December, 2017

Announcing The Secret Product Manager Handbook

PM Hardcore

I’m excited to announce The Secret Product Manager Handbook is available for pre-order ! When I started in product management, there were no classes, books, or online resources for product managers. I always wanted the “secret handbook” – so I wrote it.

How High Performance Organisations Innovate at Scale by Barry O’Reilly

Mind the Product

If you can change the way that you behave, then you can start to experience the world in a different way. That then changes the way that you think.

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How Product Managers Market Death

The Accidental Product Manager

Death needs to be marketed also. Image Credit: Zach. I’m hopeful that most of us don’t spend a lot of time each day thinking about death. For most of us this is not a pleasant subject and so we try to avoid thinking about it as much as possible.

Agile Approaches Require Management Cultural Change

Johanna Rothman

Ron Jeffries, Matt Barcomb, and several other people wrote an interesting thread about prescriptive and non-prescriptive approaches to team-based agile. The issues are nuanced and for me , don’t lend themselves to a Twitter discussion. Learning how to write short and coherently is a different post.). If you don’t want to read the entire thread, here is a summary: People often need help with their agile approach. Some people start with Scrum in its entirety.

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Take training beyond your LMS: technical considerations for extended enterprise

You know the benefits of extended enterprise. But how do execute the plan? Learn more about the technical considerations that can help you create a strategy to manage the delivery and tracking of product training across a variety of systems.

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Why Product Managers Should be Generalists

Mind the Product

There’s an apocryphal tale that the poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge was the last person to have read everything. Given that he died in 1834 and the vast increase of information there’s been since then, you can understand how the tale started. Even 200 years ago, it was still possible to be an expert in many different fields of study, whereas today it’s often a life’s pursuit just to become proficient in one single area.

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MVPs are too expensive – How wasteless validation leads to better insights

Tim Herbig

Picture was taken by Product Management Festival Team. This post is the summary of a talk I gave throughout 2017 at a couple of product management conferences. I was on stage at Working Products 2017 , Productized Conference 2017 and Product Management Festival 2017. … Continue Reading.

Organizations Are Not Families, Part 1

Johanna Rothman

I read Joe Berkowitz’s story in Fast Company, John Oliver Was Right: It’s Time To Confront The Dustin Hoffmans In Your Life. There’s a link to a video excerpt in which Hoffman discusses the idea that the people felt like a family. Mr. Berkowitz says this: There is no template for how to be a good man in the #MeToo era. I disagree. There is a template. My father called it being “professional.”

The Results Are In! Feedback from the First Continuous Interviewing Cohort

Product Talk

Hi there, Product Talk readers! I’m Melissa Suzuno. I’ve been helping Teresa with Product Talk content behind the scenes for the past few years. You may have noticed my handiwork if you’re a fan of the Oxford comma or em dash.

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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.

Getting Ready for GDPR in a Software Usage Analytics World


Like many in the software world these days, as you fix your eyes on your monitor and begin to go about your day, the many ways in which General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) compliance will touch your company likely swirl around in your head. Every product, every service, and every part of your business that in some way will be affected by the regulations has of course been on your mind for quite some time, but as that May 25, 2018 deadline inches closer, it has taken on increased urgency.

Mobile UX Design Case Study: How We Built An MVP For Wattler

UX Studio

Designing an MVP always poses challenges, as it seems full of compromises. Designing one with a real mission motivates despite all the limitations on the time frame and resources. In January 2017 we had the opportunity to work on the Wattler Android app , which among its many visions aims to increase personal energy consumption monitoring. Closely following gas and electricity usage not only shows the money spent but also raises awareness of the lifestyle we lead.

10 Ways to Celebrate Your Product Manager this Holiday Season

Mind the Product

Even though we can’t do it all ourselves, product managers are often the unsung heroes in the tech world. Here are 10 great ways to recognise the product managers in your team and show them some love this holiday season. The Product Management Books of the Year.

What I learned from speaking at three Product Management Conferences in one year

Tim Herbig

Photo was taken by Product Management Festival 2017 Team. I’m not a big believer in granular (New Year’s) resolutions. Instead, similar to the approach I follow in product development, I like to follow overall themes to pursue.

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?

Build Respect in Organizations, Not Families, Part 2

Johanna Rothman

I wrote about treating each other with respect in Organizations Are Not Families, Part 1. In these respect posts, I’ll address possible ways we can treat each other with respect. These are not the only ways. You might have better ideas than I do. Please do comment if you’ve seen alternatives that work better. I started to write before I realized I was echoing Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs. Do check that out if you are not familiar with the hierarchy of needs.

How Should Facebook Tell People About News?

The Accidental Product Manager

People get a lot of their news from Facebook, but what news should they get? Image Credit: Jurgen Appelo. So here’s an interesting question for you. If I was to ask you where people spend the most amount of time when they are on the Internet, where would you say that they go? Google? Yahoo?

