Establishing an Effective Product Strategy Process

Roman Pichler

Why a Product Strategy Process Matters. In the picture above, the product strategy describes how a visionary, inspirational goal is attained. It includes the product’s value proposition, market, stand-out features, and business goals.

What is Good Product Strategy?

Melissa Perri

“What is your Product Strategy? YOU NEED A STRATEGY.” When I replay this scene in my head, I can hear the CTO very audibly yelling (slash pleading) with our product team. This didn’t sit well with the CTO because in reality he didn’t want a strategy, he wanted a plan.

Global vs. Regional Product Strategies

Dear Strategy

Dear Strategy: “How do you make sure there is an effective inter-working between different levels in a dynamic strategy evolution?”. Dynamic Strategy Evolution” – that could be the name of a band! Each individual strategy needs to stand on its own.

How to Create a Product Strategy Without a Clear Company Strategy

Mind the Product

Having “no company strategy” is one of the biggest issues facing product managers, according to a recent survey of over 600 product people. After all, how can you set a reasonable direction for your product when you don’t know where your company is headed?

Meet Your Goals with a Practical Product Strategy

Speaker: Nils Davis, Principal, NPD Associates

Dan Olsen’s framework for defining product strategy

ProductBoard

Written by Dan Olsen, Product Management Consultant and Author, for our ebook, The Path to Product Excellence: Stories and Advice From the Field. When Instagram first launched, there were already many photo sharing mobile apps on the market. Why was Instagram’s product so successful? I want to share some important product strategy tools that.

Serve Fewer Markets. Win More Deals.

bpma ProductHub

Reprinted with permission from the Product Management and Strategic Marketing Blog. The top challenge most product companies face is finding the best market for their product. The founders identified a need in the market and delivered a successful first product.

How Speed to Market Starts With a Strong Foundation

Mind the Product

Imagine this: You’re in the middle of developing a product when you realize you’re going to miss the launch date. Well, according to the Center for New Product Development , “the average new product development project exceeds its schedule by 120%.” Product Lifecycle.

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. Spending a bit more effort on the process can help you turn your release notes into effective content marketing. Market Your Release.

Connecting Strategic Plans to Product, Marketing & Sales Execution Plans in 3 Steps

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By John Mansour – Most organizations have strategic plans that include goals for revenue growth, new customers, market share and other quantifiable metrics. But a huge disconnect often exists between the corporate strategic plan and tactical product, marketing and sales plans. When that’s the case, the organization loses tremendous momentum because all disciplines are… Product Strategy

Embedded BI and Analytics: Best Practices to Monetize Your Data

Speaker: Azmat Tanauli, Senior Director of Product Strategy at Birst

Executive Perspectives on Strategic Product Management and Three Common Gaps

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by John Mansour – For as long as I have been training product managers (since 2001), senior executives have been telling me that they want their product management function to be more strategic. Understanding the market better than all… Product Strategy

How Product Managers Measure Product-Market Fit

ProductPlan

Problems yearn for solutions, needs long to be met, and markets are waiting to be addressed. This reality beckons startups and established firms to introduce new products that will scratch that itch and deliver satisfaction. If no one wants your product, you don’t have a market.

SaaS Product Roadmaps: Achieving Your Product Vision

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by Paul Ressler – Everything is progressing well with your SaaS product; you have your product vision and you have product market fit. What are the next steps to achieve success for your SaaS product? One important next step is a product roadmap.

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What you should consider when developing a product strategy

Craft.io

This blog has already addressed the different stages of Product Development Strategy. This time, we’re turning our attention to the various elements needed to formulate the right product strategy for your enterprise. Why you need a product strategy.

What Is (and Isn’t) Product Management?

Speaker: Steve Johnson, VP of Products, Pragmatic Institute

Market Problem Framing Example

Tyner Blain

As Steven Haines first told me, “strategy first, roadmap second.” ” There is a step between the two – deciding which problems you will focus on solving with your product. Strategy defines the context for product strategy, and your product roadmap is a planning (and communication) tool for executing your product strategy. Ted Levitt Whole Product Model.

The Ultimate Product Strategy Checklist for your Mobile App

The Product Coalition

Working as a product manager can be a busy, unpredictable and octopus-like existence. Bringing team members together, organizing user research, product demos, road mapping and more. They also said they wished they had a clearer product roadmap strategy.

Dear Strategy: 092 The 5 Biggest Product Strategy Pitfalls to Avoid

Dear Strategy

Dear Strategy: “What are some product strategy pitfalls to avoid?”. I’m happy to announce that my answer to this question will take the form of Dear Strategy’s very first listicle! The first pitfall to avoid is, of course, having no strategy at all!

What Happens When you do User Discovery After Market Traction

Mind the Product

Major elements of our sales and marketing plan, designed with companies like this one in mind, needed to be revisited at the least. Among other things, it was soon clear that we’d fallen into a common trap for startups and new products. We’d responded to market traction without properly understanding our users. That’s because when Merck decided to market the exact same drug’s baldness-prevention properties too, they created a new campaign and brand.

