The Latest Product Management Job Opportunities from AdTech to Music & Film

tpj-logo-w_lkw_thumb1_thumb_thumb_thIf you are a great product person looking for a great product job, or vice versa, check out our job board.  Thousands of employers across all areas of product, from management to design, from digital to physical, are looking to fill positions from our community. 

Each week we highlight some of the recently posted openings.  Check out this week’s newest, below…

Sr. Technical Product Manager @ Insticator (New York City)
Keywords: Adtech, Data, Head of Product, SaaS, Start-Up
http://theproductjobs.com/page_view_posting.php?job_id=1386&lf=twf

Director, Product Management @ The Orchard (New York, New York)
Keywords: Analytics, Distribution, Film, Music, Product Management
http://theproductjobs.com/page_view_posting.php?job_id=1385&lf=twf

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Maximizing Your LinkedIn for a Successful Product Management Career

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In a recent live stream from one of our mentors of The Product Mentor, Paul Hurwitz, lead a conversation around “Maximizing LinkedIn for Product Managers”.  We are always looking for more product mentors from all around the world.  Signup to be a Mentor Today!

View the live stream…

 

About The Product Mentor

The Product Mentor is a program designed to pair Product Mentors and Mentees from around the World, across all industries, from start-up to enterprise, guided by the fundamental goals…

Better Decisions. Better Products. Better Product People.

Each Session of the program runs for 6 months with paired individuals…

  • Conducting regular 1-on-1 mentor-mentee chats
  • Sharing experiences with the larger Product community
  • Participating in live-streamed product management lessons and Q&A

Signup to be a Mentor Today!

Throughout the program, each mentor leads a conversation in an area of their expertise that is live streamed and available to both mentee and the broader product community.

Enjoy!

Jeremy Horn
The Product Guy

Product Managers and Designers — Evolving Towards a Better Future

From The Best Product Person of 2016, Chris Butler, …

Looking Forward

More to Come

The Best Product Person (TBPP) is the leading international award honoring excellence in Product Management. Established in 2010, TBPP is awarded annually in association with The Product Guy and The Product Group.

Take a moment and congratulate The Best Product Person of 2016: Chris Butler. (tweet)

Thank you to everyone who participated, nominated, interviewed, AND passed on the word! The nomination period for The Best Product Person of 2017 has begun!  Nominate your pick for The Best Product Person right now!

http://TheBestProductPerson.com

Enjoy!

Jeremy Horn
The Product Guy

About ‘The Best Product Person’

The Best Product Person (TBPP) is the leading international award honoring excellence in Product Management. Established in 2010, TBPP is awarded annually in association with The Product Guy (http://tpgblog.com) and The Product Group (http://meetup.com/theproductgroup).

TBPP Recognizes 1 person each year, invites them to speak and share their knowledge and experience with the larger product community. The nominations can be submitted by anyone. And, if you are the first to submit the winning nominee, you too will be rewarded  Over the course of the year, the various nominees are interviewed and the finalists narrowed down to: The Best Product Person of the year . The finalists are interviewed and evaluated for excellence in Product along the following lines… Becoming a Product Person, Your Product, Advice to Product People, and Future & Trends.

TBPP is both (1) the way the Product community gets together to recognize excellence amongst our ranks as well as (2) provide, to a large audience, insights into that excellence in a manner we can all learn from and leverage in our own Product journeys.

For more information about The Best Product Person award and past winners visit https://tpgblog.com/tbpp

About ‘The Product Group’

The Product Group is an opportunity for Product Managers, etc. to come together to meet, interact, and network. It’s an awesome way to meet fellow Product People in a laid-back, conversational environment within which sharing and learning can flourish and complement the knowledge base for all on a peer-to-peer basis. The NYC chapter of The Product Group meets the first Thursday of each month. If you are interested in a establishing chapter near you, please contact The Product Guy or The Product Group for more information. (https://tpgblog.com/theproductgroup/ )

How to Quickly Prioritize Your Product Backlog

Guest Post by: Christopher Davis (Mentee, Session 4, The Product Mentor) [Paired with Mentor, Jonathan Berg]

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As a product manager, you’ll often find yourself with a growing backlog of user stories and product defects that need grooming and scheduling. But which ones should come first, and why? A  robust ranking framework is key to answering these questions.

