2015 Year In Review – Hardcore Product Management

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Looking back over 2015 on this blog, I see quite a lot of meaty content! The post 2015 Year In Review – Hardcore Product Management appeared first on Hardcore Product Management. The topics have been hardcore product management-related.

Product Camp Boston 2015 Sessions!

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For those of you looking for information on Product Camp Boston 2015 at the Microsoft NERD Center in Cambridge, take a look ! PCampBoston. product camp

Customers value Results, not Tools

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Daniel Zacarias (@listentodaniel) April 28, 2015. As toolmakers , we tend to often be thinking (and talking) about the tools we make and the process of making them. We are Product Hunters , Thinkers , People , etc.

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Organizing a Large Product Backlog

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Trying to organize a large product backlog is a tough thing to do. As times goes by, and the product grows, what was once a simple list of prioritized items gets unwieldy. Working from a huge list makes it very difficult to navigate and very easy to get “lost” in it.

SiriusDecisions 2015 Summit Recap

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SiriusDecisions 2015 Summit: Recap. The 10th Annual SiriusDecisions Summit was held May 12-15, 2015 in Nashville, with 2300+ delegates getting together for 4 days of discussion on best practices and emerging trends for business-to-business sales, marketing and product leaders. OpenView Labs: Debunking the Myth that Buyers are 67% Through the Buying Process Before Engaging Salespeople and Infographic: Top Stats From SiriusDecisions Summit 2015.

SiriusDecisions 2015 Summit Recap

Good Product Manager

SiriusDecisions 2015 Summit: Recap. The 10th Annual SiriusDecisions Summit was held May 12-15, 2015 in Nashville, with 2300+ delegates getting together for 4 days of discussion on best practices and emerging trends for business-to-business sales, marketing and product leaders. OpenView Labs: Debunking the Myth that Buyers are 67% Through the Buying Process Before Engaging Salespeople and Infographic: Top Stats From SiriusDecisions Summit 2015.

Product Managers: Let’s Keep our Role in Perspective

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Here’s a pun on Martin Eriksson ‘s now classic diagram. As Product Managers we must always remember that our role is to look outwards at least as much as we look inwards.

Book Review: “Badass: Making Users Awesome”

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Kathy Sierra’s latest book is a must-read for any product person.

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Benefits (and Caveats) of a Simple Estimation Process

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We’re all aware that we pretty much suck at estimating how long it will take to build a given piece of software. There are many reasons we fail at this. However, the core of the issue is simple. In general terms, if we want to know how much time some task will take, we need to be pretty sure about What to do, How to do it and to Have done it multiple times.

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Hi Fly: A Lean Airline Story

Melissa Perri

This past year I took six trips to London. Five of those round trip flights were on Norwegian Air. I HATE Norwegian Air. Without fail, every one of my Norwegian Air flights were delayed at least 2.5 hours. But on one trip back from London, I got a surprising test message.

How to Deal with Unresponsive Stakeholders

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As Marty Cagan puts it , managing stakeholders is probably the least favorite part of our job as Product Managers. It is, however, something we need to constantly keep on our radar, specially those of us working for larger organizations. A stakeholder is any individual or group that can affect or is affected by your project or product. By this definition, the product’s end users are also stakeholders.

Deadlines are evil. Deadlines are our friends

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Deadline. Even if you didn’t know what it meant, the word surely sounds ominous. And then, when you look up the origin of the term , it gets even nastier. The word comes from US Civil War prison camps, where guards would shoot any prisoner that crossed a line about 19 feet from the wall. That is the kind of inspiration for one of the most common concepts that we have to deal with on our products and projects. Just lovely.

Prioritizing Features; Three Questions About Product Management; SiriusDecisions 2015 Summit

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SiriusDecisions Summit 2015. We’re less than 30 days from the SiriusDecisions Summit 2015 , our annual conference where over 2000 b-to-b product, marketing and sales leaders will get a chance to see data-driven best practices research, unveiling of new innovations across the b-to-b space and networking with an elite community of business leaders. There’s plenty of more information on our SiriusDecisions 2015 Summit website.

5 Indispensible Habits Of Great Product Leaders

Street Smart Product Manager

As a product management leader, there are many demands on your time. It’s easy to get sucked into working on the most pressing issues and on meeting other people’s expectations. As “do-ers”, it’s in our nature to jump on these issues immediately.

