How cloud is changing product management

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Guest post by Mauricio Prinzlau A product manager is generally considered to be leading the product, as if the product were a business by itself. The product manager holds responsibility for various aspects related to product management, including developing roadmaps … Continue reading → Product Management Team Building cloud P&L PaaS pricing requirements SaaS security

Three Keys to Product Management Success

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As product managers you have a significant responsibility for the success of your company. With all the meetings, floods of email, and requirements to manage, the thought of spending time on areas of strategic focus can seem overwhelming. Start by focusing on three simple, yet powerful, keys to success: Know your market: Get a clear understanding of the market where your products compete, and work diligently to stay out in front of new trends and technologies.

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Leadership and Product Management

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Product managers hold a unique position in the company: they depend on people from other groups, but they do not have managerial authority over those people (in most cases). Their success depends on their ability to build consensus and inspire the other team members to do great things. Therefore, a product manager must earn the trust of people in the organization and influence them to do their jobs effectively and efficiently.

Leading product strategy and execution

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Building software platforms and applications that customers love, and will recommend to their peers, takes extreme focus and hard work.

Three practices of successful product managers

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A company’s success is ultimately a roll-up of all products and services selling for a profit. In most companies product managers have a lot of products and significant responsibilities. With all the meetings, floods of email, and requirements to manage, the thought of focusing on a product’s profitability can be illusive. Work with the sales team; understand how they sell your products.

Interview with the Cranky Product Manager

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For those of you not familiar with the Cranky PM, she is “a fictional product management professional at a fictional enterprise software vendor named DysfunctoSoft.&# She blogs about what she calls “fictional stories&# of product management and product marketing professionals. The Cranky PM has a wealth of knowledge and contributes considerably to the product management industry.

Developing high-performance product teams

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It’s difficult (if not impossible) to quantify what it takes to develop a productive and successful product team. Every product is unique, and every company does things differently. From a distance it may seem that there’s no process or methodology … Continue reading → Leadership Product Management Team Building Trust action collaboration decisiveness influence methodology motivate product vision productivity

6 Ways to Choose the Best Employees

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Consider these six … Continue reading → Leadership Product Management Team Building attention channels due diligence experience transparency Guest post by Jon Spivey The best employees help your company to thrive and achieve its greatest potential. So to reach your potential, you must put effort into finding and choosing the best employees for your company.

How you can inspire others to do great things

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So what … Continue reading → Leadership Product Management Team Building inspire motivate opportunity I’ve been thinking lately about how to motivate people and inspire them to step up, to take action, to do great things. I see so much opportunity for people, and yet so little motivation to make a difference.

Are you building a great organization?

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Whether you lead a classroom of school children or a major corporation, you should frequently ask yourself the question “am I building a great organization?” Why should you try to build a great organization? Because doing so is, for the most part, as easy as building a good one (see Good to Great chapter 9). Here are five posts from Lead on Purpose that will help you build a great organization: 1. Your influence can go a long way to building a great company.

Tips for Motivating Employees

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Managers and team leaders alike want to create the best possible environment for their employees in order to have a high-functioning workplace, but exactly how to go about this is a bit of a difficult question. Your employees need some place to relax and recharge, and why can’t this be right in your building ? A close-knit team works wonders for productivity at work. Plan group events with your team. Guest post by Marcela De Vivo.

How do you build the right culture in your company?

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The culture of a company can have a major effect on the value—in terms of products and services—that a company provides to its customers. The analysis revealed six crucial components on which companies should focus: Implement an effective performance management process. The Product Management Perspective: The products your company sells influence the company culture. It’s not so much about what the product does, or that it’s cool, futuristic or forward-looking.

Five rules for executive product leadership

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The original idea for starting Lead on Purpose was a recognition that product managers have the need to lead (inspire, motivate, guide) people who do not report them. The leadership role of the product team (PM, PO, PMM, UX) is critical to the success of any organization. Much has been written about where product management should report. Different factors such as the size of the organization play a role in where the product team reports.

How to Encourage Team Members to Lead

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To have a successful business, it is important that every team member is prepared to step up and lead when necessary. Use the following strategies to encourage your team members to lead. Ease your staff into leadership positions by first allowing them to share the role with yourself or other team members. Allowing people to co-lead projects reduces anxiety and creates a more positive leadership experience by giving team members someone to lean on for assistance.

