The Everyday Innovator Podcast for Product Managers http://productinnovationeducators.com Discussions with and for Product Managers and Innovators Mon, 24 Apr 2017 13:52:38 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.3 The Everyday Innovator is a weekly podcast dedicated to your success as a product manager and innovator. Join me, Chad McAllister, for interviews with product professionals, discussing their successes, failures, and lessons-learned to help you excel in your career and create products your customers will love. Every organization must have products that provide value to their customers. People like you who know how to create that value are the ones with real influence. The topics are relevant to product and innovation management, and include: creating a culture of innovation, managing product development, validating the viability of product concepts, conducting market research, selecting a product innovation methodology, generating product ideas, working well with teams and cross-functionally, and much more. Chad McAllister, PhD - Helping Product Managers become Product Masters clean Chad McAllister, PhD - Helping Product Managers become Product Masters chad@productinnovationeducators.com chad@productinnovationeducators.com (Chad McAllister, PhD - Helping Product Managers become Product Masters) Copyright © Product Innovation Educators and The Everyday Innovator · All rights reserved. Interviews for product managers and innovators. The Everyday Innovator Podcast for Product Managers http://productinnovationeducators.com/wp-content/uploads/powerpress/TEI-cover-final-1400.png http://productinnovationeducators.com TV-G 120422184 TEI 121: How top product managers launch awesome products and build successful teams- with Richard Banfield http://productinnovationeducators.com/blog/tei-121-how-top-product-managers-launch-awesome-products-and-build-successful-teams-with-richard-banfield/ Mon, 24 Apr 2017 11:50:00 +0000 http://productinnovationeducators.com/?p=10765 http://productinnovationeducators.com/blog/tei-121-how-top-product-managers-launch-awesome-products-and-build-successful-teams-with-richard-banfield/#respond http://productinnovationeducators.com/blog/tei-121-how-top-product-managers-launch-awesome-products-and-build-successful-teams-with-richard-banfield/feed/ 0 <p>Listen to the Interview   As you know from my Product Mastery Roadmap, product masters are the product leaders who have influence throughout an organization to launch awesome products customers love and to build successful product teams. And, this is exactly the topic I discuss with my guest. Richard Banfield has co-authored an exciting new […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://productinnovationeducators.com/blog/tei-121-how-top-product-managers-launch-awesome-products-and-build-successful-teams-with-richard-banfield/">TEI 121: How top product managers launch awesome products and build successful teams- with Richard Banfield</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://productinnovationeducators.com">Product Innovation Educators</a>.</p> Listen to the Interview

 

Product Manager Interview -- Richard BanfieldAs you know from my Product Mastery Roadmap, product masters are the product leaders who have influence throughout an organization to launch awesome products customers love and to build successful product teams. And, this is exactly the topic I discuss with my guest.

Richard Banfield has co-authored an exciting new book for product managers along with Martin Eriksson, the founder of ProductTank, and Nate Walkingshaw, Chief Experience Officer at Pluralsight. The title of the book is Product Leadership: How Top Product Managers Launch Awesome Products and Build Successful Teams. It is available for pre-order on Amazon and at http://productleadershipbook.com/.

The pre-publication version I was able to read was excellent and I’m looking forward to getting the final version when it is released in May. This discussion with Richard will give you a preview and valuable insights for becoming a product leader.

Richard is the CEO of Fresh Tilled Soil, where he leads strategic vision. He’s also a mentor at TechStars and BluePrintHealth, an advisor and lecturer at the Boston Startup School, and serves on the executive committees of TEDxBoston, the AdClub’s Edge Conference, and Boston Regional Entrepreneurship Week.

Whether you are a new product manager or one with 10+ years of experience, I’m sure you’ll enjoy this interview.

 

Practices and Ideas for Product Managers and Innovators

  • How do you contrast product managers from product leaders? Many product managers don’t think of themselves as leaders. As product managers become more influential in delivering value to customers their role becomes more oriented towards leadership. Further, to guide, drive, and help the product team deliver value, you need to exhibit leadership qualities. We address the questions of what does it mean to be a good manager and what does it mean to be a good leader. Beyond a leader’s style, a key question is what are you connecting – are you connecting the product vision to the roles of team members, influencing the progress of the organization, etc.

 

  • How did the book come about? The motivation for the book was curiosity. All three of the authors have a lot of experience creating products. My company alone has developed over 700 products, which has resulted in a massive knowledge. However, I began wondering if my experience was similar to others and what I was missing. I started asking others about their product development and management experiences – what they saw working and what didn’t work. Those conversations were the start of the book. The book is a reflection of what questions the profession is asking. It addresses the questions you’ll hear at a product conference or meetup.

 

  • What does it take to be a great product leader? The process for becoming a successful product leader will vary from person to person but there are some patterns of good product leaders. First, they are team players. They are good with human beings and bringing the best out of them. Next, you have to be a life-long learner. You also have to “embrace the suck.” There will be challenging times getting a product to market. Sometimes the work just sucks and you have to persevere. Leaders embrace these moments and working with the team to solve the challenges. They act and think team-first. Further, depending on the stage of the organization, they will have multiple hats (roles) to wear – they help where help is needed. The softer skills are also vital – writing, communicating, managing your time, negotiating, selling, persuading others with your ideas. Another key quality is “grace under fire” and being able to manage yourself well while leading others.

 

  • My preview of the book included a checklist for becoming a great product leader. Let’s discuss a few of these items. Creating vision is vitally important. It is easy to talk about but more difficult to achieve. A vision needs to be very clear and easy to deliver to others. This isn’t just a responsibility of an organization’s CEO; product leaders are getting involved in contributing to the organization’s vision and setting the product vision. Another area is process. Process is important and valuable but it can become dogma in an organization. Process can drive out creativity and problem solving. Instead, I want to see product leaders talk in terms of frameworks than processes that become blindly followed without considering better options. Tools are in a similar vein. Tools should be amplifiers of our success. We should not be using tools to fix shortcomings. If you have a problem, a tool is not going to solve it. Tools should be used in areas where we are already doing well and a tool can make it even better. Tools should 10X what is good – our strengths – and make them great.

 

Useful links for product managers:

 

Innovation Quote

“Validate your idea before building the big cake.” – Richard Banfield. Listen to the interview, around minute 35, for the full description.

 

Thanks!

Thank you for being an Everyday Innovator and learning with me from the successes and failures of product innovators, managers, and developers. If you enjoyed the discussion, help out a fellow product manager by sharing it using the social media buttons you see below.

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Listen to the Interview   As you know from my Product Mastery Roadmap, product masters are the product leaders who have influence throughout an organization to launch awesome products customers love and to build successful product teams. And,  
As you know from my Product Mastery Roadmap, product masters are the product leaders who have influence throughout an organization to launch awesome products customers love and to build successful product teams. And, this is exactly the topic I discuss with my guest.
Richard Banfield has co-authored an exciting new book for product managers along with Martin Eriksson, the founder of ProductTank, and Nate Walkingshaw, Chief Experience Officer at Pluralsight. The title of the book is Product Leadership: How Top Product Managers Launch Awesome Products and Build Successful Teams. It is available for pre-order on Amazon and at http://productleadershipbook.com/.
The pre-publication version I was able to read was excellent and I’m looking forward to getting the final version when it is released in May. This discussion with Richard will give you a preview and valuable insights for becoming a product leader.
Richard is the CEO of Fresh Tilled Soil, where he leads strategic vision. He’s also a mentor at TechStars and BluePrintHealth, an advisor and lecturer at the Boston Startup School, and serves on the executive committees of TEDxBoston, the AdClub’s Edge Conference, and Boston Regional Entrepreneurship Week.
Whether you are a new product manager or one with 10+ years of experience, I’m sure you’ll enjoy this interview.
 
Practices and Ideas for Product Managers and Innovators

* How do you contrast product managers from product leaders? Many product managers don’t think of themselves as leaders. As product managers become more influential in delivering value to customers their role becomes more oriented towards leadership. Further, to guide, drive, and help the product team deliver value, you need to exhibit leadership qualities. We address the questions of what does it mean to be a good manager and what does it mean to be a good leader. Beyond a leader’s style, a key question is what are you connecting – are you connecting the product vision to the roles of team members, influencing the progress of the organization, etc.

 

* How did the book come about? The motivation for the book was curiosity. All three of the authors have a lot of experience creating products. My company alone has developed over 700 products, which has resulted in a massive knowledge. However, I began wondering if my experience was similar to others and what I was missing. I started asking others about their product development and management experiences – what they saw working and what didn’t work. Those conversations were the start of the book. The book is a reflection of what questions the profession is asking. It addresses the questions you’ll hear at a product conference or meetup.

 

* What does it take to be a great product leader? The process for becoming a successful product leader will vary from person to person but there are some patterns of good product leaders. First, they are team players. They are good with human beings and bringing the best out of them. Next, you have to be a life-long learner. You also have to “embrace the suck.” There will be challenging times getting a product to market. Sometimes the work just sucks and you have to persevere. Leaders embrace these moments and working with the team to solve the challenges. They act and think team-first. Further, depending on the stage of the organization, they will have multiple hats (roles) to wear – they help where help is needed. The softer skills are also vital – writing, communicating, managing your time, negotiating, selling, persuading others with your ideas. Another key quality is “grace under fire” and being able to manage yourself well while leading others.

 

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TEI 120: Product development and management at Snap-on – with Ben Brenton, PhD http://productinnovationeducators.com/blog/tei-120-product-development-and-management-at-snap-on-with-ben-brenton-phd/ Mon, 17 Apr 2017 11:50:00 +0000 http://productinnovationeducators.com/?p=10713 http://productinnovationeducators.com/blog/tei-120-product-development-and-management-at-snap-on-with-ben-brenton-phd/#respond http://productinnovationeducators.com/blog/tei-120-product-development-and-management-at-snap-on-with-ben-brenton-phd/feed/ 0 <p>Listen to the Interview   I’ve had the pleasure of interviewing guests with incredible insights for us product managers and innovators and today’s guest cuts through a lot of noise and presents clear principles for creating more successful products. My guest is the Chief Innovation Officer and Vice President of Innovation for Snap-on, the leading […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://productinnovationeducators.com/blog/tei-120-product-development-and-management-at-snap-on-with-ben-brenton-phd/">TEI 120: Product development and management at Snap-on – with Ben Brenton, PhD</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://productinnovationeducators.com">Product Innovation Educators</a>.</p> Listen to the Interview

 

Product Manager Interview - Ben BrentonI’ve had the pleasure of interviewing guests with incredible insights for us product managers and innovators and today’s guest cuts through a lot of noise and presents clear principles for creating more successful products. My guest is the Chief Innovation Officer and Vice President of Innovation for Snap-on, the leading global innovator, manufacturer and marketer of tools, diagnostics and equipment solutions for professional users. His role is to drive innovative products, solutions and processes that fundamentally change the markets Snap-on serves and enhance customer perception of its brands. He has helped to create, support and institutionalize a culture at Snap-on that embraces creativity, risk, change and fearless innovation. As you hear in the interview, prior to joining Snap-on, he spent 4 years in Marketing at PepsiCo, most recently as the Director of Innovation for the Frito-Lay Convenience Foods division. Before joining PepsiCo, he was Marketing Director of New Products at Kraft Foods. He has over 20 years of experience focused on new product development, marketing and innovation. His name is Ben Brenton and I expect you’ll find what he shared to be as valuable as I did.

We had to conduct the interview by phone, so the audio quality is a little different than normal, but not distracting.

 

 

Practices and Ideas for Product Managers and Innovators

  • Tell us about your move from the food and beverage industry to SnapOn. I had earned a PhD in Food Science and Nutrition. I ended up at Kraft Foods in biotechnology doing basic research. After a couple of years, I moved to being a manager in product development. About nine years into my career, I made another move, which was to marketing. I continued to work on a number of products. A few years later I had the opportunity to join PepsiCo. Four years into my career there, I was contacted by SnapOn, who was seeking a role that was new to me – Chief Innovation Officer. I was hired to create a culture of fearless innovation constructed around customer insights. This might seem to be a weird transition as I didn’t know anything about metallurgy or the products. However, the essence of my work is putting innovation processes in place that can be used across any industry and keeping the customer at the center of innovation. That work is not unique to a specific industry. It’s also important to note that we’re not only a tool company for professionals – 40% of our business is software development.

 

  • What are the key parts to the product development and management process you use? One of the first things I did was to make sure all of our product groups had a basic Stage-Gate process. This provided each group a product development process. After this, there were three guidelines that were put in place:
    • All product work needed to be based on customer insights. This means product teams are out talking to end-users and watching them do their work. This creates an understanding of specific needs.
    • We would check in with customers throughout the development process. Products used to be developed internally and then only shown to customers for feedback after functional prototypes that were ready for manufacturing were developed. Now we use rapid prototyping tools throughout the development process and get customer feedback early and more frequently.
    • After launch, we circle back with marketing and sales people and assess and improve the delivery of messages appropriate for a product and the needs of customers.

 

  • Do you have a story of a product’s journey you can share? One that reflects the need of observing customers (end users) involves an examination of the wind power industry. Technicians at times have to climb out of the generator housing and onto the nosecone of the large wind turbines that have three blades. The nosecone hatch has 4 bolts that must be removed and then the technician can climb into the nosecone area. We climbed several turbine towers with technicians and watched them do the work required to get the nosecone open. One of the climbs was in the winter. It was 15°F and the nosecone had ice on it. By making observations of the technicians doing their work, we were able to create a few very simple but valuable tools to make their work faster and safer. If we had only interviewed the technicians and discussed their needs, we would not have had the deeper insights that we gained from the observations. Another example emphasizes the aesthetics aspect of product design. After working with a set of customers, we learned that safety was important to them but they were unwilling to wear our existing safety gear. We created a new design for a protective face shield that looks like a skull. It instantly became a huge success and led to an entire product line of safety products.

 

  • How do you create a culture of innovation at SnapOn? It is a never ending journey. If you don’t change the culture, innovation processes put into effect won’t have a meaningful impact. One thing I do, which some people find shocking, is I spend about four days out of each week with customers. With me are people from our product teams. I get them talking and interacting with their customers and learning directly from them. That is a key priority for us – getting product people out in the field with customers across the numerous industries we support. I also built an innovation center in 2009 that we expand every year. It is where we come up with ideas and do rapid prototyping. We built the facility near customers to make it easy to interact with them and have them participate in the innovation center. We also provide innovation awards to employees to recognize all aspects of innovation – creating a good idea, building a prototype, developing a new process, launching a product, etc. The awards are not just for successful products but to honor those employees who are helping in multiple aspects of innovation.

 

Useful links for product managers:

 

Innovation Quote

“No one ever makes a decision because of a number – they need a story.”  – Amos Tversky

 

Thanks!

Thank you for being an Everyday Innovator and learning with me from the successes and failures of product innovators, managers, and developers. If you enjoyed the discussion, help out a fellow product manager by sharing it using the social media buttons you see below.

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Listen to the Interview   I’ve had the pleasure of interviewing guests with incredible insights for us product managers and innovators and today’s guest cuts through a lot of noise and presents clear principles for creating more successful products.  
I’ve had the pleasure of interviewing guests with incredible insights for us product managers and innovators and today’s guest cuts through a lot of noise and presents clear principles for creating more successful products. My guest is the Chief Innovation Officer and Vice President of Innovation for Snap-on, the leading global innovator, manufacturer and marketer of tools, diagnostics and equipment solutions for professional users. His role is to drive innovative products, solutions and processes that fundamentally change the markets Snap-on serves and enhance customer perception of its brands. He has helped to create, support and institutionalize a culture at Snap-on that embraces creativity, risk, change and fearless innovation. As you hear in the interview, prior to joining Snap-on, he spent 4 years in Marketing at PepsiCo, most recently as the Director of Innovation for the Frito-Lay Convenience Foods division. Before joining PepsiCo, he was Marketing Director of New Products at Kraft Foods. He has over 20 years of experience focused on new product development, marketing and innovation. His name is Ben Brenton and I expect you’ll find what he shared to be as valuable as I did.
We had to conduct the interview by phone, so the audio quality is a little different than normal, but not distracting.
 
 
Practices and Ideas for Product Managers and Innovators

* Tell us about your move from the food and beverage industry to SnapOn. I had earned a PhD in Food Science and Nutrition. I ended up at Kraft Foods in biotechnology doing basic research. After a couple of years, I moved to being a manager in product development. About nine years into my career, I made another move, which was to marketing. I continued to work on a number of products. A few years later I had the opportunity to join PepsiCo. Four years into my career there, I was contacted by SnapOn, who was seeking a role that was new to me – Chief Innovation Officer. I was hired to create a culture of fearless innovation constructed around customer insights. This might seem to be a weird transition as I didn’t know anything about metallurgy or the products. However, the essence of my work is putting innovation processes in place that can be used across any industry and keeping the customer at the center of innovation. That work is not unique to a specific industry. It’s also important to note that we’re not only a tool company for professionals – 40% of our business is software development.

 

* What are the key parts to the product development and management process you use? One of the first things I did was to make sure all of our product groups had a basic Stage-Gate process. This provided each group a product development process. After this, there were three guidelines that were put in place:

* All product work needed to be based on customer insights. This means product teams are out talking to end-users and watching them do their work. This creates an understanding of specific needs.
* We would check in with customers throughout the development process. Products used to be developed internally and then only shown to customers for feedback after functional prototypes that were ready for manufacturing were developed. Now we use rapid prototyping tools throughout the development process and get customer feedback early and more frequently.
* After launch, we circle back with marketing and sales people and assess and improve the delivery of messages appropriate for a product and the needs of customers.



 

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TEI 119: The 17th Annual Product Management and Marketing Survey results – with Rebecca Kalogeris http://productinnovationeducators.com/blog/tei-119-the-17th-annual-product-management-and-marketing-survey-results-with-rebecca-kalogeris/ Mon, 10 Apr 2017 11:50:00 +0000 http://productinnovationeducators.com/?p=10606 http://productinnovationeducators.com/blog/tei-119-the-17th-annual-product-management-and-marketing-survey-results-with-rebecca-kalogeris/#respond http://productinnovationeducators.com/blog/tei-119-the-17th-annual-product-management-and-marketing-survey-results-with-rebecca-kalogeris/feed/ 0 <p>Listen to the Interview   Are you like other product managers and innovators? Do you spend your time like most do? Are the challenges you encounter different from other product managers? These types of questions are explored each year in the Annual Product Management and Marketing Survey. I explored the results of last year’s survey […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://productinnovationeducators.com/blog/tei-119-the-17th-annual-product-management-and-marketing-survey-results-with-rebecca-kalogeris/">TEI 119: The 17th Annual Product Management and Marketing Survey results – with Rebecca Kalogeris</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://productinnovationeducators.com">Product Innovation Educators</a>.</p> Listen to the Interview

 

Product Manager Interview - Rebecca KalogersAre you like other product managers and innovators? Do you spend your time like most do? Are the challenges you encounter different from other product managers? These types of questions are explored each year in the Annual Product Management and Marketing Survey. I explored the results of last year’s survey on The Everyday Innovator, and it is time to do it again for the 2017 survey.

My guest is returning for a second time to tell us about the pulse of product management as indicated by the survey. She is Rebecca Kalogeris, Vice President of Marketing for Pragmatic Marketing. Before joining Pragmatic Marketing, Rebecca managed product management and marketing teams at a variety of software companies. Among her marketing responsibilities is pouring through the survey results of the annual study, so she is the perfect person to discuss the state of product management with.

In the interview, you’ll discover:

  1. Who do product managers tend to report to,
  2. How many product managers organizations generally have,
  3. The key challenges product managers face, and
  4. What would make product managers more effective.

 

Practices and Ideas for Product Managers and Innovators

  • What did you learn about the average respondent who participated in the survey? We had over 3500 respondents. 61% were male. The majority are 35-44 years old and have been in the industry for 6+ years. They are well educated, with over 98% having Bachelor’s degrees and over 40% have graduate degrees. On average, they are working on 3 products at a time.

 

  • Who do product managers report to in organizations? 58% report to what they consider a product management department or directly to the CEO of the organization. 15% are reporting to Marketing and 10% report to a Development/Engineering function. They salespeople as more autonomous in organizations than other roles.

 

  • How many product managers do organizations tend to have? For every one product manager, these organizations represented in the survey had just over nine developers and they had just over eight salespeople. For every one product marketing manager there are two product managers. Those ratios have been rather consistent for several surveys.

 

  • What did you learn about how product managers spend their time? We saw consistently that they want to spend their time on the strategic activities, but where they do spend their time is on tactical activities. 72% of their time is spent on tactical activities. On average, they’re spending 40 hours a month on meetings — that’s a full work week each month in meetings. In addition to that, they spend 32 hours managing emails each month.

 

  • What are the key challenges product managers face? 34% indicated they are delivering features that are not used by customers. Imagine what a product team and developers could do if they were not wasting time creating unused features. Closely related, 35% must commit to adding features a sales person promised in order to close a sale. 42% said they have difficulty adding new features because customers demand support for old features. That is technical debt in products. Another challenge is the 46% who reported that salespeople request customized sales tools on an account by account basis. This all adds up to a lot of one-off support that does not lead to a real plan for growing a product.

 

  • What do product managers say would make them more effective? They want a budget dedicated to strategic activities. This includes travel and customer research. They would do more (or some) customer visits. They also want organizational alignment and understanding around the role of product management. They spend too much time explaining what they do and dealing with overlap as well as underlap. It causes tension and wasted time.

 

Useful links for product managers:

 

Innovation Quote

“Innovation is saying no to a 1000 things.” – Steve Jobs

 

Thanks!

Thank you for being an Everyday Innovator and learning with me from the successes and failures of product innovators, managers, and developers. If you enjoyed the discussion, help out a fellow product manager by sharing it using the social media buttons you see below.

