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Women in Product Management: Louise K. Allen, SVP Product Management and Solutions Marketing at Planview

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For our next installment of the Women in Product Management Series I interviewed Louise Allen, SVP Product Management and Solutions Marketing at Planview. To read the entire series on Women in Product Management make sure to sign up for our newsletter. How did you get into Product Management? I went to school at Trinity University in San Antonio to play tennis and played professionally for 11 years after I graduated from college.

The Best Continuous Discovery Teams Cultivate These Mindsets

Product Talk

Last week, I was in Cleveland for the Industry Product Conference. I spoke about the three mindsets that help a team find success as a continuous discovery team. My slides and script are below. Enjoy! Becoming a successful discovery team. Product management is changing.

3 Proven Ways To Help Your Sales Team Beat Quota

The Secret PM Handbook

Co-opting product management into sales. My good friend Geoffrey Anderson ( @ganders2112 ) recently wrote about a situation we product managers sometimes find ourselves in. When sales are not going well, company leadership might ask product management come in to help hit the numbers.

What if Other Groups set Prices

The Product Bistro

One of the most difficult part of a product manager’s job is pricing. Too low and you don’t make enough money (or leave money on the table), too high, and the product fails to take off. Getting it just right is part alchemy, part luck, and often just a bit of a guess. There are […]. product management pricing

The 5 Levels of Analytics Maturity

Basic dashboards used to be enough to thrill end users. But over time, modern capabilities have emerged—and bare-minimum features are no longer cutting it. How have analytics changed? And where do your BI offerings fall? Find out sophisticated ways to future-proof your application. Brought to you by Logi Analytics.

Product Managers Start To Understand The Power Of Online Reviews

The Accidental Product Manager

It turns out that people read online reviews before making a purchase Image Credit: Wies van Erp. When the customers for your product go looking for products online, how do they decide which one they are going to buy?

How to Find Competitors’ Prices

Pragmatic Marketing

The formula for “value-based pricing” is simple. Your buyer’s “willingness to pay” is equal to the competitor’s price plus positive differentiation value minus negative differentiation value.

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What you should consider when developing a product strategy

Craft.io

This blog has already addressed the different stages of Product Development Strategy. This time, we’re turning our attention to the various elements needed to formulate the right product strategy for your enterprise. Why you need a product strategy.

A Global Benchmark Survey – Product Management Skills

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See How You Compare To Product Managers Worldwide! TAKE THE SURVEY. Participate in the largest global study on Product Management skills to date and receive a personalized skill report comparing you to Product Managers worldwide. The survey will take 15 minutes to complete and you will be entered in our giveaway. What You Will Receive. Personal report to compare you against Product Managers worldwide! Data from the survey in our benchmark summary report!

Apple Product Managers Change When They Release New Phones

The Accidental Product Manager

Apple has decided to offer different products at different times Image Credit: Matt Madd. Let’s talk about the product that you are responsible for. How many different versions of that product are you currently offering?

Creative Selection by Ken Kocienda

Sachin Rekhi

I've long believed that the most innovative products are built by teams who innovate on the very process by which they develop those products. And it's why I've always been a student of companies that consistently deliver innovation to the market.

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Monetizing Analytics Features: Why Data Visualizations Will Never Be Enough

Think your customers will pay more for data visualizations in your application? Five years ago they may have. But today, dashboards and visualizations have become table stakes. Discover which features will differentiate your application and maximize the ROI of your embedded analytics. Brought to you by Logi Analytics.

My Journey as an Interviewer: From Refugee Status Determination to User Research

Generation Focus

Most people will at some point in their lives either be interviewed or interview someone else. We could also probably tell a story a two about an interview that didn’t go the way we had hoped.

Moving Beyond Anecdotes: Augmenting Customer Stories with Data

Revulytics

An interesting question was recently posed to respondents of the Pragmatic Marketing 2018 Product Management and Marketing survey: “If you could say one thing to your CEO without fear of retribution, what would it be?”.

