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About Our B2B Product Portfolio Management Blog

High Octane Product Management is a blog from Proficientz that offers “how to” tips for improving strategy, planning and execution in trenches of product management, product marketing and sales enablement. We publish several entries each month. Click here to subscribe and get them delivered directly to your inbox.

Our product management best practices are B2B specific. We place stronger emphasis on market success because it drastically improves your odds of product success. Our mission is to help B2B organizations drive growth in key vertical markets by managing their product portfolio more strategically and delivering integrated solutions that have exponentially more value than any single product.

How to Create a Strategic Portfolio Roadmap

Atlanta, GA March 28, 2017: $795 per person

Strategic Portfolio Roadmapping Workshop

In this hands-on workshop, you’ll learn how to develop a strategic portfolio roadmap that drives new growth by shifting your inside-out product vision to an outside-in customer vision. Instead of constantly wrangling over competing product visions that no one can ever agree on, you’ll learn how to craft a short and long-term portfolio roadmap that mirrors the vision and business goals of your target customers. Most importantly, you’ll learn how to create a strategic roadmap that can be executed in the trenches by product, marketing and sales teams.


February 15th, 2017|0 Comments

Product Training for Sales – More Buyer, Less Product!

Product training for sales is one of the more daunting tasks for product managers and marketers and one of the biggest product rollout challenges in high-tech companies.

You’ve created textbook sales and marketing materials.  You’ve spoon fed the information to the sales team on several occasions and in varying formats.  You’ve accompanied them on sales calls.  And yet, they’re still challenged to articulate key value points that hook a prospect and position your products in a manner that’s compelling. Try these 3 tactics and the proficiency of your salesforce will make a huge leap forward. […]

February 15th, 2017|0 Comments

A Successful Product Rollout: The Key to a Killer Marketing Launch

A product rollout is mostly tactical in nature and is focused primarily on internal readiness — your ability to successfully market, sell, implement and support a new product. A product launch is the execution of a marketing communications plan designed to call the markets attention to your value proposition. A successful rollout is the key to a successful launch. […]

February 14th, 2017|0 Comments

The Product Portfolio Management Discipline: 3 Dimensions That Make You More Market-Driven

A product portfolio management discipline in B2B is more about your portfolio’s alignment to customer goals than it is to your own revenue and profitability goals. Why? If you’re going to be a market-driven organization, everything needs to be aligned with the business goals of your target customers to ensure there’s a common focal point that’s meaningful across product, marketing and sales teams.

Cover these three bases and strengthen your portfolio’s alignment to the market. […]

February 13th, 2017|0 Comments

How Much “Market” Is In Your (MRD) Market Requirements Document?

Most B2B organizations use a Market Requirements Document (MRD) for driving new solutions to market. How much of the content in those MRDs should be pure market requirements versus product requirements? A good rule of thumb — 100% market and 0% product.


February 6th, 2017|0 Comments

Establishing Product Priorities vs. Marketing Priorities: Two Simple Questions

Everyone has an opinion when it comes to product investment priorities and marketing spend priorities. Answer these two simple questions and those priority decisions get a lot easier. […]

February 2nd, 2017|0 Comments
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