May, 2017

How to Sell Your Boss on Roadmaps Without Timelines

Mind the Product

Can’t get your boss to part ways with a time-based feature roadmap? Then sell them on the risk. I wonder what it is about feature roadmaps that is comforting to the C-suite.

The Secret Product Management Framework

PM Hardcore

One of the most challenging questions about product management has been – in my experience – “What is Product Management?”. In this post, I share a simple model or framework to answer this question.

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Managing Product Teams for Success

Product Talk

I’ve been thinking about the challenges of managing product teams by outcomes. Most leaders want their teams to have the autonomy to go after an outcome, but they struggle with trusting that their teams will do the right things.

How to Use Psychology to Make Persuasive Video

Nir Eyal

Nir’s Note: This guest post is excerpted from Nathalie Nahai’s best-selling book, Webs Of Influence: The Psychology of Online Persuasion. A film, a piece of theatre, a piece of music, or a book can make a difference.

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The T-Shaped Product Manager

Roman Pichler

Balancing Specific and Generic Skills. 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.

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How do I get into Product Management?

bpma ProductHub

The Path to Product Management. By John Zilch – I recently stumbled across a thought-provoking question posted on the Boston Product Management Association group page. Justin asked: “Is an MBA a pre-requisite for Product Management?” I thought that was a fascinating question.

Tech Companies are Addicting People! But Should They Stop?

Nir Eyal

To understand technology addiction (or any addiction for that matter) you need to understand the Q-tip. Perhaps you’ve never noticed there’s a scary warning on every box of cotton swabs that reads, “CAUTION: Do not enter ear canal…Entering the ear canal could cause injury.” How is it that the one thing most people do with Q-tips is […]. The post Tech Companies are Addicting People! But Should They Stop? appeared first on Nir and Far.

7 Ways to Know That You Need a Head of Product

Mironov Consulting

Over the last year or so, I’ve seen more than a dozen companies with a meta-product management problem that I’m calling the “ No Head of Product Syndrome.” This is where medium-to-large companies have product managers sprinkled around, but without a single point of leadership or concentration.

Teams Don’t Form Instantly

Under10 Playbook

Great things in business are not done by one person, they are done by a team of people. Steve Jobs, co-founder of Apple. One of the key ceremonies in bringing new products to market is the product team briefing.

Why Product Managers Should Learn to Code

Mind the Product

Building products is amazing. You take an idea – sometimes big, sometimes small – and with your team you make it real. Or at least you make a version of it come to life and then send it out into the world. Every day I find this creatively inspiring.

Agile at Scale – Outcome Driven (or Broken)

Tyner Blain

Taking agile, a process otherwise optimized for small, cross-functional, collaborative teams and making it work at scale is fascinating. You have to change some elements, and retain others, as you redefine the context.

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What Would You Do If Walmart Turned Off Your Gas?

The Accidental Product Manager

What would you do if your biggest customer decided to go it alone? Image Credit: Wil C. I seem to recall that there is a type of fish that attaches itself to sharks, I think that it’s called a remora. This fish then gets access to all of the leftovers when the shark feeds.

This New Template Helps You Write Better Product Requirements

PM Hardcore

“Communication” by Joan M. See below for image credit. Effective Communication is Challenging. Product managers tell me – and the people managing product managers tell me – that one of their biggest challenges is communicating with the development team.

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.

Affinity Mapping: A Powerful Tool

Under10 Playbook

What I need is an exact list of specific unknown problems we might encounter.—A —A clueless manager. Of all the techniques I’ve used, affinity mapping consistently delivers great results.

Building a Culture of Innovation: Dave Martin, Digital Director & Product Strategist

Mind the Product

Dave Martin , Digital Director & Product Strategist, talks to ProductTank London about how to build Culture of Innovation in Enterprise Organisations. Product Managers are well placed to share learning from failure and to drive a culture of innovation. Learning fuels innovation.

Top 3 Culprits of Underperforming Products

High Octane Product Management

Any number of factors can contribute to underperforming products, but the root causes are usually tied to a combination of the following three issues: . Vague Definition of Target Customers. When products try to be all things to all people, the result is usually mediocre value for most. The Solution: Prioritize your product investments on the market segments that are most conducive to revenue/market share growth and deliver solutions for a specific need (e.g.,

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It’s Memorial Day – Take The Week Off!

