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. The Big Takeaway: We Don’t Know Whether We’re Building the Right Products.

Product Manager vs. Product Owner

Roman Pichler

As you may know, the product owner originated from Scrum, where the role is responsible for maximising the value the product creates. This sounds like a text-book product management responsibility to me. Having two different product owner roles makes the confusion worse.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

The Secret Product Management Framework

PM Hardcore

One of the most challenging questions about product management has been – in my experience – “What is Product Management?”. We’re called “productmanagers. We’ll start with a box labeled “Product.” (It’s Product manager =? Product Owner.

Who are Product Managers? Infographic

280 Group

What do Product Managers do? Product managers can work on a myriad of items be it: Software Hardware Cloud Services Or even Professional Services Many people say that even within the products they work on, there are a number of different kinds of product managers.

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.

9 tips from TED speakers on successful product management

Mind the Product

Being a product manager is not easy. After all, a product or a complete product line is under your full responsibility – from launch through to sales, and every milestone in its lifecycle included. Know Your Product by Heart.

Product Manager Salary Statistics

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The Product Manager salary for a new hire in Silicon Valley is now higher than that of engineers. Looking to find out what a reasonable Product Manager Salary is? The importance of Product Managers is on the rise.

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.

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. Does that sound like any product manager you know?

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. Agile Product Management Agile Product Manager Product Owner Roles

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. Cultural homogeneity in product teams is dead, welcome cultural diversity. Product managers should be a cultural “glue” for the teams.

A Product Manager’s Guide to Strong Team Communication

Mind the Product

Product managers and their more recent Agile brethren, product owners, hold one of the most demanding positions in an organisation. Product management in this context can feel like chaos, the type of which can either be controlled or skidding along thin ice.

The Evolution of a Product Manager – Josh McWilliam

Mind the Product

Josh McWilliam is a co-founder and Vice President of Product at College Factual. In Josh’s Product Tank NYC presentation, he explains his evolution as a product manager. What is a Product Manager? Build More Product.

Training: What’s the Biggest Challenge for Product Managers?

Mind the Product

For the past two months, I’ve been conducting research and discovery to help establish some ground rules for the Mind the Product Training Program. These are: To offer the same best in class experience that our Mind the Product conference attendees get when they come to our events. To serve our core MTP audience of experienced product managers who want to continue to grow their already in-depth skill sets. What’s your biggest challenge as a product manager?

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

Training to be a Better Product Manager

Mind the Product

I remember very clearly meeting a Product Manager named Jim Lindstrom on my first day and asked to shadow him. I knew by the end of the first week that product management was the job I’d been looking for since graduating from college.

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.

Product Management is About Making Mistakes

Mind the Product

Once upon a time, I met a product manager of a company who was leading a freemium model product, with some success. The product manager measured the results, and astonishingly, the conversion increased by nearly 20%. The product manager did not understand.

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.

Developing as a Product Manager

Mind the Product

There are no guides to Product Management. As Ken Chin points out, the best way to learn about Product Management is to speak to people who have been doing it for longer than you. Your first steps as Product Manager. Senior Product Management.

When Hollywood Meets Silicon Valley: Why Big Media Needs Product Management

Mind the Product

The role of product management is becoming more and more important inside media companies. Despite a few successes, I’ve mostly learned hard lessons about innovation from each side of the table, especially around launching new disruptive video products and services.

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

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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.

Become a Better Product Manager in Just One Weekend

Mind the Product

We can’t help with a healthier lifestyle but we can help you level up your product management career! ProductCamp is a great opportunity to learn from, teach to, and share with other passionate product managers. 5 Great Product Workshops.

7 Ways Product Managers Can Counter Experience Bias

UserVoice

No one comes to a product management job as a blank slate. Even 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. Product Management

The life of a Product Manager – Learning by Doing

Mind the Product

Osama Hanif (Digital Solutions Manager at Telenor) launched the first digital agency in Lahore and went on to join Telenor Digital. Osama’s talk is a personal summary of what he learnt through the process of launching this and other products.

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 writing

Mental Models for Product Managers

Mind the Product

As product managers, our mental models drive our decision-making, the way we communicate and collaborate with others, and how we prioritize. As a product manager looking for ways to be more effective, having more mental models is a great start. They are about products.

Product Management is More Important Than Ever

Mind the Product

Product Management as a role has moved on in leaps and bounds during my career. As the number of people gathered at Mind the Product London 2016 prove – it’s a skill and a job that more and more companies understand, appreciate, and seek out.

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.

What is Lean Product Management

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Greg Cohen is the author or Agile Excellence for Product Managers, and a Lean Product Management expert, as well as a consultant/trainer for 280 Group. In this video he answers one seemingly simple question: What is Lean Product Management?

Three Things Salespeople Need from Product Managers

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The topic of this blog and video is three things that salespeople require from you, the Product Manager. The post Three Things Salespeople Need from Product Managers appeared first on 280 Group Product Management.

Five Tips for Product Managers to Get Executive Support

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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.

Tesla Agile Development: Product Management at its Best

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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 Features

Outcome-Driven Innovation for Product Managers

Mind the Product

Despite this being the innovation method used by most major companies, product success rate here is around 5%. Most importantly, the job in this model is not at all married to a specific product. The market is not the product.

Finding Flow in Your Product Management Career

Mind the Product

A few years ago, I wrote a couple of blog posts about working as a consultant in product management. At that time in London – we’re talking 2011/2012 – it was, dare I say, a bold step to leave a full-time, good product position to go freelance.

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.