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Product Discovery Basics: Everything You Need to Know

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Product discovery is becoming a trendy topic in the world of digital products. What is it? And what do you need to know about it? I’ve got you covered. This article will cover the ins and outs of product discovery. What is Product Discovery?

Tools of the Trade: A Look at Optimal Workshop’s Discovery Tech Stack

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Continuous discovery is about changing your behavior. That’s why Teresa named her book Continuous Discovery Habits. You don’t just think your way into continuous discovery. Sure, it’s important to understand the underlying concepts.

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Core Concept: Getting Engineers to Embrace the Product Trio

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The Core Concepts series addresses common questions and concerns within the world of continuous product discovery. Over the past few weeks, we’ve been looking at common questions about the product trio. Did you miss the previous posts in this series? You can find them all here.

Representing Customer Segments on Your Opportunity Solution Tree (Teresa’s Take)

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There is no single right way to do continuous discovery. I can’t emphasize this enough. Recently, Hope Gurion walked through three scenarios where she argued teams might benefit from including customer segments on their opportunity solution trees.

Roadmaps Are Dead! Long Live Roadmaps!

Speaker: Bruce McCarthy, Co-Author of Product Roadmaps Relaunched

Join Bruce McCarthy, co-author of Product Roadmaps Relaunched, as he discusses the best ways to innovate your product roadmap. So that it reflects your customers’ needs while simultaneously and accurately communicating your products strategy and vision.

Writing a Book: How Continuous Discovery Helped Me Write a Better Book

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It won’t surprise you to hear that I use the same continuous discovery habits that I wrote about in my book to run my business. My primary objective across my business is to increase the number of product trios who adopt a continuous cadence to their discovery work.

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Core Concept: The Product Trio

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One of my goals for 2021 is to create short explainer videos for key concepts related to continuous discovery. This is my first one. I’d love to hear what you think. Is this helpful? Are there other core concepts you’d like to see me explore? You can share your comments on Twitter or YouTube.

Representing Customer Segments on Your Opportunity Solution Tree (Hope’s Take)

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Just like many aspects of continuous discovery , there’s no single right way to use the opportunity solution tree. As a fellow Product Talk coach, Hope Gurion uses opportunity solution trees with customers on a regular basis.

Core Concept: The Role of User Research in a Continuous Discovery World

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Over the past several weeks, we’ve been exploring what a product trio is , how decision-making works in product trios , and why more roles aren’t included. Today, we are going to tackle how user researchers fit into this puzzle.

Core Concept: What Roles are Represented in a Product Trio?

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In this short video, I address the most common question I’ve received since releasing my book Continuous Discovery Habits: Why didn’t you include my role in the product trio ? You can watch the video or read a lightly edited transcript below. Who should you include in your product trio?

Monitoring AWS Container Environments at Scale

In this eBook, learn how to monitor AWS container environments at scale with Datadog and which key metrics to monitor when leveraging two container orchestration systems (ECS and EKS).

Why There’s No Single “Right” Way to Do Discovery: Part 1

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A few months ago, fellow Product Talk coach Hope Gurion and I sat down to discuss why there’s no single right way to do discovery.

Product in Practice: Finding the Best Way to Communicate with Different Stakeholders

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Continuous discovery is more of a journey than a destination. You can pick up the habits and fold them into your daily practice, but there will always be room for improvement. Plus, your work environment is always changing, so you’ll constantly need to adapt to your current settings and stakeholders.

Empower Product Teams with Product Outcomes, Not Business Outcomes

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I’m excited to add Hope Gurion as an official author on Product Talk. She has guest posted here before and has worked with me for years. She coaches teams using my Continuous Discovery Habits curriculum and is helping me bring the Continuous Discovery Habits workshop to more companies.

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Core Concept: Collaborative Decision-Making in a Product Trio

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In this short video, I walk through what decision-making looks like in a product trio. If you missed the first video in this series, be sure to check that out first: What’s a product trio? You can watch the video or read a lightly edited transcript below. Do product trios really work?

Data & Analytics Maturity Model Workshop Series

Speaker: Dave Mariani, Co-founder & Chief Technology Officer, AtScale; Bob Kelly, Director of Education and Enablement, AtScale

Check out this new instructor-led training workshop series to help advance your organization's data & analytics maturity. It includes on-demand video modules and a free assessment tool for prescriptive guidance on how to further improve your capabilities.

Product Managers and Product Owners: What’s the Difference?

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For this month’s Product Talk post, I recorded a video where I consider the difference between product managers and product owners. You can watch the video or read an edited version of the transcript below. I want to talk about product managers and product owners.

Opportunity Mapping: An Essential Skill for Driving Product Outcomes

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The following is an excerpt from my upcoming book, Continuous Discovery Habits. It’s the opening to my chapter on Opportunity Mapping. Read to the end for an exciting new announcement. “To

Why There’s No Single “Right” Way to Do Discovery: Part 3

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A few months ago, fellow Product Talk coach Hope Gurion and I sat down to discuss why there’s no single right way to do discovery. Want to read the previous parts of the series? Find Part 1 here and Part 2 here.

Continuous Discovery Habits (the Book) is Finally Here!

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I am so excited to announce Continuous Discovery Habits is finally here! This book is designed to be a product trio’s guide to a structured and sustainable approach to continuous discovery.

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Product-Led Onboarding: How to Turn New Users into Lifelong Customers

Speaker: Ramli John, Managing Director at ProductLed and Author

Let’s face it. Today’s users are impulsive and easily distracted. They don’t have the time (or patience) to try and figure things out by themselves. They expect the product to be intuitive. Easy. And fast. Add to that a few, unfairly poor reviews and you’ll be more than just stuck. Ramli will share a simple but powerful framework to get more users to experience a product’s "Eureka!" moment and turn them into lifelong customers.

