Things Nobody Told Me About Being a Product Manager
Mind the Product
FEBRUARY 14, 2017
Shaun Russell shares his journey into product management, sketching out the well-trodden path he took to getting started – reading, taking workshops, learning from peers, and so on. But being a product manager is really hard, and nothing can prepare you for it.
The Ladder of Evidence: Get More Value From Your Customer Interviews and Product Experiments
MARCH 8, 2017
One of the best signs of an effective product team is a regular cadence of customer interviews and product experiments. But it’s not enough to simply check the box on these activities; we need to make sure that we do them effectively.
When should Product Backlog Grooming Take Place?
JANUARY 25, 2017
Option 1: In the Sprint Review Meeting. Your first option is to work on the product backlog in the sprint review meeting.
How to Achieve Your Goals By Creating an Enemy
FEBRUARY 6, 2017
DJ Khaled, the one-man internet meme, is known for warning his tens of millions of social media followers about a group of villains he calls “they.” They don’t want you motivated. They don’t want you inspired,” he blares on camera. They don’t want you to win,” he warns.
10 Writing Tips For Product Managers
APRIL 19, 2017
Tips for writing. (CC CC BY-SA 2.0 by jvleis). I’ve started working on an online course on “writing for product managers.” It will come out in the next few months. In the process, useful tips about writing keep popping up.
Effective Product Roadmaps
FEBRUARY 15, 2017
Product Roadmaps, in general, are confusing. The truth? Even the most experienced Product Managers still don’t have them fully figured out.
Getting Developers’ Buy-In on Build versus Buy
MARCH 12, 2017
In theory, Build versus Buy decisions should be straightforward: we compare off-the-shelf offerings with the time/cost/expertise to create them ourselves; we run the numbers; then we make an objective financial-technical decision before starting any work.
Tying Strategy to Your Product Roadmap
JANUARY 17, 2017
By Jim Semick. We’ve all heard about “strategic” product roadmaps. But what exactly does that mean in practice? A roadmap is a plan for your strategy that maps out the direction of your product. It provides context for your stakeholders and communicates the why behind what you’re building.
Product Managers – You Are Not the CEO of Anything
Mind the Product
MARCH 15, 2017
When Ben Horowitz wrote his groundbreaking memo good product manager, bad product manager nearly 20 years ago he described a product manager as the CEO of the product.
The Evolution of Modern Product Discovery
FEBRUARY 8, 2017
Product management is evolving quickly. The days of gathering requirements from business stakeholders and documenting them in long product requirements documents are vanishing. We no longer take months or years to release value to our customers.
Product Manager vs. Product Owner
MARCH 14, 2017
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.
How Cognitive Biases Can Help (and Hurt) Your Business
FEBRUARY 2, 2017
Nir’s Note: Buster Benson is a product manager at Slack who worked previously at Twitter and Habit Labs and is working on a new book about cognitive biases. He’ll be speaking at the upcoming Habit Summit in April. You can register here!)
The Value Inequality – The Real Meaning Of “Customer Value”
APRIL 11, 2017
Cost Plus Pricing = No Good. You must balance value versus (multiple) costs to determine price. (By By Hans Splinter, Attribution-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic (CC BY-ND 2.0)). People sometimes ask me “how should I price my product?” so I Googled it. I found a LOT of blog posts about pricing.
5 Things to Remember When Running a Design Sprint
MARCH 13, 2017
by C Emera Trujillo. Design sprints are all the rage these days and with good reason. As a flexible design framework, the design sprint can yield creative solutions that stakeholders & customers want.
Never make left turns
FEBRUARY 23, 2017
In the field of observation, chance favors only the prepared mind.—Louis —Louis Pasteur, French chemist and microbiologist. Did you know UPS trucks almost never make left-hand turns?
Apple Shows Product Managers How To Get More For More
The Accidental Product Manager
MARCH 20, 2017
The Apple iPhone 7 plus contains more features than the iPhone 7 Image Credit: Kārlis Dambrāns. You sorta gotta have some pity for the poor product managers over at Apple. I mean yes, they are responsible for one of the most popular products out there: the iPhone.
Product Management for Dummies
FEBRUARY 13, 2017
Not just for dummies, this book is for everyone. Whether you’re new to product management, want to add to your skills, are hiring product managers, or creating a product management process this book has something for you. Product Management For Dummies by Brian Lawley and Pamela Schure.
