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Your Product’s Most Important Feature Isn’t Getting the Attention it Deserves

280 Group

Misalignment between satisfying end users and wowing decision makers may hurt your bottom line. Every product team tries to prioritize features that most significantly drive sales and retention. Few however realize that reporting dashboards present exactly that opportunity and emphasize it accordingly. That’s because product teams are typically focused on end users while sales teams interface with actual buyers and decision makers.

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How Humanising Your Product can Make all the Difference

Mind the Product

For a bootstrapped product start-up, investing in visual design and illustration to humanise your product can seem like a low priority. You’ve bugs to fix, marketing to fund, and a user feedback log as long as your arm. Delightful touches, like illustration, are a luxury for those with six-figure investment, surely? A nice to have – the icing on the cake?

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Expand your addressable market to drive your next wave of growth

Intercom, Inc.

During your first wave of growth, your initial customers are very important. You have to build a product that solves a problem and works well for them. As you reach your next wave of growth, you need to continue to invest in those customers and in that product, and recognize that, in order to keep growing, you need that product to appeal to more people.

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Why women make great product managers

Product Management Unpacked

Marty Cagan, founder of the Silicon Valley Product Group , delivered the opening keynote to the 2016 Mind the Product Conference. His keynote, “Behind Every Great Product,” highlights professionals involved in some of the most iconic technology products of our time, including Netflix, iTunes and Word for Mac. All six of the examples he uses are women in product management.

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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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Adopting a Continuous Discovery Mindset Across the Organization

Product Talk

I teach two courses at Northwestern University. I want to share a little bit more about the work that I am doing there as I think it’s relevant for people working at companies who are starting to adopt continuous discovery practices (in other words, many of you). The first course focuses on teaching practitioners how to use design methods to solve business challenges related to learning and organizational change.

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5 lessons learned starting a new team within our sales organization

Intercom, Inc.

A little over a year ago, I got the opportunity to start a new team within our sales organization – a team of Relationship Managers dedicated to growing our current customers at scale. The opportunity emerged out of a shift in how we practice sales. We had split into two distinct but complementary functions. We now had “hunters” who acquire new business and “farmers” who nurture existing business.

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Biggest Product Regret

The Product Guy

Excerpts from our conversation with The Best Product Person of 2018, Brian Crofts. Watch now and see why he 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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Defining Growth Design: The Guide to the Role Most Startups are Missing

First Round Review

Angel Steger serves as our guide on a trek to better understand the still developing speciality of growth design. She shares lessons learned from her roles leading the function at Dropbox and Pinterest, and outlines tactics for early-stage startups looking to source, interview and onboard growth designers of their own.

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Take Control of Prioritisation – Holly Donohue on The Product Experience

Mind the Product

Before financial software provider Aquila Heywood transformed how it approaches prioritisation, it had a backlog that was more than 20 years long and its projects took about seven years to release. Product Director Holly Donohue was part of the team that changed how the business approaches its work, so that it now sees value being realised in a few months.

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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 Shortest Product Manager Job Ever!

The Accidental Product Manager

The end can come for a product manager when they least expect it Credit: Bill Selak. So here’s a quick question for you: what is the shortest time that you’ve ever worked at a product manager job? Product managers are generally considered to be valuable members of the product team who work on the product development definition and we can have a direct impact on the bottom line of the product project that we are involved in.

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Important Product Manager Skills & Butterfly.ai

The Product Guy

Thank you to everyone who attended the latest roundtable meet-up of The Product Group and discussed What Skills Product Managers Need and debated Featured Product, Butterfly.

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Defining Growth Design: The Guide to the Role Most Startups are Missing

First Round Review

Angel Steger serves as our guide on a trek to better understand the still developing speciality of growth design. She shares lessons learned from her roles leading the function at Dropbox and Pinterest, and outlines tactics for early-stage startups looking to source, interview and onboard growth designers of their own.

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There’s a new Band in Town: Building Fan Tech by Carl Norberg

Mind the Product

Creating magic (moments) is what sport is all about – in theory. But it applies to product development too. At #MTPEngage Manchester we had a great opportunity to combine both of these elements with Carl Norberg’s talk about Fantom – a wearable band that brings you closer to your chosen sports team. User engagement is central to product people.

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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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Remote team meeting etiquette: how to stay polite in a distributed team

Miro

Remote team meeting etiquette: how to stay polite in a distributed teamBeatrix Bodó Product Designer at FrontìraNowadays, we don’t have to be in the same space as our team to do our jobs. Instead, we use video conferencing and virtual meeting tools to stay in touch and collaborate across multiple locations.When we meet face-to-face, it’s much […].

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5 Things Product Managers Should Stop Doing

The Product Guy

A successful Product Manager needs to be good at knowing which activities NOT to take on just as much as which activities they should. The PM role is broad enough to drown a whale, don’t add more dead weight to your already difficult job and sink. You will learn 5 activities that you are likely doing on a weekly basis that you should STOP doing immediately.

