Blackblot Mailing List http://www.blackblot.com Blackblot Newsletters Feed Copyright © 2012 Blackblot. All rights reserved. CGFeedMaker 1.0.16 on CMS Made Simple info@blackblot.com info@blackblot.com (Blackblot Webmaster) Blackblot Newsletters Feed http://www.blackblot.com Blackblot Mailing List http://www.blackblot.com/files/CGFeedMaker/Blackblot.png Blackblot Notification Mailing List – March 1, 2014http://www.blackblot.com/NMS/69/message/311/Strategic Product Marketer™ (SPMK) - New Course =============================================== Blackblot is pleased to announce the availability of the new Strategic Product Marketer™ (SPMK) course. This three-day program presents attendees with a practical and interactive learning experience and provides the necessary knowledge, skills and tools to plan and manage strategic marketing activities at technology companies. The target audience for this course includes product marketing managers and directors, directors of marketing, VPs of marketing, and CMOs of all levels. Blackblot Offering of Products and Services Free Support - As part of Blackblot's commitment to provide lifetime professional and career support to ALL product managers (regardless if they are Blackblot's customers or not), Blackblot provides free open channels of support. This means that anyone can email Blackblot, call on Skype or Phone, or officially submit a question on any topic in product management; and Blackblot will respond (usually within two business days) at no charge. Blackblot also provides the general public with free access to the Powered by Blackblot™ Knowledge Base. Blackblot Technology Product management™ (TPM) Seminar - This one-day program is a primer that provides attendees with the knowledge and understanding of the latest trends, methodologies and concepts in technology product management. This seminar is a general overview and is designed to promote better awareness and understanding of product management; and is targeted at anyone in a company who needs to learn about product management, from engineer to executive. See seminar syllabus. Blackblot Strategic Product Leader™ (SPLD) Course - This two-day program is specifically designed for senior professionals and executives who build and manage product organizations and are responsible for product leadership. The target audience for this course includes Directors, Corporate VPs, Startup Entrepreneurs and CEOs, Business Unit Managers, and Team Leads. The course presents advanced concepts and practical implementation guides to product management roles, teams, processes, and leadership. See course syllabus. Blackblot Strategic Product Marketer™ (SPMK) Course - This three-day program presents attendees with a practical and interactive learning experience and provides the necessary knowledge, skills and tools to plan and manage strategic marketing activities at technology companies. The target audience for this course includes product marketing managers and directors, directors of marketing, VPs of marketing, and CMOs of all levels. See course syllabus. Blackblot Strategic Product Manager™ (SPMR) Course - This four-day program is the most professional product management training presently available to product managers. This course is a most comprehensive and intensive educational program that presents attendees with a practical and interactive learning experience and provides the necessary knowledge, skills and tools to manage advanced products at technology companies. See course syllabus. Blackblot Product Manager's Toolkit® (PMTK) - Blackblot PMTK is a comprehensive, customizable and feature-packed professional template collection for product managers and product marketing managers. Presently there are more than 4,000 registered users worldwide, from small startups to multinational corporations. Blackblot Product Management Professional™ (BPMP) - The BPMP certification program was developed exclusively by Blackblot to provide product management professionals with a way to differentiate themselves, validate skills, and gain professional acknowledgement; and enable companies to achieve better consistency in the internal application of the product management discipline. The Master BPMP is the top career and professional differentiator in product management. Blackblot Psychometric Test™ - The Blackblot Psychometric Test™ (BPT) program presents a collection of six specialized personality tests that allow practitioners, team leaders, job candidates, human resource managers and recruiters to assess whether a certain individual's skill set profile is suitable for a specific role in product management, as defined by Blackblot and according to the Blackblot PMTK methodology™. Systematic Textbook - "The Product Manager's Toolkit: Methodologies, Processes and Tasks in High-Tech Product Management" book provides novice and intermediate product managers with the information and clear definitions that they need to fully understand their role within an organization and then put their knowledge into practice. Much more to come... Blackblot is a provider of premium product management expert services for market leaders and innovators worldwide. Please let us know if you have any questions or comments. Thanks and Best Regards, Blackblot - Product Management Expertise™2014-03-01 13:38:11http://www.blackblot.com/NMS/69/message/311/Blackblot Notification Mailing List – March 1, 2014Blackblot Notification Mailing List – February 20, 2014http://www.blackblot.com/NMS/69/message/310/Blackblot PMTK Marketing Review - New Template (Beta) --------------------------------------------------------------- Blackblot is pleased to announce the availability of the new PMTK Marketing Review (a.k.a Marketing Audit) template. Previously provided only to Blackblot partners and consultants, this newly revised and commented template is part of the Blackblot Product Manager's Toolkit® (PMTK). The marketing review is a comprehensive, systematic, independent, and periodic inspection of the market and the company's preparedness for it. The marketing review helps establish foundational information for use in an entire range of marketing strategies, tactics, and performance parameters. The PMTK Marketing Review template is in beta mode and all feedback is welcome. All registered users of Blackblot PMTK can access the new PMTK Marketing Review template by logging-in to their PMTK account. Blackblot is a provider of premium product management expert services for market leaders and innovators worldwide. Please let us know if you have any questions or comments. Thanks and Best Regards, Blackblot - Product Management Expertise™2014-02-20 11:55:13http://www.blackblot.com/NMS/69/message/310/Blackblot Notification Mailing List – February 20, 2014Blackblot Notification Mailing List – February 13, 2014http://www.blackblot.com/NMS/69/message/309/Blackblot HootSuite Uploader Matrix At Blackblot we constantly strive to improve the efficiency of our internal operations. We do this by following our own protocols and processes which have proved themselves over time to minimize our work effort while sustaining and improving results. HootSuite is an online social media management tool (dashboard) which allows scheduling messages to be delivered on different social media channels such as Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+, Facebook and more. HootSuite provides a message upload feature and we generate the bulk messages upload file with a tool that we had created and is regularly used by Blackblot's Marketing and MarCom Managers. The Blackblot HootSuite Uploader Matrix is an Excel spreadsheet that efficiently prepares and creates the bulk messages upload file for HootSuite. We are now making this tool available free of charge to all Blackblot customers and to the general public. For more information, please visit our relevant blog post and download the Blackblot HootSuite Uploader Matrix at http://www.blackblot.com/kb/product-marketing/blackblot-hootsuite-uploader-matrix/ Blackblot is a provider of premium product management expert services for market leaders and innovators worldwide. Please let us know if you have any questions or comments. Thanks and Best Regards, Blackblot - Product Management Expertise™2014-02-13 15:30:58http://www.blackblot.com/NMS/69/message/309/Blackblot Notification Mailing List – February 13, 2014Blackblot Notification Mailing List – December 30, 2013http://www.blackblot.com/NMS/69/message/307/Blackblot PMTK Marketing Plan - New Template (Beta) ============================================= Blackblot is pleased to announce the availability of the new PMTK Marketing Plan template. Part of the Blackblot Product Manager's Toolkit® (PMTK), this template is the second in a series of three documents that constitute the company's marketing effort: 1. "Market Plan" – description of the long-term goals, and messages delivered to the target market, relative to a particular company or product (AKA "Strategic Marketing Plan"). Strategic document. 2. "Marketing Plan" – description of the selection and application of marketing mixes in the target market. Tactical document. 3. "Marketing Program" – short-term marketplace effort designed to obtain a specific goal with respect to a particular product. Operational document. The PMTK Marketing Plan template is in beta mode and all feedback is welcome. All registered users of Blackblot PMTK can access the new PMTK Marketing Plan template by logging-in to their PMTK account. Blackblot is a provider of premium product management expert services for market leaders and innovators worldwide. Please let us know if you have any questions or comments. Thanks and Best Regards, Blackblot - Product Management Expertise™2013-12-30 14:46:18http://www.blackblot.com/NMS/69/message/307/Blackblot Notification Mailing List – December 30, 2013Blackblot Notification Mailing List – November 28, 2013http://www.blackblot.com/NMS/69/message/305/Blackblot PMTK Product Backlog for Scrum - New Template (Beta) Blackblot is pleased to announce the availability of the new PMTK Product Backlog for Scrum template. Part of the Blackblot Product Manager's Toolkit® (PMTK), this template leverages the proven Blackblot Procedural Requirements Management™ (PRM) methodology and provides the interface so that Product Management and Development can efficiently interface with each other in an Agile environment. The PMTK Product Backlog for Scrum template is accompanied by the PMTK Agile Guidelines document which sets the parameters of an interface between the PMTK methodology and contemporary Agile Software Development principles. The PMTK Product Backlog for Scrum template is in beta mode and all feedback is welcome. All registered users of Blackblot PMTK can access the new PMTK Product Backlog for Scrum template and the PMTK Agile Guidelines document by logging-in to their PMTK account. Blackblot Product Manager Express™ for Agile - New Course Available for a limited time only, the new Blackblot Product Manager Express™ for Agile (PMEA) two-day advanced course provides attendees with the knowledge, skills and tools to successfully formulate traditional market and product requirements (MRD, PRD) and agile scrum product backlogs. The course presents advanced concepts and practical implementation guides to product management roles, teams, and processes; and interfaces them with Agile Scrum's Product Owner role and Product Backlog artifact. Agile has become an increasingly popular approach for software development with many companies adopting and implementing it. Product Management regularly interfaces with Development and accordingly, a new and modern set of effective guidelines that will bridge product management methodologies and Agile practices is needed. Details of the course daily agenda and curriculum are in the Blackblot Product Manager Express™ for Agile course syllabus. Blackblot is a provider of premium product management expert services for market leaders and innovators worldwide. Please let us know if you have any questions or comments. Thanks and Best Regards, Blackblot - Product Management Expertise™2013-11-28 14:14:29http://www.blackblot.com/NMS/69/message/305/Blackblot Notification Mailing List – November 28, 2013Blackblot Notification Mailing List – September 2, 2013http://www.blackblot.com/NMS/69/message/304/Agile on the Beach 2013 Conference (September 5-6, 2013) - Sold Out! Gabriel Steinhardt, Blackblot's Managing Director will deliver a keynote presentation on product management at the Agile on the Beach event in Cornwall, UK. All two-hundred tickets to the Agile on the Beach conference have been sold. To enter the ticket waiting list, please send an email message to info@agileonthebeach.com. Blackblot Course and Presentations at the Product Management Festival 2013 in Zurich, Switzerland (September 17-19, 2013) Gabriel Steinhardt and Leon Malalel from Blackblot will be speakers at the Product Management Festival 2013 in Zurich, Switzerland. Seats are available to the Blackblot Requirements Tutorial on September 17th, 2013. Use the "Tutorial_Blackblot" promotional code to receive a 21% discount upon registration. This special limited-time offer expires on September 9th, 2013. Blackblot