As posted earlier, the Cranky PM’s Kickstarter to write a book (tentative title: Product Management the Cranky Way) has been funded – we’re now at 133% of our original funding goal. The Kickstarter ends in a mere THREE DAYS, so act quickly if you haven’t already.
“Yeah!” thought the Cranky Product Manager, “I’m so happy! They LIKE me, they really, really LIKE me!”
“Crap. Now I actually HAVE to write a freakin’ book instead of just FANTASIZING about it.”
OK, dear readers. The Cranky Product Manager is looking forward to writing this book as her blogging swan song. After this, she’s committing blog suicide and ending this blog. The overall goal here is not to produce the authoritative tome on how to perform every activity in product management. Instead, the Cranky Product Manager wants to provide pragmatic advice about how to cut through the bullshit, get stuff done, and make your products big successes. (Don’t worry, snark will be abundant, as will comics, cranky “best of” tweets, and product haiku).
But she NEEDS YOUR HELP. Please provide some feedback in the comments,.
1. PLEASE VOTE FOR THREE OF THE FOLLOWING TOPICS
TOPIC 1. Be Careful What You Wish For: What is product management, is it for you, and how to break in?
TOPIC 2. A 30-day plan to become a wicked awesome product manager. day-by-day guide (if you are new to PM or just in a new job at a new company)
TOPIC 3. You’re the Hub, here’s how to deal with the spokes. How PMs can better work with other functions in the company. The archetypes you’ll see, their POV about product management, what they want from you, and what you need from them.
A. CodeBoyz and CodeGrrls
C. Marketing Geniuses
E. Customers & Prospects
F. Outside Influencers – analysts, the press, etc.
E: Other insiders: professional services, support, etc.
TOPIC 4. What PMs do all damn day, and how to do it better:
interviewing customers, personas, market validation, requirements, user stories, designing roadmaps, product lifecycle management, beta testing, (WARNING: this might be far too much content for one book), product launces, pricing, product positioning
TOPIC 5. On Agile Product Management
TOPIC 6: Moving up and on. How to advance your career as a PM, how to manage other product managers, and progress your career within or beyond product management.
TOPIC 7: Write-in. What do you want to learn about?
2. PLEASE ANSWER: WHAT ARE THE THREE BIGGEST QUESTIONS YOU HAVE ABOUT PRODUCT MANAGEMENT?
The ones the Cranky Product Manager has been asked most often include 1) How do I get into Product Management?, 2) Do I need an MBA?, and 3) How do I do product pricing? But WHAT ELSE?
3. ANY OTHER ADVICE OR THINGS YOU WOULD LIKE TO SEE?