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Product Management: Saying No Without Shutting Them Down

As a product manager, one of the hardest things you have to do is say ‘no’ to ideas, suggestions, requests and urgent demands from customers and internal stakeholders. However, adding the word ‘no’ to your management vocabulary is essential in order to make those difficult product decisions. You can’t be afraid to use it or else you end up with half-baked projects with an archive of features and no finished product. Making these decisions aren’t meant to be easy, but it is necessary. Saying ‘no’ to requests helps provide a focus around what is most important. Remember: you can’t do it all. ...

Bringing Product Management to the Next Level at Livescale

Livescale is a software company in Montreal bringing brands an innovative live video shopping solution to create authentic and engaging relationships with customers. Thanks to Livescale, live shopping allows brands to monetize their social influence, promote their products on video, and sell online with live streaming solutions where orders and payment systems go right to their e-commerce platform. Who is the face behind the innovative product management? Meet Chanida Rayrolles, Product Manager at Livescale. Her job is to not only create and maintain a product roadmap according to busine...

To manage a Product Roadmap, you must be a Diplomat, Strategist and Defender

It takes commitment to maintain the high level of trust required for company wide buy-in and follow-through. Here are the 3 roles Product Managers must perform to achieve roadmap leadership: The DiplomatIt’s not our role to dictate through authority where the product should go. Instead, we need to listen to all voices pulling in various directions, then negotiate priorities with clarity and transparency. First, we must lead with our ears and not with our mouth. By leaning on empathy, we can build an open-minded work culture that encourages collaboration, opinions, and feedback, allowing us ...

Empathy is the mother of all product roadmaps

Empathy is key to building great products. Give it to your office community, and they will love you. Be a good listener. Encourage them to talk about their product ideas. Talk in term of their interests, let them feel that the idea is theirs and use it to firm up your roadmap. The empathic component is what makes a product manager special. In a field that values objective performance, spending your time on empathic interaction is perceived as a waste of time because is not measurable. But there is a connection between empathy and other outcomes, such as enhanced team buy-in, smoother commu...