Product management has become a critical connective role for modern organizations, from small technology startups to global corporate enterprises. And yet the day-to-day work of product management remains largely misunderstood. In theory, product management is about building products that people love. The real-world practice of product management is often about difficult conversations, practical compromises, and hard-won incremental gains. In this book, author Matt LeMay focuses on the CORE connective skills— communication, organization, research, execution—that can build a successful product management practice across industries, organizations, teams, andtoolsets. For current and aspiring product managers, this book explores:? On-the-ground tactics for facilitating collaboration and communication? How to talk to users and work with executives? The importance of setting clear and actionable goals? Using roadmaps to connect and align your team? A values-first approach to implementing Agile practices? Common behavioral traps that turn good product managers bad
Build better products by expanding the role of Product Management Managing Product Management argues that product management should be reinstituted as a key source of innovative ideas that solve broad market problems. It illustrates how to organize the product management function of a company to create, build, and produce innovative and game-changing products and services. Steven Haines is the founder and president of Sequent Learning Networks, a training and advisory services firm with an international client base. He held leadership roles for AT&T and Oracle and was adjunct professor at Rutgers University's business school.
"This book covers a wide range of digital product management issues and offers some insight into real-world practice and research findings on the technical, operational, and strategic challenges that face digital product managers and researchers now and in the next several decades"--Provided by publisher.
Product management has become a critical connective role for modern organizations, from small technology startups to global corporate enterprises. And yet the day-to-day work of product management remains largely misunderstood. In theory, product management is about building products that people love. The real-world practice of product management is often about difficult conversations, practical compromises, and hard-won incremental gains. In this book, author Matt LeMay focuses on the CORE connective skills—communication, organization, research, execution—that can build a successful product management practice across industries, organizations, teams, and toolsets. For current and would-be product managers, this book explores: Real-world tactics for facilitating collaboration and communication How to talk to users and work with executives The importance of setting clear and actionable goals Using roadmaps to connect and align your team A values-first approach to implementing Agile practices Stories that convey realities of product management in the field Common behavioral traps that turn good product managers bad
Setting the Standard for Product Management and Marketing Many of the leading voices in the product management profession collaborated closely with working product managers to develop The Guide to the Product Management and Marketing Body of Knowledge (the ProdBOK(r) Guide). This effort was enhanced by project management, user experience, and business analyst thought leaders who further defined and optimized several essential working relationships that improve product manager effectiveness. As a result of this groundbreaking collaboration within the product management community and across the adjoining professions, the ProdBOK Guide provides the most comprehensive view of product management and marketing as they apply to a wide range of goods and services. The resulting standard provides product managers with essential knowledge to improve the practice of product management and deliver organizational results. This edition of the ProdBOK Guide: Introduces a product management lifecycle for goods and services Encompasses and defines traditional product development processes such as waterfall, as well as newer approaches that fall under the Agile umbrella Illustrates the various inputs and outputs that product managers should consider at each phase of the product management lifecycle Highlights how to optimize the working relationship between product management professionals and our counterparts in the project, program, portfolio management, user experience, and business analyst communities Describes essential tools that product managers should be aware of and utilize as they work to create value for their Organizations The ProdBOK Guide represents an industry-wide effort to establish a standard for the practice of product management. The book was sponsored by the Association of International Product Marketing and Management (AIPMM). Founded in 1998, AIPMM aims to help professionals like you attain a higher level of knowledge and enhance the results you bring to your organizations every day. About the Authors Greg Geracie is a recognized product management thought leader and the president of Actuation Consulting, a global provider of product management training, consulting, and advisory services to some of the world's most well-known organizations. Greg is the author of the global best seller Take Charge Product Management and led the development of the ProdBOK Guide as editor-in-chief. He is also an adjunct professor at DePaul University in Chicago, Illinois. Steven D. Eppinger is professor of management science and innovation at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Sloan School of Management. Professor Eppinger teaches MIT's executive programs in product development and complex project management. He has co-authored a leading textbook, Product Design and Development (5th edition, 2012, McGraw-Hill), which is used by hundreds of universities around the worl
Product Information Management is the latest topic that companies across the world are deliberating upon. As companies sell online, they are confronted with the fact that not all information necessary to sell their products is available. Where marketing, sales and finance have been core processes of the corporate world for a long time, PIM is a new business process with its own unique implementation and management challenges. The book describes the core PIM processes; their strategic, tactical and operational benefits and implementation challenges. The book has been written for managers, business users as well as students, and illustrates the different concepts with practical cases from companies like Coca Cola, Nikon and Thomas Cook.
