Top 10 Product Talks of 2016

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What We Learned About Building Products People Love in 2016

Mind the Product

2016 was a year when the product management community grew significantly and continued to mature. Here’s a look at what we learned in 2016 based on our most read posts during the year. Ways to improve the user experience was as big a theme in 2016 as ever and in The Experience is the Product , another talk from the San Francisco conference, Peter Merholz spoke about the need to focus on the user experience.

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2016 – More Hardcore Product Management Ahead

The Secret PM Handbook

This post is about where I’ll be focusing in 2016 in terms of becoming a more skilled product manager, and in helping others achieve that. In 2016 I’ll be working on my system for being a more effective product manager. The post 2016 – More Hardcore Product Management Ahead appeared first on Hardcore Product Management. Calendar, by Joy (CC 2.0 license).

Top 10 Product Guest Posts of 2016

Mind the Product

2016 has been a year when the craft of product management grew, evolved, and matured at a staggering rate! While Martin highlighted the top product talks of 2016 yesterday, I’d like to take a few moments to look over the most popular guests posts on the Mind the Product blog – both to acknowledge the amazing insights being shared by our community, and to make sure you didn’t miss out on a great read.

Bigger and Better – Product Management Survey Results 2016

Mind the Product

Median experience in 2016 is four years, and is unchanged from 2013, but mean experience, as you might expect from the increased proportion of more senior respondents, has risen from 5 years to 5.4 Salaries have gone up in the past three years, although we think that the salary data for 2016 is a little “noisy”. Globally, the average salary for a Junior Product Manager in 2016 is $54,700, up from $47,400 in 2013. Our universe is expanding.

Product Management is More Important Than Ever

Mind the Product

As the number of people gathered at Mind the Product London 2016 prove – it’s a skill and a job that more and more companies understand, appreciate, and seek out. MindtheProduct Video Mind the Product London 2016 MTPconProduct Management as a role has moved on in leaps and bounds during my career.

10 Tips for Creating an Agile Product Roadmap

Roman Pichler

1 Focus on Goals and Benefits. Whenever you are faced with an agile, dynamic environment—be it that your product is young and is experiencing significant change or that the market is dynamic with new competitors or technologies introducing change, you should work with a goal-oriented product roadmap, sometimes also referred to as theme-based. Goal-oriented roadmaps focus on goals or objectives like acquiring customers, increasing engagement, and removing technical debt.

Mentorship and expectations

bpma ProductHub

As the Mentorship Program Fall – Winter 2016, 2017 has just commenced we would like to share some indicative guidelines for both mentors and mentees in order to help get the best out of this relationship. The mentorship program at the Boston Product Management Association and how to make the best out of it. Why you might need a mentor in your life. Directing your own life can be equally exciting and daunting thing to do. Oftentimes we may feel stuck and need a little push on the way.

Is Scrum Right for Your Product?

Roman Pichler

When is Scrum Most Helpful? A process like Scrum is a great fit for your product when it is brand-new or young, and when you extend its life cycle, as shown in the picture below. This means that not every product will benefit from Scrum: Products that are maturing or declining won’t benefit from Scrum—at least not to the same degree.

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Moving from Solutions to Problems

Folding Burritos

People from all over the company come to you with feature requests and ideas. From minor things like UI tweaks to major ones like a new Search feature. Depending on how pushy and persistent stakeholders are in support of their feature, you might be forced to eventually let it through. Once this happens, expectations are set. “My My feature got into the product,” they think. From that, it’s a slippery slope. That person casually talks to others and word gets around.

SiriusDecisions 2016 Summit Recap

Good Product Manager

SiriusDecisions 2016 Summit Recap. This recap on the SiriusDecisions blog — SiriusDecisions Summit 2016 Highlights: How Should Product Leaders Identify and Prioritize Customer Needs? 10 Serious Decisions We Made After #SDSummit 2016. — Jeff Lash (@jefflash) June 1, 2016. — Jeff Lash (@jefflash) May 27, 2016. 21 Inspiring Tweets (So Far) from #SDSummit 2016 (JL: I'm responsible for 5 of them in one way or another!)

