 100th essay at the beginning of the year and wrote another 20 essays throughout the rest of it. I grew unique visitors by 50%, page views by 80%, Twitter followers by 30%, and email subscribers by 450%.

All I know is coding. Can I become a Product Manager?

B2B Product Management

We get this question a lot. This is very typical of someone from a technical background (ex. Currently in engineering or related area) thinking of moving to Product Management. We have all heard about leveraging your strengths. It is applicable in this scenario as well.

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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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.

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

Modern Project Management for Product Managers

Sachin Rekhi

One of the critical responsibilities of product managers is driving the overall execution of their product. Relentless execution will ultimately determine whether you'll be able to make your product vision a reality.

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.

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.

How To (Actually) Calculate CAC

Andrew Chen

[Andrew: Paid marketing remains an integral part of many products’ acquisition channels, and one of the key metrics is Cost of Customer Acquisition, which is a nuanced calculation with lots of gotchas.

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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?

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

7 Ways to Get a Product Management Job when You Lack Industry Experience

Tech Product Management

Many Product Managers still think industry experience is unnecessary to get hired. However, as a hiring manager, I know firsthand that industry experience can make a difference when deciding between final job candidates.

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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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?

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.

8 Keys to Successfully Implementing a Product Management Framework

Product Management 2.0

Organizations eager to do a better job building and launching products that win in the market are smart to look to product management frameworks. Who wants to waste time reinventing the wheel when market opportunities require speed and stakeholders are obsessed with agility?

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