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Building an API that Developers Love

Mind the Product

Maxime says he asks this question to everyone from business development to API experts! At Zendesk, the first API was provided free by Ruby on Rails and the developers included it as a little bonus without much thought. Developing the API first for any feature forces them to avoid clutter by letting them configure and manage complexity. How you would describe an API to a child?

Developing as a Product Manager

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Your role is now to develop other leaders from across the organisation, not just product managers. The post Developing as a Product Manager appeared first on MindTheProduct. There are no guides to Product Management. As Ken Chin points out, the best way to learn about Product Management is to speak to people who have been doing it for longer than you. Senior Product Management.

How Designers & Developers Can Work Better Together

Mind the Product

Jason Fleitz is Director of Web Operations at LivePerson, where they develop products such as LiveEngage- a platform that gives companies the ability to engage with their customers anytime on web sites, mobile and social networks. By tuning into what motivates them, you can develop ways to create opportunities for teammates to excel while also moving the project forward.

Motivating Development Teams

Mironov Consulting

While sales teams stereotypically rally around contests, talk sports and drink coffee (which is for closers)… development teams may sit silently side-by-side-side most of the day engaging in multiple Slack conversations, taking breaks for air hockey or exchanging giphys , and critiquing each other’s code indents. Some Engineering teams are unmotivated, though. So improving. criteria.

Virtual reality and your product development process

Mind the Product

As we look at what it takes to develop non-gaming VR products, their separation from gaming becomes very important. Developing business products in VR, however, is like creating a new sport by combining American Football and what the rest of the world calls Football. As soon as we move to detailed definition and development of the product things change quickly. Wrapping up.

8 Tips for Collaborating with Development Teams

Roman Pichler

But let the ScrumMaster or coach tackle people, process, and organisational issues; let the development team figure out what needs to be done to implement the user stories and other product backlog items. Development teams should manage their own work (using a sprint backlog or Kanban board). Developing a successful digital product requires more than technical knowledge. While you own and manage the product, the development team should understand and support important product decisions. Manage the Product, not the Team. Neither is desirable. Remember the Golden Rule?

Getting Developers’ Buy-In on Build versus Buy

Mironov Consulting

I often see development teams that have built some side technology that’s not core to their product’s mission, and which could (should!) Let’s think through how this happens, the mental/emotional barriers to using commercial products in our own solutions, and ideas for how to “sell” the right answers to our developers. How About An Example? And so it goes. What’s Going On?

My team are my product: How to develop a high-performing team of product managers (or anyone else)

Mind the Product

This is in order for Product to provide value to the organisation and it is underpinned by developing a high-performing team. If you’re looking to develop a high-performing team I’m sure some of this is familiar to you too. There are many facets to developing a high-performing team and there are many sources of advice and guidance out there. Our current reality. Feedback loops.

Developer Powered Innovation


There is a very common fallacy about developers in our industry, and I think it hurts countless companies. Have you ever heard the old accusation that developers only want to solve problems for themselves? They’ll spend countless hours, often on their own time, to create amazing tools for themselves and the developers they work with. For the first 20 years of my career I was either building tools for other developers, or leading products designed for other developers. So it’s easy to see why people think this is all that can excite developers.

Get Brochure: Professional Development and Training Courses Description

Spice Catalyst

The post Get Brochure: Professional Development and Training Courses Description appeared first on Spice Catalyst. Newsletter Dave Product Management Product Marketing Product Planning Training

Tesla Agile Development: Product Management at its Best

280 Group

Tesla Agile Development: Version 8.0 The post Tesla Agile Development: Product Management at its Best appeared first on 280 Group Product Management. Software and Product Management at its best. Last week I received the version 8 update from Tesla. In my case, since I purchased my model S one year ago I have received autopilot (the car accelerates, brakes and steers.[continue

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Applying Systems Thinking to Your Product Development Process

280 Group

Product Managers Are Outsiders in the Product Development Process There are two underlying problems for Product Managers when considering any product development process, whether it is Agile, Waterfall, or a hybrid process. The product development process is a subset of a larger product process (from product conception, to detailed business planning, all the way through end-of-life).

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How aligning product and marketing teams improves customer experience

Mind the Product

It wasn’t too long ago that designers and developers were disciples of strictly separate crafts – but today, someone who can do both well is quickly labelled a “unicorn”, and sought after by many a unicorn-thirsty start-up. After all, how can you develop a mutually satisfying relationship with someone, when you never communicate with them directly? Give them common objectives.

