Creating Your Product Vision: Two Parts Customer, One Part Product

Proficientz – Product Management University

Creating your product vision can be difficult when you focus too much on the product. ” Apply that same consumer product philosophy to B2B products and creating your product vision will be simple and it will resonate with everyone. Creating Your Product Vision.

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Backlog Refinement Takes You from Vision to Value

bpma ProductHub

With a keen focus on value and conducting Structured Conversations using the 7 Product Dimensions, you greatly improve your ability to go from vision to value. A successful product delivers value when it is aligned to your product vision and goals.

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Reddit’s Nick Caldwell on engineering leadership

Inside Intercom

On day one as Reddit’s new VP of Engineering, Nick Caldwell faced a dilemma. He had just spent 13 years at Microsoft, most recently as the head of 300 engineers. At Reddit, he led a team of 35 – none of whom knew how to manage other engineers. Leaders are people who provide a compelling vision for people to follow and believe in, and take responsibility for what happens next. Nick Caldwell: I’m VP of engineering at Reddit.

The one thing that can make or break your product and team: the vision

The Product Coalition

In speaking with many product people (PMs, designers, engineers, data scientists) over the last few months?—?I’ve I’ve realized that people use the words mission, vision and strategy interchangeably. The vision talks about the future?—?where Bad product visions don’t feel real?—?either

Motivating and influencing your teams

Lead on Purpose

You’ve nailed the vision, and built the foundation of trust, now you need to motivate your teams. The success of your product depends on the work they (engineering, UX/design, marketing, sales, etc.) In nearly all cases, the individuals on … Continue reading → Product Management Trust confidence energy influence motivate optimism vision

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Getting Design Agencies and Engineering Teams to Work Together

Mind the Product

Design agencies and engineering teams are filled with talented and experienced people. Both agencies and engineering team are often evaluated based on the quality and quantity of their individual output. In my experience, design agencies and engineering teams can successfully work together if they have the right structure, oversight and mindset in place. Be Crystal Clear About Your Vision and Objectives. The Only Product Vision Template You’ll Ever Need.

From the Passenger Seat – An Engineering View of Effective Product Management

Mind the Product

From my experience of working directly with and solving problems for product management and delivery in a Fortune 100 financial services organization, I’d like to share my list of top grievances against bad product management, from an engineering perspective.

Break Down Silos to Build a Culture Focused in a Single Direction

Mind the Product

Are your Product and Engineering teams pushing (or pulling!) What is the company’s mission statement or vision? I’ve seen amazing Show and Tells where it wasn’t just Product and Engineering, but other departments like Logistics showing what they were working on.

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Shortcomings of Google App Engine

Sachin Rekhi

As many of you know, I have been a huge fan of Google App Engine. I love the vision and truly believe its the first real platform-as-a-service as opposed to the other dominant cloud platform Amazon AWS. While AWS has significantly moved the industry forward with on-demand virtualized instances and cloud storage, it has not developed a fully scalable runtime environment comparable to Google App Engine.

From R&D Engineer to Product Manager

All About Product Management

He has had the opportunity to travel the globe both as an engineer and product manager representing the products he has designed and ( later on in his career ) that he product managed. After graduating in France, I followed a B.Eng in Electronics and Communication Engineering.

Taylor Wescoatt – Being the First Product Manager

Mind the Product

Early on, before product-market-fit, business strategy and product strategy are one-and-the-same & thus product vision needs to be owned by the founder. Strategically, this is about focusing vision and limited resources. Strategic clarity is about extracting the vision from the founder, and then communicating it widely to align everyone in the org. Product Launch Startups Agile alignment prioritization product strategy Startup vision

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New horizons: How to move your life for your career

Inside Intercom

I wanted to be part of the amazing team of people who execute Intercom’s vision. Engineering career career directionWhen we think of our dream career, and by extension our dream life, we rarely picture jumping into the unknown to attain it.

We’re doubling our product teams in San Francisco, Dublin & London

Inside Intercom

Our teams across Intercom think and work holistically, so when we talk about Product, we mean engineering, design, product management, research and analytics. Our SF Product team is led by Ann Montgomery, leading product management & design, and Louis Bennett, leading engineering. Louis was one of the top engineering leaders at Trulia and helped to lead that business from $1M in revenue when he joined to $250M in revenue when he left.

