I talk with lots of senior individual contributors about the risks and challenges of moving “up the ladder” into product leadership roles. Here’s a survey I fielded to capture their top questions and concerns about getting promoted. What do product leaders do? How do product managers signal their interest in becoming one?
Career paths for product folks are murky, with most of us falling into product management accidentally. Opportunities for advancement can be just as unclear. How do we think about product leadership roles, and how might we pursue them?
Rich Mironov will be MC for Australia’s largest product conference in Melbourne (October 17th) and Sydney (October 22nd). Organized by Brainmates, this year featurning Jake Knapp, Natalie Field and Bruce McCarthy — plus Rich’s personal reflections on a decade of increasing visibility for product management.
Industrial hardware and enterprise software are both great business, but have very economics, scorekeeping, and development models. To run a strong software business, we may need to retool some operating processes as well as executive assumptions.
There are some inherent mis-alignments among internal stakeholders that can complicate enterprise product planning and roadmapping. How do we understand these systematically instead of as personal confrontations?
Software is intangible: it doesn’t have weight or size or per-unit manufacturing costs. But if we’re in the software business, we have to assign units and prices that reflect our value to customers. And we should be mapping out pricing strategy before we start development, not the day before product launch.
How does enterprise product management differ from mass-market consumer product management? We’ll look at organizations, politics and experiments… and why “experiments” mean very different things in B2C and enterprise/B2B.