2016

10 Tips for Creating an Agile Product Roadmap

Roman Pichler

1 Focus on Goals and Benefits.

How aligning product and marketing teams improves customer experience

Mind the Product

It wasn’t too long ago that designers and developers were disciples of strictly separate crafts – but today, someone who can do both well is quickly labelled a “unicorn”, and sought after by many a unicorn-thirsty start-up.

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

UserVoice

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. Sales, operations, technology… all of it should be working toward a common vision.

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What is Good Product Strategy?

Melissa Perri

“What is your Product Strategy? YOU NEED A STRATEGY.” When I replay this scene in my head, I can hear the CTO very audibly yelling (slash pleading) with our product team. He was on edge. We had been experimenting towards a very concrete goal for two months, and had made a lot of progress.

How to Hook Users in 3 Steps: An Intro to Habit Testing

Nir Eyal

Changing user habits isn’t easy — but understanding how to conduct Habit Testing will increase your odds of success. In this video, I provide a brief introduction to the three steps of Habit Testing.

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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.

The Simple Guide to Product Management

bpma ProductHub

Contributed by Cynthia Andre. In 2016, Glassdoor identified Product Management as the #8 best job to have in America, with a job score of 4.5 out of 5. Other jobs on the list included Data Scientist, Tax Manager and HR Manager.

Please Make Yourself Uncomfortable

Ken Norton

What product managers can learn from jazz musicians -. From my keynote at the Mind the Product conference, San Francisco Davies Symphony Hall on May 4, 2016. It’s February 13, 1960, and Ella Fitzgerald stands on a West Berlin stage, nearing the end of a stellar performance.

Scaling the Product Owner Role

Roman Pichler

Scaling and the Product Life Cycle. To understand if and when the product owner role should be scaled, I find it helpful to consider the product’s life cycle stage.

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.

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

UserVoice

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.

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Ignoring Innovation: Lessons from Kodak

Melissa Perri

In 2007 I joined an innovation swat team at Cornell in the Johnson Graduate School of Business. It was called the Business, Science, and Technology Initiative (known to the cool kids as BSTI).

This Weird Research-Backed Goal Setting Hack Actually Works

Nir Eyal

Nir’s Note: This article on goal setting was originally published in early 2016 but got such a great reader response that I decided to expand and update it along with adding the video below. Let me know what you think in the comments.

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.

Tesla Agile Development: Product Management at its Best

280 Group

Tesla Agile Development: Version 8.0 Software and Product Management at its best. Last week I received the version 8 update from Tesla.

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Why This Opportunity Solution Tree is Changing the Way Product Teams Work

Product Talk

I’ve found a visual aid that is profoundly changing the way teams work. It’s working so well that I feel compelled to write a book about it. But that’s going to take time and I want you to have it today. So I’m going to scratch the surface in this blog post.

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 ].

Interview: A Chat with BPMA Mentor and Edx CTO, Mark Haseltine

bpma ProductHub

Last fall, I had the opportunity to begin a six month mentorship program through the BPMA. Being paired with my mentor Mark Haseltine, CTO at Edx, was a unique and valuable experience. I recently had a chance to sit down with Mark and discuss the product ecosystem and Boston tech scene as a whole.

Mental Models for Product Managers – Part 2

PM Hardcore

Brain Wiring (by Wellcome Images, CC licensed). In part 1 I introduced mental models and some reasons they are important. And I provided a few “general purpose” examples. In this part we dive into what you really came here for – product management-specific mental models.

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.

7 Ways Product Managers Can Counter Experience Bias

UserVoice

No one comes to a product management job as a blank slate. Even if it’s an entry-level position, you must have done something beforehand to merit a company handing the fate of a feature or product over to you.

Finding the Truth Behind MVPs

Melissa Perri

If you’re interested in learning more about MVPs, I’m running a one day workshop in Paris on June 14, 2016. More information here. A Successful Start I learned about Minimum Viable Products like 99% of other Product Managers – through The Lean Startup by Eric Ries. When I happened upon the book and Eric’s method, I […

How Two Companies Hooked Customers On Products They Rarely Use

Nir Eyal

Larry Page, CEO of Alphabet (the company formerly known as Google), has a quirky way of deciding which companies he likes. It’s called “The Toothbrush Test.” According to the New York Times, when Page looks at a potential company to acquire, he wants to know if the product is, like a toothbrush, “something you will […]. The post How Two Companies Hooked Customers On Products They Rarely Use appeared first on Nir and Far.

First Things First: How Does A Product Manager Start?

The Accidental Product Manager

Product managers need to know how to get things started Image Credit: Andre Chinn. So you are in the process of starting your brand new product manager job. Congratulations. Now what? What is the first thing that you are going to need to do?

Coping with Product Manager Burnout

280 Group

Vision Built on Uncertainty When I started my career as a young programmer I was tasked with bug fixing as a way to learn the code base….I I hated it. It wasn’t challenging enough for me. Now, several decades later as a Product Manager there are times I miss those days.

Ants and Aliens

Ken Norton

Why you need a thirty-year plan (yes, thirty) -. There is no point in having a 5-year plan in this industry. With each step forward, the landscape you’re walking on changes. So we have a pretty good idea of where we want to be in six months, and where we want to be in thirty years. And every six

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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.

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.

What Will Product Management Be Like In 5 Years?

PM Hardcore

The future is hard to tease out, but here’s what will happen in product management’s future. (CC CC 2.0 by PunkToad). Earlier this year Janna Bastow of ProdPad put out a call for opinions on the future of product management. I quickly responded then.

The Product Roadmap and the Release Plan

Roman Pichler

What is a Release Plan? A release plan forecasts how a major release is developed. It’s a type of project plan —albeit an agile one—and it usually covers the next three to six months.

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.

How to Onboard Junior Product Managers for Success

UserVoice

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.

The Rise of Modern Product Discovery

Product Talk

I love that Marty Cagan and Jeff Patton have long been advocates of dual-track development. Their efforts have helped to shape the ongoing conversation about the evolution of product discovery.