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Hey allI’m putting an article/blog about the hype around Product Management.I’m looking for interesting stats. Like:The rise in new positions for PM in 2018 - 2021? Product companies who moved to Squads with PMs as leaders (Like Spotify, Gong, etc) How many schools out there teaching PM? are there new ones that popped up in 2021? I’ll be happy to be introduced to a relevant blog, site, or thread on thisSome of the topics I consider:How does PM thinking reshapes companies and products? The new squad model of work acting like mini startups within org? Will we see demand by investors for a great PM before a great CTO? How will this affect the job market? Will we see more nontech-oriented jobs? Will this open the gate for new abilities in tech - tech-biz-design integrators?I believe this hype is driven by a few joint forces:The Lean startup methodologies Squad work SaaS and its tech stack Freemium business models Realizing that it's all about customers needs not innovative tech ideas Cor
My team, Proxyclick, just got acquired by Condeco 🎉Exciting times with new opportunities & challenges. As a PM, I’m wondering about how to balance the need for business continuity with exploration of new territory (organization, new problem space, new solution space).It feels like I need a new “first 30/60/90 days” plan like when you’re entering an entirely new company or just starting out in product.Who has some experience with PM’ing through acquisitions (either from buyer- or seller side) and is willing to share?
Our amazing product marketer @Cberman is part of an upcoming event on January 27 with the folks at Future of SaaS called Turning Metrics into Money.Cindy will be joining others from Baremetrics, Actio, and Small PDF to talk about some of the most important SaaS metrics and how to dig deeper into high-level metrics and get actionable data from them.
On January 20, 2022, Marty Cagan is doing an event at Lean Product Lean UX Silicon Valley. And this time he’s talking about Product Operations Over the past few years, many companies have followed the trend of creating a Product Ops function. But what exactly does Product Ops mean? And is it always helpful to product teams?Marty will share the six different models of Product Ops, which ones he think are truly helpful, harmful, and harmless.We have four tickets to give away!To enter:Check out Marty’s blog post on the six types Add a comment below and share your thoughts on Marty’s thinking about the roleContest closes 1:00pm Pacific Time on January 14, 2022.
Hey product managers ,We are looking for PMs/Group PMs for a solution discovery interview. We are currently working on a discovery around roadmap improvement.During the interview, we would love to share a prototype of a roadmap improvement and ask you questions about its usability.The ideal profile for us is: PMs/Group PMs, who are non-Productboard users or users who do not use our roadmaps.If you would like to participate, please book a slot (30 min) with our team here. Thank you for helping us make Productboard a better product! 🤩
This is part of our bi-weekly series profiling some of our community members at Product Makers. If you’re interested in reading others, check out our previous Featured Makers.This week we’re featuring @pstrouven_pxc who’s a product manager at Proxyclick.Starting in Product ManagementHow'd you get started making products that matter?My first roles in the digital domain were 'business analyst' roles for a financial institution and in various implementation projects. After that, I became 'the product guy' at my own startup (this was my first real PM role and I loved it ever since!), then joined Proxyclick.What's one piece of advice you wish you'd had when you started working in product?Don't productize until you've walked a few miles in your customers' shoes. It's so tempting to fall in love with your first - abstract and technically beautiful - solution. Don't build it right away. There's no shame in acting like a service company until you've mastered the problem. Be a human solution fir
Hi all,I am trying to come up with a framework of who we are as a team and what makes us world class PMs working in collaboration with my team.I wanted to ask this question to the product leaders here. What are your thoughts? What are the characteristics of world class PMs?What kind of initiatives can make a product team world class at a company? e.g. meeting other product managers and learn from them OR focus on particular product areas etc. Curious to hear your thoughts. Thanks for the ongoing support.Ash
Hi all!I’m working as the Product Lead @ blackbear (a SaaS enabled Marketplace that solves all types of business challenges in 4 weeks) and looking for ways to incorporate customer-facing teams more in product development.Do you guys and girls have suggestion about how to setup a Strategic Product Team structure and meetings to gather feedback from those internal stakeholders? During these meetings we would like to gain feedback and let the features we develop solve their problems and those of their customers. Thanks in advance, Cheers,JP
Hello everyone, Happy 2022 and I hope you’ve had a lovely break over the holiday periodMy name is Stefan and I work within the Product team here in Productboard! I would love to meet more PMs from our community and talk with some of you around your challenges in product management. I would love to set up some conversations (either 30m or 1h) with you to get a deeper understanding of how you work and ask questions! If you’d be down for a chat with a PM from Productboard please do let me know and I’ll fire you over my calendly! Let me know! Stefan
Hi all, We all know the importance of anaytics and events documentation for a product. At my current company, the PM and engineering team can pass any events that can be published in our analytics tool ASAP. This has led to often seeing people leading to look at the wrong event or property and less confidence in the quality of events and data we are tracking. To solve this problem, our data team have come up with the following proposed workflow.1. Any time a new event or event property needs to be added to anaytics tool, PM / EM must inform the data team.2. Data team will approve the event, add it to the event data dictionary. Their SLA to complete this task is 1 week depending on the request. I want to find a optimised solution where engineers can still be able to push the event directly to analytics tool. Definitely, there should be standard procedures that must be followed but adding a sign off process where data team will push an event may result in decrease in team's productivity.
