While living in Sydney I participated in a brainstorming exercise that was based on Roman Pichler’s product canvas. This workshop helped shape the direction of our future product development. At the time, I don’t think I fully understood the value of our brainstorm. But, the artifact from that workshop proved to be incredibly useful for aligning our team and communicating with stakeholders.
Over the years, I’ve drawn inspiration from that workshop and related product management templates, and I developed my own version of the product vision canvas (scroll to the bottom for alternatives). Each section in the canvas will provide…
Imagine this scenario. A team member approaches you excitedly and says, “I just sat in this amazing sales meeting, and I have an idea for a new feature we have to build! You would click here and here, then be able to do this, and it would work like this!” Maybe your coworker is even drawing you a picture while they’re speaking to you. They finish off by asking, “So when can we have it?!” All the while your eyes are smiling, but you’re thinking, “Sh$t.”
First, take a deep breath. Product thinking is here to help.
I recently had the pleasure of participating in Prod MBA’s Virtual Leadership Summit series. Hosted by Henry Latham, the first centered around product leadership, and the second focused on customer insights and data. Both Summits features interviews with 10+ inspiring product leaders. Each talk is centered around sharing tangible advice for helping product managers grow into effective product leaders.
In our 25 min interview Henry and I chat about:
Note to readers: I originally wrote this post for CodeControl’s Future of Work blog in 2018. But, a lot has changed since then, and for the last 6 months most of the world has been working remotely. Therefore, I decided to revise and republish my advice for successfully navigating remote work as a product manager. I hope the tips help you and your team win!
I’ve been working with distributed teams for nearly 15 years, but my most challenging setup (yes, even when considering the pandemic) was in 2012. At the time I was in NYC working for a local…
Five years ago I had a great opportunity to run an innovation project at a well-known financial institution. While I had several years of experience innovating within established organizations and flexing my intrepreneurial muscles, I was definitely not prepared for the challenges I would face.
But, my experience at the bank helped me grow as a product manager and as a champion for experimentation.
Regardless of whether you’re building a new product in stealth mode in a far corner of the office (like I was), or starting small by experimenting with your existing feature set, these 9 tips are for…