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. Product Management

How to Distinguish Between Your Product Roadmap, Product Strategy, and Product Vision

UserVoice

While you might “own” the product, your product’s vision should be coming from the top of the house. It should be driving everything in your organization, not just product development. So, if the vision isn’t the responsibility of the product team, what is?

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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. While some product managers have a sales background, most don’t. Frankly, a lot of product folks aren’t good at this. So, what can we do to rethink event support and create events that actually benefit the product team? So often, we see our role at a trade show as one of doing demos and talking up our product’s features. From Tactic to Strategy. Events.

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.

How Compare and Contrast Decisions Lead to Better Product Outcomes

Product Talk

This past week I was in London speaking at Mind the Product. As usual, the Mind the Product team hosted a phenomenal event. When Mind the Product releases the video, I’ll add it to this post. Like many product teams, we had some tough challenges to address.

Elements of a Compelling Product Vision Statement

280 Group

Do I Really Need a Product Vision Statement? When you do the math on how many team members you have this leads to an astounding number of decisions that are being made daily around your product. Product Management Product Strategy Messaging Vision

What is a Digital Product?

Roman Pichler

Product. What is a product ? But when it comes to digital products, this definition has only limited applicability. Is that a product? Or is the entire website the product? Some digital products exist for many years and even decades. Product vs. Project.

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.

Creating effective customer feedback loops for product teams

Roadmunk

During one of my daily peruses of the tech Twitter-sphere, I came across a tweet I feel should be plastered on the walls of every single product organization ever. Tight and continuous feedback loops with real customers is common in great products. Write-ups for the product team.

You Won’t Believe What These Five Lenses Can Show You About Your Product

Tyner Blain

Fundamentally, product management requires you to assess, synthesize, and prioritize the needs which drive the creation of your product in the context of three main objectives: desirability, viability, and feasibility. The Product Strategy Grid.

Product Roadmap Success: BWP Hosts Lively Roundtable Discussion

bpma ProductHub

By Garima Painuly- One of the constant challenges a product manager faces is creating a focused product roadmap that is aligned with expectations of all stakeholders, and defending that roadmap against distractions. Creating a Focused Product Roadmap.

Being Lean: Don’t Speculate to Accumulate, Validate to Succeed

Mind the Product

This is a risky strategy for product managers, and if your gambling skills are anything like mine you’re far more likely to end up backing the three-legged donkey that never makes it over the finishing line. This is particularly applicable for product managers.

A guide to SaaS metrics for product managers

Roadmunk

While not the most glamorous part of a product manager’s job, tracking metrics reveal blindspots, foster stakeholder confidence and offer vital product (and organizational) health checks for PMs. Where your product falls on this model impacts which metrics you should monitor.

Good Enough

Tyner Blain

We hear a lot about building products which are “good enough” or “just barely good enough.” There are several perspectives on good enough which are important – but don’t help product managers enough.

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. 12 things about product-market fit.

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. We send our newsletter out once a month to inform our users about the latest developments to our products.

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Make Your Product Stand Out with the Strategy Canvas

Roman Pichler

The Strategy Canvas. The Strategy Canvas was developed by Kim and Mauborgne, the authors of Blue Ocean Theory. It was originally intended as a business strategy tool to discover new markets. Applying the Canvas to Your Product. Product Strategy

Balance Your Portfolio with the Product Portfolio Matrix

Roman Pichler

The product portfolio matrix , also called growth–share and BCG matrix, wants to help you achieve a balanced portfolio, a portfolio that contains the right mix of young and established products. A revenue-generating product is now most profitable (hence the term cash cow).

The Potential of Agile

Tyner Blain

When an executive, too far removed from what makes creating products hard thinks of “agile” as a silver bullet it becomes difficult to manage expectations. Products fail primarily because they don’t solve customer problems. Deliver Higher Quality Products.

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Third-Party Software Integration: Best Practice, Perils and Pitfalls

Mind the Product

Product management teams often ask themselves if third-party integration is right for their software product roadmap. The thinking is that you should integrate with products such as Salesforce and Slack, because you never would want to try to build those sorts of products by yourselves.

