November, 2016

10 Product Backlog Tips

Roman Pichler

Tip #1: Complement your Product Backlog with a Product Roadmap. Use a roadmap to sketch the overall journey you want to take your product on. State the upcoming major releases with their goals or benefits.

Scaling Lean Principles by Jeff Gothelf

Mind the Product

Coach, lean advocate and author Jeff Gothelf talked about scaling Lean principles at this year’s London #mtpcon. Lean methodologies work well for a single team observes Gothelf: “A lean startup reduces risk by regular and continuous experimentation.

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Car Maker Product Managers Face An Apple / Google Threat

The Accidental Product Manager

Yes, every car needs a navigation system, but from whom? Image Credit: LotPro Cars. I am more than comfortable admitting that I become lost very easily.

Do product managers need to be technical?

Under10 Playbook

I’ve been hearing about job postings for product managers that require computer science degrees. Is that really necessary? What I’ve learned is many product managers don’t have adequate technical background to understand the questions or to give practical answers.

Mentorship and expectations

bpma ProductHub

The mentorship program at the Boston Product Management Association and how to make the best out of it. Why you might need a mentor in your life. Directing your own life can be equally exciting and daunting thing to do. Oftentimes we may feel stuck and need a little push on the way.

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Product Management Productivity Tip #2: Master Email

280 Group

How to Improve your Product Management Productivity by Mastering Email. As a Product Manager you can’t afford to waste time. Email sucks up your time for a number of reasons. You may read the same email multiple times. You may be tempted to respond immediately to messages as they come in.

Quick prioritization

Under10 Playbook

"Focus on doing a few things really well. Spreading your efforts across too many projects prevents any of them from succeeding."-- Steve Johnson, product management evangelist (yes, I’m quoting myself) [ Tweet this ].

Climbing the Product Management Career Ladder

bpma ProductHub

Contributed by John Mansour. Before your mind wanders too far, let’s set the record straight. In B2B product management, tactical, operational and strategic refer to layers in the customer organization – not your job responsibilities.

Lessons For Product Managers From HBO

The Accidental Product Manager

HBO has to change in order to survive, what can we learn from them? Image Credit: JasonParis 00. We all know who HBO is, right? They are the premium cable television channel that even if you subscribe to cable, if you want HBO you have to pay an additional fee to get.

The Way You Think About Willpower Is Hurting You

Nir Eyal

Not so long ago, my post-work routine looked like this: After a particularly grueling day, I’d sit on the couch and veg for hours, doing my version of “Netflix and chill,” which meant keeping company with a cold pint of ice cream. I knew the ice cream, and the sitting, were probably a bad idea, […]. The post The Way You Think About Willpower Is Hurting You appeared first on Nir and Far. Changing Your Habits Upgrading Yourself ego depletion willpower

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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”.

Motivating Development Teams

Mironov Consulting

As noted in my last post , Sales and Marketing often wonder whether Engineering is sufficiently motivated and engaged. But the symptoms aren’t so obvious to the outbound (and extroverted) part of the company.

When the product is YOU

Under10 Playbook

"If it's not fun, don't do it; it's time to get another job."—Alan —Alan Webber, Fast Company. Have you been out there lately? Hunting for that perfect job is both easier and harder than ever before. You don’t have to be restricted to your nearest big city.

Top 10 Tips for your Product Management LinkedIn Profile – Video Presentation

280 Group

Watch Mira Wooten present the 10 best things you can do for your Product Management LinkedIn Profile. The 280 Group’s Solutions Manager and Director of Recruiting, Mira Wooten, recently traveled to ProductCamp LA and gave this valuable presentation on the top 10 things you can do to beef up your Product Management LinkedIn Profile and get noticed by recruiters. The presentation was filmed by the good people at ProductCamp LA and you can watch it for yourself. Take the next.[continue

As Athletes Go All-Natural, What Are The Gatorade Product Managers To Do?

The Accidental Product Manager

Gatorade has been a staple of sporting events forever Image Credit: airsofttherapy. Quick question: what happens to a U.S. football coach if his team wins the big game? If you said ″he gets a big container of Gatorade poured over his head″ then you were correct.

TEI 098: When product managers’ good ideas are not enough-with Samuel Bacharach, PhD - The Everyday Innovator – Resources for Product Managers and Innovators

Product Innovation Educators

I have a great guest for us to learn from – the author of a new book, The Agenda Mover: When Your Good Idea Is Not Enough. Doesn’t that sum up the challenge of being a product manager – when your good idea is not enough. My guest, Professor Samuel B.

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How to turn a story point factory into a customer-centric team?

Mind the Product

The one spontaneous ovation at this year’s London MTPCon was when Drift CEO David Cancel muttered “I hate agile” as an aside while he was on stage. Agile, a revolutionary idea 10 years ago, has clearly lost its shine for many people.

