5 Product Leadership Lessons From the #mtpcon Leadership Forum 2017

Mind the Product

Last week I joined the Mind the Product Leadership Forum in London. Whether we work at a big company or a small startup, we need to monitor how our teams are growing. Another hot topic at the MTP Leadership Forum was related to autonomy. Leadership can be Lonely.

What is Product Leadership?—?really?

The Product Coalition

What is Product Leadership?—?really? Photo by rob walsh on Unsplash With so many Product Management articles out there, let’s talk ‘Product Leadership’ for a change. Product Leadership is NOT necessarily about having the best Product Manager skills. What is Product Leadership?—?really?

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. ###.

Building a Product Startup Within an Agency

Mind the Product

Let me explain: Why a Product Startup? There’s more to our product strategy than trying to avoid a sense of embarrassment, but it was in this context that we devised Trim, our content auditing and governance product. I’ve had a huge amount of support from our leadership team and board.

Startup Dust

Oren Steinberg

The biggest asset any startup has is the time of its entrepreneurs and key talents. The success or failure of the startup often hinges on their ability to focus their efforts on the critical path at any given time. As the startup grows and faces scalability and growth challenges the issue of focus becomes even more challenging. 2 unexperienced entrepreneurs have a great idea for their first startup. The post Startup Dust appeared first on Oren Steinberg - blog.

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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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. Because of Facebook’s meteoric rise, the persistent question from Silicon Valley venture capitalists became “What’s your social strategy?”

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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Nulab Drinking Code: Product Management & Leadership

Nulab

This time, our meetup theme was “Product Management, Strategy & Leadership” and it was a great pleasure for us to host our invited speakers: Jay Fong, Product Strategy Lead ( honestbee Singapore ).

The ABCs of Product – Melissa Perri on The Product Experience

Mind the Product

So when we got her on the line, we covered everything… including Japanese deployment strategies, Marmite and peanut butter, product leadership and team organisation, how companies scale, how to pick the right environment for you, and even her new book, Escaping the Build Trap.

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. This is Product Leadership!

Vision vs. Strategy

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I’ve already written about outcome-based objectives , and in this article I want to talk more about product vision, and especially how important the role of product strategy is in delivering on the product vision. Product Strategy. The product strategy is our sequence of products we plan to deliver on the path to realizing the vision. Normally I encourage teams to construct a product strategy around a series of product-market fits. Overview.

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How To Cross the Strategy-to-Execution Chasm

The Product Coalition

Most companies fail in execution, not strategy. Defining strategy the right way can close the gap. Culture Eats Strategy for Breakfast.” Why Defining Product Strategy is Hard Strategy Overload One of the challenges with the word “Strategy” is that it is an overloaded term.

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. It’s imperative that early hires are able to hit the ground running and are excited by a chaotic startup environment. Hiring strategy for early stage startups. Scaling up your hiring strategy. Comfortable giving constructive feedback to leadership. Customer Support Startups customer support hiring hiring risks hiring strategy scaling

How startups die from their addiction to paid marketing

Andrew Chen

Many of the biggest implosions in recent history – especially ecommerce – have been due to startups getting addicted to paid marketing while fooling themselves on Customer Acqusition Costs. [Originally tweetstormed at @andrewchen , Follow me for more!].

Truth needs to be told?—?startups fail because CEOs have lousy bosses

The Product Coalition

startups fail because CEOs have lousy bosses Why do startup fail? They are all reasons the founders mentioned when asked to tell why their startups failed. I’m saying this as a 3 time CEO of startups that shut down (I’ll save my success stories for a different post).

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.

What are the best quotes about leadership from the podcast, This is Product Management?

AlphaHQ

Where is the uncertainty… lean startup is particularly optimized for operating in this environment of uncertainty. The post What are the best quotes about leadership from the podcast, This is Product Management? Leadership

Innovate like a startup–and other innovation observations for product managers May 11, 2018

Product Innovation Educators

For larger organizations to create products like a startup, create a Growth Board. To address this, organizational leaders seek to “act like a startup” but how do they really accomplish this? PdMs need knowledge and skill in the areas of strategy, management, and leadership.

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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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The red flags and magic numbers that investors look for in your startup’s metrics – 80 slide deck included!

Andrew Chen

Growing startups and evaluating startups share common skills. Earlier this year, I joined Andreessen Horowitz as a General Partner, where I focus on a broad spectrum of consumer startups: marketplaces, entertainment/media, and social platforms. Startups aren’t spreadsheets.