SiriusDecisions 2016 Summit Recap

Good Product Manager

SiriusDecisions 2016 Summit Recap. This recap on the SiriusDecisions blog — SiriusDecisions Summit 2016 Highlights: How Should Product Leaders Identify and Prioritize Customer Needs? 10 Serious Decisions We Made After #SDSummit 2016. — Jeff Lash (@jefflash) June 1, 2016. — Jeff Lash (@jefflash) May 27, 2016. 21 Inspiring Tweets (So Far) from #SDSummit 2016 (JL: I'm responsible for 5 of them in one way or another!)

Behind Every Great Product by Marty Cagan

Mind the Product

Role Video Marty Cagan Mind the Product London 2016 MTPcon SliderIn the opening keynote at this year’s London #mtpcon, Silicon Valley Product Group’s Marty Cagan shared his latest thoughts on what makes a great product manager by looking at the people behind some great products.

Jam 2016 – Product Manager Club

Product Club

On the 4th November the Product Manager Club attended JAM 2016 in London. Yeah but what’s Jam 2016?! It was pretty awesome! We met a lot of great people and we learned a lot of interesting things and we thought it was only right to share our experience! So in the words of the founders Mathilde Leo and Sebastian Powell , We often asked ourselves how other companies go about designing and building great products. What goes on behind the scenes?

Your Product is Already Obsolete – How to Survive by Des Traynor

Mind the Product

MindtheProduct Product Management San Francisco Video Des Traynor Intercom Mind the Product San Francisco 2016 MTPcon SliderAll startups go through three distinct phases – birth, growth, and survival. You start by making the product work, then you have to grow the product, and then, crucially, you have to focus on survival – on keeping it relevant.

This Weird Research-Backed Goal Setting Hack Actually Works

Nir Eyal

Nir’s Note: This article on goal setting was originally published in early 2016 but got such a great reader response that I decided to expand and update it along with adding the video below. Let me know what you think in the comments. Over the past four years, I’ve discovered many incredible ways to hack […]. The post This Weird Research-Backed Goal Setting Hack Actually Works appeared first on Nir and Far. Upgrading Yourself bad habits Behavior design goal setting Habits MEA

Designing Your Way to Better Team Collaboration by Alison Coward

Mind the Product

MindtheProduct Role Alison Coward Mind the Product London 2016 MTPcon Slider Team VideoAs the founder of Bracket Creative, Alison Coward spends her working life advising creative teams on how they can collaborate better. She’s an experienced facilitator of workshops, so at this year’s London #mtpcon she shared some practical ways to get teams to work together more productively.

Story: Career Advice and Growing in Product Management

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The founders of the Boston Women in Product share their story of how they started in product management, some of the challenges they faced and how mentors helped them navigate through these experiences. Cait Porte , Vice President of Product Management, Zmags. As my career in product management accelerated, so did my fear of being able to balance it all.

What is Good Product Strategy?

Melissa Perri

“What is your Product Strategy? YOU NEED A STRATEGY.” When I replay this scene in my head, I can hear the CTO very audibly yelling (slash pleading) with our product team. He was on edge. We had been experimenting towards a very concrete goal for two months, and had made a lot of progress. We had learned so much about what was preventing users from signing up on the site, and it was a lot clearer which direction in which we should be going. BUT we still had to test our ideas.

Decision Time: How Decision Rules Help You Make Better Product Decisions

Roman Pichler

Decisions, Decisions. “Is Is everybody OK with changing the release goal for Q3?”, asks Julie, the product manager. After a few seconds of silence, Julie moves on to the next topic assuming that the stakeholders agree. But most people are still thinking about the idea or oppose it. What’s more, nobody really knows who makes the final decision. Is it the product manager, the people present, or the management sponsor?

