Sept 21-23: Hiring a Head of Product (BoS Boston)

Business of Software

Most companies that need a Head of Product Management don’t know how to find one. They write kitchen sink job descriptions; look for subject expertise instead of product expertise; fail to organize their interview process; and eventually give up on hiring the right product leader. (Or repeatedly hire wrong folks who don’t stay.) This talk will disassemble the problem, then offer recommendations for getting it right.

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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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Auckland: Product Management Leadership Games

For Product Tank Auckland, we’ll replace traditional front-of-room presentations theory with live exercises and group experiences borrowed from Rich private product management workshops.  Some fun and (we hope) fresh insights.

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Do Infrastructure Teams Need Product Management?

Many infrastructure development teams don’t have a product manager. That forces an architect or senior developer to manage a range of responsibilities they are not best equipped to handle: settling conflicting business priorities; internally “selling” the value of architecture; tying technical decisions to business metrics; making connections between software and end user joy.

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Your Audience’s Real Roadmap Questions

Your different audiences have different (often opposing) goals and incentives, which means they probably want different product decisions and therefore different roadmaps. You need to understand and anticipate their agendas.

What are the questions that various groups really want to ask, and how does that shape our roadmap conversations?

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“My CEO is a Finance Guy Stuck on ROI…”

How do we communicate product management’s view of prioritization and strategy to ROI-focused executives? Here’s my side of several recent conversations.

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7 Ways to Know That You Need a Head of Product

The “No Head of Product Syndrome” is where product managers are scattered throughout a complex organization, but lack an executive-level product leader who can to create conditions for success: drive good hiring/mentoring, create bits of semi-standard processes, and set achievable role/job expectations.

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One-Day Product Leaders Roundtable

This one-day roundtable (workshop) is specifically for those managing teams of product managers. We will collectively tackle VP-level organizational and leadership issues. Plus dinner the evening before: wine, wisdom, war stories, and closed-door networking with other product executives.

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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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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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