The post TEI 119: The 17th Annual Product Management and Marketing Survey results – with Rebecca Kalogeris appeared first on Product Innovation Educators.

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Listen to the Interview   Are you like other product managers and innovators? Do you spend your time like most do? Are the challenges you encounter different from other product managers? These types of questions are explored each year in the Annual Pro... Are you like other product managers and innovators? Do you spend your time like most do? Are the challenges you encounter different from other product managers? These types of questions are explored each year in the Annual Product Management and Marketing Survey. I explored the results of last year’s survey on The Everyday Innovator, and it is time to do it again for the 2017 survey.<br /> <br /> My guest is returning for a second time to tell us about the pulse of product management as indicated by the survey. She is Rebecca Kalogeris, Vice President of Marketing for Pragmatic Marketing. Before joining Pragmatic Marketing, Rebecca managed product management and marketing teams at a variety of software companies. Among her marketing responsibilities is pouring through the survey results of the annual study, so she is the perfect person to discuss the state of product management with.<br /> <br /> In the interview, you’ll discover:<br /> <br /> - Who do product managers tend to report to,<br /> - How many product managers organizations generally have,<br /> - The key challenges product managers face, and<br /> - What would make product managers more effective. Chad McAllister, PhD - Helping Product Managers become Product Masters clean 41:53 10606
TEI 118: Tools for data-driven product management – with Shah Ahmed http://productinnovationeducators.com/blog/tei-118-tools-for-data-driven-product-management-with-shah-ahmed/ Mon, 03 Apr 2017 11:50:00 +0000 http://productinnovationeducators.com/?p=10590 http://productinnovationeducators.com/blog/tei-118-tools-for-data-driven-product-management-with-shah-ahmed/#respond http://productinnovationeducators.com/blog/tei-118-tools-for-data-driven-product-management-with-shah-ahmed/feed/ 0 <p>Listen to the Interview   I call listeners to this podcast Everyday Innovators. That means something. We are wired in such a way that makes us curious about problems people have, but we don’t stop there. Our real curiosity is how can we develop a product, or enhance a product, that solves a problem and […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://productinnovationeducators.com/blog/tei-118-tools-for-data-driven-product-management-with-shah-ahmed/">TEI 118: Tools for data-driven product management – with Shah Ahmed</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://productinnovationeducators.com">Product Innovation Educators</a>.</p> Listen to the Interview

 

Product Manager Interview - Project Management ToolsI call listeners to this podcast Everyday Innovators. That means something. We are wired in such a way that makes us curious about problems people have, but we don’t stop there. Our real curiosity is how can we develop a product, or enhance a product, that solves a problem and creates value for customers. This is the world of product managers and innovators. And, as an Everyday Innovator, you are part of this world.

Some Everyday Innovators have emailed me asking to discuss tools for product managers. There are a lot of ways to think about tools, such as the innovation tools Evan Shellshear talked about in episode 113.

A common request is software tools for product managers and this is the episode for that topic. To help me, I found a company that maintains a list of software tools they use in their own work. They also add to the list other tools that could be used. In all, the list contains 87 tools. To discuss what is on this list, I spoke with Shah Ahmed, a project manager at the company, which is Indicative, a behavioral data analytics company. Shah works on developing products and manages implementations of their platform.  Previously, he was a management consultant for Deloitte, focusing on large-scale technology changes for Fortune 500 companies.  His interest in building product started when he worked at a startup incubator at Cornell University during his undergrad.

If you have been wanting to hear about product management software tools, now is the time.

 

Practices and Ideas for Product Managers and Innovators

The discussion is based on the blog post, “87 Most Essential Tools for Data-Driven Product Management.” We discussed tools in 11 categories:

  1. Mindmapping
  2. Flowcharts & Diagrams
  3. User Research
  4. Roadmapping
  5. Wireframing
  6. Prototyping
  7. Usability Testing
  8. Agile Project Management
  9. A/B Testing
  10. Heatmapping
  11. Analytics

Listen to the interview for the discussion and refer to the original blog post for the tools in each category.

 

Useful links for product managers:

 

Innovation Quote

“There are two possible outcomes: if the result confirms the hypothesis, then you’ve made a measurement. If the result is contrary to the hypothesis, then you’ve made a discovery.” -Enrico Ferm

 

Thanks!

Thank you for being an Everyday Innovator and learning with me from the successes and failures of product innovators, managers, and developers. If you enjoyed the discussion, help out a fellow product manager by sharing it using the social media buttons you see below.

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Listen to the Interview   I call listeners to this podcast Everyday Innovators. That means something. We are wired in such a way that makes us curious about problems people have, but we don’t stop there. Our real curiosity is how can we develop a produ...  
I call listeners to this podcast Everyday Innovators. That means something. We are wired in such a way that makes us curious about problems people have, but we don’t stop there. Our real curiosity is how can we develop a product, or enhance a product, that solves a problem and creates value for customers. This is the world of product managers and innovators. And, as an Everyday Innovator, you are part of this world.
Some Everyday Innovators have emailed me asking to discuss tools for product managers. There are a lot of ways to think about tools, such as the innovation tools Evan Shellshear talked about in episode 113.
A common request is software tools for product managers and this is the episode for that topic. To help me, I found a company that maintains a list of software tools they use in their own work. They also add to the list other tools that could be used. In all, the list contains 87 tools. To discuss what is on this list, I spoke with Shah Ahmed, a project manager at the company, which is Indicative, a behavioral data analytics company. Shah works on developing products and manages implementations of their platform.  Previously, he was a management consultant for Deloitte, focusing on large-scale technology changes for Fortune 500 companies.  His interest in building product started when he worked at a startup incubator at Cornell University during his undergrad.
If you have been wanting to hear about product management software tools, now is the time.
 
Practices and Ideas for Product Managers and Innovators
The discussion is based on the blog post, “87 Most Essential Tools for Data-Driven Product Management.” We discussed tools in 11 categories:

* Mindmapping
* Flowcharts & Diagrams
* User Research
* Roadmapping
* Wireframing
* Prototyping
* Usability Testing
* Agile Project Management
* A/B Testing
* Heatmapping
* Analytics

Listen to the interview for the discussion and refer to the original blog post for the tools in each category.
 
Useful links for product managers:

* Indicative’s list of product management software tools
* Shah’s LinkedIn profile
* Indicative — Analytics that tell you how to grow your business

 
Innovation Quote
“There are two possible outcomes: if the result confirms the hypothesis, then you’ve made a measurement. If the result is contrary to the hypothesis, then you’ve made a discovery.” -Enrico Ferm
 
Thanks!
Thank you for being an Everyday Innovator and learning with me from the successes and failures of product innovators, managers, and developers. If you enjoyed the discussion, help out a fellow product manager by sharing it using the social media buttons you see below.
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TEI 117: How Pitney Bowes built a Product Management Council – with Felicia Anderson http://productinnovationeducators.com/blog/tei-117-how-pitney-bowes-built-a-product-management-council-with-felicia-anderson/ Mon, 27 Mar 2017 11:50:00 +0000 http://productinnovationeducators.com/?p=10566 http://productinnovationeducators.com/blog/tei-117-how-pitney-bowes-built-a-product-management-council-with-felicia-anderson/#respond http://productinnovationeducators.com/blog/tei-117-how-pitney-bowes-built-a-product-management-council-with-felicia-anderson/feed/ 0 <p>Listen to the Interview I took notice when Pitney Bowes created a Product Management Council, and I wanted to learn what they are doing with this council. Anytime an organization puts a focus on their product development and management capability, I expect good things to come of it. That’s because products are the revenue engine […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://productinnovationeducators.com/blog/tei-117-how-pitney-bowes-built-a-product-management-council-with-felicia-anderson/">TEI 117: How Pitney Bowes built a Product Management Council – with Felicia Anderson</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://productinnovationeducators.com">Product Innovation Educators</a>.</p> Listen to the Interview

Product Manager Interview - Felicia AnsersonI took notice when Pitney Bowes created a Product Management Council, and I wanted to learn what they are doing with this council. Anytime an organization puts a focus on their product development and management capability, I expect good things to come of it. That’s because products are the revenue engine of organizations and the better job we as product managers and innovators can do creating products that provide customers value, the better it is for our organization.

To find out about this focus that Pitney Bowes has placed on product, I spoke with Felicia Anderson. She is the Senior Director of the Product Management Council and Launch Management at Pitney Bowes. She helps product managers build their skills to increase product launch success and deliver greater business impact.

In our discussion, you’ll learn:

  1. tips for improving the product management capability of your organization,
  2. how to construct a vision of the product management team, and
  3. a simple way to get started through lunch-and-learn meetings.

 

Practices and Ideas for Product Managers and Innovators

  • Let’s start with some context — what is the business of Pitney Bowes? At Pitney, we help our clients combine both physical technologies and digital technologies to conduct commerce. So as we like to say, we’re the craftsmen of commerce.

 

  • What is the charter/purpose of the Product Management Council? Our vision is to help our product managers increase their capabilities so that they can have a greater business impact. We believe product management is essential to fueling the growth of the company and increasing the innovation that we’re able to bring to market. At Pitney and in other companies, product management is often distributed throughout the organization and what we’re trying to do with the Product Management Council initiative is to bring that together so that we see each other as a community and we have a place to have a voice jointly.

 

  • What were the events that led to the creation of a Product Management Council? Last Spring, which was before I had joined, our CEO was talking to his executive team and he asked the question, “Who’s responsible for the care and feeding of the product managers?” Because they are distributed in the business units and even in the lines of business within the business units, there wasn’t really a single person or a single set of people who were responsible for the development of product management. As a result of those discussions came this idea of establishing a product management council.

 

  • How is the Council structured? There are two pieces to the product management council initiative. One is the product management leadership team. That’s our executive sponsors and the leaders of each of our five business units. That size of that team is 22 people. We meet monthly and discuss the issues that are at top of mind regarding product management. The second piece, of course, is the broader community itself. It’s the 225 people throughout the organization that comprises the product management community. Most of them are product managers, that’s product managers and their management, and also related stakeholders. We have 30 or 35 people from marketing as well. Some other key stakeholders, like learning and development in HR, also are in that community.

 

  • What activities have you done? Each year or each period we agree at the top level what are our focus areas. So we have different components occurring regularly. The gemstone activity is our annual summit. Once a year we get all of our product managers, in fact, everybody in the product management community, in person, face to face, for a two-day meeting. We just happened to have that PM summit last week. So that’s a very visible, very impactful piece of the program. We had some fantastic external speakers sharing best practices, some internal speakers sharing case studies, and we had a good deal of interactive sessions. One of the things we really wanted to foster is cross business unit and cross team interaction. We have about 150 product managers in the company and with that many, you simply can’t know all of your peers. This was a wonderful opportunity to foster collaboration. Another activity is a monthly PM community call. This is a web meeting or conference call. We share internal experiences, case studies, success stories and also lessons learned. The monthly meetings help to foster a little bit of that cross team communication we want. We also highlight resources that product managers can use as they expand their products. We have a lot of shared services and not all the product managers have detailed information. For example, we have a team that will do usability studies. It’s a great service that we have within the company, but not all product managers were aware of the details of the service or how they get connected with it. We also periodically will bring in external experts to do skill-builder webinars. Another piece is we have built an internal Yammer site for our PM community, trying to make it very easy for a PM to ask a quick question. You put those four key pieces together and it comprises our Product Management Council initiative.

 

  • Where did you start — what were the first objectives tackled? We started by creating a crisp vision. That included stating what we were and what we were not. We did end up settling on wanting to build and enhance the product management capability within the company so that product management could have a greater business impact. Next was to decide on the members of the Council. Then it was time to have a kick-off meeting to get started.

 

  • What advice would you give to others to consider creating a Council? As soon as product managers can’t name all the other product managers, then that’s a good signal that you’ll get some value out of creating this kind of initiative. It doesn’t have to be as formal as we have at Pitney. You can just reach out to one of your product managers that you know in another business unit or another group and say, “Hey, I’m thinking of starting up a monthly meeting where we talk about issues that we’re facing as product managers.” If you can get a handful of those folks interested, you can make it pretty lightweight on yourself and share responsibility for the meetings.  If you do start a program, I would encourage you, after you get a little bit of traction, to find yourself an executive sponsor. I think you’ll find pretty good reception to the idea.

 

Useful links for product managers:

Register for a webinar Wednesday, April 29th, to learn how to transition to product management and become a product manager.”

 

Innovation Quote

“There’s nothing more wasteful than brilliantly engineering  a product that doesn’t sell.”  -Rich Mirnov

 

Raw Transcript

TEI117

 

Thanks!

Thank you for being an Everyday Innovator and learning with me from the successes and failures of product innovators, managers, and developers. If you enjoyed the discussion, help out a fellow product manager by sharing it using the social media buttons you see below.

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Listen to the Interview I took notice when Pitney Bowes created a Product Management Council, and I wanted to learn what they are doing with this council. Anytime an organization puts a focus on their product development and management capability, I took notice when Pitney Bowes created a Product Management Council, and I wanted to learn what they are doing with this council. Anytime an organization puts a focus on their product development and management capability, I expect good things to come of it. That’s because products are the revenue engine of organizations and the better job we as product managers and innovators can do creating products that provide customers value, the better it is for our organization.
To find out about this focus that Pitney Bowes has placed on product, I spoke with Felicia Anderson. She is the Senior Director of the Product Management Council and Launch Management at Pitney Bowes. She helps product managers build their skills to increase product launch success and deliver greater business impact.
In our discussion, you’ll learn:

* tips for improving the product management capability of your organization,
* how to construct a vision of the product management team, and
* a simple way to get started through lunch-and-learn meetings.

 

Practices and Ideas for Product Managers and Innovators

* Let’s start with some context — what is the business of Pitney Bowes? At Pitney, we help our clients combine both physical technologies and digital technologies to conduct commerce. So as we like to say, we’re the craftsmen of commerce.

 

* What is the charter/purpose of the Product Management Council? Our vision is to help our product managers increase their capabilities so that they can have a greater business impact. We believe product management is essential to fueling the growth of the company and increasing the innovation that we’re able to bring to market. At Pitney and in other companies, product management is often distributed throughout the organization and what we’re trying to do with the Product Management Council initiative is to bring that together so that we see each other as a community and we have a place to have a voice jointly.

 

* What were the events that led to the creation of a Product Management Council? Last Spring, which was before I had joined, our CEO was talking to his executive team and he asked the question, “Who’s responsible for the care and feeding of the product managers?” Because they are distributed in the business units and even in the lines of business within the business units, there wasn’t really a single person or a single set of people who were responsible for the development of product management. As a result of those discussions came this idea of establishing a product management council.

 

* How is the Council structured? There are two pieces to the product management council initiative. One is the product management leadership team. That’s our executive sponsors and the leaders of each of our five business units. That size of that team is 22 people. We meet monthly and discuss the issues that are at top of mind regarding product management. The second piece, of course, is the broader community itself. It’s the 225 people throughout the organization that comprises the product management community. Most of them are product managers, that’s product managers and their management, and also related stakeholders. We have 30 or 35 people from marketing as well. Some other key stakeholders, like learning and development in HR, also are in that community.

 

* What activities have you done? Each year or each period we agree at the top level what are our focus areas. So we have different components occurring regularly. The gemstone activity is our annual summit. Once a year we get all of our product managers, in fact, everybody in the product management community, in person, face to face, for a two-day meeting. We just happened to have that PM summit last week.]]>
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TEI 116: How to transition into product management – with Charles Du http://productinnovationeducators.com/blog/tei-116-how-to-transition-into-product-management-with-charles-du/ Mon, 20 Mar 2017 11:50:00 +0000 http://productinnovationeducators.com/?p=10542 http://productinnovationeducators.com/blog/tei-116-how-to-transition-into-product-management-with-charles-du/#respond http://productinnovationeducators.com/blog/tei-116-how-to-transition-into-product-management-with-charles-du/feed/ 0 <p>One of the questions I am asked by listeners is how do you become a product manager. For example, Melissa emailed me and said: “I’d like to hear more about transitioning to a product management role in software – getting yourself up to speed on the technical aspects that product managers needs to know to […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://productinnovationeducators.com/blog/tei-116-how-to-transition-into-product-management-with-charles-du/">TEI 116: How to transition into product management – with Charles Du</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://productinnovationeducators.com">Product Innovation Educators</a>.</p> Product Manager Interview - How to Get into Product ManagementOne of the questions I am asked by listeners is how do you become a product manager. For example, Melissa emailed me and said: “I’d like to hear more about transitioning to a product management role in software – getting yourself up to speed on the technical aspects that product managers needs to know to interact with developers.”

This came up more recently when I opened my IDEA Framework eCourse that teaches the essential base of knowledge for becoming a product leader and doubling your product success. Many people asked if this would help them get into product management and I told them that while they need the skills it teaches to be successful as a product manager, it is for existing product managers — ones with at least a year of experience, not ones transitioning or who are brand new to the role.

So, I contacted someone who specializes in helping people become product managers and to get grounded as a new product manager. He has trained thousands of people on these topics, including leading workshops at General Assembly, Stanford, and for other schools. He also worked as a software product manager at NASA, Apple, Ticketmaster, and Live Nation.

And, if you regularly listen to The Everyday Innovator, you’ll recognize him as a returning guest, having shared specific tips for how to prepare for a product management interview back in episode 67. His name is Charles Du and this is a discussion you will enjoy and find valuable if:

  • you want to be a product manager, or
  • are brand new to the role of product management, or
  • you wish to do a better job mentoring product managers.

 

Practices and Ideas for Product Managers and Innovators

Summary of some questions discussed:

  • What are the biggest myths of becoming a product manager?
    • You need a technical background
    • You need years of product management experience
    • You need to be an industry expert to get hired
  • What are the biggest mistakes that people make when they want to transition?
    • They spend time learning the wrong skills
    • They spend time on “scattered learning” (piece together stuff from blogs in the internet)
    • They learn from the wrong people
  • How do people transition into this field?
    • Learn knowledge
    • Gather experience
    • Build brand
  • How do you separate yourself from other candidates?
    • Structured thinking
    • Product portfolio
    • Prep for the interview

 

Useful links for product managers:

Register for Charles’ webinar to learn how to transition to product management and become a product manager.”

 

Innovation Quote

“People think focus means saying yes to the thing you’ve got to focus on. But that’s not what it means at all. It means saying no to the hundred other good ideas that there are. You have to pick carefully.” -Steve Jobs

 

Listen Now to the Interview

 

Raw Transcript

TEI116

 

Thanks!

Thank you for being an Everyday Innovator and learning with me from the successes and failures of product innovators, managers, and developers. If you enjoyed the discussion, help out a fellow product manager by sharing it using the social media buttons you see below.

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One of the questions I am asked by listeners is how do you become a product manager. For example, Melissa emailed me and said: “I’d like to hear more about transitioning to a product management role in software – getting yourself up to speed on the tec... One of the questions I am asked by listeners is how do you become a product manager. For example, Melissa emailed me and said: "I’d like to hear more about transitioning to a product management role in software – getting yourself up to speed on the technical aspects that product managers needs to know to interact with developers."<br /> <br /> This came up more recently when I opened my IDEA Framework eCourse that teaches the essential base of knowledge for becoming a product leader and doubling your product success. Many people asked if this would help them get into product management and I told them that while they need the skills it teaches to be successful as a product manager, it is for existing product managers -- ones with at least a year of experience, not ones transitioning or who are brand new to the role.<br /> <br /> So, I contacted someone who specializes in helping people become product managers and to get grounded as a new product manager. He has trained thousands of people on these topics, including leading workshops at General Assembly, Stanford, and for other schools. He also worked as a software product manager at NASA, Apple, Ticketmaster, and Live Nation.<br /> <br /> And, if you regularly listen to The Everyday Innovator, you’ll recognize him as a returning guest, having shared specific tips for how to prepare for a product management interview back in episode 67. His name is Charles Du and this is a discussion you will enjoy and find valuable if:<br /> <br /> - you want to be a product manager, or<br /> - are brand new to the role of product management, or<br /> - you wish to do a better job mentoring product managers. Chad McAllister, PhD - Helping Product Managers become Product Masters clean 42:11 10542
TEI 115: 6 areas of expertise effective product managers need – with Steve Johnson http://productinnovationeducators.com/blog/tei-115-6-areas-of-expertise-effective-product-managers-need-with-steve-johnson/ Mon, 13 Mar 2017 11:50:00 +0000 http://productinnovationeducators.com/?p=10521 http://productinnovationeducators.com/blog/tei-115-6-areas-of-expertise-effective-product-managers-need-with-steve-johnson/#respond http://productinnovationeducators.com/blog/tei-115-6-areas-of-expertise-effective-product-managers-need-with-steve-johnson/feed/ 0 <p>Product managers and product teams have the challenge of creating market-winning products — those are products that customers love and that create value for customers and the organization. Some product managers are not as effective as they could be, or they have actually become less effective over time. According to my guest, an effective product […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://productinnovationeducators.com/blog/tei-115-6-areas-of-expertise-effective-product-managers-need-with-steve-johnson/">TEI 115: 6 areas of expertise effective product managers need – with Steve Johnson</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://productinnovationeducators.com">Product Innovation Educators</a>.</p> Product Manager Interview - Steve JohnsonProduct managers and product teams have the challenge of creating market-winning products — those are products that customers love and that create value for customers and the organization. Some product managers are not as effective as they could be, or they have actually become less effective over time. According to my guest, an effective product manager has six types of expertise. We’ll explore each in just a minute. This interview also gives me the opportunity to interview a legend in product management, along with providing you a glimpse at a side of him you may not know — as singer and songwriter.