As the holiday gift-giving season comes to a close, what new gadgets or software are you loving? And which would you send back to the discovery phase?A family friend recently gave us a Wick LED candle, and it's definitely at the top of my "love it" list. The product team invested a great deal of time considering what people love about candlelight, the warmth, the flicker, that feeling of something special, and what people don't like about candles, such as fire hazards and melted wax. It's an inspiring product and a reminder to strive for excellence when creating something new. I can't wait to read what gadgets or software you love or leave!
Despite how hectic this time of year can feel, it's important to set aside some time to think about the year ahead and set our intentions.In this inspiring post, Productboard's product team shares their 2022 resolutions — reflections, learnings, and intentions on which they plan to double down in the new year.As a remote employee, this intention by @Gabor Szalai, Sr. Product Manager at Productboard, really resonated with me:"My resolution would be to intentionally take more time to (really) think. As a fully remote PM, I find that all forms of collaboration take increased effort compared to working in an office together (although now this has been a commonly shared experience due to the pandemic for a lot of us). Because of this, it's quite easy to be swept up in back-to-back Zoom calls, ever-growing Slack threads, and mostly tactical work."He continues, "In the new year, I want to be much more conscious about regularly carving out dedicated focus time to think deeper about problems, p
Dear product community,I have recently joined as a group product manager at a company. My head of product first question was - how would you do group product manager?I was not able to give a concise and convincing answer. What do other product managers think? looking forward to your response.Thanks,Ash
Hi Product Makers!I hope you had a productive week and have some R&R scheduled for the upcoming days. This week in the community, we had some insightful conversations and exciting announcements, including these highlights:@scott.baldwin announced our new Product Makers roundtables coming to the community in 2022. Space is limited to 25 people, so make sure to add your name to the list ASAP if you are interested in participating! Learn more here.@pstrouven_pxc and @david.morgan followed the Productboard team in sharing their 2022 product management resolutions in this post. @Niels Vynckier started an important conversation about time management and working in time blocks; you can add your thoughts here.And last but not least, @scott.baldwin shared our 2021 Product Makers community year in review here. Welcome new membersA big shout out to new members @Martin K, @ashwin, @dinamaria321, @Rok Pregelj, @matt.bremmer, @rsmartly, @rivkahcarl, @Alexandre De Carli, @jzarate, @alexdegregori
It’s that time of the year where we are all jotting down (or reading) product strategy docs so I wanted to share what I’ve done in the past… I’ve always done half-yearly planning and provide a product strategy doc with the assumptions, business context, strategy, objectives and key results documented. I then share this doc broadly with the product/EPD org and go over the OKRs all hands, etc. but what I’ve often found is that many folks don’t read this doc, primarily because they are all too busy with existing commitments. If teams don’t read the doc, internalize the strategy and explicitly commit, it’s harder for a strategy to stick so the question is, how to get the teams to read the strategy doc, ask clarifying questions and commit to it? One thing I learned from mentors is the idea of doing roadshows with individual teams where the goal is to talk through the strategy, contextualize it for them, take their questions and clarify the strategy and ideally get them to give you the thumb
Hi all, Often times I’m asked this question and we at Productboard asked this question as well so I wanted to share how we approached it. Perhaps this will be useful to you all as well… The more technical your product, the closer PMM should be to the product management team so if yours is a technical product, have PMM and PM report to the same person/org. If your product is less technical, have PMM report into the more classic marketing organization. Lots of nuance with org design so this guidance may not fit for all. Feedback welcome.
Hello all! I am having a bit of a time management struggle (as does everyone now and then), but in this struggle, I was wondering something. How do/would you fellow Product peeps divide time between different tasks? Do you plan fixed blocks of time in a week to work on specific tasks? Such as: discovery, data analysis, functional analysis, … Of course, depending on how big the team is and what roles exist, some tasks might not be your job, but anyway.My plan is to “schedule” the entire week with specific blocks of work, and only leave half of every day for internal or external meetings. Everyone needs to stay away from those planned parts of the day where I have work to do. That way, I know I have all the different topics covered where I need to put in some work, and at least half a day is free to get into some focus. How do you do it? How would you do it? Thanks for all the shared insights!
