Podcast: Roadmaps, OKRs, Vision and Prioritisation with Bruce McCarthy

Mind the Product

He joined us live at the Mind the Product Leadership Forum to chat about how he builds his own roadmaps, prioritisation, product vision, OKRs and quite a bit more. Owning your product vision. Owning your product vision. *

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What is product vision?

The Product Coalition

A clear product vision helps making decisions so your product ends up where you want it to be. Vision is the art of seeing what is invisible to others.”?— Jonathan Swift Every product starts with a vision. A strong product vision applies focus.

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Vision vs. Strategy


I’ve explained that the context typically needs to be the product vision, and a specific set of outcome-based objectives for each team (OKR’s are an effective way to do that). I’ve already written about outcome-based objectives , and in this article I want to talk more about product vision, and especially how important the role of product strategy is in delivering on the product vision. Product Vision. Overview.

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Vision Mapping: How to Avoid Your Vision’s Natural Death

The Product Coalition

Vision casting is easy. At times it can be so easy that once the rally is over, the vision gets drowned by the hustle and bustle of daily chores. Whether large corporations or start-ups, I have encountered vision statements die by natural death or simply gather dust on shelves.

Sticking to Your Product Vision Means Saying “No”


Product managers wear many hats, but one of the most uncomfortable ones they’re forced to occasionally don is that of the product vision “Gatekeeper.” The importance of maintaining a product vision. It’s important not to confuse product vision with product strategy.

Developing an experience map for AI startups to define their product vision


Developing an experience map for AI startups to define their product vision Here at RealtimeBoard, we empower team-driven companies to create outstanding products and experiences while we turn challenges of distributed work into competitive advantages. The post Developing an experience map for AI startups to define their product vision appeared first on RealtimeBoard Blog.

The Lean Startup Trap

The Product Coalition

The Big 3 ‘Lean Startup’ Mistakes Companies Still Make Are you spending a ridiculous amount of time working on a product, and getting nowhere? If this sounds like you, you’re probably stuck in the lean startup trap. Lean startup sucks at discovering your customer needs.

How to Communicate When You’re Founding a Startup

Mind the Product

As such, for their team of startup experts, communication is absolutely key. Once you’ve got your startup or project up and running, resist the urge to ‘get building’ and take a minute to speak to people.

The Difference Between Startup PMs & Big Corporation PMs

The Product Coalition

While all Product Managers are tasked with providing delightful solutions for customers, there are distinct differences between the work of PMs in startups compared to PMs in larger, more established businesses. Now that there are more players in the game, competing visions are a guarantee.

From Startup to Enterprise Product Manager: Is Bigger Always Better?

Mind the Product

Observations of a B2C startup product manager working in enterprise. A startup, finding its feet and learning how to stand, should by certain logic be less wise, less capable and less developed than its older, wiser counterparts. This means a change in approach for product managers operating in startup and corporate environments. The post From Startup to Enterprise Product Manager: Is Bigger Always Better?

Taylor Wescoatt – Being the First Product Manager

Mind the Product

In working at Seedcamp and helping over 100 startups understand product thinking, Taylor Wescoatt has learned some valuable lessons he’d like to share, together with some real-world examples to drive the point home! Being the first product manager at a startup typically means being the 10th or 15th employee, and recognizing that – although product management has both tactical and strategic components – you’ll initially be more focused on tactics.

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Most startups don’t starve, they drown. Here is why, and how to survive.

The Product Coalition

Startups don’t starve, they drown. It was 2010 when I watched the online stream of the Startup Lessons Learned conference, initiated by Eric Ries. At some stage the now famous Shawn Carolan quote came up: Startups don’t starve, they drown. A balance between vision and execution.

How important is product management for your startup?

The Product Coalition

So the product management is the only one function that is offering business startups the significant advantages such as in setting up business objectives, targeting markets to deliver measurable products and services, and prioritizing the goals of startups.

Empathy & vision–and other innovation observations for product managers Apr 20, 2018

Product Innovation Educators

Empathy and vision advice from product VP. She responded with the need to have a clear product vision but to lean on empathy and flexibility. Innovation labs are often used by larger organizations in an effort to “act more like a startup.”

What’s next for marketplace startups? Reinventing the $10 trillion service economy, that’s what.

Andrew Chen

Is there still room for marketplace startups to innovate? Am excited to share a vision on the past and future of the service economy, in a collaboration by my a16z colleague Li Jin. We’re starting to see a number of startups tackling regulated services industries.

Product to Product: Ellen Chisa on how product prepares you to be an early-stage startup founder


Most recently, Ellen left Lola to launch her own startup that will make it possible to build a complete scalable app in an afternoon. While her startup is still in very early stages, Ellen is completely in founder mode. Latif: I would love to hear a little bit about your new startup.

10 core principles for starting up

Inside Intercom

There is an infinite amount of advice for startups, but if I had to boil it down to just 10 essentials, these are the most crucial principles for starting up that every founder needs to understand from an early stage. You need a vision.

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Lather, rinse, REPEAT! Becoming a CRO

The Product Coalition

Socialize Product Vision You’re the CRO (Chief Repeating officer) and need to socialize what should go in a product and how to market and sell it any chance you get. Fulfil your vision You are in charge of mapping out the steps that your team is going to take to fulfill your product vision.

Hypermetricemia: A dangerous product disease that you can avoid

The Product Coalition

We catch hypermetricemia when we focus on popular metrics to determine success, without giving sufficient thought to whether metrics indicate progress towards the vision. Profit should help sustain your vision, not lead it. We need to be able to hallucinate our vision.

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Re-designing the Product Briefing Document from the Ground Up ???

