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How to Educate Stakeholders

Melissa Perri

There is one question I always get during every Product Management workshop: How do I convince/teach/educate stakeholders to work this way? The class has bought in on validation before building, a focus on problems, and defined metrics.

How to lead with commitment

Lead on Purpose

He’s smart with a solid educational background, and he has the charisma to do great things. I recently became aware of a CEO who believes he’s a great leader. However, most of the people in his organization don’t see him … Continue reading → Leadership commitment decision focus

The Simple Guide to Product Management

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Her prior experience includes product management at Wayfair, Constant Contact and an educational software startup. 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.

Story: Career Advice and Growing in Product Management

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Because I did not have the typical background or education, I wasn’t afraid to ask many questions, or find ways to further my understanding of the industry and role.

Be in a Band, not an Orchestra: how to Grow an Agile Product Team

Mind the Product

Our aim is to make higher education more accessible, flexible and enjoyable than it has ever been and we do this by working with leading universities and educational institutions from all over the world.

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Learning in Product – Ellen Chisa (ProductTank NYC)

Mind the Product

Ellen Chisa has an educational background in engineering and is currently working on her MBA at Harvard Business School. Where a product manager’s skill set lies depends largely on their educational and/or professional background.

Training to be a Better Product Manager

Mind the Product

I ended up gleaning my self-education from books like Inspired by Marty Cagan, attending developer and design meet-ups, and shadowing other product managers. 7 years ago, I started working at my first tech startup.

Dual-Track Agile: Why Messy Leads to Innovation

Mind the Product

This ‘fail fast’ process is also educational, as you learn how to build better products. What is Dual-Track Agile? Dual-Track Agile is an IT development methodology where figuring out what to build is as important as the building process.

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What is (and isn’t) product management?

Under10 Playbook

—Peter Drucker, American management consultant, educator, and author. In a well-run organization, each role has a single orientation; they either support [individual] customers or they support the market. It seems most organizations are unclear on roles and responsibilities.

Why You Aren’t Learning As Much As You Could From Your Experiments

Product Talk

To illustrate this problem, I want to talk about the work of a landmark educational philosopher, John Dewey. I love that A/B testing has become so popular. It’s an important tool in our toolbox. But it frustrates me that we use it so poorly.

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

Product Beautiful

At this point, we needed to get educated (quickly) on how Sales at this company was motivated. A few years ago, I was working for a large company here in Austin.

The Importance of Listening to Your Customers by David Cancel

Mind the Product

For example a “how do I” question means that the customer already knows that something is possible with your product, so it’s not a product marketing or education issue, it’s a user experience issue.

The Future of Work

The Product Bistro

You had your education, that lasted until you were ready for your career, then you got a job, and you worked, and then you retired. It was very serial in its nature, with distinct phases, and it was assumed that if your time in your career required education, it was provided, and you were encouraged to take it. The convergence of technology to make it all work, to help educate the workforce, giving them options that just a few years ago seemed fantastic. Datestamp: 11/8/2016.

Finding Flow in Your Product Management Career

Mind the Product

In the spirit of continuing to educate myself as to why consulting works so well for me – and why it may work for you – I’ve done some research into what can bring us fulfilment and happiness at work.

How to Deal with “Sinatra” Stakeholders

Folding Burritos

When working in these environments we should embrace another responsibility as part of our role: educating and getting people around us to be on board with “the right way” of building products 3.

Top 10 Product Guest Posts of 2016

Mind the Product

Suzie’s post both educates and entertains and is full of practical advice and, as Suzie says, its point is “to empower you and inform you about technical practices that are meant to be business-relevant”.

Amsterdam product managers: who we are and how we work

Mind the Product

Only a low number of respondents work in the health and education sectors, and in not-for-profit companies; most respondents work for a private company or public company. Since 2012, our friends at Mind The Product have done multiple surveys on the facts and figures of the product community.

Crafting a Creative Culture by Jeff Veen

Mind the Product

In this thought-provoking closing keynote from #mtpcon Jeff Veen , design partner at True Ventures and former VP of Design at Adobe, shared how important a creative culture is, how it allows you to build better products, and what organizations need to do to craft that creative culture.

Product Management is Culture Management

Mind the Product

Belonging, identity and Third Culture Kids: Life histories of former international school students ; Helen Fail, Jeff Thompson and George Walker / Journal of Research in International Education, 2004 3: 319.

Effective Product Psychology & Design – Jerome Ribot (ProductTank London)

Mind the Product

Education with character.

Progress, Not Products

Product Bookshelf

Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU) took a close look at who was hiring them do what and discovered that they assumed they were in the business of providing coming-of-age experiences to high school graduates looking for a standard college education.

Five Essential Steps for Getting into IoT Product Management

Mind the Product

In short, find a way to educate yourself by learning from others. You want to get into IoT product management, but where do you start? What skills do you need? Which companies are working on IoT today? Start with these five essential steps.

Virtual reality and your product development process

Mind the Product

These business applications include everything from education, e-commerce, travel, communications, healthcare, job training, and data visualization, to almost anything else you can imagine.

