Get a Mentor, Be a Mentor

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There’s been a lot of good chatter in the PM-osphere about the need for mentoring. If you’re looking for a product management mentor, be clear about your needs and goals. If you can be a mentor, please pitch in.

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Is Apple the new Microsoft?

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A decade ago, Microsoft owned the desktop OS market, and pushed users around a lot. Lately, it feels like Apple is working on their strategic agenda harder than they’re working on mine.

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Consultant, Position Thyself!

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If you’re any good at product management/product marketing, you know how to position products/services. Consultants are their own products, so you need to apply those tools to yourself.

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Good, Better and Great Product Management

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A keynote on good/better/great product management for Product Camp LA, March 2014. Defines minimally viable product management.

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Roadmap Process or Roadmap Results?

Complaints about roadmapping processes may really be about the results. If we want more features/releases faster than Engineering will commit to – or can deliver – then no roadmapping process will get us the results that we want.

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A Quick Exercise of Viewpoints

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Here’s a team-building exercises for software managers/executives. There are two cards, defining both sides of a scenario. Find someone to try this out with…

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Customer Value and What Things Are Worth

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How do we understand value from the customer’s point of view, not just the vendor? How do we choose pricing units, what portion of value can we capture, and why do we have to do the math/thinking in advance for customers?

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IT@Cork: Product Manager/Product Owner Challenges

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Focusing on skills rather than titles, how do we avoid product manager/owner failure modes for revenue (commercial) software? And why do revenue software companies hire product managers, when agile development teams are looking for product owners?

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Jan 22 webinar: Demystifying Agile Product Management

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SynerZip and AgileDFW sponsored this webinar:
- What is a product manager, and how does this map to Agile’s product owner role?
- Where do we find/how do we train such folks?
- What about distributed teams?

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What We Need in a VP of Product Management

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Executives are often unclear about what a VP of Product Management does, and therefore the skills and experience to look for in candidates. Here are six aspects of the senior product job that tilt toward experience and organizational skills – rather than pure technical brilliance.

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