2014

Opposite Views of a Product Roadmap

Tyner Blain

Your product roadmap is a view of what you are building right now, in the near future, and in the more distant future. Or is your roadmap a view of why you are building whatever you’re building right now, in the near future, and in the more distant future?

It’s time to get your Ph.D. in Sales Comp

Product Beautiful

A few years ago, I was working for a large company here in Austin. This company had recently acquired a series of software startups and was attempting to integrate them into their larger hardware portfolio.

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What does a Product Manager do? Take 1.

Product Manager in Heels

Starting a new role forces product managers to think of the basic principles the guide product management. I recently changed my LinkedIn profile headline to "Creating products that customers love" and it got my mind going on what a product manager actually does.

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How to Win with Superior Decisions

Product Powers

Have you ever worked at a company where the CEO or some other executive changes the priorities every week? Where no one can get anything done because they are constantly switching gears? Or maybe you’ve been stuck on a project that seems like it will never end because there are always “just a few more things” needed for it to really take off. I certainly have and I’ll bet most of you have as well.

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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The Importance of Developing Personas in Product Design

Sachin Rekhi

Sample personas from MailChimp. Personas are an important design tool that should be in the toolset of any product manager or designer. Personas are fictional characters developed to represent the different archetypes of users of your product.

Good Enough

Tyner Blain

We hear a lot about building products which are “good enough” or “just barely good enough.” ” How do we know what “good enough” means for our customers? No one really tells us. Different Perspectives of Good Enough.

The Problem with Building Products in an Agile World

Product Beautiful

Over the past decade, there has been a ton of ink spilled over Agile development. Much of the Agile narrative has focused on the pros of implementing Agile methodologies , such as better planning, faster feedback, and the ability to quickly pivot and make changes. These are all good things.

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Becoming a Product Leader with Win/Loss Analysis

Product Beautiful

Nearly every product manager I speak to desires to be a leader in his or her organization. Everyone knows that as a member of the Product Team, you must exercise soft skills like influence to nudge your product towards success.

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?

Classifying Market Problems

Tyner Blain

Theodore Levitt may have developed the whole product model to help companies compete more effectively with their products. We wrote about the whole product game based on Mr. Levitt’s work.

Agile Cadabra

Tyner Blain

Agile is not magical. Changing from a waterfall process to an agile process changes how your team works, and helps eliminate inefficiencies. Adopting an agile process does not let you magically have a more successful product. What makes agile powerful is also makes it dangerous. Triage and Urgency.

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Agile Through a Matrix Lens

Tyner Blain

“Agile” is something most teams do wrong*, without realizing they’re doing it wrong. A good 2×2 matrix acts as a lens, helping to convert information into insight.

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Who Owns Design?

Product Beautiful

One of the most frequent questions I receive is “Who owns Design?” Should the designers report to the Development or Engineering team, should they report to Product Management, or perhaps Marketing? Or, should Design be its own group? The answer might surprise you.

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?

Just say no. Prioritization and Product Management

Product Manager in Heels

In any business, it's extremely important to be able to prioritize what you work on and when you work on it. This is especially the case for product managers. But how do you prioritize all of the great ideas that come across your desk?

BPMA Product Excellence Awards

Product Powers

Readers of ProductPowers know that I've held a Hall of Fame and Shame awards program in the winter for a number of years. Some of you may also know that this year I am Vice President and Chief Evangelist for the Boston Product Management Association (BPMA). Collision of these things has resulted in a new Product Excellence Awards program sponsored by the BPMA. Call for Nominations.

Chromecast Wins Fame, iOS7 Wins Shame

Product Powers

Make my life easier and I will tell my friends. Make my life harder and I will tell everyone. That’s my take-away from this year's raft of nominations for the 2013 Product Powers Hall of Fame & Shame. Hall of Fame. Chromecast, Pocket, FitBit Force and a dozen other products were nominated for Fame, most because they do a great job making things easier for us.

Tools for Product Management; ProductCamp Atlanta 2014

Good Product Manager

What tools do you use for product management? What tools and technologies do you use for product management? How well do they work? At SiriusDecisions, we’re conducting a survey of b-to-b product managers and what applications they do (and don’t) use. The survey takes only about 5 minutes to complete, and in return for your participation, you will receive a complimentary copy of the forthcoming SiriusDecisions Field Guide on Product Management Tools.

