The brand-new SPM Book: Global Best Practices

This book gives a comprehensive overview on Software Product Management (SPM) for beginners as well as best practices, methodology and in-depth discussions for experienced product managers. This includes product strategy, product planning, participation in strategic management activities and orchestration of the functional units of the company. The book is based on the results of the International Software Product Management Association (ISPMA) which is led by a group of SPM experts from industry and research with the goal to foster software product management excellence across industries. This book can be used as textbook for ISPMA-based education and as guide for anybody interested in SPM as one of the most exciting and challenging disciplines in the business of software.

The authors: Hans-Bernd Kittlaus is the Chairman of ISPMA and owner and managing director of InnoTivum Consulting, Germany. Samuel Fricker is Board Member of ISPMA and Professor at FHNW, Switzerland.

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Software Product Management with InnoTivum

✓Improve your SPM skills with our trainings and coaching
✓Optimize your product management in a company-specific way
✓Benefit from our more than 20 years of experience

What is product management?

Product management consists of product strategy, planning and product-related orchestration of the functional areas of the company. The objective is the product’s sustainable economic success across its life cycle. The product management role requires a high degree of management competence.

Software product management

Since software is a special product, software product management is special as well and in many aspects different from product management for other types of products. The combination of high complexity and frequency of change as well as the need for value-based pricing have a significant impact on the work of software product management. Software product management is not only utilized by software product vendors, but also by vendors of software-intensive products and services in other industries and in corporate IT organizations.

What makes a good product manager?

The requirements of a product manager are high. It is not just about having knowledge; the ability to implement this knowledge is just as important. Moreover, in this area analytic thinking, creativity and entrepreneurship are required. On a personal level, being a team player, able to communicate and able to deal with conflict are big advantages. In our consulting projects and trainings on software product management as well as in ISPMA (International Software Product Management Association) we frequently work with successful and experienced product managers who share their experiences, tips and tricks with us; also with researchers who involve us in their projects and discuss their results with us. So we are able to expand our own expertise. Our customers and training participants benefit from this. And it is reflected in our publications.
We can help with:
combining best industry practices with 20 years of hands-on experience. Our CEO Hans-Bernd Kittlaus is internationally recognized as thought leader on SPM with a high number of publications and invited presentations.
Our international cooperations with SPM experts in industry and academia ensure state-of-the-art contents and methodologies in all our services.
We have worked with companies of all sizes from IBM and Samsung to small and medium-size companies and can adapt our concepts accordingly (see Customers). Our trainings and workshops have received wonderful praise from participants (see Customer Testimonials).
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ISPMA's SPM Excellence Level Trainings

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Based on the big success of ISPMA-based SPM Foundation Level Trainings, which have been available since early 2012, and the wishes of many training participants, ISPMA has extended its Curriculum with syllabi for four Excellence Level Trainings:

Product Strategy (3 Days)

What is the right strategy for your product to achieve business success in changing times? Utilize the business model canvas to make your strategic decisions, get feedback faster and make informed adjustments.

Strategic Management (2 Days)

How can you as a product manager influence strategic decisions on the corporate or business unit level? And how do you get the market data to base your decisions on?

Product Planning (3 Days)

How can you implement your vision and strategy in a structured & efficient way? Utilize experimental approaches like customer discovery in combination with analytical approaches to make informed business choices, accelerate implementation and drive change aligned with new approaches in development like DevOps and continuous development, integration and delivery.

Orchestration (2 Days)

How can you as a product manager make sure that your colleagues in the other functional units of your company support your product in the best possible way? Learn to convince, persuade, influence and drive change through role play, based on a thorough understanding of underlying motivations.

The trainings will focus on methods and their practical application, i.e. there will be sufficient room for realistic case studies and exercises. Certification is offered for each training.

Participants can be product managers who already have the ISPMA Foundation Level Certificate or comparable SPM experience of at least 3 years. They may work in the software industry, or with vendors of software-intensive products and services in other industries, or with corporate IT organizations in all industries.

InnoTivum provides these Excellence Level Trainings both as public and in-house trainings.

 
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WHAT PARTICIPANTS SAY

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"Based on a thorough worldwide market analysis for trainings on software product management, Samsung SDS selected the ISPMA approach and InnoTivum Consulting as training provider. The results of the 10-day training exceeded our high expectations. This training has proven to be a major step in Samsung SDS’ efforts to extend our software product business."
 
Giyeong Son, Vice President, Samsung SDS, Korea
"I participated in the SPM training in Bangalore together with two of my colleagues from Pune, India. We are working on establishing and fine-tuning Cognizant's product business in the Life Sciences area. This ISPMA-based training has helped us immensely in understanding the product business and is helping me navigate through the internal system while we transition from a service business to a product business. The contents of the training was highly comprehensive and structured and contained lots of practical advice from the trainer, Hans-Bernd Kittlaus, based on his extensive experience in the industry. We now have better understanding and ideas that we can implement to improve our current operating model for our product- based business."
Avinash Gaba, Platform Owner, Analytics and Information Management - Life Sciences, Cognizant, India
"As the head of product management for SAP Exchange Media and former director of product management for the SAP Business Suite on HANA, I have a number of years of experience in software product management. Nevertheless, I found a lot of value in the Excellence Level trainings on Product Planning and Orchestration. ISPMA's well-structured approach in combination with Hans-Bernd Kittlaus' broad industry experience laid a state-of-the-art foundation and provided relevant in-depth information. Moreover, it gave me great impulses and opportunities to reflect and improve my own frameworks and practices in my product management team. There was enough room for lively discussions. The inspiring exercises were sufficiently complex, but still easily understandable and even entertaining. I can fully recommend these trainings."
Stefan Wenzel, Head of Product Management, SAP Exchange Media, Germany
 
 

News

Software Product Summit, Frankfurt, Germany, April 17-18, 2018
ISPMA has announced its first international conference dedicated to SPM. Hans-Bernd Kittlaus was elected as Conference Chairman. Submit your contribution by October 31, 2017.
ISPMA Webinars on Demand and for free:
Hans-Bernd Kittlaus talks about ISPMA’s SPM Framework and other topics and answers questions here.
SPM Trainings 2017 + 2018 Flyer :
Download it here