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Growing up Lean: Lean Strategies for Maturing Products

Mind the Product

Building an MVP and launching a product is actually the easy part.

How Video Store Product Managers Manage To Still Hang On

The Accidental Product Manager

It turns out that some video stores still do exist – how have they done this? Image Credit: Eric Parker. Can anyone remember back in the day when there used to be a video rental store on just about every corner?

Be a Balanced Product Leader, Not a Feature Broker or Product Dictator

Roman Pichler

Feature Broker and Product Dictator. How do you best lead the stakeholders and development team as the person in charge of the product? One way to answer this question is to avoid unhelpful but common leadership styles.

Building Awesome Product Teams by Martin Eriksson

Mind the Product

Summary: Build better product teams by hiring smart, diverse groups of people, getting out of the way, and focusing your teams on outcomes rather than outputs. It’s not About Products, it’s About People.

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Product Management University Training: Six Ingredients. Higher-Value Solutions

Answer six simple questions to learn everything you need to know about your markets. Then use that market information to simplify every aspect of product management, product marketing and sales enablement. Schedule your personalized onsite workshop and learn the market’s simplest Framework for growth.

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Career Stories and Advice on Product Management and Product Marketing

bpma ProductHub

By Jennifer Gridley – Have you ever wondered how different people break into Product Management and why they stay? Would you like advice from great Product Managers on how to do the job well? Are you interested in sharing your story and advice with others? If you answered yes to any of those questions, you’ve… Career Product Management Product Marketing

What a Good Continuous Discovery Team Looks Like [Case Study]

Product Talk

One of my favorite parts of Mind the Product London this past fall was meeting a product manager and a designer who I had coached in the prior year. We met for afternoon tea and to my surprise they gushed about our time working together.

Book Review: The Startup Playbook

Under10 Playbook

Book Review: The Startup Playbook: Founder-to-Founder Advice From Two Startup Veterans by Rajat Bhargava and Will Herman. I was sent a complimentary copy of The Startup Playbook to read and review. It’s a good introduction to product thinking for both founders and product managers.

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What Can Amazon Product Managers Do About The Customers They Don’t Have?

The Accidental Product Manager

Can you believe it? Some people still don’t shop at Amazon! Image Credit: Claudio Toledo. As product managers, we spend a great deal of our time trying to figure out ways to get more people to buy our products.

Forget About Problems! Focus on Customer Goals for Higher Value Products

When you focus on customer business goals, you’re guaranteed to uncover their biggest obstacles. Eliminate the obstacles and by default, your solutions have strategic value. Unique Product Management Training, only from Proficientz. Download the overview.

Manage Conflict by Building Your Product EQ

Mind the Product

I introduced a concept called Product EQ when speaking about managing conflict at work at a recent ProductTank London.

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bpma ProductHub

Wondering how to “crack the code” for a career in Product Management? Whether you’re a newbie in the job market or transitioning from a different role, here are some tips from seasoned Product Managers. Top 10 Pieces of Product Management Career Advice – By Kimberly Berls As product managers, we all have lots of questions… Product Marketing Breaking into Product Management Product Management

Use This Equation to Determine, Diagnose, and Repair Trust

First Round Review

Anne Raimondi has headed up product, marketing and operations at big names throughout tech. This one lesson is at the heart of her approach to leadership. Continue reading at First Round Review »

Three Roles of Product Marketing

Under10 Playbook

Over the years I’ve seen product management teams focused increasingly on the technical aspects of the product, serving more as development managers than product managers, and neglecting business strategy and go-to-market responsibilities.

Selling Data and Decisions to your Team

Speaker: Cait Porte, SVP Product and Customer Experience, Zmags

Gathering support for a product feature or enhancement is a critical skill for Product Managers. Talking to customers, working with key stakeholders in the business and convincing development that a feature is necessary can be a daunting task. Join Product Management expert Cait Porte as she covers how to sell your ideas internally by leveraging data to drive decision making.

Product Managers Tackle The Santa Problem

The Accidental Product Manager

Santa is going to need some help making his deliveries on time Image Credit: Oliver Schafeld. So what’s the one thing that everyone knows about Santa? That he always delivers his gifts to the good boys and girls on Christmas morning. Not the day after Christmas. Or a week later.

Vivek Bedi – The Awesome Product Manager

Mind the Product

Vivek Bedi is the Head of Product at LearnVest. He has over 15 years’ product management experience, working for companies like Goldman Sachs, Sterling Backcheck, and now LearnVest. In his presentation, talks about LearnVest, the role of a product manager, and what he’s learned from his years as a product manager. A Great Product Manager. Vivek believes a huge part of being a product manager is being a strategic thinker. A product manager, he says, needs to have a vision and roadmap.

Why live chat isn’t just for customer service anymore

Inside Intercom

For all the time and money we spend attracting customers to our website, isn’t it odd how little we spend trying to convert them? According to an eConsultancy report , for every $92 spent acquiring prospects only $1 is spent converting them. Sure, that dollar could give you returns in spades, but in reality the odds of that are no better than a craps table in Las Vegas.

The Most Basic Rule of Marketing Is So Easy to Forget

High Octane Product Management

The most basic rule of marketing is so easy to forget. You’ve just purchased some new clothes or shoes online. As part of the transaction, you hand over your email address or mobile number knowing full well that three things are going to happen. You’ll get a receipt via email/text. You’ll get shipping notifications and tracking information via email/text. Before, during and after #2, you get flooded with promotions. Not good!

