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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Market-Facing Skills for Product Managers/Owners

Product managers (owners) need to drive market acceptance and actual user adoption, not just on-time software delivery. What market-facing skills does this demand?

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Podcast: Mastering Business Analysis

In this “Mastering Business Analysis” podcast, Rich shares thoughts on product manager versus product owner; output versus outcome; getting out of our cubes to learn from lots of real users; and building the right thing (not just building things right) to deliver measurable value.

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Metrics for Product Career Schools?

Various product management schools, workshops and certificate programs strongly suggest that attendees will get jobs as product managers. Success metrics seem critical here, but are notably missing. “Of the people who’s already spent thousands of their own dollars on this course, how many are now working as product managers…?”

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Podcast: Organizational Anthropology

Individual product managers are focused on their individual products/services, but product leaders need to think about their organizational context: how do we get things done? What motivates each functional group and how do we align incentives? Can we get out ahead of inevitable resource conflicts?

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Productivity vs. Responsiveness

Engineering teams focus on overall productivity and repeatability. Sales teams want account-level responsiveness. How can product managers mediate this inevitable conflict?

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Products That Count Podcast

A podcast with SC Moatti, founder of Products That Count. We discussed technology product management roles, career ladders, the critical need for cross-functional communication, how incentives shape what our peers do, and when a startup hires its first full-time product manager.

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Lean Meetup: Challenges of Enterprise Product Management

Lean Product/UX Meetup: Enterprise software products often have long sales cycles, lumpy revenue streams, and organizational gaps between buyers and users. How does this shape enterprise product management?

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Let’s Fire a Few of Our Customers

We may be over-investing in a few outlier prospects and neglecting our core customers. How do we frame this and get support to fire one or two?

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FIR B2B Podcast: How Product Managers and Marketers Can Work Together

Podcast on how marketers and product managers can work well together, and the importance of deeply understanding customer needs before building products or marketing campaigns .

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