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. So I have a strong sense of what product managers want. But — like all good product folks — I also want to anchor my personal opinions in market data. What does a product leader actually do?

The Roadmap Battle Royale

The Product Coalition

NAVIGATING THE NATURAL TENSION AMONG STAKEHOLDERS This is the first in a series on product roadmaps. The first post describes why roadmaps matter and who relies upon them. The roadmap is much more than a directive document that tells teams what to do by when.

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4 Key Elements for Any Product Roadmap

Hutwork

A product roadmap lets you plan, collaborate, and communicate with others about how a product will evolve over its lifecycle. Your product roadmap may look different from someone else’s, but they have the same elements. Here are the 4 key elements for any product roadmap. #1. Clear, measurable goals. Product goals must be clear and measurable. Finally, goals must be easy to understand, act upon, achieve, and measure.

Lead with Context, Not Control

ProductPlan

Acquiring a consensus on product direction remains the number one challenge for product professionals, according to ProductPlan’s 2021 State of Product Management Annual Report. The art of product leader communication relies on the concept of responsibility without authority.

OKRs in Product Management

Roman Pichler

OKRs are a method for setting and tracking goals. OKRs can be used to create cascading goalsgoals that are systematically linked. Goals in Product Management. Does this mean that there is a natural fit between goals in product management and OKRs?

A Practical Guide for Product Strategy From Almundo: A Case Study:

Mind the Product

Eighteen months ago travel tech company Almundo started to refine its processes to become a product-driven company. Our goal was to define how we would set and communicate the company strategy, and how that strategy would lead OKRs and backlog definition. Roadmaps are Dead!

Stakeholder Management Tips for Product People

Roman Pichler

As the person in charge of the product, your aspiration should be to lead the stakeholders in order to create value together and achieve product success. A stakeholder is anyone who has a stake in your product, who is affected by it, or who shows an interest in the offering.

Achieve Leadership Results: Here are 7 Ways for you to Gain Product Momentum

Bain Public

It is no secret that a product manager needs momentum in areas such as product development, product sales and customer adoption in order to succeed. As a product leader, you need momentum to gain executive buy-in as well as engineering and marketing resources so that you can create interest and awareness around your product. Without support from stakeholders to access the resources you need, your product could fail. Product Manager’s Friend: Momentum.

Dealing with Difficult Emotions in Product Management

Roman Pichler

Why Difficult Emotions Matter Particularly for Product People. For us product people, however, difficult emotions are particularily relevant. We are responsible for their success of our products. Leadership and People Skills conflict emotion empathy trust

Dealing with Difficult Emotions in Product Management

Roman Pichler

Why Difficult Emotions Matter Particularly for Product People. For us product people, however, difficult emotions are particularily relevant. We are responsible for their success of our products. Leadership and People Skills conflict emotion empathy trust

What Goes Into a Good Product Roadmap? A Guide to Narrowing your Focus.

Bain Public

At Bain Public, we have learned a lot in the many hours and conversations spent mentoring, advising and consulting in product management. Companies that don’t have a simple and clearly defined roadmap are likely to fall into the sorry category of those that have failed to execute their product strategy, or worse, those that never even had one in the first place. Getting it wrong comes in two forms: building the wrong product and building the product wrong.

Driving Business Outcomes and Impact?—?Part 2 of Becoming a Product Leader

The Product Coalition

Part 2 of Becoming a Product Leader Product Leaders drive impact for the business by taking on complex initiatives and defining strategy across multiple teams. This is Part 2 of the “ Becoming a Product Leader ” series. But that’s the work of a Product Leader?—?lots

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Are Your Product Leaders Good Enough?

BrainMates

I worry that this is becoming the case with Product Leaders too. Product Leaders who claim the title without actively seeking formal leadership learning and coaching are doing a disservice to those who serve their people and this great profession. While learning is a necessity for great leadership, the love, passion and drive of Product Leaders to lead people are equally important. The act of leadership is complex. The making of Product Leaders.

Priority Starts at the Top

Folding Burritos

I talk to a lot of PMs and I ask them (and everyone who subscribes to my newsletter) the same question: what’s your biggest struggle as a Product Manager? Having put together a fairly popular resource on product prioritization methods, I would’ve hoped the situation to be different.

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

Mind the Product

This second post on the methods we use at Onfido to help us think commercially and strategically looks at State of Product meetings. This meeting is an exercise in strategy, an opportunity to take stock of where your product is, where it fits within the wider market, and where it should go. It also stretches product managers to consider their impact on the wider business, by asking them to review their products margins and revenue generating impact. State of Product.

