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In-life

Making sure your product delivers when it matters

What is in-life? An explanation

Measure what matters: In-life metrics and reporting

Documentation: what should you have in place and top tips

Time well spent: Focus on what's important

End of life: How to successfully withdraw a product

Insight: Where the rubber hits the road - The importance of in-life vs new product development


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Product Marketing

Getting products in front of customers and making sure they sell

What is Product Marketing? All the variations explained

The basics: Right message, right people, right place, right time

Planning: The delivery of marketing materials

Personas: Getting ‘under the skin’ of our customers

Inbound marketing: Going digital to attract and convert leads

Insight: Artist and expert - Never underestimate the value of product marketing


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Take control

Putting product management in the driving seat

Product management: Explained in a nutshell

The big issues: What are the big issues that come up again and again?

What smart people and businesses are doing: The 7 things.

Insight: But I'm only a product manager: Take a lead to improve performance.

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Strategy

Setting the foundation for effective product plans

Product StrategyWhat is product strategy and why is it important?

10 excuses: Why not to do a product strategy.

Tools for strategy development: Playing to win, Blue Ocean Strategy and others.

Portfolio analysis: Visualise and plan the whole product set.

Insight: More than a vision - it has to deliver.


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Training

Why it's needed and how to make sure it delivers

Training: The options.

Reviews: Pre-training assessment and analysis.

Topics tube map: The things product managers should know about.

Performance: Making training stick.

Justification: ROI and other models.

Insight: Are you a well-intentioned amateur?


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Requirements

How to make sure they deliver

Requirements: The big picture.

Market Requirements Document (MRD): Setting the scene.

User-centred requirements: How to write them.

Don't be so demanding: Approaches to help you prioritise.

Be prepared: 6 things to sort out before you start.

Insight: The problem is the problem?


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Roadmaps

Compelling roadmaps that align everyone to your vision

Roadmaps: How to build the perfect roadmap.

Masterclass: Advanced ideas and strategy including the minimum viable product.

Ideas: Sources and how to prioritise.

Tools: To help you roadmap.

Insight: Do agile and roadmaps conflict?


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Market Analysis

Understanding markets, customers and the competition

Market Analysis: How to research and analyse your market.

Talking to customers: What are they really thinking? Interview tips and tricks to help you.

Research: A how-to guide.

Understanding competitors: Who are they and how to compete.

Insight: The analyst racket. Conflicts of interest - a risky game.


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Agile

And its impact on product managers

Agile: An overview, waterfall and water-scrum-fall.

Scrum: How it works and the implications for the product owner.

Tools: To help you manage requirements and agile projects.

Checklist: How to survive and prosper as a product managers.

Scrum This! Thoughts from the Cranky Product Manager.

Insight: Agile hype, dogma, religious-like zealotory. Is there a bandwagon?

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Leading

Product management and product marketing teams

The role: What does a product manager do anyway?

Leadership tools: Using product manager Personas.

Starting up: How to introduce product management for the first time.

How are we doing? Measuring product management.

Carve-up: Splitting responsibilities across multi-national companies.

Insight: What really motivates your team?


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Pricing

Setting the optimum price. Tips, tactics and theory

How to price: An introduction to the fundamentals of pricing and pricing strategy.

The psychology of pricing: How to get inside your customer's mind.

Pricing structures: What are they and which ones work best?

Software pricing: The terminology and options.

Insight: Take control of your pricing.


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Business Cases

Create outstanding business cases that deliver results

How to build a business case: A step by step guide.

Top 10 tips when using Excel: To save you time and heartache.

Bad practice. Seven common mistakes.

Scenario planning and sensitivity analysis: A business case that envisions a single outcome will almost certainly be wrong.

Financial terminology: The key financial terms and the concepts.

Insight: Lies, damn lies and business cases.


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Recession

Stay ahead in a downturn. The product manager's guide

Succeeding in a downturn: How to stay ahead when the market is going down.

Tools for managing requirements: What are they, what do they do?

Outsourcing: Searching for ways to reduce overheads, is outsourcing the answer?

Job searching: What to do if the worst happens. Tips and tricks for product management job hunting.

Insight: Voice of the market. How to make yourself more valuable ...


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Propositions

How to build sharper propositions that really work

Developing a proposition: A three step guide.

Proposition crib sheet. A great tool to describe your propositions to sales.

Persona profiling: Get into the mind of your customers and understand what they really value.

Thinking big: Propositions for big software products - the challenges.

Listen and learn. How to get real and high quality customer insights.

Insight: If you're not developing them for your business, who is?


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Launching

Hit the ground running and what not to do

Launching tips: Six critical success factors to make your launch a success.

Go to market checklist: Make sure nothing is missed.

Good timing: Choosing the date to launch your product.

Re-launching: A golden opportunity for you?

Taking the lead: Getting the most from lead customers at launch.

Insight: Maintaining momentum after launch.


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I attended an excellent training course by ProductFocus last week. Well structured content, solid theory with practical tools and tips to take away. Makes a massive difference when the presenters are passionate about their subject. Highly recommended for product managers of all abilities and experience. Thank you to Ian Lunn for leading the course.
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
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.
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