April, 2023

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The Chocolate Cake Problem

Mironov Consulting

In my experience, there’s usually a fundamental misalignment between two broad groups at software companies – especially B2B/enterprise companies — that I’ve been thinking/writing for a while.  One group (sales, implementation/customer success, professional services, account-based marketing) is trained and paid and rewarded to focus on one customer at a time , with current-quarter timelines.

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Should a Head of Product Make Strategic Product Decisions?

Roman Pichler

Listen to the audio version of this article: [link] The Head of Product Role in a Nutshell A head of product manages a group of product people —individuals who look after one or more products and who may be called product managers or product owners. Depending on the company size and org structure, the role might also be referred to as Director of Product Management, VP Product, and Chief Product Officer.

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How I Survived the Lifestyle of a Product Manager as an Introvert

The Product Coalition

“I am rarely bored alone; I am often bored in groups and crowds.” — Laurie Helgoe When I first started working as a Product Manager, the number of meetings on my calendar jumped from a few to a few hundred. That’s not factually true, but that’s how it felt like. Bing’s AI helped to create this illustration of me Before product, I was a designer or an engineer, so most of the work happened in a collaboration between me and my computer.

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AI and Product Management – The Possibilities Are Endless

Product Management University

(Artificial Intelligence) AI and product management is a white-hot topic that runs the gamut, from the countless benefits to product managers all the way to replacing product managers…and everything in between. As with any new technology, there’s a maturation curve. Nevertheless, it’s always fun to think, dream and speculate about what AI and product management might or might not look like when it’s all grown up.

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Beyond the Basics of A/B Tests: Highly Innovative Experimentation Tactics You Need to Know

Speaker: Timothy Chan, PhD., Head of Data Science

Are you ready to move beyond the basics and take a deep dive into the cutting-edge techniques that are reshaping the landscape of experimentation? 🌐 From Sequential Testing to Multi-Armed Bandits, Switchback Experiments to Stratified Sampling, Timothy Chan, Data Science Lead, is here to unravel the mysteries of these powerful methodologies that are revolutionizing how we approach testing.

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Product in Practice: Getting Engineers Involved in Brainstorming

Product Talk

Getting a group together to generate ideas—an activity often referred to as “ brainstorming ”—doesn’t always go smoothly. Getting a group together to generate ideas—an activity often referred to as “brainstorming”—doesn’t always go smoothly. – Tweet This In the past, Teresa has written about the major reasons why traditional brainstorming doesn’t work : social loafing (people tend not to work as hard in a group setting), conformity (people are afraid to stand out with ideas that are too distinct

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How to build an MVP that matters

Mind the Product

A Minimum Viable Product (MVP) is a powerful tool, but is often misinterpreted as the lowest quality thing you can build. Robert Schlaff explains how he's built MVPs that matter. Read more » The post How to build an MVP that matters appeared first on Mind the Product.

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433: Research finds “both/and” thinking is best for innovation – with Marianne Lewis, PhD

Product Innovation Educators

The ABCD framework for dealing with tensions in product management and innovation As product innovators, we encounter many tensions. To name just a few of these, perhaps meeting this quarter’s objective or creating the breakthrough of the future, perhaps the team building we want to do or having more personal flexibility, or what about process improvement or just getting the job done that is in front of us right now.

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Use Body Language to Strengthen Your UXR Interviews

dscout People Nerds

What is often a subconscious act can have unexpected implications on your research. Here’s how to use body language to everyone’s advantage.

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Creating a Value Based Resume – Stop TELLING and Start SELLING

Product Management University

Creating a value based resume means it’s time to treat yourself as a product that has strategic (employer) value. The hard part is avoiding the trap of TELLING employers what the product (you) does versus SELLING its value. Here we are in the early part of 2023 and so many of my talented friends, former colleagues and customers have fallen victim to the mass layoffs in high tech.

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Exploring PerfDog Whitepaper 2024: Unlock the Power of Performance Testing

Key Takeaways Robust Platform & Multi-System Support: Brief introduction to PerfDog's extensive compatibility across various operating systems and hardware platforms including Android, iOS, PC, gaming consoles and more. In-Depth Performance Metrics: Quick view of the extensive range of metrics for system, graphics and rendering, user experience, in-depth analysis, and more.

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Solving a Real Problem Isn’t Enough.

The Product Coalition

TLDR: In Motives to be Met , we learn what motivates our (ideal) customers to make a decision that helps us achieve our business and impact goals. This seems obvious, but it turns out many product people are wrong about what these motives are. I recently asked a PM what was driving people to trial his product, which is aimed at team leads to help them track performance on their teams.

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News consumption: This framework will help you decide what to focus on and what to ignore

NextBigWhat

In today’s world, we are constantly bombarded with news and information from various sources, including social media, news outlets, and online platforms. While some of this information may be relevant and useful, a significant amount of it can be overwhelming and may not necessarily have an impact on our lives. This can lead to feelings […] The post News consumption: This framework will help you decide what to focus on and what to ignore appeared first on nextbigwhat.

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A case study: The journey to becoming a product-led company

Mind the Product

In this deep dive case study, Kirsten Mann, Chief Product Officer at Prospection, shares some learnings so far on the journey that their team to transition from a service-led to a product-led company. Read more » The post A case study: The journey to becoming a product-led company appeared first on Mind the Product.

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Update regarding the Feedly Twitter Integration

Roy Madden

Twitter has discontinued the API we use to let Feedly Pro+ customers follow tweets in Feedly. As a result, we are sad to announce we have to retire the current Twitter integration. We know this isn’t ideal, and we are exploring different ways to help the community connect to their favorite creators and sources of information. Pro+ users can already follow Newsletters and use our RSS Builder , and some of the content you were following on Twitter may be accessible in this way.

