Tools for Product Management; ProductCamp Atlanta 2014

Good Product Manager

Take the 2014 SiriusDecisions Product Management Tools Survey now ! — Jeff Lash (@jefflash) September 22, 2014. — Jeff Lash (@jefflash) September 19, 2014. — Jeff Lash (@jefflash) September 25, 2014. What tools do you use for product management? What tools and technologies do you use for product management? How well do they work?

Priorities for Product Management Leaders; Product Management Festival 2014 recap

Good Product Manager

Recap in Tweets: Product Management Festival 2014. — Jeff Lash (@jefflash) September 17, 2014. — Jeff Lash (@jefflash) September 17, 2014. — Michael Smith (@myksmith) September 17, 2014. — Jeff Lash (@jefflash) September 17, 2014. — Jeff Lash (@jefflash) September 17, 2014. — Jeff Lash (@jefflash) September 17, 2014. — Jeff Lash (@jefflash) September 18, 2014.

Join me at PIPELINE 2014!

Product Beautiful

On this Friday, June 6, 2014, I will be presenting at a virtual conference called PIPELINE 2014. PIPELINE is put on by Planview , and will include presentations about a wide variety of topics of interest to Product Management and Marketing professionals, including innovation, ideation, prioritization, and how to change your culture.

2014 BPMA Gala Online Discussion

Product Powers

Second, you can read about the 2014 Gala that took place earlier this month at the Museum of Science Boston. Some of you may know that I've taken on a role as Vice President and Chief Evangelist for the Boston Product Management Association. The BPMA is the second-largest professional association for product managers and product marketers, after the SVPMA, and I am honored to be involved.

Product Management Tools; Three Questions to Improve Product Management; Happy Holidays 2014

Good Product Manager

Have a great rest of 2014 and see you again soon in 2015! SiriusDecisions Field Guide Product Management Tools. I’m pleased to announce the release of the SiriusDecisions Field Guide “Product Planning, Prioritization and Roadmapping 2015.” ” This is a project that I have been involved in for the past several months with several colleagues at SiriusDecisions.

9 Scrum Metrics to Keep Your Team on Track

Pragmatic Marketing

The old adage “you can’t improve what you can’t measure” indicates the need to know how you know. In traditional projects, milestones and key performance indicators (KPIs) measure project progress and individual contributions to that project.

Good Enough

Tyner Blain

We hear a lot about building products which are “good enough” or “just barely good enough.” ” How do we know what “good enough” means for our customers? No one really tells us. Different Perspectives of Good Enough.

Opposite Views of a Product Roadmap

Tyner Blain

Your product roadmap is a view of what you are building right now, in the near future, and in the more distant future. Or is your roadmap a view of why you are building whatever you’re building right now, in the near future, and in the more distant future?

Top Challenges for Product Management; Priorities for Product Management Leaders for 2015; Buyer Personas in Action

Good Product Manager

The webcast will be held on Wednesday, November 19, 2014 at 11am ET and is free to attend. His post — SiriusDecisions EMEA Summit 2014: Buyer Personas in Action — summarizes presentations by three of our clients at our recent SiriusDecisions EMEA Summit where they showcased examples of how they have leveraged buyer personas to transform their businesses. — Jeff Lash (@jefflash) November 10, 2014. — Jeff Lash (@jefflash) October 28, 2014.

The Problem with Building Products in an Agile World

Product Beautiful

Over the past decade, there has been a ton of ink spilled over Agile development. Much of the Agile narrative has focused on the pros of implementing Agile methodologies , such as better planning, faster feedback, and the ability to quickly pivot and make changes. These are all good things.

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The Two C’s of Agile

Pragmatic Marketing

One of the most frustrating things I’ve heard over my career is that “agile is something that software developers do.” It is said dismissively by those who are happy with how things are today and see no reason for changing how they operate. It ignores all the success agile teams have had in software the past decade and in other industries including architecture, marketing, video production and even the auto industry.

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Agile Through a Matrix Lens

Tyner Blain

“Agile” is something most teams do wrong*, without realizing they’re doing it wrong. A good 2×2 matrix acts as a lens, helping to convert information into insight.

