Product Management Coaching and Consulting
Learn the Skills you and your Product Team need. Practice them with the Confidence you deserve.
I offer different tools, techniques, and approaches for helping product teams to improve the way they solve user problems and contribute to business goals that matter.
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I want to empower Product Teams to become the best version of themselves. The majority of my content and offerings is build around this purpose. It's one of the main reasons why I get up in the morning and one of the last things I have in mind before logging-off from work in the evening.
I don't believe that the number of written user stories or shipped products can tell you anything about the success of your team. Furthermore, I want to equip product teams with the necessary skills to focus on changing the behavior of customers and allow for meaningful contributions to strategic priorities.
To achieve that, I focus on the domains of Product Strategy, Product Goals, and Product Discovery. From my experience, these three are inherently linked and presumed gaps in one of them often stems from a lack of skill or enablement in one of the others. So, even if my work is focused on one of these domains, I encourage a holistic perspective when working with individuals and teams.
Here's how I approach working with product teams:
- I help them with understanding the consequences of the choices they made.
- I offer a range of alternatives that could be used to tackle the same challenges, just with different consequences.
- I hands-on support the implementation of said alternatives to ensure an actual change in behavior.
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Product Discovery Training and Coaching
I believe in the necessity of individual paths to working through the problem and solution space of Product Discovery. My Product Discovery training and coaching work is informed by the belief that Product Discovery consists of a series of non-linear, collaborative, and data-based activities.
These are some of the formats for working with me in the context of Product Discovery:
- Product Discovery Training for helping your Product Teams understand the fundamental ways of thinking and essential techniques for getting started.
- Product Discovery Coaching for continuous hands-on support of one or multiple Product Teams on their quest to understanding the Problem and Solution Space.
- Self-paced Product Discovery Learning through my Adaptable Product Discovery Course.
"During a 3-day workshop, Tim helped us further shape our way of handling problem and solution spaces in a user-focussed and collaborative way. He provided us with a kick-start toolkit and a shared methodology that is now helping us to be closer to our users, make fast decisions in line with our business needs and build an even stronger team."
Mareike Leitermann, Product Lead at ParkBee
"In his Product Discovery Training, Tim did not only provide a great toolset for our daily work as interdisciplinary product team, but really sparked our minds and triggered a deeper understanding of user centric product development. You immediately feel that he’s deeply caring about good products, processes and – foremost – the people involved."
Peter Grahle, Head of Platform & Design at DER SPIEGEL"
Product Strategy Consulting
Product Strategy is about articulating your data-informed plan to win in the market you have chosen to compete in. And it doesn't matter how big, small, old, or new product is. This is a clarity every product team needs and most of them lack. Together, we can change that.
I believe in the power of context-driven Product Strategy. This approach helps teams to articulate how they plan to win beyond the buzzwords. By understanding the goals and pillars of your strategy, as well as the gaps you need to fill, you can arrive at an easy-to-communicate essence of your Product Strategy.
These are some of the formats for working with me in the context of Product Discovery:
- Product Strategy Workshop for collaborative creation of your Product Strategy. By using the Product Field and Impact Mapping as a lens for identifying the core relationships between your most important strategy ingredients, you will be able to kick off adjacent processes like roadmap planning, OKR definition, and Product Discovery.
- Product Strategy Sparring for discussions about your current strategic direction and critical challenging of your choices and next steps.
"Tim for the win. Tim accompanied us in the development of our product strategy. His sound and at the same time pragmatic approach has helped us to link our product strategy with our business goals, to derive concrete next steps and to cast them into first OKRs. His input - both in personal workshops and through his courses and articles - not only informs our strategy work, but also helps our teams in their daily doing"
Benjamin Wüstenhagen, Managing Director & CPO at Cornelsen eCademy
"Tim has done a great job in turning our ideas and thoughts into a product strategy. Besides the great preparation and follow-up of each day I would like to emphasize his valuable persistence in questioning the status quo.With Tim as the facilitator we have made a great step forward and are now prepared for our future journey."
Lucas Bremer, Co-Founder & CPO at Quantilope
Supporting the Adoption of OKRs in Product Management
Over the last years, a growing number of product companies started adopting Objectives and Key Results (OKRs) to set their goals. For Product Managers, that's great news because OKRs help you create more focus and align your efforts with the whole company. At least, in theory.
Don't work with me on your OKRs if you're expecting a blueprint for "working like Google." Instead, my work is focused on helping organizations and teams to understand their reason why behind using OKRs and how to use it accordingly. My unfair advantage in this domain is that I I know what it takes to make OKRs work for product teams without just adding another process layer.
These are some of the formats for working with me in the context of OKRs in Product Management:
- Using OKRs in Product Management Training for helping team members and (future) OKR Champions to understand the fundamentals of using OKRs in agile environments and connecting it to existing practices like Discovery and Scrum.
- OKR Review and OKR System Sparring for getting an outside perspective on the way you use OKRs and inspiration for better practices across the entire OKR cycle.
- OKR Definition Workshop Moderation to support the outcome-oriented drafting for one or multiple product or leadership teams. This requires participation in my live or self-paced educational formats to understand and internalize my OKR approach.
- Self-paced OKR Learning for Product Managers, Scrum Masters, and OKR Champions through my Outcome OKRs for Product Teams Course.
"Coming up with OKRs for the first time is never easy for a team. With his profound knowledge and engaging manner, Tim did a great job to guide us on our journey towards a more outcome-driven approach with the right objectives and key results."
Tobias Struck, Head of Product at BuildingMinds
"Tim did a great job supporting us with an OKR training. Tim helped us implementing OKRs with a well-prepared workshop mixing useful tools, exciting exercises and open feedback. I recommend everybody interested in OKRs to get in touch with him."
Jens Rieken, Managing Director at Star Finanz
I love sharing what I have learned over my past 10+ years of hands-on work in product management. My talks are focused on a lightweight communication of practical tips and helpful prompts for the everyday challenges product teams face.
I stay away from universal dogmas and instead focus on meeting my audiences where they are today, helping them to take the next step on their journey.
Possible topics for in-house talks or interactive mini-workshops include:
- Making Product Discovery work beyond 'best practices'
- Using OKRs in Product Management
- How to develop and practice strategic thinking as a Product Team
- Adopting a Product-led company mindset
- Putting Outcomes into Practice using Impact Mapping
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As a Product Management coach, I work with product managers and teams around the globe to connect the dots through empathy and structure. By introducing confidence and skills to their way of working, I ensure that they can and want to own their Product Strategy, Goals, and Product Discovery.
For more than 10 years, I worked in various in-house and consulting roles as a Product Manager and Head of Product. I constantly challenged myself to make an evidence-informed way of working part of industries like publishing, professional networking, and building Enterprise-level SaaS applications. I know what it takes to balance large-scale product iterations with the scrappiness of a pre-Product-Market-Fit state.