He has been working within the high-tech arena since 1979 with experience in technical, sales, and marketing positions at companies specializing in enterprise and desktop hardware and software. His market and technical savvy allowed him to rise through the ranks from Product Manager to Chief Marketing Officer. He has launched dozens of product offerings. Before founding Under10, his product management consulting company, he was a Pragmatic Marketing instructor for over 15 years. His name is Steve Johnson.

In the interview you will learn the six areas of expertise that effective product managers need:

  1. Technology,
  2. Operations,
  3. Process,
  4. Domain,
  5. Market, and
  6. Business.

Practices and Ideas for Product Managers and Innovators

Summary of some questions discussed:

  • What is the Umbrella Song about? Steve is not only a product management legend, he is also a singer and songwriter. Listen to the interview to hear a portion of the Umbrella song or visit his music on iTunes.
  • What do product managers want their executive team to know about product management? One thing product managers want executives to know is that a sentence from a senior leader about what they want can be months of work for a product team. On the other hand, executives want their product managers to be more strategic – to be more business savvy.

“Do you want to put out fires or put out products?”
  • What expertise does a product manager need to be effective?  First up is Technology expertise. I see a lot of “purple squirrel” job posts for product managers. Purple squirrels are the perfect candidate who can start tomorrow and hit the street running and is willing to work for peanuts. Many purple squirrel job posts have a strong preference for technology expertise. There seems to be a feeling that you need to have a deep technical understanding or you can’t play the game. Product managers need to be technical enough to understand the questions from development. But in a lot of cases, a strong technical expertise ends up meaning you basically are part of the development team and not really part of product management. The development team has to have technical expertise for the types of products developed.
  • Next is Operations expertise. Operations cover different contexts depending on the product. I’ve been working on a software system for product managers and am finding myself more involved with operational questions. Examples include how much storage space will each customer need as part of a SaaS solution. I’m thinking about operation-related factors, such as performance requirements, capacity requirements, etc.
  • Then Process expertise. Many organizations have a lot of process around development, but not other places. I find that really good product managers tend to see things as a process. I have a simple example. I took my parents to dinner earlier this week and I walked up to the salad bar. The plates for the salad bar were on the far left and the big bowl of lettuce was on the far right and all the toppings were in the middle. I immediately thought the plates are on the wrong side. I wanted to reconfigure the whole salad bar based on process. I find good product managers see their work in process terms. Many organizations, more than 50% according to one survey, don’t have product management processes in place. This sparked one of my favorite quotes, which is,

“Products get released through individual heroics, despite the company’s best efforts to prevent it.”
  • What about Domain expertise? By that, I mean the area of specialty. I worked with a software company that focused on universities and realized in my conversations with them that my university experience was so out of date. I didn’t really understand what they were talking about. There are things about the domain of education that I’m just not familiar with, so when somebody says we’ve got to do something a certain way, I don’t know how to judge that because I don’t know the domain well enough. The converse occurs in software companies with people who don’t have software development domain knowledge. When you don’t know how it’s made, you don’t know how hard it is. It’s not just a button. I think everybody in the company needs to have some level of domain expertise. When they don’t, like in the case of salespeople, they rely on product management to provide that domain expertise.
  • Market expertise is the fifth area. Actually, domain and market often overlap somewhat. Market expertise is knowledge of a market segment while domain expertise is the knowledge of an industry. If we were in the education industry, education would be our domain and North America would be our market.
  • The last area is Business expertise. Product managers should be growing into business people. 42% of product managers have an MBA. Executives want product managers to be more business-minded and providing strategic value. Instead of talking about user stores, releases, sprints, and iterations with executives, they need to talk about return on investment, metrics that matter to the business, and how to make the business grow.

 

Useful links for product managers:

 

Innovation Quote

“When I do my job right, there’s no sign of it. Disasters just fail to occur.” – Herman Wouk

 

Listen Now to the Interview

 

Raw Transcript

TEI115

 

Thanks!

Thank you for being an Everyday Innovator and learning with me from the successes and failures of product innovators, managers, and developers. If you enjoyed the discussion, help out a fellow product manager by sharing it using the social media buttons you see below.

The post TEI 115: 6 areas of expertise effective product managers need – with Steve Johnson appeared first on Product Innovation Educators.

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Product managers and product teams have the challenge of creating market-winning products — those are products that customers love and that create value for customers and the organization. Some product managers are not as effective as they could be, He has been working within the high-tech arena since 1979 with experience in technical, sales, and marketing positions at companies specializing in enterprise and desktop hardware and software. His market and technical savvy allowed him to rise through the ranks from Product Manager to Chief Marketing Officer. He has launched dozens of product offerings. Before founding Under10, his product management consulting company, he was a Pragmatic Marketing instructor for over 15 years. His name is Steve Johnson.
In the interview you will learn the six areas of expertise that effective product managers need:

* Technology,
* Operations,
* Process,
* Domain,
* Market, and
* Business.

Practices and Ideas for Product Managers and Innovators
Summary of some questions discussed:

* What is the Umbrella Song about? Steve is not only a product management legend, he is also a singer and songwriter. Listen to the interview to hear a portion of the Umbrella song or visit his music on iTunes.


* What do product managers want their executive team to know about product management? One thing product managers want executives to know is that a sentence from a senior leader about what they want can be months of work for a product team. On the other hand, executives want their product managers to be more strategic – to be more business savvy.



* What expertise does a product manager need to be effective?  First up is Technology expertise. I see a lot of “purple squirrel” job posts for product managers. Purple squirrels are the perfect candidate who can start tomorrow and hit the street running and is willing to work for peanuts. Many purple squirrel job posts have a strong preference for technology expertise. There seems to be a feeling that you need to have a deep technical understanding or you can’t play the game. Product managers need to be technical enough to understand the questions from development. But in a lot of cases, a strong technical expertise ends up meaning you basically are part of the development team and not really part of product management. The development team has to have technical expertise for the types of products developed.


* Next is Operations expertise. Operations cover different contexts depending on the product. I’ve been working on a software system for product managers and am finding myself more involved with operational questions. Examples include how much storage space will each customer need as part of a SaaS solution. I’m thinking about operation-related factors, such as performance requirements, capacity requirements, etc.


* Then Process expertise. Many organizations have a lot of process around development, but not other places. I find that really good product managers tend to see things as a process. I have a simple example. I took my parents to dinner earlier this week and I walked up to the salad bar. The plates for the salad bar were on the far left and the big bowl of lettuce was on the far right and all the toppings were in the middle. I immediately thought the plates are on the wrong side. I wanted to reconfigure the whole salad bar based on proce...]]>
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TEI 114: New product managers share insights about the role and making the transition into product management – with 3 millennial product managers http://productinnovationeducators.com/blog/tei-114-new-product-managers-share-insights-about-the-role-and-making-the-transition-into-product-management-with-3-millennial-product-managers/ Mon, 06 Mar 2017 12:50:00 +0000 http://productinnovationeducators.com/?p=10493 http://productinnovationeducators.com/blog/tei-114-new-product-managers-share-insights-about-the-role-and-making-the-transition-into-product-management-with-3-millennial-product-managers/#respond http://productinnovationeducators.com/blog/tei-114-new-product-managers-share-insights-about-the-role-and-making-the-transition-into-product-management-with-3-millennial-product-managers/feed/ 0 <p>This is the where product managers learn to be product masters. Product masters are the leaders of products in organizations and this episode is a very special one as I have not one but three guests who are all on their way to becoming product masters. This episode came about with the help of one […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://productinnovationeducators.com/blog/tei-114-new-product-managers-share-insights-about-the-role-and-making-the-transition-into-product-management-with-3-millennial-product-managers/">TEI 114: New product managers share insights about the role and making the transition into product management – with 3 millennial product managers</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://productinnovationeducators.com">Product Innovation Educators</a>.</p> This is the where product managers learn to be product masters. Product masters are the leaders of products in organizations and this episode is a very special one as I have not one but three guests who are all on their way to becoming product masters. This episode came about with the help of one of my customers — Soren — who is in my IDEA Framework eCourse, which teaches the essential base of skills that lead to being a product master. We were discussing topics for this podcast and he shared how he would love to hear from other millennial product managers. He said that the experts I often interview provide valuable insights for him, but that he would also like to hear from product managers who are younger in their career and still figuring out what it means to be a product manager.

I not only thought that was a great idea but knowing Soren, I also thought he would be a great guest to share advice from his experience. He found two other young product managers so we could have a variety of experiences to learn from.

Product Manager Interview -- Millennials

They are each in their 20’s and have been working as a product manager for 6 months to about 3 years.

Both new and more experienced product managers should listen to this discussion as there is something for all of us. Specifically, younger product managers will learn:

  1. Challenges product managers must deal with,
  2. Tips for improving your effectiveness, and
  3. The one thing each of the guests wish they knew about product management sooner in their careers.

For experienced product managers, please listen carefully to what motivates and frustrates these younger product managers and how you could be a mentor to other product managers, also helping them become product masters.

 

Practices and Ideas for Product Managers and Innovators

Summary of some questions discussed – given the richness of the panel discussion, this summary is sparse. The discussion really needs to be listened to.

  • What was your motivation for working in product management? The opportunity to be creative along with the ability to deliver what you want to create value for customers. The responsibility was appealing. It’s more of an abstract challenge and allows me to be more of a big-picture thinker. The creative freedom drew me in. I enjoy taking an idea from its start and seeing it through to its finish in the form of a product. Being a product manager means never being bored – there are always new things to do and learn.

 

  • What frustrates you about the role of product manager? It’s challenging to define my role at times – what am I really? The work can vary a good deal. It’s also difficult to know what I should be spending my time on and knowing what is important from day to day. Finding my place in the organization and gaining the influence I need are other challenges. I have to develop my influence with the executive team.

 

  • What is one thing you have learned that has improved your product work? It was important to understand that product descriptions and requirements from various stakeholders are not always accurate and need to be carefully validated. Also, as most products fail to meet their objectives, you can’t fall in love with your product. Instead, love the problem, but not the product. You also have to develop good business knowledge and learn how to manage stakeholders. And maybe most important, get a mentor who can help you with understanding not only product management but also the business.

 

  • What would you tell a new product manager that you wish you had known when you started as a product manager?
    • Protect your time; share your big ideas with others; start small; show rather than tell.
    • Don’t be shy, ask for feedback;  it is a collaborative role and your job is to be the guide.
    • Figure out early what your role actually is and what executives expect; learn to spend your time wisely.
    • Follow your natural inclination and make something happen.

 

Useful links for product managers:

 

Innovation Quote

“When you grow up, you tend to get told that the world is the way it is and your life is just to live your life inside the world, try not to bash into the walls too much, try to have a nice family, have fun, save a little money. That’s a very limited life. Life can be much broader, once you discover one simple fact, and that is that everything around you that you call life was made up by people that were no smarter than you. And you can change it, you can influence it, you can build your own things that other people can use. Once you learn that, you’ll never be the same again.” – Steve Jobs

 

Listen Now to the Interview

 

 

Thanks!

Thank you for being an Everyday Innovator and learning with me from the successes and failures of product innovators, managers, and developers. If you enjoyed the discussion, help out a fellow product manager by sharing it using the social media buttons you see below.

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This is the where product managers learn to be product masters. Product masters are the leaders of products in organizations and this episode is a very special one as I have not one but three guests who are all on their way to becoming product masters.... I not only thought that was a great idea but knowing Soren, I also thought he would be a great guest to share advice from his experience. He found two other young product managers so we could have a variety of experiences to learn from.

They are each in their 20’s and have been working as a product manager for 6 months to about 3 years.
Both new and more experienced product managers should listen to this discussion as there is something for all of us. Specifically, younger product managers will learn:

* Challenges product managers must deal with,
* Tips for improving your effectiveness, and
* The one thing each of the guests wish they knew about product management sooner in their careers.

For experienced product managers, please listen carefully to what motivates and frustrates these younger product managers and how you could be a mentor to other product managers, also helping them become product masters.
 
Practices and Ideas for Product Managers and Innovators
Summary of some questions discussed – given the richness of the panel discussion, this summary is sparse. The discussion really needs to be listened to.

* What was your motivation for working in product management? The opportunity to be creative along with the ability to deliver what you want to create value for customers. The responsibility was appealing. It’s more of an abstract challenge and allows me to be more of a big-picture thinker. The creative freedom drew me in. I enjoy taking an idea from its start and seeing it through to its finish in the form of a product. Being a product manager means never being bored – there are always new things to do and learn.

 

* What frustrates you about the role of product manager? It’s challenging to define my role at times – what am I really? The work can vary a good deal. It’s also difficult to know what I should be spending my time on and knowing what is important from day to day. Finding my place in the organization and gaining the influence I need are other challenges. I have to develop my influence with the executive team.

 

* What is one thing you have learned that has improved your product work? It was important to understand that product descriptions and requirements from various stakeholders are not always accurate and need to be carefully validated. Also, as most products fail to meet their objectives, you can’t fall in love with your product. Instead, love the problem, but not the product. You also have to develop good business knowledge and learn how to manage stakeholders. And maybe most important, get a mentor who can help you with understanding not only product management but also the business.

 

* What would you tell a new product manager that you wish you had known when you started as a product manager?

* Protect your time; share your big ideas with others; start small; show rather than tell.
* Don’t be shy, ask for feedback;  it is a collaborative role and your job is to be the guide.
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TEI 113: Innovation tools – with Evan Shellshear http://productinnovationeducators.com/blog/tei-113-innovation-tools-with-evan-shellshear/ Mon, 27 Feb 2017 12:50:00 +0000 http://productinnovationeducators.com/?p=10438 http://productinnovationeducators.com/blog/tei-113-innovation-tools-with-evan-shellshear/#respond http://productinnovationeducators.com/blog/tei-113-innovation-tools-with-evan-shellshear/feed/ 0 <p>A frequent question lately has been what tools are used by product managers and innovators. In this episode, we are addressing some tools for innovation. I’ll cover product management tools in a future episode. To discuss innovation tools, I talked to the one person who has literally written the book on innovation tools, which appropriately […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://productinnovationeducators.com/blog/tei-113-innovation-tools-with-evan-shellshear/">TEI 113: Innovation tools – with Evan Shellshear</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://productinnovationeducators.com">Product Innovation Educators</a>.</p> Product Manager Interview - Evan ShellshearA frequent question lately has been what tools are used by product managers and innovators. In this episode, we are addressing some tools for innovation. I’ll cover product management tools in a future episode. To discuss innovation tools, I talked to the one person who has literally written the book on innovation tools, which appropriately is also titled, Innovation Tools.

My guest and bestselling author is Even Shellshear. Evan’s focus is on industry transforming technologies and methodologies, from software to consulting. His background is in economics and game theory. He is also the founder of Simultek, a company that leverages game theory to elicit people’s true preferences.

In our discussion, product managers and innovators will learn:

  1. using crowdsourcing as a catalyst for innovation and avoiding crowd slap,
  2. tools for early prototyping,
  3. using and avoiding problems with behavioral innovation, and
  4. business model innovation.

 

Practices and Ideas for Product Managers and Innovators

Summary of some questions discussed:

  • Why did you write Innovation Tools? When people think of innovation, Lean Startup often comes to mind. There is a gap between the theory of Lean Startup and other such methodologies and actual execution. When people express the gap, they understand the methodology but are missing a concrete set of low-risk tools to make innovation a reality. The Lean Startup is really about managing risk. It’s a risk management methodology and framework to help people launch new ideas and companies in a low-risk fashion. What was missing was not just a set of tools to implement that but a set of tools that were centered around low-risk activities and risk-minimizing execution strategies. I set out to fill that gap and help people find risk-minimizing tools out there to help you implement something like Lean Startup. The impetus for the book was many conversations with people saying, “Yeah, look, I get it but I need to do something, to get my hands dirty. What’s out there?” That was the reason why I wrote that book, to help people with this important piece.

 

  • Let’s talk through some of the tools. Tell us about Crowdsourcing. Crowdsourcing is important because it’s been a massive catalyst for driving innovation. We know that the crowd has a huge number of perspectives and great expertise. What you’re doing with crowdsourcing is you’re tapping into that expertise, that desire for people who know something special, to give you that something special. That’s really the challenge and the benefit of crowdsourcing. The other part of crowdsourcing is where you flip it. Instead of reaching out to the crowd and asking for solutions or ideas, you reach out to the crowd and ask for funding to launch a solution to a problem.

 

  • What are the pros and cons of Crowdsourcing? There’s a thing called the crowd slap, which is where some companies like Chevrolet have tried to source the crowd for ad campaigns or other ideas and because of the company’s image in society, instead of people taking it seriously, they ridiculed the company. However, the biggest challenge around crowdsourcing is managing the crowd and having the right expectations from the beginning. As an example, in 2006, IBM ran their Innovation Jam. They received 46,000 contributions, which they then reduced down to 31 ideas for further refinement. That’s less than 0.1 % of all ideas contributed. If we say that it took someone five minutes to consider every idea, 160 24-hour days would be required to go through all those ideas, or about 480 work days, or roughly two years of one person’s time. This is the challenge with crowdsourcing. It’s understanding what you’re going to get out of it, what the work requirement is, and what the other options could be for less effort. To run a successful crowdfunding campaign is actually a big challenge. You need to do a lot of things well and sometimes it just simply could be better taking that money and developing what you want and testing the outcomes.  People need to understand the amount of work involved in managing and successfully running a crowdsourcing campaign as well as the appropriate relationship between the person doing the crowdsourcing and the people providing the ideas, which involves intellectual property and remuneration for their efforts.

 

  • What are tools for developing an early prototype of a product? This is a conceptual use of “tools” and is a very low-cost approach and that’s hackerspaces, makerspaces, tech shops, fab labs, etc. You don’t need to spend thousands of dollars buying a machine to produce prototypes or even spend that money outsourcing the work to someone else who has prototyping machines. Instead, use hackerspaces and makerspaces that offer a collection of prototyping machines and high-quality software to design your prototype. For less than $100/month, you’re able to go to a hackerspace or a makerspace and prototype your idea for merely the cost of your time and the resources and materials that you need. The other big part that people often overlook is the expertise that exists in these facilities. You’ll find a community where you can tap into the people around you and get design help. You can get a lot of that fantastic feedback as well.

 

  • You introduce the concept of behavioral innovation in the book — what is that about? It looks at how we make our choices around innovation and how they are influenced by our biases and preconceptions. I think this is something that is too often overlooked in product management. It’s the decisions we make and how good they are. Behavioral innovation is an amalgamation of behavior economics and innovation. It looks at combining the two to understand better how our biases and heuristics affect our decision making when it comes to innovation. The specific focus I take is around funding and investing time and resources into the innovative activities. It’s an extremely important tool for us to drive better decisions, to lower risk, and to make sure more of our products are successful simply because we’re choosing the right ones.

 

  • What about business model innovation?  As product managers, we tend to focus on developing new products and services. However, what we often need to consider is the business model these products and services are embedded in. Is that business model innovative and is that business model going to produce something better than competitors are providing? Exploring your product in terms of a pure service can lead to more effective business models.

 

Useful links for product managers:

Innovation Quote

“There’s no need to innovate innovation. There exists enough disruptive innovations just waiting to be assembled.” -Evan Shellshear

 

Listen Now to the Interview

 

Raw Transcript

TEI113

 

Thanks!

Thank you for being an Everyday Innovator and learning with me from the successes and failures of product innovators, managers, and developers. If you enjoyed the discussion, help out a fellow product manager by sharing it using the social media buttons you see below.

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A frequent question lately has been what tools are used by product managers and innovators. In this episode, we are addressing some tools for innovation. I’ll cover product management tools in a future episode. To discuss innovation tools, My guest and bestselling author is Even Shellshear. Evan’s focus is on industry transforming technologies and methodologies, from software to consulting. His background is in economics and game theory. He is also the founder of Simultek, a company that leverages game theory to elicit people’s true preferences.
In our discussion, product managers and innovators will learn:

* using crowdsourcing as a catalyst for innovation and avoiding crowd slap,
* tools for early prototyping,
* using and avoiding problems with behavioral innovation, and
* business model innovation.

 
Practices and Ideas for Product Managers and Innovators
Summary of some questions discussed:

* Why did you write Innovation Tools? When people think of innovation, Lean Startup often comes to mind. There is a gap between the theory of Lean Startup and other such methodologies and actual execution. When people express the gap, they understand the methodology but are missing a concrete set of low-risk tools to make innovation a reality. The Lean Startup is really about managing risk. It’s a risk management methodology and framework to help people launch new ideas and companies in a low-risk fashion. What was missing was not just a set of tools to implement that but a set of tools that were centered around low-risk activities and risk-minimizing execution strategies. I set out to fill that gap and help people find risk-minimizing tools out there to help you implement something like Lean Startup. The impetus for the book was many conversations with people saying, “Yeah, look, I get it but I need to do something, to get my hands dirty. What’s out there?” That was the reason why I wrote that book, to help people with this important piece.

 

* Let’s talk through some of the tools. Tell us about Crowdsourcing. Crowdsourcing is important because it’s been a massive catalyst for driving innovation. We know that the crowd has a huge number of perspectives and great expertise. What you’re doing with crowdsourcing is you’re tapping into that expertise, that desire for people who know something special, to give you that something special. That’s really the challenge and the benefit of crowdsourcing. The other part of crowdsourcing is where you flip it. Instead of reaching out to the crowd and asking for solutions or ideas, you reach out to the crowd and ask for funding to launch a solution to a problem.

