Product Manager vs. Product Owner

Melissa Perri

“What is the difference between a Product Owner and a Product Manager?” It’s an interesting question and one that takes time to unpack. Let’s look at where these terms and disciplines originated from and how some common frameworks explain them.

Product Manager vs. Product Owner

Roman Pichler

This sounds like a text-book product management responsibility to me. Nevertheless, the product owner is often regarded as a tactical role focused on managing the product backlog, detailing requirements, and interacting with the development team.

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Managing Product Teams for Success

Product Talk

I’ve been thinking about the challenges of managing product teams by outcomes. Managers struggle with teams asking to be left alone to achieve their outcome because the teams don’t have a history of delivering on outcomes. The Power of Managing Product Teams by Outcomes.

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 product-specific skills are crucial, I find that many product managers and product owners strive to develop these capabilities.

Here’s Why Every Product Manager Must Learn to Love Data

UserVoice

It’s clear that data is here to stay, but many product managers are still yet to embrace data-driven product management…and they’re making a big mistake. Here’s why every product manager should start paying more attention to data ASAP: It’s Not as Complicated as it Looks.

How Curious: Mindset of a Product Manager

Mind the Product

Being a product manager encompasses many things; vision, organization, analysis, and communication, to name a few. But in my experience there is one universal trait that permeates almost everything a product manager does – curiosity.

The biggest challenge for product managers?

Mind the Product

A few weeks ago, I invited Mind the Product readers to take part in a brief survey with a simple goal: to identify the biggest challenges product managers face in their role. It also tells me that the career development of many product managers is slower than it ought to be.

Product Owner vs. Product Manager Exploration

280 Group

Regardless of which role or title you may have, you should have at least a basic understanding of the Product Owner vs. Product Manager comparison; similarities, differences, and overlap. The post Product Owner vs. Product Manager Exploration appeared first on 280 Group Product Management.

Product Management is Culture Management

Mind the Product

Or “ How to Manage Software Development in Teams who Think Nothing Like you “ Product management has two diversity problems. And then there’s me, their Russian product manager who was born in Poland, raised in Russia, and then studied in Japan.

SaaS product management explained by 6 product managers

Roadmunk

So as product managers, knowing how to manage only traditional, on-premises software no longer cuts it. SaaS product managers) to find out how their role differs from an “old-school” software PM—and more importantly, what it really takes to be a SaaS PM. Title: Product Manager.

Why Product Managers Should Learn to Code

Mind the Product

The post Why Product Managers Should Learn to Code appeared first on MindTheProduct. Product Management Product Management Basics Product Management Skills Role code coding marketing Product product management role Product Manager Skills startups team leadership

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Product Owner vs Product Manager

Mind the Product

As a Product Owner and the CEO of Scrum.org I was invited to speak at ProductTank NYC earlier this year about the conflict between the roles Product Owner and Product Manager. But, what happens in organizations that already have product managers?

Managing – not Just Maintaining – a Product Backlog

Mind the Product

I thought it was time to start managing Justinmind’s product backlog more effectively. At Justinmind we felt like we were comparing apples with oranges and ending up with problems, so we explored ways to improve our backlog management. Pro-active Backlog Management: The Benefits.

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The Six Essential Books that Every Product Manager Should Read

Mind the Product

I always tell the participants of my workshops that as a Product Manager you should be voraciously curious about what’s happening in the field. Here are some of the first books I read after getting into product management.

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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.

Three Superpowers of a Product Manager

Mind the Product

As a product manager it’s not uncommon to feel pulled in a million different directions as you work to meet the needs of your customers, developers and company stakeholders. The post Three Superpowers of a Product Manager appeared first on MindTheProduct.

Coping with Product Manager Burnout

280 Group

Now, several decades later as a Product Manager there are times I miss those days. The post Coping with Product Manager Burnout appeared first on 280 Group Product Management. Product Management Productivity

Things Nobody Told Me About Being a Product Manager

Mind the Product

Shaun Russell shares his journey into product management, sketching out the well-trodden path he took to getting started – reading, taking workshops, learning from peers, and so on. But being a product manager is really hard, and nothing can prepare you for it.

How to Onboard Junior Product Managers for Success

UserVoice

As your product management team grows, you will inevitably bring on some more junior product managers. Some may have a couple of years under their belt, while others may be fresh out of school or recent converts from engineering, design, analysis, or project management.

Tactical. Operational. Strategic. The Three Rungs on the Product Management Career Ladder

UserVoice

In B2B product management, tactical, operational and strategic refer to layers in the customer organization – not your job responsibilities. Master each of these customer domains and the next rung on the product management career ladder awaits.

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Hiring a Product Manager: A Little Clarity Goes a Long way

Mind the Product

I realized I needed a good way to explain what it had taken me a while to see in the world of product management. As a product manager, I have a bias: I identify as a “UX-focused product manager” But I thought this was just a “me” thing. I also mentor a product manager.

