Tag Archives: Product manager job

What if Product Management really went Agile?

What might we gain if we join our engineering counterparts in using Scrum, Lean, Kanban, and other Agile practices on our own work?  Agile proponents tell us that we’ll improve productivity, competitiveness, quality, and job satisfaction by going Agile.  Isn’t that what all of us… Continue reading

Four Complaints About Product Management – and what to do about them

Every product manager and product owner I know is smart, hard-working, and dedicated to their organization’s success.  Why, then, do developers AND business stakeholders still complain that Product Management is ineffective? As a trainer of these roles and a product manager myself, I am genuinely… Continue reading

“Value” Starts With Product Management

Holden Advisors is my favorite source for pricing wisdom. In their latest newsletter, Mark Holden writes:

“Value-based pricing is a bit like a magic show – everyone watches and enjoys, but they don’t really know how it’s done. ” Continue reading

Lies, Damn Lies and Roadmaps

You know the drill… a key customer wants you and their Account Manager to show up and present your latest roadmap, so they can see when they’ll be receiving their long-awaited products or enhancement requests. Of course, you did that nine months ago, promising said… Continue reading

Leadership: When to Speak, When to Be Silent

Great product managers know when they should speak up and when they shouldn’t – a key leadership skill that comes with long experience.  But if you don’t have the long experience, how do you develop this skill? Verbal Leadership – The Right Time to Speak… Continue reading

Gaining Credibility with Executives

In the circle of influence, what is your proximity to key executives or managers?  Do you have daily contact and/or rapport?  Or is your proximity infrequent, rare or non-existent?  If you struggle from a credibility gap, consider paying attention to the language that executives use. … Continue reading

Motivating the Cross-Functional Team

Probably the best and the worst things about cross-functional teams are that they’re … cross functional. They’re great because you get all those functional experts working together to make your product more successful.  But the bad news is that each person on your team already… Continue reading

You Can Lead Without Authority

Tom Grant’s recent post “Product Managers Must Have The Opportunity to Be Leaders” got me thinking again about this concept of authority and Product Management. Tom wraps up his post with this thought: “Best practices for PM’s role in innovation, or any other job function,… Continue reading

PM vs. PO: The Bridge Between Agile and the Business

We’ve heard lots of discussion on how to fit Product Owners into organizations.  The answer is often  “It depends” … but we don’t see much discussion of the primary driver of that decision.  It’s not your culture, not the org chart, or the existing skill… Continue reading

Business Cases: Avoid These Common Traps

With an economy that’s shifting toward expansion, many of us will have opportunities to propose new business cases in the coming months.  If you’re working on one now, or will be soon, be sure to avoid these common mistakes that can cause your business case to… Continue reading