Why Your New Development Methodology Didn’t Fix All of Your Problems

Pragmatic Marketing

It’s very easy to confuse actual progress with intentions to make progress. Why point out the obvious? I’ve had too many Agile conversations where executives confused “we want to build better software faster” with “we hope that some new processes will instantly catch us up on years of slipped deadlines and missing features.” ” The Chinese philosopher Lao Tzu is credited with saying: “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.”

Always Be Closing

Sachin Rekhi

Alec Baldwin’s epic performance in Glengarry Glen Ross is a great reminder that selling is all about confidence. And it’s equally important when selling yourself when first meeting someone. Having strong conviction and confidence will signal that you are certainly someone worth remembering


Who’s in Your Draft Pick?

Sachin Rekhi

Throughout our careers, we are often lucky enough to work with a few individuals that far exceed our expectations, have the ability to move mountains, and inspire us to do our best work.


Communication, Consensus building and Collaboration

Product Management and Strategic Marketing

In aviation there is an acronym called the 5 C’s: Climb, circle, communicate, confess, comply. All these are meant to assist a pilot who has lost orientation; they give you an opportunity to look at things from a different view - hence the climb and circle.

Smart, Simple, and Easy To Use!

Product Management and Strategic Marketing

On the opening night of the Olympics, we decided to make popcorn to enhance our viewing experience. As we’ve done many times before, we placed a colored paper bag in the microwave with kernels, hit the start button and lo and behold-- the bag caught fire.

Can product management be standardized?

Product Management and Strategic Marketing

As one of the organizers of product camp Boston last month, I was pleased to see so many attendees. We had nearly 40 sessions ranging from marketing to product management to running a start up.

What Motivates Me?

Sachin Rekhi

I often get asked what motivates me as an entrepreneur to do what I do. For some it’s fortune, for others it’s fame. But for me, it’s this: Seeing the positive impact the software I’ve built has on real people every day. That’s what motivates me. That’s why I do what I do

My Professional Identity

Sachin Rekhi

I recently went through the thought exercise of trying to define my professional identity on the web. When thinking about the various components that make up my professional identity, I thought about it in terms of what I’d like people to know about me and what best represents myself and my work. My Primary Identity. The following four online presences represent the core of my professional identity. My Resume - linkedin.com/in/sachinrekhi.

How to Apply Machine Learning to Business Problems: Part 1

bpma ProductHub

It’s easy to see the massive rise in popularity for venture investment, conferences, and business-related queries for “machine learning” since 2012 – but most technology executives often… Product Strategy

Are Introverts or Extroverts Better Product Managers?

ProductCraft Debates

Since its publication (and it’s been longer than you think, the book came out in 2012) there’s being a flurry of thought pieces arguing that the days of. There’s a quiet revolution going on. Quiet because its most notable symptom is the release of Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking.

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Women Succeeding in the World of Product Management

Product Management Unpacked

In 2012, she became President and CEO of Yahoo, where she doubled the search engine’s stock price, recharged the brand, had a baby, and topped Fortune’s “40 Under 40” list in her first year. “Growing up in the 1970’s, I watched The Bionic Woman and Charlie’s Angels.

Book Review: “Badass: Making Users Awesome”

Folding Burritos

You can get a taste of the book by watching these talks by Kathy at Business of Software in 2012 and 2013. Kathy Sierra’s latest book is a must-read for any product person.

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Backlog Refinement Takes You from Vision to Value

bpma ProductHub

June 2, 2012. Contributed by Ellen Gottesdiener and Jeff Sutherland. Deliver Value Sooner. Backlog refinement prepares your backlog for development.

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The Outstanding Speakers at #mtpcon San Francisco 2019

Mind the Product

He was the VP of Product at blogging platform Six Apart, created new media properties and influential content creators as VP Artist Development at Say Media, and then led Product and Design at Twitter from 2012 to 2014.

Ways to Define Success and Measure Value for your Product Features

bpma ProductHub

Erin McHugh Saif , Senior Product Manager at TIBCO Spotfire, joined the company in 2012 when the cloud offering was new. A Boston Women in Product Event Recap. By Garmia Painuly – No matter what the product, our goal as product managers is to deliver value to customers.

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#mtpcon comes to Singapore in 2019!

Mind the Product

In 2012 we wanted to connect all those communities and share even bigger lessons, so we started a conference in London.

4 Key Data Points A/B Testing Reveals

Generation Focus

For example, in 2012, a Microsoft employee working on Bing came up with an idea for how to display ad headlines. A/B testing is a crucial element in any startup foundation. Even the big dogs on the block use it.

Introducing the Speakers for MTP Engage Manchester 2019

Mind the Product

Lucie led development of high-profile products such as the London 2012 Olympics app, the BBC Sport app and the BBC Sport website. In 2012, Tom wrote the Government Digital Strategy and co-ordinated the associated 18 departmental digital strategies.

How JustGiving Crowdfunding Went From an Idea to £100m in Five Years

Mind the Product

In 2012, when I was working as part of the JustGiving team responsible for innovative products and disruptive business models, we decided to test how people could raise money for non-charitable good causes. 2012 – the Inception.

What Product Managers Should Know About Data Science


You may have heard it was declared “ the sexiest job of the 21st century” by the Harvard Business Review back in 2012. Data Science is one of those professional terms that seems to have appeared suddenly and spread rapidly to industry conversations everywhere.

7 Years of Amazing Product Talks

Mind the Product

For the past 7 years Mind the Product has run #mtpcon in London and San Francisco and #mtpengage in Hamburg – the biggest and best product management conferences in the world.