Mental Models for Product Managers – Part 2

The Secret PM Handbook

Brain Wiring (by Wellcome Images, CC licensed). In part 1 I introduced mental models and some reasons they are important. And I provided a few “general purpose” examples. In this part we dive into what you really came here for – product management-specific mental models. Why are product management-related mental models different? The mental models I’m going to talk about share two key characteristics: They are about about products. They are not used enough.

Mindfulness Tips for Product Managers and Product Owners

Roman Pichler

What is Mindfulness? Mindfulness means paying attention to the present moment, to what is actually happening. It helps us become more aware of what we think and feel, and how we are—content, tense, relaxed, stressed, happy, angry, indifferent, restless, worried, or calm. But what’s the big deal? Surely all of us know how we are. But do we really?

What Do You Do When Someone “Steals” Your Amazing Idea?

Nir Eyal

The subject line read: “did you see this?” The message was from my editor Jen. Nir, I saw the headline on this story and thought it might be written by you—but no!” she wrote. Very weird.” I instantly clicked on the link she’d sent. It was uncanny! An article written by Christopher Mele at the […]. The post What Do You Do When Someone “Steals” Your Amazing Idea? appeared first on Nir and Far. Business Lessons Upgrading Yourself Life lessons

Improving Product Management in 2016; Product Management Podcast

Good Product Manager

Improving Product Management in 2016: Strategy vs. Technique. In my new SiriusDecisions blog post Improving Product Management in 2016: Strategy vs. Technique I talk about the key strategic behaviors for product managers, the importance of focusing on them, and how to quickly assess this as an area of focus for 2016. The SiriusDecisions Summit 2016. — Jeff Lash (@jefflash) January 5, 2016. — Jeff Lash (@jefflash) January 8, 2016.

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Finding the Truth Behind MVPs

Melissa Perri

If you’re interested in learning more about MVPs, I’m running a one day workshop in Paris on June 14, 2016. More information here. A Successful Start I learned about Minimum Viable Products like 99% of other Product Managers – through The Lean Startup by Eric Ries. When I happened upon the book and Eric’s method, I […

The Way You Think About Willpower Is Hurting You

Nir Eyal

Not so long ago, my post-work routine looked like this: After a particularly grueling day, I’d sit on the couch and veg for hours, doing my version of “Netflix and chill,” which meant keeping company with a cold pint of ice cream. I knew the ice cream, and the sitting, were probably a bad idea, […]. The post The Way You Think About Willpower Is Hurting You appeared first on Nir and Far. Changing Your Habits Upgrading Yourself ego depletion willpower

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10 Product Insights You Should Have Read in 2016

Mind the Product

What we learned about building products people love in 2016. Top 10 Product Talks of 2016. Top 10 Product Guest Posts of 2016. The post 10 Product Insights You Should Have Read in 2016 appeared first on MindTheProduct. MindtheProduct 2016 NewsletterEvery week we curate the best product content from across the web into our weekly product management newsletter Prioritised.

What is a Digital Product?

Roman Pichler

Product. What is a product ? It might be tempting to say, something we can market or sell. But when it comes to digital products, this definition has only limited applicability. Take the search function on your company’s website. Is that a product? Or is the entire website the product? And how would others, including people from development, marketing, and sales, answer this question?

The Simple Guide to Product Management

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In 2016, Glassdoor identified Product Management as the #8 best job to have in America, with a job score of 4.5 Contributed by Cynthia Andre. out of 5. Other jobs on the list included Data Scientist, Tax Manager and HR Manager. Unlike many of those jobs, product management is known for its nebulous career pathing and ambiguity. For one, roles can change drastically from company to company. Secondly, training and preparation vary.