Making Effective Product Decisions: Tips for Deciding with Stakeholders and Dev Teams

Roman Pichler

There are two reasons for this: First, you usually require people’s expertise to help you tackle complex issues, for instance, to understand technical risks or the impact on the ability to market and sell the product. Leadership and People Skills decision-making empathy stakeholders teamwork

Are Your Product Leaders Good Enough?

BrainMates

I worry that this is becoming the case with Product Leaders too. Product Leaders who claim the title without actively seeking formal leadership learning and coaching are doing a disservice to those who serve their people and this great profession. While learning is a necessity for great leadership, the love, passion and drive of Product Leaders to lead people are equally important. A Product Leader is more than a Senior Product Manager.

Upcoming Speaking Engagements

Bain Public

I am ready to provide business leaders and product managers the information, access, and expert guidance that they wish they had earlier in their product journey. I share my passion for product through workshops, published articles and speaking engagements.

The Dharma of Product Management

The Product Coalition

I now lead Product UX and Design on the Brilliant Control and Mobile Apps, Product Management, and Product Analytics at Brilliant. If I think about the five years that I’ve been in Product, I’ve personally seen or heard of hundreds of Product Managers?—?both both senior, peers, and junior to me succeed and fail in their respective product areas. These should be part of your duties as a Product Manager, non-negotiables to your role.

What is the Product Manager Career Path?

ProductPlan

The product manager career path is an exciting one with lots of possible on- and off-ramps. According to LinkedIn, interest in product management has doubled in the United States in the past 5 years. What is the Product Manager’s Career Path? Typical Product Management Roles.

Best of our Contributor Product-Centric Articles

Bain Public

Nearly all Product Managers are now exposed to high-level business objectives and strategies and are challenged by the growing demands on time and responsibilities. Here’s a list of our product-centric articles that our contributors published. a product company.

What is the Product Manager Career Path?

ProductPlan

The product manager career path is an exciting one with lots of possible on- and off-ramps. According to LinkedIn, interest in product management has doubled in the United States in the past 5 years. What is the Product Manager’s Career Path? Typical Product Management Roles.

Product Metrics Are Affecting Your Happiness

ProductPlan

Yet product managers generally love what they do and find the role quite fulfilling. However, there’s often a disconnect between aspects of the job that make product managers happy and the metrics upon which they’re judged. Product Metrics are Affecting Your Happiness.

Why startups need to focus more on the Product and less on services.

The Product Coalition

Pitfalls of Service-Led vs Product-Focused startups I have been on both sides of the spectrum and it has worked well for companies like Infosys, TCS which take on large service agreements with organizations and provide consulting services or develop software. I am sure you all know the differences between the product vs service company. Just to recap: Product-based companies are driven by an idea to help different customers and are always improving the product.

Meet Bain Public: Built for the Greater Hygiene

Bain Public

Within these organizations exist hundreds, perhaps thousands of dedicated product managers. But the product manager is often mistaken for the "project manager." One fosters an "IT mindset," while the other fosters a "Product mindset." What Does it Mean to Adopt a Product Mindset?

Product vs Project Management?—?Batman & Robin or Marvel & DC?

The Product Coalition

Product vs Project Management?—?Batman Source: Animated Times During my career, I have worked extensively as both a project manager and a product manager; within consulting and in multiple industries. Product and Project Management?—?two Product vs Project Management?—?Batman

Business model first–and other innovation insights for product managers Aug 19, 2016 - The Everyday Innovator – Resources for Product Managers and Innovators

Product Innovation Educators

Each week I scour articles, wading through the dogs, and bringing you the best insights to help product managers, developers, and innovators be heroes. Another reminder why new products need a workable business model. Products (wrongly) get created this way – product first, customer second, revenue third. Instead, the business model should be investigated early, before the product is created. good-products-bad-businesses/.

Bringing Product Management to the Next Level at Livescale

Bain Public

Thanks to Livescale, live shopping allows brands to monetize their social influence, promote their products on video, and sell online with live streaming solutions where orders and payment systems go right to their e-commerce platform. Who is the face behind the innovative product management?

The Story Behind Our Advisory Work With WatchMojo

Bain Public

Over the last 3 years, Bain Public has worked closely with the Canada-based media production and distribution company WatchMojo. It’s important to note that successful roadmaps aren’t built in a day , nor are they developed in isolation. The Goal Behind Unity.

Avoiding Burnout: What You Can Do To Maintain a Work-Life Balance

Bain Public

As a product manager, you may have already learned how to plan and prioritize a product roadmap. In response to a Reddit question asking whether there are product roles that exist with a work-life balance, one user answered: "It depends. a product company.