The Voice of Boston's Product People

Product Powers

I meet with product people all around Boston frequently. They are a savvy, experienced bunch with a lot to offer. Wouldn't it be great if there were a place where could all learn from that wisdom? These same product people are, just as often, the unsung heroes of their organizations' success. Wouldn't it be great if there were a platform for them to talk about how they made a difference? ProductHub.

Why Marketing Should Go Agile

Pragmatic Marketing

Marketing has changed more in the last five to seven years than at any other time during my career.

The Two C’s of Agile

Pragmatic Marketing

One of the most frustrating things I’ve heard over my career is that “agile is something that software developers do.” It is said dismissively by those who are happy with how things are today and see no reason for changing how they operate. It ignores all the success agile teams have had in software the past decade and in other industries including architecture, marketing, video production and even the auto industry.

Dog Training + Product Management

Product Manager in Heels

We spend a lot of time training our dog, Gunner. He's a 3-year-old Olde English Bulldogge and we got him from Doubletake Bulldogges in Massachusetts. We work with the Pawsitive Dog in Boston and couldn't be happier. He has his CGC Certification and is training to compete in Rally.

Follow. Break. Transcend.

Product Manager in Heels

I was fortunate enough to attend UX Fest 2014 at Fresh Tilled Soil just outside of Boston. It was an awesome event and helped me rethink how I've been doing product management. C.Todd talked about 'Shu-Ha-Ri' during his talk on Making UX Top of Mind.

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Life Update + Product Management Discussion + UX Book Club (OH MY!)

Product Manager in Heels

It has been QUITE the year already, and I’m only half way in! This year I’ve changed jobs, graduated from Babson College with my MBA, gotten promoted (at my new job), and done tons of customer experience research.

Product Management Tools; Three Questions to Improve Product Management; Happy Holidays 2014

Good Product Manager

SiriusDecisions Field Guide Product Management Tools. I’m pleased to announce the release of the SiriusDecisions Field Guide “Product Planning, Prioritization and Roadmapping 2015.” ” This is a project that I have been involved in for the past several months with several colleagues at SiriusDecisions.

Top Challenges for Product Management; Priorities for Product Management Leaders for 2015; Buyer Personas in Action

Good Product Manager

Top Challenges for Product Management. At SiriusDecisions, we’ve recently been conducting research into the top priorities of product management leaders. My blog post on the Top Challenges for Product Management in 2015 shares some of the high-level findings from our research, specifically around the top priority areas for product management leaders as well as the specific skills they are looking to develop in their teams in 2015.

Common Mistakes in Implementing a New Product Management Framework; Tools for Product Management; ProductCamp Atlanta Recap

Good Product Manager

Common Mistakes in Implementing a New Product Management Framework. Based on our research at SiriusDecisions, we know that improving the overall product lifecycle management framework/process is a top priority for the coming year for many b-to-b product management leaders. This is certainly not a new trend.

Join me at PIPELINE 2014!

Product Beautiful

On this Friday, June 6, 2014, I will be presenting at a virtual conference called PIPELINE 2014. PIPELINE is put on by Planview , and will include presentations about a wide variety of topics of interest to Product Management and Marketing professionals, including innovation, ideation, prioritization, and how to change your culture.

The Inertia to Innovation at Scale and How To Overcome It

Sachin Rekhi

Throughout my career, I’ve had the opportunity to launch innovative new products not only as an entrepreneur at my own startups like Anywhere.FM and Connected, but also as an intrapreneur at Microsoft and LinkedIn, bringing brand new products to market at these established tech firms.

The Best Product Managers Fall in Love With a Problem

Sachin Rekhi

I’ve had the chance to work with a variety of product managers across tech giants and startups alike. While there are many critical skills for being a world class product manager, I’ve noticed one pattern amongst the very best: they fall deeply in love with the problem their product is solving.

2014 BPMA Gala Online Discussion

Product Powers

Some of you may know that I've taken on a role as Vice President and Chief Evangelist for the Boston Product Management Association. The BPMA is the second-largest professional association for product managers and product marketers, after the SVPMA, and I am honored to be involved. My job is chiefly to acquaint you, product people, with the benefits of joining the association and becoming involved as a volunteer.