Hi Product Makers!This week we launched our new community playlist, which you can check out here. As @scott.baldwin mentioned in his post, the idea is for songs (and order) to relate to the journey in product management. We look forward to seeing what songs you add!A big thanks to all who contributed to the community this week.@ashivory started a thought-provoking discussion about prioritization here, and @Niels Vynckier shared his current time management strategy and asked for community input in this post. Welcome new membersA big shout out to new members @Amir Rozenberg , @inigo-montoyah, @Ashwina, @octavian.larion, @Zac Siegler, @Erin Chapman, @Rod, @Tim Bouhour, @Maria Nicholas, @claralafrance, @Mark Williams, @Thomas Daly, @Jillian Daley, @Ann Persson, @mcooke, and @janukobytsch for joining the Product Makers community this week! We are so excited to learn more about your work and hear your stories and experiences with product development. Did you have any significant accomplishme
The goal of this community is to bring together product makers to learn, grow, shape, and advocate for Product Excellence. For those of you not familiar with Product Excellence, it 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."If you are interested in learning more about Product Excellence, I've gathered some of the resources that I found most helpful as I learned about the philosophy.I hope these resources are helpful as you consider how to bring Product Excellence to your organization. Video: The five stages of product excellence by Hubert Palan Report: 2021 Product Excellence Report — Insights from 850+ product managers & leaders Blog Post: Becoming a product shokunin Podcast: CEO Hubert Palan's take on modern product management Additional Information: https://www.productexcellence.co/What resources have I missed? Add a link to your favorit
Upon joining Productboard, you receive a welcome package that includes, among other things, a copy of Inspired by Marty Cagan. After finishing the book, I can see why it is essential reading.My biggest takeaway from the book is the tremendous impact product managers have on an organization's ability to create impactful products that delight customers. Product managers are in the unique position of having access to insights from many different people, both inside and outside of the organization, including users, sales, customer support, engineering, and organizational leadership. As a result, they see a birds-eye-view of both the problem and the resources available to create the right solution. But I imagine that being in this position puts a great deal of pressure on product managers and can, at times, create a feeling of isolation within an organization.Product managers, I'm wondering your thoughts on Inspired by Marty Cagan? What were your key takeaways? This week in the Product Make
In this article, @kristina of Productboard provides a starting point for what you might share with colleagues to get them onboarded as effective contributors in Productboard so that you're not doing it alone!Kristina highlights:Why customer-facing teams should want to share their insights Best practices for those who are contributing user insights to the product team Recommended channels for submitting feedbackAs we explore the impact of product managers and how they can lean on other members within their organization for insight and support, consider how you might apply Kristina's recommendations to your organization.How have you successfully communicated to colleagues the value of submitting insights? Share your story in the comments below.
Hello!I'm dealing with a situation that is blocking the 2022 budget submission process.Context: no BI tool - building in-house defeats our purpose + no knowledge on how to do it - integrating with a 3rd party seems the most logical way to go. Currently any data is delivered upon request to dev team, in raw format. ROI difficulties - cannot reach an agreement within the product team about the following:> does reducing the hours on dev to deliver this kind of data (about 15 hours/month) can be considered as cost opportunity and contribute as money saving to our general profit? taking in consideration that this effort will shift in Y1 to operations teams until their dashboards get set up and they learn the tool etc (more than 15 hours/month for sure)> the model recommended is selling the tool further to our customers, as extra cost per subscription plan or create a premium plan with BI reporting. model out a revenue projection on how many customers will need to be upgraded Y1 and Y2
I am curious as to what others are doing when formulating questions for research with customers. Myself and @JDrummer (actually mainly @JDrummer) have been creating a stock set of questions that we can tailor to meet most needs when seeking feedback from customers. Do others take this approach and create a question bank that they can pick and choose from? If you do, have you implemented any tooling to help you manage this question bank and the feedback that is gathered?
Happy Friday!Thanks to all who contributed to the community this week. I enjoyed reading the comments on this topic, started by @kevinmaccauley, and thanks to @pstrouven_pxc for sharing two insightful articles in this post. Insight of the WeekInstead of sharing a win of the week, I thought we would mix it up and share an insight of the week.What's one thing that you learned this week? Maybe it’s a new to you feature in Productboard, or perhaps you read something fascinating on Twitter. It can be product-related or not; it's up to you. I look forward to reading your insight of the week below.Welcome new membersA big shout out to new members @Laura Delnevo, @Gaëlle, @Todd Strickman, @OsK, @Jamal Vleij, @rebeccaa, @Stephen White, @dintilla, @Bettina, @fredrikekli, @jhm, @rguldener, @JakobKrenn, @BMcGuigan, @AliciaH, @jsmith1227, @leigh-hill, @RyanJ, @Karlaytan, @Chaya, @ErikaH and @Jarle Skogheim for joining the Product Makers community this week! We are so excited to learn more about you
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