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How to Onboard Junior Product Managers for Success


As your product management team grows, you will inevitably bring on some more junior product managers. Some may have a couple of years under their belt, while others may be fresh out of school or recent converts from engineering, design, analysis, or project management.

How to Distinguish Between Your Product Roadmap, Product Strategy, and Product Vision


While you might “own” the product, your product’s vision should be coming from the top of the house. It should be driving everything in your organization, not just product development. So, if the vision isn’t the responsibility of the product team, what is?

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Tactical. Operational. Strategic. The Three Rungs on the Product Management Career Ladder


In B2B product management, tactical, operational and strategic refer to layers in the customer organization – not your job responsibilities. Master each of these customer domains and the next rung on the product management career ladder awaits.

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Getting the Band Together: How to Get More Development Resources as a Product Manager


A common challenge that Product Managers face is trying to move their product and company forward with limited development and testing resources. Product Management Product Management Process

Onboarding: Don’t Let Your Customer Relationships Stumble Out of the Gate!


A product is more than just the bits and bytes that comprise the software. Your product is the entire experience, from beginning to end, that your customers experience with. Product Management Product Management Process

The biggest challenge for product managers?

Mind the Product

A few weeks ago, I invited Mind the Product readers to take part in a brief survey with a simple goal: to identify the biggest challenges product managers face in their role. The Big Takeaway: We Don’t Know Whether We’re Building the Right Products.

What We Learned About Building Products People Love in 2016

Mind the Product

2016 was a year when the product management community grew significantly and continued to mature. I think what marks out the following is that they all deliver practical and actionable advice – advice which can be applied by anyone at any stage in their product career.

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. My team are my product.

Lean experiments: Tristan Kromer on better product process

Mind the Product

Lean Startup Week is a conference for teams and leaders interested in applying a Lean Startup methodology to their product and Tristan helped to organise the Lean Unconference that kicked off the week’s activities. Compass – Does the team have a product dashboard with actionable metrics?

Scope creep or just change?

Mind the Product

It’s just change managed badly. So let’s stop pretending we can stop it and get better at managing it. It implies that someone, somewhere, messed up and if we were just better managers then this wouldn’t have happened. Managing change is a skill.

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Changing Lanes – Becoming a Platform Product Manager

Mind the Product

I’m a product manager for a content management system that runs some of the most-visited websites in the world. Prior to this I’d had a year’s product experience at a customer-facing SaaS company and naively I believed I could copy-paste this experience.

Oprah versus Spock: Advice from Dan Olsen and The Lean Product Playbook

Mind the Product

Product/Market Fit” is a concept that every start-up founder knows is important, but many have trouble achieving or even defining. In The Lean Product Playbook , author Dan Olsen details a six-step process to achieving product/market fit: Determine your target customer.

How Do You Become A Good Product Manager?

Street Smart Product Manager

And product managers are no different. We want to launch products people love. The post How Do You Become A Good Product Manager? appeared first on Street Smart Product Manager. Product Management Product Manager

What makes effective decision making so challenging for product managers?

Mind the Product

How can a product manager make effective decisions about the direction of their product? Why should product managers be under any more pressure to make sound decisions than finance managers or sales and marketing teams?

Handling requests for new features in a successful product

Mind the Product

If you have a successful product and your users ask for new features that really make sense, then you’re in an enviable position. However, the way in which you choose handle these requests can play a big role in the product’s future success or failure. Spin off a new product.

Change or die: what big business can learn from start-ups about internal innovation

Mind the Product

I believe it is important for companies of all shapes and sizes, but especially larger scale enterprises, to educate their individual team members that they ‘can’ and ‘should’ put ideas into action, regardless of whether they are in a management position or not.

Value Poker in the Dragons’ Den

Mind the Product

Technical and product teams can spend a lot of time estimating the effort involved in a proposed piece of work. Over time I’ve become fed up with seeing product people managing story backlogs where, at most, they had an effort estimate on a story.

You Just Completed a Workshop…What Next?

Rahul Abhyankar

Product Management product management workshopCongratulations! You just completed a workshop. Hopefully it was not death by powerpoint, and the instructor made sure you were not just sitting in a chair all day, made sure you stayed engaged, asked you questions and answered yours with some real-life examples. Now, armed with this newfound knowledge and way of thinking, you are … Continue reading You Just Completed a Workshop…What Next?

