September, 2019

What does it take to be a great Product Manager?

bpma ProductHub

by Roger Snyder – Recently, 280 Group conducted the largest survey of its kind amongst Product Management professionals. With nearly 1700 participants, we learned which skill sets product managers score strongly on and which are areas for improvement.

The Phenomenal Product Manager: What is a Phenomenal Product Manager?

280 Group

The article is a synopsis of The Phenomenal Product Manager: Chapter Two , written by Brian Lawley. Phenomenal vs. Meh.

Empowering Development Teams

Roman Pichler

Show People that You Care. Empowering development teams starts with taking a sincere interest in the individuals, attentively listening to their ideas and concerns, and empathising with them.

How to Master Hard Skills Quickly with “Ultralearning”

Nir Eyal

The post How to Master Hard Skills Quickly with “Ultralearning” appeared first on Nir and Far. Productivity

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Organizing for Customer Centricity

Speaker: Tatyana Mamut, Head of Product, Nextdoor

Most companies today say they are “customer centric.” Yet many still make decisions primarily based on competitor threats, technical architecture, or executive opinions. So what sets apart those that talk the talk, and those that walk the walk? Join Nextdoor's Head of Product Tatyana Mamut, PhD as she outlines the 7 habits of truly customer-centric companies.

Product in Practice: How One Product Manager Innovates in Big Companies

Product Talk

One of my goals at Product Talk is to showcase what good product management looks like. Today, I’m excited to introduce a new series, Product in Practice, where I’ll profile product managers doing great work. To kick off the series, we interviewed Rachel Allen , Director of Product at Omnitracs.

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Three Techniques for Uncovering Root Cause Customer Needs

Proficientz – Product Management University

When it comes to uncovering customer needs, it’s easy to get caught in the trap reacting and developing products and features that they ask for without first understanding the real business need and its value.

Does Your Product Management Team Need to Transform?

280 Group

Join our upcoming webinar, Five Steps to Transform Your Product Management Team , if you are a PM leader looking to improve your team’s people, process, and tools, to build a team of Product Leaders. Register here. Change is the law of life.

Achieving Business Process Agility in Product Enterprises

Spice Catalyst

Every product enterprise, no matter what products and/or services they deliver to their markets, face one common business challenge – CHANGE. The ambition of every product enterprise is to be flexible to meet the changing requirements and continue to make the business sustainable.

The First 30, 60 & 90 Days of a Fresh Product Manager: The Battle Plan

NextBigWhat

What does a Product Manager do? What are the different roles of a product manager? How does it differs in Enterprise vs. Consumer industry? What about MNC vs the Indian arm? What should a product manager do in the first 30, 60 and 90 days?

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 short? Find out sophisticated ways to future-proof your application. Brought to you by Logi Analytics.

This Is The Most Important Skill Parents Should Teach Their Kids

Nir Eyal

The post This Is The Most Important Skill Parents Should Teach Their Kids appeared first on Nir and Far. Indistractable Relationships

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Five Habits of Highly-Effective Product Teams

Mind the Product

How do you develop an understanding of what will set a product up for success throughout your organization? This blog looks at what actions product managers can take to ensure their teams are investing their time wisely. “If

Three Reasons to be a Solutions Driven Organization

Proficientz – Product Management University

What are the biggest benefits of being a solutions driven organization versus product driven? In a nutshell, a solutions driven organization does everything from the customer’s perspective first. That customer-first approach simplifies everything across product teams, marketing, sales and client services because customer goals and success metrics are the centerpiece. If you’re a B2B organization, here’s the scenario. Most if not all of your products target the same markets.

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Top Strategies to Advance Your Product Management Career Rapidly – Part 1

280 Group

This article is the first in a three part series on how to accelerate your Product Management career.

