2015

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The Product Kata

Melissa Perri

A while ago, I was introducing the Kanban Kata by Hakan Forss to a team that was struggling to meet their deadline. They had failed twice before and their jobs were in jeopardy. Implementing Continuous Improvement and Kata helped the teams create better processes and remove bottlenecks. I was the coach that took them through the motions that Hakan eloquently teaches, which is based on the Toyota Kata by Mike Rother.

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Customers value Results, not Tools

Folding Burritos

As toolmakers , we tend to often be thinking (and talking) about the tools we make and the process of making them. We are Product Hunters , Thinkers , People , etc. It is critical for us to have those conversations and try to define and improve what is a very empirical craft; but it’s also imperative that we don’t forget what drives all of it: providing results to our customers.

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2015 Year In Review – Hardcore Product Management

The Secret PM Handbook

Looking back over 2015 on this blog, I see quite a lot of meaty content! The topics have been hardcore product management-related. I hope you’ve enjoyed reading it as much as I’ve enjoyed sharing it. Summarizing (with links to the key posts), we went deep on: The business value of product management , and how valuable it can be for you to improve your effectiveness as a product manager.

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13 Myths And Misconceptions About Product Managers

Street Smart Product Manager

The good news: product management is now being seen as a legitimate profession and increasingly critical to a company’s growth strategy. (Ok, maybe it was always thus in Silicon Valley, but the rest of the world is now catching up.) The bad news: There are still many myths and misconceptions folks have about our profession. Here … Continue reading 13 Myths And Misconceptions About Product Managers.

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From Developer Experience to Product Experience: How a Shared Focus Fuels Product Success

Speaker: Anne Steiner and David Laribee

As a concept, Developer Experience (DX) has gained significant attention in the tech industry. It emphasizes engineers’ efficiency and satisfaction during the product development process. As product managers, we need to understand how a good DX can contribute not only to the well-being of our development teams but also to the broader objectives of product success and customer satisfaction.

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A Lean Alternative to a Business Plan: Documenting Your Product/Market Fit Hypotheses

Sachin Rekhi

For years now in the valley we've been shunning the traditional approach to launching a startup: writing a formal business plan, pitching investors, assembling a team, launching a product, and selling it like hell because we've learned the hard way that more than 75% of all startups fail and we needed a more iterative approach that allowed us to learn from our failures and refine along the way.

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What Distinguishes the Top 1% Product Managers from the Top 10%?

Rahul Abhyankar

I came across this question on Quora and it got me thinking. It’s useful to understand what distinguishes the top 1% from the top 10% in any field. The top 10% in any field are likely some of the top notch performers in that field. The margin of difference is very small. Yet there must be that … Continue reading What Distinguishes the Top 1% Product Managers from the Top 10%?

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Product Management Technologies; Five Essentials for Strategic Product Management; Planning Assumptions for 2016

Good Product Manager

We’ve been busy at SiriusDecisions with a lot of new research and resources for b-to-b product management leaders and product managers: The ABCs of Product Management Technologies. In my first post for the new SiriusDecisions Marketplace, I cover The ABCs of Product Management Technologies. This is a great overview of the landscape of tools and applications available for product managers, where I cover the four main areas of product management technology we are following at SiriusDecisions

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How to Avoid a Product Manager’s Worst Nightmare

Daniel Elizalde IoT Blog

I originally wrote this article as a guest post on MindTheProduct.com A failed launch is a terrible situation in which your product starts breaking or misbehaving as soon as it is launched into production. You and your team have spent the past few months planning and executing the requirements, but the day you launch to production, something goes wrong.

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This is How Coursera Competes Against Google and Facebook for the Best Talent

First Round Review

As head of engineering at Coursera, John Ciancutti needs to bring on the best talent. Here's his sure-fire formula for making his company competitive.

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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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The Dirty Dozen Roadmap Roadblocks

Product Culture

A good product roadmap is one of the most important and influential documents an organization can develop, publish and continuously update. It’s the one document that steers the entire organization in delivering on the company strategy. It's key to success, and yet many organizations struggle to produce effective roadmaps. In fact, many organizations don’t create one, even to publish internally.

