Product Leadership in Scrum

Roman Pichler

Three Types of Leadership. Scrum is a simple framework with three roles: product owner, development team, and Scrum Master. Each role provides a distinct type of leadership. As the product owner, you lead the product and are responsible for its overall success.

Power Up: Three Ways to Increase Your Product Leadership Power

Roman Pichler

Challenging situations are great opportunities to grow as a human being and by doing so, you increase your leadership power. To increase your expertise, strengthen your understanding of the market or domain and the product, as well as your product management savviness.

Product Leadership at News UK by Jo Wickremasinghe

Mind the Product

The Times and The Sun, flagship brands of News UK, are on a journey to become more product led in how they develop and maintain their digital assets. To move them forward, Jo has introduced product lifecycle thinking, shared KPIs, product portfolios, and a lean process for testing new ideas.

It is time to talk about Product Leadership

The Product Coalition

It has been a while since the term Product Leadership has gained widespread adoption in blogs, articles and even books. It represents the intersection between Product Management and Leadership; which, in my point of view, have a lot to do with each other.

Taking Event Support from Sales Tactic to Product Strategy

Product Beautiful

As a product manager, you may view events as largely tactical and time-consuming endeavors. While some product managers have a sales background, most don’t. Frankly, a lot of product folks aren’t good at this. So, what can we do to rethink event support and create events that actually benefit the product team? So often, we see our role at a trade show as one of doing demos and talking up our product’s features. From Tactic to Strategy. Events.

Eat, drink, and product: Sharing lessons from the field

bpma ProductHub

If you’ve been in product management for a while, you have the scars to prove it. The process of developing and bringing products to market is as unique, different and varied for every business and product as there are food choices in a supermarket.

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5 Product Design Tips: Making Your App Sticky From the Start

Mind the Product

The consumer buying journey is changing, yet today’s product design doesn’t always reflect this. In the past, consumers typically read product reviews and bought the product that most reflected what they wanted. They often didn’t think deeply about the physical product.

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

bpma ProductHub

But since this is the BPMA, we’re thinking about the oft-merged roles of Product Manager (PM) and Product Owner (PO). On January 23rd, Pragmatic Marketing hosted a webinar entitled “Six Ways Product Management’s Role Will Change in 2018.” Product Strategy

Product Roadmaps in Five Easy Pieces

Mind the Product

so my investor said that I need a product manager to do our product roadmap?”. When I worked as a product management consultant clients would often talk about “needing a product roadmap ASAP”. If you’re only going to read one thing: Product Roadmaps Relaunched.

Being Lean: Don’t Speculate to Accumulate, Validate to Succeed

Mind the Product

This is a risky strategy for product managers, and if your gambling skills are anything like mine you’re far more likely to end up backing the three-legged donkey that never makes it over the finishing line. This is particularly applicable for product managers.

BWP 2017 Year in Review

bpma ProductHub

Boston Women in Product 2017 Year in Review: By Emera Trujillo. 2017 has been an exciting year for Boston Women in Product. As we gear up for 2018, here’s a look back at the past year with Boston Women in Product! Product Strategy

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Ways to Define Success and Measure Value for your Product Features

bpma ProductHub

A Boston Women in Product Event Recap. By Garmia Painuly – No matter what the product, our goal as product managers is to deliver value to customers. How do we quantify and measure the value, and incorporate the findings into our product plans and roadmaps?

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Innovation is Broken by Janice Fraser

Mind the Product

These programs are great for changing attitudes but they have all failed to deliver the hypergrowth products that their parent companies crave – because the parent organisations don’t know what to do with the output from them. What is the point of innovation?

A Roadmap Doesn’t Have to Lead to Broken Promises

Mind the Product

” “Why don’t I see anything planned for product Y next year? For many product people, this is the nightmare scenario of sharing their product roadmap. So Saeed pointed out that product development is actually quite similar.

Developing Product Management Confidence

bpma ProductHub

These words couldn’t be more relevant to product management. Such a trait is crucial to Product Management roles if you want sales, marketing and engineering to trust and follow your direction. Product Management Product Marketing Product Strategy

What Product Teams say and What They Really Mean — 10 Tips for Diagnosing Team Issues

Mind the Product

There are a bunch of ways they might manifest themselves – and I’ve written them down as I’ve heard them over a decade of building digital products in cross-functional teams. Team issues can have a negative impact on a project and your people long term.

“My CEO is a Finance Guy Stuck on ROI…”

Mironov Consulting

Head of Product: My CEO is a finance guy*, and is pushing the product team hard to prioritize all engineering work solely on ROI. Most first-time CEOs come from some functional role: sales, finance, marketing, engineering, occasionally product management. (Or

Sustainable Pace in Product Management

Roman Pichler

A framework like Scrum offers specific techniques that ensure sustainable pace—unfortunately, only for development team members and not for product people. But sustainable pace is equally important for you, the person in charge of the product. With Other Product People.

Product Roadmap Success: BWP Hosts Lively Roundtable Discussion

bpma ProductHub

By Garima Painuly- One of the constant challenges a product manager faces is creating a focused product roadmap that is aligned with expectations of all stakeholders, and defending that roadmap against distractions. Creating a Focused Product Roadmap.

