Rediscover the Forgotten art of Product Strategy

Mind the Product

A strong product strategy is often neglected because of the absence of any strategic thinking in product teams. What can product managers do to make sure they give their product strategy the attention it warrants? Agile is not a strategy.

Inspiring Teams with Product Vision

Mind the Product

In this in-depth and inspiring talk, Keela Robinson , Founder and CEO PM Loop, unpacks what vision is, why it matters and how to find it. Vision comprises your Values, Purpose and Envisioned Future. In short, they are inspired and guided by your vision.

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Taking Your Digital Product Strategy from Vision to Execution

Emerge Insights

You may have experienced this yourself working on a digital product that never came close to realizing it’s potential. One of the reasons that so many organizations fail at delivering valuable products and services is the lack of a well-defined strategy or the complete absence of a strategy. […]. The post Taking Your Digital Product Strategy from Vision to Execution appeared first on EMERGE | Digital Product Agency.

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.

Vision vs. Strategy

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In recent articles on keys to product success and the alternative to roadmaps I have highlighted that if you want the benefits of product team empowerment and autonomy, then you need to provide each team with the necessary context in which to make good decisions. I’ve explained that the context typically needs to be the product vision, and a specific set of outcome-based objectives for each team (OKR’s are an effective way to do that). Product Vision.

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Is Your Product Vision Moving People in the Right Direction?

The Product Coalition

A meaningful, motivating product vision enables teams to advance to a purpose-driven mindset. Product Leaders face this universal truth daily: Sales wants to close more deals. Product wants to work on the “right” thing. Because Vision without action is a dream.

Insights from the #mtpcon London Product Leadership Forum – Part 1

Mind the Product

Held in the lovely Barbican Conservatory , this year’s #mtpcon London Product Leadership Forum brought together a group of senior product leaders for the type of conversations that can only happen behind closed doors. The Forgotten art of Product Strategy.

Want a Successful Product? Start With A Vision

Sequent Learning

Want a Successful Product? Start With A Vision. Your success as a product manager is pinned directly to the positive contributions to the firm’s bottom line. Successful products begin life with a spark of inspiration and a vision. The post Want a Successful Product?

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.

Product Management Across Cultures by Claire Parker

Mind the Product

In this ProductTank London talk, Claire Parker, Group Product Manager at the Financial Times tells us how the strategy for a global publication partnership can be executed. There was a goal to deliver a number of things but no strategy behind it or customer in mind.

Six Common Traps that Undermine Strategic Product Management

Mind the Product

Increasingly product managers are expected to think and operate “strategically”, but, as this post will reveal, it’s a requirement that can lead to misaligned expectations and be full of traps for the unwary. The “This List of Things to Build is a Strategy”.

Why Product People Should Care About Business Strategy

Roman Pichler

Business Strategy vs. Product Strategy. A business strategy describes how a company wants to achieve its overall aspiration and create value for its users, employees, and shareholders. It is therefore a key input for any product discovery work.

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. Presenting the solution, he said: “This is organization as a product.”

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Why Feature FOMO Stalls Product Innovation

Mind the Product

So much, in fact, that the product leaders behind these apps are slimming them down. Yet, industry data shows quite the opposite – a whopping 80% of product features are rarely or never used. Of course, product teams need to develop and ship new features.

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.

Why We Fail: What I Learned From 5 Years with Friends, Netflix’s Social Strategy

Mind the Product

I write a lot about product strategy, and use Netflix as an example so that others can learn from the company’s success and failure. As a strategy, social makes sense. Product leadership requires optimism. Netflix’s Friends (Born 2004, died 2010).

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.

5 Machine Learning Lessons for Product Managers

Mind the Product

What does it mean for us as product managers? We all use AI or machine learning (ML)-driven products almost every day, and the number of these products will be growing exponentially over the next couple of years. What does it mean for us as product managers?

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

A Product Manager’s Guide to Replatforming

Mind the Product

Replatforming is arguably one of the most difficult things you can tackle in a product management career. Here, replatforming is about replacing the computing platform on which a number of other products or systems are built. Over time, platforms evolve organically and carry the legacy of previous business models, markets, or pricing strategies. Replace the platform and rebuild the products it powers to the current specs. The Platform IS a Product.

Lather, rinse, REPEAT! Becoming a CRO

The Product Coalition

The tyranny of the urgent can lead product managers down slippery rabbit holes. The first and paramount responsibility of a product Manager is a never-ending, difficult, oft-shunned task of building a shared understanding of the product strategy through listening, influencing, and repetition.

A Guide to Collaborating With and Motivating Your Engineering Team

Mind the Product

Product management is a cool job, arguably one of the most sought-after roles in business today. But, if you’ve been at it long enough, you inevitably end up hearing some version of this phrase at one time or another: God only knows when my product is going to be shipped! Or some version of the converse… Product managers… they’re always giving us more sh** to do. Remember, building great product is a collaborative process.

How bots, messengers and apps will define 2019 with Des Traynor, Paul Adams and Emmet Connolly

Inside Intercom

On the heels of our 2018 retrospective, we decided to take a look at what product themes and technology are likely to define the year ahead. Sometimes the biggest gains come from revisiting and improving old products, rather than simply introducing new ones.

Five Tips for Introducing Product Management to Your Company

Roman Pichler

1 Establish a Clear Vision. Establish a clear vision for introducing a product management group and explore why your company would benefit from it. In other words, product managers are key to achieving sustained organic growth.

Should Product Managers build mission-driven products?

BrainMates

As a social entrepreneur with Full Time Lives and in my Product Management consulting work for Brainmates. How does this affect the world of Product Management? I think that as business and society is changing, our Products need to change too.

4 Mistakes Your Company Might Be Making with Your Product Culture

ProductPlan

If we asked you right now to describe your organization’s product culture, what would you say? Almost nobody we ask has a ready answer, not even experienced product managers. In fact, we’ve found that very few people even know what a product culture is. What is Product Culture? What exactly do we mean by product culture anyway? Product culture is yet another aspect of the broader organization that product management is responsible for.

10 Tips for Creating an Agile Product Roadmap

Roman Pichler

To help you develop your agile product roadmap, I have created a goal-oriented roadmap template called the GO Product Roadmap. You can download the template for free from romanpichler.com/tools, and you can find more information on how to use it in my post The GO Product Roadmap.

8 Tips for Collaborating with Development Teams

Roman Pichler

Manage the Product, not the Team. Focus on your job as the product manager or product owner, and manage the product, not the team. Provide guidance on the product, including its market, value proposition, business goals, and key features. But let the ScrumMaster or coach tackle people, process, and organisational issues; let the development team figure out what needs to be done to implement the user stories and other product backlog items.

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.

Achieve Absolute Transparency With Portfolio Kanban

Mind the Product

Although product management is no exception, some leaders fail to recognize that. The Transparency Problem in Product Management. Is every person aware of how their work contributes to the successful development of your product? Leading a product team is dynamic.

Why CEOs Should Not Be Our Primary Source of Customer Input

Mironov Consulting

I work with a lot of CEOs, usually as an advocate for better product and development organizations. I think this is fundamentally wrong for companies with more than a half-dozen customers or a dozen employees – and is a primary contributor to product strategy gridlock.

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.

The Collision of Product Management and Product Ownership

The Product Coalition

As a result, like many others I too have started to think of myself as more of a “product person” these days?—? One signal I’ve been giving much thought too of late is the collision of two roles, Product Management and Product Ownership. GA Product Management course curriculum?—?although