October, 2018

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The Best Continuous Discovery Teams Cultivate These Mindsets

Product Talk

Last week, I was in Cleveland for the Industry Product Conference. I spoke about the three mindsets that help a team find success as a continuous discovery team. My slides and script are below. Enjoy! Becoming a successful discovery team. Product management is changing. We are evolving from managing our teams by outputs to managing them by outcomes.

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Establishing an Effective Product Strategy Process

Roman Pichler

Why a Product Strategy Process Matters. An effective product strategy process should ensure that a valid product strategy and an actionable product roadmap are always available—that a shared and valid approach to achieving product success is available at anytime, as the picture below illustrates. In the picture above, the product strategy describes how a visionary, inspirational goal is attained.

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Women in Product Management: Louise K. Allen, SVP Product Management and Solutions Marketing at Planview

280 Group

For our next installment of the Women in Product Management Series I interviewed Louise Allen, SVP Product Management and Solutions Marketing at Planview. To read the entire series on Women in Product Management make sure to sign up for our newsletter. How did you get into Product Management? I went to school at Trinity University in San Antonio to play tennis and played professionally for 11 years after I graduated from college.

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“What Do You Do Again?” – Tips to Explain the Product Manager Role

280 Group

“What Do You Do Again?” As a Product Manager you’ve probably heard this one more times than you can count. One of the common challenges with Product Management is that co-workers and other departments in your organization don’t know what a Product Manager does. They have either never worked with Product Management before, or have a misperception of what Product Managers do from another company.

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Product Management Careers: Job Prospects, Pathways, and Must-Have Skills (2024)

The product management job market in 2024 reflects the fast-growing and ever-evolving nature of the field. For product managers looking to future-proof their careers and take advantage of new opportunities, staying informed about the professional landscape is a smart move. In this comprehensive career guide from Regis College, you’ll learn about: The current job outlook for product managers in 2024 Six professional pathways and the average salaries for these roles in the U.S.

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The no Product management Product – A Cautionary Tale

The Product Bistro

When starting a new job as a product manager, you are occasionally handed the reins on a product that has never had ANY product management, whatsoever. There are many reasons for this. In this specific case, it was a hardware technology product that came out of a small startup. My then current company provided some […].

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16 Product Management Quotes to Leave You Inspired

Alchemer Mobile

Let’s be real: product management can be challenging. Between interfacing with multiple teams, coordinating release schedules, prioritizing customer happiness, driving the mobile product roadmap, and endless other activities, it’s easy to get caught up in the hustle, bustle, and stress that is product management. Time to pause, take a breath, and re-energize yourself through the words of some of the world’s most inspiring product leaders.

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The end of navel gazing

Intercom, Inc.

Earlier this year I gave a talk at UX London, and it’s no exaggeration to say that it felt like it had taken me my whole career to write it. The talk tackles the assumption among many designers and UX people that UX should be at the center of their company. Watch the video of my talk below, or read the lightly edited transcript. The talk you need to hear.

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3 Proven Ways To Help Your Sales Team Beat Quota

The Secret PM Handbook

Co-opting product management into sales. My good friend Geoffrey Anderson ( @ganders2112 ) recently wrote about a situation we product managers sometimes find ourselves in. When sales are not going well, company leadership might ask product management come in to help hit the numbers. This can be a bad thing or a good thing. As Geoff said: …when the bookings are light, often product management is diverted to “fix” the problem.

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Making Better Use of Engineering Teams

bpma ProductHub

By Mark Littlewood – Business of Software hosted Marty Cagan, founder of Silicon Valley Product Group earlier this year in London for a talk based around the new edition of his book, Inspired: How to Make Tech Products Customers Love. He made six primary points on making better use of engineering teams. 1.

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Peak Performance: Continuous Testing & Evaluation of LLM-Based Applications

Speaker: Aarushi Kansal, AI Leader & Author and Tony Karrer, Founder & CTO at Aggregage

Software leaders who are building applications based on Large Language Models (LLMs) often find it a challenge to achieve reliability. It’s no surprise given the non-deterministic nature of LLMs. To effectively create reliable LLM-based (often with RAG) applications, extensive testing and evaluation processes are crucial. This often ends up involving meticulous adjustments to prompts.