Product Owner vs. Product Manager Exploration

280 Group

Regardless of which role or title you may have, you should have at least a basic understanding of the Product Owner vs. Product Manager comparison; similarities, differences, and overlap. In our recent Product Management Team Survey we found that in companies doing Agile development, 70% indicated that the Product Manager is also the Product Owner. If you don’t have a good understanding of both roles (whether you are doing both or just interacting with someone doing one of them).[continue

TechPoint celebrates 2016 Tech 25 Award Winners

Innovatemap

TechPoint recognized the Tech 25 class of 2016 during a unique event at The Crane Bay in downtown Indianapolis on Aug. See hundreds of

10 Product Backlog Tips

Roman Pichler

Tip #1: Complement your Product Backlog with a Product Roadmap. Use a roadmap to sketch the overall journey you want to take your product on. State the upcoming major releases with their goals or benefits. Then derive your product backlog from the roadmap and use the goals to discover the right backlog items. This ensures that your backlog is aligned with the product strategy, and it helps you decide which items should be added to the product backlog and which should not.

Your World is Full of Placebo Buttons (and That’s a Good Thing)

Nir Eyal

All products and services, everything we buy and use, have but one job—to modulate our mood. The fundamental reason we use technology of all sorts, from stone tools to the latest iPhone, is to make us feel better. To prove the point, consider how perception of relief is tantamount to actual relief. Consider the so-called placebo […]. The post Your World is Full of Placebo Buttons (and That’s a Good Thing) appeared first on Nir and Far.

What Will Product Management Be Like In 5 Years?

The Secret PM Handbook

The future is hard to tease out, but here’s what will happen in product management’s future. (CC CC 2.0 by PunkToad). Earlier this year Janna Bastow of ProdPad put out a call for opinions on the future of product management. I quickly responded then. And realized later it would also make a good blog post. To understand the future of product management I started from the “present” of product management. Where are we now in the product management discipline?

Tesla Agile Development: Product Management at its Best

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Tesla Agile Development: Version 8.0 Software and Product Management at its best. Last week I received the version 8 update from Tesla. For those of you unfamiliar with how updates work with Tesla and the Model S or X, your car connects to your home wifi and then every month or so you get great new features downloaded. In my case, since I purchased my model S one year ago I have received autopilot (the car accelerates, brakes and steers.[continue continue reading].

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Scaling the Product Owner Role

Roman Pichler

Scaling and the Product Life Cycle. To understand if and when the product owner role should be scaled, I find it helpful to consider the product’s life cycle stage. As long as a product is young and hasn’t reached product-market fit—or is close to achieving it—I recommend having a single person in charge of the product.

Crafting Products That Engage by Donna Lichaw

Mind the Product

Product Design UX Video Donna Lichaw Mind the Product London 2016 MTPcon storytellingDonna Lichaw is a film school graduate turned product specialist, and she has used her experience in film to develop and advocate a “story first” approach that she now writes about, speaks about and teaches to products managers all over the world.

Weekly Round Up – 29th May 2016

Product Club

Every day the Product Manager Club brings you the best product management, product marketing and product design reads from across the web. We do the hard work collating all of the best content and articles so that you don’t have to – it’s all a part of our efforts to grow a thriving product community. We hope you enjoy!

How to Build Technology that Feels Like a Friend

Nir Eyal

It’s impossible to ignore all the buzz about AI bots. Last month, Facebook’s David Marcus announced that over 30,000 bots have been built since the opening of its Messenger app to bot developers in April. Other companies like Google, Amazon, and Slack are welcoming bot-building developers to their platforms with open arms. The post How to Build Technology that Feels Like a Friend appeared first on Nir and Far. Using Bots and the Conversational User Interface bots conversational UI CUI Design UX

Stop Blaming the User

Melissa Perri

I’m finally going home from a long business trip and I’m very excited. But my experience with United Airline’s customer service this morning completely killed my good mood. They keep blaming me for their mistake. It’s a story I know well because I see it so commonly in Product Management too. When I was booking […