What Do Product Leaders Worry About? (Survey)

My year-end survey of 120 product leaders about their top issues: building the right thing, portfolio trade-offs, training/mentoring, capturing authority, and others – including getting products built and to market.

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Podcast: The Evolution of Tech Product Management

In this Product Leadership podcast, we talked about the evolution of tech product management; empathy as a core skill of product leaders; that we shouldn’t be envious of the biggest or shiniest tech companies; and why product managers shouldn’t claim to be the CEOs of their products.

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“I’ll Quit Unless…”

Employees can deliver ultimatums (“I’ll quit unless…”), even if that’s not their real intention. Poor communication meets unretractable threats. As managers, we need to avoid panic, listen for underlying issues, and identify solutions.

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The Slippery Slope of Sales-Led Development

Occasionally building something unique and small for a single customer makes sense. But enterprise software companies can easily fall into the habit of including custom work in too many of their major deals… with disastrous results. This (long) post lays out root issues and possible solutions.

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Product Love Podcast with Pendo’s Eric Boduch

Eric Boduch hosts Pendo’s Product Love podcast. In this episode, we discussed enterprise vs consumer; roadmaps; organizations; chasing competitor features; DevOps; the need for product leaders to “merchandize” what product folks do; and being students of human behavior.

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Boston: Roadmapping’s Organizational Challenges (Business of Software)

Business of Software

Rich Mironov joins Business of Software Conference in Boston on Oct 1-3 for “What To Do About Your Audience’s Real Roadmap Questions.” Other speakers include Jared Spool, Tania Katan, Peldi Guilizzoni, Claire Suellentrop, David Cancel and Bruce McCarthy.

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Athens: The Need for Real End User Validation

Rich will give a talk on “Product Managers, Product Owners, and the need for Real End User Validation” at Agile Summit Greece, 21 Sept 2018.

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Auckland: Scaling SaaS

Callaghan Innovation’s conference on “Scaling Your SaaS Business Faster” is for NZ business/technical leaders, especially software entrepreneurs. Rich Mironov’s keynote is on product/market fit and product management, followed by workshops on early validation techniques.

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Auckland: Product Management Leadership Games

For Product Tank Auckland, we’ll replace traditional front-of-room presentations theory with live exercises and group experiences borrowed from Rich private product management workshops.  Some fun and (we hope) fresh insights.

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How to Make Time for Customer Interviews & Validation

Product leaders need to push their teams toward regular direct user/customer feedback, unmediated by sales or marketing or support. I’m suggesting one live user interview per week. But how can we find time for that, and make it important enough to compete with other urgent work?

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