The Product Manager's Handbook 4/E

By Linda Gorchels

The crucial consultant to seamless product administration for today’s fluid, unpredictable company world

Long thought of the main helpful and insightful consultant of its type, The Product Manager’s Handbook has been totally revised and up to date to provide you the sting in today’s not easy company panorama. It beneficial properties improved assurance of product improvement approaches, intelligence-gathering concepts (including social media), and a better emphasis on foreign issues.

This necessary source proves that the recommendations and instruments product managers use are similar―regardless of what they paintings in and what sort of items they deal with. easily positioned, this booklet has every little thing you would like for more suitable task performance―whether you deal with purchaser or business-to-business items created through a firm that's hierarchical or horizontal.

The Product Manager’s Handbook exhibits you ways to combine your organization’s disparate segments right into a cooperative, results-focused unit that produces enjoyable products―from preliminary layout during the postpurchase event. in case your task is to create and commercialize items, it presents the data you wish to:

  • Balance breakthroughs and line extensions
  • Create company cases―including aggressive review, marketplace standards, and danger relief
  • Conduct gate stories and beta trying out and deal with scope creep
  • Get every thing to ensure that a delicate product release

For those that deal with present strains, this advisor provides:

  • Specific tips for every of the 4Rs of product life-cycle administration
  • Brand directions
  • Approaches to shopper message administration
  • Advice on operating with revenues and the channel

Clear, easy-to-read charts make it easier to deal with every one an important step from notion to of completion, and useful checklists assist you evaluation growth at each level. Interviews with professional product administration experts and top-performing product managers give you dynamic, confirmed ideas for addressing capability difficulties in advertising and marketing, construction, cross-cultural communique, and more.

The Product Manager’s Handbook examines present market-leading businesses, the most recent examine findings, and evolving shopper perceptions to supply you with the instruments you must layout, produce, and industry profitable products―and beat the contest at each turn.

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