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Successful employee onboarding should focus on culture

Inside Intercom

I joined Intercom a few months ago as an engineering manager and onboarding for the first time in a while made me realize some things I hadn’t before. It’s focused on meeting a bunch of people, setting up our computer, walking through benefits and occasionally meeting an executive who talks about the vision and mission of the company. Startups company culture employee onboarding Engineering onboardingOnboarding new employees is a hard process to do well.

Beyond Tickets: Putting You Smack Dab in the World of Beyonce


By Laukik Watve , Head of Engineering Imagine putting on a headset and instantly finding yourself in the front row of a Beyonce concert. We are forming full-stack, balanced engineering and cross-functional teams who uniformly operate with a “fan-first” mentality.

Optimal Product Process™ 3.0 Phase Two: Plan

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It will show what you’ll deliver, when and how the product features will support your strategy and achieve your long-term vision. Engineering completes the product description document. This post describes the second phase in the Optimal Product Process: Plan.

How to Create a Strategic Portfolio Roadmap

Proficientz – Product Management University

In this hands-on workshop, you’ll learn how to develop a strategic portfolio roadmap that drives new growth by shifting your inside-out product vision to an outside-in customer vision. Instead of constantly wrangling over competing product visions that no one can ever agree on, you’ll learn how to craft a short and long-term portfolio roadmap that mirrors the vision and business goals of your target customers. Wealth made simple: news and articles from IRC Wealth.

How To Land a Product Management Job Straight Out of College

PMLesson's Ace the PM Interview

Or should they take a mixture of classes across psychology, business, and engineering? Hard Skills Technical Expertise Why it’s Important : Good PMs have a strong technical background, which allows them to work well will engineering teams. engineering, sales, marketing, legal, etc.).

Stop Validating & Start Co-Creating

Product Talk

Even though their MVP will only include a fraction of their near-term vision, Pam wants two weeks to work through the design of the near-term vision, as she’s worried if they build piece by piece, they’ll end up with a Frankenstein user experience. Meet Sally and Pam.

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Women in Product Management: Irina Farooq, Chief Product Officer at Kinetica

280 Group

Product Managers work with incredibly smart capable engineering leaders who have strong technical backgrounds, and also have a vision for the product. Being able to then think critically and synthesize everyone’s input into a compelling product vision and roadmap is incredibly important. As a product manager, I’m not as technical as the engineers on my team.

Birst Smart Analytics: Using AI to Operationalize BI

Birst BI

I spoke to Brad Peters, Birst co-founder and Senior Vice President and General Manager of Analytics and BI at Infor, to provide us with Birst’s unique vision and history behind using machine learning to create a more intelligent and automated BI system.

Leaders & Lessons That Changed My 2018

Product Club

Several leaders had a big impact on my personal and professional development in 2018, as I made a transition from consulting on product and engineering strategy and execution with TribalScale in MENA to an internal product role with OLX Group in Europe. Sheetal (CEO, TribalScale) : Lead the team boldly, be uncompromising in the vision, and show that you fight for your group with your work ethic. Mentors are all around us when we look through our life and workplace.

4 Traits of Successful Product Leaders


Contrary to popular belief, you don’t need to be a former engineer to be a product leader. To earn the respect of and lead teams of engineers, the product manager must understand the technical underpinnings, how things work and the engineering trade-offs,” says Groupon’s Jeff Holden.

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The Simple Guide to Product Management

bpma ProductHub

To own a product requires a strong vision for what it can become and achieve. Product Managers should feel comfortable talking with execs, and equally with engineers and peers. Having a vision for yourself and your career is just as important as having one for your products and teams.

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

Product Manager in Heels

through communication, vision and influence." Find a few executives, engineers and key sales people that you can build an alliance with. 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.