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Becoming a Product Leader with Win/Loss Analysis

Product Beautiful

Nearly every product manager I speak to desires to be a leader in his or her organization. Everyone knows that as a member of the Product Team, you must exercise soft skills like influence to nudge your product towards success.

It’s time to get your Ph.D. in Sales Comp

Product Beautiful

A few years ago, I was working for a large company here in Austin. This company had recently acquired a series of software startups and was attempting to integrate them into their larger hardware portfolio.

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Agile Cadabra

Tyner Blain

Agile is not magical. Changing from a waterfall process to an agile process changes how your team works, and helps eliminate inefficiencies. Adopting an agile process does not let you magically have a more successful product. What makes agile powerful is also makes it dangerous. Triage and Urgency.

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Who Owns Design?

Product Beautiful

One of the most frequent questions I receive is “Who owns Design?” Should the designers report to the Development or Engineering team, should they report to Product Management, or perhaps Marketing? Or, should Design be its own group? The answer might surprise you.

Common Mistakes in Implementing a New Product Management Framework; Tools for Product Management; ProductCamp Atlanta Recap

Good Product Manager

Take the 2014 SiriusDecisions Product Management Tools Survey now ! — Jeff Lash (@jefflash) October 18, 2014. — Jeff Lash (@jefflash) October 18, 2014. — Jeff Lash (@jefflash) October 18, 2014. — Anand Thaker (@AnandThaker) October 18, 2014. — Jeff Lash (@jefflash) October 18, 2014. "Market — Tyler Anderson (@TylerSirius) October 18, 2014. — Jeff Lash (@jefflash) October 18, 2014.

Follow. Break. Transcend.

Product Manager in Heels

I was fortunate enough to attend UX Fest 2014 at Fresh Tilled Soil just outside of Boston. It was an awesome event and helped me rethink how I've been doing product management. C.Todd talked about 'Shu-Ha-Ri' during his talk on Making UX Top of Mind.

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Classifying Market Problems

Tyner Blain

Theodore Levitt may have developed the whole product model to help companies compete more effectively with their products. We wrote about the whole product game based on Mr. Levitt’s work.

What does a Product Manager do? Take 1.

Product Manager in Heels

Starting a new role forces product managers to think of the basic principles the guide product management. I recently changed my LinkedIn profile headline to "Creating products that customers love" and it got my mind going on what a product manager actually does.

Dog Training + Product Management

Product Manager in Heels

We spend a lot of time training our dog, Gunner. He's a 3-year-old Olde English Bulldogge and we got him from Doubletake Bulldogges in Massachusetts. We work with the Pawsitive Dog in Boston and couldn't be happier. He has his CGC Certification and is training to compete in Rally.

Chromecast Wins Fame, iOS7 Wins Shame

Product Powers

Coin gets special mention thanks to Alexis and to several other posters on Twitter who are looking forward to it in 2014. 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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Just say no. Prioritization and Product Management

Product Manager in Heels

In any business, it's extremely important to be able to prioritize what you work on and when you work on it. This is especially the case for product managers. But how do you prioritize all of the great ideas that come across your desk?

Life Update + Product Management Discussion + UX Book Club (OH MY!)

Product Manager in Heels

It has been QUITE the year already, and I’m only half way in! This year I’ve changed jobs, graduated from Babson College with my MBA, gotten promoted (at my new job), and done tons of customer experience research.

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The Importance of Developing Personas in Product Design

Sachin Rekhi

Sample personas from MailChimp. Personas are an important design tool that should be in the toolset of any product manager or designer. Personas are fictional characters developed to represent the different archetypes of users of your product.

The Inertia to Innovation at Scale and How To Overcome It

Sachin Rekhi

Throughout my career, I’ve had the opportunity to launch innovative new products not only as an entrepreneur at my own startups like Anywhere.FM and Connected, but also as an intrapreneur at Microsoft and LinkedIn, bringing brand new products to market at these established tech firms.

The Best Product Managers Fall in Love With a Problem

Sachin Rekhi

I’ve had the chance to work with a variety of product managers across tech giants and startups alike. While there are many critical skills for being a world class product manager, I’ve noticed one pattern amongst the very best: they fall deeply in love with the problem their product is solving.

Why do products need a story?

