Interviewing Like a Product Manager (Product School)

Many candidates applying for product management jobs are thinking only about their side of the process, and not applying their product skills to understanding what hiring managers (i.e. buyers) want.

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Turning Ideas into Software (Panel)

An interactive discussion about how to turn software into products, with some of the most innovative product managers in Silicon Valley (Mike Tadlock, Sue Raisty, Rich Mironov)

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Four Laws Of Software Economics (Part 3)

The software bits we release are not the whole product, but a part of the product. We need to make sure we ship a whole product, which includes a compelling story of interest to customers. Strategy, segmentation and customer joy matter.

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One-Day Product Workshop: Aug 15, NYC

Rich offered this one-day workshop for 12 participants in New York on August 15th. Agenda included product managers/product owners, portfolio thinking, and how to manage executives/stakeholders. Attendees get to revise the agenda, adding topics about “your first week on the job” and “how to say NO nicely.”

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Enhancement Requests are Personal and Political, Not Just Analytical

As data-driven product managers, we’d like to pretend that incoming technical requests are simply transactional. In the real world, though, real people and real agendas are involved. And that means there’s a personal and political context to consider when prioritizing demands on our already-overloaded development organization.

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What’s Your Strategic App?

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Software companies know that their strategic applications are the ones they sell to customers for money. What about for technology-enabled companies?

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Three Product Challenges for Entrepreneurs (Stanford)

Three perennial challenges for entrepreneurs and start-up founders are (1) seriously listening to their markets, (2) building customer-side savings/ROI logic, and (3) whole-product thinking. Tiny companies lack formal product managers, but need to apply some product management thinking to these fundamental product/market needs.

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4 Mistakes that Product Executives Should Avoid

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I spent some time this week with an executive who’s taking on a VP Products (VPP) role for the first time. We talked bout the unique challenges for a VPP, such as politely downplaying the hundred merit-worthy ideas arrive each day. He then asked what mistakes he should avoid on first arrival at his new company.

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Video: Product Management and Startups

In this video Magnus Billgren (of Tolpagorni) and Rich Mironov talk about the very earliest-stage startups and their need for product management thinking — even if they are too small to have a dedicated person exclusively for this role.  Conversation isabout founders with good product reflexes, lean startups, why there’s usually not a formal product manager among the founders, and when to add one full-time.  (In my experience, it’s at twelve to twenty employees.) This is the third in a series, recorded in March 2012 at Stockholm Product Leadership Days.

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Video: Importance of Roadmapping

Magnus Billgren of Tolpagorni Product Management talks with Rich Mironov about the importance of roadmaps as part of a coherent product strategy. How do we handle customer requests that are not in plan? This was taped during Tolpagorni’s Product Leadership Days, March 2012.

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