Good Product Team/Bad Product Team


ranging from startups with only a handful of engineers to large enterprises with thousands of PMs. PM, Design and Engineering?—?are They set an aggressive 10x vision , but give the teams closest to the customer autonomy to figure out how to achieve that vision. Bad product teams use agile as an excuse to not have a vision. Good product teams iterate obsessively to test and refine their vision. PMs and Designers believe they need to “keep engineers busy.”

Why IT Teams Benefit from a Product Management Viewpoint

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A powerful positioning statement also serves as the vision statement for the solution, aligning stakeholders around the solution and helping to control scope creep. Refocusing the Lens.

Product Success


Third, this means that teams have the necessary skill-set diversity , which is typically product management, user experience design, and engineering. Co-location means that the product manager, product designer, and the engineers (or at least the tech lead) all sit right next to each other. Product Vision and Strategy. This starts with a clear and compelling product vision, and a path to achieving that vision, which is referred to as the product strategy.

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What Does the Agile Roadmapping Process Look Like in Practice?


The disadvantage of focusing on features too much, is that there are always too many features that would add value, therefore creating a lack of focus on the vision and goals.” Revisit the product vision. That’s where your product vision statement comes in.

How to Get Valuable Product Insight from Customer-Facing Teams


A successful Product Manager will champion the user and strive for a shared vision amongst the UX, UI and design teams based on their customer and user research.”. Engineering.

Tying Strategy to Your Product Roadmap

Pragmatic Marketing

Describe your vision and strategy. Setting the vision and strategic goals for the product—and, more importantly, getting alignment on these with your stakeholders—is the first step to creating a successful roadmap. By Jim Semick. We’ve all heard about “strategic” product roadmaps.

Moving from Solutions to Problems

Folding Burritos

Tying everything to a strong value proposition and vision is effectively the kind of thing that produces a cohesive product. The result is that the collective understanding of the product vision gets ever fuzzier and the strategy gets increasingly harder to define.

4 Mistakes Your Company Might Be Making with Your Product Culture


The executive team certainly has a role in setting the product’s vision and, if they’re interested, helping to shape the agenda for the product’s development. Engineering-Driven Product Culture: Mistake 3. In some organizations, the development or engineering team becomes the dominant decision-maker when it comes to the product’s strategic direction. Nobody calls the vice president of engineering the “CEO of the product,” after all.)

Better medium-term product roadmapping with RICE

The Product Coalition

Between short-term roadmapping and long-term expressions of product vision exists a gap in shared understanding. Why are we pretending like we know what we’ll be doing in 6 months? For a time I lived in Oakland, CA and commuted to my job in Mountain View. 45 miles.

Product Roadmap Success: BWP Hosts Lively Roundtable Discussion

bpma ProductHub

According to Richard Banfield of Fresh Tilled Soil, a successful product roadmap is a strategic document that focuses on the product vision and conveys the path to achieve it. Originally from India and Denmark, she moved to Boston to start a career in engineering.

16 Product Management Quotes to Leave You Inspired


A great product manager has the brain of an engineer, the heart of a designer, and the speech of a diplomat.”. Great products are engineered when product managers truly understand the desired outcomes by actively listening to people, not users.” Good companies manage Engineering.

The Four Skills of Product Management

PMLesson's Ace the PM Interview

Core Competencies All product managers must be good at communication, analysis, prioritization, breaking down complexity, vision, and managing a roadmap. Are they engineers? PM roles vary a lot. But what are the skills every product manager must know?

The PM’s Guide To Getting Stuff Done: Tackle Your To-Do List in 3 Easy Steps


Is your to-do list looking more daunting than doable lately? It happens to the best of us sometimes. Fortunately, there’s several easy ways you can tame your to-do list and improve your productivity–and in turn, your product.

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Top 75+ Resources for Product Managers

Sachin Rekhi

I then break down the resources into the way I think about what a product manager does, which is drive the vision, strategy, design, and execution of their product. Vision. A compelling vision articulates how the world will be a better place if you succeed.

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6 common mistakes product managers should avoid

2/ Not communicating your vision and strategy. It’s crucial for product owners to communicate their vision early and often with as many people as possible. It seems unfair to yourself, the engineers, and the user to release it when it’s not quite done. “I have not failed.