Fighting Fires in B2B Product Management (with Rich Mironov, Product Consultant & author ”The Art of Product Management”)
One Knight in Product
An interview with Rich Mironov. Rich is a smoke jumper CPO who gets thrown behind the fire to help solve some of the hardest problems in product management - trying to fix organisations to help them make products properly. He's worked with 175 companies and has experienced it all, and also distilled this into his Product Bytes blog & book "The Art of Product Management". We speak about a lot, including: What a "smoke jumper" CPO is and the types of problems he solves when he goes into the mind boggling number of companies he has worked with The difficulty that teams sometimes have landing a message with leadership & why they often need to hear the same message from a consultant The mistakes some companies make by prioritising domain expertise over product management, and how this leads to bad product behaviour & biases The importance of understanding other teams' motivations, and using your PM skills to work out what they actually need How agile was written by software guys, doesn't mention customers at all, and why we don't need PMs who aren't embarrassed about not speaking to customers The differences between B2B and B2C product thinking and some of the classic product advice doesn't translate to the world of B2B The importance of taking your product thinking discussions to the right level & not trying to persuade front line people The importance of building coalitions as a product leader to make sure you're not just seen as an outlier where good ideas go to die And much more!Buy The Art of Product Management"The Art of Product Management takes us inside the head of a product management thought leader. With color and humor, Rich Mironov gives us a taste of Silicon Valley's tireless pursuit of great technology and its creation of new products. He provides strategic advice to product managers and tech professionals about start-ups, big organizations, how to think like a customer, and what things should cost. He also reminds us to love our products and our teams." Visit the book website or check it out on Amazon or Goodreads.Contact RichYou can find Rich on Twitter or LinkedIn. You can also check out Rich Mironov's Product Bytes here.
Featuring Rich Mironov, 35-year Silicon Valley Veteran
Augusto Digital Insights with Brian Anderson
Discover why it’s so important to meet with real users when building digital products. Featuring Rich Mironov, 35-year Silicon Valley veteran. In this episode of the Augusto Digital Insights podcast, Brian Anderson interviews Rich Mironov, a 35-year Silicon Valley veteran—of mostly B2B enterprise software. He published a book called The Art of Product Management, Lessons from a Silicon Valley Innovator and has 19 years’ worth of blog posts on his website about trends in product management. Brian and Rich sat down to explore more about Rich’s career, and the insights he’s gained. Today, Rich primarily does two things: serves as the interim head of product or coach product executives on how to do their job better. He considers it a matter of pride that he never gives advice he wouldn’t take himself. Rich describes the product mindset as a mix between the customer-facing and engineering-facing parts of the job. He notes that he expects both his product managers and himself to spend half their time with real users, discovering what’s important, needed, and going to move the needle. The other half is inward facing, communicating with development and engineering teams to collectively figure out how to fix the problem. He goes on to explain the importance in having multiple people from different perspectives at the table when beginning a project—at minimum, a product person, a designer, and a developer—so they can notice unique issues, fallacies, and solutions. Rich continues to highlight the importance of meeting with real users, providing an example of a company that makes cancer therapy machines. Each year, the organization brings in cancer survivors to share their stories and, according to Rich, “You’ve never seen a bunch of software specialists and physicists work harder for the next three months than when they’re coming to work to save lives.” We thank Rich for his time on the Augusto Podcast and wish him the best of luck in all his future roles! Augusto Digital focuses on custom software design and development, cloud computing, and support solutions to enable our clients to realize their digital vision in Healthcare, financial services, logistics, and manufacturing.
