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Managing mature products — Simple steps to success

Mind the Product

Not every product makes it to maturity, but every product does potentially have a lifecycle of growth, maturity, and decline. In this post, we explore what steps product managers can take to ensure that a mature product continues to thrive over time. [.] Read more » The post Managing mature products — Simple steps to success appeared first on Mind the Product.

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How Product Managers Can Build Empathy with Agile Teams 

DevelopmentCorporate

Product managers serve many constituencies - customers, partners, development, operations, marketing, sales, support, finance, etc. While they would like to be considered to be the CEO of their product, they’re not. A core challenge for product managers is to use their influence to optimize how all parts of the organization work to achieve the product and company’s goals.

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The 7 “T’s” of Product-Led Transformation

Sequent Learning

Transformation is a word that isn’t commonly favored by the Product community because Transformation Programs rarely allow Product Teams to autonomously decide how they’ll achieve their mission. However, Transformation Programs incur significant costs. According to the CIO magazine, Global spending on digital transformation technologies and services was $1.3 trillion in 2020 of which 70% of that spend is wasted.

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Trailblazing Women in Product Management: Su Mi Beack, Head of Product Management at LAB Lanxess

280 Group

For our next installment of the Women in Product Management Series I interviewed Su Mi Beack, Head of Product Management, LAB, LANXESS. 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 grew up in Korea, and when I was young, I wanted to be a journalist. I majored in journalism, but soon realized that I liked more tangible, measurable and achievable aspirations.

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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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Mobile App Ratings and Reviews Aren’t Enough – Here’s Why

Alchemer Mobile

Don’t get us wrong—mobile app ratings and reviews matter. We’re not here to tell you otherwise. Consumers are more skeptical of digital marketing tactics than ever before, and peer recommendations in the form of mobile app ratings and reviews stand as one of the greatest drivers of discovery and conversion. But they’re only one piece of the puzzle.

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Mobile Test Automation Playbook

The Product Coalition

Guest post by Mark Mayo, Senior Quality Engineer at Terem. Manual testing of your mobile products is important and useful. However, it does not scale well, with the myriad of devices, OSs, screens and other combinations that exist on the market that your users will utilise. Automated testing really assists with the efficiency here; being able to execute the same tests repeatedly, quickly and timely on a multitude of devices.

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Discovery in an agile world – Anthony Marter on The Product Experience

Mind the Product

This week, product coach and consultant Anthony Marter joins us on the podcast to chat about the tricky balance between strategy, business case, and discovery. [.] Read more » The post Discovery in an agile world – Anthony Marter on The Product Experience appeared first on Mind the Product.

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Do your team a favor and start delegating more

Atlassian

Subscribe to Work Life Get stories like this in your inbox Subscribe. 5-second summary. Failing to delegate can increase your risk of burnout. It also shortchanges your team by denying them opportunities for professional growth. Managers often don’t delegate because of limiting mindsets, such as “No one can live up to my standards,” or “It’s easier to do this myself.” Use the 6-step process at the bottom of this post to overcome barriers to delegation.

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This time, it’s personal: Redefining automated support in the modern age

Intercom, Inc.

Many support leaders worry that by automating their support they’ll make it less personal. But automated support can (and should) be deeply personal. In today’s modern age, support teams simply need to redefine what being “personal” means. At Intercom, our mission has always been to make Internet business personal. In the early days we used to think that personal support was solely reserved for a human – a friendly chat , a few choice GIFs, and the exchange of first-hand information.

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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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A Data-Driven Case: Market Sizing (TAM, SAM, SOM) & GTM Goals

The Product Coalition

Few years back, I had an interview opportunity with Mckinsey for the role of a Product Management consultant. I was given an estimation based case for a hypothetical situation to pitch investors for funding. My approach was purely number-based, but I overlooked the potential of tactical and strategic skills. Today, I will summarize a few aspects of this case in a structured way, more than just being data-driven.

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Busting product management myths: Part 1 of 2

Mind the Product

There are a number of additional myths about product management. This two-part series will address 10 more of the popular myths about product management, and provide a sense of reality about them. [.] Read more » The post Busting product management myths: Part 1 of 2 appeared first on Mind the Product.

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What leaders get wrong about innovation

Strategyzer

Most people overestimate the value of ideas. They think they just need to come up with a good business idea to be successful. The reality is ideas are free. They're everywhere.

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How do we feel about being called ‘women in tech’?

Intercom, Inc.

Here’s the thing about Women in Tech. For a movement that was created to address the lack of female representation in the industry, it can also play into many shallow debates, preconceived ideas, and harmful expectations. From being the token woman who always gets invited to redeem all-male panels to snide comments about how “she’s just a diversity hire,” the term “women in tech” can sometimes feel more like a burden than a blessing.

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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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Play, Score, Learn: Gamification in Neve

The Product Coalition

How the consultancy, This is Milk is working to build communities of learners by applying game elements and gamification techniques… Continue reading on Product Coalition ».

