Each week I scour articles, wading through the dogs, and bringing you the best insights to help product managers and innovators be heroes.
5 roles of a product manager. It’s a good day for lists! The five roles are (1) Customer Advocate, (2) Facilitator, (3) Dealmaker, (4) Stand-In UX Expert, and (5) Technical Skeptic. More at http://www.cleverpm.com/2017/07/26/the-many-hats-of-the-product-manager/
6 qualities of effective product managers. (1) Understanding of business requirements and customer need, (2) Technical experience and knowledge, (3) Capability for working with customers and balancing different requirements, (4) Aptitude for holding diverse and complex conversations with different groups of people, (5) Passion for continually exciting consumers, and (6) Adaptability. Read the details at https://thenextweb.com/contributors/2017/07/22/product-managers-slowly-becoming-mini-ceos
7 characteristics of great B2B SaaS product managers. It’s useful to compare this list to the one above of 6 qualities of effective product managers. (1) Thoroughly understands the product or service, (2) Deep knowledge about customers’ needs, (3) Realizes primary responsibilities, (4) Hard and soft skills needed for success, (5) Dynamic leadership qualities, (6) Strong decision-making skills, and (7) Anticipates problems. Details at https://www.codescience.com/blog/2017/7-qualities-that-make-a-great-b2b-saas-product-manager
Create a vision for product management. Product teams need a clear vision for the product they are creating and a framework for how the product will be created. A vision motivates and a framework alleviates frustrations. This article is full of good tips for delivering both https://blog.prototypr.io/atomic-product-management-6c1cb29bc480
The everyday innovation mindset. Hosting The Everyday Innovator podcast drew me to this article with a similar name. The three components of the everyday innovation mindset are (1) creativity, (2) collaboration, and (3) environment. More at http://dialoguereview.com/manifesto-everyday-innovation/
Create a culture of innovation to delight customers. Most organizations say they want to be more innovative, but few find a way to make that happen. Thankfully, that is changing, and these tips will help https://www.forbes.com/sites/forbescoachescouncil/2017/07/21/how-to-create-a-culture-of-innovation-and-learning/#1e2afde965f8