Each week I scour articles, wading through the dogs, and bringing you the best insights to help product managers and innovators be heroes.
Product managers collaborate and build teams by being truth seekers. Some product managers are defensive when their ideas are challenged. This erodes collaboration that product managers need. Instead by listening carefully to opposing viewpoints, evaluating data, and weighing opinions, they can build influential coalitions. Read how at http://www.sachinrekhi.com/the-best-product-managers-are-truth-seekers
Product management software tools – what’s in your toolbox? This list explores tools in several areas, such as to-do lists, roadmaps, project tracking, and more. Each is listed at http://www.forbes.com/sites/forbesproductgroup/2016/10/31/product-management-tools-of-the-trade/2
Product management organization structures – where to put PdM? Product management’s home varies from one organization to another. Some organizations align it with marketing, others with engineering, and still others distribute the role and responsibilities. And of course, there are more possibilities. Where product management lives in tech companies is an important organizational structure decision. Explore the options at http://www.business2community.com/product-management/technology-company-product-management-org-structures-01695716
Insights from the Innovation by Design Summit. (1) Don’t get so distracted by new technologies that you lose sight of the bigger picture. (2) Evolve with your customers. (3) Successful innovation requires companywide involvement and acceptance. (4) The missing piece of innovation is company culture. (5) Corporate venture capital is becoming a strong alternative to R&D labs. (6) Audience data can help you create and distribute content that makes innovation easier. Read about each at http://www.forbes.com/sites/johnhall/2016/10/30/six-insights-from-the-innovation-by-design-summit
10 ways to help teams embrace innovation. (1) Remove The Fear Of Failure. (2) Let Your Team Do The Research. (3) Involve Your Team In The Process. (4) Create Clarity And Community. (5) Incentivize Them To Learn. (6) Explain The Value. (7) Let Them Experiment. (8) Communicate The “Why”. (9) See It From Their Perspective. (10) Model The Value. Read about each at http://www.forbes.com/sites/forbescoachescouncil/2016/10/28/10-ways-leaders-can-encourage-their-teams-to-embrace-innovation/2