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.

Growing the Amplitude Leadership Team


Today, I am excited to share that we are growing our leadership team at Amplitude with world-class executives to take on these challenges. She has worked closely with product managers and business partners to define product strategy. and held management positions at NetIQ and Deloitte.

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.

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Product Leadership at News UK by Jo Wickremasinghe

Mind the Product

This means there is a lack of strategy to develop digital products which meet the needs of users and generate revenue. 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

struggle to integrate analytics into their products, business models, and pricing strategies in a way that meets a range of user. To get the position right, you’ll need to do some research into the main user classes that make up your customer mix.

Top Strategies to Advance Your Product Management Career Rapidly – Part 1

280 Group

To learn about these strategies more in-depth and receive a Product Management Career Plan Template, sign up for the webinar – How to Accelerate Your PM Career, Part 1: Top Strategies to Advance Rapidly on September 27, 2019.

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.

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3 Ways To Use Servant Leadership In Your Organization

Agile Velocity

Servant leadership is a term that’s been around for decades. While it can sometimes feel overused or outdated, I believe the principles of servant leadership remain as relevant today as they’ve ever been. Applying Servant Leadership To Every Level Of An Organization.

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

How to Write & Format Your Resume For a Product Manager Position

The Product Coalition

Sure, there are some junior positions out there that can be reached with a few months’ experience and a prestigious certification. This means tailoring your documents to reflect the industry, company and position that you are applying for.

Defining Brand Strategy and How to Develop One

UX Studio

Creating and maintaining a brand strategy can turn into a never-ending struggle, but it can also provide a great deal of fun. In this post we created a guide on the steps to take in developing your brand strategy. But first, let’s define brand strategy! Brand strategy defined.

World Product Day: Organization as a Product by Neville Reeves

Mind the Product

At ProductTank Montevideo (Mvd) we celebrated World Product Day earlier this month with a presentation from an awesome product leader, VP of Product Strategy at Rootstrap, Neville Reeves. Start by establishing a clear vision, map out a strategy, and execute a series of tactical moves.

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Dear Strategy: 059 Strategy for Startups and Small Businesses

Dear Strategy

Dear Strategy: “Do startups or small businesses really have the time to develop formal strategies like you talk about on the show? Put more simply, a formal strategy is one that is written out. Refresh your strategy. Dear Strategy: Episode 059. ###.

Dear Strategy: 089 Embracing The Future While Respecting The Past

Dear Strategy

Dear Strategy: “How do I turn a disruptive threat into an opportunity – with a focus on turning the mindset of the company around from arrogance and defensiveness to embracing and taking action?”. . Dear Strategy: Episode 089. ###.

8 steps to craft a winning sales strategy, according to industry leaders

Inside Intercom

Developing a sales strategy is one of the core activities every business will have to undertake. A well defined sales strategy is your path to meaningful, sustainable growth. They share their winning sales strategies and the lessons they’ve learned scaling sales.

Why your growth depends on taking risks with your hiring strategy

Inside Intercom

There’s a key turning point for your hiring strategy in a rapidly scaling team or organization. Hiring strategy for early stage startups. Scaling up your hiring strategy. We’re in a position now where we can hire people who have potential and match our values, but who need a nurturing environment. Comfortable giving constructive feedback to leadership. Customer Support Startups customer support hiring hiring risks hiring strategy scaling

Dear Strategy: 048 When New Leaders Disrupt Existing Strategies

Dear Strategy

Dear Strategy: “Is there a best practice for when a new leader or CEO comes in with a new corporate strategy? Whenever I go into a company to do strategy training (or any type of training for that matter) I always ask, at some point, what the corporate strategy is. Because if there’s any group that should know what their corporate strategy is, it’s the people who are responsible for tying their product strategies back to it. .

Dear Strategy: 062 Taking Strategic Risks

Dear Strategy

Dear Strategy: “How do you convince management teams to take a risk instead of staying with a strategy they are comfortable with?”. . That is – I have sat in the chair of a product manager who had to present strategies to executive leadership teams, and I have also been an executive leader on the receiving end of those same strategies. Dear Strategy: Episode 062. ###. The post Dear Strategy: 062 Taking Strategic Risks appeared first on Dear Strategy.

Great Leaders Know When to Unlearn the Past

Mind the Product

This month’s Mind the Product Leadership meetup in London was treated to a talk by business advisor and entrepreneur Barry O’Reilly. Any change needs to happen within the leadership team in order to be adopted by the rest of the organisation.

Product Takeoff

Product Takeoff

To achieve that level of confidence and to build products in that space we as product managers have to focus on a few key principals before we plan on getting the next thing in the marketplace.The four major principals we generally go by are Vision, Strategy, Team and Rapid learning.

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Win the “Customer Value” Relay Race and Dominate Your Market

Proficientz – Product Management University

There are seven legs in the race for market leadership. Strategy roles exist for one reason: To align every part of your organization with the most lucrative markets and the business goals of customers in those markets. The marketing and sales enablement function has three goals: Create a corporate résumé (positioning) that communicates your strategic value to the market in the customers’ vocabulary.