Workplace Confessions with Rich Mironov: "Crossing the Line" & "The Interview Roadshow"
Ep 54 Hiring a Head of Product (with Rich Mironov)
Business of Software Podcast
If you don’t have a Head of Product you may suffer from: narrow focus on engineer/development productivity; underpowered product management teams; customer benefits misaligned with actual features; and lack of a realistic product strategy. But it’s hard to hire a Head of Product. We don’t know what product leaders do, and disagree about what’s most important in a new one. We write wildly aspirational job descriptions for candidates and we confuse subject/market expertise with product management/leadership experience to name just a few errors. Rich Mironov wrote The Art of Product Management and is a voice for the scrappy entrepreneur in all of us. In this talk from BoS USA Online, he looks at the important aspects of product leaders: Organizing the product organization. Cross-functional leadership. Building what users actually need. Recorded at Business of Software Conference USA Online 2020. For more great videos from BoS, visit businessofsoftware.org/videos--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/business-of-software/message
#26 Combining business & product mindsets - with Rich Mironov @Product Management Consultant & Author
The Product Bakery Podcast
Rich Mironov works for more than +30 years in Product Management. Based on his experience as an Independent Product Consultant & Coach with more than 150 clients he shares his thoughts and observations of Product Teams in B2B enterprise. In this episode, he talked to the Product Bakers about how to work as a Product Leader with executives, as well as the topic of negotiating and managing stakeholders and incoming requests. Table of content: 0:28 - Intro 5:45 - Organisational misalignment 6:45 - Product vs project management 7:45 - Product management becoming the bottleneck 10:15 - Working with a founder CEO 13:00 - PMs are anthropologists 17:05 - State of Product Management vs. Product Design 22:15 - Prioritizing & negotiating with stakeholders (e.g. Sales Team) 30:05 - Working with stakeholders who have no product background 33:40 - Working as a PM with a boss who has no product background 39:20 - What keeps Rich awake at night 42:45 - Deeply understanding customers & values 48:30 - Three tips for everyone who recently started a Product Lead role Rich on the internet: Linkedin: @richmironov Blog: https://www.mironov.com/moneystories/ Rich's recommendation to read: https://www.mironov.com/moneystories/ Rich's book: The Art of Product Management ✩ Follow The Product Bakery Podcast ✩ 👨💻 Linkedin: Product Bakery 📸 Instagram: @productbakery 🐦 Twitter: @productbakery20 🌍 Website: https://www.product-bakery.com/
In this episode with Rich Mironov, you will learn:What are the main sets of challenges for Product Leaders that are different from managing individual products and how to tackle eachHow does a Product Leader should go about standardizing processes across multiple Product teamsHow a Product Leader should go about building trust and cross-functional psychological safetyRich is a 35 year veteran of B2B/enterprise software product management. He coaches heads of product, sometimes parachutes into companies as interim Chief Product Officer, and helps folks design their product organizations. Rich has been blogging about product management since 2002, published his “Art of Product Management” in 2008, and founded Product Camp.Get the free cheat sheet with all actionable tips and notes from this episode in a one-page PDF at bit.ly/pmhub23Intro music by Peter Boros of The Nameless Citizens
Ep 33: What To Do About Your Audience’s Real Roadmap Questions (with Rich Mironov)
Business of Software Podcast
Your product roadmap is not a model, an algorithm or an artifact, it is an ongoing political process that requires careful management of the relevant stakeholders. One major challenge is that your stakeholders DO NOT WANT the same things. To make a Roadmap useful, you need an allocation model and a selling strategy that helps you: understand; manage the expectations of; deliver value to people across the organization who prioritize very different things. Rich explains some approaches to help you understand and manage a roadmap’s stakeholders so that your products and customers are prioritized over the requirements of other stakeholders. Recorded live at Business of Software Conference USA 2018 in Boston, MA For more great talks, visit businessofsoftware.org/videos--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/business-of-software/message
Have you ever been told to be more “innovative” with your code? In this episode of Programming Leadership, Marcus and his guest, Rich Mironov, discuss the all too common disconnect between developers and those on the marketing side of organizations. According to Rich, this is the result of two very different work cultures existing in the same organization - one that’s collaborative and one that’s highly individualistic. The culture gap can be hard to cross. Thankfully, Rich has spent years coming up with solutions to bridge that gap. It’s not always easy, but Rich believes that it can be done through a better understanding of how the two cultures work along with constant education and communication. Show Notes Differences in design principles between product and engineering management (1:35) Understanding the conflict between makers and marketers (6:22) How Rich helps marketers/sales develop a more useful frame for engineering (10:01) The “Innovation” Misconception (15:36) The culture gap between sales and development/product teams (21:46) Where does product management fit between sales and development? (26:31) Helping clients make effective organizational change (32:48) Links: Guest’s Website: http://mironov.com Guest’s email: mailto:email@example.com Programming Leadership: http://www.programmingleadership.com
EU Tour #1 Opening Podcast with Rich Mironov: Convincing execs they don't always know what users need
Product Coalition Product Management Podcast
Listen in as Jay Stansell and Rich Mironov chat about convincing execs they don't always know what users need.To support the bushfire affected wildlife and communities of Australia that are mentioned in this episode head to bushfire.productcoalition.com To get pre-release access to all Product Coalition podcasts, product management mentorship, product management interview practice, and product management resume reviews, visit platform.productcoalition.comSupport the show (https://platform.productcoalition.com)
Ep 4: Software Pricing Demystified (with Rich Mironov)
Business of Software Podcast
Software pricing is notoriously difficult and it doesn't matter how much you spend – the customer only cares about it's value to them. You can’t sell your product until it’s built and the developers need paid to create the product; so how do software businesses make money if they are out of pocket before they even start? In this talk Rich gives you the key points to remember throughout your journey from startup to success. Recorded at Business of Software Conference Europe 2019 in Cambridge, UK. To listen to more BoS Talks, go to https://businessofsoftware.org/videos.--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/business-of-software/message