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There’s a ton of Product Management content out there, but I found this podcast episode with Oji Udezue appearing on the Pragmatic Live podcast particularly good. If you’re trying to build a product management function in an organization, or you’re leading a product group, I highly recommend this episode. It’s also useful for those who are interested in moving up the corporate ladder and thinking about their future opportunities and how to make the most of it.https://www.podbean.com/ew/pb-rz7mm-108f6a4
Our own Srinivas Krishnamurti, SVP of Product at Productboard, was on Maggie Crowley’s Build podcast recently. Come have a listen to this fantastic chat on prioritization and how we approach it here at Productboard.And if you don’t already subscribe to Build, do check out the back catalogue of episodes — there’s tons of great content there to help you improve your product practices.
Our good friend Hiten Shaw is speaking at this month’s Lean Product & Lean UX Silicon Valley. And we have some tickets to give away. At this event, Hiten shares his lessons learned about how to pivot in new and also existing categories. You'll get an inside look at how he thinks about finding product-market fit for pre-seed and seed startups as well as for new features and products at established companies.To enter, reply below:Share a question or something you’d like to know about finding product-market fit; or Share an experience about how you found product-market fit for your product.We’ll draw for winners this Friday, July 16 at 9am PT.
Hi,I was wondering if anyone else has been down the journey of starting Product Management from scratch in an established company, and has any advice for doing so?I work for a IT Managed Service Provider and I have been given the challenge to establish Product Management as a department into a very Sales Driven company. I have tried going for some quick wins to show what Product Management can offer but I still feel Product Management is the last thing on Sales and Technical Teams minds when they are working.I don’t work in an agile software environment and a lot of that methodology doesn’t seem to fit well within a service orientated company and am curious to see how others may have tackled this challenge?ThanksDarren
Product and Engineering leaders have the same goals – to build and deliver successful products – and yet they are often incentivized differently and approach problems from different angles. At the end of the day, building great products and creating business value depends on good alignment and collaboration across these two teams.How are you ensuring your aligned with your other half and building products that matter together? What’s working? What’s not?And if you’re interested in this topic, check out our event this August.
I have been working in platforms as a PM and engineer for years and it has only become more popular during that time. They can unlock value for customers that companies can’t imagine. That is great but I feel it has become a trend and not a strategy. What are your thoughts? Do you think too many companies are trying to create platforms or do you think this explosion of external partnerships and third-party development is a great thing?FYI I am mostly talking about SaaS tech but anyone is welcome to chime in.
Hi all, Vicoland is an early-stage tech startup on a mission to shape the future of work. Our platform features a tool suite that allows businesses to effortlessly source projects with Virtual Companies (Vicos) across the globe at minimum cost, and maximum efficiency. As part of our constant strive to improve our users’ experience on Vicoland, we have launched a research campaign to update some of the wordings used on our platform. In order to be able to make the right decisions, it would be great if you could help us out by filling in this short survey. Thanks and looking forward for the results!Best, Ghanim
There is so much great product management content and ways to access this content! Which books, blogs, influencers, twitter, slack, research sites, etc., do you frequently use to keep up with the latest product management industry news, best practices, etc.! Reply back to share them! Thanks!
Hi Guys, I would like to find out about the structure of product department in your company For example do you have product owners or product managers and how is the definition of their respective jobs? Do product owners report to product manager? Do you have business analysists apart from the product owners? If so what is the difference between the two? Thanks in advance
Hello!I’m curious to know what others are using to organize their product development docs and relevant links. Between Jira, Confluence, Trello, design mockups, and everything else, we are struggling to organize our documentation. Our goal is to ensure that our team can access all of our product development docs in one place.Has anyone found a good solution for this yet?
Lara Hogan recently published a great piece, We Need to Talk About Your Q3 Roadmap on the look ahead for roadmaps. If you haven’t read it, you should.With parts of the world vaccinated, teams exhausted from the past year, and many who haven’t had a break in some time, many are getting ready to head off on vacations or seeking a break.Curious how your team is dealing with the your Q3 roadmap and what’s it looking like? How are you handling the impacts to your discovery and execution? Anyone exploring the ability to press through as a competitive advantage?
Hi Makers, I am a PM at a software company dealing with energy, manufacturing, and eventually life sciences/pharma space. We eventually are targeting an ISO 270001 certification to hopefully officially maintain some cybersecurity compliance. When treating the technical and procedural changes needed for cyber security, do you find this belongs on a roadmap? Is it the Product owner responsibility to get the factors for cyber security in the backlog? Or is it more part of the product vision and do you rely on your technical team? Has anyone here ever managed this in a small company?