Creating a “Customer Value” Culture, Powered by Product Management & Product Marketing

Proficientz – Product Management University

The answers are your core value propositions that drive marketing, sales, pricing, competitive positioning, etc. The answers to this question are the priorities for your portfolio strategy and product plans. They understand what it takes to make those customers successful from the top of the organization down, and they have the strength and leadership skills to put the company on their back and drive the value culture across all disciplines.

Creating Good Roadmaps: 6 Practical Steps for Product Leaders

Mind the Product

Without thoughtful leadership around them, it may not be in product manager’s gift to achieve a “good” roadmap. This is because product leadership is genuinely hard and quite distinct from the job of product manager – something that is often misunderstood.

How to build, manage and scale a sales team – 12 strategies from the experts

Inside Intercom

This is not to say that bottom-up adoption is bad strategy; quite the opposite. If you can raise a ton of capital, it’s one strategy for winning and crushing the competition.

A Roadmap Doesn’t Have to Lead to Broken Promises

Mind the Product

Sam publishes a four-quarter roadmap: he updates it monthly, summarizes the reasons for changes in an email, and holds a quarterly Q&A for the whole company on how the roadmap is evolving and how it supports the company strategy. Gain Valuable Feedback Without Overpromising.

Listen to Understand: Listening Practices for Product People

Roman Pichler

A question like “We have all agreed that the current strategy is the right way forward, don’t we?” strongly encourages people to support your view and not to challenge the strategy. To overcome a negativity bias, bring to mind the person’s positive traits.

Product Requirements: Using a Written or Visual Framework

Mind the Product

Personally, I get positive results from detailed written requirements. There’s a lot of variation in how companies document product requirements.

What are the best strategies for recruiting effective product managers?


Unless the position is very junior, I’ll usually hire product managers who’ve actually shipped a product,” said Ken Norton, a product partner at Google Ventures. The post What are the best strategies for recruiting effective product managers?

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.

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.

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. What you really meant was the idea is not aligned to the product strategy, would deliver limited value, and is heading directly to the bottom of the backlog to die a slow death. To maintain positive relationships, we need to get good at it. A divergence from the product strategy or roadmap.

Taking Event Support from Sales Tactic to Product Strategy

Product Beautiful

For product managers events can be a perfect opportunity to learn more about your customers and whether you are positioning your product well in the marketplace. From Tactic to Strategy. As you create your strategic plan, bring events into the fold as part of your product marketing strategy rather than a sales tactic and reap the benefits. Events. It’s natural to dread them. As a product manager, you may view events as largely tactical and time-consuming endeavors.

What Do Product Leaders Do?

Mironov Consulting

2] Driving Strategy, Tooling and Outcomes. [3] Over-allocated product managers are forced to cut corners, usually on direct customer validation and on product strategy. Hiring strategy. 2] Driving Outcomes, Strategy, Tools. Portfolio-level strategy.

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

Mind the Product

Senior/director integration positions are usually expected to own a product roadmap strategy. If they are not senior/director positions, then the product manager is usually tasked with the efficiency, quality, and speed to market of the integration. Platform Strategy Consultant.

5 Machine Learning Lessons for Product Managers

Mind the Product

For example, SEO is a way to “game” search algorithms and create content that would be shown on the first position in SERP. Artificial intelligence (AI) is probably the biggest commercial opportunity in today’s economy. What does it mean for us as product managers?

Should Product Owners be Servant-Leaders?

Roman Pichler

What Is Servant-Leadership? Servant-leadership means that “one wants to serve, to serve first. Then conscious choice brings one to aspire to lead,” writes Robert Greenleaf , the creator of the servant-leadership model. To me, servant-leadership means leading from the heart : recognising that the people we work with are first and foremost human beings. Caring for the followers, the people we work with, is present in other leadership models, too.

Running Too Lean Can be More Harmful than Helpful

Clever PM

And in most cases, that’s a very noble goal — after all, overhead in the form of people and positions is generally the highest cost that companies face. Product Management Agile Culture Leadership Lean Organization Planning Roles Strategy UncertaintyMost companies out there put a huge push on efficiency and running “lean” — doing the most possible with the least amount of overhead.

When 2 Become 1: The Roles of Product Manager and Product Owner

bpma ProductHub

But Butzow and Boduch posited that the PM and PO functions can rarely be performed by the same person effectively. Product StrategyBy Jennifer Gridley – As we approach Valentine’s Day, some may be enjoying The Spice Girls’ 1996 hit for its romantic message.

Product Design: Let’s get Emotional

Mind the Product

Having spoken at conferences twice this year on the subject of design and emotion, I was spurred into writing this post by the number of people who gave me positive feedback. We tend to remember the peak of the experience (whether positive or negative) rather than the end-to-end experience. This is why it’s so important to look at the whole journey and identify the negative experiences that can be turned into positive ones.

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.