Welcome to another monthly roundup of the must-read articles by the best in our field! A lot has happened this month, the first month of the year, and there’s a lot to catch up on. In order to save you precious time going through the trouble of looking for the right articles to read, I have summarized the 5 most important articles of the month. Enjoy!
Solving Organizational Challenges with Product Management and Innovation
Anyone influencing innovation in an organization is familiar with the challenges it brings, and as product managers, we face these hurdles every day. To discover the challenges the role involves and how they can be overcome Chad McAllister spoke with legendary product manager Rich Mironov. In this article, he shares some highlights from the interview.
The One Habit That Will Wreck Your Product Management Career
Brian de Haaff, CEO of Aha!, shares here his strong objection to the “product managers road map” that so many people find important to create, because “there are too many factors to control when setting fixed dates for deliverables.” After saying how “absolutely crazy” this is, he shares his tips on how product managers can better work with their teams on what can be done by a certain time.
Limiting Costs and Waste when Developing Digital Products
“Reid Hoffman once remarked, “As the networked age has increased the competitive importance of speed, the key secret is now scaling up at speed.” In other words, the internet has enabled consumers to rapidly and easily access and assess new technologies that in turn become exponentially more valuable via network effects. It’s therefore more important than ever to get a validated product to market and iterate effectively before the competition. “– In this great post, Milos Peluffo shares insights by more than 100 product managers on how to reduce the waste during throughout the development lifecycle.
19 lessons I learned during my first year as a Product Manager
This is one of my favorite posts, and a must-read! In 2015, Manas J. Saloi took his first steps in the product management profession. This experience led to this magnificent post, naming the 19 lessons he learned in 2015, which also compile a useful guideline for product managers everywhere. For example, he reminds us the importance of prioritizing, and focusing on making life easy for our team members rather than doing their jobs.
5 Things I Learned After Joining the Product Development and Management Association
Here, I shared my personal experiences from joining the PDMA, listing 5 major benefits. After I joined, I was surprised to find how useful the Product Development and Management Association is in terms of my own professional development. The Association is a nonprofit professional society comprised of innovators that organize and publish information about the development of new products.