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Product Management

The Product Manager Owns the Project Manager

Brian de Haaff | Posted 09.23.2015 | Business
Brian de Haaff

Have you ever worked with an awesome product manager? If so, you know that she set the vision for the product and managed the day-to-day activities of the team. She was at the epicenter of every decision and knew all the cross-functional team members like they were family. She managed the "whole" product.

The Agile Product Manager vs. The Scrum Master

Brian de Haaff | Posted 09.16.2015 | Technology
Brian de Haaff

Agile methodologies and scrum teams are popping up everywhere. It all started with software development but agile approaches are now showing up in government, non-profits, and even in families.

Your Startup and the 'Why' Driven Product Roadmap

Brian de Haaff | Posted 09.04.2015 | Technology
Brian de Haaff

Product managers should be the happiest people on earth. But most companies never benefit from their product leaders' love of innovation because they are beaten down by lack of progress and sometimes hopelessness even sets in.

How Successful Product Managers Avoid Burnout

Brian de Haaff | Posted 09.01.2015 | Technology
Brian de Haaff

I recently spoke with multiple former PMs who needed to take year-long sabbaticals to get themselves back on track. They were tired. Their anxiety was running high. They could not seem to get any of their goals accomplished. They were in a funk. Sound familiar?

5 Secrets of All Successful Product Presentations

Brian de Haaff | Posted 08.31.2015 | Technology
Brian de Haaff

Even if you learned to picture your audience naked to calm your nerves, you are going to need to say something of value. You can have brilliant ideas, but if they are stuck inside or wrapped in too much junk, they serve you no good.

The Product Manager vs. Project Manager

Brian de Haaff | Posted 08.26.2015 | Technology
Brian de Haaff

It was a big day. I was presenting a new product idea to the executive team. After speaking with dozens of customers, the product team knew that we had touched a nerve. This idea would be an excellent way to increase our market share against our competition.

How Engineers Want to Work with Product Managers

Brian de Haaff | Posted 08.11.2015 | Technology
Brian de Haaff

Engineers want to build the product. They do not want to manage it. So, you can see why a good product manager is an engineer's dream come true. They empower the engineers on their team to build things that matter by setting clear and comprehensive goals, strategy, and initiatives.

The Only Way You Can Create Brilliant Products

Brian de Haaff | Posted 08.07.2015 | Technology
Brian de Haaff

If you are a great technology leader or product manager -- you know a secret that others ignore. Managing relationships is essential to your job.

Product Management Lessons: How Not to Become a Project Manager

Ravikiran Rajagopal | Posted 07.30.2015 | Business
Ravikiran Rajagopal

Many in the technology industry collectively agree that the title 'Product Manager' is not well defined and I have seen this confusion for years. I will not attempt in defining the term because it, quite practically, differs from company to company.

Product Management Lessons: Focus on Your Customer in Every Meeting

Ravikiran Rajagopal | Posted 07.30.2015 | Technology
Ravikiran Rajagopal

Over the last few days, I have attended two meetings of more than two hours each. One was a road map planning with other Product Managers, and the other was meeting a customer/partner -- more of a distributor of our product.

4 Ways Confident Product Managers Deal With Failure

Brian de Haaff | Posted 07.29.2015 | Technology
Brian de Haaff

Failure at some point in your product career is inevitable. When it happens, your first instinct may be to run and hide out rather than face your mistake. Or worse, maybe you are starting to point a finger at others. But you are better than that -- and there is too much at stake.

This Product Manager Feared Customers

Brian de Haaff | Posted 07.29.2015 | Business
Brian de Haaff

If you want to be a great product manager, you must never avoid customers. The good ones and the rough ones. Here is how to conquer your fear and get back in the game.

Why Kanban Is Never Enough for Product Development

Brian de Haaff | Posted 07.28.2015 | Technology
Brian de Haaff

There is a growing trend. I hear about it on a daily basis. Product teams implementing Kanban style boards to speed up innovation and improve their development process. But many of them quickly realize they have made a mistake.

How to Deal With an Unpredictable Product Manager

Brian de Haaff | Posted 07.20.2015 | Technology
Brian de Haaff

We do not get to build many things in our lifetime, so what we do build should be great.

Product Managers: Stop Hiding Behind "Technical Debt"

Brian de Haaff | Posted 07.17.2015 | Technology
Brian de Haaff

Thanks to Daniel Elizalde for his recent guest post on how amazing product managers stop adding features and start eliminating technical debt.

How to Succeed as a New Product Manager

Brian de Haaff | Posted 07.06.2015 | Technology
Brian de Haaff

Too many new product managers suffer in silence. They watch others do the job and then struggle to put watching into action. So, what are the best ways for new product managers to gain confidence and become product leaders?

Meet Wayne, the World's Most Rotten VP of Product

Brian de Haaff | Posted 07.01.2015 | Technology
Brian de Haaff

It's hard to escape FIFA these days. The arrests of several officials on corruption charges have made global headlines for the past few months now. Clearly this is bigger than soccer. The "bad boss" narrative has mass appeal, whether you care about the World Cup or not.

5 Tips for Creating a Beautiful Product Roadmap

Brian de Haaff | Posted 06.30.2015 | Technology
Brian de Haaff

As Product Managers, building roadmaps is a crucial part of our job. Yet most of us still use outdated tools for roadmapping -- Excel, PowerPoint, wikis, etc.-- to try and keep several teams on track toward the same goals. It's painful. The good news is that there's a better way.

Hey Boss -- My Product Strategy Is Telling you "NO!"

Brian de Haaff | Posted 06.26.2015 | Technology
Brian de Haaff

Here is how it goes down. You turn the corner and the big boss (who never uses the product or speaks with customers) says "I have a great new idea for a feature."

The Product Manager vs. the Product Marketing Manager

Brian de Haaff | Posted 06.24.2015 | Technology
Brian de Haaff

Although the two roles differ (leading the product vs. leading the go-to-market), the intersection of the two positions is critical to delivering a successful product.

Hey Product Managers -- Stop Pissing Off the Engineers

Brian de Haaff | Posted 06.22.2015 | Technology
Brian de Haaff

So you are the product manager -- CEO of your domain -- and the go-to-guy for everything that matters. You help set the strategic framework for where your product and the business are headed and lead a cross-functional team to greatness.

5 Essential Habits of Highly Productive Product Managers

Brian de Haaff | Posted 06.11.2015 | Technology
Brian de Haaff

Great product managers are like many other high achievers. They seem to get more done in a month than most do in a year. When you find one you do everything you can to keep them, and you would gladly trade 10 good PMs for one that was great.

Going Against the Flow: Leyla Seka, Head of

Charu Sharma | Posted 06.30.2015 | Technology
Charu Sharma

In her five years managing the AppExchange team, she helped grow Salesforce's robust and innovative partner ecosystem of startups and ISVs building and selling the next-generation of enterprise apps.

21 Signs You're Dating a Product Manager

Sarah Cooper | Posted 05.24.2015 | Comedy
Sarah Cooper

For me, it was hard to tell when I was dating a product manager. Just kidding, I'm not that desperate. But you might be. And if you are, here are the signs to look for.

Going Against the Flow: Robby Stein, Head of Product Management for Video at Yahoo!

Charu Sharma | Posted 04.13.2015 | Technology
Charu Sharma

Robby Stein is currently Senior Director of Product Management for Yahoo!, where he leads product efforts for video out of Yahoo's New York City office.