How To Herd Cats: IT Product Management Fundamentals

Speech: How To Herd Cats: IT Product Management FundamentalsIT products are the lifeblood of any IT organization. No matter if the products are for internal or external users, how they get defined, developed, and then supported will determine how your IT organization is viewed.

Just having a talented group of developers is not enough. IT products need strong IT product managers who can work with the entire IT team as well as the rest of the firm. More often than not, Product Mangers are former developers who stumbled into a product management position. They need to come up to speed on how successful product managers get real world results. That’s exactly what this training session will do.

One of the most challenging things that all IT product managers need to learn is how to start a product launch correctly. All too often they allow themselves to focus only on the IT part of the team and forget that in reality the whole company needs to be involved in order for the product to be a success. That being said, getting the IT team to complete their tasks on time and with high quality products can be a constant challenge. Product Managers need to understand how to motivate IT teams in a way that will get the work done without burning bridges within their own department.

This unique program from Blue Elephant Consulting has been designed with your IT Product Management team’s special needs in mind. We focus on the real world needs and we skip the theory discussions. The class will be taken though a new product launch from start to finish. Hard hitting discussions about what works, what doesn’t work, and why things don’t work will involve everyone. The current product development process at your firm will be front and center as a part of these discussions. Special attention will be given to the various types of communication skills that every product manager must have.

Course highlights include:

  • IT Product Management: Responsibility Without Authority
  • Starting Strong: Working With The Team You Are Given
  • Assigning Responsibility And Accountability
  • Tracking A Product: Why Status Reports Don’t Work
  • Product Manager #1 Skill: The Art Of Active Listening
  • Successful Product Delivery And Critical Next Steps

This material can be presented in multiple formats that can be furtherĀ  customized to meet your event’s needs: keynote (30/45/60 minutes), breakout session (30/45/60 minutes), interactive group dialog (60 minutes) or as a full or half day workshop.

Contact Blue Elephant Consulting today for a free consultation call in order to find out how our training services can help to make your IT department more effective.