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How to Communicate When You’re Founding a Startup

Mind the Product

As such, for their team of startup experts, communication is absolutely key. Once you’ve got your startup or project up and running, resist the urge to ‘get building’ and take a minute to speak to people. The post How to Communicate When You’re Founding a Startup appeared first on MindTheProduct. So how do they make it work? Dharmesh Raittatha walks us through it. Get Lean.

9 Ways to Validate Your Startup Ideas

280 Group

The post 9 Ways to Validate Your Startup Ideas appeared first on 280 Group Product Management. This is a guest post by Scott Davis. Setting up your own business is one of the most rewarding and fulfilling things in the world. It is a validation of your skills and knowledge. continue reading]. Infographics Demand Generation Research

3 Pillars of the Most Successful Tech Products

Nir Eyal

Ninety-two percent of startups fail within three years. Building Better Products How to Start-Up engagement startup technologyIf you’ve started a tech company to make a lot of money, chances are you’re bad at math—or simply delusional. Statistically speaking, your odds of a big-time payday are somewhere between zero and almost zero. Only one percent of apps in the Apple App Store are financially successful. […]. The post 3 Pillars of the Most Successful Tech Products appeared first on Nir and Far.

Lean experiments: Tristan Kromer on better product process

Mind the Product

I spoke to Lean Startup coach Tristan Kromer at Lean Startup Week earlier this month, where he presented a workshop about a “lean experiments toolbox”. Lean Startup Week is a conference for teams and leaders interested in applying a Lean Startup methodology to their product and Tristan helped to organise the Lean Unconference that kicked off the week’s activities.

TEI 080: Innovate like a startup – with Michael Docherty - The Everyday Innovator – Resources for Product Managers and Innovators

Product Innovation Educators

When established companies decide they need to be more innovative, they often talk in terms of acting more like a startup. But acting like a startup is much more challenging in reality, especially for larger organizations. Instead, established companies can partner with startups. How can startups help larger companies with transformative innovation? Integrate. Thanks!

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Good Enough

Tyner Blain

With the current mind share enjoyed by Lean Startup and minimally viable products (MVP), there is far too much shallow analysis from people jumping on the bandwagon of good ideas without fully understanding the ideas. MVP / Lean Startup is a learning process fueled with hypothesis testing, following the scientific method. No one really tells us. Different Perspectives of Good Enough.

Making My Underwear an accessible product

Mind the Product

Product Design Product Launch Product Management Startups Product Focus strategy user researchThis is a story about My Underwear. Not my underwear —  but “My Underwear” — the mobile game for children from my old game studio. It began by accident. Let me rewind to the beginning. My co-founder Ron and I were building mobile games during what I call “the trough”. I wrote about it here. He’s 10.

Don’t Ask People What They Want, Watch What They Do

Nir Eyal

In this interview, she chats with Max Ogles about design strategy for startups. Nir’s Note: Irene Au is a design partner at Khosla Ventures and former Head of Design at Google, Yahoo, and Udacity. She’ll be speaking at the upcoming Habit Summit in April. You can register here!) Q: You have an impressive background as […]. The post Don’t Ask People What They Want, Watch What They Do appeared first on Nir and Far. Behavior Design In Action Behavior design habit summit

Do You Have A Problem Worth Solving?

Street Smart Product Manager

Business Cases Lean Startup New Product Development Product Development Product Management business case market sizing market validation validated learningIn order to pursue any product idea — a new product, or a new feature for an existing product — you must make sure it’s a problem worth solving. If it doesn’t solve a tangible, real problem that lots of people are facing, and are willing to pay to have solved, it’s not worth spending … Continue reading "Do You Have A Problem Worth Solving?". The post Do You Have A Problem Worth Solving?