Building effective communication channels

Lead on Purpose

The word ‘channel’ has various and differing meanings. I grew up on a ranch, and we had to get water to the grass and to the cattle. My dad and grandpa built ditches and canals to channel the water to … Continue reading → Team Building channels Communication decisiveness discipline motivation relationships

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Why a Release Isn’t a Launch

Under10 Playbook

Companies that target their products at the circumstances in which customers find themselves, rather than at the customers themselves, are those that can launch predictably successful products.—Clayton —Clayton Christensen, author, The Innovator's Solution.

When I built products the stupid way

Street Smart Product Manager

In 2007, ProductRepair (name changed), a market leader in its industry, was facing some serious threats: A rapidly maturing business. New “digitally native” entrants with greatly enhanced data collection abilities. A 100% call center based customer service model, with an escalating cost per interaction. Service partners with increasingly divergent strategies. Legacy IT infrastructure that made […].

Happy Thanksgiving — Take The Week Off!

The Accidental Product Manager

Image Credit Here's Hoping That This Week Is Special For Everyone. Loyal readers & subscribers, here’s hoping that this upcoming week is a great week for you — I’m taking it off! Blogging will resume next week… For my readers in the U.S.,

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TEI 099: Speaking with confidence and gravitas – with Caroline Goyder - The Everyday Innovator – Resources for Product Managers and Innovators

Product Innovation Educators

Have you ever wondered why some people earn attention and respect when they speak and others don’t? According to my guest, the secret to their success can be summed up in one word: gravitas.

Designing Your Way to Better Team Collaboration by Alison Coward

Mind the Product

As the founder of Bracket Creative, Alison Coward spends her working life advising creative teams on how they can collaborate better. She’s an experienced facilitator of workshops, so at this year’s London #mtpcon she shared some practical ways to get teams to work together more productively.

Why it pays to show gratitude

Lead on Purpose

No matter what we are facing in life right now, there are things for which we can, and should, express gratitude. The act of focusing on the good things helps us keep moving forward during the tough times. In the … Continue reading → Purpose Trust achievers collaboration gratitude peace success value

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The best way to support sales teams

Under10 Playbook

It seems that many sales people are hired for reasons other than their industry expertise. We typically attempt to hire “closers” and “elephant hunters.” ” But without industry expertise, these sales folks will need lots of technical support.

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Pilot Teams

svpg

NOTE: This article is by SVPG Partner Chris Jones. He specializes in helping organizations and teams transform to raise their game. This is the first in a series he's writing on this critical topic. This technique is fairly straight forward, but is one of the most powerful tools to introduce substantial change. At SVPG, we often work with product leaders who recognize that the way their companies create products needs to change.

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Podcast: Organizational Anthropology

Mironov Consulting

Karthik Vijayakumar’s Design Your Thinking podcast brings in a range of product and design thinkers to talk about their hot topics.

TEI 097: How product managers pitch and sell ideas to managers – with Chris Westfall - The Everyday Innovator – Resources for Product Managers and Innovators

Product Innovation Educators

The topic of this episode is another in a series of interviews I’m doing focused on the four skills that enable a 25% higher income for product managers and increasing their influence.

Designing Pricing Strategies: Don’t Ask – Experiment!

Mind the Product

At ProductTank London, Tom Whitwell shared a series of excellent examples of why customer responses to pricing strategies often appear to be irrational, and why you need to test your theories and experiment to uncover the patterns in your customers’ behaviour.

Building effective communication channels

Lead on Purpose

The word ‘channel’ has various and differing meanings. I grew up on a ranch, and we had to get water to the grass and to the cattle. My dad and grandpa built ditches and canals to channel the water to … Continue reading → Team Building channels Communication decisiveness discipline motivation relationships

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Creating ideal customer profiles

Under10 Playbook

Analyzing past results to drive future successes may be the most important goal for today’s product leaders. You know the worst thing that can happen with a new product? You get some customers. Not none. Not a lot. Just a few.

Planning Product Discovery

svpg

Much of product discovery work doesn't actually require a lot of planning. We need to come up with a solution to a particular problem, and often this is straight forward, and we can proceed quickly to delivery work. But for certain efforts, this is decidedly not the case, and some planning and true problem solving becomes critically important. Big projects and especially initiatives (projects spanning multiple teams) are common examples.

Breakfast and Mentoring: Thoughtful Roundtable

bpma ProductHub

Contributed by Nina Mitchell, Volunteer for the BPMA Mentorship Program. To kick off the new session of the BPMA Mentorship Program, we organized a breakfast and roundtable at the GoDaddy offices in Cambridge. Our gathering provided mentors and mentees the opportunity to meet in person.

Getting the Job Done – Bringing the Donuts 11/01/2016

Ken Norton

Why judgment matters more then outcomes -. Last week I joined an offsite with hundreds of product managers where Dave Orr, a Google PM, spoke about decision-making. Dave is a former professional poker player (yeah, Google PMs are eclectic). In poker, as in life, you can make an excellent decision, yet still lose the hand. Or you