I was working with a future mentee last week and we noticed a recurring theme to some of our discussions — that a large part of good Product Management results from limiting the number of choices that our teams and our executives have to choose from, so that they make decisions that reflect the actual priorities that should be driving our next moves. In most organizations, there is an almost unlimited number of ideas, concepts, directions, and motivations from which to choose — and trying to manage all of them at once is certain to drive any Product Manager insane in very short order. Rather, in order to ensure that we’re doing the right things at the right times, we need to be constantly limiting the possible permutations upon which we drive decisions so that we can be sure that we’re moving in the right direction while being open to new ideas and concepts!
A lot of Product Managers wind up rolling into the position with little to no preparation, training, or even a real understanding of the role, and it's common for early struggles to really hamper a newly-minted Product Manager's success. To avoid … [Continue reading]
I'm often asked what I think makes a successful Product Manager, and after giving it some thought, I've narrowed it down to one key factor: Clarity. When applied to our daily jobs, this can mean any number of things: clarity of communication, … [Continue reading]
We've all been there -- whether you're a Product Manager or not, you've sat in a meeting that's going far longer than it should, horribly off-agenda, listening to people bicker about some minor point that's preventing anyone from moving forward and … [Continue reading]
One of the most fundamental requirements to be a great Product Manager is getting outside the four walls of your office and engaging with your market, your prospects, and your customers directly. Unfortunately, in all too many companies, this is … [Continue reading]
Due to the vagaries of how different companies and industries define the role of Product Manager, it’s often a struggle to determine what skills and abilities one must have in order to separate themselves from the crowd. But while the roles may … [Continue reading]
A common question posed to Product Managers in organizations interested in or transitioning into Agile is, "How do we know that we're Agile?" Because agility is a cultural value, there's no pre-determined checklist of things that one can step … [Continue reading]