Communication & Alignment for Product Managers

Remote Training Workshop

Why choose Communication & Alignment?

Product management comes with massive responsibility but often little authority. Our remote Communication & Alignment workshop teaches you how to begin adding a layer of strategy to your tactical activities in order to align your organisation around your process and vision – ensuring you have maximum impact!

 

Communication & Alignment for Product Managers complements and builds upon the content covered in our Product Management Foundations workshop. However, they are both standalone workshops and can be taken completely separately.

 

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Get Strategic

Gain a firm understanding of how to add a layer of strategic thinking to your day-to-day grounded, tactical activities – because product management is inherently a strategic role.

 

Know Which Tools to Pick

Understand the variety of frameworks and tools that are at your disposal, how to decide which one to choose, and that there is no ‘one size fits all’ product solution.

 

Take Everyone With You on the Journey

Learn how to engage your team and stakeholders early on in the product process so that they can be a supporter of the vision that they’ve helped co-create, ensuring that your product gets out the door!

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At a glance

  • Duration: 2 consecutive half-day sessions
  • Format: Remote, interactive training – online lectures interspersed with regular discussion, Q&As and group activities to encourage hands-on learning, using Zoom and other digital collaboration tools
  • Who is this for: Working product managers who have been in the role for 1.5 years+ who are looking to begin adding a layer of strategic thinking to their product process
  • Key skills learned: Strategic thinking, evaluating opportunity, stakeholder management, reporting out
  • Frameworks covered: Prioritisation, canvases, organisational communication strategies

Upcoming Communication & Alignment workshops

These workshops are scheduled in two 3.5 hour timeslots run on consecutive days, allowing for participation from different timezones.
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What we’ll cover

Communication & Alignment is a remote training workshop taking place over two half-days. Each module includes a lecture component on theory and practice, interspersed with hands-on activities where you’ll work through your own product challenges. This means that you will have the opportunity to apply and work with concepts in a setting that will answer questions and facilitate critical thinking.

 

Strategic Impact

  • Your role as a product manager within your organisation
  • The role of ‘process’ in your product practice
  • The importance of influence

Stakeholder Management

  • How to build valuable relationships that benefit your product
  • Identifying and mapping your stakeholders
  • Extracting valuable insights from your stakeholders
  • Uncovering your stakeholders’ motivations and using them to drive alignment

Reporting Out

  • How to build an effective communication strategy
  • Breaking down the components of a report.
  • Structuring a report that serves your audience
  • The building blocks of story and crafting a narrative using data

Evaluating Opportunity

  • The importance of alignment when presented with new opportunities
  • Building a methodical, robust framework for evaluating opportunities as a team
  • Lean Canvas as an evaluative tool
  • Competitor mapping as an additional lense to evaluate market opportunities

Prioritisation

  • Different prioritisation methods and frameworks
  • Prioritisation as a collaborative process
  • Placing evidence-driven decision-making at the heart of your priority conversations

Facilitating Discussions

  • Techniques to drive conversations toward decisions and action
  • Identifying facilitation best practices
  • Crafting a successful workshop/collaboration session

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How does remote work?

In order to continue offering product management training in a safe environment for our attendees and trainers, we have devised this new interactive, remote workshop format, run as two consecutive half-day sessions.

 

You can focus all of your time and energy into two concentrated half-days of product learning, and as with our in-person workshops, you’ll get full access to our tried-and-tested Communication and Alignment curriculum, expert trainers, and a community of product peers.

 

Each half-day will include live online lectures interspersed with regular discussion, Q&As, and group activities to encourage hands-on learning. We’ll use Zoom and other digital collaboration tools.

 

To keep you energised and engaged, we’ll also run warm-ups and icebreakers, and take regular breaks.

 

Please note: This workshop is run as two half-day sessions and you must attend both parts

 

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Why choose Mind the Product?

  • Hands-on and Interactive keyboard_arrow_right

    Each workshop module contains an interactive component. This ensures that you have an opportunity to apply and work with each concept you learn about in a setting that will answer questions and facilitate critical thinking. We don’t think you can be “taught” product management, you have to do it – there will be virtual Post-it’s, our group collaboration tool (Mural), and group discussions – which really help you to internalise the concepts you are being taught and return to your role to put into practice straight away.

  • Expert Trainers keyboard_arrow_right

    Every Mind the Product trainer is a working product manager. Your trainer’s product management experience enriches the curriculum by delivering diverse perspectives on best practice in different scenarios. Our trainers’ main goal is not to provide participants with all of the answers, but help facilitate them in asking the right questions.

    You can meet some of them here.

  • Up-to-the-Minute Curriculum keyboard_arrow_right

    The Mind the Product workshop curriculum is treated as a product in itself. We keep all of our content up-to-date with the latest thinking and research, and iterate regularly, meaning that what we are teaching is always current.

  • You're Joining a Community keyboard_arrow_right

    Every workshop is a chance to (virtually!) meet your peers and share knowledge. As well as learning from your trainers, you’ll also learn from your fellow participants, hearing examples of product practice and challenges from a wealth of perspectives, industries, and levels of experience.

    And of course, once your workshop has come to a close it doesn’t stop there – there is still learning to be done via our blog, at our global ProductTank meetups, our conferences, in our Slack community, and we’re always here to answer any additional questions you have with our monthly video series, Mindset. In short, you’ll feel fully supported through your learning experience with us because you’ll have this wonderful product community at your fingertips.

    Become an official member to get access to premium editorial, product experts, and to connect with peers tackling similar challenges.

  • By Product Managers, for Product Managers keyboard_arrow_right

    Mind the Product started with the first ProductTank meet up in London in 2010 with the simple aim of bringing together product managers to connect, share, and learn from each other. We are now the biggest product management community in the world and our aim has not changed. We are product managers at heart with the sole aim of making product people more successful and building products people love!

  • This is Just the Beginning keyboard_arrow_right

    We offer training for all levels of experience for product people at all stages of their career. If this is the start of your Mind the Product Training journey then together we have a great adventure ahead of us – we’ll nurture you along the way and give you the confidence you need to become an amazing product manager. And it all starts here…

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