This book gives a comprehensive overview on Software Product Management (SPM) for beginners as well as best practices, methodology and in-depth discussions for experienced product managers. This includes product strategy, product planning, participation in strategic management activities and orchestration of the functional units of the company. The book is based on the results of the International Software Product Management Association (ISPMA) which is led by a group of SPM experts from industry and research with the goal to foster software product management excellence across industries. This book can be used as textbook for ISPMA-based education and as guide for anybody interested in SPM as one of the most exciting and challenging disciplines in the business of software. Hans-Bernd Kittlaus is the Chairman of ISPMA and owner and managing director of InnoTivum Consulting, Germany. Samuel Fricker is Board Member of ISPMA and Professor at FHNW, Switzerland.
This book provides a consistent and holistic managerial approach to product management and presents a practical and comprehensive methodology (roles, processes, tasks, and deliverables) that covers all aspects of product management. It helps students of product management, product management practitioners, product management organizations, and corporations understand the value, theory, and implementation of product management. It outlines a practical approach to clarify role definitions, identify responsibilities, define processes and deliverables, and improve the ability to communicate with stakeholders. The book details the fundamentals of the Blackblot Product Manager's Toolkit® (PMTK) product management methodology, a globally adopted best practice.
Product management improves the odds that your web sites and apps will be successful, and affirms the value that design brings to organizations and companies. App stores overflow with apps, and the Web seems to have more sites, content, and applications than people could possibly need. So how do you know that you are designing things that will be useful and, ultimately, successful? That’s where product management comes in. Use market research to identify problems that people and organizations are really having, and then apply your creative and technical experience to design digital products that meet those needs with high levels of customer satisfaction Includes a foreword by Whitney Hess, founder and principal of the user experience consultancy Vicarious Partners, and the author of the Pleasure & Pain blog at www.whitneyhess.com/blog.
This book is for product managers, product owners, product marketing managers, VPs and Heads of Product, CEOs, and start-up founders. In short, it serves anyone interested personally or professionally in software product management. You’ll learn how to plan, coordinate and execute all activities required for software product success. It enables you to find the right balance for delivering customer value and long-term product success. The book offers a comprehensive introduction for beginners as well as proven practices and a novel, holistic approach for experienced product managers. It provides much-needed clarity regarding the numerous tasks and responsibilities involved in the professional and successful management of software products. Readers can use this book as a reference book if they are interested in or have the urgent need to improve one of the following software product management dimensions: Product Viability, Product Development, Go-to-Market / Product Marketing, Software Demonstrations and Training, The Market / Your Customers, or Organizational Maturity. The book helps product people to maximize their impact and effectiveness. Whether you’re a seasoned practitioner, new to software product management, or just want to learn more about the best-of-all disciplines and advance your skills, this book introduces a novel and “business” tested approach to structure and orchestrate the vital dimensions of software product management. You will learn how to create focus and alignment on the things that matter for product success. The book describes a holistic framework to keep the details that matter for product success in balance, taking into consideration the limiting factors, strategies and responsibilities that determine the overall product yield potential. It explains how to leverage and adapt the framework with regard to aspects like product viability, product development, product marketing and software demonstrations and training, as well as more general aspects like markets, customers and organizational maturity. The book focuses on the unique challenges of software product managers or any related roles, whether you are a founder of a small to mid-sized software company or working in the complex ecosystems of large software enterprises or corporate IT departments.
