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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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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 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 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 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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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.

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.

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.

Mental Models for Product Managers – Part 2

PM Hardcore

In this part we dive into what you really came here for – product management-specific mental models. Why are product management-related mental models different? We have some great mental models in product management. Who the product is for (the market).

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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.

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.

What Will Product Management Be Like In 5 Years?

PM Hardcore

The future is hard to tease out, but here’s what will happen in product management’s future. (CC Earlier this year Janna Bastow of ProdPad put out a call for opinions on the future of product management. Where are we now in the product management discipline?

Writing For Product Managers: Readability Is More Persuasive

PM Hardcore

In my Writing Tips for Product Managers post I suggested making your writing more readable. We know that requirements are a best practice, but we also know that a lot of successful products have been delivered without much in the way of requirements.

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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.

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.

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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Podcast: What is Product Management?

Under10 Playbook

Tom & I tackled the issue of product management roles, titles, and responsibilities. Tom writes, This episode features Steve Johnson, a thought leader, speaker, and product management consultant. Steve has some great things to share with us about Product Management.

Mindfulness Tips for Product Managers and Product Owners

Roman Pichler

Why is Mindfulness Beneficial for Product People? Mindfulness provides a number of well-known benefits, such as, improved creativity, productivity, and wellbeing, and it has become popular at companies like Apple, Google, and Nike. But in reality, it reduces our productivity.

Five Essential Steps for Getting into IoT Product Management

Mind the Product

You want to get into IoT product management, but where do you start? This trend is fuelled by companies around the world embracing the IoT trend and launching more and more products that are connected to the internet. Make Sure Your Basic Product Management Skills are Solid.

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.

Changing Lanes – Becoming a Platform Product Manager

Mind the Product

I’m a product manager for a content management system that runs some of the most-visited websites in the world. Prior to this I’d had a year’s product experience at a customer-facing SaaS company and naively I believed I could copy-paste this experience.

Amsterdam product managers: who we are and how we work

Mind the Product

Since 2012, our friends at Mind The Product have done multiple surveys on the facts and figures of the product community. About a third of product people work in the product reporting line, and about 17% report to another business function.

Bigger and Better – Product Management Survey Results 2016

Mind the Product

More than 1,200 of you took part in this year’s Product Manager survey, double the number who took part in our survey three years ago. There now look to be more women in a product management role. Remuneration for product managers in the US is higher than elsewhere.

My team are my product: How to develop a high-performing team of product managers (or anyone else)

Mind the Product

In my role as Head of Product at Comic Relief I currently have one overarching goal: to embed Product as a way of working. This is in order for Product to provide value to the organisation and it is underpinned by developing a high-performing team. My team are my product.

Mental Models for Product Managers – Part 1

PM Hardcore

Some general purpose mental models are very useful for product managers. Mental models for product managers. What about mental models for Product Managers specifically? There are quite a few mental models about products and making them successful.

What makes effective decision making so challenging for product managers?

Mind the Product

How can a product manager make effective decisions about the direction of their product? Why should product managers be under any more pressure to make sound decisions than finance managers or sales and marketing teams?

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Powering to Success as a Product Manager

Spice Catalyst

Powerful Product Manager Keys. The post Powering to Success as a Product Manager appeared first on Spice Catalyst. Newsletter Dave Product Management Product Marketing

Climbing the Product Management Career Ladder

bpma ProductHub

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. Contributed by John Mansour.

Product Manager Salary Statistics

280 Group

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.

What is (and isn’t) product management?

Under10 Playbook

—Peter Drucker, American management consultant, educator, and author. Marketing, product management, and development engage with a market, in other words, many or all customers at one time. Even though these are important activities, they’re not product management.

Product Management Memory Lane with Alyssa Dver

bpma ProductHub

While talking to her we realized her deep roots in Product Management in the Greater Boston area all way into Digital Equipment Corporation (DEC) in the late 80s. Product Management was still figuring out if it’s a necessary discipline in software companies.

Do product managers need to be technical?

Under10 Playbook

I’ve been hearing about job postings for product managers that require computer science degrees. What I’ve learned is many product managers don’t have adequate technical background to understand the questions or to give practical answers.

Story: Career Advice and Growing in Product Management

bpma ProductHub

The founders of the Boston Women in Product share their story of how they started in product management, some of the challenges they faced and how mentors helped them navigate through these experiences. Cait Porte , Vice President of Product Management, Zmags.

10 Gifts to Delight a Product Manager this Holiday Season

Mind the Product

So whether you’re looking for gift ideas for that special product person in your life, to reward your team, or just to spoil yourself – here are our top 10 gift ideas for product managers. As always at Mind the Product, we believe in turning it up to 11!