Maybe We Should Be Problem Managers Instead

Speaker: Steve Johnson, Founder and CEO, Under10 Playbook

Rather than departmental issues, these are product strategy issues. Yet many product managers and most product owners are too busy with tactical issues that they never come close to addressing these issues. Or is it a strategic role that is grounded in market facts?

Lessons Learned in 33 Years in the Software Industry

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This year, Business of Software Conference USA is in Boston,… Product Marketing Community Product Management Resources Feedback research Usability Design Communication Innovation Product Strategy B2B B2C SoftwareSeth Godin on Making Software Seth Godin spoke at Business of Software Conference USA last year to share some of the many lessons that he has learned in his 33 years in the software industry. You can watch the talk or read a transcript here.

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Shifting Markets, Shifting Strategy: Three Considerations

Proficientz – Product Management University

Shifting markets usually constitute a shift in product strategy for most organizations. For some, the current market climate presents a world of opportunity and for others it’s an exercise in survival. Target Market Focus. Portfolio & Product Strategy.

Three Roles of Product Marketing

Under10 Playbook

Over the years I’ve seen product management teams focused increasingly on the technical aspects of the product, serving more as development managers than product managers, and neglecting business strategy and go-to-market responsibilities.

Market Problems — Blinders. Customer Goals — Wide-Angle Market Lens.

Proficientz – Product Management University

If you’re in a product management, product marketing or sales enablement role, consider replacing the phrase market problems with customer goals. It will open your eyes to a whole new narrative, and it will help you deliver, market and sell solutions with more strategic customer value. If you’re a product manager, a goal-driven approach is paramount to delivering solutions that make customers better at what they do. The post Market Problems — Blinders.

How Product Marketing Roadmaps Drive Sales | Shifting Market, Shifting Strategy | Agile: We’ve Come Full Circle

Proficientz – Product Management University

The B2B Product Manager Magazine August 2018 is now available. This month we explore the value of a product marketing roadmap to sales. It’s not a staple in most B2B organizations but it’s just as important to your near-term revenue as a product roadmap is to your longer-term growth. In This Issue: Blog: High-Octane Product Management. The Value of a Product Marketing Roadmap: It’s Like Deep-Sea Fishing for Sales.

5 Questions with Dave Rogers and Sameer Karim, Product Strategy & Analytics Experts at Slalom

Amplitude

Slalom is a modern consulting firm focused on technology, strategy and business transformation. Slalom believes that product analytics is a critical centerpiece at every stage of product development. Their product-focused mindset has driven them to wins including building a mobile app that increased Hyatt’s booking revenue by 80% , as well as revamping REI Adventure’s digital experience to improve the earliest stages of the customer journey.

How 3 product marketing managers execute product releases

Roadmunk

While product managers puppeteer a product journey end-to-end, product marketing managers tend to be the masterminds behind releasing said product to market. Each product marketing leader walks us through a typical product launch.

Classifying Market Problems

Tyner Blain

Theodore Levitt may have developed the whole product model to help companies compete more effectively with their products. We wrote about the whole product game based on Mr. Levitt’s work. Whole Product Model. Think “ blue ocean strategy ” here.

Marketplace Thinking – Christopher Nheu on The Product Experience [Rebroadcast]

Mind the Product

Shout out: thanks to Aussie product guru Adrienne Tan for the recommendation. The Product Experience is hosted by Lily Smith and Randy Silver. Lily enjoys working as a consultant product manager with early stage and growing startups and as a mentor to other product managers.

Establishing a market-led culture with a Product Management framework

BrainMates

SnapComms is a medium-sized New Zealand software company who wanted to evolve its sales-led culture into a market-led culture. After hearing Rich Mironov talk about the slippery slope of sales-led companies , they decided to learn about Product Management. Product Management

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. But the truth is that events aren’t just a sales and marketing tactic. They can and should be a strategic part of your market research—a way to glean feedback from your market as much as they are a place to push your message. While some product managers have a sales background, most don’t. Frankly, a lot of product folks aren’t good at this. Events.

Why Feature FOMO Stalls Product Innovation

Mind the Product

So much, in fact, that the product leaders behind these apps are slimming them down. In today’s hypercompetitive software markets, a lot of companies are hardwired to believe bigger is better—more features mean increased functionality and therefore happier customers.

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

Define the Formula that Drives the Business

Product Management Lessons from the Trenches

My passion for building businesses and products started years ago when I had the opportunity to co-found my own start-up. We built a product that many loved and could see the potential in, but at the end couldn’t scale it into a successful business.

Lessons From the Space Race: 3 Steps to Better Product Decisions

Mind the Product

What makes a great product decision? The answer to this question is like the Holy Grail of product management: it promises success and prosperity but no clear evidence that it exists. If your product doesn’t yet exist, you still have a variety of data sources you could use.

Doing Things that “Do Scale”

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By John Zilch – It can be fun doing things that don’t scale in the early days of a product or business. Whether it’s testing product-market fit, marketing messaging or innovation options, teams can be creative as they fine tune their business model. For example, InsightSquared, a Boston-based revenue analytics company, launched in 2010 to help… BPMA Product Management Product Strategy