Hardware decisions impact your IoT product’s cost, user experience, application capabilities, and more. But only about 20% of IoT Product Managers have experience managing hardware. In this post, I demystify IoT hardware to help you understand how a smart device acquires, processes, and communicates data to the Cloud.
Let’s face it. Building an IoT product roadmap is hard—much harder than building roadmaps for “normal” technology products.
That’s because IoT products are complex systems. To create a working solution, all layers of the IoT Technology Stack—device hardware, device software, communications, cloud platform, and cloud applications—need to work together. It’s like having to manage five products in one, and your roadmap needs to be the glue that keeps all your stakeholders aligned with your vision.
I had the opportunity to be a guest in the popular podcast “This is Product Management”. Mike Fishbein and I had a great conversation on the challenges Product Managers face when building IoT products. I also answer one of the top questions I get: “How do I get into IoT Product Management?”
Many Product Managers still think industry experience is unnecessary to get hired. However, as a hiring manager, I know firsthand that industry experience can make a difference when deciding between final job candidates. Learn why hiring managers DO value industry experience, and how to develop a game plan to gain industry knowledge and position yourself as a strong candidate.
News flash: If you’re building your own IoT infrastructure, you’re wasting time and money, and jeopardizing the quality of your product. In this post, I discuss how you can reduce cost and boost quality with an IoT platform, how to choose the right platform, and debunk myths about the benefits of building your infrastructure in-house.
IoT security is tough and risky. A security breach can put human lives at risk, because hackers can get control of real-world objects. To make things worse, IoT products give hackers a new attack point: the physical device. How can you ensure your IoT product is protected across all layers of the stack?
In this post, I share the IoT Decision Framework I developed to help Product Managers tackle the complexity of IoT products. This framework provides an easy-to-follow structure to uncover requirements at each layer of the IoT stack, including business decisions, technical decisions, and more.
Too many product teams and entrepreneurs think, “If I connect it, they will come.” The problem is that people don’t buy IoT, they buy a solution to a problem. In this post, I talk about an excellent example of IoT solving a customer problem, and share tips for evaluating if IoT is right for your product.
My course, Product Management for the Internet of Things, at Stanford Continuing Studies expands on my IoT Decision Framework and focuses on all the areas you need to consider when building an IoT product.
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In this ProductTank San Francisco talk, I describe the complexities of managing an Internet of Things (IoT) product, and walk you through my IoT Decision Framework.
Great Product Managers know that a robust IoT solution includes more than the customer-facing part; it also includes the internal tools your company needs to manage customers and conduct its operations. Without these internal tools, your development team can get bogged down by requests from other departments. In this post, I explain why internal tools are critical for your product’s success, and walk you through six tools you need to build (or buy) to support customer and operations management.