Innovation – is it the product manager’s job?

Part of the mission of many technology companies is to pursue innovation – it’s a great message to their customers, an enticement to new employees and a key tool to differentiate in crowded markets. But if it’s uncontrolled, there’s a risk of spending lots of money on expensive innovations, few of which pay back their investment.

So, what do we mean by innovation and how can we get it under control without stifling its opportunities?

There is no spoon: Accountability in a matrix environment

Changing from traditional ‘top-down’ models of management to a more matrix approach can be a challenge. How can you be sure you are empowering your teams, while also keeping the right level of accountability and governance? In this blog we look at some ways to ensure you unlock the potential of matrix management.

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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.

Role clarity for product managers

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.

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.

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.

From projects to products

From projects to products

Does the next customer deal drive development priorities? Do Sales and Senior Management sell whatever the customer wants? Are costs spiralling and profits falling?

We explain the challenges of moving from a project driven to product driven business.

product manager role and why you need to lead

The product manager role and why you need to lead

Is your direction set by whatever crisis you face? Are you busy reacting to the requests of others? Does your email drive you?

Don’t swim with the shoal – why product managers need to lead.

Internal product manager stuck in a box

Are you an internal product manager stuck in a box?

Internal product managers come up against unique obstacles and dilemmas. The challenge is serving internal customers rather than selling to external customers.

If you’re stuck in your role as an internal product manager we’ve outlined 6 ways to break free.

Working on the product not in the product

Do you spend your time fixing things, answering the same old questions and going round in circles like a hamster in a wheel?

Maybe you should be working on the product not in the product.

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