Draw in the Designers

imageDon’t debate the debaters, but instead, influence the influencers.

Product managers are leaders and influencers of features, ideas, and epic tasks. Some have direct and backed authority, many others have variants that are partial or merely implicit. Either way, to achieve the greatest success, do you rule with force? Or influence, and guide, and allow for shared discovery in support of your product’s end goals?

Let’s Take Designers

There are all types of designers. To describe a few…

The Perfectionist

Can often get lost in the weeds and minutia. They may even often fail at the on time delivery of a product since, for them, nothing less than 100% perfect will do.

The Innovator

A genius at creating new design patterns; and is always trying to work them into every corner of the product design. They seek to establish previously unexperienced trends. And, they may see themselves more as an artist than as a designer working to meet the business requirements of customers, or product managers.

The Mixologist

They take, borrow, improve ideas of their own, from their team, peers, as well as, from outside the company (blogs, designers, books, websites, …). They may not be doing the heavy lifting, but, make no mistakes, they are the design conductor behind the scenes.

The Standard Barer

This individual of rigorous ideals, follows only the establish design patterns — shirking from trying the untried ideas. Often they end up following these standards to a fault, impinging innovation and other business goals.

The Problem

Your designer doesn’t want to make the changes to the UI that you think will provide additional business value, through usability, productivity, better experience, …

What do you do? Twist an arm? Or, understand the individual, and influence the influencers?

What’s your advice for these and other types of designers?

Over the next few weeks, we will be discussing various examples and approaches in wielding strategic influence as a successful product manager.

Subscribe now (click here) to make sure you don’t miss any part of this series, as well as other insightful posts from The Product Guy.

Enjoy!

Jeremy Horn
The Product Guy

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From Living the Experience to Popping the Modal

Every week I read thousands of blog posts. For your weekend enjoyment, here are some of those highlights. What are you reading this weekend?

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On Design & Product Experience…

http://designreviver.com/articles/modal-windows-good-practice-or-just-glorified-pop-ups/
Manage the modal or be prepared to get popped.

Have a great weekend!

Jeremy Horn
The Product Guy

Strategic Influence of a Product Manager

Team-leaderDon’t debate the debaters, but instead, influence the influencers.

Product managers are leaders and influencers of features, ideas, and epic tasks. Some have direct and backed authority, many others have variants that are partial or merely implicit. Either way, to achieve the greatest success, do you rule with force? Or influence, and guide, and allow for shared discovery in support of your product’s end goals?

Dream On

A path of unquestioned authority over all product decisions may be many a Product Manager’s dream. ;-)  Those that chose this seemingly easier path, will, at best, yield short- or medium-term results.

It’s the People, Stupid!

Any good product manager knows that to be successful they must manage, directly and indirectly, a great diversity of people and their backgrounds, personalities, and skill-sets. Many individuals that do not lend to being told what must be done are more yielding to a path of inclusion and self-discovery.

Over the next few weeks, we will be discussing various examples and approaches in wielding strategic influence as a successful product manager.

Subscribe now (click here) to make sure you don’t miss any part of this series, as well as other insightful posts from The Product Guy.

Enjoy!

Jeremy Horn
The Product Guy

Scaling Structure, Tasting Success & Spinning into August!

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Thank you to everyone who made it to our latest roundtable meet-up of The Product Group at Dogpatch Labs, as well as to our sponsors, Balsamiq Studios, Sunshine Suites, and Ryma Technology Solutions.

Not only was the meetup a great success, but I am proud to announce we have recently passed a the very significant milestone of …

1000 members!

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Over the course of the night a few of the highlights were…

Featured Product: JourneyBar
exploring the product, its challenges and successes, from identifying the key influencers to honing the core message
(thanks to Journey Bar Product Person: Marguarette Dau)

Product Management for Scale
from accountability to revenue

The Product Group meet-ups are an opportunity for Product People (managers, strategists, marketers, etc.) to come together to meet, interact, and network in a roundtable setting. It’s awesome to meet fellow Product People in a laid-back, conversational gathering.

If you are a Product Person and are interested in having your product featured or participating as a featured guest expert at an upcoming meetup of The Product Group, contact me.

I am looking forward to seeing everyone at our next meetup …

Thursday, August 4th @ 7PM
RSVP Now!

And, stay tuned for more announcements about August’s Featured Product.

If you would like to attend our next meet-up, RSVP today or visit our group webpage at…

http://meetup.com/TheProductGroup

Enjoy!

Jeremy Horn
The Product Guy

P.S. Interested in becoming a sponsor or host of The Product Group? contact me.

From Raising Right to that Minimal Site

Every week I read thousands of blog posts. For your weekend enjoyment, here are some of those highlights. What are you reading this weekend?

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On Starting Up…

http://www.avc.com/a_vc/2011/07/how-much-money-to-raise.html
Raise it just right.

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On Design & Product Experience…

http://webdesignledger.com/inspiration/20-new-examples-of-minimal-websites
Minimize that optimal site.

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On Modular Innovation…

http://blog.programmableweb.com/2011/07/04/indias-individual-identification-project-adds-api/
View Modular Innovation in India taking flight.

Have a great weekend!

Jeremy Horn
The Product Guy

The Product Group : Gettin’ Zesty!

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This Thursday, join us back at Dogpatch Labs at 7PM for a very zesty meetup! We will be discussing Product Management for Scale (team growth, hierarchy, …) and exploring the Featured Product, Journey Bar.

RSVP Now!

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WHEN
7 PM, Thursday, July 7

WHERE
Dogpatch Labs
36 East 12th Street, NYC

RSVP Now!

AGENDA
Product Management for Scale
(team growth, hierarchy, …)

Featured Product
Journey Bar
(exploring the product, its challenges and successes, and basically dissecting and understanding the Product with the Product People behind it)

From Marguarette Dau, Journey Bar’s Product Person…
“I’m the co-founder and CMO of a new nutrition bar company called Journey Bar (www.journeybar.com). Journey Bar specializes in savory (not sweet) flavors inspired by cuisines from around the world. Our bars are made with organic whole grains and real food ingredients you’d find in your neighborhood grocery store. The current flavors on the market are Parmesan Romano and Coconut Curry. Around the time the this Product Group meetup takes place, we’ll be debuting 2 new flavors! I’ll be sure to bring samples for everyone to try!

RSVP Now!

…and more…

SPONSORS
Balsamiq Studios
(makers of the very cool Balsamiq Mockups wireframing and storyboarding product)

Sunshine Suites
(providers of very cool and hip office space locations all over the City)

Ryma Technology Solutions
(providers of Product Management services and software, including FeaturePlan & IdeaScope)

COST
Attending is FREE
(and so is the food)

MEETUP WEBPAGE
The Product Group July 2011

RSVP Now!

The Product Group meet-ups are an opportunity for Product People (managers, strategists, marketers, etc.) to come together to meet, interact, and network in a roundtable setting. It’s awesome to meet fellow Product People in a laid-back, conversational gathering.

If you are a Product Person and are interested in having your product featured or participating as a featured guest expert at an upcoming meetup of The Product Group, contact me.

Thanks & I am looking forward to seeing everyone this Thursday!

Jeremy Horn
The Product Guy

P.S. Interested in becoming a sponsor or host of The Product Group? contact me.