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Five Product Manager Resolutions

Five Product Manager Resolutions (and a Little Humor) for the New Year

As 2017 starts off with a bang we at the 280 Group thought you might need a little help setting your Product Manager resolutions. We know you’ll keep these resolutions (at least for the rest of January maybe), and when you do you’ll watch your job effectiveness skyrocket. With that said, here are our top five resolutions for every Product Manager for 2017. 1. Use data and examples to further establish yourself in your company as the voice of the…[continue reading]

Agile Iron Triangle

The Myth of the Iron Triangle

I am always amazed at how often accepted truths turn out to be false. I am further astounded at how liberating it is to throw off the constraints imposed by those beliefs. The first myth that Kent Beck, the father of Extreme Programming, shattered for me is that change does not have to be expensive. The cost of change can remain relatively flat throughout all phases of the development lifecycle by re-organizing and re-thinking how software is developed. The second…[continue reading]

Product Management Productivity Tip 2

Product Management Productivity Tip #2: Master Email

How to Improve your Product Management Productivity by Mastering Email. As a Product Manager you can’t afford to waste time. Email sucks up your time for a number of reasons. You may read the same email multiple times. You may be tempted to respond immediately to messages as they come in. You may allow emails to get you off track from doing what is most important. Not to mention the fact that having an overwhelming amount of email is just…[continue reading]

Top 10 Product Management Linkedin

Top 10 Tips for your Product Management LinkedIn Profile – Video Presentation

Watch Mira Wooten present the 10 best things you can do for your Product Management LinkedIn Profile. The 280 Group’s Solutions Manager and Director of Recruiting, Mira Wooten, recently traveled to ProductCamp LA and gave this valuable presentation on the top 10 things you can do to beef up your Product Management LinkedIn Profile and get noticed by recruiters. The presentation was filmed by the good people at ProductCamp LA and you can watch it for yourself. Take the next…[continue reading]

Product Management Framework

The Importance of a Product Management Framework

What is a Product Management Framework? In order to understand what a Product Management framework is, it’s helpful to understand the literal definition of a framework: a basic supporting structure that underlies a system or process. So a Product Management framework is what guides Product Managers and their company through every phase of the Product Management process and helps to keep a discipline that can be extremely complicated, as organized as possible. Why is a Product Management Framework Important? Team…[continue reading]

Product Development Process

Applying Systems Thinking to Your Product Development Process

Product Managers Are Outsiders in the Product Development Process There are two underlying problems for Product Managers when considering any product development process, whether it is Agile, Waterfall, or a hybrid process. The product development process is a subset of a larger product process (from product conception, to detailed business planning, all the way through end-of-life). However, while the product development process is usually well defined and defended, the overall product process is often ad-hoc, if it exists at all.…[continue reading]

Tesla Agile Development

Tesla Agile Development: Product Management at its Best

Tesla Agile Development: Version 8.0 Software and Product Management at its best. Last week I received the version 8 update from Tesla. For those of you unfamiliar with how updates work with Tesla and the Model S or X, your car connects to your home wifi and then every month or so you get great new features downloaded. In my case, since I purchased my model S one year ago I have received autopilot (the car accelerates, brakes and steers…[continue reading]