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Product Management

How Successful Product Managers Handle Feature Requests from VCs

Brian de Haaff | Posted 01.22.2016 | Technology
Brian de Haaff

You just received another feature request, but this one is different. It's a bad idea like many of the others. But, it's from one of your highly ce...

The One Habit That Will Wreck Your Product Management Career

Brian de Haaff | Posted 01.08.2016 | Business
Brian de Haaff

I read a lot of articles about product management. And recently I noticed a curious concept: the notion that product managers should do away with release dates.

So, You Are a Non-Technical Product Manager

Brian de Haaff | Posted 12.30.2015 | Technology
Brian de Haaff

I do not have a degree in computer science or electrical engineering or anything close, but I've always worked in technology. When I jumped into my first product management job many years ago, I was over my head.

5 Low-Pressure Strategies to Sell Smarter

Danny Wong | Posted 12.28.2015 | Business
Danny Wong

A high-pressure sales approach often makes leads and prospects uncomfortable. Potential clients want to be courted without feeling the pressure from a persistent sales pitch. Sales expert Bob Burg believes "a low-pressure--even no-pressure--[sales] approach will ultimately result in far more sales (not to mention greater career satisfaction for its practitioners)."

Product Managers and Project Managers Have This in Common

Brian de Haaff | Posted 12.28.2015 | Business
Brian de Haaff

I wrote an article recently about the differences between product management and project management. I was glad to read the feedback. There is a lot of confusion around these roles, and I hope I was able to provide an interesting perspective. But the comments suggested that there is more to cover.

Open Letter To Students Planning To Startup

Vishwarath Reddy | Posted 12.21.2015 | College
Vishwarath Reddy

So you want to startup? I have been there. I failed for many reasons, much of which was attributed to the fact that we had very less knowledge about various aspects of building and selling the product. However I learned a lot in this journey from my success and subsequent failure.

10 Sentences a Product Manager Should Never Say

Brian de Haaff | Posted 12.14.2015 | Technology
Brian de Haaff

Your words can be a powerful ally or your worst enemy. It all depends on how you use them. So, how often do you think deeply about what you are going to say before you say it?

3 Reasons Why a Sprint Is Not a Release

Brian de Haaff | Posted 12.09.2015 | Technology
Brian de Haaff

A very bright product and engineering leader at one of the world's largest media companies once asked me a question -- "What's a product release?"

Great Product Managers Build Walls

Brian de Haaff | Posted 12.04.2015 | Technology
Brian de Haaff

One of the best product managers I ever worked with created a physical boundary in her cube by placing a rug on the floor. When anyone (especially pesky sales folks) would start to stroll into her space uninvited, she would whip around and grumble, "You have not been invited into my office, yet."

The Challenges of Being a Product Manager

Brian de Haaff | Posted 11.13.2015 | Technology
Brian de Haaff

Who would guess that product management could be so bad for your health? It should be the greatest job on earth, but too many product managers are beaten down by lousy strategy, poor communications, and too many demands on their time.

15 Metrics Every Software Product Manager Should Know

Brian de Haaff | Posted 11.05.2015 | Technology
Brian de Haaff

The world of product management is rapidly changing. It is more data-driven than ever before. There is no doubt that data is impacting most jobs.

Why Diversity Is Difficult

Leslie Miley | Posted 11.04.2015 | Business
Leslie Miley

During my time at Twitter, I experienced the pride and sense of purpose on seeing #Ferguson and #blacklivesmatter on the most prominent wall at Twitter HQ. This is something I will never forget. But for some at Twitter, diversity is an obstruction to avoid.

The Curse of the Platform Product Manager

Brian de Haaff | Posted 10.16.2015 | Technology
Brian de Haaff

On a group bike ride yesterday, a fellow rider shared an interesting perspective. He has spent the last several years at a well-known technology company and was recently promoted to VP of Product Management for Mobile Platforms.

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.