Each week I scour articles, wading through the dogs, and bringing you the best insights to help product managers and innovators be heroes.
Empathy and vision advice from product VP.
In this Austin Voice of Product interview, Nicole Bryan, Product VP at Tasktop, was asked to share advice with aspiring product leaders. She responded with the need to have a clear product vision but to lean on empathy and flexibility. Also, laughter should be part of the job. Read the interview at https://austinvop.com/nicole-bryan-of-tasktop-product-managers-believe-in-their-vision-e2affd2a7348
7 ways acting techniques can help product managers.
(1) Thinking on Your Feet. (2) High-Performance Teams. (3) Creative Thinking and Innovation. (4) Active Listening. (5) Pausing. (6) Storytelling. (7) Identity. Read about each at https://www.mindtheproduct.com/2018/04/oh-drama-product-managers-can-learn-actors/
4 ways innovation management impacts the bottom line.
Innovation provides more benefits than staying ahead of competitors. Consider… (1) Customer Retention. (2) Product Creation and Improvement. (3) Process Improvement. (4) Employee Engagement. More about each at http://www.abcmoney.co.uk/2018/04/18/4-ways-effective-innovation-management-impacts-your-bottom-line/
The (potential) myth of the innovation lab.
Innovation labs are often used by larger organizations in an effort to “act more like a startup.” Some are successful while many are not. I’ve discussed some effective models, including GE Appliance’s FirstBuild and Chick-fil-A’s Hatch. Both of these examples provide insights for making a lab the right way. Still, many do produce useful results. See why at https://www.forbes.com/sites/tendayiviki/2018/04/15/the-myth-of-the-innovation-lab/
New Podcast Episode for Product Managers & Innovators: Apple’s product development process and secrets to success – with John Carter
Weekly interviews to increase your confidence, influence, and success. Avoid failures and create products customers love. Interviews for Product Managers and Innovators.