Understanding how Design Thinking, Lean and Agile Work Together

Mind the Product

It’s the questions we ask, and the meaning we explore, that will generate the insights most useful to strategy.”. —Dr The ideas of Agile are great. It’s the way it has been codified into rituals and certifications, and rolled out mindlessly that misses the point.

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Growing Pains: What to Expect When Your Startup Hits a Growth Spurt

Craft.io

There is a very specific sweet & sour spot in the life of a product startup that every entrepreneur remembers with a loving cringe – that moment in your company’s lifecycle when something clicked, months of market penetration efforts paid off and users started swarming in.

Growing Pains: What to Expect When Your Startup Hits a Growth Spurt

Craft.io

There is a very specific sweet & sour spot in the life of a product startup that every entrepreneur remembers with a loving cringe – that moment in your company’s lifecycle when something clicked, months of market penetration efforts paid off and users started swarming in.

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. Excerpt from “ What is the optimal structure of a startup SaaS B2B sales team? ”.

When in Product, do as the Romans do

Mind the Product

Their knowledge was also tapped into while drawing the battle plans; The commander might have had a better strategic understanding of a battle, but the tactical awareness of the centurions was essential for him to decide on one strategy or another.

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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.

4 key steps towards a growth engine strategy

Product Warrior

Reviewing product strategy to design a growth engine for established business is a common ask of product leadership, although few businesses achieve it. Product Management Strategy

CH 14: Three Pillars that Support a Successful Product-led GTM Strategy

Aptrinsic

Data, Engagement, and Experimentation Note: This article covers Chapter 14 of the “ Mastering Product Experience:How to Deliver Personalized Product Experiences with Product-led Go-to-Market Strategy ” book written by the Aptrinsic team: Nick Bonfiglio, Mickey Alon, and Myk Pono.

Innovation is Broken by Janice Fraser

Mind the Product

These Entrepreneurial Leaders need new skills and a different mindset, because ideas like Good and Progress look very different in a startup than they do in the core business. What is the point of innovation?

How great Product Managers contribute to great engineering cultures

The Product Coalition

There are strategies that you can use to adopt new technologies faster and such?—?hackathons, entrepreneurship product-management leadership software-development startupGreat engineers leave when they are no longer excited by an opportunity.

The Parable of Frank de Boer – Evolution, not Revolution in Building Product Teams

Mind the Product

However, unless you’re working in a startup, there is often a limitation on the kind of resources you have access to. The Parable. On June 26, 2017, English football team Crystal Palace enthusiastically announced the appointment of the great Dutch defender Frank de Boer as its new manager.

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Lean Mean Product Machine – Dan Olsen on The Product Experience

Mind the Product

Lily enjoys working as a consultant product manager with early stage and growing startups and as a mentor to other product managers. Lily has spent 13 years in the tech industry working mainly with startups in the SaaS and mobile space.

Why CEOs Should Not Be Our Primary Source of Customer Input

Mironov Consulting

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. I work with a lot of CEOs, usually as an advocate for better product and development organizations.

Hypermetricemia: A dangerous product disease that you can avoid

The Product Coalition

In the world of startups, vanity metrics such as venture capital investment raised, growth rate, or even the number of media mentions can become misleading indicators of the success of our product. startup leadership business product-management product-design

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What are the best strategies for recruiting effective product managers?

AlphaHQ

They collaborate with a diverse team and need the communication, leadership and interpersonal qualities suited to this role. They also recommended the following job sites: Angellist (for startups). The post What are the best strategies for recruiting effective product managers?

A Roadmap Doesn’t Have to Lead to Broken Promises

Mind the Product

Boston startup InsightSquared has developed a culture of transparency. Product Design Product Leadership Product Strategy Roadmap Product Development product leadership Product Management Role Product Roadmap Stakeholder Management

How to Avoid Costly Surprises in Connected Product Design

Mind the Product

Bringing the manufacturer (sometimes called the contract manufacturer or CM) in early in the development will also save money and often months of production startup time.

Outcome-Driven Innovation for Product Managers

Mind the Product

Tony Ulwick is the pioneer of jobs-to-be-done theory, the inventor of the Outcome-Driven Innovation® (ODI) process, and the founder of the strategy and innovation consulting firm Strategyn. Unmet needs drive strategy and growth.