Sometime after beginning my work as a product manager at Bandsintown, I was introduced by my product mentor, Jonathan Berg, to a framework that allows me to confidently justify my decision-making to key company stakeholders and to align my goals and priorities to those of the broader business. Because every team’s needs may be a little different, the framework can be adapted to many situations.

With this framework, you will be able to promote more effective communication with your development team, reduce re-work, and prioritize which defects to work on, ultimately allowing your team to achieve a much faster time-to-market. Following successful implementation of this framework, you should feel that you’ve improved your operational product management skills, focused your day-to-day activities, and increased your team’s productivity.

USER STORY PRIORITIZATION

To prioritize our user stories, my team implemented a simple story ranking system adapted from Michael Lant, founder of projectyap.com. In theory, we assign both urgency and business value a separate number from one to five, then we multiply the two numbers to determine a story’s final weight. This weight is mapped on a two-vector matrix to help us visualize and prioritize the story in our upcoming roadmap.

In practice, I plug each user story’s rankings into a scorecard inside Aha!, a wonderful product roadmapping software tool my team uses in conjunction with JIRA. Before joining The Product Mentor program, I had already toyed with Aha!’s default scorecard system in an attempt to implement fibonacci sequence story sizing with my engineering team. Ultimately, I found it daunting, causing me to ignore the feature and us to return to time-based story sizing instead of point-based sizing.

Below is an example of Aha!’s default scorecard:

After my mentor introduced Lant’s system to me, I revisited Aha!’s scorecards and decided to create a custom scorecard for user story management. This is what it looked like at first:

The values for urgency relate to immediate impact, dependency of other stories, and timeliness of delivery. For example, a story with an urgency ranking of 1 might have no time constraint and very little impact, while a story with an urgency ranking of 5 might be extremely time constrained, have many dependencies, and must be completed immediately to have any meaningful impact.

The table below provides Lant’s example wording for ranking a story’s urgency:

5

Extremely time constrained.

Extreme level of dependency of other items on the completion of this task

If not completed immediately there is little or no value to doing it

4

Highly time constrained

High level of dependency of other items on the completion of this task

Important to go into the next sprint because of customer or contractual requirements

3

Moderately time constrained

Moderate dependency of other items on the completion of this task

Desirable to complete in the next one or two sprints

2

Minimally time constrained

Minimal dependency of other items on the completion of this task

Completion in the next two or three sprints is adequate

1

Not time constrained

No dependencies

Little or no impact

The numbers for business value relate to the level of competitive advantage, impact on brand/reputation and the number of customers the story is important to. A story with a business value of 1 might be important to very few customers with little impact, while a 5 might be important to every single customer and/or critical to the survival of the business.

The table below provides Lant’s example wording for ranking a story’s business value:

5

Extremely important to most or all customers

Extreme impact on brand or reputation

Critical to the success of the business

4

Important to many customers

Significant impact on brand or reputation

Significant competitive advantage

3

Important to a moderate number of customers

Moderate significant impact on brand or reputation

Moderate important competitive advantage

2

Important to only few customers

Minor impact on brand or reputation

Minor competitive advantage

1

Important to only a few or even no customers

Little or no impact on brand or reputation

Little or no competitive advantage

Now, how do you make the work actionable once you’ve assigned each story its numbers? That’s where priority comes in. Below you’ll see Lant’s original story priority matrix:

After mapping your story across the priority matrix, you need a color-coded key to help you decide when to take action. Below is Lant’s original story priority key:

After creating my original Aha scorecard, I began using this color-coded matrix and actionable color key with my own team. Due to resource constraints, I quickly realized that my boss and organization in general is a bit more comfortable with addressing 6’s, 8’s and 9’s at a later point on the roadmap than Lant suggests, so we adjusted the story priority matrix to look like this:

DEFECT PRIORITIZATION

After my team had a system in place for prioritizing user stories, we began struggling to work in defects. “Can’t we use the same framework?” I wondered, and as it turns out, we could!