A Certain Ratio – Bringing the Donuts 03/27/2017
MARCH 27, 2017
What's the ideal number of engineers for every PM? -. I spend a lot of time with startups, and a good portion of that time helping them think through organizational questions. One of the most common questions I get from growing startups is, what’s the ideal ratio of engineers to product managers? (A A different kind of P/E ratio.) For fun
4 Traits of Successful Product Leaders
MARCH 21, 2017
Product managers may or may not be the “CEOs of product,” but how do you boss around a bunch of CEOs? Leading a product management organization is a unique role in modern technology companies, and one that was quite uncommon until fairly recently.
Why Your Product Must Stand for Something
Mind the Product
JANUARY 13, 2017
Christian Rudder, co-founder of dating site OkCupid, has learned a lot about online dating behaviour. As a data scientist, he’s also been in the unique position of being able to observe how people behave in the dating world when no one is watching them.
Selling Vs. Learning
JANUARY 17, 2017
I talk with product managers all the time, and always ask whether they are talking directly with end users and target customers. The most frequent response from enterprise product managers is “Of course! I’m on sales calls two or three times a week.” .
User Story Reflections
FEBRUARY 1, 2017
Users. As its name suggests, a user story describes how a user or customer uses the product–a digital product is captured from the perspective of the users.
Don’t Ask People What They Want, Watch What They Do
FEBRUARY 22, 2017
Nir’s Note: Irene Au is a design partner at Khosla Ventures and former Head of Design at Google, Yahoo, and Udacity. She’ll be speaking at the upcoming Habit Summit in April. You can register here!) In this interview, she chats with Max Ogles about design strategy for startups. Q: You have an impressive background as […]. The post Don’t Ask People What They Want, Watch What They Do appeared first on Nir and Far. Behavior Design In Action Behavior design habit summit
Writing For Product Managers: Readability Is More Persuasive
APRIL 26, 2017
In my Writing Tips for Product Managers post I suggested making your writing more readable. I mentioned a tool I use called Hemingway. It has both a Mac app and an online version. In this post I’m going to show how I use Hemingway. (In
Statistical Factors that Contribute to High Performance on Product Teams
FEBRUARY 13, 2017
Contributed by Greg Geracie. Actuation Consulting has been conducting research on what separates high performance product teams from the pack.
The Problem of Story Detail
JANUARY 5, 2017
The level of precision in stories is an industry-wide problem. In general, product managers want to convey high-level epics or scenarios while many developers want specific tasks. This represents a huge divide of expectations. Often product owners or business analysts try breaking big ideas (i.e.,
Powering to Success as a Product Manager
MARCH 1, 2017
Powerful Product Manager Keys. The post Powering to Success as a Product Manager appeared first on Spice Catalyst. Newsletter Dave Product Management Product Marketing
How to Make Sense of IoT Hardware
Tech Product Management
FEBRUARY 19, 2017
Hardware decisions impact your IoT product’s cost, user experience, application capabilities, and more. But only about 20% of IoT Product Managers have experience managing hardware.
How I Read More Books – Bringing the Donuts 02/22/2017
FEBRUARY 22, 2017
I read 61 books last year and it was easier than I thought -. At the beginning of last year I decided to try reading more books. I set what seemed like an unreachable annual goal: fifty. I ended the year with sixty-one, and a conviction that anyone can do it. It’s much easier than you think to read about a book a week
The Best Product Management Events Happening in 2017
FEBRUARY 7, 2017
There are plenty of fantastic ways to keep your product management skills sharp and keep up with evolving industry trends and new technologies. There’s no shortage of product management blogs, podcasts, and reading lists out there to keep you in the know.
Three Superpowers of a Product Manager
Mind the Product
JANUARY 10, 2017
As a product manager it’s not uncommon to feel pulled in a million different directions as you work to meet the needs of your customers, developers and company stakeholders.
Product Camp: Getting Promoted to Director
MARCH 25, 2017
Attendees of Product Camp Silicon Valley 2017 voted up this talk on “ Getting Promoted to Director.” ” We had an energetic discussion, including several real-work-life examples of senior product managers who were thinking about the next job up; or had already talked with their managers about promotional opportunities; or who may have accidentally set hard deadlines for roles that may not be open in time.
Make Your Product Stand Out with the Strategy Canvas
JANUARY 12, 2017
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. Luckily, the canvas can also be applied to individual products, as the following example illustrates. .
Research Reveals How to Take a Better Break
MARCH 30, 2017
Until recently, when I needed a break I’d grab my phone. Whether I was bored, mentally fatigued, or just wanting a pick-me-up, I felt relief checking the news, Facebook, or Instagram. However, new research suggests there are good ways and not-so-good ways to spend our break time. While some breaks can leave us refreshed and […]. The post Research Reveals How to Take a Better Break appeared first on Nir and Far. Upgrading Yourself