 

* What are the pros and cons of Crowdsourcing? There’s a thing called the crowd slap, which is where some companies like Chevrolet have tried to source the crowd for ad campaigns or other ideas and because of the company’s image in society, instead of people taking it seriously, they ridiculed the company. However, the biggest challenge around crowdsourcing is managing the crowd and having the right expectations from the beginning. As an example, in 2006, IBM ran their Innovation Jam. They received 46,000 contributions, which they then reduced down to 31 ideas for further refinement. That’s less than 0.1 % of all ideas contributed. If we say that it took someone five minutes to consider every idea, 160 24-hour days would be required to go through all those ideas, or about 480 work days, or roughly two years of one person’s time. This is the challenge with crowdsourcing. It’s understanding what you’re going to get out of it, what the work requirement is, and what the other options could be for less effort.]]>
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TEI 112: Lean marketing for product managers – with Joe Dager http://productinnovationeducators.com/blog/tei-112-lean-marketing-for-product-managers-with-joe-dager/ Mon, 20 Feb 2017 12:50:00 +0000 http://productinnovationeducators.com/?p=10407 http://productinnovationeducators.com/blog/tei-112-lean-marketing-for-product-managers-with-joe-dager/#respond http://productinnovationeducators.com/blog/tei-112-lean-marketing-for-product-managers-with-joe-dager/feed/ 0 <p>Lean concepts are being applied across organizations, but what about applying them to marketing? To explore how Lean benefits marketing, I talked with someone who has helped many organizations fuse Lean practices into marketing. That person is Joe Dager. As product managers are frequently involved with aspects of marketing, I thought these concepts would be […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://productinnovationeducators.com/blog/tei-112-lean-marketing-for-product-managers-with-joe-dager/">TEI 112: Lean marketing for product managers – with Joe Dager</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://productinnovationeducators.com">Product Innovation Educators</a>.</p> Product Manager Interview - Joe DagerLean concepts are being applied across organizations, but what about applying them to marketing? To explore how Lean benefits marketing, I talked with someone who has helped many organizations fuse Lean practices into marketing. That person is Joe Dager. As product managers are frequently involved with aspects of marketing, I thought these concepts would be important to share, which is why I asked Joe to join me on The Everyday Innovator.

Joe Dager describes himself as the chief antagonist of Business901, a firm specializing in bringing the continuous improvement process to sales, marketing, and service.  His process thinking comes from over thirty years in marketing within a wide variety of industries as applied with Lean concepts. Joe has been part of several start-ups, a few turnarounds and now works creating digital marketing processes, primarily with SaaS-type companies.

From the discussion, product managers and innovators will learn:

  1. what Lean marketing is,
  2. how to measure the benefits of Lean in marketing,
  3. the steps for fusing Lean into your marketing work,
  4. helpful tools to use, and
  5. how to navigate the necessary culture change.

 

Practices and Ideas for Product Managers and Innovators

Summary of some questions discussed:

  • What is Lean marketing? It is really a learning cycle and one where product managers should be involved. It is applying the Plan, Do, Check, Act (PDCA) cycle that is the basis of scientific learning to marketing. Lean marketing is an iterative approach to marketing.
  • How do you view Lean? I always laugh and say anyone over the age of 35-40 thinks of traditional lean with roots in Toyota manufacturing. Anybody under that age, lean is Lean Startup from Eric Ries. I think of lean as PDCA. It is the continuous improvement with a recognition of standard work. That’s SDCA — Standard Work, Do, Check, Act. In contrast, Lean Startup, is EDCA — Explore, Do, Check, Act. So that’s what you need. You need all three components: PDCA, SDCA, and EDCA.
  • What metrics should Lean marketing use? Start with understanding exactly the markets you’re in and the customers you’re addressing. You have to see what your marketing experiment is framed around before considering metrics. Let’s take an example. If you conduct an experiment with a metric of how many signups during a period of time for a digital product and another experiment that doesn’t have a clear metric, which one do you start with? The one where you have metrics. When you think of all the data that’s available, my advice is to just keep it simple. The first thing you have to do is determine who’s going to be looking at the measurements and then also how often they’re going to be looking at them, as well as what they’re going to use out of the metrics. It’s really starting with a feedback plan that identifies how you’re going to measure aspects of a marketing experiment. Then see what tools you’re using and what’s available very quickly to you.
  • What are the steps for starting with Lean marketing? Start by not calling it lean. What you basically do is the typical marketing process when you start any marketing plan, which is first examining existing customers. Identify current buying behavior — what you do and what they do. That is your standard work. Then you decide where you want to go next. You create one or two experiments to dig deeper that could be used to improve your standard work. Then you iterate to close the gap between where you are and where you want to go. A great tool to use to do all that is lean A3. It’s just a one page document where the left side is Plan and the right side is Do, Check, Act. That’s how I’ve introduced it to a lot of companies.
  • What tools can be used? In addition to the lean A3, I also use the marketing Kata. It’s a break off from the Toyota Kata that Mike Rother introduced. Kata-thinking is how to develop deliberate practice. That’s all we’re trying to do in our marketing — we document standard work, then we create where we want to go, then we focus on a certain area to help us get there, and then we just go ahead and we break the experiment down into some small steps and we iterate.
  • How do you manage the culture change needed? It’s tough. I’ve been doing this for ten years now.  It’s very difficult to change the culture, because employees still have to hit their numbers at the end of the quarter. There’s no one more driven to do that than a sales person getting paid on commission. We see lean marketing happening more in SaaS-type companies because they don’t have as many sales people.

 

Useful links for product managers:

 

Innovation Quote

“Sales and marketing have never been against systemizing the process. They have been against being systemized by the process.” – Peter Scholtes

 

Listen Now to the Interview

 

Raw Transcript

TEI112

 

Thanks!

Thank you for being an Everyday Innovator and learning with me from the successes and failures of product innovators, managers, and developers. If you enjoyed the discussion, help out a fellow product manager by sharing it using the social media buttons you see below.

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Lean concepts are being applied across organizations, but what about applying them to marketing? To explore how Lean benefits marketing, I talked with someone who has helped many organizations fuse Lean practices into marketing. Joe Dager describes himself as the chief antagonist of Business901, a firm specializing in bringing the continuous improvement process to sales, marketing, and service.  His process thinking comes from over thirty years in marketing within a wide variety of industries as applied with Lean concepts. Joe has been part of several start-ups, a few turnarounds and now works creating digital marketing processes, primarily with SaaS-type companies.
From the discussion, product managers and innovators will learn:

* what Lean marketing is,
* how to measure the benefits of Lean in marketing,
* the steps for fusing Lean into your marketing work,
* helpful tools to use, and
* how to navigate the necessary culture change.

 
Practices and Ideas for Product Managers and Innovators
Summary of some questions discussed:

* What is Lean marketing? It is really a learning cycle and one where product managers should be involved. It is applying the Plan, Do, Check, Act (PDCA) cycle that is the basis of scientific learning to marketing. Lean marketing is an iterative approach to marketing.


* How do you view Lean? I always laugh and say anyone over the age of 35-40 thinks of traditional lean with roots in Toyota manufacturing. Anybody under that age, lean is Lean Startup from Eric Ries. I think of lean as PDCA. It is the continuous improvement with a recognition of standard work. That’s SDCA — Standard Work, Do, Check, Act. In contrast, Lean Startup, is EDCA — Explore, Do, Check, Act. So that’s what you need. You need all three components: PDCA, SDCA, and EDCA.


* What metrics should Lean marketing use? Start with understanding exactly the markets you’re in and the customers you’re addressing. You have to see what your marketing experiment is framed around before considering metrics. Let’s take an example. If you conduct an experiment with a metric of how many signups during a period of time for a digital product and another experiment that doesn’t have a clear metric, which one do you start with? The one where you have metrics. When you think of all the data that’s available, my advice is to just keep it simple. The first thing you have to do is determine who’s going to be looking at the measurements and then also how often they’re going to be looking at them, as well as what they’re going to use out of the metrics. It’s really starting with a feedback plan that identifies how you’re going to measure aspects of a marketing experiment. Then see what tools you’re using and what’s available very quickly to you.


* What are the steps for starting with Lean marketing? Start by not calling it lean. What you basically do is the typical marketing process when you start any marketing plan, which is first examining existing customers. Identify current buying behavior — what you do and what they do. That is your standard work. Then you decide where you want to go next. You create one or two experiments to dig deeper that could be used to improve your standard work. Then you iterate to close the gap between where you are and where you want to go. A great tool to use to do all that is lean A3. It’s just a one page document where the left side is Plan and the right side is Do, Check, Act. That’s how I’ve introduced it to a lot of companies.


