The Product Leadership Career Ladder

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?

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Aug 7, Palo Alto/SVPMA: What Do Product Leaders Do? (and How Can I Become 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?

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Sept 24/25, Cleveland: INDUSTRY Conference

This year’s INDUSTRY speakers include Jason Fried, Jessica Tiwari, Bob Moesta. Rich’s talk is “Moving Up Into Product Leadership,” excerpted from his half-day workshops at the conference.

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October 17 & 22, Melbourne/Sydney: Leading The Product Conference

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.

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How (Industrial) Hardware Is Different from (B2B) Software

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.

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Videocast: Moving Up into a Product Leadership Role

A videocast with Mike Belsito of Product Collective about “Moving Up into a Product Leadership Roles”

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Dublin: Organizational Challenge of Enterprise Roadmapping

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? 

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Cambridge: Software Pricing Demystified (Business of Software Europe)

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. 

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Seattle: Understanding Enterprise Product Companies

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.

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Podcast… “The Rich Mironov Hypothesis: Great Product Leadership is Both Subtle and Slow to Pay Off”

Holly Hester-Reilly’s Product Science Podcast brings me in for an episode called “The Rich Mironov Hypothesis: Great Product Leadership is Both Subtle and Slow to Pay Off”

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