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.

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.

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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.

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.

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

Why Product Managers Should Learn to Code

Mind the Product

Building products is amazing. To craft a product from scratch brings a range of feelings; from joy and pleasure to frustration and despair. I’ve been a startup founder – when I completely tanked my first foray building product.

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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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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?

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. This is particularly important in large-scale organisations or when you build a customer-facing product.

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

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.

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SaaS product management explained by 6 product managers

Roadmunk

The rise of the SaaS model in the product space has been swift, to say the least. So as product managers, knowing how to manage only traditional, on-premises software no longer cuts it. Here’s who we spoke with: Evan Michner , Principal Product Manager at Atlassian.

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.

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.

Your Product Manager Super Power: Not Knowing Everything

Mind the Product

A friend, who’s recently become a product manager, asked me that recently. She’d inherited a technical product where the engineers already had a view of the direction and deliverables required. As a product manager, what should her role on the team be?

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?

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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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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.

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.

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

Do Tech Skills Benefit a Product Manager?

Mind the Product

I have hired product managers for a while now, and worked with dozens. And since I come from a tech background, I have been asked many times (and I asked myself) if product managers should have some tech skills. I’ve even been asked by seasoned non-technical product managers if they should take a coding course. For a product manager a tech background means: You find it easier to define what is needed in terms that a dev team can easily understand.

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 Features

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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.

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

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.

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.

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. That was never part of their product manager job description!

The Importance of a Product Management Framework

280 Group

What is a Product Management Framework? In order to understand what a Product Management framework is, it’s helpful to understand the literal definition of a framework: a basic supporting structure that underlies a system or process.

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.

Smart Home Truths for Product Managers

Mind the Product

While the Amazon Echo Show is an impressive addition to the repertoire of voice and video monitoring systems in this growing market, it’s not the product features that are drawing attention. Rather, it is Amazon’s smart home product strategy. It’s the product strategy of companies like Amazon that will chart the final leg of the smart home industry’s journey: the one that will see smart gadgets getting into the mainstream and working seamlessly in our homes.

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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What is Lean Product Management

280 Group

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?

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.

Women in Product Management Series: Sara Wood, VP Product at Gap Inc.

280 Group

For a new series of interviews with women leading product management teams, I reached out to Sara Wood, currently VP of Product at Gap, Inc in San Francisco. The post Women in Product Management Series: Sara Wood, VP Product at Gap Inc.

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.

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.

Can Product Managers Bring A Product Back From The Dead?

The Accidental Product Manager

Once a product has been killed off, it’s gone. There’s one aspect of being a product manager that we don’t spend enough time talking about. Killing products. However, sometimes after we’ve done away with a product, they come back to life.