- Chas Grundy, Manager, Product Services, University of Notre Dame
- Deborah DeYulia, Director, Program Management, Duke University
Join the group: bit.ly/prodmgmtcg
What do you want from this group?
- Learn how to create a culture that thinks in terms of products
- Seeing a more developed product management group
- Organizing around product management, interfaces to other parts of the organization
Product Manager vs. Project Manager
- A product manager is the CEO of products. Goal is to deliver a product that customers love (intersection of UX, Tech, Business). Concerned with WHAT.
- A project manager is responsible for achieving project objectives and is accountable for the outcome of the project. Concerned with HOW.
- Common responsibilities
- Align activities with strategic objectives
- Work with cross-functional teams
- Strong influential and collaborative skills
- Guide critical decisions
- Orchestrate key activities
- Manage key deliverables
- Product manager is more closely associated with strategic concerns.
Product Manager is a way to address ongoing sustainability of the products we use.
Product Management Boot Camp
- Notre Dame’s Project Management office trains dozens of people how to be good project management. My goal was do the same for Product Managers for their own service offerings.
- We outline what Product Management is through a half-day training; it’s about products and services.
- What is Product Management?
- Examples & scenarios
- Services versus products
- Framework: strategy (benchmarking, roadmap, customer research), Roadmap, Customer Research
- Deploy: support, training
- Manage: Communications, Metrics, Vendor Mgmt, Billing
- Retire: when and how to retire a product
- The Product Management Game
- First 90 days
- Community of Practice and Additional Resources
The First 90 Days Managing a Product
- What do you want to accomplish?
- ID expectations and goals
- Familiarize yourself with the product
- Join existing projects
- Begin the vendor relationship
- Users & community
- Develop listening posts
- Build lists of ideas to explore