6 Reasons Why Boston is a Great Place to be a Product Manager

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That’s OK – you can attend many of the educational and networking programs that these organizations run each year. Contributed by Steve Robins. The Boston area may just be the best place to be a product manager today. Here’s why. Reason #1: Boston is an Innovation Hub.

Interview: Advice for the Innovator’s Dilemma with Paul Young

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For prospective or beginner product team members, what are some experiential and educational checkpoints they should accomplish to be successful under a “Paul Young Product Team”? Interviewed by Lance Morganelli.

What We Learned About Building Products People Love in 2016

Mind the Product

Suzie’s post both educates and entertains and is full of practical advice and, as Suzie says, its point is “to empower you and inform you about technical practices that are meant to be business-relevant”.

Imagine What a Rock Star Product Manager Could Do With Healthcare Reform

High Octane Product Management

4. Communicate & Educate. Now that we have the specifics — the top 3, 5 or 10 things that make healthcare so expensive and why they exist — it’s time to educate and communicate in a language all Americans understand. Put all your political leanings aside. This is about pure, practical, common-sense, good old-fashioned problem solving skills and how they lead to great solutions!

3 product manager types–and other innovation insights for product managers June 24, 2016 - The Everyday Innovator – Resources for Product Managers and Innovators

Product Innovation Educators

2) Education. (3) Each week I scour articles, wading through the dogs, and bringing you the best insights to help product managers, developers, and innovators be heroes. . Which of the 3 types of product mangers are you? (1) 1) Builders – the classic product manager. (2)

On Innovation

The Product Bistro

As I research the Innovation Process in preparation for a potential educational program around Innovation Management, there are several thoughts that are swirling in my head. Being a long time technical marketer, I am familiar with many of the “Chasmista’s” methodologies (loosely, the body of thought inspired by Geoffrey Moore and his seminal work “Crossing the Chasm”), the concept of disruption, innovation, “tornado” markets are all well captured.

Missionaries vs. Mercenaries

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It begins with those same three areas: First, we need to educate the leadership team. One of my all-time favorite quotes in our industry comes by way of the legendary VC, John Doerr , where he argues that "we need teams of missionaries, not teams of mercenaries.” ” This point captures so much, and gets right to the heart of the most important trait of strong leaders, strong organizations, and strong product teams. This is not hard to spot, either way.

The Best Product Managers are Great Communicators

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So even though you are an experienced manager and communicator, are you communicating effectively with different types of people, different personalities, education levels? Interviewed by Oksana Reznichenko. Dinneen Grably graduated from Bridgewater State University with B.S.

TEI 074: Content Marketing for Product Managers – with Jerod Morris - The Everyday Innovator – Resources for Product Managers and Innovators

Product Innovation Educators

He also creates educational content and digital products that help people develop and grow rewarding, profitable online businesses. It’s free content to educate customers. It’s free content to educate customers.

Say NO the right way–and other innovation insights for product managers Nov 25, 2016 - The Everyday Innovator – Resources for Product Managers and Innovators

Product Innovation Educators

In this interview with Erin Essex, she shares why product managers can’t always say yes to requests and how to respond with “no” in ways that educate stakeholders on the product’s objectives.

What is (and isn’t) product management?

Under10 Playbook

—Peter Drucker, American management consultant, educator, and author. In a well-run organization, each role has a single orientation; they either support [individual] customers or they support the market. It seems most organizations are unclear on roles and responsibilities.

What is 'leadership', and how important is it for product managers?

Product Manager in Heels

Last week, I completed a certification program to be an internal coach through the Babson Executive Education Center. Leadership is a necessity for product managers, yet many of us can't quite figure out the definition. Go ahead, try and define it- it wasn't easy for me.

TEI 093: Identifying the ideal customer – with Tom Schwab - The Everyday Innovator – Resources for Product Managers and Innovators

Product Innovation Educators

Sometimes we start with demographics, such as as their education level, income level, and home city. According to my guest, “Marketing at its heart is starting a conversation with someone who could be an ideal customer.”

Metrics for Product Career Schools?

Mironov Consulting

” As product management leaders and educators, we understand personas and success criteria. (And December 6th’s Wall Street Journal called out that some of the Valley’s largest firms have delayed reporting metrics on engineering diversity.

Great content=the best sales tools

Under10 Playbook

What they’re saying is they want more sales tools and less sales education. That’s why I emphasize sales tools more than sales education. Great content is the best sales tool in the world.—Marcus —Marcus Sheridan, author, The Sales Lion blog.

Why Product Managers Become Practice Managers in an Agile Environment

High Octane Product Management

Educate and lead. Use it to educate your Agile teams (as well as many other disciplines). Wealth made simple: news and articles from IRC Wealth. If you’re a product manager, how fun would it be if you actually got to steer the product ship as outlined in your job description! Well, good news: If your development team is using or implementing Agile, the stars are aligned in your favor.

Customer Discovery Series Part III: Leveraging the Power of Influencing Without Authority

Product Manager in Heels

If you can educate your internal team about this information, you stand to become the subject matter expert on the customer and build a ton of credibility in the process. Influence without Authority - it's one of the hardest things about being a Product Manager. Recently, Martin Erikkson wrote a blog post titled "Product Managers are not the CEO of anything". I loved this post because I am a firm believer in that statement and many of the other statements in the post itself.