Each week I scour articles, wading through the dogs, and bringing you the best insights to help product managers and innovators be heroes.
Build products fast or risk being irrelevant.
A VP I once worked for told the development team that it may take two years to get our software product to market, but it will be best in class when it does. That company doesn’t exist anymore. Products need encounters with actual customers to have any chance of becoming best in class. See why speed matters at https://www.appcues.com/blog/build-products-fast
Tech outsider shares her average day as a product manager at Facebook.
Merlyn Deng joined Facebook as a media –partnerships analyst and moved to product management. She lacked tech experience but made the role work, showing that product management is about a lot more then tech knowledge even at a tech company. Read what her work as a product manager looks like at http://www.businessinsider.com/facebook-jobs-product-manager-merlyn-deng-2018-5
The difference between product manager and product owner.
For me, the best option is two separate people joined at the proverbially hip who cover the responsibilities of product management and product ownership. In practice, it is too easy for the roles to get entangled. Here are some ways to untangle them… https://producthubbpma.org/2018/05/31/am-i-a-product-manager-or-a-product-owner-part-2/
Ask women in product – what is the difference between product manager and owner.
Check this out for some additional perspectives on product management vs product ownership… https://medium.com/@womeninproduct/ask-wip-whats-the-difference-between-a-product-manager-and-product-owner-6a48410e253f
3 year study at NASA shares a key issue with Open Innovation.
Not-invented-hear thinking exists in many places, including among NASA scientist. Over three years, 14 strategic problems were solved using two tracks – traditional NASA R&D model and Open Innovation. When Open Innovation produced faster results, some of the scientists and engineers saw is as a challenge to their professional identities and challenged the innovation created. It’s a fascinating study for anyone trying Open Innovation… https://hbr.org/2018/05/why-do-open-innovation-efforts-fail-scientists-want-to-solve-problems-themselves
New Podcast Episode for Product Managers & Innovators: How to create a guided directed learning group to accelerate product management in your organization – with John Spero
Weekly interviews to increase your confidence, influence, and success. Avoid failures and create products customers love. Interviews for Product Managers and Innovators.