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Hi Fly: A Lean Airline Story

Melissa Perri

This past year I took six trips to London. Five of those round trip flights were on Norwegian Air. I HATE Norwegian Air. Without fail, every one of my Norwegian Air flights were delayed at least 2.5 hours. But on one trip back from London, I got a surprising test message. I had never heard of this HiFly airline before. I was incredibly skeptical but I needed to get home.

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How to Deal with Unresponsive Stakeholders

Folding Burritos

As Marty Cagan puts it , managing stakeholders is probably the least favorite part of our job as Product Managers. It is, however, something we need to constantly keep on our radar, specially those of us working for larger organizations. A stakeholder is any individual or group that can affect or is affected by your project or product. By this definition, the product’s end users are also stakeholders.

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Interview With Hubert Palan, CEO of ProductBoard – Podcast Season 2, Episode 2

The Secret PM Handbook

Here is the second episode of our new podcast season of All The Responsibility, None Of The Authority, crossposted from alltheresponsibility.com. I will be crossposting the new episodes from the new site to this feed as they are published (I’m a little behind now but will catch up!). Introducing Hubert Palan. Nils first met Hubert Palan in November 2014 at the Product Management Summit in San Francisco.

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How to Build an Experimentation Culture for Data-Driven Product Development

Speaker: Margaret-Ann Seger, Head of Product, Statsig

Experimentation is often seen as an aspirational practice, especially at smaller, fast-moving companies who are strapped for time and resources. So, how can you get your team making decisions in a more data-driven way while continuing to remain lean and maintaining ship velocity? In this webinar, Margaret-Ann Seger, Head of Product at Statsig, will teach you how to build an experimentation culture from the ground-up, graduating from just getting started with data-driven development to operating

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5 Indispensible Habits Of Great Product Leaders

Street Smart Product Manager

As a product management leader, there are many demands on your time. It’s easy to get sucked into working on the most pressing issues and on meeting other people’s expectations. As “do-ers”, it’s in our nature to jump on these issues immediately. We pride ourselves on our competence to tackle these right away. But when we do … Continue reading 5 Indispensible Habits Of Great Product Leaders.

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Optimize For Passion/Skill/Opportunity Fit

Sachin Rekhi

I've noticed that those that ultimately find satisfaction from their careers end up optimized for passion/skill/opportunity fit. They've been lucky enough to find the intersection of work they are passionate about, work they are skilled at, and work that has ample market opportunity. For those early in their careers or who have not yet found such satisfaction, I wanted to share how optimizing for passion/skill/opportunity fit can help you to ultimately find your dream job.

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Innovation vs. Execution

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In my last article I discussed how we need to simultaneously learn fast in product discovery, yet still release with confidence in product delivery. I got a very good response from this article, as well as many questions as to how teams can get better at one or both. This quickly gets into a very deep discussion of culture. You can think of this as the characteristics of a strong innovation culture, versus those of a strong execution culture.

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Product Professional to CEO

Rahul Abhyankar

Google recently promoted Sundar Pichai to the role of CEO. Naturally, this received a lot of press with many articles talking about Pichai’s journey from a middle class family background in India, his education at Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Stanford and Wharton, and working at McKinsey and Google. No doubt, it is a remarkable story of progress.

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The Big Payoff of Application Analytics

Outdated or absent analytics won’t cut it in today’s data-driven applications – not for your end users, your development team, or your business. That’s what drove the five companies in this e-book to change their approach to analytics. Download this e-book to learn about the unique problems each company faced and how they achieved huge returns beyond expectation by embedding analytics into applications.

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Minimum Viable Products and Product Requirements; Upcoming Webcasts; Competitive Analysis Workshop in Boston

Good Product Manager

Minimum Viable Products Don’t Replace Product Requirements – They Help Identify Them. “Minimum viable product” (MVP) is the term du jour among entrepreneurs and increasingly among product managers. In the product management advisory service that I lead at SiriusDecisions , we hear the term used frequently by b-to-b product managers to refer to products that have the absolute minimum feature set required to launch – products that are devoid of unnecessary and non-value-adding fe

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5 Ways to Rethink the Feature Factory

Daniel Elizalde IoT Blog

The feature factory approach might work for very early stage products. But depending on your product and on its place in the overall technology adoption curve, adding new features (a.k.a working on a feature factory) might not advance the overall goals of the company. That’s why in my IoT courses I strongly emphasize that a Product Manager’s role is not just to add […] The post 5 Ways to Rethink the Feature Factory first appeared on Daniel Elizalde.