Oprah versus Spock: Advice from Dan Olsen and The Lean Product Playbook

Mind the Product

I spoke to Dan recently in advance of Lean Startup Week in San Francisco, where Dan taught a masterclass on product/market fit. ” The Minimum Viable Product (MVP) is one of the key learning methods described in the Lean Startup. Lean Product Design Product Management Product Management Basics Lean Startup Product DevelopmentIdentify underserved customer needs.

Products That Count Podcast

Mironov Consulting

We also touched on how incentive structures shape the behavior of non-product groups (such as Sales), and when a startup should hire its first full-time product manager. Featured Events leadership Market Thinking Organizations Product Management Startups Tools careers jobs jobs-to-be-done management toolsProducts That Count has a podcast as well as a monthly meetup.

Why your IT Project is Doomed to Fail – David Kullmann (ProductTank NYC)

Mind the Product

David is a Partner and Development Manager at CitrusByte, working with both large corporations and startups to develop innovative software solutions to challenges they may be facing. Product Management Product Management Characteristics ProductTank Startups Video product failure product planning product success Project ManagementIT Project Failures – The Statistics. trillion dollars.

Mental Models for Product Managers – Part 2

PM Hardcore

Trikro's Lean Startup Test Categorization Tristan Kromer has laid out a nice categorization of lean startup experiments based on whether you are looking for an idea or testing an idea you already have, versus looking for a market for the idea or validating that your solution to the idea meets the market's needs. Brain Wiring (by Wellcome Images, CC licensed). They are not used enough.

Finding the Truth Behind MVPs

Melissa Perri

A Successful Start I learned about Minimum Viable Products like 99% of other Product Managers – through The Lean Startup by Eric Ries. If you’re interested in learning more about MVPs, I’m running a one day workshop in Paris on June 14, 2016. More information here. When I happened upon the book and Eric’s method, I […

The Evolution of Modern Product Discovery

Product Talk

The Lean Startup: Eric Ries [9:49]. The Lean Startup. The Lean Startup encouraged us to ask, “Does anyone want our solution?” Many of you may guess what it was, but about five years ago Eric Ries launched The Lean Startup. And people are dogmatic, they say, the only way to build products is with The Lean Startup. Product management is evolving quickly.

Scaling Lean Principles by Jeff Gothelf

Mind the Product

Lean methodologies work well for a single team observes Gothelf: “A lean startup reduces risk by regular and continuous experimentation. There is no shortage of frameworks available for lean startup at scale, says Gothelf. “As Seek out the executive with the clout to carve out a safe space for you and you teams to try out continuous learning, lean startup and product discovery.”.

The Secret Ingredient To Getting Product Innovation Done: “Internalvangelists”

Street Smart Product Manager

In Lean Startup circles, we hear a lot about finding these special breed of customers. Because they’re the ones willing to make the initial bet on the startup, because they’ve bought into the startup’s vision and potential. So you’ve probably heard of “earlyvangelists” (No? Read this post by Steve Blank, who coined the term.) They’re … Continue reading "The Secret Ingredient To Getting Product Innovation Done: “Internalvangelists”". Product Management

Innovation, SaaS, and Enterprise: Announcing the First Three Speakers for #mtpcon London!

Mind the Product

After Adobe, Lea led product at InVision, a startup focused on design collaboration where she built and designed best practices for the product team. After several startups, his focus shifted towards the enterprise where he has pioneered the intersection of business model innovation, product development, organizational design, and culture transformation. Scott Berkun, Author.

The Simple Guide to Product Management

bpma ProductHub

Her prior experience includes product management at Wayfair, Constant Contact and an educational software startup. Contributed by Cynthia Andre. In 2016, Glassdoor identified Product Management as the #8 best job to have in America, with a job score of 4.5 out of 5. Other jobs on the list included Data Scientist, Tax Manager and HR Manager. Secondly, training and preparation vary.

