2017

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Things Nobody Told Me About Being a Product Manager

Mind the Product

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.

How to Achieve Your Goals By Creating an Enemy

Nir Eyal

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.

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The Ladder of Evidence: Get More Value From Your Customer Interviews and Product Experiments

Product Talk

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?

Roman Pichler

Option 1: In the Sprint Review Meeting. Your first option is to work on the product backlog in the sprint review meeting.

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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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.

Effective Product Roadmaps

Melissa Perri

Product Roadmaps, in general, are confusing. The truth? Even the most experienced Product Managers still don’t have them fully figured out.

Tying Strategy to Your Product Roadmap

Pragmatic Marketing

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

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.

How Cognitive Biases Can Help (and Hurt) Your Business

Nir Eyal

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!)

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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.

Product Manager vs. Product Owner

Roman Pichler

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.

10 Writing Tips For Product Managers

PM Hardcore

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.

The best roadmap isn't a big effort

Under10 Playbook

The roadmap has become one of the most commonly requested—yet frequently misunderstood—documents in the product manager’s arsenal. However, for many product managers, the roadmap is an annoyance that must be changed constantly. The best roadmap is a report, not an effort.

5 Things to Remember When Running a Design Sprint

bpma ProductHub

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.

Apple Shows Product Managers How To Get More For More

The Accidental Product Manager

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.

Getting Developers’ Buy-In on Build versus Buy

Mironov Consulting

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.

Product Management for Dummies

Product Bookshelf

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

Ken Norton

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

Why Your Product Must Stand for Something

Mind the Product

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.

Don’t Ask People What They Want, Watch What They Do

Nir Eyal

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

The Evolution of Modern Product Discovery

Product Talk

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.

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.

The Value Inequality – The Real Meaning Of “Customer Value”

PM Hardcore

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.

When to contact clients

Under10 Playbook

You’ve heard again and again that you should listen to customers. You will learn entirely different things depending on when you contact them. Consider the client’s confidence in your solution over time and align your interviews with their phases from buying to production.

Statistical Factors that Contribute to High Performance on Product Teams

bpma ProductHub

Contributed by Greg Geracie. Actuation Consulting has been conducting research on what separates high performance product teams from the pack.

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.

Selling Vs. Learning

Mironov Consulting

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.” .

4 Traits of Successful Product Leaders

UserVoice

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.

How I Read More Books – Bringing the Donuts 02/22/2017

Ken Norton

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

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Top Tips for Negotiating With Stakeholders

Mind the Product

Product managers are meant to be many things – visionaries, decision makers, leaders and much more. But what about negotiators? Negotiation is rarely mentioned outside an interview for a product manager – yet, in reality, being a product manager is a role that demands good political judgement.

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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Powering to Success as a Product Manager

Spice Catalyst

Powerful Product Manager Keys. The post Powering to Success as a Product Manager appeared first on Spice Catalyst. Newsletter Dave Product Management Product Marketing

User Story Reflections

Roman Pichler

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.