March, 2007

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Project Manager or Product Manager what’s the difference?

All About Product Management

I sat down a few months ago with our HR recruitment officer – I began to sketch out the type of person we needed to fill the role of a Product Manager. The recruitment officer asked the question – what’s the difference between a Proj ect Manager and a Prod uct Manager? He posed the question because he had just placed a Project Manager in another department and had a few CVs of people who had applied for the post of Project Manager and might fit the position of Product Manager.

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What do Product Managers do? What is expected of them? And how not to become overwhelmed?

All About Product Management

The answers to the first two questions above depends much upon the organisation, its size, the department ‘Product Management’ lives in your company and the industry sector that you work in. One thing is certain regardless of company demographics the job of the Product Manager can be overwhelming - a view shared by comments made by pragmaticmarketing.com review on Alyssa.S Dver book ‘Software Product Management Essentials’ – a good read for all new and up-and-coming product managers.

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Product Management and Knowledge Sharing

All About Product Management

Sources of knowledge for Product Managers: knowledge within people. If HP knew what HP knows, we would be three times as profitable stated CEO Lew Platt. Companies where knowledge exists in discreet islands (business units or departments) seldom benefit from the synergy of everyone knowing what everyone else is up to and even more important sharing of experiences with one another.

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What Your Leader Expects of You

All About Product Management

The latest copy of Harvard Business Review landed on my desk this morning. As usual I took a look at the contents page to see what topics April’s edition would be dealing with, and lo and behold the top article was “What Your Leader Expects of You”. I had just published a blog article (".what is expected of them? " ) that covered this topics a few days ago.

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How to Build an Experimentation Culture for Data-Driven Product Development

Speaker: Margaret-Ann Seger, Head of Product, Statsig

Experimentation is often seen as an aspirational practice, especially at smaller, fast-moving companies who are strapped for time and resources. So, how can you get your team making decisions in a more data-driven way while continuing to remain lean and maintaining ship velocity? In this webinar, Margaret-Ann Seger, Head of Product at Statsig, will teach you how to build an experimentation culture from the ground-up, graduating from just getting started with data-driven development to operating

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Good TV viewing for Product Managers

All About Product Management

In general I tend to avoid watching too much TV. However there are a handful of programmes that are not only entertaining but also help stimulate the mind and can even help improve your performance as a Product Manager. My first choice is Dragons Den. I’m always interested at the various business/product propositions that people come up with. But I’m even more interested at how they defend themselves as they are cross examined by the dragons on the content of their elevator pitches.