Leveraging another article from Michael Lant, we created a matrix to work from that was similar to our story matrix, but with different criteria that made a little more sense when addressing a defect (also known as a bug, or whatever you want to call it).

To prioritize our defects, we changed what’s on the X and Y axis of the two-vector matrix. Instead of urgency, we use scope, and instead of business value, we use severity. For each, we still assign a number from one to five, then we multiply the two numbers to determine a story’s final weight.

I went to add a second scorecard in Aha! after settling on these criteria and I realized that the software only allows you to assign a single scorecard per product. This was a problem. My solution was to combine both defect and story prioritization into one scorecard.

View an example of the combined scorecard below:

For defects, the values for scope relate to the amount of users affected and the amount of system functionality affected. For example, a defect with an scope ranking of 1 might affect a very small set of users and/or a tiny piece of system functionality, while a defect with a scope ranking of 5 might be affecting all users of the product and/or most system functionality.

The table below provides Lant’s example wording for ranking a defect’s scope:

5

Affects most or all users and/or a very large range of system functionality

4

Affects a large set of users and/or large range of system functionality

3

Affects a moderate set of users and/or moderate range of system functionality

2

Affects a small set of users and/or a small range of system functionality

1

Affects a minimal set of users and/or a very small range of system functionality

The values for severity relate to how easy it is to get around the defect. For example, a defect with a severity ranking of 1 might only be a typo or some small cosmetic issue, while a story with a severity ranking of 5 might be corrupted or lost data, or a system that is entirely unavailable.

The table below provides Lant’s example wording for ranking a defect’s severity:

5

Data loss, data corruption or system unavailable

4

Important functionality is unavailable with no workaround

3

Important functionality is unavailable but has a reasonable workaround

2

Secondary functionality is unavailable but has a reasonable workaround

1

Cosmetic issues or some functionality unavailable but has a simple workaround

Once again, we need a color-coded matrix and associated key to help us address each priority color. Below you will find Lant’s original color matrix:

Similar to our story matrix, we adjusted the defect priority matrix colors to look like this:

And here is Lant’s decision-making key for defects:

As a result of these new ranking frameworks, my team was able to work our way through a long, seemingly never-ending list of defects that were rarely being addressed. I’m now feeling better about the quality of my product from both a defect management and a new feature prioritization perspective. Our process is much more streamlined, and I am able to quickly throw ideas and defects into unranked buckets before I properly rank and prioritize them. This way, I never lose an idea if I am too busy working on something else.

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And that’s it! I’m still iterating on this process myself, so I would love to hear if you are able to apply a similar process to your own team using new methods or tools other than the ones mentioned here.

Good luck!

About Christopher Davis
ChrisDavis-headshot_8-3-2013_500x500Chris is a Product Manager at Bandsintown, Product Expert in Residence at General Assembly, and a writer and editor for music magazines including DJ Times, ClubWorld and The Music & Sound Retailer. Additionally, Chris is a life-long percussionist, DJ, and a music producer that has performed in wind symphonies, the Atlanta Falcons drumline, and various bands. He is also a graduate of The University of Georgia and is a huge college football fan. Find him on Twitter and across the internet at @chriskdavis.

More About The Product Mentor
TPM-Short3-Logo4The Product Mentor is a program designed to pair Product Management Mentors and Mentees around the World, across all industries, from start-up to enterprise, guided by the fundamental goals…

Better Decisions. Better Products. Better Product People.

Each Session of the program runs for 6 months with paired individuals…

  • Conducting regular 1-on-1 mentor-mentee chats
  • Sharing experiences with the larger Product community
  • Participating in live-streamed product management lessons and Q&A
  • Mentors and Mentees sharing their product management knowledge with the broader community

Sign up to be a Mentor today & join an elite group of product management leaders!

Check out the Mentors & Enjoy!

