Product Management is a hot role in the current market, partly because there are companies realizing the importance of the role, and partly because everyone seems to think that they can do the job. Without opining on either of those driving forces, in my experience there are three key things that any candidate can do to optimize their chances of actually snatching a Product Management role: assessing your skills, positioning your experiences, and pitching yourself effectively. If you can master these three key components, you’ll be best positioned to take your next role in Product Management — no matter where you’re coming from.
Due to the unique role that Product Managers play in most organizations, we're often capable of being the strongest influences on the overall culture of the product development organization and of the company in general. And while there are many … [Continue reading]
It's far too common in the world of Product Management for us to wind up being narrowly focused on the actual product development cycle - define, build, measure, repeat. But there's far more to building, launching, and maintaining a successful … [Continue reading]
I'm often asked by in both formal and informal discussions whether I think that Product Managers are stuck in whatever industry they start in, and if not how to break into a new one. And through all the years of having these discussions I've … [Continue reading]
I find it entertaining when people talk about how Agile and Lean and Kanban are all relatively new, untested, and revolutionary concepts. That's because they're none of those things -- they're simply descendants of ideas and concepts that have … [Continue reading]
When most people talk about "vision" they're evoking a concept of long-term planning, setting big and brash goals that you might or might not achieve, but which set a "north star" by which you can plot the course of your product and company. And … [Continue reading]
As Product Managers, we're called on a lot to weigh in on questions, considerations, and issues related to our market, our customers, and our products. And we're often pressured to provide opinions either with or without sufficient data to feel … [Continue reading]