Stop Improving Your Product

Product Club

Ronald’s product focus for the last year has been a cloud accounting solution for the small business owner. The core product is solid and internal user testing has been positive, but Ronald is still polishing customizable themes and a calendar integration. It is not a complete product.

MVPM: Minimum Viable Product Manager

Product Club

It elegantly shows that product management is the intersection of a diverse skill set. Its simplicity has made it one of the most successful product management memes out there, and it’s done good things for the discipline. Project Management.

Productivity vs. Responsiveness

Mironov Consulting

Over the past year, I’ve done a half-dozen evaluations of product management teams at enterprise software firms. I break this down into: The distinction between overall engineering productivity and account-level responsiveness. Engineering Teams Focus On Overall Productivity.

What is a Product Manager? A different perspective

Product Club

What is a Product Manager? For as long as I have been a product manager the role of ‘product manager’ has been the subject of much debate?—?specifically, specifically, what is a product manager? I know that behind the great products I work on?—?there’s

The Importance of a Product Management Framework

280 Group

What is a Product Management Framework? In order to understand what a Product Management framework is, it’s helpful to understand the literal definition of a framework: a basic supporting structure that underlies a system or process.

Coping with Product Manager Burnout

280 Group

Now, several decades later as a Product Manager there are times I miss those days. The post Coping with Product Manager Burnout appeared first on 280 Group Product Management. Product Management Productivity

Applying Systems Thinking to Your Product Development Process

280 Group

Product Managers Are Outsiders in the Product Development Process There are two underlying problems for Product Managers when considering any product development process, whether it is Agile, Waterfall, or a hybrid process.

Let’s Fire a Few of Our Customers

Mironov Consulting

As product managers, we worry about market results – not just successfully shipping stuff on time , but growing our product’s revenue, user base and engagement. After all, there aren’t enough F2000 companies that we can chance losing even one to fussy product concerns.

Road Maps: Involving Business in the Journey

Product Club

The first time I wanted to socialize a product road map within the business (a software start up with under 50 employees) I scratched for information on best practice or recommended approaches. You’ll find product managers at both extremes.

Elements of a Compelling Product Vision Statement

280 Group

Do I Really Need a Product Vision Statement? When you do the math on how many team members you have this leads to an astounding number of decisions that are being made daily around your product. Product Management Product Strategy Messaging Vision

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Customer Discovery Series Part I: The Role of Product Management

Product Manager in Heels

What does a Product Manager do? As Product Management gets more publicity as a discipline , people often ask me what the role of Product Management is all about. Without Product Management, some truly devastating things can happen in an organization.

Metrics for Product Career Schools?

Mironov Consulting

Lots of folks wanting to get into product management call me for advice about courses or workshops that are supposed to help them land their first product jobs. For instance: M = number of students without previous product management titles who completed the course/workshop.

The Changing Face of Social Retargeting

The Product Coalition

Tammy is a very social person and in office people gather around her sometimes to discuss about products they love. ecommerce marketing entrepreneurship management product-management

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. The post Product Management Productivity Tip #2: Master Email appeared first on 280 Group Product Management.

What Will Product Management Be Like In 5 Years?

The Secret PM Handbook

The future is hard to tease out, but here’s what will happen in product management’s future. (CC Earlier this year Janna Bastow of ProdPad put out a call for opinions on the future of product management. Where are we now in the product management discipline?

Product Leader – Your Comfort Zone Kills Innovation

280 Group

The post Product Leader – Your Comfort Zone Kills Innovation appeared first on 280 Group Product Management. Product Management Innovation Leadership

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. Properly preparing for, implementing and “living” a product management framework is a major undertaking.

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

Daniel Elizalde IoT Blog

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. Product Management Best Practices

A Toolset For Getting Unstuck When Your Creativity Is Blocked

The Secret PM Handbook

We product managers are inventing stuff most of the time. This list includes: Mindmaps – I have several product management-specific mindmap templates. My product management rules of thumb. Product Management Rules of Thumb Tools

Mental Models for Product Managers – Part 1

The Secret PM Handbook

Some general purpose mental models are very useful for product managers. Mental models for product managers. What about mental models for Product Managers specifically? There are quite a few mental models about products and making them successful.

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. The post As a product manager, you need to do just two things appeared first on Street Smart Product Manager. Product ManagementThat 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.

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Mental Models for Product Managers – Part 2

The Secret PM Handbook

In this part we dive into what you really came here for – product management-specific mental models. Why are product management-related mental models different? We have some great mental models in product management. Who the product is for (the market).