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Good Product Manager, Bad Product Manager - Product Camp Austin 13

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Product Management has been rated as the 4th most important role in Corporate America, but that only is true if the Product Manager is making a valuable strategic contribution. The problem is that too …

Product Management has been rated as the 4th most important role in Corporate America, but that only is true if the Product Manager is making a valuable strategic contribution. The problem is that too many Product Managers are acting like Product Janitors, doing many low value activities, putting our fires and cleaning up messes. In this session, we'll discuss what Bad Product Managers do and define what you must do to transform into an Excellent Product Manager.

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  • 1. Good Product Manager/ Bad Product Manager Tom Evans CompellingPM @compellingpm Copyright 2014. The Lûcrum Group, Inc. 1
  • 2. “Being a good product manager is so hard that most product managers at most companies fail to be good -- and instead are bad.” --Ben Horowitz and David Weiden Copyright 2014. The Lûcrum Group, Inc. 3
  • 3. Good PM v. Bad PM Good Bad Based on knowledge & confidence They think that…. Owns success of product Too many factors outside their control CEO of Product Marketing resource for engineering Drives the what & why Defines the how Grows the business Builds bells & whistles Tells the story Presents features Defines their role Others define role Copyright 2014. The Lûcrum Group, Inc. 4 Reference: Ben Horowitz, 1996
  • 4. Bad PM = Product Janitor • Instead of working on the critical things that will make a big difference for your product and thinking strategically, the product manager [& product marketer] end up doing thankless low- level work that is not appreciated (and many times not necessary.) Brian Lawley, 280 Group Copyright 2014. The Lûcrum Group, Inc. 5
  • 5. What Makes a Bad PM? Copyright 2014. The Lûcrum Group, Inc. 6
  • 6. Bad PM Session Notes Copyright 2014. The Lûcrum Group, Inc. 7
  • 7. What Makes a Good PM? Copyright 2014. The Lûcrum Group, Inc. 8
  • 8. Good PM Session Notes Copyright 2014. The Lûcrum Group, Inc. 9
  • 9. How Do We Transform? Copyright 2014. The Lûcrum Group, Inc. 10 Discover Value Create Value Communicate Value Deliver Value Capture Value
  • 10. Transform Session Notes Copyright 2014. The Lûcrum Group, Inc. 11
  • 11. What Are You Going to Be? What Will You Do Different? Copyright 2014. The Lûcrum Group, Inc. 12
  • 12. Thank You! Tom Evans CompellingPM tevans@compellingpm.com @compellingpm www.compellingpm.com Copyright 2014. The Lûcrum Group, Inc. 13

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