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What if Other Groups set Prices

The Product Bistro

One of the most difficult part of a product manager’s job is pricing. Too low and you don’t make enough money (or leave money on the table), too high, and the product fails to take off. Getting it just right is part alchemy, part luck, and often just a bit of a guess. There are […].

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Escape From the Feature Roadmap to Outcome-driven Development

Mind the Product

I’ve made a lot of roadmaps in my time. In fact, in the first three years I was at WorldRemit, I counted that I represented our company roadmap in 10 different ways. This reformatting was always an attempt to make the roadmap work harder: to bring more focus, communicate more effectively with stakeholders, keep a growing team joined up. One of many, many roadmaps.

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Boost Mobile Customer Retention in 4 Steps

Alchemer Mobile

In mobile marketing, it’s a well known fact that retaining customers costs less than acquiring new ones, and retention can also be used as a trust signal around how well your brand knows its customer base. However, retention doesn’t look very good for the average mobile app. What many don’t realize is that customer churn can be largely managed with a few simple improvements to their app’s customer experience, and boosting retention doesn’t mean you have to completely reinvent the wheel.

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Customer retention: 5 best practices & 6 strategies for low churn

Intercom, Inc.

Customer retention is the silent killer of SaaS businesses today. People get curious, kick the tires, shrug their shoulders and leave without saying goodbye. Even if you are acquiring customers for $10, if they only stick around for a month or two, you won’t build a lasting business. What is customer retention? Customer retention is the rate at which your business can keep its paying customers over a given period of time.

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7 Pitfalls for Apache Cassandra in Production

Apache Cassandra is an open-source distributed database that boasts an architecture that delivers high scalability, near 100% availability, and powerful read-and-write performance required for many data-heavy use cases. However, many developers and administrators who are new to this NoSQL database often encounter several challenges that can impact its performance.

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In Product Management, it’s Not About the Big Idea. It’s About the Problem You Need to Solve.

Product Management Unpacked

In reality, there are already too many ideas. Maybe even too many big ideas. That’s the bad news. Here’s the good news: as consumers and businesses, we have an endless number of problems. Some are big problems. And usually big problems need ideas of all sizes in order to find the right solution. A key to success in a startup: focus on getting out of the building (thanks, Steve Blank!

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MVP Roadmapping

The Product Guy

Guest Post by: Tofi Buzali (Mentee, Session 6, The Product Mentor) [Paired with Mentor, Andy Wadhwa]. As a product manager, it can be quite daunting to start a new software product from scratch. You have to work with different stakeholders to define the product vision and strategy, define the set of features that the product will have and figure out a rollout plan.

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Product Management Interview Tips

The Product Bistro

So you want a product management job? How should you prepare for the interview? Especially if you are junior or looking for your first step on the product management ladder. I will share my experiences of several hops, and over 20 years of experience, on both sides of the interviewing process. Or you have been […].

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Evaluating Experiments: When the Numbers lie

Mind the Product

It takes many different competences to be a product manager, but one of the most important ones is the ability to decide on the future direction of your product. A product manager ideally uses a mix of methods to figure this out, with experiments at the forefront of strategic and meaningful decision-making. The first real systematic experiment in medical history was carried out by James Lind in the 1700s, a time when sailors frequently suffered from scurvy.

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Platform Product Management Beyond Features: Introducing B-MAP for Platform Ecosystem Success

Traditional PM struggles with the complexities of platform ecosystems. B-MAP framework tackles this challenge. B-MAP goes beyond features, focusing on building, managing, adapting, and partnering to foster a thriving platform ecosystem.

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4 Factors to Consider Before Paying for Customer Acquisition

Alchemer Mobile

Launching your platform and initializing your monetization strategy is only the beginning. Sure, once your platform is implemented the money will start coming in, but how will you maintain that initial growth and sustain earning? Through customer acquisition, of course! Customer acquisition is the focus of acquiring new customers through a strategy designed to persuade users to purchase your company’s services or products.

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PREACH – a framework for perfecting your customer support tone

Intercom, Inc.

