September, 2017

How To Say “No” To A Feature Request

PM Hardcore

No (picture credit at the bottom). Sometimes No Is The Right Answer. Can you talk to me about a time when you had to say no to a customer? Why did you have to say no? How did you handle it?

Understanding how Design Thinking, Lean and Agile Work Together

Mind the Product

The ideas of Agile are great. It’s the way it has been codified into rituals and certifications, and rolled out mindlessly that misses the point.

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How to Break into Product Management

Under10 Playbook

At many of the meetups I attend around New York City, I meet aspiring product people, people in other functions that want to break into product management. I get asked how to become a product manager all the time. Product management is an important role and many people want to transition to it.

It’s Labor Day – Take The Week Off!

The Accidental Product Manager

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

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. The following is the script of my talk with slides. When Mind the Product releases the video, I’ll add it to this post.

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How to Work with Developers

Under10 Playbook

Great things are done by a series of small things brought together. Vincent Van Gogh, Post-Impressionist painter. A2A: How does a product manager work with product development?

What Should Product Managers Do When Their Main Product Fails?

The Accidental Product Manager

Theranos is in bad shape, but they have introduced a new product Image Credit: Wikipedia. Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past few years, you’ve probably heard about a company called Theranos. They are a Silicon Valley startup that attracted a lot of attention. They claimed that they had invented a product that with just a minute amount of blood from an individual could run a large number of health tests. This blood testing device was called Edison.

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. Trust me, when I say I’m an avid reader. Just take a look at my Goodread list !).

TEI 142: Platforms and innovation for product managers – with Larry Keeley

Product Innovation Educators

Savvy product managers use platforms. This episode focuses on platforms — a topic I haven’t discussed yet on this podcast. An effective platform strategy is important for growing organizations as well as those that are starting.

Alpha Product Management Survey Results

280 Group

If you haven’t read it already, the Product Management Survey results from Alpha are well worth the read. You can download a copy of the Product Management Survey here. It has some great insights about the state of Product Management so that you can compare yourself or your team to others.

How to Survive the Hardest Part of Product Management by Janna Bastow

Mind the Product

There is probably one part of the product management job we can all agree is the hardest – people. People are unpredictable, they have strong opinions and unconscious biases. Many people in your organisation have more power than you, yet they are wrong just as often.

Ask Steve: Who's responsible for product feasibility?

Under10 Playbook

Typically you’ll see a product manager doing product feasibility. A product manager’s primary job is to define the business opportunity, then guide the development and delivery of the product to the market. Product feasibility occurs in the DEFINE phase of product management.

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Product Managers’ Customers Are Now Shopping Online

The Accidental Product Manager

What does it mean if your customers are now shopping online? Image Credit: Elliot Stokes. The times they are a changing. As product managers it is our responsibility to stay on top of trends that are affecting our customers. One very important trend is just exactly how our customers are going about buying things. In the old days, customers would decide that they needed something, get in their car and drive to a store or a mall, go browse a store, find what they wanted, and then buy it.

What is a technology roadmap, really?

Roadmunk

One of the most popular roadmaps in our template library is the technology roadmap. Now, ‘technology” is kind of a loosey-goosey moniker—but the ambiguity is a result of its broad application (and this broad application also happens to be why this roadmap is so popular).

TEI 140: Market validation in 3 steps – with Bryan Elanko

Product Innovation Educators

How Product Managers and Innovators Can Validate a Product Concept for a Target Market. Creating a successful product requires a diverse set of skills and one of them is properly validating a product concept.

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. But they don’t […]. The post SaaS product management appeared first on Street Smart Product Manager.

Scaling Your Platform and Managing its Evolution

Mind the Product

Examples of platforms are all around us. Businesses that have been successful at building platforms have disrupted traditional companies and scaled quickly. AirBNB, Amazon, Salesforce, and Uber are just some examples of platforms that have become massively successful in recent years.

Using The Five Queues

Under10 Playbook

One of the most powerful concepts in the Under10 Playbook software is "The Five Queues." This article by Steve Johnson was featured in Pragmatic Marketing's Summer 2017 issue of The Pragmatic Marketer. Learn more about how to use the five queue technique with your product and technical teams

Take a Recess. Be More Productive.

Lead on Purpose

Guest post by Dave Crenshaw Think back to when you were a kid in about third grade. You’ve been in the classroom the better part of the day and a draining feeling would start to occur. Before long, that tell-tale … Continue reading → Purpose example health productivity recess well-being

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How to Monetize Your IoT Product

Tech Product Management

With their ability to gather data after a product has been deployed, IoT products provide a platform to generate new and innovative business models that haven’t been seen before. In this post, I describe some of the most interesting ways to monetize your IoT product today.