* What tools can be used? In addition to the lean A3,]]>
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TEI 111: How SPICES help product managers build insanely great products – with David Fradin http://productinnovationeducators.com/blog/tei-111-how-spices-help-product-managers-build-insanely-great-products-with-david-fradin/ Mon, 13 Feb 2017 12:50:00 +0000 http://productinnovationeducators.com/?p=10383 <p>A book caught my attention recently, and when I investigated the author, I was even more intrigued. The book is “Building Insanely Great Products,” written by David Fradin. David has trained thousands of managers throughout the world. He infuses his workshops with insights and experiences gained as a product leader at companies like Apple & […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://productinnovationeducators.com/blog/tei-111-how-spices-help-product-managers-build-insanely-great-products-with-david-fradin/">TEI 111: How SPICES help product managers build insanely great products – with David Fradin</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://productinnovationeducators.com">Product Innovation Educators</a>.</p> A book caught my attention recently, and when I investigated the author, I was even more intrigued. The book is “Building Insanely Great Products,” written by David Fradin. David has trained thousands of managers throughout the world. Chad McAllister, PhD - Helping Product Managers become Product Masters clean 41:23 10383 TEI 110: How GE’s FirstBuild creates products – with Taylor Dawson http://productinnovationeducators.com/blog/tei-110-how-ges-firstbuild-creates-products-with-taylor-dawson/ Mon, 06 Feb 2017 12:50:00 +0000 http://productinnovationeducators.com/?p=10263 <p>We have seen significant increases in large companies creating some type of innovation lab or starting a partnership with an innovation lab. One benefit is that the innovation lab can run at a different pace than the organization. The lab has more freedom to try quick experiments and explore new areas that may be deemed […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://productinnovationeducators.com/blog/tei-110-how-ges-firstbuild-creates-products-with-taylor-dawson/">TEI 110: How GE’s FirstBuild creates products – with Taylor Dawson</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://productinnovationeducators.com">Product Innovation Educators</a>.</p> We have seen significant increases in large companies creating some type of innovation lab or starting a partnership with an innovation lab. One benefit is that the innovation lab can run at a different pace than the organization. Chad McAllister, PhD - Helping Product Managers become Product Masters clean 38:45 10263 TEI 109: How product managers can design the organization they want – with John Latham, PhD http://productinnovationeducators.com/blog/tei-109-how-product-managers-can-design-the-organization-they-want-with-john-latham-phd/ Mon, 30 Jan 2017 12:50:00 +0000 http://productinnovationeducators.com/?p=10240 <p>Product managers have unique experiences and competencies that equip them for senior leadership roles. Many CEOs come from a product management background, including the last 8 CEOs of Proctor & Gamble. But, what should the product manager turned senior leader (or one who is planning on being a leader in the future) do to help […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://productinnovationeducators.com/blog/tei-109-how-product-managers-can-design-the-organization-they-want-with-john-latham-phd/">TEI 109: How product managers can design the organization they want – with John Latham, PhD</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://productinnovationeducators.com">Product Innovation Educators</a>.</p> Product managers have unique experiences and competencies that equip them for senior leadership roles. Many CEOs come from a product management background, including the last 8 CEOs of Proctor & Gamble. But, Chad McAllister, PhD - Helping Product Managers become Product Masters clean 52:37 10240 TEI 108: Communicating design in product management – with Latif Nanji http://productinnovationeducators.com/blog/tei-108-communicating-design-in-product-management-with-latif-nanji/ Mon, 23 Jan 2017 12:50:00 +0000 http://productinnovationeducators.com/?p=10187 <p>The role of product management is encompassing more design and the need to integrate design capabilities into the product team. It is a topic that Latif Nanji is passionate about, along with designing products customers love. Latif is the CEO of Roadmunk, which creates road mapping software for the enterprise.  Roadmunk was built out of […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://productinnovationeducators.com/blog/tei-108-communicating-design-in-product-management-with-latif-nanji/">TEI 108: Communicating design in product management – with Latif Nanji</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://productinnovationeducators.com">Product Innovation Educators</a>.</p> The role of product management is encompassing more design and the need to integrate design capabilities into the product team. It is a topic that Latif Nanji is passionate about, along with designing products customers love. Chad McAllister, PhD - Helping Product Managers become Product Masters clean 41:40 10187 TEI 107: Create group flow for radical innovation – with Laurie Buss http://productinnovationeducators.com/blog/tei-107-create-group-flow-for-radical-innovation-with-laurie-buss/ Mon, 16 Jan 2017 12:50:00 +0000 http://productinnovationeducators.com/?p=10164 <p>I’m very interested in how innovation can be made better and one category of tools is related to team performance – higher performing teams can create products that produce higher value. One particular tool is Group Flow, which was the topic of a paper published by The International Council on Systems Engineering titled “Group Flow: […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://productinnovationeducators.com/blog/tei-107-create-group-flow-for-radical-innovation-with-laurie-buss/">TEI 107: Create group flow for radical innovation – with Laurie Buss</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://productinnovationeducators.com">Product Innovation Educators</a>.</p> I’m very interested in how innovation can be made better and one category of tools is related to team performance – higher performing teams can create products that produce higher value. One particular tool is Group Flow, Chad McAllister, PhD - Helping Product Managers become Product Masters clean 47:57 10164 TEI 106: Jobs to be done – with Tony Ulwick http://productinnovationeducators.com/blog/tei-106-jobs-to-be-done-with-tony-ulwick/ Mon, 09 Jan 2017 12:50:00 +0000 http://productinnovationeducators.com/?p=10122 <p>I have a returning guest, Tony Ulwick, who is sharing 6 tools from his new book, Jobs to Be Done: Theory to Practice. Tony is well known for the creation of Outcome Driven Innovation and as the founder of Strategyn. When ODI was published in the Harvard Business Review, they declared it one of “the […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://productinnovationeducators.com/blog/tei-106-jobs-to-be-done-with-tony-ulwick/">TEI 106: Jobs to be done – with Tony Ulwick</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://productinnovationeducators.com">Product Innovation Educators</a>.</p> I have a returning guest, Tony Ulwick, who is sharing 6 tools from his new book, Jobs to Be Done: Theory to Practice. Tony is well known for the creation of Outcome Driven Innovation and as the founder of Strategyn. Chad McAllister, PhD - Helping Product Managers become Product Masters clean 50:05 10122 TEI 105: Highlights from valuable 2016 interviews with savvy product management insiders – with Chad McAllister, PhD http://productinnovationeducators.com/blog/tei-105-highlights-from-valuable-2016-interviews-with-savvy-product-management-insiders-with-chad-mcallister-phd/ Mon, 02 Jan 2017 12:50:00 +0000 http://productinnovationeducators.com/?p=10069 <p>Welcome to the second anniversary of the Everyday Innovator — another 52 episodes of discussions with skilled product managers and savvy insiders. In this year in review I share highlights from several of the discussions – emphasizing concepts and tools product managers and innovators should know. Just like my 2015 Year in review, there are […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://productinnovationeducators.com/blog/tei-105-highlights-from-valuable-2016-interviews-with-savvy-product-management-insiders-with-chad-mcallister-phd/">TEI 105: Highlights from valuable 2016 interviews with savvy product management insiders – with Chad McAllister, PhD</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://productinnovationeducators.com">Product Innovation Educators</a>.</p> Welcome to the second anniversary of the Everyday Innovator — another 52 episodes of discussions with skilled product managers and savvy insiders. In this year in review I share highlights from several of the discussions – emphasizing concepts and tool... Chad McAllister, PhD - Helping Product Managers become Product Masters clean 40:22 10069 TEI 104: Storytelling for innovation – with Michael Margolis http://productinnovationeducators.com/blog/tei-104-storytelling-for-innovation-with-michael-margolis/ Mon, 26 Dec 2016 12:50:00 +0000 http://productinnovationeducators.com/?p=9945 <p>My guest today discusses another valuable topic related to the skills that all product managers need and that, according to a 2016 study, results in a 25% increase in pay. If you want to see the full list of topics, go to www.TheEverydayInnovator.com/podcast. The topic is how to use storytelling to share ideas and persuade […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://productinnovationeducators.com/blog/tei-104-storytelling-for-innovation-with-michael-margolis/">TEI 104: Storytelling for innovation – with Michael Margolis</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://productinnovationeducators.com">Product Innovation Educators</a>.</p> My guest today discusses another valuable topic related to the skills that all product managers need and that, according to a 2016 study, results in a 25% increase in pay. If you want to see the full list of topics, go to www.TheEverydayInnovator. Chad McAllister, PhD - Helping Product Managers become Product Masters clean 48:16 9945 TEI 103: How Karcher developed a new product that captured the market – with Bill Ott http://productinnovationeducators.com/blog/tei-103-how-karcher-developed-a-new-product-that-captured-the-market-with-bill-ott/ Mon, 19 Dec 2016 12:50:00 +0000 http://productinnovationeducators.com/?p=9762 <p>This interview is a great discussion about a product story — from how the product concept was developed all the way through launch, including industry awards the product has received. My guest is Bill Ott, Executive Vice President of the product development organization at Kärcher. They are the world’s leading manufacturer of cleaning equipment. Bill […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://productinnovationeducators.com/blog/tei-103-how-karcher-developed-a-new-product-that-captured-the-market-with-bill-ott/">TEI 103: How Karcher developed a new product that captured the market – with Bill Ott</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://productinnovationeducators.com">Product Innovation Educators</a>.</p> This interview is a great discussion about a product story — from how the product concept was developed all the way through launch, including industry awards the product has received. My guest is Bill Ott, Executive Vice President of the product develo... Chad McAllister, PhD - Helping Product Managers become Product Masters clean 46:40 9762 TEI 102: Executive coaching for product managers – with Evan Roth http://productinnovationeducators.com/blog/tei-102-executive-coaching-for-product-managers-with-evan-roth/ Mon, 12 Dec 2016 12:50:00 +0000 http://productinnovationeducators.com/?p=9731 <p>I’ve been fortunate to have excellent mentors at different times during my career. I’ve seen an interesting trend in the last few years – the rise of the personal coach. This is a type of mentor. A personal coach can help you in many ways, all of which are generally related to improving performance and […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://productinnovationeducators.com/blog/tei-102-executive-coaching-for-product-managers-with-evan-roth/">TEI 102: Executive coaching for product managers – with Evan Roth</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://productinnovationeducators.com">Product Innovation Educators</a>.</p> I’ve been fortunate to have excellent mentors at different times during my career. I’ve seen an interesting trend in the last few years – the rise of the personal coach. This is a type of mentor. A personal coach can help you in many ways, Chad McAllister, PhD - Helping Product Managers become Product Masters clean 43:55 9731 TEI 101: 9 traits of highly innovative people- with Tamara Kleinberg http://productinnovationeducators.com/blog/tei-101-9-traits-of-highly-innovative-people-with-tamara-kleinberg/ Mon, 05 Dec 2016 12:50:00 +0000 http://productinnovationeducators.com/?p=9685 <p>I’m a big believer in people playing to their strengths, and this includes product team members and others involved in innovation. Not everyone has the same strengths – if we did, that would be a bit boring. Realizing how people approach innovation and their strengths is something Tamara Kleinberg accomplishes. Tamara has spent more years […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://productinnovationeducators.com/blog/tei-101-9-traits-of-highly-innovative-people-with-tamara-kleinberg/">TEI 101: 9 traits of highly innovative people- with Tamara Kleinberg</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://productinnovationeducators.com">Product Innovation Educators</a>.</p> I’m a big believer in people playing to their strengths, and this includes product team members and others involved in innovation. Not everyone has the same strengths – if we did, that would be a bit boring. Chad McAllister, PhD - Helping Product Managers become Product Masters clean 42:54 9685 TEI 100: Celebrating 100 episodes for product managers – with host Chad McAllister http://productinnovationeducators.com/blog/tei-100-celebrating-100-episodes-for-product-managers-with-host-chad-mcallister/ Mon, 28 Nov 2016 12:50:00 +0000 http://productinnovationeducators.com/?p=9603 <p>Welcome to the 100th episode of The Everyday Innovator podcast. I have a little something different for this episode, being this is kind of a big milestone, the 100th episode. I don’t have a guest today, and I’ll tell you more about that in the episode recording. For the 100th episode, I cover four topics: […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://productinnovationeducators.com/blog/tei-100-celebrating-100-episodes-for-product-managers-with-host-chad-mcallister/">TEI 100: Celebrating 100 episodes for product managers – with host Chad McAllister</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://productinnovationeducators.com">Product Innovation Educators</a>.</p> Welcome to the 100th episode of The Everyday Innovator podcast. I have a little something different for this episode, being this is kind of a big milestone, the 100th episode. I don’t have a guest today, and I’ll tell you more about that in the episode... Chad McAllister, PhD - Helping Product Managers become Product Masters clean 33:31 9603 TEI 099: Speaking with confidence and gravitas – with Caroline Goyder http://productinnovationeducators.com/blog/tei-099-speaking-with-confidence-with-caroline-goyder/ Thu, 24 Nov 2016 00:52:22 +0000 http://memberpress.productinnovationeducators.com/?p=9398 <p>Have you ever wondered why some people earn attention and respect when they speak and others don’t? According to my guest, the secret to their success can be summed up in one word: gravitas. With gravitas, you can express yourself clearly and with the passion and confidence to persuade, influence and engage listeners. And that […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://productinnovationeducators.com/blog/tei-099-speaking-with-confidence-with-caroline-goyder/">TEI 099: Speaking with confidence and gravitas – with Caroline Goyder</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://productinnovationeducators.com">Product Innovation Educators</a>.</p> Have you ever wondered why some people earn attention and respect when they speak and others don’t? According to my guest, the secret to their success can be summed up in one word: gravitas. With gravitas, you can express yourself clearly and with the ... Chad McAllister, PhD - Helping Product Managers become Product Masters clean 41:56 9398 TEI 098: When product managers’ good ideas are not enough-with Samuel Bacharach http://productinnovationeducators.com/blog/tei-098-when-product-managers-good-ideas-are-not-enough-with-samuel-bacharach-phd/ Thu, 24 Nov 2016 00:49:39 +0000 http://memberpress.productinnovationeducators.com/?p=9390 <p>I have a great guest for us to learn from – the author of a new book, The Agenda Mover: When Your Good Idea Is Not Enough. Doesn’t that sum up the challenge of being a product manager – when your good idea is not enough. My guest, Professor Samuel B. Bacharach, argues that in […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://productinnovationeducators.com/blog/tei-098-when-product-managers-good-ideas-are-not-enough-with-samuel-bacharach-phd/">TEI 098: When product managers’ good ideas are not enough-with Samuel Bacharach</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://productinnovationeducators.com">Product Innovation Educators</a>.</p> I have a great guest for us to learn from – the author of a new book, The Agenda Mover: When Your Good Idea Is Not Enough. Doesn’t that sum up the challenge of being a product manager – when your good idea is not enough. My guest, Professor Samuel B. Chad McAllister, PhD - Helping Product Managers become Product Masters clean 36:49 9390 TEI 097: How product managers pitch and sell ideas to managers – with Chris Westfall http://productinnovationeducators.com/blog/tei-097-how-product-managers-pitch-and-sell-ideas-to-managers-with-chris-westfall/ Thu, 24 Nov 2016 00:07:33 +0000 http://memberpress.productinnovationeducators.com/?p=9350 <p>The topic of this episode is another in a series of interviews I’m doing focused on the four skills that enable a 25% higher income for product managers and increasing their influence. The 4 skills were discussed back in episode 073 and include: Pitch artist – the ability to present and sell your ideas and […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://productinnovationeducators.com/blog/tei-097-how-product-managers-pitch-and-sell-ideas-to-managers-with-chris-westfall/">TEI 097: How product managers pitch and sell ideas to managers – with Chris Westfall</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://productinnovationeducators.com">Product Innovation Educators</a>.</p> The topic of this episode is another in a series of interviews I’m doing focused on the four skills that enable a 25% higher income for product managers and increasing their influence. The 4 skills were discussed back in episode 073 and include: Pitch ... Chad McAllister, PhD - Helping Product Managers become Product Masters clean 40:15 9350 TEI 096: Conjoint analysis for product managers- with Brian Ottum, PhD http://productinnovationeducators.com/blog/tei-096-conjoint-analysis-for-product-managers-with-brian-ottum-phd/ Mon, 31 Oct 2016 11:50:00 +0000 http://www.productinnovationeducators.com/blog/?p=6148 <p>This episode is about market research – what’s in your toolbox for conducting consumer and market research? Does it include Conjoint Analysis? Well, if not, it will after you listen to this episode. To explore the topic and walk through an example of using Conjoint Analysis, I tracked down a previous guest from way back […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://productinnovationeducators.com/blog/tei-096-conjoint-analysis-for-product-managers-with-brian-ottum-phd/">TEI 096: Conjoint analysis for product managers- with Brian Ottum, PhD</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://productinnovationeducators.com">Product Innovation Educators</a>.</p> This episode is about market research – what’s in your toolbox for conducting consumer and market research? Does it include Conjoint Analysis? Well, if not, it will after you listen to this episode. To explore the topic and walk through an example of u... Chad McAllister, PhD - Helping Product Managers become Product Masters clean 45:08 6148 TEI 095: Product line roadmapping for product managers – with Paul O’Connor http://productinnovationeducators.com/blog/tei-095-product-line-roadmapping-for-product-managers-with-paul-oconnor/ Mon, 24 Oct 2016 11:50:00 +0000 http://www.productinnovationeducators.com/blog/?p=6109 <p>The last episode was on the topic of product roadmaps and today we extend that topic by considering product line roadmaps – roadmaps for product lines and product families. The person who has turned that topic into his professional career is Paul O’Connor. He is the founder and managing director of The Adept Group and […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://productinnovationeducators.com/blog/tei-095-product-line-roadmapping-for-product-managers-with-paul-oconnor/">TEI 095: Product line roadmapping for product managers – with Paul O’Connor</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://productinnovationeducators.com">Product Innovation Educators</a>.</p> The last episode was on the topic of product roadmaps and today we extend that topic by considering product line roadmaps – roadmaps for product lines and product families. The person who has turned that topic into his professional career is Paul O’Con... Chad McAllister, PhD - Helping Product Managers become Product Masters clean 37:46 6109 TEI 094: Creating product roadmaps for product managers – with Jim Semick http://productinnovationeducators.com/blog/tei-094-creating-product-roadmaps-for-product-managers-with-jim-semick/ Mon, 17 Oct 2016 11:50:00 +0000 http://www.productinnovationeducators.com/blog/?p=6067 <p>I’ve had some requests from listeners to explore product roadmaps, so I had a discussion with Jim Semick. He is co-founder of ProductPlan, which creates roadmap software for product teams. Jim has helped launch new products generating hundreds of millions in revenue, including being part of the founding team at AppFolio for property management, responsible […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://productinnovationeducators.com/blog/tei-094-creating-product-roadmaps-for-product-managers-with-jim-semick/">TEI 094: Creating product roadmaps for product managers – with Jim Semick</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://productinnovationeducators.com">Product Innovation Educators</a>.</p> I’ve had some requests from listeners to explore product roadmaps, so I had a discussion with Jim Semick. He is co-founder of ProductPlan, which creates roadmap software for product teams. Jim has helped launch new products generating hundreds of milli... Chad McAllister, PhD - Helping Product Managers become Product Masters clean 39:21 6067 TEI 093: Identifying the ideal customer – with Tom Schwab http://productinnovationeducators.com/blog/tei-093-identifying-the-ideal-customer-with-tom-schwab/ Mon, 10 Oct 2016 11:50:00 +0000 http://www.productinnovationeducators.com/blog/?p=6023 <p>According to my guest, “Marketing at its heart is starting a conversation with someone who could be an ideal customer.” Of course, then my first question is how do we find the ideal customer for a product or service. Thankfully, my guest, Tom Schwab, had some ideas. Tom is the founder of Interview Valet and […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://productinnovationeducators.com/blog/tei-093-identifying-the-ideal-customer-with-tom-schwab/">TEI 093: Identifying the ideal customer – with Tom Schwab</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://productinnovationeducators.com">Product Innovation Educators</a>.</p> According to my guest, “Marketing at its heart is starting a conversation with someone who could be an ideal customer.” Of course, then my first question is how do we find the ideal customer for a product or service. Thankfully, my guest, Tom Schwab, Chad McAllister, PhD - Helping Product Managers become Product Masters clean 34:45 6023 TEI 092: Innovation mantras from R&D-with Dana A. Oliver http://productinnovationeducators.com/blog/tei-092-innovation-mantras-from-rd-with-dana-a-oliver/ Mon, 03 Oct 2016 11:50:00 +0000 http://www.productinnovationeducators.com/blog/?p=5979 <p>Research and development is tightly coupled with product management and innovation. To learn how an R&D person thinks about innovation, I talked with Dana A. Oliver, who has 30 impressive years of experience in R&D groups. He now focuses on writing and coaching, after leaving Medtronic, the medical device company, where he was the Senior […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://productinnovationeducators.com/blog/tei-092-innovation-mantras-from-rd-with-dana-a-oliver/">TEI 092: Innovation mantras from R&D-with Dana A. Oliver</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://productinnovationeducators.com">Product Innovation Educators</a>.</p> Research and development is tightly coupled with product management and innovation. To learn how an R&D person thinks about innovation, I talked with Dana A. Oliver, who has 30 impressive years of experience in R&D groups. Chad McAllister, PhD - Helping Product Managers become Product Masters clean 36:05 5979 TEI 091: How product managers can influence virtual teams – with Hassan Osman http://productinnovationeducators.com/blog/tei-091-how-product-managers-can-influence-virtual-teams-with-hassan-osman/ Mon, 26 Sep 2016 11:55:00 +0000 http://www.productinnovationeducators.com/blog/?p=5938 <p>This episode is about virtual teams. Many of us are part of virtual teams and we have felt the pain of virtual teams that don’t work well. Virtual teams are becoming more common in organizations and especially product management and innovation where the product team is often scattered across multiple time zones. I found someone […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://productinnovationeducators.com/blog/tei-091-how-product-managers-can-influence-virtual-teams-with-hassan-osman/">TEI 091: How product managers can influence virtual teams – with Hassan Osman</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://productinnovationeducators.com">Product Innovation Educators</a>.</p> This episode is about virtual teams. Many of us are part of virtual teams and we have felt the pain of virtual teams that don’t work well. Virtual teams are becoming more common in organizations and especially product management and innovation where th... Chad McAllister, PhD - Helping Product Managers become Product Masters clean 37:01 5938 TEI 090: Agile product portfolio management- with Brent Barton http://productinnovationeducators.com/blog/tei-090-agile-product-portfolio-management-with-brent-barton/ Mon, 19 Sep 2016 11:55:00 +0000 http://www.productinnovationeducators.com/blog/?p=5903 <p>We have explored the topic of product portfolio management in previous episodes, but not from an Agile perspective. That is the topic for this episode – Agile portfolio management. Each week I talk with a savvy insider to help us understand an aspect of product management and innovation. This time my guest is one of […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://productinnovationeducators.com/blog/tei-090-agile-product-portfolio-management-with-brent-barton/">TEI 090: Agile product portfolio management- with Brent Barton</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://productinnovationeducators.com">Product Innovation Educators</a>.</p> We have explored the topic of product portfolio management in previous episodes, but not from an Agile perspective. That is the topic for this episode – Agile portfolio management. Each week I talk with a savvy insider to help us understand an aspect o... Chad McAllister, PhD - Helping Product Managers become Product Masters clean 68:05 5903 TEI 089: Intelligent disobedience for product managers-with Bob McGannon http://productinnovationeducators.com/blog/tei-089-intelligent-disobedience-for-product-managers-with-bob-mcgannon/ Mon, 12 Sep 2016 11:55:00 +0000 http://www.productinnovationeducators.com/blog/?p=5870 <p>Are there times that product managers need to be disobedient – not do what they were asked to do? To explore the topic I spoke with Bob McGannon who has great experience with this through the lens of project management. As the purpose of a project is to develop a product or service, product managers […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://productinnovationeducators.com/blog/tei-089-intelligent-disobedience-for-product-managers-with-bob-mcgannon/">TEI 089: Intelligent disobedience for product managers-with Bob McGannon</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://productinnovationeducators.com">Product Innovation Educators</a>.</p> Are there times that product managers need to be disobedient – not do what they were asked to do? To explore the topic I spoke with Bob McGannon who has great experience with this through the lens of project management. Chad McAllister, PhD - Helping Product Managers become Product Masters clean 53:12 5870 TEI 088: Product management for preparing the next generation of innovation leaders- with Youth Digital http://productinnovationeducators.com/blog/tei-088-product-management-for-preparing-the-next-generation-of-innovation-leaders-with-youth-digital/ Mon, 05 Sep 2016 11:55:00 +0000 http://www.productinnovationeducators.com/blog/?p=5825 <p>My son got to meet his heroes. Not sports players, astronauts, or Marvel comics characters. He met the people behind Youth Digital, his favorite source for online tech courses. We traveled to their headquarters in Chapel Hills, North Carolina. What they are all about is creating the next generation of creators, focused on kids ages […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://productinnovationeducators.com/blog/tei-088-product-management-for-preparing-the-next-generation-of-innovation-leaders-with-youth-digital/">TEI 088: Product management for preparing the next generation of innovation leaders- with Youth Digital</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://productinnovationeducators.com">Product Innovation Educators</a>.