Getting the Band Together: How to Get More Development Resources as a Product Manager


A common challenge that Product Managers face is trying to move their product and company forward with limited development and testing resources. And it often takes a combination of skill, talent, and luck on the part of a Product Manager to pry additional resources from the limited pool that their company has to build and innovate on their products. Source.

10 Ways to Use Feature Flags

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ProductTank San Francisco Video developers Product Design Product Development Software user testingTake back control of your products with Edith Harbaugh , CEO and Co-Founder at Launch Darkly. Edith shares her expertise with 10 things to do with Feature Flags. The tidal wave effect. The ones where in the panic to fix the first terrifying problem, you unwittingly break something else.

Managing – not Just Maintaining – a Product Backlog

Mind the Product

2016 was a big year for the Justinmind product development team. Most importantly of all, we ended up with a more balanced development roadmap and, ultimately, a better product. Product Design Product Management Product Management Basics Product Management Characteristics Product Management Process Product Management Skills Product Development product planning Skills strategy

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The biggest challenge for product managers?

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It also tells me that the career development of many product managers is slower than it ought to be. Product Design Product Management Product Management Basics Product Management Skills Uncategorized Product Development Product Focus product planningI’m sincerely grateful to the 47 of you who provided your thoughts, many of which were detailed and insightful in their own right.

New Book: What Product Managers Need To Know About World-Class Product Development

The Accidental Product Manager

What Product Managers Need To Know About World-Class Product Development. The key to being successful is to understand exactly what goes into world-class product development. As we look around different industries, we look for examples that we can follow when developing products. It turns out that this is no easy task. HOW YAHOO PRODUCT MANAGERS ARE KICKING GOOGLE’S BUTT.

Pros and Cons of Market Research Tactics

Mind the Product

Guest Post Product Management Product Management Basics Product Management Skills Product Development strategy user researchWhen it comes to capturing the public’s imagination, few works of fiction have ever done it as well as the movie Jurassic Park did almost 25 years ago – I couldn’t believe it’s been that long either. Join Sales Calls. Talk to Existing Customers.

How to turn a story point factory into a customer-centric team?

Mind the Product

However, almost all the product teams I know use some agile methods, and they are certainly great tools to break down mega projects into manageable parts, to bring back flexibility to the development process or make it easier to estimate resources. For them agile looks like a needless abstraction layer between the development team and their customers. Ideation sessions can also help.

Mentorship and expectations

bpma ProductHub

Mentors can offer you wisdom distilled out of years of experience, functional know-how and domain expertise either at your everyday job or for your future career development. Mentors are there to offer the resources and expand your network when people around you are just not enough to answer some of your career development questions. Why you might need a mentor in your life.

Lean experiments: Tristan Kromer on better product process

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As detailed in this GrowthHackers case study , AirBnB endured two years of early-stage development without seeing much traction. Lean Product Design Product Management Product Management Process Product Management Skills Uncategorized Lean Startup Product Development strategyHe is also editor and primary author of the Real Startup Book and runs lean consulting firm TriKro LLC.

Product Management is About Making Mistakes

Mind the Product

The feature was developed on schedule, and successfully launched to a controlled group of users. With hindsight, I see there were several measures that I could have taken to avoid the error (I could have tested the new UI on real users even before passing it to the development team, gone deeper in the analysis I did on the control group, and so on). A Shiny new Feature.

Interview: A Chat with BPMA Mentor and Edx CTO, Mark Haseltine

bpma ProductHub

Being born and raised in New England, I’ve been a part of the Boston area development community for decades now — making a point to foster and support local professional organizations whenever I am able. It evolved quickly to be more closely aligned with development — not just understanding the customer and their needs, but aligning the product with those needs.

Why you Need a Product Analytics Playbook

Mind the Product

Now think about how silly it would be if mobile game developers sought only to “activate” new users and devoted no resources to creating more of these whale gamers. When you plan out your product development, you should prioritize features and fixes according to the group of users you’re trying to target. Every product is different, of course. Here are our big findings: 1.

Product Lifecycle Management – Beyond the Early Adopter

Mind the Product

Craig advocates for spending plenty of valuable time in Explore before introducing any development capability – getting into the environment, focusing on the need and actively discouraging premature convergence. But Pearson moderate their growth ambitions with a strong sense of strategy that guides which ideas they decide to develop towards execution. Growth is an assumption but ….

The Simple Guide to Product Management

bpma ProductHub

In the pragmatic marketing framework and others like it, market understanding, strategy and definition drive all other activities for product development and delivery. NYSE:NEWM), where she combines innovation and strategy to help her team ideate, develop, build, launch and modify digital products that meet the needs of small and medium sized businesses. Contributed by Cynthia Andre.