is a provider of premium product management expert services for market leaders and innovators worldwide. Please let us know if you have any questions or comments. Thanks and Best Regards, Blackblot - Product Management Expertise™2013-09-02 01:03:33http://www.blackblot.com/NMS/69/message/304/Blackblot Notification Mailing List – September 2, 2013Blackblot Notification Mailing List – August 22, 2013http://www.blackblot.com/NMS/69/message/303/Blackblot Video Tutorials Blackblot is dedicated to supporting and advancing awareness in the product management industry. As part of the effort to provide free and accessible resources and information about product management and product marketing, Blackblot offers practical educational video tutorials. The current voice narrated video presentation explains the definition of product management according to the Blackblot PMTK Methodology™. For more information, please visit the Blackblot Video Tutorials web page. Blackblot - IS09001 Re-certified Blackblot is pleased to announce it had successfully passed the IS0 9001:2008 certification's yearly audit by an external independent auditing company. Maintaining the official IS0 9001 certification requires Blackblot personnel to continually conform to and improve Blackblot's quality management system in accordance with the stringent requirements of the IS0 standard. Continuously holding the ISO quality management standard drives Blackblot to improve its internal processes and increase the quality of its premium products and services. For more information, please visit the Blackblot ISO 9001 web page. Blackblot is a provider of premium product management expert services for market leaders and innovators worldwide. Please let us know if you have any questions or comments. Thanks and Best Regards, Blackblot - Product Management Expertise™2013-08-22 13:39:33http://www.blackblot.com/NMS/69/message/303/Blackblot Notification Mailing List – August 22, 2013Blackblot Notification Mailing List – August 15, 2013http://www.blackblot.com/NMS/69/message/301/Blackblot Psychometric Test™ Blackblot is pleased to announce the general availability of the Blackblot Psychometric Test™ (BPT) program, a collection of six specialized personality tests that allow individuals to evaluate and classify their level of suitability to a specific role in product management, according to the Blackblot PMTK methodology™. The Blackblot Psychometric Test™ program was developed especially for Blackblot by an occupational psychologist PhD and psychometrician over an intensive development period of two months. All Blackblot training graduates worldwide receive a one-time free registration to each of the available Blackblot psychometric tests via the Blackblot Test Center. For more information, please visit the Blackblot Psychometric Test™ web page. Blackblot Personal Career Package™ Blackblot is pleased to announce the general availability of the Blackblot Personal Career Package™, a professional advisory service to individuals who wish to assess their role potential and improve their career planning in product management and product marketing. This personalized service considers your circumstances and objectives and leverages the Blackblot PMTK Methodology™ principles to provide you with indispensable information and career guidance. The Blackblot Psychometric Test™ is a component of the Blackblot Personal Career Package™. For more information, please visit the Blackblot Personal Career Package™ web page. Blackblot is a provider of premium product management expert services for market leaders and innovators worldwide. Please let us know if you have any questions or comments. Thanks and Best Regards, Blackblot - Product Management Expertise™2013-08-15 16:12:35http://www.blackblot.com/NMS/69/message/301/Blackblot Notification Mailing List – August 15, 2013Blackblot Notification Mailing List – July 15, 2013http://www.blackblot.com/NMS/69/message/300/Agile on the Beach 2013 Conference (September 5-6, 2013) In early September 2013 Mr Gabriel Steinhardt, Blackblot's Managing Director and a recognized international technology product management expert, author, and public speaker, will deliver a keynote presentation on product management at the Agile on the Beach event. Agile on the Beach is a leading annual conference in Cornwall, UK, exploring the latest agile and lean thinking in software craftsmanship, teams and business. Blackblot Course and Presentations at the Product Management Festival 2013 in Zurich, Switzerland (September 17-19, 2013) Blackblot is pleased to partake in the upcoming Product Management Festival 2013 in Zurich, Switzerland in cooperation with SwissQ. This event offers keynote presentations and quality interactive workshops that are focused on different industries and disciplines. Blackblot shall be holding the Procedural Requirements Management™ (PRM) course during the festival's tutorial day on September 17, 2013. This one-day advanced course provides attendees with the knowledge, skills and tools to effectively identify and articulate market requirements. During this conference Mr Gabriel Steinhardt will deliver the 'Product Management Misconceptions – Debunked!' session, a unique interactive presentation and workshop that explores common misunderstandings in product management, explains their origin and debunks their rationale. Blackblot's senior instructor and consultant Mr Leon Malalel, a product management professional with extensive experience in multi-national enterprises while assuming positions in development, marketing and product management, will hold the 'Building a New Product Management Organization' workshop, outlining the models and processes to build successful product management teams and providing both the conceptual and practical guidelines to formulate one of the most critical functions in a company. Blackblot is a provider of premium product management expert services for market leaders and innovators worldwide. Please let us know if you have any questions or comments. Thanks and Best Regards, Blackblot - Product Management Expertise™2013-07-15 16:24:49http://www.blackblot.com/NMS/69/message/300/Blackblot Notification Mailing List – July 15, 2013Blackblot Notification Mailing List – June 25, 2013http://www.blackblot.com/NMS/69/message/299/Blackblot Product Management Maturity Evaluator™ The new Blackblot Product Management Maturity Evaluator™ presents technology companies with an online tool to introspectively and easily assess the quality and state of the product management practice at the company. The evaluator was designed to be used freely