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My Management Lessons from Three Failed Startups, Google, Apple, Dropbox, and Twitter

First Round Review

Kim Scott, veteran of Google, Apple, Dropbox and Twitter, shares what she's learned — especially the importance of giving a damn.

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Why Not What – An Example

Tyner Blain

Forbes quoted Steve Jobs as saying “I’m as proud of what we don’t do as I am of what we do.” This is a really enlightened perspective – and a way to enforce focus from the top down. Before you can drive a “this goal is more important than that goal” focus, you have to make sure you’re actually focusing on the goals.

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Addressing Top Enterprise Challenges in Generative AI with DataRobot

The buzz around generative AI shows no sign of abating in the foreseeable future. Enterprise interest in the technology is high, and the market is expected to gain momentum as organizations move from prototypes to actual project deployments. Ultimately, the market will demand an extensive ecosystem, and tools will need to streamline data and model utilization and management across multiple environments.

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Lean Product Management Manifesto

Melissa Perri

If you want to read the story behind the Lean Product Management Manifesto, you can find it here. Over the past few months I have been working with people in the Lean and Agile community to figure out how we can communicate the benefits of a Lean approach to Product Management. I expect this to evolve and change as we continuously integrate these principles into our own practices and learn.

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The $2.4M Decision-Making Framework from Jayride’s Rod Bishop

Bryce York

These are my takeaways and my own perspective on a Fishburners ‘Learn From A Burner’ presentation given by Rod Bishop of Jayride on his company’s Decision Making Framework. I refer to this as the $2.4M Decision-Making Framework due to its fundamental role in helping Jayride reach its current market position including raising a total of $2.4M.

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Interview With Hubert Palan, CEO of ProductBoard, Part 2 – Podcast Season 2, Episode 2

The Secret PM Handbook

This second part of our interview with Hubert Palan is the third episode of our new podcast season of All The Responsibility, None Of The Authority, crossposted from alltheresponsibility.com. I will be crossposting the new episodes from the new site to this feed as they are published (I’m a little behind now but will catch up!). This is part two of our interview with Hubert Palan, found and CEO of ProductBoard, and long time product management leader and executive.

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The Keys To Productive Brainstorming

Street Smart Product Manager

Let’s face it: brainstorming has gotten a bad rap. And deservedly so. How many of us have been part of a “brainstorming meeting” that turned out to be a total waste of time? Too many people. A purposeless agenda. Meandering conversations that go nowhere. And no follow-up afterward. Sound familiar? In fact, doesn’t “brainstorming meeting” … Continue reading The Keys To Productive Brainstorming.

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The Key to Agile Team Motivation

Speaker: Robert Webber, Author and Innovation Leader

Agile was a grassroots engineering movement that caught most software leaders unprepared. The Agile community was confident that management would recognize the benefits of Agile and adopt its servant-leadership style. Unfortunately, management in larger organizations maintained the directing and controlling management style that had been reinforced throughout their careers, violating the Agile tenet of trusted, self-motivated Agile teams.

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How to be an Infinite Learner

Sachin Rekhi

One of the characteristics Reid Hoffman often mentions he values in great entrepreneurs is that they are infinite learners. Those who possess this quality are constantly expanding their expertise to new domains, regularly overcoming their own shortcomings, and their capacity for taking on new challenges seems limitless. Mark Zuckerberg is frequently cited as an infinite learner who has grown immensely in his ability to lead Facebook’s now 10,000 person organization and shape a product experience

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What are the best product management books?

DISQO

Product management is grounded in learning, so it makes sense that reading is a critical aspect of keeping up with trends. On our podcast, This is Product Management , we ask all interviewees which books they’re currently reading. Here’s the most popular along with some of our favorites: Little Bets: How Breakthrough Ideas Emerge from Small Discoveries.

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What Job Do You Hire the Apple Watch For?

Rahul Abhyankar

After the recent Apple keynote, a friend sent me these questions: Is the watch now a permanent part of your purchase? Buy one every 2 years to pair with your iPhone? What would have to happen for you to say – it is not worth spending $350 to have a watch on my wrist? Why … Continue reading What Job Do You Hire the Apple Watch For?