</p> My son got to meet his heroes. Not sports players, astronauts, or Marvel comics characters. He met the people behind Youth Digital, his favorite source for online tech courses. We traveled to their headquarters in Chapel Hills, North Carolina. Chad McAllister, PhD - Helping Product Managers become Product Masters clean 50:56 5825 TEI 087: Metrics and successful product management – with Saeed Khan http://productinnovationeducators.com/blog/tei-087-metrics-and-successful-product-management-with-saeed-khan/ Mon, 29 Aug 2016 11:55:00 +0000 http://www.productinnovationeducators.com/blog/?p=5792 <p>I enjoyed a wonderful conversation with Saeed Khan. He started the On Product Management blog and has been a career product manager, working in Toronto, Canada and Silicon Valley. He is also a frequent speaker at product management events, including ProductCamps. I saw a presentation Saeed did on the topic of successfully using product management […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://productinnovationeducators.com/blog/tei-087-metrics-and-successful-product-management-with-saeed-khan/">TEI 087: Metrics and successful product management – with Saeed Khan</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://productinnovationeducators.com">Product Innovation Educators</a>.</p> I enjoyed a wonderful conversation with Saeed Khan. He started the On Product Management blog and has been a career product manager, working in Toronto, Canada and Silicon Valley. He is also a frequent speaker at product management events, Chad McAllister, PhD - Helping Product Managers become Product Masters clean 53:19 5792 TEI 086: Manufacturing serendipity, open innovation, and product management – with Kevin Stark, PhD http://productinnovationeducators.com/blog/tei-086-manufacturing-serendipity-open-innovation-and-product-management-with-kevin-stark-phd/ Mon, 22 Aug 2016 11:55:00 +0000 http://www.productinnovationeducators.com/blog/?p=5750 <p>You’ve likely heard of the curse of knowledge or sometimes it is called the curse of the expert. It occurs when our knowledge leads us down predictable paths, likely not considering other possible solutions to problems but only those that are familiar to us. This is cognitive bias and is the topic I asked my […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://productinnovationeducators.com/blog/tei-086-manufacturing-serendipity-open-innovation-and-product-management-with-kevin-stark-phd/">TEI 086: Manufacturing serendipity, open innovation, and product management – with Kevin Stark, PhD</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://productinnovationeducators.com">Product Innovation Educators</a>.</p> You’ve likely heard of the curse of knowledge or sometimes it is called the curse of the expert. It occurs when our knowledge leads us down predictable paths, likely not considering other possible solutions to problems but only those that are familiar ... Chad McAllister, PhD - Helping Product Managers become Product Masters clean 38:55 5750 TEI 085: Managing product teams – with Todd Dewett, PhD http://productinnovationeducators.com/blog/tei-085-managing-product-teams-with-todd-dewett-phd/ Mon, 15 Aug 2016 11:55:00 +0000 http://www.productinnovationeducators.com/blog/?p=5698 <p>Product managers often work in diverse teams and need good team management skills to be successful. To explore managing teams, I invited a frequent keynote speaker and coach who companies invite to teach them about improving teams and their work. He is Dr. Todd Dewett, a best-selling author, popular trainer on Lynda.com, a TEDx speaker, […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://productinnovationeducators.com/blog/tei-085-managing-product-teams-with-todd-dewett-phd/">TEI 085: Managing product teams – with Todd Dewett, PhD</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://productinnovationeducators.com">Product Innovation Educators</a>.</p> Product managers often work in diverse teams and need good team management skills to be successful. To explore managing teams, I invited a frequent keynote speaker and coach who companies invite to teach them about improving teams and their work. Chad McAllister, PhD - Helping Product Managers become Product Masters clean 33:19 5698 TEI 084: Product portfolio management – with Carrie Nauyalis http://productinnovationeducators.com/blog/tei-084-product-portfolio-management-with-carrie-nauyalis/ Mon, 08 Aug 2016 11:55:00 +0000 http://www.productinnovationeducators.com/blog/?p=5651 <p>Product portfolio management is concerned with selecting the right products to develop, making trade-off decisions, and generally maximizing the value of the product portfolio. It is an important activity in organizations that have more than one product, but it is also an activity that is difficult to learn about. I sought to find an expert […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://productinnovationeducators.com/blog/tei-084-product-portfolio-management-with-carrie-nauyalis/">TEI 084: Product portfolio management – with Carrie Nauyalis</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://productinnovationeducators.com">Product Innovation Educators</a>.</p> Product portfolio management is concerned with selecting the right products to develop, making trade-off decisions, and generally maximizing the value of the product portfolio. It is an important activity in organizations that have more than one produc... Chad McAllister, PhD - Helping Product Managers become Product Masters clean 54:47 5651 TEI 083: Trend-driven innovation for product managers – with Max Luthy http://productinnovationeducators.com/blog/tei-083-trend-driven-innovation-for-product-managers-with-max-luthy/ Mon, 01 Aug 2016 11:55:00 +0000 http://www.productinnovationeducators.com/blog/?p=5601 <p>Trends can be a product manager’s best friend. They can propel products, increasing adoption by customers, or if misread, they may have costly consequences of wasted resources, too much inventory, and lost opportunities. Product managers know about the importance of trends, but are often already overwhelmed and don’t make time to study trends. Are there […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://productinnovationeducators.com/blog/tei-083-trend-driven-innovation-for-product-managers-with-max-luthy/">TEI 083: Trend-driven innovation for product managers – with Max Luthy</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://productinnovationeducators.com">Product Innovation Educators</a>.</p> Trends can be a product manager’s best friend. They can propel products, increasing adoption by customers, or if misread, they may have costly consequences of wasted resources, too much inventory, and lost opportunities. Chad McAllister, PhD - Helping Product Managers become Product Masters clean 37:47 8279 TEI 082: Design Thinking and Action Learning for product managers – with Chuck Appleby, PhD http://productinnovationeducators.com/blog/tei-082-design-thinking-and-action-learning-for-product-managers-with-chuck-appleby-phd/ Mon, 25 Jul 2016 11:55:00 +0000 http://www.productinnovationeducators.com/blog/?p=5563 <p>Product management is about change – the change that creating new products involves. Along the way, product managers need to learn about customers and their needs, consider problems from different perspectives, and collaborate with others. A person with deep experience in doing these things and helping groups and organizations identify and push through barriers of […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://productinnovationeducators.com/blog/tei-082-design-thinking-and-action-learning-for-product-managers-with-chuck-appleby-phd/">TEI 082: Design Thinking and Action Learning for product managers – with Chuck Appleby, PhD</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://productinnovationeducators.com">Product Innovation Educators</a>.</p> Product management is about change – the change that creating new products involves. Along the way, product managers need to learn about customers and their needs, consider problems from different perspectives, and collaborate with others. Chad McAllister, PhD - Helping Product Managers become Product Masters clean 36:34 8278 TEI 081: Innovation Wars & creating products customers want – with Scott Bales http://productinnovationeducators.com/blog/tei-081-innovation-wars-creating-products-customers-want-with-scott-bales/ Mon, 18 Jul 2016 11:55:00 +0000 http://www.productinnovationeducators.com/blog/?p=5515 <p>How can product managers help their organizations become more innovative? That is the topic of this discussion with the author of Innovation Wars: Driving Successful Corporate Innovation Programs. The author is Scott Bale, a technology & innovation evangelist. Scott has been a serial entrepreneur, speaker at TEDx, and now runs Innovation Labs Asia, based in […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://productinnovationeducators.com/blog/tei-081-innovation-wars-creating-products-customers-want-with-scott-bales/">TEI 081: Innovation Wars & creating products customers want – with Scott Bales</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://productinnovationeducators.com">Product Innovation Educators</a>.</p> How can product managers help their organizations become more innovative? That is the topic of this discussion with the author of Innovation Wars: Driving Successful Corporate Innovation Programs. The author is Scott Bale, Chad McAllister, PhD - Helping Product Managers become Product Masters clean 44:12 8276 TEI 080: Innovate like a startup – with Michael Docherty http://productinnovationeducators.com/blog/tei-080-innovate-like-a-startup-with-michael-docherty/ Mon, 11 Jul 2016 11:55:00 +0000 http://www.productinnovationeducators.com/blog/?p=5476 <p>When established companies decide they need to be more innovative, they often talk in terms of acting more like a startup. But acting like a startup is much more challenging in reality, especially for larger organizations. Instead, established companies can partner with startups. Doing so is the topic of the book, Collective Disruption: How Corporations […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://productinnovationeducators.com/blog/tei-080-innovate-like-a-startup-with-michael-docherty/">TEI 080: Innovate like a startup – with Michael Docherty</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://productinnovationeducators.com">Product Innovation Educators</a>.</p> When established companies decide they need to be more innovative, they often talk in terms of acting more like a startup. But acting like a startup is much more challenging in reality, especially for larger organizations. Instead, Chad McAllister, PhD - Helping Product Managers become Product Masters clean 47:25 5476 TEI 079: Cross the chasm using the target market model – with Chasm Institute’s Michael Eckhardt http://productinnovationeducators.com/blog/tei-079-cross-the-chasm-using-the-target-market-model-with-chasm-institutes-michael-eckhardt/ Mon, 04 Jul 2016 11:55:00 +0000 http://www.productinnovationeducators.com/blog/?p=5438 <p>I read Crossing the Chasm when it was published in 1991. The third edition was released last year, with updated examples of how companies successfully increased the market for their new products. The book introduced me to the “target market model,” which had a significant impact on how I thought about the relationship between product […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://productinnovationeducators.com/blog/tei-079-cross-the-chasm-using-the-target-market-model-with-chasm-institutes-michael-eckhardt/">TEI 079: Cross the chasm using the target market model – with Chasm Institute’s Michael Eckhardt</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://productinnovationeducators.com">Product Innovation Educators</a>.</p> I read Crossing the Chasm when it was published in 1991. The third edition was released last year, with updated examples of how companies successfully increased the market for their new products. The book introduced me to the “target market model, Chad McAllister, PhD - Helping Product Managers become Product Masters clean 47:22 5438 TEI 078: Traditional vs Agile project management for product managers–with Chuck Cobb http://productinnovationeducators.com/blog/tei-078-traditional-vs-agile-project-management-for-product-managers-with-chuck-cobb-phd/ Mon, 27 Jun 2016 11:55:00 +0000 http://www.productinnovationeducators.com/blog/?p=5398 <p>Project management is an important tool for product managers and an area where we have choices. I often hear Agile practitioners talk about the evils of more planned methodologies, like Waterfall and Stage-Gate. Like most things, these areas are not so black and white and the nuances are important. My guest, Chuck Cobb, is the […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://productinnovationeducators.com/blog/tei-078-traditional-vs-agile-project-management-for-product-managers-with-chuck-cobb-phd/">TEI 078: Traditional vs Agile project management for product managers–with Chuck Cobb</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://productinnovationeducators.com">Product Innovation Educators</a>.</p> Project management is an important tool for product managers and an area where we have choices. I often hear Agile practitioners talk about the evils of more planned methodologies, like Waterfall and Stage-Gate. Like most things, Chad McAllister, PhD - Helping Product Managers become Product Masters clean 37:53 5398 TEI 077: Scaling lean product management – with Ash Maurya http://productinnovationeducators.com/blog/tei-077-scaling-lean-product-management-with-ash-maurya/ Mon, 20 Jun 2016 11:55:00 +0000 http://www.productinnovationeducators.com/blog/?p=5359 <p>I’m bringing back an incredible guest who I first interviewed way back in episode 10 – one of the first interviews I did. He wrote the step-by-step guide for implementing Lean startup practices, titled Running Lean, created the Lean Canvas tool, and blogs regularly about these topics at www.leanstack.com. His name is Ash Maurya. Now […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://productinnovationeducators.com/blog/tei-077-scaling-lean-product-management-with-ash-maurya/">TEI 077: Scaling lean product management – with Ash Maurya</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://productinnovationeducators.com">Product Innovation Educators</a>.</p> I’m bringing back an incredible guest who I first interviewed way back in episode 10 – one of the first interviews I did. He wrote the step-by-step guide for implementing Lean startup practices, titled Running Lean, created the Lean Canvas tool, Chad McAllister, PhD - Helping Product Managers become Product Masters clean 34:16 5359 TEI 076: Effectively pitching your ideas and influencing others – with Nancy Duarte http://productinnovationeducators.com/blog/tei-076-effectively-pitching-your-ideas-and-influencing-others-with-nancy-duarte/ Mon, 13 Jun 2016 11:55:00 +0000 http://www.productinnovationeducators.com/blog/?p=5317 <p>The 2016 Annual Product Management and Marketing Survey identified four skills that are responsible for a significant increase in personal income. Product managers that excel in these four areas earn 25% more than product managers who don’t. One of these skills is called “pitch artist” and is defined as, “the ability to stand up to […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://productinnovationeducators.com/blog/tei-076-effectively-pitching-your-ideas-and-influencing-others-with-nancy-duarte/">TEI 076: Effectively pitching your ideas and influencing others – with Nancy Duarte</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://productinnovationeducators.com">Product Innovation Educators</a>.</p> The 2016 Annual Product Management and Marketing Survey identified four skills that are responsible for a significant increase in personal income. Product managers that excel in these four areas earn 25% more than product managers who don’t. Chad McAllister, PhD - Helping Product Managers become Product Masters clean 47:09 8273 TEI 075: Building product lifecycle excellence – with Kimberly Wiefling http://productinnovationeducators.com/blog/tei-075-building-product-lifecycle-excellence-with-kimberly-wiefling/ Mon, 06 Jun 2016 11:55:00 +0000 http://www.productinnovationeducators.com/blog/?p=5277 <p>This episode is about the product lifecycle and developing products customers want. As the pressure to get products to market faster increases, little room is left for learning through mistakes. My guest knows this well and has helped numerous companies improve their processes and results developing products. She has worked all over the US, Europe […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://productinnovationeducators.com/blog/tei-075-building-product-lifecycle-excellence-with-kimberly-wiefling/">TEI 075: Building product lifecycle excellence – with Kimberly Wiefling</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://productinnovationeducators.com">Product Innovation Educators</a>.</p> This episode is about the product lifecycle and developing products customers want. As the pressure to get products to market faster increases, little room is left for learning through mistakes. My guest knows this well and has helped numerous companie... Chad McAllister, PhD - Helping Product Managers become Product Masters clean 34:19 8271 TEI 074: Content Marketing for Product Managers – with Jerod Morris http://productinnovationeducators.com/blog/tei-074-content-marketing-for-product-managers-with-jerod-morris/ Mon, 30 May 2016 11:55:00 +0000 http://www.productinnovationeducators.com/blog/?p=5240 <p>The topic for this episode is one I have wanted to explore for a long time – the connection between product management and content marketing. If you look at a recent marketing textbook, you’ll see sections that address product management and likely some coverage of content marketing as well. I have found similarities between the […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://productinnovationeducators.com/blog/tei-074-content-marketing-for-product-managers-with-jerod-morris/">TEI 074: Content Marketing for Product Managers – with Jerod Morris</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://productinnovationeducators.com">Product Innovation Educators</a>.</p> The topic for this episode is one I have wanted to explore for a long time – the connection between product management and content marketing. If you look at a recent marketing textbook, you’ll see sections that address product management and likely som... Chad McAllister, PhD - Helping Product Managers become Product Masters clean 40:15 8270 TEI 073: The pulse of product management and 4 skills that match a 25% increase in pay – with Rebecca Kalogeris http://productinnovationeducators.com/blog/tei-073-the-pulse-of-product-management-and-4-skills-that-match-a-25-increase-in-pay-with-rebecca-kalogeris/ Mon, 23 May 2016 11:55:00 +0000 http://www.productinnovationeducators.com/blog/?p=5194 <p>I have a great guest, Rebecca Kalogeris, to help us understand the pulse of product management. We discussed a number of factors, such as what department product management reports to in companies and what product managers say the future holds for the profession of product management, but I was most interested to learn the 4 […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://productinnovationeducators.com/blog/tei-073-the-pulse-of-product-management-and-4-skills-that-match-a-25-increase-in-pay-with-rebecca-kalogeris/">TEI 073: The pulse of product management and 4 skills that match a 25% increase in pay – with Rebecca Kalogeris</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://productinnovationeducators.com">Product Innovation Educators</a>.</p> I have a great guest, Rebecca Kalogeris, to help us understand the pulse of product management. We discussed a number of factors, such as what department product management reports to in companies and what product managers say the future holds for the ... Chad McAllister, PhD - Helping Product Managers become Product Masters clean 35:30 5194 TEI 072: The 7Ps of successful consumer products – with designer and CEO Tracy Hazzard http://productinnovationeducators.com/blog/tei-072-the-7ps-of-successful-consumer-products-with-designer-and-ceo-tracy-hazzard/ Mon, 16 May 2016 11:55:00 +0000 http://www.productinnovationeducators.com/blog/?p=5155 <p>My guest, Tracy Hazzard, is known as the “Product Whisperer.” She is CEO of industrial design firm Hazz Design and the co-designer of many consumer products you buy at retail stores every day. Tracy is a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design and for more than 20 years she has been creating for […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://productinnovationeducators.com/blog/tei-072-the-7ps-of-successful-consumer-products-with-designer-and-ceo-tracy-hazzard/">TEI 072: The 7Ps of successful consumer products – with designer and CEO Tracy Hazzard</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://productinnovationeducators.com">Product Innovation Educators</a>.</p> My guest, Tracy Hazzard, is known as the “Product Whisperer.” She is CEO of industrial design firm Hazz Design and the co-designer of many consumer products you buy at retail stores every day. Tracy is a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design an... Chad McAllister, PhD - Helping Product Managers become Product Masters clean 38:38 8268 TEI 071: How product managers can conduct Voice of the Customer research- with Gerry Katz http://productinnovationeducators.com/blog/tei-071-how-product-managers-can-conduct-voice-of-the-customer-research-with-gerry-katz/ Mon, 09 May 2016 11:55:00 +0000 http://www.productinnovationeducators.com/blog/?p=5114 <p>This discussion is about Voice of the Customer (VOC). When it comes to VOC experts, there are only a handful of people that match the experience of my guest today, helping hundreds of companies with VOC research and training many more practitioners. His name is Gerry Katz. He is also the author of several published […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://productinnovationeducators.com/blog/tei-071-how-product-managers-can-conduct-voice-of-the-customer-research-with-gerry-katz/">TEI 071: How product managers can conduct Voice of the Customer research- with Gerry Katz</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://productinnovationeducators.com">Product Innovation Educators</a>.</p> This discussion is about Voice of the Customer (VOC). When it comes to VOC experts, there are only a handful of people that match the experience of my guest today, helping hundreds of companies with VOC research and training many more practitioners. Chad McAllister, PhD - Helping Product Managers become Product Masters clean 43:10 5114 TEI 070: Innovation and product management at Chick-fil-A – with Steve Nedvidek http://productinnovationeducators.com/blog/tei-070-innovation-and-product-management-at-chick-fil-a-with-steve-nedvidek/ Mon, 02 May 2016 11:55:00 +0000 http://www.productinnovationeducators.com/blog/?p=5072 <p>I visited a few dozen Chick-fil-A restaurants across several states while I was on a year-long RV trip interviewing innovators. It was one of several restaurants I frequented. I was surprised and delighted with the consistently pleasant customer experience. That level of consistency is difficult for any chain of restaurants to achieve. It is one […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://productinnovationeducators.com/blog/tei-070-innovation-and-product-management-at-chick-fil-a-with-steve-nedvidek/">TEI 070: Innovation and product management at Chick-fil-A – with Steve Nedvidek</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://productinnovationeducators.com">Product Innovation Educators</a>.</p> I visited a few dozen Chick-fil-A restaurants across several states while I was on a year-long RV trip interviewing innovators. It was one of several restaurants I frequented. I was surprised and delighted with the consistently pleasant customer experi... Chad McAllister, PhD - Helping Product Managers become Product Masters clean 38:07 8266 TEI 069: 4 reasons you should expand to an educational market- with Product Manager Bill Cullen http://productinnovationeducators.com/blog/tei-069-3-reasons-you-should-expand-to-an-educational-market-with-product-manager-bill-cullen/ Mon, 25 Apr 2016 11:55:00 +0000 http://www.productinnovationeducators.com/blog/?p=5043 <p>If you want your own BB-8 droid, you can buy one from Sphero, a company in Boulder, CO. BB-8 is the adorable droid in Star Wars, The Force Awakens. It is a round ball that rolls across the ground with a head that always stays on top of the ball. Sphero fuses robotic and digital […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://productinnovationeducators.com/blog/tei-069-3-reasons-you-should-expand-to-an-educational-market-with-product-manager-bill-cullen/">TEI 069: 4 reasons you should expand to an educational market- with Product Manager Bill Cullen</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://productinnovationeducators.com">Product Innovation Educators</a>.</p> If you want your own BB-8 droid, you can buy one from Sphero, a company in Boulder, CO. BB-8 is the adorable droid in Star Wars, The Force Awakens. It is a round ball that rolls across the ground with a head that always stays on top of the ball. Chad McAllister, PhD - Helping Product Managers become Product Masters clean 39:12 5043 TEI 068: Making product concepts easy to understand- with Lee LeFever http://productinnovationeducators.com/blog/tei-068-making-product-concepts-easy-to-understand-with-lee-lefever/ Mon, 18 Apr 2016 11:55:00 +0000 http://www.productinnovationeducators.com/blog/?p=5023 <p>Product managers must be effective communicators. We have ideas and product concepts to share, but the best idea will fall flat if not properly explained in terms our audience understands and appreciates. Further, if the idea is complicated, we have to find ways to make it easy to understand.   This is the world that […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://productinnovationeducators.com/blog/tei-068-making-product-concepts-easy-to-understand-with-lee-lefever/">TEI 068: Making product concepts easy to understand- with Lee LeFever</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://productinnovationeducators.com">Product Innovation Educators</a>.</p> Product managers must be effective communicators. We have ideas and product concepts to share, but the best idea will fall flat if not properly explained in terms our audience understands and appreciates. Further, if the idea is complicated, Chad McAllister, PhD - Helping Product Managers become Product Masters clean 35:15 5023 TEI 067: Master the product manager interview – with interviewing coach Charles Du http://productinnovationeducators.com/blog/tei-067-master-the-product-manager-interview-with-interviewing-coach-charles-du/ Mon, 11 Apr 2016 11:55:00 +0000 http://www.productinnovationeducators.com/blog/?p=4984 <p>In this interview you are going to learn simple structures for answering product management interview questions. This is useful for anyone wanting to start a career in product management or making a move to another company as well as for product leaders who interview candidates. My guest, Charles Du (Do), is a UX Designer, SCRUM […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://productinnovationeducators.com/blog/tei-067-master-the-product-manager-interview-with-interviewing-coach-charles-du/">TEI 067: Master the product manager interview – with interviewing coach Charles Du</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://productinnovationeducators.com">Product Innovation Educators</a>.</p> In this interview you are going to learn simple structures for answering product management interview questions. This is useful for anyone wanting to start a career in product management or making a move to another company as well as for product leader... Chad McAllister, PhD - Helping Product Managers become Product Masters clean 41:47 4984 TEI 066: Conducting customer research – with co-founder Jane Boutelle http://productinnovationeducators.com/blog/tei-066-conducting-consumer-research-with-co-founder-jane-boutelle/ Mon, 04 Apr 2016 11:55:00 +0000 http://www.productinnovationeducators.com/blog/?p=4942 <p>Need a better customer research approach? This is the interview to listen to. My guest has an impressive background in product management, having served in product manager roles at Apple, Intuit, and other companies before co-founding a company that solves an important problem for product managers—getting the voice of the customer in a timely and […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://productinnovationeducators.com/blog/tei-066-conducting-consumer-research-with-co-founder-jane-boutelle/">TEI 066: Conducting customer research – with co-founder Jane Boutelle</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://productinnovationeducators.com">Product Innovation Educators</a>.