The Product Strategy Cycle

Roman Pichler

Traditionally, strategy and execution are often viewed as separate, sequential pieces of work that are carried out by different people. For example, a product manager might determine the product strategy and one or more development teams might be tasked with executing it.

Bottom-Up Product Strategy – The State of Product, by Susana Lopes

Mind the Product

In this talk from ProductTank London, Susana Lopes (Director of Product at Onfido), talks about how Onfido moved from prioritising at the sprint & quarterly level to setting strategic direction and prioritise at a much larger scale.

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Atomic Product Strategy, By Rob Hayes

Mind the Product

Every team needs a product strategy. The Business Model Canvas, Bootstrap or Atomic Design – it seems like everyone from MBAs to developers to designers seems to have a framework to structure their strategy, except for product managers.

4 Ways to Level-up your Product Strategy

Mind the Product

Developing your product strategy and communicating your product roadmap is a continual improvement process. The post 4 Ways to Level-up your Product Strategy appeared first on Mind the Product.

What Is (and Isn’t) Product Management?

Speaker: Steve Johnson, VP of Products, Pragmatic Institute

Product Management is one of the most exciting - and most misunderstood - functions in technical organizations. Is it strategic or tactical? Is it a planning role or a support role? Many product professionals are unclear about what is (and isn't) product management. After all, product management spans many activities from business planning to market readiness. In this session, we’ll examine many product activities and artifacts for product strategy, planning, and growth, and introduce a simple tool that you can use in your organization to clarify the roles of product management and others. Steve Johnson explores the many roles of Product Management in this fun talk focused on why product managers should obsess on problems instead of solutions.

Leading product strategy and execution

Lead on Purpose

There are many moving parts to product success, including understanding your market and the problems customers in the market face, … Continue reading → Leadership Product Management Team Building Trust collaboration discipline execution markets roadmap strategy success value

Rediscover the Forgotten art of Product Strategy

Mind the Product

A strong product strategy is often neglected because of the absence of any strategic thinking in product teams. What can product managers do to make sure they give their product strategy the attention it warrants? Tanya shares her ideas for nurturing a strong product strategy from this year’s #mtpcon London Product Leadership Forum. But today many, if not most, product teams fail this very first test. Agile is not a strategy.

Tips for Effective Product Strategy Reviews

Roman Pichler

Hold Regular Product Strategy Reviews. A product strategy , like any other plan, is subject to change. How changeable your strategy is, depends on your product’s life cycle stage. As long as your product hasn’t reached product-market fit, the strategy is usually volatile. Contrast this with a mature product , which tends to have a more stable product strategy. What would make your product perform better?

Product Strategy Lessons From Henry Ford

The Product Coalition

In our world, this would have been considered a great product strategy. As you are reading this, replace Ford’s car with your own product. The target audience in this case was very specific (although very wide, and that’s also an important part of product-market fit).

Creating a Product Strategy – Is it Worth the Effort?

Proficientz

Is creating a product strategy worth the effort? Creating a product strategy isn’t easy for product managers. Furthermore, executives rarely think that enhancements to a product are strategic, meaning they won’t drive significant revenue.

Ask the "Right" Questions: Your Analytics-Guided Product Strategy

Speaker: Yoav Yechiam, Founder and Head Instructor, productMBA

Analytics are highly important for product managers - and yet, analytic implementations often fail to actually help us. It's not the technology, and it's not the tactics. In most cases, it's our approach that's misguiding us! Analytics are there to answer important product questions, not just to collect data. How can we be mindful of our analytics so they enable us, rather than confine us? Join Yoav Yechiam, Founder and head instructor at productMBA, as he explains best practices for a data-guided strategy that helps product managers get to the "why" of their biggest product goals.

Product Strategy and Skill Development: Learnings from the #mtpcon Session Speakers

Mind the Product

In this first, Breakout Session release from #mtpcon Digital 2020, you can delve into four of the event’s deep-dive sessions focusing on product strategy and skill development.

You Need A Product Strategy by Sam Odio

Mind the Product

Shipping product to 500 million users without knowing what strategy was? In this ProductTank San Francisco talk, Sam, now with that experience behind him and as Head of Product at Fivestars , outlines: What a good product strategy looks like. How to create a good strategy. What Is Good Strategy? When you look at different frameworks for defining a product strategy there are so many possible definitions.

Plan Product Strategy from Business’ Angle

The Product Coalition

It’s common in product management that product managers work on components, features, or functions that are part of a product. Lack of a big picture or a high-level perspective would make product management fragmented?—?we we might see the metrics perform well at component/feature/function level, but the product is not moving towards the direction we have planned. Another common issue is when product performance doesn’t support business goals.

