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.

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.

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?

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.

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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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

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.

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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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.

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.

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.

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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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

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.

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.

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 #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.

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 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.

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

Product Beautiful

I think we all now have a clear understanding of your product, its pricing and competitive positioning, and how it can help the company. A few years ago, I was working for a large company here in Austin.

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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.

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?

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.

Why CEOs Should Not Be Our Primary Source of Customer Input

Mironov Consulting

Many CEOs tell me that they (personally) are the best-informed people within their companies about what customers need , and they (personally) are best positioned to drive decisions on product priorities.

Tools to Help Product Managers Think Strategically and Commercially: State of Product Meeting

Mind the Product

The positioning document will probably come in handy here and Osterwalder’s value proposition canvas can also be a useful way to illustrate value proposition. Yet by doing this exercise I’m now much more aware of how my product roadmap can make an impact on the profitability of our business.

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.

Smart Home Truths for Product Managers

Mind the Product

If the market is better educated, there will be direct benefits to the technology roadmap and product pricing. Product managers are well-positioned to be smart home evangelists because they need to understand the industry from multiple perspectives: that of the buyer, the seller, and the maker. Product Design Product Leadership Product Management Product Management Skills Amazon Echo Culture internet of things Product Development Product Manager samsung smart home

Why Product Managers Should Learn to Code

Mind the Product

In the same way I’m starting to see how raising a team’s technical baseline has a positive impact on product development roadmaps and implementations. Building products is amazing. You take an idea – sometimes big, sometimes small – and with your team you make it real.

Navigate a Clear Career Path by Asking Yourself These 5 Questions

StubHub

Maybe someone handed you a detailed roadmap that guides you from your first job all the way to the c-suite? Those in senior positions have had these same conversations with managers and mentors throughout their careers. careers leadership productivity business technology