The book »Strategic Product Management« is the introduction to the topic of Product Management according to Open Product Management Workflow. Note: the tools and templates, which are mentioned in the book, are deliberately not included, but will be issued in the trainings, as their application needs to be explained and exercised under guidance in practical examples. Additionally the book can be downloaded as PDF for free on the proProduktmanagement website. Besides general questions about tasks and how to organize Product Management as well as roles in Product Management, the book offers a step by step explanation of how to get to a decision proposal or business plan, which is based exclusively on market facts. This way bad investments are avoided and discussions about strategies and future products are reduced. The exemplary product called »SelfBackup« shows comprehensibly, how you develop an innovative product on the basis of market facts. Starting from interviews with market participants, identifying problems and persona and simple analyses you are enabled to derive all strategies required for the consolidated business plan which is the end result of the workflow. In addition, the book »Strategic Product Management« contains numerous other tips and practical examples. This book is the first one in the series and the basis for the subsequent books »Technical Product Management« and »Successful Go-to-Market« according to Open Product Management Workflow. As mentioned above you can download the book »Strategic Product Management« on the proProduktmanagement website for free and read about the importance of strategic and market-driven Product Management. Thus, you create the basis for further steps such as Technical Product Management as well as Successful Go-to-Market.
The ideal companion to the author's bestselling The Product Manager's Handbook, The Product Manager's Field Guide expands upon the overview and the responsibilities of product managers and delves into specific skills, abilities, and competencies to help them improve their performance. It provides readers with tools and exercises for functions such as marketing, planning, forecasting, and new product development and offers step-by-step instructions for activities designed to monitor and assess product-planning efforts.
This book constitutes the refereed proceedings of the 12th International Conference on Software Process Improvement and Capability Determination, SPICE 2012, held in Palma de Mallorca, Spain, in May 2012. The 21 revised full papers presented and 14 short papers were carefully reviewed and selected from numerous submissions. The papers are organized in topical sections on organizational process improvement; SPI in small and very small enterprises; process models; SPI in automotive software and security; SPI in medical and safety critical systems; short papers.
This book constitutes the refereed proceedings of the 8th International Conference on Product Focused Software Process Improvement, PROFES 2007, held in Riga, Latvia in July 2007. The 29 revised full papers presented together with 4 reports on workshops and tutorials and 4 keynote addresses were carefully reviewed and selected from 55 submissions. The papers constitute a balanced mix of academic and industrial aspects; they are organized in topical sections on global software development, software process improvement, software process modeling and evolution, industrial experiences, agile software development, software measurement, simulation and decision support, processes and methods.
An introduction to the strategic choices that must be taken during an innovation process and a guide for designing the business processes for innovation including the whole supply chain. Innovation projects will gain in speed, efficiency, and cost-awareness and will become successful operations. The result of this methodology will support ISO 9001 and the Design for Lean Six Sigma methodology in a natural way. Cost saving and sustainable progress are in this philosophy complementary. "I believe DFSS project managers for manufacturing industries would certainly benefit from reading this publication, in particular companies that are relatively new in their implementation for Six Sigma and who just discovering the value of prevention in new product development (DFSS opportunity). I thoroughly enjoyed the concepts and examples given by an expert in the field of Innovation Management and DFSS. I would highly recommend this book for any practitioner in the area of Lean Six Sigma and Design for Six Sigma.' - Robert W. Clarke, Director of XONITEK Corporation NY 13901, USA "Good work! This book gives a nice, high-level overview. Certainly risk management had some new points. The link with ISO makes it very useful for people with whom that is a priority." - John Bicheno, Director of Lean Operation Program at Cardiff Business School and Author of 'The Lean Toolbox: The Essential Guide to Lean Transformation'. Buckingham, UK "I thoroughly enjoyed reading this handbook as it was very well thought out. I'm unacquainted with Six Sigma however I was able to gain a clear perspective of what it entails due to the way in which the author shared her insight and experience." - Jason Weber, Web Marketing Manager Coby Electronics, Corp. New York, USA "This book is well organized, logical and offers a clear blueprint within the context of the subject and would be a good reference for someone looking to implement." - Robert (Bob) Smith, Managing Director B Hepworth Ltd, UK
Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) is an essential means to cope with the challenges of global competition. This is the first English-language book on PLM that introduces the reader to the basic terms and fundamentals of PLM. The text provides a solid foundation for starting a PLM development project. It gives ideas and examples of how PLM can be utilized. In addition, it offers insight into how PLM can assist in creating opportunities and in making real eBusiness possible.