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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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Middle Management Guideline: Only Plan for as Long As Your Management Can Commit

Johanna Rothman

Sherry, a middle manager in a relatively small organization, said, “We can’t plan for an entire quarter at a time. Our managers need to change what they want more often than that. But I'd like to plan for a quarter at a time and I really don't want to ask people to multitask. What do I do?” “How long can the managers commit to their decisions?

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ROI for innovation

Strategyzer

Here is a classic scene I have observed in many companies: Leslie, an innovation team lead, is pitching a project to the executive board. As required, he presents the business case for investing in the new offering and five-year projections for revenue growth and profits.

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Scrum: A Simple Guide to Agile Product Development

The Product Coalition

Product Management Technology If you’re unfamiliar with software development, you may not have heard of Scrum. Scrum is an Agile methodology that can help teams work together more efficiently to develop products. Here’s how it works: Image Credits Scrum.org The Basics of Scrum Scrum is a framework for developing and sustaining complex products. The framework consists of Scrum teams, roles, events, artifacts, and rules.

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Reflexivity in Qualitative Research: Why You'll Never Be An Objective Observer

UserInterviews

How do you know what you think you know? Reflexivity helps you better understand your role in shaping the outcomes of qualitative research.

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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 B2B companies can learn from Duolingo’s growth strategy

Mind the Product

As B2B companies build their PLG strategies, they can take lessons from how B2C companies have succeeded. In Pendo’s PLG Teardown web series, the panel of experts take a deep dive into how the app Duolingo has scaled growth so well and why it continues to delight users. Here's what they learned. Read more » The post What B2B companies can learn from Duolingo’s growth strategy appeared first on Mind the Product.

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How Using ChatGPT for Product Management is a Valuable Time-Saver

Usersnap

Product managers have a lot of ground to cover. From staying on top of market trends, user needs, customer feedback , and industry insights to managing their resources, and planning what’s ahead for their product. It’d be nice if there were a helping hand sometimes that could take over the more tedious and repetitive tasks. With the release of ChatGPT, it seems like a digital assistant has arrived.

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Overengineering 101: What Is It and How Can Product Managers Avoid It?

Userpilot

Developing and releasing sophisticated products with all the bells and whistles imaginable might seem like a great idea. After all, you want your newly released software to be as good as it gets when it’s finally launched, right? Not quite. Overengineered products are difficult to use, filled with bugs, and instead of improving your users’ lives, they make them unnecessarily complicated.

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430: How changes in marketing are influencing products – with Ali Plonchak 

Product Innovation Educators

How product and marketing teams can work together Today we are talking about the interdependence of product and marketing and how marketing trends have changed. To help us, Ali Plonchak is with us. Ali is the COO of Crossmedia. Since 2006 at Crossmedia, she has helped clients navigate the changing marketing landscape. As the company’s first female partner, she proudly leads the agency to deliver on its mission of trust, reason, and happiness every day.

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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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Negotiate the Problem, Not the Solutions

The Product Coalition

Product leadership seems to require nonstop negotiation with everyone you work with. You have limited resources on one hand and major decisions to make on the other. But are you negotiating the right things? It’s easy to debate solutions, but it’s hardly effective. To generate agreement when people disagree you must dive deeper. Here’s how. Photo by Zdeněk Macháček on Unsplash I’m sure many of you read the negotiation guidebook Never Split the Difference.

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A Primer on Cultivating Taste from Legendary Producer Rick Rubin

Sachin Rekhi

I've always felt that product design was a creative endeavor and the work that most moves our industry forward stems from practitioners who could easily be described as artists. Given this, I've often wondered whether one of the best ways to improve our craft as product designers would be to immerse ourselves in the best practices of artists at large.

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3 tips to ensure a flexible product roadmap

Mind the Product

In product management, a roadmap is the source of truth, the shared prioritisation tool of a product team. Here are 3 tips that will help you build a roadmap that's set up to conquer the unknown. Read more » The post 3 tips to ensure a flexible product roadmap appeared first on Mind the Product.

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The Definitive Guide to Creating Perfect Product Listing Pages in 2022

AB Tasty

Product listing pages are the results of either category pages or internal searches. They play a huge role as a “catalogue”. Learn how to optimize them.

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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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A Short Test to See if Your Job Will Survive AI

Johanna Rothman

Every minute, it seems as if someone is talking about how great ChatGPT is. It's going to revolutionize the world! I agree— I am sure AI will revolutionize the world. At some point. But I think it's going to remove all those busy-work jobs , not the jobs where we, as humans, offer value. Here's a short test to know if your job will survive the (somewhat) imminent AI revolution: Does your job require you to analyze something someone already did?

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432: Creating or improving the product-led organization – with Paul Ortchanian

Product Innovation Educators

How organizations can empower product managers Today we are talking about what a product-led organization is, barriers that can prevent an organization from being product-led, and actions to create the product-led organization. Our guest is Paul Ortchanian , a problem-solver by nature and founder of Bain Public. He has a great deal of experience that has helped him be well-rounded in product management.

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Top Eight P2P Crypto Exchange Platforms in the USA

The Product Coalition

Currently, In the fintech world, Cryptocurrency has seen explosive growth, with an ample amount of people investing in digital assets than ever before. With the increased popularity of cryptocurrencies, the demand for secure and efficient ways to buy, sell and trade them has also grown. In the case of the trendiest crypto businesses, P2P Crypto Exchange provides users with the most secure and convenient way to buy and sell digital assets without the involvement of third-party intermediates.