The Product Leadership Career Ladder

Mironov Consulting

In addition to my formal coaching of product leaders (Directors, VPs and CPOs who directly manage teams of product managers), I talk with lots of senior individual contributors about the risks and challenges of moving “up the ladder” into product leadership roles.

Creating Good Roadmaps: 6 Practical Steps for Product Leaders

Mind the Product

Much has been written about the process of creating product roadmaps, not least the six great articles written by my own team. I believe the actions of a product leader all too often are the root cause of a “bad” roadmap. A Product Leader’s Role in Roadmapping.

A Roadmap Doesn’t Have to Lead to Broken Promises

Mind the Product

We’d spent weeks perfecting the roadmap presentation for our annual customer conference. It felt like people had overlooked all the greatness of our roadmap and were focused on the (relatively few) changes we’d made along the way. Why Have a Roadmap Conversation With Your Customer?

Product Leadership at News UK by Jo Wickremasinghe

Mind the Product

For example, the roadmap will likely be a collection of stakeholder requirements and you’ll be often told to just get on and do it. Many product teams find themselves in a service-like position – where they act on requirements decided elsewhere in the business.

How to Package and Price Embedded Analytics

roadmap to deliver new features, but often wait until the last minute to decide how to price these features. toward consensus and your product roadmaps toward monetization. In meetings, adjust the position of the dots. are positioned in your Packaging Decision Framework.

Servant Leadership – Josh Goldenberg

Mind the Product

He has a background in the public and private sectors and he begins his ProductTank NYC presentation with a quote from Steve Jobs, which underpins the central concept of Servant Leadership. Josh takes a brief moment to look at the roadmap of local government. To describe the diverse behaviours of work environments where flexible forms of product leadership is essential, Josh also looks at the structures of some big companies, like Amazon and Microsoft.

Product managers should not build the roadmap. The product team should.

Inside Intercom

When you think of the role and responsibilities of a product manager , two things probably come to mind – prioritization and roadmaps. But should prioritization and roadmaps be the responsibility of product managers alone? Why your product roadmap should be bottom up, not top down.

Product Leadership Book Review? – What we Learned

Mind the Product

The long awaited book Product Leadership is finally about to hit our Kindles, iPads and possibly even our hands. It’s a book that shows product leadership to be a mentality and style, rather than a set of rules. You’ll more likely be managing people instead of roadmaps. Roadmaps.

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Reddit’s Nick Caldwell on engineering leadership

Inside Intercom

He had to quickly determine which team members displayed a potential for leadership and teach them the fundamentals of management so they could make new hires and scale – without ruining the culture. I hosted Nick on the podcast, where we discussed the differences between management and leadership, fostering diversity in tech, and more. Here are five quick takeaways: Management and leadership aren’t one and the same. Podcast Startups engineering teams leadership management

Tips for Presenting Your Product Roadmap to Investors and the Board

ProductPlan

Although product managers may not regularly attend management meetings, they will frequently have opportunities to demonstrate features, share customer learnings, and present roadmaps to the higher ups in the company. A product roadmap presentation should be optimized for whomever will be attending it. Once you have your slot to present to the big dogs, it’s time to prepare and position yourself for success. Roadmap presentations to these audiences is all about scale.

A Product Manager’s Guide to Saying no

Mind the Product

Find out how to master the art of saying no with empathy, so you can maintain positive relationships and stop all those zombie ideas from haunting you. You open your laptop and view the roadmap. To maintain positive relationships, we need to get good at it. A divergence from the product strategy or roadmap. Saying no empathetically enables you to maintain a positive relationship with everyone involved.

What Pixar Knows about Motivating Stakeholders (and What it Means for Your Product Roadmap)

Revulytics

On the final day of the event, they had the opportunity to hear Ed Catmull, co-founder and president of Pixar, who discussed his leadership strategies and how they contribute to building a healthy culture within an organization. As product managers, much of our role involves evangelizing our product roadmaps to people outside of our immediate team. Leveraging Personality Types to Drive Effective Leadership.

Good Product Management is the key to Organisational Happiness

Mind the Product

Progress is a feeling that your time and effort is actually moving you towards positive goals. Consider the name of a key artefact that product managers own: the roadmap. The roadmap literally explains “we are here” and “next we will be there, and then there”.

Third-Party Software Integration: Best Practice, Perils and Pitfalls

Mind the Product

Product management teams often ask themselves if third-party integration is right for their software product roadmap. Senior/director integration positions are usually expected to own a product roadmap strategy.

Listen to Understand: Listening Practices for Product People

Roman Pichler

For example, if somebody tells you that she fully supports your product roadmap but rolls her eyes or pulls a face, you know that the person is not being sincere. To overcome a negativity bias, bring to mind the person’s positive traits. Listen to Understand, not to Answer.

Be a Balanced Product Leader, Not a Feature Broker or Product Dictator

Roman Pichler

One way to answer this question is to avoid unhelpful but common leadership styles. As its name suggests, this leadership style mediates between different parties and tries to broker a deal. Recognise Your Leadership Bias. Feature Broker and Product Dictator.

Are Your Product Leaders Good Enough?

BrainMates

This means, “Given enough time and enough promotion levels, every position in a firm will be occupied by someone who can’t do the job. ”. While learning is a necessity for great leadership, the love, passion and drive of Product Leaders to lead people are equally important.