Walk a Mile in Your Customer's Shoes

Speaker: Steven Haines, Founder and CEO, Sequent Learning Networks

Product professionals use phrases like "voice of the customer," and "user experience" so often that it can be easy to lose sight of their actual meanings. How can we, as product professionals, learn to keep customers and users at the heart of our work? Join Steven Haines, globally recognized thought leader and author, as he guides us through a memorable journey demonstrating how you can walk a mile in their customer's shoes. He'll explore how, by developing true empathy for your users, you can ensure you're creating the features and products they actually want.

Measure Cycle Time, Not Velocity

Johanna Rothman

I'm not a fan of measuring velocity. Velocity is a point-in-time measure of capacity. That means that when things change for the team or in the code, the velocity often changes. See Velocity is Not Acceleration.). Instead, I like to measure cycle time.

How To Structure and Manage Your Product Analytics Team

Amplitude

Over the last fifteen years, I have noticed a pattern. As I have worked with companies, departments, and teams to help them make more data-informed decisions, I have noticed that they usually fall into one of three categories: They fully integrate evidence-based decision-making into how they work.

Q&A with Tim Herbig on How to Build Data-Informed Products

Revulytics

Revulytics sponsors a series of Product Management Today webinars featuring innovative ideas from top software product management thought leaders. In these blog posts, we ask the presenters to share their insights - we encourage you to watch the full on-demand webinars for even more details.

Be a Director, not a Manager by Fareed Mosavat

Mind the Product

In this keynote from #mtpcon San Francisco, Fareed Mosavat, Director of Product, Lifecycle, at Slack, shares his early career lessons on creativity from Pixar. He says being a great product leader is about being a director instead of a manager.

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.

Product Love Podcast: Deon Nicholas, Founder and CEO of Forethought

ProductCraft

In the past, when people heard the phrase “artificial intelligence,” they probably thought of three things: robots, destruction, and the impending end of humankind. But now, artificial intelligence has graduated to something more sophisticated and much less dystopian.

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Top Strategies to Advance Your Product Management Career Rapidly – Part 2

280 Group

Become the Expert. Become the undisputed expert for your areas of responsibility. You have to be the expert on your market and products.

Some Practical Tools For Stakeholder Management

BrainMates

Adrienne Tan. This blog was originally written in 2011 and updated in September 2019. Pretty much every Product job description these days says that ‘stakeholder management’ is a key priority. But what exactly is stakeholder management? What are the best tools to manage stakeholders?

Product Managers learn to say “No”

The Product Coalition

Learning to say “No” will make you a better PM, and result in you shipping a better product.

How To Take Action on Customer Discovery

Speaker: Nick Noreña, Innovation Coach and Advisor, Kromatic

We all want to build successful products - and that means satisfied customers. Before anything else, you must understand what problems you can solve. The best way to do that is to get out of the building and start asking questions. But how can you make the most of those conversations, and ensure that you walk away with productive insights? Join Nick Noreña, educator, entrepreneur, and currently Innovation Coach and Advisor at Kromatic, as he covers how we can effectively action our findings from customer discovery conversations.

The Most Common UX Writing Mistakes (And How To Avoid Them)

Userpilot

Recently, more and more SaaS companies have started to see the value in great UX writing. The copy that you use in your product (often referred to as “microcopy”) can have a dramatic effect on your users. We’re going to look at some of the biggest UX writing mistakes you can make.

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Data-Driven Blunders and how to Avoid Them

Mind the Product

“We are a data-driven company”. You’ll travel far and wide before you find a tech startup that doesn’t pride itself on this claim. It’s become a tech staple – alongside free beer on Fridays, table football, and all the fruit you could dream of.

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Create Your Own Product Community

ProductCraft

One of the best parts of working in product is the community: the like-mindedness, the ease of conversation, and the camaraderie around the struggles and victories we experience on the job.

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Top Strategies to Advance Your Product Management Career Rapidly – Part 3

280 Group

Read Part 2 of this 3 part series: Top Strategies to Advance Your Product Management Career Rapidly – Part 2. Those who truly care about people and do what they can to help others, always seem to get the lucky breaks. Truly Care About People.

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.