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Enterprise vs Consumer product management

How different is B2B product management compared to B2C product management?

To help answer this question we’re showcasing a great blog from Rich Mironov which explores these differences in some detail.

Why you need a product taxonomy

Big B2B technology companies with lots of products and services often have many different ways of talking about them. It’s easy to get confused which is where a Product Taxonomy can help so everyone knows what to sell, deliver and measure. Download our free infographic.

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Are you a slave to your email?

We all use email every day but it often fails us. Sometimes it can feel as if our inbox drives what we do.

Here are a few thoughts to get you thinking about email best practice and how you can use it more effectively – and a really fun video!

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Are product managers the sales prevention department?

As a product manager you may have been called the ‘sales prevention department’.

Don’t worry – saying ‘No’ is an important part of your job.

Product management role clarification

Are you the first product manager?

If you’re the first product manager in a business or are introducing product management into a company for the first time – you face some big challenges! Read on for our tips on how to succeed.

Why you should never ask your mother if your idea is any good

Talking to customers and getting accurate information is hard….. not because they lie but because they often tell you what they think you want to hear. This is never truer than with your own mother. The Mom Test helps ensure you improve your customer conversations.

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Should you be responsible for product profitability?

Should Product Managers be responsible for product profitability?

It’s one of the big questions that we get asked again and again…

Product Management Dashboard

Our Product Management Dashboard is a unique tool that we use when reviewing product management at our clients.

Use it to identify key challenges, discuss what’s going wrong and to communicate what needs to change.

In defence of the HiPPO

We talk about dealing with Hi.P.P.O.s (Highest Paid Person’s Opinion) on our training course but this blog introduces a new animal to be feared – the Z.E.B.R.A.

Here are 3 reasons why we might want to listen to the Hi.P.P.O.

Product Management Maturity Model

Our Product Management Maturity Model has been refined based on the work we’ve done with a variety of technology companies over the past few years. It’s always nice to know what to aim for and this model shows what a best practice product management function can look like.

Download our infographic to review the maturity of product management in your business.

After two years of getting punched, kicked and beat down I feel as though you have just taught me karate, and I am looking forward to immediately putting into practice all of the tools, techniques and best practices to fight back. Thank you for an excellent three days of Product Management training.
Richard Fletcher - Product Manager Security Products, Johnson Controls
Overnight after the training it became easier to raise issues and design decisions. I can thank the exercises and discussions in class. In future I look forward to applying a few of the techniques when talking with customers, and gaining their feedback on first release…  
Roy Matthews - Business Analyst, Dunnhumby
Thanks so much for running this course. I cannot even begin to tell you how helpful it was for me. I now feel equipped with the tools I need to do a great job. Many thanks!
Sam Cassidy - Product Manager, John Wiley & Sons
Well structured content and solid theory. Makes a massive difference when the presenters are passionate about their subject. Highly recommended for product managers of all abilities and experience.
Andrew Scarborough - Product Marketing Manager, Bottomline Technologies
The tools, templates and checklists provided are super useful. I love the fact that they’re changeable so I can easily adjust them to my company’s way of working.
Karin Kuster - Product Manager, Iddink Group
We recently used Product Focus to deliver some excellent bespoke training to our Product and Marketing team and the feedback was really great – thank you!
Hanna Smith - HR Director, Madgex
Anyone who would benefit from understanding the role of product management should attend this course. One of the best training courses I have done, the pace was just right, it was very interesting and engaging. Never boring.
Conor Tweed - Product Analyst, Realex Payments
Excellent course, wish I'd done this a year ago when I started as a PM. It would’ve changed my view on leaving product management, but decision already made!
Cheryl Paterson - Product Manager, Allocate Software
Product Focus is one of the best run specialist training businesses I’ve visited. They are clearly positioned as market leaders in their field. They produce high quality output through marketing, sales and training delivery materials and their back office is run in the same high-quality manner.
Doug Shaw - Learning & Performance Institute (LPI)
A great course delivered by a dynamic and knowledgeable expert with real world industry experience. I believe regardless of their experience level anyone would learn something new. Best investment I have made for my team and business this year.
Phil Hornby - Head of PM Platforms, Diagnostics & Services, Continental

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