Let’s Fire a Few of Our Customers

Mironov Consulting

As product managers, we worry about market results – not just successfully shipping stuff on time , but growing our product’s revenue, user base and engagement. After all, there aren’t enough F2000 companies that we can chance losing even one to fussy product concerns.

How Minimum Viable Products & Features Helped Me Write My New Book

Roman Pichler

Minimum Viable Product #1. At the same time, I wanted to test that the product would create enough value for its readers before writing the actual book. Minimum Viable Product #2. Instead, I opted for a broader collection of related strategy and roadmap tips.

Product Owner Manager – Alone Together

Tyner Blain

Product owners and product managers. Together, the product people need to take an organization’s strategy, figure out the appropriate product strategy, and convert that into actionable work for the delivery teams to create the right product.

SaaS product management

Street Smart Product Manager

It’s amazing how often product managers forget a simple, yet fundamental truth: Our job as product managers is not just to build features users want… Not just to prioritize the roadmap… Not just to spend time talking with customers… Not just to ensure a successful release… Those activities are important, of course. The post SaaS product management appeared first on Street Smart Product Manager.

Features do not a Product Roadmap Make

Tyner Blain

Last month, Mike Smart of Egress Solutions and I gave a webinar for Pragmatic Marketing on product roadmapping when working in agile environments. After experiencing it that way, the imagery has infused itself into how I frame product management activities.

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

Ways to Define Success and Measure Value for your Product Features

bpma ProductHub

A Boston Women in Product Event Recap. By Garmia Painuly – No matter what the product, our goal as product managers is to deliver value to customers. How do we quantify and measure the value, and incorporate the findings into our product plans and roadmaps?

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.

Managing up as a newbie product manager

Roadmunk

I’ve been Roadmunk’s newest product manager for 120 days (give-or-take). I say peculiar for a couple of reasons: I joined a product organization as a product manager for a tool for other product managers. An ability to sell the product you’re making.

10 Tips for Creating an Agile Product Roadmap

Roman Pichler

To help you develop your agile product roadmap, I have created a goal-oriented roadmap template called the GO Product Roadmap. You can download the template for free from romanpichler.com/tools, and you can find more information on how to use it in my post The GO Product Roadmap.

Playing Whack-A-Mole With Risk

Tyner Blain

When it comes to developing a product strategy – or even making decisions about how best to create a product, one of these assumptions is likely to be what causes us to fail. Laura identifies that every product has at least three different classes of assumptions.

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

Choosing the Right Planning Horizon for Your Product

Roman Pichler

But in product management, there are several horizons that need to be considered—how many depends on the product planning model you use. The product backlog contains the details necessary to develop the product as outlined in the roadmap including epics and user stories.

Inspiring Teams with Product Vision

Mind the Product

Crucially, she demonstrates how to communicate and reinforce vision to your team by sharing an incredible 30 practical strategies for meaningfully tying your vision to all that you do. You will need a wide range of strategies to engage – and re-engage – your team in your vision.

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. Use your own product (a.k.a.

Scaling the Product Owner Role

Roman Pichler

Scaling and the Product Life Cycle. To understand if and when the product owner role should be scaled, I find it helpful to consider the product’s life cycle stage. Scaling Option 2: Unbundling and Product Variants. Scaling Option 3: Strategic and Tactical Product Roles.

The “Why” Behind Your Product Roadmap

bpma ProductHub

The vast majority of product roadmaps move the product in a positive direction, but desired results are only achieved if there is clarity around where it is taking you, and why. Well-run companies are honest about the reality of their current products. product/features/strategy.

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.

The Product Roadmap and the Release Plan

Roman Pichler

I use the term major release to refer to a version of your digital product that introduces a noticeable change, for instance, by adding or optimising functionality or enhancing the user experience, and it typically results in a new product version—think of Windows 10 or iOS 9.3,

Statistical Factors that Contribute to High Performance on Product Teams

bpma ProductHub

Actuation Consulting has been conducting research on what separates high performance product teams from the pack. To learn about our latest findings in-depth, don’t miss the Feb 16 BPMA event on “The Six Key Factors of High-Performance Product Teams”. Contributed by Greg Geracie.