</p> Need a better customer research approach? This is the interview to listen to. My guest has an impressive background in product management, having served in product manager roles at Apple, Intuit, and other companies before co-founding a company that so... Chad McAllister, PhD - Helping Product Managers become Product Masters clean 42:48 4942 TEI 065: Keeping innovation simple – with Brad Barbera http://productinnovationeducators.com/blog/tei-065-keeping-innovation-simple-with-brad-barbera/ Mon, 28 Mar 2016 11:55:00 +0000 http://www.productinnovationeducators.com/blog/?p=4897 <p>Just about every CEO talks about innovation but making it happen in their organizations is not easy. My guest agrees – stating that innovation is not easy, but it is simple. And, to show us how simple innovation can be, he just released the book, “Keep Innovation Simple: Lead with Clarity and Focus in a […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://productinnovationeducators.com/blog/tei-065-keeping-innovation-simple-with-brad-barbera/">TEI 065: Keeping innovation simple – with Brad Barbera</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://productinnovationeducators.com">Product Innovation Educators</a>.</p> Just about every CEO talks about innovation but making it happen in their organizations is not easy. My guest agrees – stating that innovation is not easy, but it is simple. And, to show us how simple innovation can be, he just released the book, Chad McAllister, PhD - Helping Product Managers become Product Masters clean 41:48 4897 TEI 064: Help your product team go fast using Lean Startup practices – with Tristan Kromer http://productinnovationeducators.com/blog/tei-064-help-product-team-go-fast-lean-startup-practices-tristan-kromer/ Mon, 21 Mar 2016 11:55:00 +0000 http://www.productinnovationeducators.com/blog/?p=4858 <p>Product managers and innovators are using Lean Startup practices to create products customers love. But, many product managers are still learning about the right ways to apply Lean Startup to their work. To find some answers, I interviewed Tristan Kromer. His bio shares that he “helps product teams go fast.” He does this by coaching […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://productinnovationeducators.com/blog/tei-064-help-product-team-go-fast-lean-startup-practices-tristan-kromer/">TEI 064: Help your product team go fast using Lean Startup practices – with Tristan Kromer</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://productinnovationeducators.com">Product Innovation Educators</a>.</p> Product managers and innovators are using Lean Startup practices to create products customers love. But, many product managers are still learning about the right ways to apply Lean Startup to their work. To find some answers, Chad McAllister, PhD - Helping Product Managers become Product Masters clean 49:20 4858 TEI 063: Product management in large and small companies – with Ellen Chisa http://productinnovationeducators.com/blog/tei-063-product-management-in-large-and-small-companies-with-ellen-chisa/ Mon, 14 Mar 2016 11:55:00 +0000 http://www.productinnovationeducators.com/blog/?p=4823 <p>Product management work changes from company to company and from one industry to the next. A key factor influencing the work is the size of the organization. Product managers at a large company like Microsoft will have a different scope of responsibilities than a product manager in a small startup.  To explore these differences and […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://productinnovationeducators.com/blog/tei-063-product-management-in-large-and-small-companies-with-ellen-chisa/">TEI 063: Product management in large and small companies – with Ellen Chisa</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://productinnovationeducators.com">Product Innovation Educators</a>.</p> Product management work changes from company to company and from one industry to the next. A key factor influencing the work is the size of the organization. Product managers at a large company like Microsoft will have a different scope of responsibili... Chad McAllister, PhD - Helping Product Managers become Product Masters clean 31:42 4823 TEI 062: Stage-Gate, agile Stage-Gate, and innovation tools used by 80% of the Fortune 1000 – with Mitch Kemp of Stage-Gate International http://productinnovationeducators.com/blog/tei-062-stage-gate-agile-stage-gate-and-innovation-tools-used-by-80-of-the-fortune-1000-with-mitch-kemp-of-stage-gate-international/ Mon, 07 Mar 2016 12:55:00 +0000 http://www.productinnovationeducators.com/blog/?p=4778 <p>One of the frequent topics I am asked about is processes for new product development. Sometimes the topic is approached from the perspective of an innovation framework, which includes how ideas are discovered for product concepts, or it is focused on developing a concept into a product. Both are addressed by the Stage-Gate system. Stage-Gate […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://productinnovationeducators.com/blog/tei-062-stage-gate-agile-stage-gate-and-innovation-tools-used-by-80-of-the-fortune-1000-with-mitch-kemp-of-stage-gate-international/">TEI 062: Stage-Gate, agile Stage-Gate, and innovation tools used by 80% of the Fortune 1000 – with Mitch Kemp of Stage-Gate International</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://productinnovationeducators.com">Product Innovation Educators</a>.</p> One of the frequent topics I am asked about is processes for new product development. Sometimes the topic is approached from the perspective of an innovation framework, which includes how ideas are discovered for product concepts, Chad McAllister, PhD - Helping Product Managers become Product Masters clean 41:09 4778 TEI061: Product managers are uniquely prepared to transform organizations for greater success – with John Latham, PhD http://productinnovationeducators.com/blog/tei061-product-managers-are-uniquely-prepared-to-transform-organizations-for-greater-success-with-john-latham-phd/ Mon, 29 Feb 2016 12:55:00 +0000 http://www.productinnovationeducators.com/blog/?p=4741 <p>Most people, when asked, would share they want to work in a better organization. And, most organizational leaders would like to improve their company. How to accomplish both objectives is answered by organizational design. Product managers and innovators have an important role in this. The cross-functional nature of product management uniquely equips product managers to […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://productinnovationeducators.com/blog/tei061-product-managers-are-uniquely-prepared-to-transform-organizations-for-greater-success-with-john-latham-phd/">TEI061: Product managers are uniquely prepared to transform organizations for greater success – with John Latham, PhD</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://productinnovationeducators.com">Product Innovation Educators</a>.</p> Most people, when asked, would share they want to work in a better organization. And, most organizational leaders would like to improve their company. How to accomplish both objectives is answered by organizational design. Chad McAllister, PhD - Helping Product Managers become Product Masters clean 51:43 4741 TEI 060: Design Thinking for greater innovation – with IBM Design Director Karel Vredenburg http://productinnovationeducators.com/blog/tei-060-designing-businesses-for-greater-innovation-with-ibm-design-director-karel-vredenburg/ Mon, 22 Feb 2016 12:55:00 +0000 http://www.productinnovationeducators.com/blog/?p=4709 <p>I expect you’ll enjoy this wonderful discussion with the world-wide director of design at IBM, Karel Vredenburg. In this role, he leads design efforts, applying Design Thinking. He also conducts organizational transformation design workshops with senior executives at major companies around the world. Karel introduced User-Centered Design at IBM in 1993 and assumed a company-wide role […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://productinnovationeducators.com/blog/tei-060-designing-businesses-for-greater-innovation-with-ibm-design-director-karel-vredenburg/">TEI 060: Design Thinking for greater innovation – with IBM Design Director Karel Vredenburg</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://productinnovationeducators.com">Product Innovation Educators</a>.</p> I expect you’ll enjoy this wonderful discussion with the world-wide director of design at IBM, Karel Vredenburg. In this role, he leads design efforts, applying Design Thinking. He also conducts organizational transformation design workshops with senio... Chad McAllister, PhD - Helping Product Managers become Product Masters clean 45:32 4709 TEI 059: Leading product teams and scaling a business- with Mike Paschal, Product EVP http://productinnovationeducators.com/blog/tei-059-leading-product-teams-and-scaling-a-business-with-mike-paschal-product-evp/ Mon, 15 Feb 2016 12:55:00 +0000 http://www.productinnovationeducators.com/blog/?p=4660 <p>Leading engineering teams from a strategic perspective of creating competitive products can be the source of a company’s growth. I interviewed Mike Paschal to explore this dimension of product development, management, and innovation. In our discussion he shares his experience building and leading engineering teams and applying the 3 P’s of business – people, product, […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://productinnovationeducators.com/blog/tei-059-leading-product-teams-and-scaling-a-business-with-mike-paschal-product-evp/">TEI 059: Leading product teams and scaling a business- with Mike Paschal, Product EVP</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://productinnovationeducators.com">Product Innovation Educators</a>.</p> Leading engineering teams from a strategic perspective of creating competitive products can be the source of a company’s growth. I interviewed Mike Paschal to explore this dimension of product development, management, and innovation. Chad McAllister, PhD - Helping Product Managers become Product Masters clean 63:55 4660 TEI 058: How to 5X your product management career- with Allan Neil & Chad McAllister, PhD http://productinnovationeducators.com/blog/tei-058-how-to-5x-your-product-management-career-with-allan-neil-chad-mcallister-phd/ Mon, 08 Feb 2016 12:55:00 +0000 http://www.productinnovationeducators.com/blog/?p=4608 <p>I have a special guest today from the Great White North. It is cold at home in Colorado as I write this, but it was much colder at Allan Neil’s home in Toronto, Canada. Allan is a fellow product management podcaster, hosting Ready Product Radio. Allan asked if he could interview me for his podcast […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://productinnovationeducators.com/blog/tei-058-how-to-5x-your-product-management-career-with-allan-neil-chad-mcallister-phd/">TEI 058: How to 5X your product management career- with Allan Neil & Chad McAllister, PhD</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://productinnovationeducators.com">Product Innovation Educators</a>.</p> I have a special guest today from the Great White North. It is cold at home in Colorado as I write this, but it was much colder at Allan Neil’s home in Toronto, Canada. Allan is a fellow product management podcaster, hosting Ready Product Radio. Chad McAllister, PhD - Helping Product Managers become Product Masters clean 45:45 4608 TEI 057: Applying the Jobs-to-be-Done Framework – with Chris Spiek http://productinnovationeducators.com/blog/tei-057-applying-the-jobs-to-be-done-framework-with-chris-spiek/ Mon, 01 Feb 2016 12:55:00 +0000 http://www.productinnovationeducators.com/blog/?p=4563 <p>The Lean Startup approach has brought a lot of visibility to the importance of getting out of your office and interacting with actual customers. And you do that so you can understand the details of their problems related to the solution or product you envision as a product manager and innovator. However, accomplishing this brings […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://productinnovationeducators.com/blog/tei-057-applying-the-jobs-to-be-done-framework-with-chris-spiek/">TEI 057: Applying the Jobs-to-be-Done Framework – with Chris Spiek</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://productinnovationeducators.com">Product Innovation Educators</a>.</p> The Lean Startup approach has brought a lot of visibility to the importance of getting out of your office and interacting with actual customers. And you do that so you can understand the details of their problems related to the solution or product you ... Chad McAllister, PhD - Helping Product Managers become Product Masters clean 44:26 4563 TEI 056: 5 steps to becoming an innovative company – with innovation VP Michael Wynblatt http://productinnovationeducators.com/blog/tei-056-5-steps-to-becoming-an-innovative-company-with-innovation-vp-michael-wynblatt/ Mon, 25 Jan 2016 12:55:00 +0000 http://www.productinnovationeducators.com/blog/?p=4517 <p>Most companies talk about wanting to be more innovative, but few take the steps needed. In this discussion, I discovered the five steps organizations can take to be more innovative, from someone who has successfully executed the steps many times. Recently, Ingersoll Rand was ranked #9 for Innovation in Fortune’s Most Admired Companies 2015. They […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://productinnovationeducators.com/blog/tei-056-5-steps-to-becoming-an-innovative-company-with-innovation-vp-michael-wynblatt/">TEI 056: 5 steps to becoming an innovative company – with innovation VP Michael Wynblatt</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://productinnovationeducators.com">Product Innovation Educators</a>.</p> Most companies talk about wanting to be more innovative, but few take the steps needed. In this discussion, I discovered the five steps organizations can take to be more innovative, from someone who has successfully executed the steps many times. Chad McAllister, PhD - Helping Product Managers become Product Masters clean 39:26 4517 TEI 055: Solving challenges organizations create with product management and innovation – with Rich Mironov http://productinnovationeducators.com/blog/tei-055-solving-challenges-organizations-create-with-product-management-and-innovation-with-product-manager-rich-mironov/ Mon, 18 Jan 2016 12:55:00 +0000 http://www.productinnovationeducators.com/blog/?p=4438 <p>Rich Mironov is a legend in the world of product management. He is the founder of Product Camp, a collaborative unconference for product managers and marketers that has spread across the world. He also is the author of the book The Art of Product Management: Lessons from a Silicon Valley Innovator. Today he provides full-time […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://productinnovationeducators.com/blog/tei-055-solving-challenges-organizations-create-with-product-management-and-innovation-with-product-manager-rich-mironov/">TEI 055: Solving challenges organizations create with product management and innovation – with Rich Mironov</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://productinnovationeducators.com">Product Innovation Educators</a>.</p> Rich Mironov is a legend in the world of product management. He is the founder of Product Camp, a collaborative unconference for product managers and marketers that has spread across the world. He also is the author of the book The Art of Product Manag... Chad McAllister, PhD - Helping Product Managers become Product Masters clean 44:53 4438 TEI 054: 5 Steps for selecting the best product ideas – with SVP Peter Duggan http://productinnovationeducators.com/blog/tei-054-selecting-the-best-product-ideas-with-svp-peter-duggan/ Mon, 11 Jan 2016 12:55:32 +0000 http://www.productinnovationeducators.com/blog/?p=4469 <p>The discussion with my guest is about selecting ideas to be developed into products. Many organizations encourage employees, partners, customers, and other stakeholders to provide ideas for products, but only a few companies successfully manage organizing the ideas, selecting the best one, and executing well to turn ideas into valuable products. Peter Duggan, a SVP […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://productinnovationeducators.com/blog/tei-054-selecting-the-best-product-ideas-with-svp-peter-duggan/">TEI 054: 5 Steps for selecting the best product ideas – with SVP Peter Duggan</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://productinnovationeducators.com">Product Innovation Educators</a>.</p> The discussion with my guest is about selecting ideas to be developed into products. Many organizations encourage employees, partners, customers, and other stakeholders to provide ideas for products, but only a few companies successfully manage organiz... Chad McAllister, PhD - Helping Product Managers become Product Masters clean 45:41 4469 TEI 053: The 26 Most Important Concepts for Product Managers and Innovators – with Chad McAllister, PhD http://productinnovationeducators.com/blog/tei-053-the-26-most-important-concepts-for-product-managers-and-innovators-with-chad-mcallister-phd/ Mon, 04 Jan 2016 12:55:00 +0000 http://www.productinnovationeducators.com/blog/?p=4341 <p>Welcome to the one year anniversary of this podcast. I’m excited to review the key concepts I found most useful for product managers and innovators from the last 52 episodes. I heard Tim Ferriss do something similar on his podcast and thought it was really helpful and I think you will find it valuable for […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://productinnovationeducators.com/blog/tei-053-the-26-most-important-concepts-for-product-managers-and-innovators-with-chad-mcallister-phd/">TEI 053: The 26 Most Important Concepts for Product Managers and Innovators – with Chad McAllister, PhD</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://productinnovationeducators.com">Product Innovation Educators</a>.</p> Welcome to the one year anniversary of this podcast. I’m excited to review the key concepts I found most useful for product managers and innovators from the last 52 episodes. I heard Tim Ferriss do something similar on his podcast and thought it was re... Chad McAllister, PhD - Helping Product Managers become Product Masters clean 36:55 4341 TEI 052: The Simple Approach for all Product Managers and Innovators to be Effective Communicators – with Curtis Fletcher http://productinnovationeducators.com/blog/tei-052-the-simple-approach-for-all-product-managers-and-innovators-to-be-effective-communicators-with-curtis-fletcher/ Mon, 28 Dec 2015 12:55:11 +0000 http://www.productinnovationeducators.com/blog/?p=4288 <p>Great product managers must interact with people across the organization and possess the ability to influence stakeholders at all levels, including the very top of the company. Further, they are skilled in developing rapport with customers to gain deep insights into their problems and what they value. All of this requires effective communication and learning […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://productinnovationeducators.com/blog/tei-052-the-simple-approach-for-all-product-managers-and-innovators-to-be-effective-communicators-with-curtis-fletcher/">TEI 052: The Simple Approach for all Product Managers and Innovators to be Effective Communicators – with Curtis Fletcher</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://productinnovationeducators.com">Product Innovation Educators</a>.</p> Great product managers must interact with people across the organization and possess the ability to influence stakeholders at all levels, including the very top of the company. Further, they are skilled in developing rapport with customers to gain deep... Chad McAllister, PhD - Helping Product Managers become Product Masters clean 44:23 4288 TEI 051: Creating Strategic Narratives and Imagineering Your Innovation Process – with Joe Tankersley http://productinnovationeducators.com/blog/tei-051-creating-strategic-narratives-and-imagineering-your-innovation-process-with-joe-tankersley/ Mon, 21 Dec 2015 12:55:21 +0000 http://www.productinnovationeducators.com/blog/?p=4261 <p>I learned what a Walt Disney Imagineer was when my kids started watching the Disney Imagineering videos about science and engineering. Imagineers are known as the dreamers, doers, and the masterminds of magic at Disney. They create what we see and experience at Disney properties. I was fortunate to speak with Joe Tankersley, who was an Imagineer […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://productinnovationeducators.com/blog/tei-051-creating-strategic-narratives-and-imagineering-your-innovation-process-with-joe-tankersley/">TEI 051: Creating Strategic Narratives and Imagineering Your Innovation Process – with Joe Tankersley</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://productinnovationeducators.com">Product Innovation Educators</a>.</p> I learned what a Walt Disney Imagineer was when my kids started watching the Disney Imagineering videos about science and engineering. Imagineers are known as the dreamers, doers, and the masterminds of magic at Disney. Chad McAllister, PhD - Helping Product Managers become Product Masters clean 32:03 4261 TEI 050: Use design heuristics to improve idea generation – with Seda Yilmaz, PhD http://productinnovationeducators.com/blog/tei-050-use-design-heuristics-to-improve-idea-generation-with-seda-yilmaz-phd/ Mon, 14 Dec 2015 12:55:10 +0000 http://www.productinnovationeducators.com/blog/?p=4221 <p>I’ve been highlighting aspects of Design Thinking in several episodes and I continue with this episode that considers how idea generation can be improved using design heuristics. I discussed the topic with Seda Yilmaz,  a professor in the Department of Industrial Design at Iowa State University. She earned her PhD in Design Science from the University […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://productinnovationeducators.com/blog/tei-050-use-design-heuristics-to-improve-idea-generation-with-seda-yilmaz-phd/">TEI 050: Use design heuristics to improve idea generation – with Seda Yilmaz, PhD</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://productinnovationeducators.com">Product Innovation Educators</a>.</p> I’ve been highlighting aspects of Design Thinking in several episodes and I continue with this episode that considers how idea generation can be improved using design heuristics. I discussed the topic with Seda Yilmaz, Chad McAllister, PhD - Helping Product Managers become Product Masters clean 35:21 4221 TEI 049: The right and wrong way to use a business case – with Steven Haines http://productinnovationeducators.com/blog/tei-049-the-right-and-wrong-way-to-use-a-business-case-with-steven-haines/ Mon, 07 Dec 2015 12:55:00 +0000 http://www.productinnovationeducators.com/blog/?p=4160 <p>Several years ago I was part of a group of product management professionals and we all felt that our profession lacked a good how-to guide that product managers could use. We considered writing one ourselves but life was a little too busy for us at the time. A few years later The Product Manager’s Desk […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://productinnovationeducators.com/blog/tei-049-the-right-and-wrong-way-to-use-a-business-case-with-steven-haines/">TEI 049: The right and wrong way to use a business case – with Steven Haines</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://productinnovationeducators.com">Product Innovation Educators</a>.</p> Several years ago I was part of a group of product management professionals and we all felt that our profession lacked a good how-to guide that product managers could use. We considered writing one ourselves but life was a little too busy for us at the... Chad McAllister, PhD - Helping Product Managers become Product Masters clean 46:05 4160 TEI 048: Guiding Innovation at IBM and other Large Organizations – with CINO Linda Bernardi http://productinnovationeducators.com/blog/tei-048-guiding-innovation-at-ibm-and-other-large-organizations-with-cino-linda-bernardi/ Mon, 30 Nov 2015 12:55:00 +0000 http://www.productinnovationeducators.com/blog/?p=4126 <p>If you have wondered what it means to do innovation at a large company, you are in the right place. I had the pleasure of interviewing Linda Bernardi, IBM’s Chief Innovation Officer responsible for Cloud and the Internet of Things. She is also a startup founder & CEO, strategic advisor to large organizations, and author […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://productinnovationeducators.com/blog/tei-048-guiding-innovation-at-ibm-and-other-large-organizations-with-cino-linda-bernardi/">TEI 048: Guiding Innovation at IBM and other Large Organizations – with CINO Linda Bernardi</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://productinnovationeducators.com">Product Innovation Educators</a>.</p> If you have wondered what it means to do innovation at a large company, you are in the right place. I had the pleasure of interviewing Linda Bernardi, IBM’s Chief Innovation Officer responsible for Cloud and the Internet of Things. Chad McAllister, PhD - Helping Product Managers become Product Masters clean 36:28 4126 TEI 047: Lessons from Design Thinking for Using Design in the FFE – with Giulia Calabretta, PhD. http://productinnovationeducators.com/blog/tei-047-lessons-from-design-thinking-for-using-design-in-the-ffe-with-giulia-calabretta-phd/ Mon, 23 Nov 2015 12:55:00 +0000 http://www.productinnovationeducators.com/blog/?p=4076 <p>I am doing another interview in my Design Thinking series and the topic of this episode is the impact of moving design principles into what is commonly called the Fuzzy Front End (FFE). I personally prefer the term Managed Front End, because, while it is fuzzy, full of unknowns and chaotic at times, it is […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://productinnovationeducators.com/blog/tei-047-lessons-from-design-thinking-for-using-design-in-the-ffe-with-giulia-calabretta-phd/">TEI 047: Lessons from Design Thinking for Using Design in the FFE – with Giulia Calabretta, PhD.</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://productinnovationeducators.com">Product Innovation Educators</a>.</p> I am doing another interview in my Design Thinking series and the topic of this episode is the impact of moving design principles into what is commonly called the Fuzzy Front End (FFE). I personally prefer the term Managed Front End, because, Chad McAllister, PhD - Helping Product Managers become Product Masters clean 37:06 4076 TEI 046: Building a Global Innovation Capability at a Large Enterprise – with Caterpillar Director of Innovation Ken Gray http://productinnovationeducators.com/blog/tei-046-building-a-global-innovation-capability-at-a-large-enterprise-with-caterpillar-director-of-innovation-ken-gray/ Mon, 16 Nov 2015 12:55:00 +0000 http://www.productinnovationeducators.com/blog/?p=4031 <p>When it comes to innovation, there are significant distinctions between startups and large enterprises. Startups have the advantage of agility and ability to rapidly change directions because they are not encumbered with legacy systems and organizational constraints. Large enterprises have access to greater resources and an established brand but also have erected barriers to innovation […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://productinnovationeducators.com/blog/tei-046-building-a-global-innovation-capability-at-a-large-enterprise-with-caterpillar-director-of-innovation-ken-gray/">TEI 046: Building a Global Innovation Capability at a Large Enterprise – with Caterpillar Director of Innovation Ken Gray</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://productinnovationeducators.com">Product Innovation Educators</a>.</p> When it comes to innovation, there are significant distinctions between startups and large enterprises. Startups have the advantage of agility and ability to rapidly change directions because they are not encumbered with legacy systems and organization... Chad McAllister, PhD - Helping Product Managers become Product Masters clean 46:08 4031 TEI 045: Understand What Customers Need Before Developing a Product – with Tony Ulwick http://productinnovationeducators.com/blog/tei-045-understand-what-customers-need-before-developing-a-product-with-tony-ulwick/ Mon, 09 Nov 2015 12:55:00 +0000 http://www.productinnovationeducators.com/blog/?p=3988 <p>In this episode I’m talking with the creator of an entire category of product innovation – one that significantly changed how I think about the process of innovation. Clayton Christensen said his approaches “bring discipline and predictability to the often random process of innovation.” The category of innovation is known as ODI, Outcome-Driven Innovation, and […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://productinnovationeducators.com/blog/tei-045-understand-what-customers-need-before-developing-a-product-with-tony-ulwick/">TEI 045: Understand What Customers Need Before Developing a Product – with Tony Ulwick</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://productinnovationeducators.com">Product Innovation Educators</a>.</p> In this episode I’m talking with the creator of an entire category of product innovation – one that significantly changed how I think about the process of innovation. Clayton Christensen said his approaches “bring discipline and predictability to the o... Chad McAllister, PhD - Helping Product Managers become Product Masters clean 52:06 3988 TEI 044: The 2015 Challenges in Product Management Findings – with Brian Lawley http://productinnovationeducators.com/blog/tei-044-the-2015-challenges-in-product-management-findings-with-brian-lawley/ Mon, 02 Nov 2015 11:55:00 +0000 http://www.productinnovationeducators.com/blog/?p=3878 <p>Brian Lawley is the CEO and Founder of the 280 Group, a company that provides product management and product marketing solutions. Brian has a long history in product management, including product manager for the Apple Macintosh OS. He is also the author of “The Phenomenal Product Manager: The Product Manager’s Guide to Success, Job Satisfaction […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://productinnovationeducators.com/blog/tei-044-the-2015-challenges-in-product-management-findings-with-brian-lawley/">TEI 044: The 2015 Challenges in Product Management Findings – with Brian Lawley</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://productinnovationeducators.com">Product Innovation Educators</a>.