How JustGiving Crowdfunding Went From an Idea to £100m in Five Years

Mind the Product

From there we put together a basic roadmap and started writing user stories. The output from a product in a box game, where we imagined how we would position the product if it was on sale in a supermarket. Support from the senior leadership team also shot up.

5 Key Responsibilities of Agile Product Leaders

ProductPlan

What does product leadership look like in an agile context? And, how is it different from leadership in traditional development environments? But, then, big-picture thought leadership takes a backseat to the constant drumbeat of the “little things” that need attention.

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4 Phases of a Successful One-on-One with Your Product Team

ProductPlan

Product management leadership requires an ability to support their teams to victory! Begin with a positive discussion. RoadmapsWe are excited to welcome guest writer Carlos González de Villaumbrosia to the ProductPlan blog.

Leading Through Shared Goals

Roman Pichler

The Product Leadership Conundrum. At the same time, you can’t tell the individuals what to do or assign tasks to them, and you are typically not in a position to offer incentives, like a bonus or pay rise.

How we ensure alignment between sales and product

Inside Intercom

“If your product team isn’t taking roadmap input from your sales team, you’re not listening to the potential market” Second, sales and product need a way to collaborate on the product roadmap. A roadmap, at its core, is just a page of trade-offs, arguments and priorities.

What Do Product Leaders Do?

Mironov Consulting

They are drowning, with no time for the underlying research and analysis that drive good product outcomes (first-person problem validation, matching end user value to technical features, pricing/packaging, market economics, testable positioning, win/loss and competitive analysis, internal alignment.

Dealing with Difficult Stakeholders and Team Members

Roman Pichler

See it as an opportunity to improve your product management practice and leadership skills. Additionally, bring to mind the positive qualities of the difficult person. Product Leadership conflict product manager product owner stakeholders teamworkIt’s a Common Challenge.

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

Mind the Product

I suggested that as someone in a position of leading a digital product team, you should always strive to make your team feel like they are in a band and not an orchestra. I would ultimately forge a hugely productive working relationship with them as a product leadership trio.

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A day in the Life of Jamie Parkins, Senior Product Manager at JustGiving

Mind the Product

I still get a buzz out of knowing my team has moved a number or nudged a behaviour in a positive way, through the art of product management.” Roadmaps are important: “They enable others to get lined up, marketing efforts, client/customer support efforts.

Decision Time: How Decision Rules Help You Make Better Product Decisions

Roman Pichler

It is particularly helpful when the stakes are high and you make a strategic product decision, for example, if you should pivot, create a product variant to address new market segment, or change the goal of the next major release on the product roadmap. Decisions, Decisions. “Is

Manage Conflict by Building Your Product EQ

Mind the Product

It’s a term that focuses on the emotional intelligence / emotional quotient competencies that were introduced by Daniel Goleman and remain essential to our craft such as influencing, teamwork & collaboration, leadership, organizational awareness, and empathy.

The #1 Answer in Product: It Depends

Mind the Product

The internet lends itself to binary positions: you’re either for something or against it, advocating it or decrying it. Roadmaps with dates vs Roadmaps with no dates.

Achieve Absolute Transparency With Portfolio Kanban

Mind the Product

One of the most common mistakes for product managers to make concerning transparency is that they fail to connect the dots between the product roadmap and the tasks that their team needs to execute to produce the intended deliverables. Does your team have access to your roadmap?

Are Your Product Leaders Good Enough?

BrainMates

This means, “Given enough time and enough promotion levels, every position in a firm will be occupied by someone who can’t do the job. ”. While learning is a necessity for great leadership, the love, passion and drive of Product Leaders to lead people are equally important.

The Beginner’s Guide to Identifying Beta Program Metrics

Centercode

His leadership team asked him to develop a framework for measuring the success of his beta team efforts. By the end of this blog post, you’ll have a deeper understanding of how investing time into your beta program metrics can demonstrate your program’s worth to executive leadership.

Relationship Goals: How to Resolve the Tension Between Product Management and Sales

Mind the Product

This curiosity has led me out of product management and into my first B2B sales position with ProdPad, where I’ve been tasked with building a repeatable, scalable, and successful sales process, and ultimately a larger sales team.

Skilled Product Leaders Can Manage Business Disruptions

Product Management Unpacked

A leader of a new product, when facing business adversity, must move quickly to build trust by listening to stakeholders, defining a reality-based roadmap for success, seeking victories of any size, and communicating progress. A constant in business today is the speed and scope of change.

The Slippery Slope of Sales-Led Development

Mironov Consulting

Most product companies have a few things in their roadmaps that are specifically for single customers – I call these sales one-offs. So let’s break this down into: How product/engineering makes roadmap trade-offs. 1] PRODUCT-LED ROADMAPPING AND PORTFOLIO TRADE-OFFS.

Is Your Product Vision Moving People in the Right Direction?

The Product Coalition

Operational meetings: Product strategy meetings, Roadmap reviews, Project kick-offs, All-Hands, prioritization debates. A vision for the future that customers identify with and positively respond to empowers everyone around the same goals.

My team are my product: How to develop a high-performing team of product managers (or anyone else)

Mind the Product

It also means nurturing a culture of feedback; up, down and sideways, with positive and developmental feedback. Roadmap – the when. At Comic Relief we structure our Roadmaps with: Done, Now, Next, Soon and Later. Give positive and developmental feedback equal prominence.