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Developing STRONG Product People. The 5 Main Ingredients for Being the Best Coach Your Product Managers Have Ever Had

Developing STRONG Product People. The 5 Main Ingredients for Being the Best Coach Your Product Managers Have Ever Had

Let’s talk about developing product managers—and not just any product managers, but strong product managers. We all know that product management is a super hard business to be in and we expect a lot from our product people. We want them to be good at understanding and finding solutions for challenging customer and business problems. We want them to be able to create plans to come up with an actual product. We want them to build products working with a cross-functional team, and we want them to optimize these products based on customer feedback they’re (hopefully) listening to. And in most companies, we want them to do all this and more in an agile way.

For more than seven years, I have been coaching product teams and helping PMs become better at what they do. And over the years, I discovered some patterns of what can help PMs on their self-progression journey. In this talk I share the five main ingredients to help Product Leaders up their people development game.

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Petra Wille

March 01, 2021
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  1. Petra Wille | @loomista Developing STRONG Product People The 5

    Main Ingredients for Being the Best Coach Your Product Managers Have Ever Had Petra Wille | @loomista
  2. Petra Wille | @loomista Petra Wille | @loomista Petra Wille

    is an independent product leadership coach and author of STRONG Product People who’s been helping product teams boost their skill sets and up their game since 2013. Alongside her freelance work, Petra co-organizes and curates Mind the Product Engage Hamburg, Germany.
  3. Petra Wille | @loomista Let’s talk about developing product managers

    We expect a lot from our product people Petra Wille | @loomista
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  5. Petra Wille | @loomista Ingredients #1: A solid definition of

    what you think it takes to be a competent PM #2: A clear idea of where each PM is today and what their next step should be #3: A shared vision of how they’ll take the next step #4: The development plan #5: A commitment to following up Petra Wille | @loomista
  6. Petra Wille | @loomista Ingredient #1 A solid definition of

    what you think it takes to be a competent PM Petra Wille | @loomista
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  8. Petra Wille | @loomista https://www.strongproductpeople.com/pmwheel

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  10. Petra Wille | @loomista Ingredient #2 A clear idea of

    where each PM is today and what their next step should be Petra Wille | @loomista
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  12. Petra Wille | @loomista Ingredient #3 A shared vision of

    how they’ll take the next step Petra Wille | @loomista
  13. Petra Wille | @loomista Once you have a vision for

    your PM, you need to make sure you’re on the same page
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  15. Petra Wille | @loomista Share your vision with them. Inspire

    them. Help them to picture a bright future.
  16. Petra Wille | @loomista Ingredient #4 The development plan Petra

    Wille | @loomista
  17. Petra Wille | @loomista Your goal is to find one

    topic your PM wants to improve on and help them come up with some easy, actionable steps on how they could improve.
  18. Petra Wille | @loomista https://www.petra-wille.com/blog/a-lightweight-way-to-create-a-development-plan-for-pms-the-future-self

  19. Petra Wille | @loomista Ingredient #5 A commitment to following

    up Petra Wille | @loomista
  20. Petra Wille | @loomista The positive effect of making people

    development a priority • Your product managers will feel really valued • They will learn and they will therefore tend to stay with the company. • The product will evolve a lot because, if the product manager is getting better, the product will get better, too. • Hiring gets a lot easier Petra Wille | @loomista
  21. Petra Wille | @loomista Recap of the 5 main ingredients

    #1: A solid definition of what you think it takes to be a competent PM #2: A clear idea of where each PM is today and what their next step should be #3: A shared vision of how they’ll take the next step #4: The development plan #5: A commitment to following up Petra Wille | @loomista
  22. Petra Wille | @loomista Further Reading Petra Wille | @loomista

    Articles: https://www.petra-wille.com/blog Book: https://www.amazon.com/dp/3982235103 Newsletter: https://strongpp.link/nl
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