The Rise of Product Success Manager and Customer Journey

Spice Catalyst

My talk on The Rise of Product Success Manager and Customer Journey on The DYT #Podcast w/ @kartvee #startup #ux #prodmgmt [link]. The post The Rise of Product Success Manager and Customer Journey appeared first on Spice Catalyst

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Confessions of a Product Manager or ‘What I wish I’d known sooner about product monetisation’


Like many startups, Newsmart now cites. “Launching isn’t hard. Coming up with an idea isn’t hard. Making something isn’t hard. It’s everything that comes after that.” – Jason Fried. Having written previously about the importance of monetisation to Product Managers it came as a shock recently to hear that my own product, Newsmart (a DowJones venture), is to be shuttered after nearly 3 years. Source. Product Management

Lewis Lin’s Favorite Books for PMs

Product Bookshelf

IDEA : The Lean Startup movement generated new and valuable ideas in product development. Olsen argues that high-level concepts and familiarity with Lean will not result in true success in the startup world. Lean Analytics: Use Data to Build a Better Startup Faster. I asked Lewis C. Customer analytics. Executive communication. User and customer empathy. by Nir Eyal. LEWIS C.

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Outcome-Driven Innovation for Product Managers

Mind the Product

In this talk at ProductTank San Francisco, he shares how jobs-to-be-done theory and the Outcome-Driven Innovation (ODI) process are being used to help startups, Fortune 100 companies, and others be significantly more effective at creating customer value and creating breakthrough products and services. Start with the need. The alternative is needs-led innovation. Using outcome statements.

Your Product is Already Obsolete – How to Survive by Des Traynor

Mind the Product

All startups go through three distinct phases – birth, growth, and survival. If you have any traction whatsoever, there’s another startup out there looking at you and your market thinking “we can do that cheaper and better” And there will be a newer, faster, cheaper way to deliver the outcome your customers want – and it might not involve you.

Product Management Workshop: Aug. 22-23 in Chicago

On Product Management

Think holistically about building and marketing The Whole Product Go beyond MVP/Lean Startup and dogmatic frameworks Raise your Product Management game Details are here: The Craftsman PM: A 2-day Hands-on Workshop Where: Blue1647, Chicago, IL When: August […]. Want to take your Product craft to the next level? Attend the Craftsman PM 2-day hands-on Product Management workshop. Admin Product Management

The Rise of Modern Product Discovery

Product Talk

We have seen a rise in product discovery philosophies—the increase in popularity of customer development , design thinking , The Lean Startup , and so forth. We see a new form of product discovery emerging with the rise of design thinking , The Lean Startup , customer development , and the jobs-to-be-done framework. ” – Tweet This. Challenges with Product Discovery.

Job Hunting Is Product Management

Pragmatic Marketing

It was the start of a brutal journey—from failed startup founder to gainfully employed product manager. When the company Pierre-Marc Diennet founded and spent four years building simply evaporated, he found himself with no income, no savings, a baby at home and no job. Pierre-Marc writes about his hard-won findings in the current issue of Pragmatic Marketer

On Being a Pragmatic Marketing Instructor

Product Beautiful

Prior to Dell, I worked for Cisco, a company Cisco had acquired called NetSolve, and a startup called NetStreams, amongst others. I had an idea for a startup of my own that I was trying to pursue but had come to a point that I needed to either quit and do it full time, or abandon the idea. Key Learning: Why kind of person are you? ” “What do you really like?”

Training to be a Better Product Manager

Mind the Product

7 years ago, I started working at my first tech startup. I remember very clearly meeting a Product Manager named Jim Lindstrom on my first day and asked to shadow him. I saw a bewildering but exciting range of tasks and responsibilities, I didn’t quite understand it, but I wanted to. As I suspect many others in my position did at the time, I had to cobble together what there was and make do.

More Awesome Speakers for #mtpcon SF 2017

Mind the Product

Previously, Fraser was Director of Innovation and Transformation at Pivotal and she has founded and served as CEO for several startups, including Luxr, an early Lean Startup firm, and Adaptive Path, the world’s first User Experience firm. Tickets are on sale now – the early birds sold out in mere minutes so don’t miss out! Josh Elman, Partner, Greylock. Workshops.