Why you Should Organize Product Teams Around Customer Experiences

Mind the Product

The world is full of examples of well engineered products that have failed to make an impact. Such products can feel like a collection of features rather than a product with a focused value proposition. I think that the way that product teams are organized can contribute hugely to this problem. This is because product development teams are often optimized around software delivery or optimal resource utilization. For product discovery?

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

Roman Pichler

Feature Broker and Product Dictator. How do you best lead the stakeholders and development team as the person in charge of the product? One way to answer this question is to avoid unhelpful but common leadership styles. Recognise Your Leadership Bias.

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. The thinking is that you should integrate with products such as Salesforce and Slack, because you never would want to try to build those sorts of products by yourselves.

Inspiring Teams with Product Vision

Mind the Product

Crucially, she demonstrates how to communicate and reinforce vision to your team by sharing an incredible 30 practical strategies for meaningfully tying your vision to all that you do. You will need a wide range of strategies to engage – and re-engage – your team in your vision.

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When Innovation Programs Fail by Brant Cooper

Mind the Product

At #mtpcon San Francisco, he helped product practitioners to understand what innovation is, why innovation programs fail, and how we can help to change the conversation. In reality, no product falls cleanly into either category. How can Product Help?

Turn Your Release Notes Into a Content Marketing Machine

Mind the Product

If you’re in a product company the chances are that you’ve developed some process of informing your users about new features. We send our newsletter out once a month to inform our users about the latest developments to our products.

Scaling Your Platform and Managing its Evolution

Mind the Product

For a product manager, managing your platform is different from managing your product. Platform product managers must think about longer-term roadmaps, manage multiple stakeholders – including developers – and keep the big picture in mind.

K.I.S.S??—?my ass!

The Product Coalition

We’ve been using Keep It Simple Stupid (KISS) as a guiding mantra for the products we are developing for a long time now. Time to bust the myth once and for all It actually makes a lot of sense to make a ‘simple’ product. Who wouldn’t want to design a product all the way through.

How to Gain Agency – or Outrun a Bear

Mind the Product

I never came face to face with a grizzly (and an irrational part of me is a little disappointed about that…), but I was reminded of this story recently when talking to a product-manager friend who was colourfully describing her last one-to-one meeting as a “mini-bollocking”.

Strategic jiujitsu: 4 Lessons from Southwest Airlines, Western Europe, and the Simpsons

The Product Coalition

Anyway, that’s strategy: taking something that appears to be working against you (e.g. of a book of mine, 4 Steps to Develop a Strategy. Similar excerpts also published on strategist.blog , where I share thoughts on building analytics-based products and businesses (e.g.

Measuring Customer Interactions to Unlock Product Discovery

Mind the Product

I’ve been in product for some time now and I’ve seen lots of different frameworks and methodologies, from Pragmatic Marketing to the concepts of Lean, and lots in between. As a VP of product I couldn’t care less about the actual number of interactions with customers and prospects.

Product Portfolio Management: Success at Scale

Mind the Product

Product management can be hard enough, but when you scale beyond more than one product, product portfolio management is a critical tool to prioritise between multiple products, ensure resources are assigned to the right products, and that you have a pipeline of new product ideas ready to grow.

You Won’t Believe What These Five Lenses Can Show You About Your Product

Tyner Blain

Fundamentally, product management requires you to assess, synthesize, and prioritize the needs which drive the creation of your product in the context of three main objectives: desirability, viability, and feasibility. The Product Strategy Grid.

Digital Transformation and Product Management

Roman Pichler

Recognise the Importance of Product Management. That’s often the case in my experience for businesses in finance, media, travel, insurance, and other verticals that traditionally don’t have product management groups, and where product management is not represented at the executive level.

How we ensure alignment between sales and product

Inside Intercom

A great partnership between product and sales needs to be based on shared definitions of success and an agreed upon process to collaborate. First, for a product to truly be considered successful, among other things it has to be: Valuable – solve a real problem people are willing to pay for.

Product Design: Let’s get Emotional

Mind the Product

I’ve always encouraged my product teams to focus on building products and experiences that are Valuable, Useable and Feasible (ever since I read the book ‘Inspired’ by Marty Cagan ). More and more, we also need to build products and experiences that are Enjoyable – focusing on how the thing we have created makes people feel. Competing on a product basis is not a viable option. We can also use this insight to better design our products and experiences.

Statistical Factors that Contribute to High Performance on Product Teams

bpma ProductHub

Actuation Consulting has been conducting research on what separates high performance product teams from the pack. To learn about our latest findings in-depth, don’t miss the Feb 16 BPMA event on “The Six Key Factors of High-Performance Product Teams”. Contributed by Greg Geracie.

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.

Leading Through Shared Goals

Roman Pichler

The Product Leadership Conundrum. As the person in charge of a product, you are responsible for achieving product success. Their contributions are vital to design, implement, provide, and support a successful product.

The T-Shaped Product Manager

Roman Pichler

To do a great job as a product manager or product owner, you require two skills sets: product-specific and generic ones. As the name suggests, product-specific capabilities are limited to a single product or product portfolio. Use your own product (a.k.a.

Let’s Fire a Few of Our Customers

Mironov Consulting

As product managers, we worry about market results – not just successfully shipping stuff on time , but growing our product’s revenue, user base and engagement. After all, there aren’t enough F2000 companies that we can chance losing even one to fussy product concerns.