Hiring a Head of Product

I’ve seen some patterns in how companies recruit their Heads of Product (aka Chief Product Officer, VP Product, Director of Product Management, or Group Product Lead). This post unpacks some fundamental misconceptions — and how to get the strong product leadership we need.

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Podcast: Cross-Functional Soft Skills for Product Leaders

A wide-ranging conversation about product leadership, stakeholders, understanding our different audiences.

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Nandini Jammi and Check My Ads

I’ve been following Nandini Jammi’s truth-affirming work at Sleeping Giants for the last four years, which is suddenly now in the mainstream with support of like-minded social action organizations and a rebellion of Facebook advertisers. She and co-founder Claire Atkin have just launched a for-profit company called Check My Ads…

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Lying To Customers

I don’t think that product managers should lie to customers or prospects. In enterprise selling cycles, though, there is a lot of gray space around what’s true enough. Can we draw some hazy lines?

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Podcast: Savvy PMs Engage All Their Audiences

a podcast about product management, real-world validation, executive teams, and highlighting the contributions of product folks on our teams,data-aware decisions

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Podcast: Product Leadership, Career Planning, and Getting Fired/Hired

Product404

What: Product404’s podcast, hosted by Kent Keirsey Recorded: 14 April 2020 Length: 46 minutes _______________ Product404 is an Atlanta-based product community, normally hosting in-person events.  Kent Keirsey is turning this into a podcast series (for now). Kent and I talked at length about product leadership; smokejumping into companies; moving up the career ladder; helping those who need it (in the current COVID-19 crisis and more generally); paying it forward; and what product management interviewing feels like on the other side of the desk. Give a listen.

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Product In the Time of Cholera

As product leaders, most of us have spent the first few weeks of the COVID-19 crisis focused on (worried about) our people and teams. But we’re now shifting attention to how this changes priorities and product plans…

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How Agile + Product Management helps build the RIGHT things the RIGHT Way

Most agile conversations are about morale, velocity (aka throughput), quality, predictability, and team dynamics. But we rarely address actual customer/user vale or business outcomes — instead hiding behind story points or vanity internal value metrics. This discussion will be about how strong product management bridges the outward customer/market view and inward development view.

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Podcast: Execs Don’t Always Know What Users Need

In this podcast with Jay Stansell, we note that company executives often have very different perceptions of customer needs than the product management team. How do we understand this, sympathize, yet still bring balance evidence into C-level conversations?

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Designing, Structuring and Leading Product Organizations (Toronto)

Product leadership workshops in Toronto and Kitchener workshops co-led with Saeed Khan. We’ll look at organizational structures, leadership roles, portfolio-level prioritization, mentoring, and other product leadership challenges. A very full day of learning, sharing, collaborative problem-solving.

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