Story Points are a Signalling Tool

Clever PM

I was called into a meeting with a team here in the office a couple weeks ago because they told me they had a “question” about the estimations that they were doing. As we started talking, it became immediately apparent what the problem was, they were getting into arguments about whether their estimates were “too […]. Product Management Agile Backlog Culture Definitions Developers Development Facilitation Good PM Learning Planning Scrum Tools User Stories


TEI 153: 3D printing and product management – with John Baliotti

Product Innovation Educators

3D printing creates new options for product managers and designers beyond prototyping. The discussion coming up is about the state of 3D printing for prototyping and additive manufacturing. 3D printing is evolving quickly with the capability to print in a wide variety of materials.

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?

6 Years of Amazing Product Talks

Mind the Product

For the past 6 years Mind the Product has run #mtpcon in London and San Francisco – the biggest and best product management conferences in the world.

Why Spiderman And Tony Stark Need Each Other – A Tale of In-House Design Teams And UX Companies

UX Studio

Spoiler alert. Those who haven’t seen Spiderman: Homecoming yet, please skip this intro. So the main plot involves this new, young fellow with awesome abilities (aka Spiderman), who wants to save the world. How nice of him! One small problem: He tends to get himself into trouble due to inexperience and sometimes he takes too much upon himself. He repeatedly shows his difficulty accepting real professional help, thinking he can do everything alone (or with a friend).

Build Respect in Organizations, Not Families, Part 4

Johanna Rothman

I started this series positing that respect is the cornerstone for how we might treat each other, to manage our interactions with success, especially in light of the #MeToo conversation. The series so far is: Organizations Are Not Families, Part 1. Why the metaphor of family-as-org demeans the people working there. Build Respect in Organizations, Not Families, Part 2 , had some ideas for building respect in terms of physical and psychological safety.

Persona-based pricing: Find the pain

Under10 Playbook

All wish to possess knowledge, but few, comparatively speaking, are willing to pay the price.—Juvenal, —Juvenal, Roman poet. There are a number of tech support organizations for consumers but the one I hear about the most is Geek Squad® They’ve got the product right.

Personal Productivity is Just as Important as Professional Productivity

Clever PM

As Product Managers, we’re often deeply and intimately involved in the processes that our companies use in their everyday business. Issue tracking systems, customer feedback systems, email and IM systems — there’s a neverending list of tools that we use on a daily basis to further our own (and others’) professional productivity. Having such a […]. Product Management Good PM PM Problem Solving Tools

How Product Managers Get Promoted

Sequent Learning

The post How Product Managers Get Promoted appeared first on Sequent Learning Networks. BLOG FEATURED PRODUCT MANAGEMENT


3 Ways to Enlist Your Usage Data to Drive Product Development

Mind the Product

Recently, Gartner revealed its top predictions for IT organizations for 2018. Among the expected buzz around technologies like artificial intelligence, blockchain, and the Internet of Things, was something a bit surprising to me. Gartner predicted that by 2022, most people in mature economies will consume more false information than true information.

Supercharge Your Corporate Dashboards With UX Analytics


The post Supercharge Your Corporate Dashboards With UX Analytics appeared first on UserZoom. Agile UX Research & Testing Events Measuring User Experience User Experience Research

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Build Respect in Organizations, Not Families, Part 3

Johanna Rothman

I started this series positing that respect is the cornerstone for how we might treat each other, to manage our interactions with success, especially in light of the #MeToo conversation. The series so far is: Organizations Are Not Families, Part 1. Why the metaphor of family-as-org demeans the people working there. Build Respect in Organizations, Not Families, Part 2 , had some ideas for building respect in terms of physical and psychological safety.

The negative impact of change

Under10 Playbook

All change has a negative impact in the short-term. Steve Johnson. Product leaders should always be learning. Learning about market problems, customers and prospects, sales and promotion challenges, and new methods. You’ve brought in agile methods to reduce your time to market.

Meet Notejoy, a better way to organize team docs

Sachin Rekhi

Today I’m excited to announce the launch of the productivity app my co-founder Ada and I have been building over the last 2 years. Meet Notejoy , a better way to organize team docs. Why tackle document collaboration?

TEI 154: Pitfalls that can trap new product managers – with Aero Wong

Product Innovation Educators

10 common mistakes or pitfalls new product managers should avoid. A few months ago I was contacted by a product manager, Areo Wong, who works in Hong Kong. He described himself as a “newbie” with about one-year of experience.

The Product Agent: Managing Ideas on a Product Team

Mind the Product

My journey to product management was not what you might expect, but then again, maybe you would. I studied accounting and computers in high school. At 19 I got a job as a computer technician and by 21 I was a computer science major. I then got a job on campus as a network administrator.

Product to Product: Ellen Chisa on how product prepares you to be an early-stage startup founder


This is the latest episode of Product to Product —a product management podcast for / by product people. Listen below: We’re joined by Ellen Chisa. You may know her as the VP of Product at Lola , a former product manager at Kickstarter , or as a previous PM at Microsoft.