Product Strategy, the Missing Link by Nicholas Goubert

Mind the Product

It may be obvious, but defining your strategy, goals, and mission is something we all need to have rooted at the heart of everything we do – but it’s very easy to get pulled in countless different directions while we try to deliver against these. It’s not just that “business as usual” gets in the way, changes to an organisation’s executive groups and tweaks to the company vision can lead to disconnects between strategy and tactics.

Meet Your Goals with a Practical Product Strategy

Speaker: Nils Davis, Principal, NPD Associates

Whether you manage a feature, a product, or a whole suite of products, you likely have some goals that you're trying to meet. But do you have a strategy? Strategy and goals are different. It's your strategy that allows you to make decisions that help you meet your goals in the first place. For example, if you want grow your revenue, your strategy may be to enter a new market - and you may decide to make your product stand out in that market by adding analytics. If you want to have an articulated strategy that you can use to make decisions, stay on-track, and meet your product goals, this is the webinar for you! Join Nils Davis, author of The Secret Product Manager Handbook, as he explains how you can get your team aligned to a practical product strategy.

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. This is the way we were taught to think about Product Strategy. This isn’t a strategy, this is a plan. Product Strategy emerges from experimentation towards a goal.

Global Product Strategy by Mel McVeigh

Mind the Product

Mel McVeigh is the Product Director at Condé Nast , one of the largest publishers in the world, responsible for brands such as Vogue, GQ, and The New Yorker. In her ProductTank London talk, Mel takes us through how to create a global product strategy. She focuses on the following key points: Strategy. Strategy. She needed to combine the product and technology from each company and align the customer strategy by placing multiple business models on one tech stack.

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 ManagementHe was on edge. We had been experimenting towards a very concrete goal for two months, and had made a lot of progress. We […].

Best Product Strategy Frameworks

The Basics of Product Management

Choosing the right product strategy framework is very important for every product manager. Remember, choosing the right product strategy will go a long way in making sure that the entire product life cycle proceeds flawlessly. To put it more bluntly, many product managers do not spend sufficient time in choosing the right strategy. Learn the top skills of product management. The wrong strategy can result in the failure of a product.

Understanding Users at Scale with Product Analytics

Speaker: Sandhya Hegde, Director of Product, Amplitude

A deep understanding of how users interact with your product is critical for PMs at every stage of their product's lifecycle. Whether you are building new features, trying to improve customer experience or battling poor retention - user behavior forms the foundation of your product strategy.

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? By the end, it covered most the stuff you’d expect to find on something like a Product Vision Board from the market and customer needs to internal objectives and product requirements.

Backstreet Boys, Zork, and Product Strategy

Gainsight

At our first-ever Pulse for Product event, we got inspired by this idea of video games, the nostalgia of 8-bit classics, the 90s (or really any year excluding 2020 – the bar is low), and leveling up (which ultimately became our theme for the event). But what’s life in Product like now?

A Practical Guide for Product Strategy From Almundo: A Case Study:

Mind the Product

Eighteen months ago travel tech company Almundo started to refine its processes to become a product-driven company. Our goal was to define how we would set and communicate the company strategy, and how that strategy would lead OKRs and backlog definition. Product (and company) strategy is the backbone that guides product goal-setting and roadmap definition, although it’s sometimes overlooked or confused with having a vision. Blue Ocean Strategy – W.

The art & science of Product Strategy in a crisis, disruption or acceleration

BrainMates

When everything around you is changing, what’s a Product Manager to do? In a Q&A a couple of months ago, someone in the (virtual) audience asked if they should be working on their strategy now, or if they should wait until things calmed down again. Read more about Product Strategy.

Your 2-Part Metrics Audit for High-Value Products

Speaker: Sam McAfee, Product Development Consultant, Startup Patterns

You know what they say: what's measured improves. As product managers we're in a golden age of being able to get all sorts of metrics and run all sorts of experiments. But what are your measurements and analytics focused on? Are they really truly objective? Do they contribute to the ultimate vision of your product? And is everybody clear on that vision? Join Sam McAfee, Product Development Consultant, as he takes you through a two-part measurement audit. First, you'll learn how to make sure your measurements actually align with your product strategy. And second, you'll learn how to evaluate your culture of using measurements, so future experiments will more consistently provide high-value results.

How to Ace Google’s Product Strategy Interview

PMLesson's Ace the PM Interview

This is a guest post from Alexis and Adrienne's Product Managers at Work. When I interviewed for Google several years ago, the Product Strategy portion of the interview asked questions similar to: “What business would you build on top of self-driving cars?” Product Management

Taking Your Digital Product Strategy from Vision to Execution

Emerge Insights

You may have experienced this yourself working on a digital product that never came close to realizing it’s potential. One of the reasons that so many organizations fail at delivering valuable products and services is the lack of a well-defined strategy or the complete absence of a strategy. […]. The post Taking Your Digital Product Strategy from Vision to Execution appeared first on EMERGE | Digital Product Agency.