What are the major product management trends of 2015?

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Our 2015 Product Management Insights report provided clarity on the common challenges product managers face, and the latest trends in strategy and execution of new products within the enterprise. The post What are the major product management trends of 2015?

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The Product Kata

Melissa Perri

A while ago, I was introducing the Kanban Kata by Hakan Forss to a team that was struggling to meet their deadline. They had failed twice before and their jobs were in jeopardy. Implementing Continuous Improvement and Kata helped the teams create better processes and remove bottlenecks.

Interview With Hubert Palan, CEO of ProductBoard – Podcast Season 2, Episode 2

The Secret PM Handbook

Here is the second episode of our new podcast season of All The Responsibility, None Of The Authority, crossposted from alltheresponsibility.com. I will be crossposting the new episodes from the new site to this feed as they are published (I’m a little behind now but will catch up!). Introducing Hubert Palan. Nils first met Hubert Palan in November 2014 at the Product Management Summit in San Francisco.

Interview With Hubert Palan, CEO of ProductBoard, Part 2 – Podcast Season 2, Episode 2

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This second part of our interview with Hubert Palan is the third episode of our new podcast season of All The Responsibility, None Of The Authority, crossposted from alltheresponsibility.com. I will be crossposting the new episodes from the new site to this feed as they are published (I’m a little behind now but will catch up!). This is part two of our interview with Hubert Palan, found and CEO of ProductBoard, and long time product management leader and executive.

The 15 Most-Loved UserTesting Articles from 2015

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In celebration of everything we’ve learned together, we’d like to share our top content from 2015. If you haven’t had a … The post The 15 Most-Loved UserTesting Articles from 2015 appeared first on UserTesting Blog. It’s been another great year here at the UserTesting blog, and we’ve been honored to have you join us! CX Design Marketing Popular Product Research

13 Myths And Misconceptions About Product Managers

Street Smart Product Manager

The good news: product management is now being seen as a legitimate profession and increasingly critical to a company’s growth strategy. (Ok, Ok, maybe it was always thus in Silicon Valley, but the rest of the world is now catching up.) The bad news: There are still many myths and misconceptions folks have about our profession. Here … Continue reading 13 Myths And Misconceptions About Product Managers.

The Keys To Productive Brainstorming

Street Smart Product Manager

Let’s face it: brainstorming has gotten a bad rap. And deservedly so. How many of us have been part of a “brainstorming meeting” that turned out to be a total waste of time? Too many people. A purposeless agenda. Meandering conversations that go nowhere. And no follow-up afterward. Sound familiar? In fact, doesn’t “brainstorming meeting” … Continue reading The Keys To Productive Brainstorming.

The Alternative to Roadmaps

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I have always loved the General George Patton quote: “Don’t tell people what to do; tell them what you need accomplished, and you’ll be amazed at the results.” ” Unfortunately, typical roadmaps do just what the General warned against – they tell the team what to do.

What Makes a Great Product Manager?

Melissa Perri

It's a question I get asked often by my students, clients, and people in the community. What is it that separates the good Product Managers from the best? What qualities in my potential candidates will let me know this person is the real deal?

Missionaries vs. Mercenaries

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One of my all-time favorite quotes in our industry comes by way of the legendary VC, John Doerr , where he argues that "we need teams of missionaries, not teams of mercenaries.” ” This point captures so much, and gets right to the heart of the most important trait of strong leaders, strong organizations, and strong product teams. This is not hard to spot, either way.

10 Things To Do To Appear ‘Innovative’

Street Smart Product Manager

Being “innovative” is all the rage nowadays. Companies big and small, tech and non-tech, are striving to seem innovative to employees and customers. I’ve worked at such companies, and I’ve helped many product managers working at such companies through my product help calls. As such, I’ve seen companies that are actually trying to be innovative, and those that seem more interested […].

Innovation vs. Execution

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In my last article I discussed how we need to simultaneously learn fast in product discovery, yet still release with confidence in product delivery. I got a very good response from this article, as well as many questions as to how teams can get better at one or both. This quickly gets into a very deep discussion of culture. You can think of this as the characteristics of a strong innovation culture, versus those of a strong execution culture.

Creating Effective MVPs coming to NYC!