Selling Vs. Learning

Mironov Consulting

Tristan Kromer thoughtfully sorts open-ended learning from goal-directed experiments (technically called “generative” and “evaluative” research) in What Type of Lean Startup Experiment Should I Run? I talk with product managers all the time, and always ask whether they are talking directly with end users and target customers. I’m on sales calls two or three times a week.” . To help close.

Fighting Shiny Object Syndrome

Product Powers

I work with a lot of companies that are, like this company was, just coming out of the startup phase. What the startup CEO sees as responding with agility to opportunity, the product team secretly refers to as “shiny object syndrome.” Brenda rushed over from her desk in the sales pit. She was clearly excited. She’d uncovered an opportunity to partner with a local firm that would distribute our free demo to a few thousand of their customers and she was convinced it would be an easy way to generate a lot of new business quickly. I said no. A Simple Formula.

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Three. Two. One. Go – Bringing the Donuts 03/16/2016

Ken Norton

After much discussion, your startup – or division at a larger company – has decided it’s time to hire its first product manager. How do you make sure your new PM is successful? -. You can finally breathe a sigh of relief. How do you make sure they’re successful? I’ve written about the first days at a new company from the

Behind Every Great Product


What has not changed is my overarching belief that behind every great product, there is someone, usually someone behind the scenes, working tirelessly, that is playing this critical role They usually have the title “product manager” but they might be a startup co-founder or the CEO, or they might be in another role on the team and stepped up because they saw the need. Camille went on to join the YouTube team, and then lead product at London-based Hailo, and now I’m very happy to say that she’s the new CEO of NYC-based startup, Kit. In 1993, Word 6.0

TEI 077: Scaling lean product management – with Ash Maurya - The Everyday Innovator – Resources for Product Managers and Innovators

Product Innovation Educators

He wrote the step-by-step guide for implementing Lean startup practices, titled Running Lean , created the Lean Canvas tool, and blogs regularly about these topics at Now he has a new book about applying Lean Startup principles to go from new product concept to a product that is achieving predictable success with customers. His name is Ash Maurya. Innovation Quote.

It’s time to get your Ph.D. in Sales Comp

Product Beautiful

This company had recently acquired a series of software startups and was attempting to integrate them into their larger hardware portfolio. A few years ago, I was working for a large company here in Austin. The product team I managed was responsible for the integration, product management, and transition. Imagine a Fortune 100 company: large, established, incumbent. And you know what?

First Things First: How Does A Product Manager Start?

The Accidental Product Manager

I recently had a chance to start a new job as a product manager for a startup that had never had a product manager before. The startup up that I joined had a great product (in my opinion – that’s why I joined them!) The startup had created some software, they had gotten their first customer. So you are in the process of starting your brand new product manager job.

How to Build Great Products in the AI World

Mind the Product

Experiment with creating scale even as a startup. What does technology do to society? When technology and human ingenuity gets together, everybody in society profits. If you look at graphs of GDP / capita over long time periods (850 years+), the trend is always upwards. Overall though, technology makes everyone healthier and richer. The most important thing in technology is AI. Why now?

Get Ready for MTP Engage Hamburg

Mind the Product

His fourth startup NumberFour is one of the most curiously awaited product launches in 2017. Photo courtesty of Moritz Königsbücher. Just 2 months until the first MTP Engage event will take place in Hamburg on April 28th! We are still putting final touches to the agenda and the side events, but we are excited to share some of the first details with you: The keynotes. Marco Börries.

An Introduction to Product Discovery

Product Talk

The Lean Startup came out in 2011. Throughout the video, I draw upon concepts from The Lean Startup , Change by Design , and The Four Steps to the Epiphany as well as what I’ve observed as a discovery coach and as product manager. I continue to be surprised by how many product managers aren’t familiar with dual-track development. And it’s time you start exploring that shift.