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7 Ways Product Managers Can Counter Experience Bias

UserVoice

No one comes to a product management job as a blank slate. Product ManagementEven if it’s an entry-level position, you must have done something beforehand to merit a company handing the fate of a feature or product over to you.

Women in Product Management Series: Sarah Gaeta, VP and General Manager at Tivo

280 Group

As a continuation on our series of interviews with women leading product management teams, I reached out to Sarah Gaeta, currently VP and General Manager in Software and Services at Tivo. Career Advancement Product Management Leadership Product Manager

10 Writing Tips For Product Managers

PM Hardcore

I’ve started working on an online course on “writing for product managers.” These tips will help you make your product management writing more persuasive, easier to read, more engaging, and more effective overall. Product Management writingTips for writing. (CC

How to Break into Product Management

Under10 Playbook

At many of the meetups I attend around New York City, I meet aspiring product people, people in other functions that want to break into product management. I get asked how to become a product manager all the time. A good product manager should be curious about everything.

9 tips from TED speakers on successful product management

Mind the Product

Being a product manager is not easy. Here we’ve picked out some nuggets of product management wisdom from nine product managers and business leaders. Debunking the notion that product managers are CEOs of the product, he emphasizes that they are more of a team leader.

Product Management Synapses

Tyner Blain

You know you’re a product manager when this image causes more than a chuckle. A few random thoughts inspired by this Rorschach test of product management concepts from sunk cost fallacy to intentionality.

Product Managers – You Are Not the CEO of Anything

Mind the Product

When Ben Horowitz wrote his groundbreaking memo good product manager, bad product manager nearly 20 years ago he described a product manager as the CEO of the product. A product manager ultimately has a CEO behind them somewhere, and can always pass the buck.

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Tesla Agile Development: Product Management at its Best

280 Group

Software and Product Management at its best. The post Tesla Agile Development: Product Management at its Best appeared first on 280 Group Product Management. Agile Product Management Agile Cool Products FeaturesTesla Agile Development: Version 8.0

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25 must-read product management articles

Roadmunk

Throughout my career as both a product manager and startup founder, there’s been one severely underrated skill I credit for much of my success—and that’s reading. Here’s my list of favorite online posts for product managers. Maker’s schedule, manager’s schedule.

How To Fix A Product Management Mistake: Diet Pepsi

The Accidental Product Manager

Pepsi’s product managers screwed up Diet Pepsi, can they fix it? I think that we do need to hand it to the Pepsi product managers – at least on paper they did everything that they really should have done. The product managers over at Pepsi have a real problem on their hands.

Your Product Manager Super Power: Not Knowing Everything

Mind the Product

A friend, who’s recently become a product manager, asked me that recently. As a product manager, what should her role on the team be? The truth is that as a product manager you’re not supposed to know everything. How Much Should I Understand?

4 Daily Scrum Tips for Product Owners & Product Managers

Roman Pichler

The Daily Scrum meeting, sometimes also referred to as stand-up meeting, wants to help the development team manage its work. It’s up to the team members to manage the sprint and meet the sprint goal, and it’s up to you to manage the product and the entire release (made up of several sprints).

Five Tips for Product Managers to Get Executive Support

280 Group

If you are in Product Management, executive support for your plans can mean the difference between your product’s success and failure. Getting executives and management to support what you are proposing can be very challenging and difficult.

The Best Product Management Events Happening in 2017

UserVoice

There are plenty of fantastic ways to keep your product management skills sharp and keep up with evolving industry trends and new technologies. There’s no shortage of product management blogs, podcasts, and reading lists out there to keep you in the know. Product Management

How do I get into Product Management?

bpma ProductHub

The Path to Product Management. By John Zilch – I recently stumbled across a thought-provoking question posted on the Boston Product Management Association group page. Justin asked: “Is an MBA a pre-requisite for Product Management?”

20 Years of Product Management in 25 Minutes by Dave Wascha

Mind the Product

Dave Wascha started as a product manager 20 years ago working on Internet Explorer 4.0. Our job as product managers is to maniacally understand your customers’ problems – and you can’t do that without listening to them and understanding them.

The Simple Guide to Product Management

bpma ProductHub

In 2016, Glassdoor identified Product Management as the #8 best job to have in America, with a job score of 4.5 Other jobs on the list included Data Scientist, Tax Manager and HR Manager. For new and aspiring product managers, that can be a challenge.

Three Ways to Immediately Be a Better Product Manager

280 Group

To find out how to be a better Product Manager we interviewed Pamela Schure, co-author of Product Management for Dummies. The post Three Ways to Immediately Be a Better Product Manager appeared first on 280 Group Product Management.

Product Management for Dummies

Product Bookshelf

Whether you’re new to product management, want to add to your skills, are hiring product managers, or creating a product management process this book has something for you. Product Management For Dummies by Brian Lawley and Pamela Schure.

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