</p> Brian Lawley is the CEO and Founder of the 280 Group, a company that provides product management and product marketing solutions. Brian has a long history in product management, including product manager for the Apple Macintosh OS. Chad McAllister, PhD - Helping Product Managers become Product Masters clean 42:19 3878 TEI 043: Metrics for New Product Development – with Allan Anderson, PhD http://productinnovationeducators.com/blog/tei-043-metrics-for-new-product-development-with-allan-anderson-phd/ Mon, 26 Oct 2015 11:55:00 +0000 http://www.productinnovationeducators.com/blog/?p=3872 <p>My guest is Allan Anderson. He is a keynote speaker at the 2015 Product Innovation Management conference. For the past 20+ years he has been refining his skills in product development and change management, gaining three perspectives as practitioner, academic, and c-level leader in companies. He earned a PhD in Product Development from Massey University […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://productinnovationeducators.com/blog/tei-043-metrics-for-new-product-development-with-allan-anderson-phd/">TEI 043: Metrics for New Product Development – with Allan Anderson, PhD</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://productinnovationeducators.com">Product Innovation Educators</a>.</p> My guest is Allan Anderson. He is a keynote speaker at the 2015 Product Innovation Management conference. For the past 20+ years he has been refining his skills in product development and change management, gaining three perspectives as practitioner, Chad McAllister, PhD - Helping Product Managers become Product Masters clean 37:41 3872 TEI 042: Applying User Experience Creates Products with High Value – with Larry Marine http://productinnovationeducators.com/blog/tei-042-applying-user-experience-creates-products-with-high-value-with-larry-marine/ Mon, 19 Oct 2015 11:55:00 +0000 http://www.productinnovationeducators.com/blog/?p=3863 <p>There is a great TED talk by Steven Johnson titled “Where Good Ideas Come From.” Steven shares the importance of coffeehouses and how many innovations we recognize that took shape through discussions in coffeehouses. Interestingly, I met today’s guest, Larry Marine, at a coffee shop. I heard him discussing product design and started talking with […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://productinnovationeducators.com/blog/tei-042-applying-user-experience-creates-products-with-high-value-with-larry-marine/">TEI 042: Applying User Experience Creates Products with High Value – with Larry Marine</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://productinnovationeducators.com">Product Innovation Educators</a>.</p> There is a great TED talk by Steven Johnson titled “Where Good Ideas Come From.” Steven shares the importance of coffeehouses and how many innovations we recognize that took shape through discussions in coffeehouses. Interestingly, Chad McAllister, PhD - Helping Product Managers become Product Masters clean 44:45 3863 TEI041: Using Story & Prototyping in a Design Thinking Framework – with Designer Mark Zeh http://productinnovationeducators.com/blog/tei041-using-story-prototyping-in-a-design-thinking-framework-with-designer-mark-zeh/ Mon, 12 Oct 2015 11:55:00 +0000 http://www.productinnovationeducators.com/blog/?p=3763 <p>Mark Zeh was already developing products using a methodology that was very similar to what IDEO was doing when he joined them. The approach has since been coined Design Thinking. He views the use of storytelling coupled with prototyping as the keys that make Design Thinking work so well. Mark started his design career in […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://productinnovationeducators.com/blog/tei041-using-story-prototyping-in-a-design-thinking-framework-with-designer-mark-zeh/">TEI041: Using Story & Prototyping in a Design Thinking Framework – with Designer Mark Zeh</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://productinnovationeducators.com">Product Innovation Educators</a>.</p> Mark Zeh was already developing products using a methodology that was very similar to what IDEO was doing when he joined them. The approach has since been coined Design Thinking. He views the use of storytelling coupled with prototyping as the keys tha... Chad McAllister, PhD - Helping Product Managers become Product Masters clean 40:12 3763 TEI 040: How LEGO is Using Customer Communities for Product Innovation – with Marc-Andre Bazergui http://productinnovationeducators.com/blog/tei-040-how-lego-is-using-customer-communities-for-product-innovation-with-marc-andre-bazergui/ Mon, 05 Oct 2015 11:55:00 +0000 http://www.productinnovationeducators.com/blog/?p=3789 <p>Back in episode 25 I told you about a unique experience I had creating the Future Innovation Leaders class for 8-12 year olds. We explored the connection between the digital world and the physical world. One of the tools we used was LEGO Mindstorms – robots that can be built and programmed. An executive at […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://productinnovationeducators.com/blog/tei-040-how-lego-is-using-customer-communities-for-product-innovation-with-marc-andre-bazergui/">TEI 040: How LEGO is Using Customer Communities for Product Innovation – with Marc-Andre Bazergui</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://productinnovationeducators.com">Product Innovation Educators</a>.</p> Back in episode 25 I told you about a unique experience I had creating the Future Innovation Leaders class for 8-12 year olds. We explored the connection between the digital world and the physical world. One of the tools we used was LEGO Mindstorms – r... Chad McAllister, PhD - Helping Product Managers become Product Masters clean 43:59 3789 TEI 039: What Product Managers Need to Know about IP Protection – with Dan Brean http://productinnovationeducators.com/blog/tei-039-what-product-managers-need-to-know-about-ip-protection/ Mon, 28 Sep 2015 11:55:00 +0000 http://www.productinnovationeducators.com/blog/?p=3724 <p>Patents, trademarks, and copyrights make my head spin. But, any good product manager or innovator needs to consider the intellectual property issues when developing a product. Consequently, I asked patent attorney Dan Brean of the Webb Law Firm in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, to help all of us Everyday Innovators navigate the IP issues with new product […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://productinnovationeducators.com/blog/tei-039-what-product-managers-need-to-know-about-ip-protection/">TEI 039: What Product Managers Need to Know about IP Protection – with Dan Brean</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://productinnovationeducators.com">Product Innovation Educators</a>.</p> Patents, trademarks, and copyrights make my head spin. But, any good product manager or innovator needs to consider the intellectual property issues when developing a product. Consequently, I asked patent attorney Dan Brean of the Webb Law Firm in Pitt... Chad McAllister, PhD - Helping Product Managers become Product Masters clean 42:14 3724 TEI 038: Product Managers Take Note…Changing a Culture for Innovation – with Poet Michael Graber http://productinnovationeducators.com/blog/tei-038-product-managers-take-note-changing-a-culture-for-innovation-with-poet-michael-graber/ Mon, 21 Sep 2015 11:55:00 +0000 http://www.productinnovationeducators.com/blog/?p=3622 <p>I met my guest at Innovation Excellence, the online home of the global innovation community, where we both contribute innovation insights regularly. Truth be told, I was giving in to my vanity and checking out the top-20 posts for the month. My record is three posts in the top-20 in one month. For the month […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://productinnovationeducators.com/blog/tei-038-product-managers-take-note-changing-a-culture-for-innovation-with-poet-michael-graber/">TEI 038: Product Managers Take Note…Changing a Culture for Innovation – with Poet Michael Graber</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://productinnovationeducators.com">Product Innovation Educators</a>.</p> I met my guest at Innovation Excellence, the online home of the global innovation community, where we both contribute innovation insights regularly. Truth be told, I was giving in to my vanity and checking out the top-20 posts for the month. Chad McAllister, PhD - Helping Product Managers become Product Masters clean 37:55 3622 TEI 037: Using Games to Help Your Group Create Amazing Products – with Luke Hohmann http://productinnovationeducators.com/blog/tei-037-using-games-to-help-your-group-create-amazing-products-with-luke-hohmann/ Mon, 14 Sep 2015 11:55:00 +0000 http://www.productinnovationeducators.com/blog/?p=3616 <p>Luke Hohmann was recommended by the VP of Global Innovation of the RELX Group, Jeff Honious, who was my guest in episode 28. Consequently, I knew I had to interview Luke to learn about his tools for innovators. Luke is the founder and CEO of The Innovation Games, which is now known as Conteneo. His […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://productinnovationeducators.com/blog/tei-037-using-games-to-help-your-group-create-amazing-products-with-luke-hohmann/">TEI 037: Using Games to Help Your Group Create Amazing Products – with Luke Hohmann</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://productinnovationeducators.com">Product Innovation Educators</a>.</p> Luke Hohmann was recommended by the VP of Global Innovation of the RELX Group, Jeff Honious, who was my guest in episode 28. Consequently, I knew I had to interview Luke to learn about his tools for innovators. Chad McAllister, PhD - Helping Product Managers become Product Masters clean 44:02 3616 TEI 036: Product Development Lessons for New and Experienced Software Product Managers – with Senior VP Jeremy Dillingham http://productinnovationeducators.com/blog/tei-036-product-development-lessons-for-new-and-experienced-software-product-managers-with-senior-vp-jeremy-dillingham/ Mon, 07 Sep 2015 11:55:00 +0000 http://www.productinnovationeducators.com/blog/?p=3572 <p>Jeremy Dillingham has a long list of skills and experiences as a seasoned product manager, including leading teams, roadmap planning, portfolio management, Lean Startup, Customer Discovery, Agile Development, and SaaS architectures. He is a mentor at Techstars, an accelerator for technology startups. He currently serves as a Senior VP at Return Path, a company that […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://productinnovationeducators.com/blog/tei-036-product-development-lessons-for-new-and-experienced-software-product-managers-with-senior-vp-jeremy-dillingham/">TEI 036: Product Development Lessons for New and Experienced Software Product Managers – with Senior VP Jeremy Dillingham</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://productinnovationeducators.com">Product Innovation Educators</a>.</p> Jeremy Dillingham has a long list of skills and experiences as a seasoned product manager, including leading teams, roadmap planning, portfolio management, Lean Startup, Customer Discovery, Agile Development, and SaaS architectures. Chad McAllister, PhD - Helping Product Managers become Product Masters clean 36:20 3572 TEI 035: AIPMM is the Professional Association for Product Managers – with Therese Padilla http://productinnovationeducators.com/blog/tei-035-aipmm-is-the-professional-association-for-product-managers-with-therese-padilla/ Mon, 31 Aug 2015 11:55:00 +0000 http://www.productinnovationeducators.com/blog/?p=3520 <p>Professional associations provide value to career development. The first professional association I was involved in was the Project Management Institute, and I eventually became certified as a Project Manager Professional (PMP) because I recognized its value in helping me improve my project management capabilities while also helping me to stand out with future employers. Another […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://productinnovationeducators.com/blog/tei-035-aipmm-is-the-professional-association-for-product-managers-with-therese-padilla/">TEI 035: AIPMM is the Professional Association for Product Managers – with Therese Padilla</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://productinnovationeducators.com">Product Innovation Educators</a>.</p> Professional associations provide value to career development. The first professional association I was involved in was the Project Management Institute, and I eventually became certified as a Project Manager Professional (PMP) because I recognized its... Chad McAllister, PhD - Helping Product Managers become Product Masters clean 35:55 3520 TEI 034: 6 Processes for Generating Ideas for Radical Innovations-with Michal Herzenstein http://productinnovationeducators.com/blog/tei-034-6-processes-for-generating-ideas-for-radical-innovations-with-michal-herzenstein/ Mon, 24 Aug 2015 11:55:00 +0000 http://www.productinnovationeducators.com/blog/?p=3452 <p>I am continuing my series on Design Thinking and talking with Michal Herzenstein, who contributed to writing “Optimal Design for Radically New Products” in the PDMA Essentials book titled “Design and Design Thinking”. Michal is an associate professor of marketing at the University of Delaware and she earned her PhD in marketing from the University of […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://productinnovationeducators.com/blog/tei-034-6-processes-for-generating-ideas-for-radical-innovations-with-michal-herzenstein/">TEI 034: 6 Processes for Generating Ideas for Radical Innovations-with Michal Herzenstein</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://productinnovationeducators.com">Product Innovation Educators</a>.</p> I am continuing my series on Design Thinking and talking with Michal Herzenstein, who contributed to writing “Optimal Design for Radically New Products” in the PDMA Essentials book titled “Design and Design Thinking”. Chad McAllister, PhD - Helping Product Managers become Product Masters clean 39:41 3452 TEI 033: Fostering Innovation via a Startup-With Tim Bates http://productinnovationeducators.com/blog/tei-033-fostering-innovation-via-a-startup-with-tim-bates/ Mon, 17 Aug 2015 11:55:00 +0000 http://www.productinnovationeducators.com/blog/?p=3395 <p>Tim Bates has been taking things apart, fixing them, and building products since he was a kid. He has also been a product creator, founder, and CEO and more recently, an interim executive for hire serving in innovation, product and senior leadership roles. Another interesting thing about Tim is that he lives in Boulder, Colorado, […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://productinnovationeducators.com/blog/tei-033-fostering-innovation-via-a-startup-with-tim-bates/">TEI 033: Fostering Innovation via a Startup-With Tim Bates</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://productinnovationeducators.com">Product Innovation Educators</a>.</p> Tim Bates has been taking things apart, fixing them, and building products since he was a kid. He has also been a product creator, founder, and CEO and more recently, an interim executive for hire serving in innovation, Chad McAllister, PhD - Helping Product Managers become Product Masters clean 46:29 3395 TEI 032: Creating a Corporate Culture for Design Thinking-with Nathan Rosenberg http://productinnovationeducators.com/blog/tei-032-creating-a-corporate-culture-for-design-thinking-with-nathan-rosenberg/ Mon, 10 Aug 2015 11:55:00 +0000 http://www.productinnovationeducators.com/blog/?p=3367 <p>Nathan Rosenberg is the person who executives turn to for advice. He has worked with more than 100 of the 1000 largest companies in the world and has been founder or CEO of 5 companies. As an example of his experience, he provided innovation consulting that led a well-known consumer goods company to add $200M […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://productinnovationeducators.com/blog/tei-032-creating-a-corporate-culture-for-design-thinking-with-nathan-rosenberg/">TEI 032: Creating a Corporate Culture for Design Thinking-with Nathan Rosenberg</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://productinnovationeducators.com">Product Innovation Educators</a>.</p> Nathan Rosenberg is the person who executives turn to for advice. He has worked with more than 100 of the 1000 largest companies in the world and has been founder or CEO of 5 companies. As an example of his experience, Chad McAllister, PhD - Helping Product Managers become Product Masters clean 37:35 3367 TEI 031: 4th Annual Study of Product Team Performance – with Greg Geracie http://productinnovationeducators.com/blog/tei-031-4th-annual-study-of-product-team-performance-with-greg-geracie/ Mon, 03 Aug 2015 11:55:00 +0000 http://www.productinnovationeducators.com/blog/?p=3321 <p>I am bringing back my guest from episode 17, which was about creating the ProdBOK – The Guide to the Product Management and Marketing Body of Knowledge and how Greg Geracie led that effort. I also shared on that episode that he is a co-author of the annual Study of Product Team Performance and the […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://productinnovationeducators.com/blog/tei-031-4th-annual-study-of-product-team-performance-with-greg-geracie/">TEI 031: 4th Annual Study of Product Team Performance – with Greg Geracie</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://productinnovationeducators.com">Product Innovation Educators</a>.</p> I am bringing back my guest from episode 17, which was about creating the ProdBOK – The Guide to the Product Management and Marketing Body of Knowledge and how Greg Geracie led that effort. I also shared on that episode that he is a co-author of the an... Chad McAllister, PhD - Helping Product Managers become Product Masters clean 42:32 3321 TEI 030: How Product Managers Create Products that Hook Customers–with Nir Eyal http://productinnovationeducators.com/blog/tei-030-product-managers-create-products-hook-customers-with-nir-eyal/ Mon, 27 Jul 2015 11:55:00 +0000 http://www.productinnovationeducators.com/blog/?p=3300 <p>The guest for this interview came from the recommendation of a listener. Thank you! Keep the quality recommendations coming. Nir Eyal has been a startup co-founder, a CEO, and now helps product teams build habit-forming products. He is also the author of the book “Hooked,” which tells you how to create products that capture the […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://productinnovationeducators.com/blog/tei-030-product-managers-create-products-hook-customers-with-nir-eyal/">TEI 030: How Product Managers Create Products that Hook Customers–with Nir Eyal</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://productinnovationeducators.com">Product Innovation Educators</a>.</p> The guest for this interview came from the recommendation of a listener. Thank you! Keep the quality recommendations coming. Nir Eyal has been a startup co-founder, a CEO, and now helps product teams build habit-forming products. Chad McAllister, PhD - Helping Product Managers become Product Masters clean 36:40 3300 TEI 029: Reflections on Being a Serial Innovator in a Large Organization–with Steve Pierz at Caterpillar http://productinnovationeducators.com/blog/tei-029-reflections-on-being-a-serial-innovator-in-a-large-organizationwith-steve-pierz-at-caterpillar/ Mon, 20 Jul 2015 11:55:00 +0000 http://www.productinnovationeducators.com/blog/?p=3276 <p>I recently visited Peoria, Illinois, the global headquarters of Caterpillar. Caterpillar is the world’s leading manufacturer of construction and mining equipment, diesel and natural gas engines, industrial gas turbines and diesel-electric locomotives. They make a lot of really big things and innovation has been important to their 90 year history. However, we know being an […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://productinnovationeducators.com/blog/tei-029-reflections-on-being-a-serial-innovator-in-a-large-organizationwith-steve-pierz-at-caterpillar/">TEI 029: Reflections on Being a Serial Innovator in a Large Organization–with Steve Pierz at Caterpillar</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://productinnovationeducators.com">Product Innovation Educators</a>.</p> I recently visited Peoria, Illinois, the global headquarters of Caterpillar. Caterpillar is the world’s leading manufacturer of construction and mining equipment, diesel and natural gas engines, industrial gas turbines and diesel-electric locomotives. Chad McAllister, PhD - Helping Product Managers become Product Masters clean 50:52 3276 TEI 028: Creating an Innovation Group in a Large Organization–with VP of Innovation Jeff Honious http://productinnovationeducators.com/blog/tei-028-creating-an-innovation-group-in-a-large-organizationwith-vp-of-innovation-jeff-honious/ Mon, 13 Jul 2015 11:55:00 +0000 http://www.productinnovationeducators.com/blog/?p=3267 <p>Jeff Honious is the VP of Innovation at RELX Group, which you may know as Reed Elsevier, a multi-billion dollar international publishing and information company. To provide some context for this, the company bio shares that it helps scientists make new discoveries, lawyers win cases, doctors save lives and executives forge relationships with their clients. Jeff’s […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://productinnovationeducators.com/blog/tei-028-creating-an-innovation-group-in-a-large-organizationwith-vp-of-innovation-jeff-honious/">TEI 028: Creating an Innovation Group in a Large Organization–with VP of Innovation Jeff Honious</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://productinnovationeducators.com">Product Innovation Educators</a>.</p> Jeff Honious is the VP of Innovation at RELX Group, which you may know as Reed Elsevier, a multi-billion dollar international publishing and information company. To provide some context for this, the company bio shares that it helps scientists make new... Chad McAllister, PhD - Helping Product Managers become Product Masters clean 34:20 3267 TEI 027: If You are a Product Manager, You Need to Know about PDMA–with Charlie Noble http://productinnovationeducators.com/blog/tei-027-if-you-are-a-product-manager-you-need-to-know-about-pdma-with-charlie-noble/ Mon, 06 Jul 2015 11:55:00 +0000 http://www.productinnovationeducators.com/blog/?p=3231 <p>I have the pleasure of interviewing people in all types of roles that can help product managers, developers and innovators. And today I get to bring you a discussion with the Chairman of the Product Development & Management Association (PDMA), Charlie Noble. I’ve been wanting to do this interview because PDMA is the professional association […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://productinnovationeducators.com/blog/tei-027-if-you-are-a-product-manager-you-need-to-know-about-pdma-with-charlie-noble/">TEI 027: If You are a Product Manager, You Need to Know about PDMA–with Charlie Noble</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://productinnovationeducators.com">Product Innovation Educators</a>.</p> I have the pleasure of interviewing people in all types of roles that can help product managers, developers and innovators. And today I get to bring you a discussion with the Chairman of the Product Development & Management Association (PDMA), Chad McAllister, PhD - Helping Product Managers become Product Masters clean 47:10 8264 TEI 026: How to Design Meaningful Products by Focusing on User Experience – with Mark Capper http://productinnovationeducators.com/blog/tei-026-how-to-design-meaningful-products-by-focusing-on-user-experience-with-strategist-mark-capper/ Mon, 29 Jun 2015 11:55:00 +0000 http://www.productinnovationeducators.com/blog/?p=3224 <p>If you have listened to other episodes of this podcast, you likely have heard me say that the challenges with product management and creating products customers love is not actually development – while it’s not easy, we generally know how to get a product developed. The real challenge is knowing what product to develop. This […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://productinnovationeducators.com/blog/tei-026-how-to-design-meaningful-products-by-focusing-on-user-experience-with-strategist-mark-capper/">TEI 026: How to Design Meaningful Products by Focusing on User Experience – with Mark Capper</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://productinnovationeducators.com">Product Innovation Educators</a>.</p> If you have listened to other episodes of this podcast, you likely have heard me say that the challenges with product management and creating products customers love is not actually development – while it’s not easy, Chad McAllister, PhD - Helping Product Managers become Product Masters clean 53:55 8263 TEI 025: Enabling Future Innovation Leaders http://productinnovationeducators.com/blog/tei-024-enabling-future-innovation-leaders/ Mon, 22 Jun 2015 11:55:00 +0000 http://www.productinnovationeducators.com/blog/?p=3210 <p>This episode is different from others and well worth listening to.  It is the story about the class I helped to organize for eight students who were 9-12 years of age. As I normally teach university graduate courses, this was an entirely new realm for me. We called the class FIL – Future Innovation Leaders. […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://productinnovationeducators.com/blog/tei-024-enabling-future-innovation-leaders/">TEI 025: Enabling Future Innovation Leaders</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://productinnovationeducators.com">Product Innovation Educators</a>.</p> This episode is different from others and well worth listening to.  It is the story about the class I helped to organize for eight students who were 9-12 years of age. As I normally teach university graduate courses, Chad McAllister, PhD - Helping Product Managers become Product Masters clean 25:45 8261 TEI 024: How to Create an Innovation Culture – with Braden Kelley http://productinnovationeducators.com/blog/tei-024-how-to-create-an-innovation-culture-with-braden-kelley/ Mon, 15 Jun 2015 11:55:00 +0000 http://www.productinnovationeducators.com/blog/?p=3109 <p>If you are involved in product innovation, you likely already know about the website Innovation Excellence, home of the global innovation community that provides connection and conversation among its nearly 200,000 visitors each month. The site was co-founded by my guest, Braden Kelley. Braden is also a speaker and executive trainer as well as an […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://productinnovationeducators.com/blog/tei-024-how-to-create-an-innovation-culture-with-braden-kelley/">TEI 024: How to Create an Innovation Culture – with Braden Kelley</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://productinnovationeducators.com">Product Innovation Educators</a>.</p> If you are involved in product innovation, you likely already know about the website Innovation Excellence, home of the global innovation community that provides connection and conversation among its nearly 200,000 visitors each month. Chad McAllister, PhD - Helping Product Managers become Product Masters clean 42:04 3109 TEI 023: How Lead Users Guide Product Management at a Golf Training Device Company – with CEO Sam Froggatte http://productinnovationeducators.com/blog/tei-023-how-lead-users-guide-product-management-at-a-golf-training-device-company-with-ceo-sam-froggatte/ Mon, 08 Jun 2015 11:55:00 +0000 http://www.productinnovationeducators.com/blog/?p=3102 <p>Sam Froggatte is a golf gadget guru! He is the CEO of EyeLine Golf, a company that specializes in creating and selling training aids for anyone to improve their golf play. Their training products are used by weekend leisure golfers as well as hundreds of PGA players. Sam’s route to becoming a product innovator in […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://productinnovationeducators.com/blog/tei-023-how-lead-users-guide-product-management-at-a-golf-training-device-company-with-ceo-sam-froggatte/">TEI 023: How Lead Users Guide Product Management at a Golf Training Device Company – with CEO Sam Froggatte</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://productinnovationeducators.com">Product Innovation Educators</a>.</p> Sam Froggatte is a golf gadget guru! He is the CEO of EyeLine Golf, a company that specializes in creating and selling training aids for anyone to improve their golf play. Their training products are used by weekend leisure golfers as well as hundreds ... Chad McAllister, PhD - Helping Product Managers become Product Masters clean 42:58 3102 TEI 022: How 3M Triggers Innovation through Organizational Development – with practitioners Kimberly Johnson and A.B. Reynolds http://productinnovationeducators.com/blog/tei-022-how-3m-triggers-innovation-through-organizational-development-with-practitioners-kimberly-johnson-and-a-b-reynolds/ Mon, 01 Jun 2015 11:55:00 +0000 http://www.productinnovationeducators.com/blog/?p=3094 <p>  I have not one, but two guests to discuss product innovation for this episode. The first is Kimberly Johnson, who I met through the Global PMI Innovation Practice Area. I learned that Kim had recently co-authored a chapter for an upcoming book, and the chapter is titled “Triggering Innovation Through Organizational Development.” Her co-author […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://productinnovationeducators.com/blog/tei-022-how-3m-triggers-innovation-through-organizational-development-with-practitioners-kimberly-johnson-and-a-b-reynolds/">TEI 022: How 3M Triggers Innovation through Organizational Development – with practitioners Kimberly Johnson and A.B. Reynolds</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://productinnovationeducators.com">Product Innovation Educators</a>.</p>   I have not one, but two guests to discuss product innovation for this episode. The first is Kimberly Johnson, who I met through the Global PMI Innovation Practice Area. I learned that Kim had recently co-authored a chapter for an upcoming book, Chad McAllister, PhD - Helping Product Managers become Product Masters clean 40:42 3094