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Tips for Product Managers to get Executive Support

Five Tips for Product Managers to Get Executive Support

If you are in Product Management, executive support for your plans can mean the difference between your product’s success and failure. Getting executives and management to support what you are proposing can be very challenging and difficult. What can a Product Manager do to increase the chances of getting what they ask for? This video and article cover five techniques for just that. Watch Now Five ways to get executive support: Be brief and hard-hitting. Nothing will kill your chances…[continue reading]

Who are Product Managers Infographic

Who are Product Managers? Infographic

  What do Product Managers do? Product managers can work on a myriad of items be it: Software Hardware Cloud Services Or even Professional Services Many people say that even within the products they work on, there are a number of different kinds of product managers. Customer-focused Engineer-focused Design-focused Business-focused   Where do Product Managers come from? The majority (84%*) come from North America; 72% of which are from the United States itself. Within the United States, there is a large…[continue reading]

MVP needs to be a product

Why an MVP Needs to Be a Product and Not Just a Test

Language is dynamic, and terms in product management are subject to the same forces. Meanings evolve, and this can lead to ambiguity. The MVP or minimum viable product is one such term. It has been popularized by Lean Startup for nearly a decade. Although Eric Ries, the founder of Lean Startup, did not invent the term MVP, I credit him for its adoption into the standard lexicon of product teams. Interestingly, during the early days of Lean Startup, the whole…[continue reading]

Questions Product Managers

Two Questions Product Managers Should Ask Every Day

There are two simple questions Product Managers need to ask every day in order to be dramatically more effective. By integrating the questions “Why?” and “So What?” in to their daily work, any product manager can improve their effectiveness. Why? Asking why is one of the most fundamental things you can do as a Product Manager. Beyond the first ask, you should get underneath the initial answer, dig deeper in to some motivations and meanings by asking why several times.…[continue reading]

Prioritize Product Backlogs in Three Easy Steps

How to Prioritize Product Backlogs in Three Easy Steps

Prioritize Product Backlogs in Three Easy Steps Using effective, time-tested techniques to prioritize product backlogs is an important step in getting a product to market rapidly that meets customer needs. If you prioritize your backlog in a non-optimal manner then you may be wasting engineering resources by having them build features that aren’t the highest priority and don’t add the most value to your products. This video tutorial and blog post teach you how to prioritize product backlogs if you…[continue reading]

Women in Product Management Sara Wood

Women in Product Management Series: Sara Wood, VP Product at Gap Inc.

For a new series of interviews with women leading product management teams, I reached out to Sara Wood, currently VP of Product at Gap, Inc in San Francisco. I was curious to learn what led her to Product Management, the missteps and lessons she learned along the way, and advice that she has for new Product Managers. When I asked Sara how she got into Product management, she shared that she started using network technology in graduate school for her…[continue reading]

Product Management Consultant Greg

Featured Product Management Consultant: Greg Cohen

Every few months or so, we will bring you a new interview with a featured 280 Group Consultant/Trainer who discusses a number of Product Management issues. Our second Featured Product Management Consultant is Greg Cohen, an Agile PM expert who discusses the most important skill a Product Manager can possess and the most common mistakes made in an Agile environment. The best product strategy and plan in the world isn’t going to succeed if you can’t collaborate with others to…[continue reading]