The Product Coalition

Hiten Shah Whilst researching how other early-stage startups communicate their product vision and proposed features, I found a great podcast episode from Drift discussing their “one-pager” document. startup remote-working product product-management startup-lessons

Product Takeoff

Product Takeoff

To achieve that level of confidence and to build products in that space we as product managers have to focus on a few key principals before we plan on getting the next thing in the marketplace.The four major principals we generally go by are Vision, Strategy, Team and Rapid learning.

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Understanding how Design Thinking, Lean and Agile Work Together

Mind the Product

Be stubborn on the vision, but flexible on the details.”. Product Design Product Development Process Product Launch Product Leadership Agile Culture Design Design Thinking Lean Lean Startup Product Development product leadershipThe ideas of Agile are great.

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Product Management in Small vs Large organizations

The Product Coalition

What to expect if you are a Product Manager in Enterprises vs Startups Startup vs Enterprise This article represents my opinions based on personal experiences working at large MNCs, mid-size companies as well as startups.

The Little Things

The Product Coalition

Big visions drive big innovations, which, in turn, generate big teams, revenues, and businesses. Many of these will surely make for good investments (have made some myself), but, as explained below, their effect on the startup zeitgeist at large concerns me.

Better medium-term product roadmapping with RICE

The Product Coalition

Between short-term roadmapping and long-term expressions of product vision exists a gap in shared understanding. business entrepreneurship product-management startup software-developmentWhy are we pretending like we know what we’ll be doing in 6 months?

Top questions asked by entrepreneurs around the world?—?Part 1

Radical Product

Consequently, you can apply product tools (Vision, Strategy, Roadmap, Execution and Measurement) to any product you’re building, to create change more effectively. This approach for prioritization requires defining two concepts for your team: Vision : What’s the end-goal for the team?

7 Unexpected Ways Your PM and BD Can Collaborate to Improve Your Business

Oren Steinberg

The vision can be much broader. BizDev Product Startups Business Development Lean Product Management StartupProduct Management and Business Development have more in common than you think. When was the last time your PM sat down with your BD? And no, I don’t mean when your PM explained the product so your BD could find the right channels to sell it through. I mean, really sat down to work together, open up and collaborate on everything.

Managing up as a newbie product manager


It’s refreshing to grab Latif, step outside for fresh air and sync up on strategic initiatives and product vision. Had I been too scared to say anything—and say no, that’s not possible—our marketing team would have a very different perspective of our product vision.

Lessons learned from scaling a team

Inside Intercom

Fun fact: do you know what one of the majors causes of startup failure is? Rare is the startup advice that survives first contact with reality. Startups do to the relationship between the founders what a dog does to a sock.” – Paul Graham. Startups

Why product roadmaps are so important

The Product Coalition

Also, it is paramount to know that features and deliverables are related to a bigger product and company vision. If your vision where to go is clear, that will make easier for you to refuse requests that are not related to it.

How to tell your company story

Inside Intercom

Once upon a time there was a group of founders who ran a small startup. But that same resolution is terrible for startups, or companies of any size for that matter. Up until now, I’ve been avoiding using the word “vision.” Vision, on the other hand, is just a snapshot.

Product Managers, are You the CEO of Your Product?

The Product Coalition

Create the vision for your product—and for your company A CEO’s number one job is to rally their employees around the company’s central vision, and to share just enough information for them to “see the future” but not to overwhelm them with details.

Inge Andre Sandvik – Adventures in Product and Entrepreneurship

Mind the Product

Like many other startups, Soundrop had its fair share of challenges trying to support an accelerated growth with limited resources. Ensure everyone understands the challenges each stakeholder faces and shares a common vision. Agile Product Development Customer Research Product/Market Fit 3rd Party Integrations Entrepreneur Integration Oslo partner ProductTank Spotify Startup Third-Party Integrations

Machine learning isn’t as hard as it looks

Inside Intercom

Improved techniques have helped us make stunning breakthroughs in areas like computer vision, audio recognition, and natural language translation. Startups machine learning math RubyIt’s easy to believe that machine learning is hard. An arcane craft known only to a select few academics. After all, you’re teaching machines that work in ones and zeros to reach their own conclusions about the world. You’re teaching them how to think!

Finding the Truth Behind MVPs

Melissa Perri

A Successful Start I learned about Minimum Viable Products like 99% of other Product Managers - through The Lean Startup by Eric Ries. Someone picked up The Lean Startup , had their mind blown, and said “We should do that here!” The Minimum Viable Product was first coined by Steve Blank and then made popular by Eric Ries in The Lean Startup. In the beginning, we talked about this concept as something to validate startup ideas. lean Product Management startups

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It is time to talk about Product Leadership

The Product Coalition

Once you understood each one’s uniqueness and built relationships with them, there are two main goals to be accomplished: Develop individuals so they can achieve results; Wisely communicate the vision of the organisation and the connection that it has with the work of the team.

How to get the team striving & thriving together?

The Product Coalition

The vision of an agile organization or a product manager is to work in a team that is self-organizing and self-driving. We share a common vision, a common goal and everyone does their part in achieving the goal, we help each other, we compliment each other and deliver.

The Art of the Strategic Product Roadmap

The Product Coalition

A recent poll of Venture Capitalists listed lack of focus as the number one reason for startup failure. This in turn creates a clear vision and set of priorities, and allows teams to tie their work back into reaching these goals. Strategy, visualized.

The Anti-Influencer Marketing Strategy to Grow Your Community


Here are some of the simple tactics I used to make sure our community could live up to that vision. Product Development Startup Lessons Product Innovator SeriesI hate the term “influencer.”.

Originals: being an innovator is not what might expect

The Product Coalition

When your motivation is strong, focus on how far you have to go still and what the vision is. There are two weapons: one is how far you have come, and the second is how big your vision is and how much room there is still there to achieve more. startup i?nnovation