Guest Post: Managing Your Manager

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Even managers have managers. Effective leaders understand how to manage these relationships in order to take charge of their own success. If you feel that your manager is making it difficult to do your best work or to enjoy your job, here are some ways that you can better manage the relationship: Pinpoint the Issue. Do you feel that your manager changing decisions is undermining your work? Next, look to understand your manager. By Heather Green.

Improving management effectiveness

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One of the primary themes of Lead on Purpose is leading effectively regardless of whether you are in a position of authority – in a ‘management’ position. However, I was recently introduced to a new tool that will help managers and leaders of small to large groups direct their teams more effectively. Elizabeth Haas Edersheim and her team created the ThEME tool to connect you to the “greats of management.” Build strong relationships with your team.

Why Sports Builds Leadership

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Team participation is often cited as an important aspect in using sports to develop leadership skills. In fact, team participation is often more important than the physical component, as a search through the biographies of the captains of industry will show: few of them were High-School Quarterback. They all were on some team, however. It is within the cohesion of a team that a captain will stand out and acquire the position of leader. Guest post by Jordan Spindler.

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Leadership is a relationship

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Actions that bring people together and bind them in a common cause are key to building effective relationships. The authors go into great detail about the importance of building camaraderie among the people you are leading. Effective leaders recognize the importance of building solid relationships. They spend time focusing their efforts in key areas that will build connections with the people they lead. What are you doing to build effective relationships? —.

Five tips for career growth

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One of the Harvard Business Review management tips states it very clearly: “Responsibility for your professional development lies squarely on your shoulders.” The Product Management Perspective: Career growth is important to every product manager I know. And when you work yourself out of the product management position, perhaps you’ll find yourself in an executive’s chair. Learning Team Building Trust career skills success

Becoming a decisive leader

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Making sure others are aware of your decision making process is key to team buy-in. How did the product Rogaine emerge successfully from mistakes made in another product line? The Product Management Perspective: Product managers make decisions constantly. This is a must-read for all product managers and product marketing managers. “Decisiveness is a way of behaving, not an inherited trait.

Taking leadership to the next level

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Sets the standard of building an enduring great company; will settle for nothing less. This inspires me and should give all of hope that we can lead teams and products and companies to success. —. The Product Management Perspective: Product management provides a great opportunity to nurture leaders at your company. If you have responsibility for hiring product management or product marketing professionals, take the time to find the right people.

Valuing the Differences of Others

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The Product Management Perspective: One of the highpoints of being a product manger is working with a diverse group of people. If we are open to new ideas and willing to learn from others, our products will be all the better. Enroll your team in a collaborative effort to achieve great products. Leadership Purpose Team Building development growth influence learner opportunities valuesGuest post by Dr. Andrew L. Thorn.

Five Actions for Sound Business Leadership

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One good way to build up enthusiasm on the job is to always focus on the brighter aspects of your work (the happy smiles of satisfied customers, for instance). Being an enthusiastic leader is important because it serves as a dependable source of motivation for the other members of your team. More often than not, the efficiency of your team will be nothing more than a reflection of yours. That is why you need to learn to allot duties to the members of your team effectively.

Accelerating Leadership Development in the Workplace

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In his latest publication Accelerating Leadership Development: Practical Solutions for Building Your Organization’s Potential , Bérard identifies key ways in which employers can work to fill leadership roles, whether through leadership training or business development strategies. Author Note: Global Knowledge are IT and business training providers who organize a number of leadership development training events designed to offer practical solutions for building an organization’s potential.

Sustainable and effective leadership

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The Product Management Perspective: The point of creating abundance is important for product managers. To the extent you are willing to consider all options from the different stake holders, the better your products will turn out. Leadership Team Building abundance acceptance accomplishments awareness “Removing what does not matter is the first step in figuring out what does.”

How to Foster Productive Communication with Employees

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Clear and productive communication between management and staff is a great stage-setter for a successful and rewarding workplace environment. Diane Pierre-Louis is a writer for Bisk Education and covers a variety of topics related to higher education and the workplace, including effective leadership and conflict management. —. The Product Management Perspective: One of the best ways to show customers you care about them is to truly listen to them.

Guest Post: How non-leaders can lead

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For non-leaders, these are behaviors that will help to build or enhance their personal leadership skills and will ultimately assist in helping to produce clear, tangible results for the business. Developing this as a conscious practice will help you build your relationships; more importantly, it will allow you to observe others as they lead. Peter Davey is a Senior Trainer for a UK-based management training provider and consultancy. By Peter Davey.

