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Assessment of Product Manager Skills

Assessment of Individual Product Manager Skills

In this special video, 280 Group Founder and CEO, Brian Lawley, talks with Consultant/Trainer, Bill Haines, about an invaluable system he invented. Bill is going to explain the basics of the Individual Skills Assessment for Product Managers. Often times at 280 Group we’ll have managers or director or VPs come to us and they’ll want to do an assessment of their team. They wonder how good their team is at certain Product Manager skills and what skills should they be…[continue reading]

Lean Product Management Part II

Lean Product Management – Minimizing Wait Times

In the previous post on developing a Lean Mindset, we covered flow efficiency and how to apply the principle to get from idea to MVP (minimum viable product) faster. The post ended by mentioning two ways to shorten the time to MVP: Minimizing wait times (i.e., non-value added time) and Improving the productivity of our value-added steps. In this post we’ll focus on the first method, to minimize wait times. Eliminating wait times is one of the easiest ways to…[continue reading]

Developing a Lean Product Management Mindset

Developing a Lean Product Management Mindset – Part I

In today’s fast pace, hyper-competitive world of product development, a lean mindset is a new skill product managers and product teams need to develop.  But what exactly is a lean mindset? At its simplest, Lean is a way to analyze our process and actions in pursuit of delivering value to the market faster.   For product management, the goal is to achieve product-market fit in less time with fewer resources. It is a target upon which we will forever work…[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]

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]

Product Manager Burnout

Coping with Product Manager Burnout

Vision Built on Uncertainty When I started my career as a young programmer I was tasked with bug fixing as a way to learn the code base….I hated it. It wasn’t challenging enough for me. Now, several decades later as a Product Manager there are times I miss those days. Not for the nostalgia, but for the certainty. Certainty of the problem, certainty of the priority, and certainty of the resolution. I could actually run tests to see immediately if…[continue reading]

Product Management Prioritization tips

Product Management Productivity Tip #1: Prioritizing

As a Product Manager you will always have far more work to get done than you can possibly get to. Between thinking strategically and driving things related to your products from a high level to executing the day-to-day tactical work required for product success, you will have a full list of to-do items and plenty of requests that go unfulfilled. The ironic things is that the more competent you are, the more people will ask for your time and help.…[continue reading]