AlphaHQ

I’m often approached by young, aspiring entrepreneurs who ask some variation of the following: . I’m interested in starting a company in [Industry] that does [Laundry list of features], so where do I start?

What are the most common pitfalls of user tests and product concept experiments?

AlphaHQ

The merits of experimentation and testing have been proven in virtually all contexts of business. From manufacturing to marketing to hiring practices, there seems to be limitless application to the scientific method in industry.

How can product teams validate demand with prototypes?

AlphaHQ

Enterprise product managers know that continuous improvement is critical for modern digital products. Just look at the evolution of the iPhone home screen if you need a reminder for how quickly products become outdated.

How do you hook your customers?

AlphaHQ

Type the name of almost any successful consumer web company into your search bar and add the word “addict” after it. Go ahead, I’ll wait.

What is the difference between MVPs and experiments and why does it matter?

AlphaHQ

We’ve talked about MVPs extensively in this blog, but an often overlooked point is that they are only one component of a much larger framework. Understanding the importance of an MVP is just as important as launching one. It’s all about user feedback.

How to Win with Superior Decisions

Product Powers

Have you ever worked at a company where the CEO or some other executive changes the priorities every week? Where no one can get anything done because they are constantly switching gears? Or maybe you’ve been stuck on a project that seems like it will never end because there are always “just a few more things” needed for it to really take off. I certainly have and I’ll bet most of you have as well.

Product Managers trading in land mines for gold mines

All About Product Management

Is your product built on a gold mine or land mine? As a product manager I would like to ensure that my product is built on solid technology so it can be maintained with minimal effort. Scenario you’re a Product Manager, you work for a big organisation. You inherit a product that causes you a lot of frustration because: Your development/engineering teams have been diverted for a number of months to migrate legacy/unsupported databases across the portfolio of products to new DBS.

The Voice of Boston's Product People

Product Powers

I meet with product people all around Boston frequently. They are a savvy, experienced bunch with a lot to offer. Wouldn't it be great if there were a place where could all learn from that wisdom? These same product people are, just as often, the unsung heroes of their organizations' success. Wouldn't it be great if there were a platform for them to talk about how they made a difference? ProductHub.

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BPMA Product Excellence Awards

Product Powers

Readers of ProductPowers know that I've held a Hall of Fame and Shame awards program in the winter for a number of years. Some of you may also know that this year I am Vice President and Chief Evangelist for the Boston Product Management Association (BPMA). Collision of these things has resulted in a new Product Excellence Awards program sponsored by the BPMA. Call for Nominations.

Why You Shouldn’t Hire a UI/UX Designer

UserTesting

Today’s guest post comes from Craig Morrison, founder of UsabilityHour.com. Enjoy! UX Designer and UI Designer are two vastly different roles and a single person should not be hired to be responsible for both. There, I said it! STOP THROWING … The post Why You Shouldn’t Hire a UI/UX Designer appeared first on UserTesting Blog. Design Popular Product

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How Important is UX to Your Product’s Growth?

UserTesting

Today’s guest post comes from Sean Ellis, CEO and co-founder of Qualaroo and founder of GrowthHackers.com. Enjoy! UserTesting’s own Hannah Alvarez recently posed a question over at GrowthHackers.com regarding the importance of UX within the larger framework of growth hacking … The post How Important is UX to Your Product’s Growth? appeared first on UserTesting Blog. Marketing Product conversion rate optimization dark patterns growth growth hacking

The 18 Blogs Every UX Pro Should Follow

UserTesting

Looking for an awesome UX blog to read? We’ve compiled a list of some of our favorite blogs in the industry (in no particular order). Feel free to add your own suggestions in the comments area at the bottom of … The post The 18 Blogs Every UX Pro Should Follow appeared first on UserTesting Blog. Design Popular Product design resources ux

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Why You Shouldn’t Hire a UI/UX Designer

UserTesting

Today’s guest post comes from Craig Morrison, founder of UsabilityHour.com. Enjoy! UX Designer and UI Designer are two vastly different roles and a single person should not be hired to be responsible for both. There, I said it! STOP THROWING … The post Why You Shouldn’t Hire a UI/UX Designer appeared first on UserTesting Blog. Design Popular Product

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