Managing performers and potentials – 3 steps

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In a time when the workforce is increasingly transient, your ability to identify high-performing and high-potential employees—and that of your managers—is critical. But if your end goal is to build a more robust talent pipeline (and it should be), performance can’t be the only point of entry. To that end, there are strategies that any manager can apply to develop high-potentials and high-performers effectively. Set Your Line Managers Up for Success.

Working with others

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Collaboration is the master skill that allows teams to function effectively. Whether you are the leader (or manager or ‘boss’) of the team or a contributing member, working effectively with others on the team is key to your success. To improve collaboration and work more effectively, talk openly and candidly with your team. I’m currently ramping up to speed with my new products and relying heavily on my development teams.

Lead by Example

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Five Ways to Be Influential and Succeed with Your Team. You may have some employees who communicate differently than others, conflicts to overcome within your team and roadblocks that can stunt creativity. But in the end, when you lead by example, you set the tone for your team and create a culture in your department and office. Here are five ways you can lead by example and influence your team to innovate and succeed every time: 1.

Arm the Messenger: Helping Your Team Talk Business

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Imagine you are at a networking event with several of your employees, enjoying an appetizer and mingling with other small business types, when suddenly you overhear one of your own team members struggling to explain what, exactly, your business does and how you do it. Instead, you can arm your team with the information necessary to talk about your business in the outside world. First, find out where your team stands in terms of discussing business affairs.

Guest Post: 7 Key Elements To Building A High Performance Team and Organization

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Managers and executives, who are trying to improve the performance of their teams, are actively helping to improve the overall performance of their organization. Wondering what you can do to boost your team’s engagement and output? Keep in mind these key elements of performance management: Image Source: Guillermo Camargo. The leader must be also able to motivate the team to accomplish goals. Time Management. By John C. Stevens.

Managing projects effectively

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A project is also run by a project manager, who is responsible for the day-to-day execution of tasks, and is often appointed by the project owner or sponsor. A good project manager must also possess the ability to communicate clearly, solve problems, handle interpersonal conflicts, and plan, as well as secure commitments. Below are more useful tips on how to manage a project effectively. The Product Management Perspective: Software projects have a lot of moving parts.

Managing conflict

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The Product Management Perspective: Product managers play a key role in the culture of the teams they work with. PMs have the power to resolve negative conflicts and lead their teams to a unity of purpose. Purpose Team Building beliefs choices conflict ethics“In a environment that is often fearful and ego-driven, she created a space where people could give up their worries and thrive.”.

Guest Post: Heart, Soul, and Intuition in Leadership

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There are a range of things to oversee and accomplish within your enterprise, a number of workers and staff to manage, and a huge amount of tasks and responsibilities to complete. The Product Management Perspective: As a product manager you may not get a say in recruiting staff and establishing a positive working environment; however, you have a great opportunity to be a positive leader among your peers. By John Daily.

Using smart goals and data-driven assessment

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Smart goals and data-driven assessment help employees and managers map career advancement – Guest post by Danielle M. Here’s what the acronym means: Specific: When an individual or team needs to tackle a large general goal, such as “Increase productivity,” it often helps to specify the desired action. For example, “increasing productivity” may be clearer as “increasing number of items made per hour” or “decreasing the time it takes to solve problems.”.

Leadership lessons from the mountain

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I had the opportunity recently to go up to Sundance , a local ski resort, to go mountain biking with my team. Success comes when you work together with your team members. Effective leaders know their team members and guide them to work effectively together. Leaders find ways to get their teams excited about their work. Leaders find ways to make work more fulfilling for their teams. —. Bad ideas and bad products will be exposed.

It’s the people

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Everybody knows it, and yet too many executives, VPs, managers or other so-called “leaders” seem to forget: it’s the people that make the organization successful. It’s too easy to focus on the products or the projects and lose track of the people who are doing the work. Here are three quick tests you can take to determine whether, for you as a leader, it’s really about your people: Commitment to the organization: Why do your team members work for your organization?

How Designers Improve Product Quality

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Specs don’t make money or determine product quality. In the world of digital products, only your live product can do these things. If all the beauty, logic, and research you put into them never make it into the live product, your digital product will fail.

Leadership and Teamwork

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One approach to coaching that is rapidly gaining popularity is what is known as the Double-Goal Coaching Philosophy : emphasis is placed not only on winning, but also on team members’ learning and self-improvement. In the world of business management, the game is played for keeps, but not all employees respond exclusively to a win-lose attitude. Follow these tips to promote a successful workplace that motivates team members and ultimately drives up productivity and profits.