Jeremy Horn
The Product Guy

The Future Role of Product Management

From The Best Product Person of 2016, Chris Butler, …

Looking Forward

More to Come

The Best Product Person (TBPP) is the leading international award honoring excellence in Product Management. Established in 2010, TBPP is awarded annually in association with The Product Guy and The Product Group.

Take a moment and congratulate The Best Product Person of 2016: Chris Butler. (tweet)

Thank you to everyone who participated, nominated, interviewed, AND passed on the word! The nomination period for The Best Product Person of 2017 has begun!  Nominate your pick for The Best Product Person right now!

http://TheBestProductPerson.com

Enjoy!

Jeremy Horn
The Product Guy

About ‘The Best Product Person’

The Best Product Person (TBPP) is the leading international award honoring excellence in Product Management. Established in 2010, TBPP is awarded annually in association with The Product Guy (http://tpgblog.com) and The Product Group (http://meetup.com/theproductgroup).

TBPP Recognizes 1 person each year, invites them to speak and share their knowledge and experience with the larger product community. The nominations can be submitted by anyone. And, if you are the first to submit the winning nominee, you too will be rewarded  Over the course of the year, the various nominees are interviewed and the finalists narrowed down to: The Best Product Person of the year . The finalists are interviewed and evaluated for excellence in Product along the following lines… Becoming a Product Person, Your Product, Advice to Product People, and Future & Trends.

TBPP is both (1) the way the Product community gets together to recognize excellence amongst our ranks as well as (2) provide, to a large audience, insights into that excellence in a manner we can all learn from and leverage in our own Product journeys.

For more information about The Best Product Person award and past winners visit https://tpgblog.com/tbpp

About ‘The Product Group’

The Product Group is an opportunity for Product Managers, etc. to come together to meet, interact, and network. It’s an awesome way to meet fellow Product People in a laid-back, conversational environment within which sharing and learning can flourish and complement the knowledge base for all on a peer-to-peer basis. The NYC chapter of The Product Group meets the first Thursday of each month. If you are interested in a establishing chapter near you, please contact The Product Guy or The Product Group for more information. (https://tpgblog.com/theproductgroup/ )

Stopping Creep, Attracting Influencers and a WayBetter November

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Nominate a great product manager you know today @ http://TheBestProductPerson.com !
Remember to subscribe to our YouTube channel @
http://tpg.li/subscribe-tpg

Thank you to everyone who made it to our latest roundtable meet-up of The Product Group at iHeartMedia, as well as to our other sponsors, Yext, BKLYN and many more.

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

Featured Product: In/Spree Brands
exploring the product, its challenges and successes, from attracting the right influencers to more brands

Avoiding Feature Creep
from “positive” creep to strengthening process … and much more


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 (or email at jhorn (a-t.) tpgblog DoT com).

I am looking forward to seeing everyone at our next meetup

Thursday, November 2nd @ 7PM
RSVP Now!  

Stay tuned for more announcements about November’s Featured Product, WayBetter.

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Please submit your nominations for 2017’s great product management candidates @ http://TheBestProductPerson.com !

Learn more @ http://tpglog.com/tbpp

tpj-logo-w_lkwAnd, don’t forget to check out our new job board exclusively dedicated to Product jobs!Visit  http://TheProductJobs.com and happy hunting!
TPM-Short3-Logo4If you are interested in being a Product Mentor or seeking Product Management Mentorship…

Visit http://TheProductMentor.com and
Sign-up today!

Enjoy!

Jeremy Horn
The Product Guy

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

Latest #prodmgmt #jobs

tpj-logo-w_lkw_thumb1_thumb_thumb_thIf you are a great product person looking for a great product job, or vice versa, check out our job board.  Thousands of employers across all areas of product, from management to design, from digital to physical, are looking to fill positions from our community. 