and anonymously and it does not record any response information whatsoever. Based on a core set of fundamental questions which exemplify the important aspects that are required of a healthy market-driven product management practice, the Blackblot Product Management Maturity Evaluator™ allows a technology company to quickly uncover areas of improvement and realize the remedial steps that could be required to improve the level of product management being practiced. For more information, please visit the new Blackblot Product Management Maturity Evaluator™ webpage. Blackblot is a provider of premium product management expert services for market leaders and innovators worldwide. Please let us know if you have any questions or comments. Thanks and Best Regards, Blackblot - Product Management Expertise™2013-06-25 15:14:52http://www.blackblot.com/NMS/69/message/299/Blackblot Notification Mailing List – June 25, 2013Blackblot Notification Mailing List – June 2, 2013http://www.blackblot.com/NMS/69/message/298/Blackblot Strategic Product Leader™ Course Blackblot is pleased to announce the general availability of a new and unique educational program, specifically designed for elite senior professionals and executives who build and manage product teams and organizations and are responsible for product leadership. The Blackblot Strategic Product Leader™ (SPLD) two-day advanced course provides attendees with the knowledge, skills and tools to successfully formulate and lead product organizations and establish effective product management processes. The course presents advanced concepts and practical implementation guides to product management roles, teams, processes, and leadership. Product Leadership is the concept of delivering winning products and a Product Leader is the role that owns the Product Leadership process. The goal of this course to help senior professionals and executives achieve better consistency in the internal management and application of the product management discipline; and to help companies in the faster promotion and delivery of winning products. Drawing on the established success of the Blackblot PMTK Methodology™ and one-year in the making, this new course bears Blackblot's uncompromising seal of quality and creates an extraordinary platform for professional development and leadership. The Blackblot Strategic Product Leader™ (SPLD) is the ultimate product-oriented educational program for Directors, Corporate VPs, Startup Entrepreneurs and CEOs, Business Unit Managers, and Product Team Leads. For more information, please visit the Blackblot Strategic Product Leader™ webpage and download the SPLD course syllabus. Blackblot is a provider of premium product management expert services for market leaders and innovators worldwide. Please let us know if you have any questions or comments. Thanks and Best Regards, Blackblot - Product Management Expertise™2013-06-02 10:47:31http://www.blackblot.com/NMS/69/message/298/Blackblot Notification Mailing List – June 2, 2013Blackblot Notification Mailing List – May 22, 2013http://www.blackblot.com/NMS/69/message/297/Blackblot Partners with the Institute of Systems Science at the National University of Singapore Blackblot and the Institute of Systems Science at the National University of Singapore today announced a strategic collaboration, supported by the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (iDA) and the Singapore Workforce Development Agency (WDA). Under the terms of the agreement, the Institute of Systems Science at the National University of Singapore has been granted a license to deliver technology product management training, certification, tools and consulting services in Singapore according to the Blackblot PMTK Methodology™. The National University of Singapore is the one of the world's top universities, ranked number twelve in the world in the category of Engineering and Technology Universities according to the Times Higher Education scale 2013. Blackblot is a provider of premium product management expert services for market leaders and innovators worldwide. For more information, please see the official press release (http://www.blackblot.com/files/pr/2013_05_22_Blackblot_University_of_Singapore_ISS.pdf, http://www.prweb.com/releases/2013/5/prweb10750011.htm). Please let us know if you have any questions or comments. Thanks and Best Regards, Blackblot - Product Management Expertise™2013-05-22 14:31:24http://www.blackblot.com/NMS/69/message/297/Blackblot Notification Mailing List – May 22, 2013Blackblot Notification Mailing List – May 6, 2013http://www.blackblot.com/NMS/69/message/295/Blackblot Product Manager's Toolkit® (PMTK) version 5.2 Blackblot is pleased to announce the release of the Blackblot Product Manager's Toolkit® (PMTK) version 5.2, a comprehensive, customizable and feature-packed professional template collection for product managers and product marketing managers. The new PMTK version includes numerous structural enhancements, language refinements, new visual design, enhanced document layout for improved readability, better structured and consistent MS-Word styles and MS-PowerPoint theme, consolidated index files, and much more. Blackblot Product Manager's Toolkit® is the ultimate tool for product management professionals with over 4,000 registered users worldwide in companies ranging from multi-national enterprises to startups. An evaluation copy of PMTK is available. Every registered PMTK user is entitled to free and unlimited updates and upgrades via a lifetime subscription. Registered users can visit the Blackblot PMTK webpage to access and download the new Blackblot Product Manager’s Toolkit® (PMTK) version 5.2. Blackblot is a provider of premium product management expert services for market leaders and innovators worldwide. Please let us know if you have any questions or comments. Thanks and Best Regards, Blackblot - Product Management Expertise™2013-05-06 07:54:48http://www.blackblot.com/NMS/69/message/295/Blackblot Notification Mailing List – May 6, 2013Blackblot Notification Mailing List – April 28, 2013http://www.blackblot.com/NMS/69/message/294/New Blackblot Content Retention Tool™ Blackblot is pleased to announce the release of its latest versions of the Blackblot Content Retention Tool™ (CRT). Six different Blackblot CRT installers are available under a freeware license. All the new CRT versions include language refinements, minor bug fixes and a new installer that support a smoother and more compatible installation process under different MS-Windows platforms. Blackblot Content Retention Tool™ (CRT) promotes post-training content