5 Factors to Consider When Building Your Product Strategy

Amplitude

When it comes to product strategy, there is so much conflicting advice that getting started can be confusing. Besides being vague or gimmicky, another common product strategy pitfall is to list tactics as an overall strategy. Product Mission and Vision.

How to Define a Product Strategy: The Value-Based Approach

Luke Gallimore

Good values = good goals = good product. Root your roadmap in something meaningful

How to Utilize Product Experimentation and Make it Really Matter In Your Organization

Speaker: Oji Udezue, Former VP of Product at Calendly, Ezinne Udezue, VP of Product at Procore Technologies, and Tami Reiss, SVP Product Strategy + CPO in Residence at Produx Labs

As product managers, we often approach things as hypotheses. We are in a constant cycle of testing and learning; however, we must ask ourselves if we are doing it effectively? How do you successfully note, understand, and avoid the common pitfalls during experimentation? Join Oji Udezue, former VP of Product at Calendly, as he will be chatting with 2 very powerful PM leaders— Ezinne Udezue, VP of Product at Procore Technologies, and Tami Reiss, SVP Product Strategy + CPO in Residence at Produx Labs—who have run teams specializing in product discovery and experimentation.

Talk: Creating a Product Strategy

Arpit Rai

I recently spoke at an online event for product managers organized by Pragmatic Leaders. The topic of my talk was creating a product strategy. product-management product-strategy product-roadmapHere are my slides from the talk: [link] And here’s the video of the talk: [link] [link].

Product Operations: The Fuel for Winning Product Strategies

Melissa Perri

of product decision makers cite lack of quality data as the main challenge they make when making decisions and only 21.9% Source: How Decisions Are Made by Alpha Everybody in Product has subscribed to the importance of data as a driver of high quality decision-making by now. Enter: Product Operations — the art of removing obstacles from evidence-based decision making. 46.8%

Radical Product Strategy

Radical Product

Photo by Randy Fath on Unsplash How to iterate less and achieve more In my recent talks and blog posts , I’ve shared the importance of having a clear vision to avoid common product diseases. And yet, I had caught what I now call the Iteration Epidemic where we try to copy the success of companies that found their success through iteration, trying one strategy after another to find the nirvana of product-market fit. Until now, product strategy has been a fuzzy term?—?you

The Cost of a Bad Product Strategy

ProductPlan

We spend lots of time praising the savvy strategic moves of winning products and companies. But for every success story, there’s a graveyard of failed products laid low by bad product strategies. A bad strategy is hard to overcome. And if no one realizes it’s wrong or adjusts course quickly, a promising product can become a lost cause. What Does a Bad Product Strategy Look Like? Those are slogans, not strategies. Product Strategy

Embedded BI and Analytics: Best Practices to Monetize Your Data

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

By creating innovative analytics products and expanding into new markets, more and more companies are discovering new potential revenue streams. Join Azmat Tanauli, Senior Director of Product Strategy at Birst, as he walks you through how data that you're likely already collecting can be transformed into revenue!

How To Create a Great Product Strategy

The Product Coalition

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Why You Need a Data-informed Product Strategy

Amplitude

The best product strategies exhibit a deep understanding of customers. They reflect how customers get value out of your product. After a product strategy has been set, teams should be able to not only measure the impact of product initiatives, but also discern how users get value from the product offering (and tie that value to concrete business outcomes). You need to be able to translate those insights into a measurable product strategy.

Pivoting Product Strategy in Response to COVID-19

ProductCraft

And the COVID-19 crisis has undisputedly ushered in a deluge of these innovations and transformations, as countless businesses have implemented rapid business model and product pivots—both large and small—to save plummeting revenues or meet changes. Read more » The post Pivoting Product Strategy in Response to COVID-19 appeared first on ProductCraft by Pendo. Perspectives Communication COVID-19 Customer Feedback Customers Innovation Product Teams

A Strategy Map

Roman Pichler

Coming up with a set of tools to capture important strategic decisions reminded me of treasure maps: It should guide you to product success, bearing in mind that not all treasure is silver and gold, as Captain Jack Sparrow put it. The map below shows the strategy tools I find helpful to make effective product strategy decisions. The Strategy Map can help you check if you have any strategy blind spots.

How User Acceptance Testing Can Save You Time and Money

Speaker: J.B. Siegel, VP of Client Services, Seamgen

Before a new product or feature goes into development, you have to gauge whether it will be a worthwhile investment. But what’s the best way to do so - and how can you get honest insights from your end users? Join J.B. Siegel, VP of Client Services at Seamgen, as he explores how to use wireframes and clickable prototypes to validate your product. He’ll discuss how user testing allows you to really understand your users - and how to use the insights to inform your product strategy.