Climbing the Product Management Career Ladder

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Mirror the three layers of the customer’s business and you’ll develop that expertise and climb the career ladder with less effort and better results. Product Management Career Development Experienced Career LeadershipContributed by John Mansour. Before your mind wanders too far, let’s set the record straight. Tactical – The Surrogate User/Job Expert. Essentially, they’re all the same.

Story: Career Advice and Growing in Product Management

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Boston Women in Product Product Management Career Development Early Career LeadershipThe founders of the Boston Women in Product share their story of how they started in product management, some of the challenges they faced and how mentors helped them navigate through these experiences. Cait Porte , Vice President of Product Management, Zmags. To which I responded, “of course not!”

The Power of Bad Product Ideas

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Product Design ProductTank Video brainstorming idea generation ideation Product DevelopmentSteve Portigal challenges product managers to re-think the idea-generation process by inviting in bad ideas. In brain-storming sessions, we frequently see two surges in ideas. The first is where the low hanging fruit is identified. The second surge is where more innovative ideas are frequently found.

Learning in Product – Ellen Chisa (ProductTank NYC)

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They tend to be very good at product development, coding, and A/B testing. Product Management Characteristics Product Management Skills ProductTank Video Career personal development Skills Soft skillsEllen Chisa has an educational background in engineering and is currently working on her MBA at Harvard Business School. How Do You Know if You’re a Good Product Manager? Soft Skills.

Product Management Memory Lane with Alyssa Dver

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Product Management Career Development Leadership women in productContributed by Saikrishna Chavali. Kicking off the 2017 BPMA calendar is Alyssa Dver on using Neuroscience to build confidence. While talking to her we realized her deep roots in Product Management in the Greater Boston area all way into Digital Equipment Corporation (DEC) in the late 80s. Represented” and “Ms.

Feeding the product team using “pull”

On Product Management

Typically, product managers and executives “push” more and more requests to the developers. Agile Development Development SteveJAs soon as somebody says you’re spending too much time on something, you’re on the right track.—Bob Bob Lefsetz, American music industry author. There are two approaches to delivering stories to your product team: pull and push. Even though the team already has […].

The Keys To Productive Brainstorming

Street Smart Product Manager

New Product Development brainstorming creativity innovationLet’s face it: brainstorming has gotten a bad rap. And deservedly so. How many of us have been part of a “brainstorming meeting” that turned out to be a total waste of time? Too many people. A purposeless agenda. Meandering conversations that go nowhere. And no follow-up afterward. Sound familiar? In fact, doesn’t “brainstorming meeting” … Continue reading The Keys To Productive Brainstorming. The post The Keys To Productive Brainstorming appeared first on Street Smart Product Manager.

The Top Strategies For Doing Customer Interviews That Get You Real Insights

Street Smart Product Manager

Customer Development Product Development Product Management customer development customer discovery customer interview customer validation Product Manager voice of customerWe all know a core responsibility of a product manager is to constantly and consistently bring in the customer perspective into the business. I must admit, earlier in my career I totally sucked at it.

The Problem with Building Products in an Agile World

Product Beautiful

Over the past decade, there has been a ton of ink spilled over Agile development. Soon, those four to five customers figure out that they have a disproportionate amount of influence on your direction, and realize that their feedback can turn you into essentially a custom development shop for their particular needs – again, that’s not market driven, that’s customer driven.

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Handling requests for new features in a successful product

Mind the Product

In my experience there are several alternatives worth considering: Do not develop the feature at all. To justify developing a feature, you must be convinced that the reward justifies all the cost of its development. Product Design Product Management Product Management Basics Product Management Skills product culture Product Development Product Focus

The DIY Illusion

Mironov Consulting

We’ve airbrushed out trade-offs, delays, incomplete requirements, technical challenges, unfilled developer chairs, testing, evolving needs, and everything we experience building real software. IT has no idle developers , and a dozen unfilled positions. Neither our users nor development team have ever built a partner portal before. Do It Yourself. How hard could it be? Forever.

Learning #Prodmgmt on the go: Innovation Tools and The Lean Windup

Spice Catalyst

Innovation innovation tools Product Development product managementFor everyone who follows Karthik's podcast series, Design Your Thinking, I have some good news for you! Last week my podcast with Karthik on Innovation in the Digital Age and the Lean Windup Challenge went live. You can listen to the whole podcast here:

From Development to Product Management

Under10 Playbook

A reader asks: What should I know about moving from a developer role to product management? The great thing about product management is you work across all parts of the organization—development, marketing, sales, services, support, finance, and the executive team. Your job, particularly with development, is to explain the personas and their problems. The who and the what.