retention and helps product managers and product marketers to further deepen their knowledge. These tools challenge individuals with a series of multiple-choice questions, which are based on PMTK Book chapters that support a specific topic in Blackblot's product management training program. The CRT experience is delivered in a test-like format using a professional test engine. Blackblot Content Retention Tool™ can also be used to achieve additional goals:•Learning Aid - supplements regular studies through interaction. •Self-Assessment - allows uncovering areas for self-improvement. •Interview Preparation - builds confidence and serves as a refresher. •Certification Study - enables practice and simulated test experience. Visit the Blackblot Content Retention Tool™ webpage to download the new CRT installers. Please let us know if you have any questions or comments. Thanks and Best Regards, Blackblot - Product Management Expertise™2013-04-28 06:24:05http://www.blackblot.com/NMS/69/message/294/Blackblot Notification Mailing List – April 28, 2013Blackblot Notification Mailing List – April 15, 2013http://www.blackblot.com/NMS/69/message/293/Blackblot Success Stories™ Blackblot helps companies, teams and practitioners worldwide to simplify, efficiently manage and achieve better consistency in the application of the product management discipline. Nothing speaks louder than candid testimonials which depict true success stories from companies, teams and practitioners that show the impact that Blackblot has had on them. The first Blackblot Success Story™ to be published describes the adoption of Blackblot Product Manager's Toolkit® (PMTK) methodology as part of a corporate transition project from a sales-driven company into a market-driven enterprise. For more information, please see the Blackblot Success Story™ - Internet Company. Please let us know if you have any questions or comments. Thanks and Best Regards, Blackblot - Product Management Expertise™2013-04-15 15:14:38http://www.blackblot.com/NMS/69/message/293/Blackblot Notification Mailing List – April 15, 2013Blackblot Notification Mailing List – October 19, 2012http://www.blackblot.com/NMS/69/message/288/Clarity in Product Management Blackblot is pleased to announce the launch of the new Blackblot website. The revised website introduces several notable changes including a streamlined visual design, functional interface, improved navigation system, faster response times, and many more improvements. Visit the new www.blackblot.com website. Premium Professional and Career Support In conjunction with the new Blackblot website, the Powered by Blackblot™ Knowledge Base now also employs the same streamlined visual design and has been updated to include many new professional articles. The content published on the Powered by Blackblot™ Knowledge Base is built via ongoing dialog with product managers worldwide and is part of Blackblot’s commitment to provide free lifetime professional and career support to all product managers. Visit the new Powered by Blackblot™ Knowledge Base. Best Visual Learning Experience With the aid of two professional graphic designers, Blackblot has begun optimizing and modernizing the entire suite of its Strategic Product Management™ training program presentations slides. The objective is to provide a visual experience that aids content retention and make the overall training experience as pleasant and meaningful as possible. This effort is part of Blackblot's commitment to provide its customers with products and services that meet or exceed their quality expectations. Visit the Strategic Product Manager™ course webpage. Proven Knowledgeable There are presently ninety-five individuals worldwide that have rightfully earned the designation of a Master BPMP™, a top career and professional differentiator in the product management profession. Visit the Master BPMP™ webpage.2012-10-19 13:21:40http://www.blackblot.com/NMS/69/message/288/Blackblot Notification Mailing List – October 19, 2012Blackblot Notification Mailing List – July 26, 2012http://www.blackblot.com/NMS/69/message/285/Blackblot is pleased to announce a set of initiatives which recognize and support the communities in which Blackblot operates. Master Blackblot Product Management Professional™ Program The respected and merited designation of a Master Blackblot Product Management Professional™ (Master BPMP), a top career and professional differentiator, is now being awarded to individuals who have successfully passed all presently available Blackblot Product Management Professional™ (BPMP) certification program tests. For a list of accomplished professionals and more information about the Master BPMP designation, please visit the Master Blackblot Product Management Professional™ webpage on the Blackblot website. Blackblot Certified Consultant™ Program The new Blackblot Certified Consultant™ program is available to qualified consultants that possess proven professional competencies and relevant industry experience to credibly deliver Blackblot PMTK-based product management consulting and methodology implementation services. For a list of benefits provided to a Blackblot Certified Consultant™ and more information, please visit the Blackblot Certified Consultant™ webpage on the Blackblot website. Blackblot Product Management Professionals™ Program Blackblot provides a host of free benefits to independent bloggers, thought-leaders, and select practitioners (collectively known as "Pros") in the product management and product marketing domain. For a list of benefits provided to Pros and more information, please visit the Blackblot Product Management Professionals™ webpage on the Blackblot website. Please let us know if you have any questions or comments. Thanks and Best Regards, Blackblot - Product Management Expertise™2012-07-26 16:12:50http://www.blackblot.com/NMS/69/message/285/Blackblot Notification Mailing List – July 26, 2012Blackblot Notification Mailing List – April 2, 2012http://www.blackblot.com/NMS/69/message/284/4,000 Registered Users Worldwide of Blackblot PMTK! Blackblot is pleased to announce that last week the 4,000th license of Blackblot Product Manager's Toolkit® (PMTK) was sold. Originally written by Blackblot as work tools for internal use, Blackblot PMTK has transformed in to the most successful and productive product management methodology and tools for technology product management and product marketing professionals worldwide. Blackblot PMTK registered users receive free and unlimited updates and upgrades via a lifetime subscription. Blackblot PMTK Special Offer – April 2012! In celebration