Ignoring Innovation: Lessons from Kodak

Melissa Perri

Five years after we started in January 2012, Kodak went bankrupt. In 2007 I joined an innovation swat team at Cornell in the Johnson Graduate School of Business. It was called the Business, Science, and Technology Initiative (known to the cool kids as BSTI). We were working with Kodak to come up with a completely new product that would appeal to our age group, the early 20s.

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Under the Hood: How the Autodoc App Improved Checkout Conversion


increase from 2012. There isn’t an industry out there that’s staying in the passenger seat while eCommerce and mCommerce speed past to great destinations. The U.S. eCommerce revenue for auto parts is projected to reach $57.4B by 2019, which is a whopping $34.1B

The right way to make your product data useful (hint: give it context)

The Product Coalition

principal $13,500 June 2011: Late payment on car loan July 2012: Applied for mortgage August 2012: Late payment on car loan Feb 2013: signup for credit card Feb 2014: credit card limit extended May 2014: Car loan balance paid in full May 2014: Mortgage issued?—?principal

Can Apple’s Product Managers Win Back The Movie Market?

The Accidental Product Manager

Back in 2012 Apple held a 50% market share for video rentals and sales. Apple’s share of the movie market has been falling lately Image Credit: So just in case you didn’t realize it, Apple makes a lot of money from both renting and selling movies.

Building a challenger bank the Monzo way – Ole Mahrt (ProductTank London)

Mind the Product

Ole describes the dire state of technology within existing banks in 2012. In 2013, the Bank of England scaled back the rules and regulations involved in starting a bank. They hoped to kick-start technological innovation within the banking industry through increasing competition.

Why Your Global Colleagues Hate Meeting With You

Pragmatic Marketing

2012). “Let’s go around the horn and each say our piece. Yoshi-san, you first.” ” The long silence that ensued was followed by an awkward apology from Yoshi to please repeat the request. This scenario actually occurred on a conference call I was on, and unfortunately, it is not rare.

Why Your Global Colleagues Hate Meeting With You

Pragmatic Marketing

2012). “Let’s go around the horn and each say our piece. Yoshi-san, you first.” ” The long silence that ensued was followed by an awkward apology from Yoshi to please repeat the request. This scenario actually occurred on a conference call I was on, and unfortunately, it is not rare.

A Tinder Product Analysis à la Jimmy Jr.

The Product Coalition

How Tinder keeps users using Overview How did Tinder, popular dating app, grow from launching across a few college campuses in 2012, to 12 million daily matches in just 2 years?

Seven Things you can Learn From WeChat Product Development

Mind the Product

In 2012, WeChat introduced the concept of official accounts for brands, where companies and individuals can create an official account to use for social media outreach AND for selling their product/service.

What's Wrong in Texas?

The Product Coalition

This poor design opened the door for user error to the tune of a potential 56 erroneous “pregnant at the time of death” selections out of 74 total selections in 2012 alone. What’s Wrong in Texas?

Bringing Virtual Reality Into the Open

Mind the Product

It wasn’t until Oculus raised millions in a Kickstarter campaign in 2012 that we really began to see interest and the entertainment industry began to shift to VR. Roy Peer opens his presentation by introducing himself & discussing the virtual reality industry. He references a common question in the industry: whether or not virtual reality (VR) is a fad.

How to Build Products That Transform People’s Lives by Chris Hay

Mind the Product

This project took the Kenyan market by storm when it launched in November 2012, with 100,000 new accounts signed up on the first day of operation. In this ProductTank London talk, IBM iX engineer Chris Hay highlights how technology can help us truly to change the world. He speaks about his experiences of engineering innovative Kenyan payment systems such as M-Pesa and M-Shwari, and of reinventing how we manage asthma conditions using simple computing tools.

How to Build Great Products in the AI World

Mind the Product

2012 was the first time that GPUs were being combined with deep neural networks (a 40 year old technology) to allow us to do very interesting stuff and solve previously unimagined problems. What does technology do to society?

Chromecast Wins Fame, iOS7 Wins Shame

Product Powers

” Windows 8 ’s multiple personality disorder continues to confound users, a year after it won Shame in 2012. Make my life easier and I will tell my friends. Make my life harder and I will tell everyone. That’s my take-away from this year's raft of nominations for the 2013 Product Powers Hall of Fame & Shame. Hall of Fame. Chromecast, Pocket, FitBit Force and a dozen other products were nominated for Fame, most because they do a great job making things easier for us.

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The red flags and magic numbers that investors look for in your startup’s metrics – 80 slide deck included!

Andrew Chen

If you look at Google Trends, you’ll see that “growth hacking” all of a sudden became a term people in the industry were interested, and were searching for, in 2012. Growing startups and evaluating startups share common skills.

Improving the UX of Your Terms and Conditions Page (and 6 Easy Ways To Do It)

Mind the Product

For instance, in 2012, Instagram faced an uproar from its users when they noticed that there was an attempt to change the terms and conditions to allow the company to sell uploaded pictures to advertisers.

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Amsterdam product managers: who we are and how we work

Mind the Product

Since 2012, our friends at Mind The Product have done multiple surveys on the facts and figures of the product community.

STICKY POST: All Talks From Business of Software Conferences in One Place

Business of Software Conference

Unfinished Business… Talks from BoS USA 2012. All the talks from previous Business of Software Conferences from one place. Great SaaS & Software Talks. If you want to watch previous BoS Talks, you can access all of the publicly available ones from here, listed by year. The more recent talks will link to the video of the talk, a transcript, the speakers slides, any follow up online AMAs and attendee notes. Great talks on building SaaS and software businesses. Enjoy!

Playing Whack-A-Mole With Risk

Tyner Blain

n 2012 I came across the hypothesis board from leanstartupmachine.com. Assumptions are interesting things – we all make them all the time, and we rarely acknowledge that we’re doing it.