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7 signs that you need a product manager

Mind the Product

To help you understand whether you need to dedicate a qualified product manager to your project, here are 7 signs to look out for. [.] Read more » The post 7 signs that you need a product manager appeared first on Mind the Product.

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The importance of teamwork (as proven by science)

Atlassian

Subscribe to Work Life Get stories about tech and teams your inbox Subscribe. 5-second summary. Research shows that collaborative problem solving leads to better outcomes. People are more likely to take calculated risks that lead to innovation if they have the support of a team behind them. Working in a team encourages personal growth, increases job satisfaction, and reduces stress.

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Your Startup’s Management Training Probably Sucks — Here’s How to Make it Better

First Round Review

Plenty of startups leave manager training on the backburner until they become a bigger company — or try to fit it into a 30-minute lunch-and-learn. Melissa and Johnathan Nightingale, founders of Raw Signal Group, unpack why this is a mistake and outline their top tips for management training that makes a mark.

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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 Curiosity

The Product Coalition

An essential attribute for product managers is curiosity. The kind of curiosity that is innate to someone. Not forced curiosity because it… Continue reading on Product Coalition ».

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SUNDAY REWIND: Product experimentation pitfalls and how to avoid them

Mind the Product

Experimentation can add real value to your product. It’s certainly a must-have tool for your product manager toolkit, if used correctly. Used incorrectly and you might find yourself heading in the wrong direction entirely — a point made by Jon Noronha, in his 2018 ProductTank Francisco talk. This Sunday Rewind we jump back to this [.] Read more » The post SUNDAY REWIND: Product experimentation pitfalls and how to avoid them appeared first on Mind the Product.

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How to Tame Your Wandering Mind and Actually Get Some Work Done

Nir Eyal

You have a big deadline looming, and it’s time to hunker down. But every time you start working, you find that, for some reason, your mind drifts off before you can get any real work done. What gives? What is this cruel trick our brains play on us, and what do we do about it? Thankfully, by understanding why our mind wanders and taking steps to deal with distraction, we can stay on track.

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Product Managers Know Kids Want Some Buzz With Their Soda

The Accidental Product Manager

Why just drink soda when you can get soda with a kick? Image Credit: Person-with-No Name. Product managers who are responsible for selling alcohol are in a bit of a bind these days. For some reason, perhaps because of everyone’s health kick, sales of alcohol have been declining over the past few years. Today’s millennials are just not buying as much beer, wine, and hard liquor as their parents once did.

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Reimagined: Building Products with Generative AI

“Reimagined: Building Products with Generative AI” is an extensive guide for integrating generative AI into product strategy and careers featuring over 150 real-world examples, 30 case studies, and 20+ frameworks, and endorsed by over 20 leading AI and product executives, inventors, entrepreneurs, and researchers.

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The Differences, Pros and Cons Between Waterfall and Agile Methodologies

The Product Coalition

At the beginning of any software development project, managers think of which methodology is between waterfall and agile. It’s essential to follow clearly defined processes or software development life cycle (SDLC) to ensure software development quality. Software outsourcing services company states that there are two major development methodologies regarding waterfall and agile.

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The role of the first product manager by Andrew Moll

Mind the Product

In this ProductTank Barcelona talk, Andrew Moll, Head of Product at Abacum explains how the role of the first product manager at a startup can vary wildly from what product managers hired later on or those at larger companies might encounter. Watch the session in full to see the talk or read on for an overview [.] Read more » The post The role of the first product manager by Andrew Moll appeared first on Mind the Product.

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Product @ Google v. Startup

The Product Guy

Google is no longer a startup and there are many interesting differences to learn about. Watch and learn more from product management expert, Amin Bashi.

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Encourage Management Collaboration to Integrate Leading and Serving Others

Johanna Rothman

I said in the Modern Management books that managers lead and serve the team (at all levels). However, I've seen organizations try to separate the leading work from the serving work. That's when the organization creates “people” managers. The people managers serve the team by creating a trusting relationship with each person on the team. The other senior experts are supposed to lead the technical efforts and coach the people on their technical skills.

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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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SaaS is Helping to Re-engineer the Caregiving Service in Farming

The Product Coalition

A leadership story of Chris Bomgaars, founder of EveryPig. Source: everypig.com Pork production is quite a competitive environment in the US now. The companies that are surviving in this industry have to get large. At the same time, consolidation faces a big problem: it gets hard to collect real-time data on health issues. As a result, more pig deaths and financial losses are happening.

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Project kick-offs and why you need them

Mind the Product

The uninitiated mostly scoff at the concept of always kicking off a project, while those who know how powerful they can be can’t live without them. Here's why product managers need kick-offs, when to run them, how to structure them for success, and what not to do! [.] Read more » The post Project kick-offs and why you need them appeared first on Mind the Product.

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Great Startups Deserve Great Brands — Build a Strong Foundation by Avoiding These Mistakes

First Round Review

After working with hundreds of startups on brand strategy, Arielle Jackson shares the most common early marketing missteps that founders make. From how to articulate your product benefit and clarify your company's purpose, to tips for infusing your brand with personality and making your launch announcement count, her advice will help you lay the foundation for a great startup brand.

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