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Product management negotiation–and other innovation insights for product managers Sept 14, 2017

Product Innovation Educators

Each week I scour articles, wading through the dogs, and bringing you the best insights to help product managers and innovators be heroes. How product managers negotiate like a pro. Product management is negotiation.

Why Are Spotify’s Freemium Conversion Rates So High? Look To the Data.

Revulytics

The freemium business model has been popularized by companies like Spotify, the streaming music service, with a wide range of starry-eyed startups in search of similar success. Offering basic use of software for free, while holding back more robust features for paid users, is attractive to those hoping to build an instant customer base. The aim, of course, is that they evangelize the product and help pave the way for more users to adopt paid versions with richer functionality.

5 Product Leadership Lessons From the #mtpcon Leadership Forum 2017

Mind the Product

Last week I joined the Mind the Product Leadership Forum in London. Among the speakers and panelists were Matt Walton, Julia Whitney, Roman Pichler, Arne Kittler, and Brant Cooper. It took me two days to get to London from Yogyakarta, Indonesia for the night before the sessions, but it was worth it.

Choosing the Right Planning Horizon for Your Product

Roman Pichler

Planning Horizons and Planning Model. Bring me that horizon,” says Jack Sparrow at the end of the movie The Curse of the Black Pearl while steering his pirate ship into the open waters.

The Next Big Leap for B2B Product Management: From Market Problems to Customer Goals

High Octane Product Management

The next big leap for the B2B product management profession will be a complete shift away from “market problems” to a focus on “customer goals.” This will be the turning point that finally takes B2B product management to the level of influence and leadership it has always aspired to in the organization. Here are the three biggest reasons. 1. Customer Value is All But Guaranteed.

Could Your Next Chair Come From Amazon?

The Accidental Product Manager

Could Amazon become the next big furniture seller? Image Credit: Buck Lewis.At some point in time we all have the need to get some furniture. When this happens to you, what do you do? Where do you go to get furniture?

Soft skills for success–and other innovation insights for product managers Sept 8, 2017

Product Innovation Educators

Each week I scour articles, wading through the dogs, and bringing you the best insights to help product managers and innovators be heroes. Soft skills you need to be a successful product manager.

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Get SaaS-y: Empowering On-Premise Software with Usage Analytics

Revulytics

Consider this: by 2018, at least half of IT spending will be cloud-based, according to IDC. The trend toward moving workloads to the cloud is unmistakable and unstoppable. But even with the cloud’s increasing pervasiveness, on-premise software will not disappear. Talk to any CIO at an enterprise that made a substantial investment in on-premise software vs. SaaS and you’ll gather plenty of anecdotal evidence to that end. But even new enterprise software buyers are investing in on-premise software.

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. This could be in the form of a blog post or as a notification within the UI. But it doesn’t have to stop there.

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Product Manager as CEO

Lead on Purpose

Many product managers have begun their tenure with an up-and-coming company by hearing the phrase, “We want you to be the CEO of the product.” While many have argued the validity of this statement, it is something that every product … Continue reading → Product Management Uncategorized #prodmgmt capital CEO resources success

Recommending reading

Under10 Playbook

These are some of the books we mention in our workshops and coaching sessions. On Products and Product Management. In Turn Ideas into Products , author Steve Johnson introduces a nimble idea-to-market process with strong emphasis on personal experience with customers.

Changing the trajectory of your career: A September BPMA event you can’t miss

bpma ProductHub

By John Zilch – This blog post is based on an interview conducted with Brian Lawley, the CEO and Founder of the 280 Group.

Businesses needs product managers–and other innovation insights for product managers Sep 1, 2017

Product Innovation Educators

Each week I scour articles, wading through the dogs, and bringing you the best insights to help product managers and innovators be heroes. Why product management is essential to business success. What has made Apple so successful?

Re-Routing Your Growth Strategy: What Got You Here Won’t Get You There!

High Octane Product Management

Most B2B organizations get started the same way. They identify a niche problem and develop a solution. Then they do it again, and again. This formula might work for years. But eventually products commoditize, markets shift and the law of diminishing returns kicks in. The ideal time to re-route your growth strategy is before your growth starts to taper off. Here are seven things to consider to keep your growth in high gear. 1. Go Vertical .