Often in life, it’s not what you say but how you say it that makes all the difference. This is even more true in a customer support conversation, so getting your company’s tone just right is incredibly important. Once you’ve figured out how you speak to your customers , the next challenge is getting your team aligned for a consistent experience. At Intercom we strive to maintain a high caliber of customer support, and we do this with a peer review system, where every member of our Support team c

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The Art of Being Compelling as a Product Manager

Sachin Rekhi

After spending over a decade in product management in organizations large and small, I've come to believe that great product management is 60% substance and 40% style. The substance of product management is the hard skills you need to learn and excel at to build great products: customer discovery, prioritizing a roadmap, deriving insights from data, and so much more.

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How to Develop, Articulate, and Sell Product Strategy

The Product Guy

Guest Post by: Julian Dunn (Mentee, Session 6, The Product Mentor) [Paired with Mentor, Vikas Batra]. I became a product manager because I wanted to take a more strategic role at my company. Two major obstacles stood in my way. First, I did not know how to frame, develop and present product strategy in a systematic way, and second, as a startup, my company has not historically had a good track record of strategy being developed outside of senior management (read: founder).

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Driving Business Impact for PMs

Speaker: Jon Harmer, Product Manager for Google Cloud

Move from feature factory to customer outcomes and drive impact in your business! This session will provide you with a comprehensive set of tools to help you develop impactful products by shifting from output-based thinking to outcome-based thinking. You will deepen your understanding of your customers and their needs as well as identifying and de-risking the different kinds of hypotheses built into your roadmap.

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Product Management Rockstars

The Product Bistro

I read a post today by Tom Leung on his blog, “Always be Shipping” that got me thinking. The premise of the posting was that only superstars need to apply. As someone in my earlier days who viewed himself with many of the qualities that are being sought, and to a large degree still lives […].

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How do you Make Product Management Work Effectively in a Distributed Team?

Mind the Product

Ever since the shift towards agile practices, product teams have hung on to a set of core attributes, which range from cross-functional, to customer-centric, all the way up to iterative and independent. But there’s one aspect which should vanish from this list of must-haves: co-located. In this first of two posts, I look at how you might approach remote product management, while my next post will examine some of the tools that you can take into your everyday working to help make remote product m

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Use CX to Give Customers a Seat at the Table

Alchemer Mobile

Customer experience strategies shouldn’t be created in a vacuum, but it’s hard to know how to create a CX strategy that exceeds customers’ expectations without first understanding them. We hosted a CX-focused panel at this year’s Customer Love Summit. Panelists included: Daniel McCone, Digital Marketing & Innovation Manager at Dunkin’ Brands.

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How to retain more users with value-based onboarding

Intercom, Inc.

Brand new users aren’t committed to your product when they first sign up. They’re just trying it out. A great first use experience has to prove to these new and uncertain customers that your product will actually make their lives better. It’s not surprising that onboarding flows focused on demonstrating all the features of a product become leaky buckets as new customers quickly lose interest.

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Monetizing Analytics Features

Think your customers will pay more for data visualizations in your application? Five years ago, they may have. But today, dashboards and visualizations have become table stakes. Turning analytics into a source of revenue means integrating advanced features in unique, hard-to-steal ways. Download this white paper to discover which features will differentiate your application and maximize the ROI of your analytics.

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Hiten Shah on how to avoid common pitfalls of product development

Miro

Hiten Shah on how to avoid common pitfalls of product development In today’s fast-changing business environment, it’s critical to consistently come up with valid product ideas, scale them and move forward to create the future for your customers. That’s a tough goal, but San Francisco-based entrepreneur Hiten Shah has mastered the art, even with a team that’s distributed […].

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Designing Product Experiments

The Product Guy

Excerpts from our conversation with The Best Product Person of 2017, Melissa Perri. Watch now and see why she is counted amongst the ranks of the best in product management. More to Come. The Best Product Person (TBPP) is the leading international award honoring excellence in Product Management. Established in 2010, TBPP is awarded annually in association with The Product Guy and The Product Group.

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Product Management like a Golf Swing

The Product Bistro

One day, I was musing about the job of product manager, and what differentiates a good product manager from an okay one, and an analogy sprung to mind. Think about a golf swing. There is the addressing of the ball, the back swing, the forward swing, and ultimately the follow though. When you are teaching […].