Each week we highlight some of the recently posted openings.  Check out this week’s newest, below…

Product Manager @ Maropost (Toronto, ON)
Keywords: Automation, Email , Marketing
http://theproductjobs.com/page_view_posting.php?job_id=1384&lf=twf

Product Manager Advice: Working with Designers

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In a recent live stream from one of our mentors of The Product Mentor, Jonathan Berg, lead a conversation around “Working with Designers”.  We are always looking for more product mentors from all around the world.  Signup to be a Mentor Today!

View the live stream…

 

About The Product Mentor

The Product Mentor is a program designed to pair Product Mentors and Mentees from around the World, across all industries, from start-up to enterprise, guided by the fundamental goals…

Better Decisions. Better Products. Better Product People.

Each Session of the program runs for 6 months with paired individuals…

  • Conducting regular 1-on-1 mentor-mentee chats
  • Sharing experiences with the larger Product community
  • Participating in live-streamed product management lessons and Q&A

Signup to be a Mentor Today!

Throughout the program, each mentor leads a conversation in an area of their expertise that is live streamed and available to both mentee and the broader product community.

Enjoy!

Jeremy Horn
The Product Guy

Negative Trends in Product Management

From The Best Product Person of 2016, Chris Butler, …

Looking Forward

More to Come

The Best Product Person (TBPP) is the leading international award honoring excellence in Product Management. Established in 2010, TBPP is awarded annually in association with The Product Guy and The Product Group.

Take a moment and congratulate The Best Product Person of 2016: Chris Butler. (tweet)

Thank you to everyone who participated, nominated, interviewed, AND passed on the word! The nomination period for The Best Product Person of 2017 has begun!  Nominate your pick for The Best Product Person right now!

http://TheBestProductPerson.com

Enjoy!

Jeremy Horn
The Product Guy

About ‘The Best Product Person’

The Best Product Person (TBPP) is the leading international award honoring excellence in Product Management. Established in 2010, TBPP is awarded annually in association with The Product Guy (http://tpgblog.com) and The Product Group (http://meetup.com/theproductgroup).

TBPP Recognizes 1 person each year, invites them to speak and share their knowledge and experience with the larger product community. The nominations can be submitted by anyone. And, if you are the first to submit the winning nominee, you too will be rewarded  Over the course of the year, the various nominees are interviewed and the finalists narrowed down to: The Best Product Person of the year . The finalists are interviewed and evaluated for excellence in Product along the following lines… Becoming a Product Person, Your Product, Advice to Product People, and Future & Trends.

TBPP is both (1) the way the Product community gets together to recognize excellence amongst our ranks as well as (2) provide, to a large audience, insights into that excellence in a manner we can all learn from and leverage in our own Product journeys.

For more information about The Best Product Person award and past winners visit https://tpgblog.com/tbpp

About ‘The Product Group’

The Product Group is an opportunity for Product Managers, etc. to come together to meet, interact, and network. It’s an awesome way to meet fellow Product People in a laid-back, conversational environment within which sharing and learning can flourish and complement the knowledge base for all on a peer-to-peer basis. The NYC chapter of The Product Group meets the first Thursday of each month. If you are interested in a establishing chapter near you, please contact The Product Guy or The Product Group for more information. (https://tpgblog.com/theproductgroup/ )

From Product Design to Product Marketing … #jobs #prodmgmt

tpj-logo-w_lkw_thumb1_thumb_thumb_thIf you are a great product person looking for a great product job, or vice versa, check out our job board.  Thousands of employers across all areas of product, from management to design, from digital to physical, are looking to fill positions from our community. 

Each week we highlight some of the recently posted openings.  Check out this week’s newest, below…

UX/UI Design Lead @ globaledit (New York City, New York, United States)
Keywords: designer, enterprise, product design, UI, UX
http://theproductjobs.com/page_view_posting.php?job_id=1383&lf=twf

Senior Product Designer @ Flow (NYC / Hoboken, NJ)
Keywords: Designer, Product, UI, UX, Wireframing
http://theproductjobs.com/page_view_posting.php?job_id=1382&lf=twf

Product Marketing Director @ Anonymous (New York City)
Keywords: Communications, Marketing
http://theproductjobs.com/page_view_posting.php?job_id=1381&lf=twf