The Accidental Product Manager

If There’s A Parade, Then It Must Be Memorial Day! In the U.S. it’s the week of the Memorial Day holiday (on Monday). Since a lot of you will be making the most of this 3-day weekend, I’m going to join you and take the week off.


IoT World Conference and the State of the IoT Industry

Tech Product Management

Get an inside look at the state of the IoT industry, as reflected in the IoT World conference and expo last week.

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.

Are You A Trusted Advisor?

Under10 Playbook

By the time the average customer reaches out to a company or is contacted by a sales rep, that customer's purchase decision is almost over. Matt Dixon, author, The Challenger Sale. Sales is a wonderful profession, filled with people who are brilliant. But also those who are… less so.

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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. Their mission is to help every student realize their full potential through the best fit education their money can buy.

Podcast: How to Be Effective Without a Product Leader

Mironov Consulting

Steven Haines hosts the Sequent Business Network podcast. I was able to join him for this episode , focused on the symptoms of missing (or weak) product leadership, and its impact on individual product managers.

How To Find More Customers For Your Product

The Accidental Product Manager

In order to find more customers, you have to know how to search for them Image Credit: Jeffrey Beall. Just exactly what does a product manager job description say that we have to do? Yes yes, we are responsible for creating our product development definition, managing it, and delivering our product.

3 Things Successful Product Managers Do Differently


Today marks my one year anniversary at UserVoice as a Sales Development Representative. This means that for the past year, I have spoken to loads of product managers every single business day.

Featured Product Management Consultant: Greg Cohen

280 Group

Every few months or so, we will bring you a new interview with a featured 280 Group Consultant/Trainer who discusses a number of Product Management issues.

On Sale: Turn Ideas Into Products

Under10 Playbook

Steve Johnson's new book, Turn Ideas Into Products , is on sale for one week. In his new book, author Steve Johnson introduces a nimble idea-to-market process with strong emphasis on personal experience with customers.

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Engaging Product People – the Hamburg Way

Mind the Product

Last week the first ever MTP Engage took place in Hamburg and gathered over 300 product people – the largest gathering of product people in Germany ever! – for a day of keynotes, sessions and a number of side events to facilitate exchange among those who attended.

Practical Ways to Implement the Law of Attraction

Lead on Purpose

Guest post by Harrish Sairaman The Law of Attraction, like many other laws is a law of the universe. The Law of Attraction (LOA) states that a person attracts situations that are aligned to his/her vibrations. This law is based … Continue reading → Knowledge Learning Purpose action focus goals influence inspiration Law of Attraction motivation optimism


What’s A Cola Product Manager To Do When Your Product Goes Flat?

The Accidental Product Manager

People are concerned about their health and it’s hurting sales of Coke Image Credit: Hanna Pritchett. When it’s hot out and you are thirsty, what do you want to drink? No, I’m not talking about a beer – let’s talk non-alcoholic drinks.

Customer Value, Underperforming Products, Product Demo Objections and More

High Octane Product Management

The B2B Product Manager Magazine May 2017 is now available. In this issue we examine the impact of a customer value culture, why products underperform and three steps to connect corporate strategy to product, marketing and sales execution plans. Plus, tips on using white papers to generate more qualified leads and the difference between voice of the customer and sales feedback. View the May 2017 Issue. In This Issue: Blog: High-Octane Product Management.

Upcoming Events; Product Management Technology; SiriusDecisions 2017 Summit recap

Good Product Manager

Upcoming Events. Summer is shaping up to be a busy one for me, with lots of presentations and events already booked. Here’s some of what’s coming up in the next few weeks — hope you can join me at one of them! June 7 webinar: The Perfect Product Team. You can listen in when I’ll be a guest on the Product Lunch webcast series, talking about what a best-in-class product management team looks like.

UK Sale: Turn Ideas Into Products

Under10 Playbook

Steve Johnson's new book, Turn Ideas Into Products , is on sale for one week in the UK Amazon store. In his new book, author Steve Johnson introduces a nimble idea-to-market process with strong emphasis on personal experience with customers.

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Product Marketing at Stack Overflow – Alexa Scordato

Mind the Product

Alexa Scordato is the VP of marketing at Stack Overflow. Her company is an online community for programmers, and one of the tops sites in the world. They see over 45 million visitors per month, seven visits per visitor every month, and each visit lasts about six minutes.