Sydney, 1 March 2018 Workshop: Managing Upward for Experienced Product Managers

This interactive workshop with Rich Mironov will help product managers improve their understanding and skills for working (upward) with their executives. We will frame the main challenges for company executives, then look at specific tools/techniques that product managers can use to drive decisions/strategies.

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Dublin: Product Managers, Product Owners, Scalable Product Models

ProductTank Dublin is hosting a short discussion on product managers, product owners and scalable models for agile product teams. This is usually a large, loud, opinionated group — so should be exciting and unpredictable.

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Selling Vs. Learning

Product managers must be part of the (enterprise) selling process. But selling and learning are hard to do at the same time with the same customer. How do we create separate learning opportunities with a wide range of customers and prospects to deeply understanding markets, segments and fundamental needs?

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The DIY Illusion

It’s easy to believe that broadly available commercial products don’t give us exactly what we want, but that our internal team can quickly whip up precisely the right thing. This ignores some fundamental economics of software commercialization.

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Eight Mistakes You’ll (Probably) Make in Your First Product Management Job

New product managers have often studied the daily mechanics of the product development process, but tend to be light on soft skills, product strategy, organizational savvy, and market insight. Where do they get into trouble?

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Four Laws Of Software Economics (Part 4)

There are a lot of inputs to product strategy including advisory boards, customer forums, sales teams and ROI prioritization algorithms. None are sufficient on their own: we have to develop and apply strategic judgment, and test that in the marketplace.

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Product Spending and Implied Strategy

We make day-by-day or story-by-story prioritization choices without noticing the cumulative impact of those choices. But they add up. How can we easily see our implied product priorities?

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Why (Agile) Program Management Tools Don’t Help (Agile) Product Managers

Program management tools need the output of a good product management process, but the same tools don’t work for both purposes. Some thoughts on what product managers need to make good decisions…

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Conway’s Law for Product Organizations

Conway’s Law is an old but useful idea: the organizational structure of software teams shows in their code. The technical architecture grows to look like the org chart. In broader terms, how we group people and delineate teams has a real impact on the products we produce. How does this apply to product management teams?

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