Hi all, I was in a conversation with stakeholders from our Customer Success and Operations team talking through how to best leverage Productboard for sharing a near-term roadmap and the question came up on how other organizations notify their customers of upcoming or recent releases so I thought I’d check with this group. We are a B2B product. Our enablement checklist includes: in-app announcements, Knowledge Base article of the feature + highlighted in our “What’s New” KB article, customer newsletter, champion/exec newsletter, PR/marketing campaign (if applicable), Customer Success call agendas, Executive Business Review decks. What else am I missing? What channels do you leverage to let your customers know about the latest and greatest. -Megan
ProductBoard’s multiple integrations make it insanely easy to have a higher quantity of well-documented insights than anything I’ve experienced in the past. That’s obviously wonderful. The challenge I’m running into already is that Gong is a source of gold, and a time sink. As we add more reps and we add more demos, it’s consuming a lot of time. On the flip side, asking our sales team to pick and choose what things they push to PB leaves a lot on the table, and removes time from their revenue generating activities. Also, massive confirmation bias comes into play.What process have you found that helps balance time with the great information prospects give you on their calls with the sales team?
We have Teresa Torres joining us on June 8 for a great webinar on continuous product discovery (make sure you check out her new book Continuous Discovery Habits too - it’s a fantastic read and will make an excellent addition to your product book stack 📚)Let us know:What are your continuous discovery habits? What do you want to learn about or improve in your practices?
We just launched “The Dangerous Animals of Product Management”, a video series about managing challenging product management stakeholders. 🐺 WoLF: Works on Latest Fire🦏 RHiNO: Really High-value New Opportunity🦛 HiPPO: Highest Paid Person’s Opinion🦓 ZEbRA: Zero Evidence But Really Arrogant🐦 Seagull Manager: Swoops in, causes a ruckus, then swoops out againIn a series of six episodes, we give you the full scoop on each dangerous animal. You’ll learn the skills you need to manage these stakeholders and gain the confidence to stay true to your product strategy.Check out a preview below, and binge the whole series at 👉 https://www.productboard.com/dangerous-animals
Product Management gets really challenging when the Products you offer fall in both the physical and service space.Physical products run into more design details, supply chain, and larger cost related issues. Whereas service/software costs are relatively flat in comparison.Are you apart of a company that manages physical and service products at the same time? What challenges are you running into juggling these differences? How are you aligning teams and managing your product around these challenges?
We often have the discussion about prioritization within Product teams today.Three common themes we hear make prioritization challenging are:Misalignment across the Product Team(s) Poor governance on the prioritization process Choosing a framework on how to prioritize and the framework’s ability to scaleAre there other themes today that make prioritization challenging? And if so, what frameworks do your teams use today?
Starting a new product career or a new role is always an adventure. If you’re just getting going, it’s good to map out your first 30/60/90 days. I usually like to focus on establishing some understanding of the business, the product, how they work (their processes), and the people. And then get clear on the goals you have and align on those outcomes then get started. I would get some time with your co-founder and get clear on what the role is, what it’s accountable for, and the desired outcomes over 30/60/90 days and what support you’ll need.Do take the time to build relationships internally — these can help you, give you allies, and help you be successful.A few resources I can share that I’ve found helpful for my teams and even myself. TAPES methodUservoice on how to approach your 30/60/90Arpit Rai’s take on the 30/60/90Hackernoon article by Salem SmithIn addition to the above, I’d also consider doing a stakeholder map as you get know people. I like this one from the folks at Borealis
This latest episode is all about growth. Japna Sethi, our Product Growth Leader at Productboard. Japna discusses the impact of product growth to unlock revenue, what product-led growth really means, and what people often get wrong about product growth and product design. Japna shares what it takes to be a successful growth manager and why having an MVP mindset is essential for you to succeed in the long run. Hint, it’s not for the faint of heart or those who don’t cope well with setbacks.
Product Excellence is a structured approach to product management that emphasizes getting the right products to market faster through deep user insight, a clear product strategy, and an inspiring roadmap. Its name derives from the end goal shared by product managers who strive to make products that matter — products that make a difference in each user’s work and life.Want to learn more?Check this overview of Product Excellence Dive deeper with the Product Excellence Library - essential reading on the practices powering the best product teams
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