Lessons from Coinbase’s Wild Ascent: Four Rules for Scaling

First Round Review

Engineering leader Varun Srinivasan had a front-row seat as Coinbase scaled to meet an explosion in demand for cryptocurrencies. Here, he shares the four org design rules they relied on to gear up for hypergrowth. Continue reading at First Round Review »

The end of navel gazing

Inside Intercom

Earlier this year I gave a talk at UX London, and it’s no exaggeration to say that it felt like it had taken me my whole career to write it. The talk tackles the assumption among many designers and UX people that UX should be at the center of their company.

5 Early Indicators Your Embedded Analytics Will Fail

Many application teams leave embedded analytics to languish until something—an unhappy customer, plummeting revenue, a spike in customer churn—demands change. But by then, it may be too late. In this White Paper, Logi Analytics has identified 5 tell-tale signs your project is moving from “nice to have” to “needed yesterday.". Brought to you by Logi Analytics.

Nailing Product/Market Fit by Alan Chiu

Mind the Product

In this talk, Alan Chiu pulls from his experience in product management and as a seed-stage venture capitalist to showcase a variety of case studies on companies who have perfected product/market fit. It’s probably not surprising to hear that there is no silver bullet when it comes to market fit.

The Messy Middle by Scott Belsky

Sachin Rekhi

I just finished reading The Messy Middle by Scott Belsky and highly recommend it for product managers at both startups and established tech firms. Scott Belsky shares his lessons learned optimizing and enduring the messy and unsexy middle every product goes through before (hopefully) thriving.

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Starting a Product Organization Transformation, Part 6

Johanna Rothman

I’ve been thinking about my clients who’ve had success moving from a project-based/resource-efficiency organization to a product-based/flow efficiency organization. They had these things in common: A senior person made it safe for the managers to create experiments.

Dear Strategy: 065 Analyzing Competitors in the Technology Space

Dear Strategy

Why “Build or Buy?” Is the Wrong Question for Analytics

Every time an application team gets caught up in the “build vs buy” debate, it stalls projects and delays time to revenue. There is a third option. Partnering with an analytics development platform gives you the freedom to customize a solution without the risks and long-term costs of building your own. Learn when and why it makes sense to build, buy, or take a combined approach to embedded BI. Brought to you by Logi Analytics.

5 apps to power faster resolutions with Answer Bot

Inside Intercom

Last week, we released our intelligent bot, Answer Bot , which helps you provide instant resolutions to customers by automating answers to their common questions.

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Innovating in Mature Markets – 6 Product Lessons from Padman

Mind the Product

We can and should learn product management lessons from a diverse range of environments. It’s absolutely worth looking to the likes of Google’s Sundar Pichai, but it’s also worth looking to less celebrated entrepreneurs, outside of the multinational mega-corporations, to learn about lean front-line product management. It quickly becomes clear that certain product management principles truly are universal. Let’s Start With Some Context.

Design Thinking doesn’t guarantee success: Here is how to make sense of it

NextBigWhat

Design thinking doesn’t guarantee success. It does, however, up your chances of success. It also allows you to fail forward i.e fail but with holistic insight of why things went wrong and what can be fixed in the future. Deepa Bachu, the CEO and Cofounder of Pensaar spoke at the ProductGeeks Conference 2018 on the […]. The post Design Thinking doesn’t guarantee success: Here is how to make sense of it appeared first on NextBigWhat. Product Management designthinking

Possible Organization Changes for a Product Approach, Part 5

Johanna Rothman

How do we move from a project-based organization towards a product organization? There are at least two systems of work we need to change: The management system and the culture of management. How the teams work and their team culture. I’m not sure it’s that simple to explain.

New Study: 2018 State of Embedded Analytics Report

Why do some embedded analytics projects succeed while others fail? We surveyed 500+ application teams embedding analytics to find out which analytics features actually move the needle. Read the 6th annual State of Embedded Analytics Report to discover new best practices. Brought to you by Logi Analytics.