Melissa Perri

Creating Effective MVPs Full Day workshop is coming to NYC on July 16, 2015! Full Day Workshop on July 16, 2015 in Manhattan (9:30am - 5:00pm). Only 20 tickets available! Buy Tickets Now. Traditionally there is usually little validation before work begins on a new product; and teams end up wasting time building something that no one wants. User Experience suffers and companies are left with products and features that remain unused.

The Secret Ingredient To Getting Product Innovation Done: “Internalvangelists”

Street Smart Product Manager

So you’ve probably heard of “earlyvangelists” (No? Read this post by Steve Blank, who coined the term.) In Lean Startup circles, we hear a lot about finding these special breed of customers. Because they’re the ones willing to make the initial bet on the startup, because they’ve bought into the startup’s vision and potential. They’re … Continue reading "The Secret Ingredient To Getting Product Innovation Done: “Internalvangelists”".

Discovery vs. Delivery

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Most of us are working on solving some pretty hard problems, and it usually ends up taking some fairly complex systems in order to power these solutions. As such, for most teams there are two very significant challenges to tackle: First, discovering , in detail, what the customer solution needs to be.

How to Design Your Customer Validation to Maximize Product/Market Fit

Sachin Rekhi

In my previous post I detailed how I typically go about documenting the initial set of product/market fit hypotheses for an early stage startup and each of the key elements that are important to capture as part of it.

The 15 Most-Loved UserTesting Articles from 2015

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In celebration of everything we’ve learned together, we’d like to share our top content from 2015. If you haven’t had a … The post The 15 Most-Loved UserTesting Articles from 2015 appeared first on UserTesting Blog. It’s been another great year here at the UserTesting blog, and we’ve been honored to have you join us! CX Design Marketing Popular Product Research

Lean Product Management Manifesto

Melissa Perri

If you want to read the story behind the Lean Product Management Manifesto, you can find it here. Over the past few months I have been working with people in the Lean and Agile community to figure out how we can communicate the benefits of a Lean approach to Product Management. I expect this to evolve and change as we continuously integrate these principles into our own practices and learn. I welcome your feedback and contributions.

A Practitioner's Guide to Net Promoter Score (NPS)

Sachin Rekhi

Over the past year at LinkedIn I developed a strong appreciation for using Net Promoter Score (NPS) as a key performance indicator (KPI) to understand customer loyalty.

The Story Behind The Lean Product Management Manifesto

Melissa Perri

Setting the Stage. In the past few years, I have had a lot of people come up to me and ask about Product Management (lean, agile, waterfall, whatever) and what makes a "good" Product Manager. They've also asked for resources. A lot of the resources on traditional Product Management tend to focus on story card grooming, lots of feature specs, and playing politics with the business. While these are necessary, I don't see them as the epitome of a "good" Product Manager.

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What Distinguishes the Top 1% Product Managers from the Top 10%?

Rahul Abhyankar

I came across this question on Quora and it got me thinking. It’s useful to understand what distinguishes the top 1% from the top 10% in any field. The top 10% in any field are likely some of the top notch performers in that field. The margin of difference is very small. Yet there must be that … Continue reading What Distinguishes the Top 1% Product Managers from the Top 10%? → Career/Leadership Product Management product management

Features do not a Product Roadmap Make

Tyner Blain

Last month, Mike Smart of Egress Solutions and I gave a webinar for Pragmatic Marketing on product roadmapping when working in agile environments. We had a great turnout of over 1500 people in the session – with not nearly enough time to answer all of the questions.

How to be an Infinite Learner

Sachin Rekhi

One of the characteristics Reid Hoffman often mentions he values in great entrepreneurs is that they are infinite learners.

Product For Legacy Companies

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NOTE: This article is from the foreword to the new 2nd Edition of The Art of Scalability by Marty Abbott and Michael Fisher. I’m reprinting it here because quite a few people have written me asking how to get their old-style company to start behaving more like a modern technology-powered business. Perhaps your company began as a brick-and-mortar retailer, or an airline, or a financial services company.

How Do You Know If You've Achieved Product/Market Fit?

Sachin Rekhi

Marc Andreessen initially introduced the concept of product/market fit in this post published in 2007.

A Lean Alternative to a Business Plan: Documenting Your Product/Market Fit Hypotheses

Sachin Rekhi