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Agile Metrics for Team and Product Progress

Speaker: Johanna Rothman, Management Consultant, Rothman Consulting Group

You’ve seen team metrics like velocity. Velocity is not an accurate measure of a team's progress towards "done." So what should you use instead? Join Johanna as she discusses the measures that are actually useful in understanding what your team does, where the work is, and how long the work really takes - and in addition, we’ll examine what it takes to explain the team’s progress to others in terms of the product backlog burnup chart, ways to talk about what’s done and not yet released, and how to show others working product.

Lean Startup’s Eric Ries on How to Make ‘Gatekeepers’ a Source of Power and Speed

First Round Review

As companies add 'gatekeeper' functions like Legal, Finance, IT and Compliance, they tend to slow way down. But they don't have to. Here's how to lay the right foundation. Continue reading at First Round Review »

Agile Transformation is a Journey, Part 6

Johanna Rothman

Part of what makes an agile transformation difficult is the cultural change required. That’s what makes an agile transformation a journey. A client said to me, “I want the agile. The agile is good stuff: faster delivery of smaller stuff that we can get revenue for. I want it now.

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Let’s get Physical: Product Management for Manufactured Products

Mind the Product

Manufactured products can seem like a daunting area to tackle if you’re not used to hardware and manufacturing processes.

The Secrets of Highly Successful Sales People: Objection Handling

PM Hardcore

How to use better stories to overcome sales objections. During the sales process, the prospect may – and usually does – mention obstacles to getting the deal done. Reasons they might not want to do the deal.

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Connecting Analytics to Strategy - Keeping Your Corporate Objective In Sight

Speaker: Tom Evans, Senior Principal Consultant and Trainer, 280 Group

Data analytics has transformed the way many product managers approach product enhancements, creating strong demand for product managers with skills and expertise in defining and analyzing product metrics to make more valuable product decisions. But there is one essential element that is often left out of the conversation, and that is strategy. How does my product decisions support the overall strategy of the business, and am I tracking the right metrics based upon that strategy?

Product Success vs. Customer Success: Is It Time For a Lifestyle Change?

High Octane Product Management

Here’s a scenario many people can identify with. A routine visit to the doctor reveals that you weigh more than you should, your blood pressure and blood sugar are high, your cholesterol is nearing the danger zone and your heart isn’t functioning as well as it should. Though you’re not suffering any ill effects from these issues today, your doctor tells you that it’s time to make some lifestyle changes in order to avoid serious health issues later.

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Stripe’s Will Larson on engineering and infrastructure management

Inside Intercom

As a startup scales, the importance of infrastructure engineers simply can’t be overstated. They’re the ones making sure your app is secure, that uptime looks good, and that the rest of your engineering org has the right tools to build features your users need and want. Will Larson has managed infrastructure teams for some of the biggest names in software. Today he’s leading Foundation Engineering at Stripe.

User-First Monetization — Lessons from Instagram and Strava

First Round Review

James Quarles played a crucial role in creating Instragram's multi-billion dollar business model. Now CEO of Strava, he's sharing the fundamentals of healthy monetization for startups. Continue reading at First Round Review »

Getting the Best Products to Speak for Themselves

Mind the Product

Give Your Product a Voice. In many companies, improving engagement is a reactive process: as a product manager you wake up to a barrage of support requests after launching a new feature, or your in-app analytics reveal that new users are skipping over key functionality and never reaching their “aha!”

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Mixing Qualitative & Quantitative Data with Storyboarding

Speaker: Tristan Kromer, Lean Agile Coach, Kromatic

Qualitative vs. Quantitative is a silly argument. Qualitative data from UXers should not compete against the quantitative data product owners need for their business model. Both are necessary to have a complete understanding of where the desirability of the product meets the viability of the business.

Agile Transformation: More Possible Organizational Measurements, Part 5

Johanna Rothman

I’ve been thinking more about possible measurements in an agile transformation journey. The first Possible Measurements post focuses on product throughput measurements. This post will focus on measurements you might see when the culture changes with an agile transformation.

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Market-Driven Products vs. Market-Driven Product Companies

High Octane Product Management

If you have market driven products then don’t you have a market driven company? There are three key differences between market driven products and a market driven product company. Market-driven products, if taken literally, could result in multiple product silos with competing goals and contention over resource allocation.

IoT Product Leadership – Episode 05: Data Science Considerations for Product Managers

Tech Product Management

Dan Yarmoluk, Director of Business Development for ATEK Access Technologies, shares expert advice on data science considerations for Product Managers. Subscribe on iTunes | Android | Stitcher | Tunein | Google Play Topics we discuss in this episode: Dan shares his background and about ATEK. The biggest misconceptions about data science and IoT. The data […].

Navigating the complexity of change aversion

Inside Intercom

Change aversion is a concept well known to designers and product managers. It’s the negative reaction users have to changes in your product, whether that’s functional changes such as updates to product features, or interface changes such as visual redesigns. History is littered with cautionary tales of introducing change. When Twitter changed its “faves” icon from stars to hearts, users threatened a mass exodus.

Creating the "Right" Product Roadmap With Data

Speaker: Sunil Parekh, Head of Product Management, SimplyInsured

Data can be qualitative or quantitative, and comes from multiple sources: customer interviews, product usage & funnel analytics, company financial performance, and internal stakeholders. How do you use that data to create a product roadmap that is aligned with your organization’s business needs?