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Start Telling Stories about Your Data with Notebooks

Amplitude

We have a running joke on the product development team: “If a chart falls in the woods and there’s no one around to analyze it, does it make an insight?”. Our answer is no. We believe that a healthy data culture is not merely defined by data access. In a healthy data culture, people can use data and have conversations about it all the time—and that means having a good way to share and collaborate on insights.

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TEI 220: What makes a good product manager & who shouldn’t be one – with Marc Abraham

Product Innovation Educators

It’s all about creativity, curiosity, and customer focus for product managers. This is a listener requested episode. Several Everyday Innovators have asked, “What are the qualities of a good product manager?” While many listeners are already good product managers, a little self-reflection from time to time on your strengths and how to be an even better product manager is valuable to your career as well as to those who you work with.

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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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Remote team meeting etiquette: how to stay polite in a distributed team

Miro

Remote team meeting etiquette: how to stay polite in a distributed teamBeatrix Bodó Product Designer at FrontìraNowadays, we don’t have to be in the same space as our team to do our jobs. Instead, we use video conferencing and virtual meeting tools to stay in touch and collaborate across multiple locations.When we meet face-to-face, it’s much […].

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Incite your #prodmgmt career

The Product Guy

If you are a great product person looking for a great product job, or vice versa, check out our job board. Thousands of employers across all areas of product, from management to design, from digital to physical, are looking to fill positions from our community. . Each week we highlight some of the recently posted openings. Check out this week’s newest, below….

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Treat Your Product Team Like a Sports Team, Not a Family

ProductPlan

Cultural fit is a relatively new concept in hiring and team building. While organizations have always had culture, the long-held expectation was that new employees would adapt to said culture, and people would be hired purely based on resumes. Companies now realize just how important corporate culture is to their ability to grow, adapt, react, and thrive.

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6 Questions for Determining Your Leadership Philosophy

The Product Coalition

I’ve had multiple occasions recently to reflect on my own leadership philosophy. Not only have I been asked about it explicitly, but in several conversations with friends and others, the topic of leadership has come up with both positive and negative examples. This got me examining my leadership style and the principles that make up my overall philosophy.

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How to Migrate From DataStax Enterprise to Instaclustr Managed Apache Cassandra

If you’re considering migrating from DataStax Enterprise (DSE) to open source Apache Cassandra®, our comprehensive guide is tailored for architects, engineers, and IT directors. Whether you’re motivated by cost savings, avoiding vendor lock-in, or embracing the vibrant open-source community, Apache Cassandra offers robust value. Transition seamlessly to Instaclustr Managed Cassandra with our expert insights, ensuring zero downtime during migration.

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How to Land Your First PM Job

ProductCraft

I interviewed hundreds of potential associate PMs when I was a product manager at Google, and have interviewed both associate PM and PM internship candidates at my current position with Pendo. The vast majority of them underwhelm for a few key reasons. I’m hesitant to write this article because part of me feels like candidates. The post How to Land Your First PM Job appeared first on ProductCraft by Pendo.

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The UX Evolution

dscout People Nerds

Former UXPA International president Jen Romano-Bergstrom on the industry’s rapid growth, biggest challenges, and where researchers should be doing even more to break down boundaries.

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How to Measure Product Manager Performance

ProductPlan

Product management is a role largely comprised of soft skills and strategy, which, at first glance, would make it difficult to quantifiably measure. But for a job that is all about moving the needle on key corporate metrics, there must be some way to measure their performance and put a number on how they’re doing, right? The benefit of including quantifiable metrics in evaluating a product manager’s performance is, well, immeasurable.

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What Jon Stewart and The Daily Show can teach you about managing your time

ProductBoard

I met Jon Stewart once. He and the head writer of The Onion were promoting their new book, America (The Book): A Citizen’s Guide to Democracy Inaction, at Poets and Prose in Washington, DC. Now, this was before Aasif Mandvi and Hasan Minhaj became correspondents, and I had a plan to pitch him on a totally great idea that they needed an South Asian American correspondent (me).

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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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How I PM: Charlie Huang, Product Manager from WeWork, Spotify

Amplitude

As an Administrative Business Partner at Google, Charlie Huang was eager to break into the product management world. After seeking advice from one of his mentors, Brad Bender , Charlie began investing time and energy into developing the skills and expertise needed to grow into a product management role. Since that time, Charlie has been a product manager at companies including MightyTV (acquired by Spotify), Spotify, and currently WeWork.

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Avoiding Bike Shedding, Yak Shaving, and the dreaded camel

The Product Coalition

Tales and aphorisms of the dark side of collaborative development Photo by Roxanne Desgagnés on Unsplash This is a follow-up to a previous piece I did on cultivating meaningful stakeholder relationships , though you don’t have to have read it for this to make sense. “A camel is a horse designed by a committee” Building great product is hard. Doing so in an environment of many stakeholders can be doubly hard.

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How to Negotiate Your Product Management Salary

ProductPlan

Salary negotiation isn’t easy in any profession, but it can be particularly tricky in product management. Whether it’s because some companies don’t have an established product management culture or because the role can differ significantly from place to place, product management candidates have a tough time knowing what the right pay range should be for the job they’re interested in.