Armstrong's Handbook of Human Resource Management Practice is the bestselling and definitive resource for HRM students and professionals, which helps readers to understand and implement HR in relation to the needs of the business. It covers in-depth all of the areas essential to the HR function such as employment law, employee relations, learning and development, performance management and reward, as well as the HR skills needed to ensure professional success, including leadership, managing conflict, interviewing and using statistics. Illustrated throughout in full colour and with a range of pedagogical features to consolidate learning (e.g. source review boxes, key learning points, summaries and case studies from international organizations such as IBM, HSBC and Johnson and Johnson), this fully updated 15th edition includes new chapters on the HRM role of line managers, evidence-based HRM, e-HRM and the gender pay gap, further case studies and updated content covering the latest research and developments. Armstrong's Handbook of Human Resource Management Practice is aligned with the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) profession map and standards and is suited to both professionals and students of both undergraduate degrees and the CIPD's level 5 and 7 professional qualifications. Online supporting resources include comprehensive handbooks for lecturers and students, lecture slides, all figures and tables, toolkits, and a literature review, glossary and bibliography.
A typical characterization of EuroSPI is reflected in a statement made by a c- pany: “. . . the biggest value of EuroSPI lies in its function as a European knowledge and experience exchange mechanism for SPI and innovation. ” Since its beginning in 1994 in Dublin, the EuroSPI initiative has outlined that there is not a single silver bullet to solve SPI issues, but that you need to understand a c- bination of different SPI methods and approaches to achieve concrete benefits. The- fore each proceedings volume covers a variety of different topics, and at the conf- ence we discuss potential synergies and the combined use of such methods and - proaches. These proceedings contain selected research papers for five topics: Section I: SPI Tools Section II: SPI Methods Section III: SPI in SMEs Section IV: Economic Aspects of SPI Section V: The Future of SPI Section I presents studies on SPI tools. The authors provide an insight into new tools which can be used for SPI. Willem Bekkers et al. present a new assessment method and tool for software product management. Ismael Edrei-Espinosa-Curiel et al. illustrate a graphical approach to support the teaching of SPI. Paul Clarke and coworkers deal with an analysis and a tool to help real adoption of standards like ISO 12207 and they focus on SPI implementation and practices. Esparanca Amengual et al. present a new team-based assessment method and tool.
This completely revised and updated text, now in its Third Edition, continues to explain the underlying concepts of product management. In the process, the book equips the budding as well as the practising managers with sufficient knowledge about how to deal with different problems faced in managing any typical fast moving consumer good or durable product. Divided into three parts, the book provides, in Part I, a macro perspective of the Indian market. Part II offers an analytical discussion interspersed with vivid illustrations on conceptual issues like branding, segmentation, positioning and differentiation. Part III features several new products; it also provides latest information on the products presented in the earlier edition. In addition, it analyzes the current market situation prevailing for a particular product in India. Finally, here, each chapter shows how leading companies are successfully marketing the particular product in the Indian market. WHAT IS NEW IN THIS EDITION : The new edition incorporates the challenges offered by many new trends like growth of modern trade, explosion of the media, and the increasing influence of rural market in India. Chapters on The Indian Market: Emerging Panorama, and New Marketing Challenges expose the students to contemporary concepts and examples. Part III offers new chapters on market analysis on products such as Tea, Soft Drinks, Chocolates, Malted Beverages, Packaged Drinking Water, Tooth-Paste, Detergents, Fairness Cream, Footwear, Mobile Phones, and Digital Camera. Besides, it gives up-to-date background information for other products covered in the earlier edition. The Student CD contains a set of PowerPoint Presentations (PPTs) of 20 products. This well-established study has been widely adopted as a textbook in MBA programmes across the country. The Third Edition is more profusely illustrated with exhibits, diagrams and PPTs, and should be of immense utility and worth to the students of management as well as practising brand managers and executives in the advertising arena.