UI/UX Articles and Interesting Tidbits of the Week

The Product Coalition

October//12//2018 Here are some interesting finds on UI/UX of the week! link] User Interviews. Another pertinent article from the Nielsen Norman Group, focused on User Interviews. The article goes into details regarding the differentiation between user interviews and usability testing.

Products, Not Projects

ProductCraft

Here’s a fun party trick: next time you have the occasion to introduce a product manager, refer to them as a project manager. Then run! You’d better run because, for many product managers, these are fighting words. It’s not that they have anything particularly against this role.

PREACH – a framework for perfecting your customer support tone

Inside Intercom

Often in life, it’s not what you say but how you say it that makes all the difference. This is even more true in a customer support conversation, so getting your company’s tone just right is incredibly important.

TEI 198: How product managers can influence the next generation of innovators – with Kyle Markland

Product Innovation Educators

Having fun, making friends, and learning along the way. I have a special episode for you. I believe that as product managers and innovators, we have a responsibility to help prepare the next generation of innovators. I’ve explored this topic in a few past episodes and it is time to do it again.

How Product Managers Can Learn to Love Reporting

Speaker: Eric Feinstein, Professional Services Manager, Looker

For a long time, Product Managers have found it challenging to design interfaces inside their products that users could use for reporting. It seems like PMs and engineers have grown to hate embedded reporting. Fortunately, there are new technical approaches that are making this a significantly different picture, although there are still lots of interesting design challenges. Eric Feinstein, Professional Services Manager at Looker, has done workshops with lots of product managers who are looking to add effective reporting. He will use the example of a product manager of a learning management software system and how she would go through the process of defining reporting for users of the product. He will discuss working through personas, data types, reporting needs analysis and ultimately how this comes together to form a roadmap for reporting functionality and interface.

Possible Changes for a Product Approach, Part 4

Johanna Rothman

How could we organize if we want flow efficiency? We would reward managers by their span of service instead of control, part 3 , stop organizing by function, and move to something that looks like a product-based organization?

Automate Habits

The Product Coalition

I love this story so much: The brilliance of the cash register was that it automated ethical behavior by making stealing practically impossible. Rather than trying to change the motivations of his employees, Patterson used technology to make the preferred behavior automatic.

Acing the Product Management Interview – What They Don’t Tell you

Mind the Product

Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: What’s your favourite product, and why? Or how about: You have to launch a new product for X. How do you determine the total and addressable markets, and what steps do you take to fill that need? How do you determine pricing? I hate these questions. I hate them as an interviewer, because they don’t tell me anything about what it’s like to work with you, how you’re going to help me, or why I might want to hire you.

Of the ‘Unknown Unknowns’ and the ‘discovery’ stage in Design Thinking

NextBigWhat

When you set out to study your customers, you must keep an open mind about the questions that need answering, for you might not even have the right questions. The ‘unknown Unknowns’ Deepa Bachu, the CEO and Cofounder of Pensaar spoke at the ProductGeeks Conference 2018 on the design thinking process that has enabled her […]. The post Of the ‘Unknown Unknowns’ and the ‘discovery’ stage in Design Thinking appeared first on NextBigWhat.

Project Analytics: Visibility that Aids Risk Management

Speaker: Miles Robinson, Agile and Management Consultant, Motivational Speaker

Product Managers face changes that put delivery at risk. Just as you use data from the customer to inform your solutions, transparency during the building of those solutions is critical for making better risk mitigation decisions. Whether your solution has fixed scope, fixed scheduling, fixed resources or fixed level of quality, the earlier you can know when these are at risk (and how) the better. The more clear the picture, the better you can understand the impacts of changes, and the more effectively you can deliver the solution the customer needs, when they need it, at a reasonable cost. This session will focus on the use of a One-Dimensional Product Backlog from a risk management point of view. We will show how this tool can be used to monitor and evaluate how your solution is getting built, and a clear view of any cascading impacts risks have as they surface.