of the 4,000th Blackblot PMTK license milestone and this corporate achievement, a testament to the usefulness of PMTK, Blackblot is making available a time-limited global coupon code that represents a 33% discount to the official price of Blackblot PMTK for all purchases throughout the month of April 2012. The coupon code is 746D15DD and it is entered at the bottom of the PMTK sign-up webpage. Please feel free to use and also forward this coupon code to a work colleague or anyone who may benefit from Blackblot PMTK and this special offer. From its very beginning, Blackblot had embraced a philosophy to provide the product management practitioner with premium products and services of the utmost practical nature. Through limitless commitment and professional focus, Blackblot shall continue to help companies and their product management teams become more efficient and successful in their product delivery efforts. Please let us know if you have any questions or comments. Thanks and Best Regards, Blackblot - Product Management Expertise™2012-04-02 11:52:35http://www.blackblot.com/NMS/69/message/284/Blackblot Notification Mailing List – April 2, 2012Blackblot Notification Mailing List – January 25, 2012http://www.blackblot.com/NMS/69/message/281/Blackblot Technology Product Management™ (TPM) Course Blackblot is pleased to announce the global availability of the new Blackblot Technology Product Management™ (TPM) course. This one-day course provides professionals in corporate functions adjacent to product management (particularly development and executive management) with the knowledge and understanding of the latest trends, methodologies and concepts in technology product management. The objective of the TPM course is to promote a more efficient and professional internal cooperation between product management and the other corporate departments. For more information, please visit the website relevant to you: Intl | USA | EU | IL Blackblot Strategic Product Manager™ for Communication Service Providers Course Blackblot is pleased to announce the global availability of the new Blackblot Strategic Product Manager™ for Communication Service Providers Course (CSPPM) course. The CSPPM four-day course provides product management professionals at Communication Service Provider (CSP) companies with customized product management training which addresses the particular challenges of the CSP market. CSP companies are businesses which provide communication services in the fields of voice (wireline, wireless), internet, cable (TV), and satellite. For more information, please visit the website relevant to you: Intl | USA | EU | IL "Blackblot Goes Green" Initiative Blackblot is pleased to announce the "Blackblot Goes Green" initiative. As part of Blackblot's ecological and environmental awareness, Blackblot has begun a gradual transition to an all digital business which includes providing training attendees with digital copies of the training materials instead of printed paper copies. This initiative represents Blackblot's environmentally-friendly position and will translate in to cost savings which Blackblot will be able to pass on to its customers. Blackblot PMTK is Agile Scrum Compatible Blackblot has formulated a precise set of concepts and guidelines which enable Blackblot's Product Manager's Toolkit™ product management methodology (problem space) to seamlessly interface with the Agile Scrum product development method (solution space). These guidelines have been incorporated into the Strategic Product Manager™ course curriculum and provide a resolution to common product management and Agile interfacing challenges, including Product Backlog integration and proper Product Owner role definition. For more information, please contact Blackblot via the website relevant to you: Intl | USA | EU | IL Powered by Blackblot™ Knowledge Base The Powered by Blackblot™ knowledge base is online, searchable, central repository of professional product management content. Launched a year ago, the Powered by Blackblot™ knowledge base now holds an extensive array of professional articles on various product management topics. Please feel free to browse the different categories, search for specific topics, or send us any questions you may have regarding any topic in product management. For more information, please visit the Powered by Blackblot™ knowledge base. Please let us know if you have any questions or comments. Thanks and Best Regards, Blackblot - Product Management Expertise™2012-01-25 09:27:04http://www.blackblot.com/NMS/69/message/281/Blackblot Notification Mailing List – January 25, 2012Blackblot Notification Mailing List – October 20, 2011http://www.blackblot.com/NMS/69/message/277/Blackblot® Product Management Training Now Available In the USA Blackblot – Product Management Expertise™ is pleased to announce it has expanded its international operations to include the US market following its established presence in Europe, Middle-East and Asia. Please see the press release and the new Blackblot® USA website. With its increasing international coverage Blackblot is now able to provide multi-national companies and geographically disparate product teams with uniform training, tools and Blackblot Product Manager’s Toolkit™ (PMTK) methodology implementation services regardless of the location. The "Strategic Product Manager™" training program, an occupational core and advanced skills training for high-tech product management and product marketing professionals, will first be offered in Boston and New-York City with west-coast locations added in the near future. Special introductory rates apply until the end of 2011 – register here for a special discount of 15% to any product management or product marketing training session delivered in the USA until the end of 2011. Please feel free to contact us with any questions or comments. Blackblot - Product Management Expertise™ Web: Intl | USA | EU | IL2011-10-20 06:56:39http://www.blackblot.com/NMS/69/message/277/Blackblot Notification Mailing List – October 20, 2011Blackblot Notification Mailing List – December 20, 2010http://www.blackblot.com/NMS/69/message/269/Multiple-Choice Question Retention Drills Blackblot's Strategic Product Management™ training program contains many content retention drills in the form of open-ended questions. These questions are answered by the students in the seminar workbook. Blackblot has now created complete sets of multiple-choice question retention drills for all the training modules. The multiple-choice question retention drills provide a more enjoyable and friendlier learning