Intro to Software Product Management

Pardon me if I am now using my blog as my online notes, but I am now on a learning journey! I have realized a lot this 2020, in terms of career, lovelife (that’s for another blog post ;-)) and finances. Now, I am taking one step at a time to improve myself, and the series of blogs I am writing are records of my learning journey. So if you are okay with learning more about my world, feel free to read and follow. 🙂

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To start, what is software product management? Well, for one, software product management is different from project management. Though there are common features for both; however, the difference lies on the application. Project management is a broad field that can be applied in any development scenario (like preparing for a wedding, building a house, etc) whereas software product management describes practices for project management but particularly aimed for creating software products.

To achieve a better software, just like in learning, you must have a goal to accomplish. In software product management, there are three goals, particular for each member of the team:

  • Client – the goal of the client is to make sure that the software product meets their needs and solves their problem. If a client is happy with the product, the software is validated.
  • Developer – the goal of the developer is to make sure that the software they are developing are done right — meaning the design and the implementation frontend and backend satisfies the needs of the client. Here, the developers conducts reviews and tests to make sure the software is verified.
  • Product Manager – the goal of the product manager is to manage the development process of the software and organize the work of everyone involved. Here, the project manager makes sure there is clear communication, clear objectives and clear feedback so both the developers and the clients are happy.

In short, the goals in software product management are: clients ensures they have the right product, the developers verifies they have done the right product, and the product manager confirms that the requirements and process for both are managed right.

So, the role of the software product manager is important in any software development (which is basically what I do for a new project). A software product manager is in charge of the success of a software product. This role involves understanding the product from the client’s point of view and requires effective communication and motivation of the development team members.

So, am I ready to start learning and taking the Software Product Management Specialization, a Coursera course offered by University of Alberta? Well, yeah, that’s for sure!!

Please bear with me as I post more and more blogs on my learning journey, but if you are also interested in this field, feel free to read and follow. 🙂

Do You have a Pioneering Heart?

I have listened to the podcast of Brian Houston of Hillsong countless times about having a pioneering heart. I have taken notes, and at some point, got bored with it so I played around with words and colors. 

Who are the pioneers?

What are the characteristics of those with a pioneering heart?

Lastly, what’s in it for us if we have a pioneering heart?

Subject-Verb Agreement

Back in college, we write so many reflection papers, essays, and submission articles. Our grade does not only rely on the substancial content but also on its structure. Thus, knowing the basic of all — the subject and verb agreement, is very essential.

I came across on my high school handouts on the subject-verb agreement and I think keeping a copy here in my hub might just help. This is a version I’ve paraphrased then according to my understanding so it would be easy to memorize. 🙂

1. A singular subject takes a singular verb; a plural subject takes a plural verb.
Ex. John skips meals.

2. The number of the subject is not changed by a prepositional phrase after the subject.
Ex. One of the delagates comes from Mindanao.

3. The following indefinite pronouns are singular: each, either, neither, one, everybody, no one, nobody, anyone, anybody, someone, somebody.
Ex. Everyone seems fulfilled.

4. The words a few, many, both, several take plural verbs.
Ex. Several men are in the office.

5. When the words some, any, none and all are followed by a phrase, the verb agrees with the phrase.
Ex. Some of the food was served.
       Some of the children are playing.

6. Nouns plural in form but singular in meaning such as physics, economics, mathematics, measles, civics, news, etc. take singular verb.
Ex. Mathematics is our subject.

7. Agreement with compound subjects:

a. A compund subject connected by and generally takes plural verb.
Ex. My bestfriend and my nephew visit me everyday.

b. Compound subjects that are closely related or that refer to the same person or thing take a singular verb.
Ex. Paper and ballpen comes in handy together.

c. A compound subject involving the use of each or every takes a singular verb.
Ex. Every man and woman has the ability to forgive others.

d. Compound subjects joined by either-or and neither-nor take singular verbs depending upon the nearer subject.
Ex. Either the students or the teacher complains to the school administration.

8. Intervening words like together with, in addition to, as well as, including and similar constructions following the subject do not affect the number of the subject.
Ex. Mrs. Tina Pakan, together with her children, has left for Brgy. Dinaanan.

9. Words or phrases expressing periods of time, weights, measurement and amounts of money are usually regarded as singular.
Ex. Five pesos is enough to buy some bread.

10. Fractions may take singular or plural verbs depending on the of-phrase.
Ex. Three-halves of the beans were cooked.

11.Collective nouns take singular verbs when they are used to denote a unit; they take plural verbs when used to refer to the individual members of the group.
Ex. The family is leaving for abroad.
      The family are discussing departure plans.

12. When the subject and the predicate noun are of different numbers, the verb agrees with the subject, not the predicate noun.
Ex. The ship’s cargo was pineapples.
       Pineapples were the ship’s cargo.

13. The expression the number takes a singular verb; the expression a number takes a plural verb.
Ex. The number of students is big.
      A number of rebellions were on guard.

14. The title of a book, even when plural in form, takes a singular verb.
Ex. Origin of Species is a book written by Charles Darwin.

15. There is/was; Here is/was is followed by a singular noun. There are/were; Here are/were is followed by a plural noun.
Ex. There is a God that sees all.
      There are books that are not worth reading.

Reference: Prentice-Hall, Inc (2004). Grammar and Composition 4. Pearson Education South Asia Pte. Ltd., Jurong, Singapore.