experience and also allow for optionally using classroom response systems (a.k.a. classroom clickers). Technical Engineers and Marketing Question: "Can technical engineers who had many years in development become good product marketers?" This topic on the Powered by Blackblot™ Knowledge Base drew an interesting discussion. Blackblot’s Visit to India In early November 2010 our team attended the NASSCOM Product Conclave 2010 event by invitation of Confianzys - Blackblot's exclusive partner in India. Confianzys delivers Blackblot's Strategic Product Manager™ courses in Bangalore, considered to be the Silicon Valley of India. During the NASSCOM Product Conclave event which was held in Bangalore, Gabriel Steinhardt, Blackblot’s Managing Director, delivered the "Real-World Product Management" workshop. One of the key topics presented was the fundamentals of product management as being market-driven. The workshop participants, mainly Indian CEOs and product management practitioners, collectively collaborated in a product management performance review to gauge the maturity level of product management practices at their workplace. Read more on the Confianzys Blog at "Why be market-driven?". Blackblot Strategic Product Manager™ Training Blackblot delivers product management and marketing training sessions where product management professionals can improve their skills and enjoy learning the latest best practices in the field. These courses enable networking between leading professionals and are delivered in a unique atmosphere. Participants will receive thorough guidance, a copy of Blackblot’s new book on high-tech product management and lifetime professional and career support. The next Strategic Product Manager™training sessions are scheduled for: London, UK: February 14-17, 2011 Tel-Aviv, Israel: March 6-9, 2011 Munich, Germany: May 9-12, 2011 Blackblot also delivers private product management training sessions in worldwide locations. Wishing you happy holidays and a productive New-Year! Blackblot - Product Management Expertise™ www.blackblot.com ­ ­ ­ ­2010-12-20 09:52:42http://www.blackblot.com/NMS/69/message/269/Blackblot Notification Mailing List – December 20, 2010Blackblot Notification Mailing List - October 4, 2010http://www.blackblot.com/NMS/69/message/268/Blackblot is pleased to inform the availability of the Powered by Blackblot™ Knowledge Base – a dynamic repository of product management core knowledge that is based on Blackblot’s Product Manager’s Toolkit® (PMTK) methodology. The Powered by Blackblot™ Knowledge Base provides product managers with categorized product management information on an online, interactive and searchable platform. Product management professionals can now formally submit their questions to Blackblot and also view the questions and answers that were initiated by their peers. We invite you to share your thoughts and questions regarding existing articles and any other topic in product management. The Powered by Blackblot™ Knowledge Base is now accessible to the general public. See the Powered by Blackblot™ Knowledge Base at http://www.blackblot.com/kb/ Please let us know if you have any questions or comments. Kind Regards, Shimrit Marom Marketing Manager www.blackblot.com ­ ­ ­ ­2010-10-04 06:29:44http://www.blackblot.com/NMS/69/message/268/Blackblot Notification Mailing List - October 4, 2010Blackblot Notification Mailing List - August 23, 2010http://www.blackblot.com/NMS/69/message/26/Blackblot's Social Media Activity You are invited to follow us on Facebook where you can read about our latest social media harvests and follow our current course live reporting. Please feel free to post and share issues and ideas concerning product management and product marketing and join the conversation. Apart from that, you can meet us on LinkedIn, Delicious and Twitter (please see social hub at the bottom). Agile and Product Management in Market-Driven Companies In a market-driven company the product management function is correctly staffed and is at equal standing with the development function. In the market-driven company, agile smoothly coexists and cooperates with other corporate functions and primarily affects the development team's internal processes without affecting the roles in product management. For more information, please see www.blackblot.com/agile/. Blackblot Strategic Product Manager™ Training We deliver product management and marketing training sessions where product management professionals can improve their skills and enjoy learning the latest best practices in the field. These courses enable networking between leading professionals and are delivered in a unique atmosphere. Participants will receive thorough guidance, a copy of Blackblot’s new book on high-tech product management and lifetime professional and career support. Our next Strategic Product Manager™training sessions are scheduled for: London, UK: October 11-14, 2010 Tel-Aviv, Israel: November 7-10, 2010 Budapest, Hungary: November 29 - December 2, 2010 Munich, Germany: December 13-16, 2010 Have a great and productive week, Shimrit Marom Marketing Manager www.blackblot.com2010-08-23 06:03:09http://www.blackblot.com/NMS/69/message/26/Blackblot Notification Mailing List - August 23, 2010Blackblot Notification Mailing List - May 24, 2010http://www.blackblot.com/NMS/69/message/21/Blackblot's Knowledge-Based PM Community We are working continuously via social media channels to build a knowledge-based product management community. Please feel free to post issues and ideas concerning product management on Twitter (@Blackblot), LinkedIn or any other forums we participate in. You can send us a link to your favorite professional forum and we will connect and join the conversation. Here is a mini-post from our latest social media harvest that you might find helpful: Want to make business decisions rather than technical ones? How to move from engineering/development/R and D to product management and marketing? The transition from a technical position to any role in product management is not about acquiring a new skill set with new responsibilities, but is mainly about somewhat of a personality change that is not easy to accomplish in a grown person. Therefore, the move is all about a personal internal change. You should leave your current position and move into product management roles if you feel challenged and excited by market-think (rather than product-think) and wish to make uncertain yet possibly very rewarding business decisions (rather than mostly predictable technical decisions). For more information, please visit http://www.blackblot.com/career/ Blackblot's New Book on High-Tech Product Management You might be interested to know that our new book "The Product Manager’s Toolkit: Methodologies, Processes and Tasks in High-Tech Product Management" is circulating and is available from Amazon (hardcover) or from Springer (hardcover) and SpringerLink (eBook). Blackblot Strategic Product Manager™ Training We deliver product management and marketing training sessions where product management professionals can improve their skills and enjoy learning the latest best practices in the field. These courses enable networking between leading professionals and are delivered in a unique atmosphere. Participants will receive thorough guidance, a copy of Blackblot’s new book on high-tech product management and lifetime professional and career support. Our next Strategic Product Manager™training sessions are scheduled for: Helsinki, Finland: June 7-10, 2010 London, UK: July 5-8, 2010 Tel-Aviv, Israel: August 22-26, 2010 Blackblot Senior Certified Trainers Mr. Nick Coster from brainmates, Blackblot’s partner in Australia, is a product management professional with profound expertise in online security. A gifted communicator, Nick provides product management training and consulting services in the Pacific Rim area. Nick has recently passed all three available Blackblot Product Management Professional (BPMP) certification tests, met the eligibility requirements and is now accredited as a Blackblot Senior Certified Trainer. Congratulations Nick! Have a great and productive week, Blackblot - Product Management Expertise™ www.blackblot.com2010-05-24 08:39:43http://www.blackblot.com/NMS/69/message/21/Blackblot Notification Mailing List - May 24, 2010Blackblot Notification Mailing List - May 6, 2010http://www.blackblot.com/NMS/69/message/20/Today, we are pleased to announce the general availability of Blackblot’s new book on high-tech product management. "The Product Manager’s Toolkit: Methodologies, Processes and Tasks in High-Tech Product Management" book provides novice and intermediate product managers with the information and clear definitions that they need to fully understand their role within an organization and then put their knowledge into practice. The book presents a practical and comprehensive methodology that covers all aspects of product management, from tasks and processes to roles and deliverables. This book, a companion to Blackblot’s comprehensive product management training and certification programs, includes a printed copy of the Blackblot Product Manager’s Toolkit™ (PMTK) professional template collection and offers companies and product management professionals with a practical primer for implementing an efficient product management practice in order to increase the practitioner’s workplace productivity and improve a product’s chances for commercial success. "The Product Manager’s Toolkit: Methodologies, Processes and Tasks in High-Tech Product Management" book is offered by the prestigious publishing house of Springer Science+Business Media from Germany. ISBN: 978-3-642-04507-3. The book is available from Amazon (hardcover) or from Springer (hardcover) and SpringerLink (eBook). Kind Regards, Shimrit Marom Marketing Manager www.blackblot.com2010-05-06 11:49:25http://www.blackblot.com/NMS/69/message/20/Blackblot Notification Mailing List - May 6, 2010Blackblot Notification Mailing List - January 7, 2010http://www.blackblot.com/NMS/69/message/13/You are receiving this message as a member of the Blackblot PMTK Mailing List. Here are the latest updates: The latest edition of Blackblot’s Product Manager’s Toolkit™ (PMTK), version 4.0, is now available to all registered users at http://www.blackblot.com/pmtk/ . Following are notable changes and updates to PMTK 4.0: 1. Corrections to style and grammar 2. Visually redesigned and friendlier index page 3. Revised glossary with new and clearer definitions 4. Better internal synchronization between templates 5. Better external synchronization with course materials 6. Improved “Market Requirements Document” (MRD) template Used by over three-thousand product managers worldwide, PMTK has become the de-facto work tool for product managers. Enjoy the new version and please let us know if you have any questions or comments. Thanks, Shimrit Marom Marketing Manager2010-01-07 08:58:40http://www.blackblot.com/NMS/69/message/13/Blackblot Notification Mailing List - January 7, 2010Blackblot Notification Mailing List - December 16, 2009http://www.blackblot.com/NMS/69/message/12/You are receiving this message as a member of the Blackblot Notification Mailing List. Here are the latest updates: We are pleased to inform the launch of the new Blackblot internet site. The revised website has several notable changes, including a new visual design, friendlier interface and navigation system, improved training calendar, and much more. Please visit www.blackblot.com . Comments and suggestions are most welcome. Thanks, Shimrit Marom Marketing Manager2009-12-16 03:29:59http://www.blackblot.com/NMS/69/message/12/Blackblot Notification Mailing List - December 16, 2009Blackblot Notification Mailing List - August 18, 2009http://www.blackblot.com/NMS/69/message/4/You are receiving this message as a member of the Blackblot Notification Mailing List. Here are the latest updates: * Blackblot is pleased to inform the signing of a book publishing deal with the reputable publishing house of Springer Science+Business Media from Germany. The book, named "The Product Manager’s Toolkit: Methodology, Processes and Tasks in High-Tech Product Management", will embody the Blackblot product management body of knowledge (including PMTK) and is expected to be available during Q1 2010. Discounted pre-ordering is presently available from amazon.com and springer.com. Please visit the PMTK Book page. * The new Blackblot BPMP private group allows Blackblot Product Management Professional™ certified individuals to communicate with each other, and provides a way for hiring managers and recruiters to identify and locate competent professionals for future product management opportunities. The group is available via LinkedIn. Group membership is by invitation and available only to Blackblot BPMP certified individuals. * Ms. Shimrit Marom has joined Blackblot as a marketing manager. Fluent in Hebrew, English, French and conversational German, Ms. Marom will focus on promoting Blackblot’s services worldwide. Thanks and Best Regards, Blackblot - Product Management Expertise™2009-08-18 13:09:16http://www.blackblot.com/NMS/69/message/4/Blackblot Notification Mailing List - August 18, 2009