2021 Product Conferences

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We are starting to pull together our 2021 conference list. A lot has changed in the world since we last published our 2020 conference list. Due to COVID-19, many of the events on our list had to shift to virtual events. We expect the same will happen in 2021. Nevertheless, we are finding that conference organizers are getting better at offering compelling online events. Even though we may not be able to meet in person, we suspect many of these events will be worth checking out.

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Product in Practice: How 2-Way Door Decisions Helped Simply Business Learn Fast

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Welcome to the latest installment of Product in Practice!

Doing Discovery Well: How to Measure and Guide Your Team

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How do you know that you are doing discovery well? If you want to improve your discovery process, what outcomes help you track your progress? I get asked these questions often. I like that teams are trying to take an outcome-focused mindset to their discovery practice.

Why There’s No Single “Right” Way to Do Discovery: Part 2

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A few months ago, fellow Product Talk coach Hope Gurion and I sat down to discuss why there’s no single right way to do discovery. Want to read Part 1 of the series? Find it here.

Feedback: The Secret to Innovating Your Product Development Process

Speaker: Liz Love, Chief Commercial Officer at ProdPad

Join Liz Love, Chief Commercial Officer at ProdPad as she details how product feedback can improve your product development process while mitigating stakeholder conflict, constant feature requests, failed launches, unexpected outcomes, unhappy users, and complexity.

Working Remotely? 5 Ways to Help Your Product Team Thrive

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Product teams should be co-located. This is an often-repeated “truth” in our industry. Today, in response to COVID-19 , many companies are instituting mandatory work-from-home policies. This is making co-location impossible for many teams.

Product in Practice: Iterating to an Actionable Outcome at tails.com

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Hello Product Talk readers, we’re excited to share the latest Product in Practice with you! For this story, we caught up with Sonja Martin , Product Manager at tails.com. Sonja shares how her cross-functional team has changed their approach to defining their desired outcome over time.

Inspiring Strong Product Leaders: A Conversation with Petra Wille

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I first met Petra Wille, a fellow product coach, at Mind the Product and was immediately impressed with her work. While I tend to focus on helping teams, Petra’s work centers around helping product leaders—the people who manage product managers.

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A Look at the Year Ahead: The Product Talk Roadmap (With a Book Update)

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Happy New Year! I am excited to kick off 2021. For the past couple of years, I’ve used my January blog post to give an update on my plans for the year ahead and this year will be no different. You can find previous years’ posts here: 2019 and 2020.

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How to Scale a Data Literacy Program at Your Organization

Speaker: Megan Brown, Director, Data Literacy at Starbucks; Mariska Veenhof-Bulten, Business Intelligence Lead at bol.com; and Jennifer Wheeler, Director, IT Data and Analytics at Cardinal Health

Join data & analytics leaders from Starbucks, Cardinal Health, and bol.com for a webinar panel discussion on scaling data literacy skills across your organization with a clear strategy, a pragmatic roadmap, and executive buy-in.

Prioritize Opportunities, Not Solutions

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Product in Practice: When Travel Ground to a Halt, Seera Group Used Opportunity Mapping to Discover a New Market

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Hi there, Product Talk readers! We can’t wait to share our latest Product in Practice with you. For this story, we spoke with a product team leading the Digital Hotels vertical at Seera Group , a travel and tourism company based in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA).

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Everyone Thinks They’re Managing by Outcomes. Here’s How to Actually Do it.

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Last month, I spoke at the Business of Software (BoS) conference in Boston. BoS has been on my short list for a very long time and it did not disappoint. Mark Littlewood , the organizer of the event, does a fantastic job and it shows up in every little detail of the event. The audience is made up of entrepreneurs. Most seemed early in their entrepreneurial journey, but there were plenty of experienced folks as well. What stood out to me was how friendly and eager to learn all the attendees were.

Why Engineers Should Participate in Discovery

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Are you inviting your engineers to participate in discovery with you? If yes, do you get pushback from them? Does your organization prefer that your engineers only write code? Marty Cagan , in Inspired , argues, “If you’re just using your engineers to code, you’re only getting about half their value.” I couldn’t agree more. But too often we equate the value of an engineer with the code that she writes. This is a huge mistake. And, sadly, many engineers make this mistake themselves.

Assess and Advance Your Organization’s DevSecOps Practices

In this white paper, a DevSecOps maturity model is laid out for technical leaders to use to enable their organizations to stay competitive in the digital economy.

The Ladder of Evidence: Get More Value From Your Customer Interviews and Product Experiments

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One of the best signs of an effective product team is a regular cadence of customer interviews and product experiments. But it’s not enough to simply check the box on these activities; we need to make sure that we do them effectively. Without a strong background in research methods, it’s hard to know how you are doing. I’ve developed a simple framework to help teams evaluate the effectiveness of their methods. It’s called the Ladder of Evidence and I explain it in the video below.

Product in Practice: Tackling Big Hairy Product Challenges with Continuous Discovery

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Hello, Product Talk readers! It’s time for another installment of Product in Practice. In this series, we highlight the impressive work that forward-thinking product teams are doing. Want to check out the other people and companies we’ve featured? Find our other Product in Practice posts here.

Engaging Stakeholders with Opportunity Solution Trees: 3 Tactics to Try

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Two and a half years ago, I introduced the opportunity solution tree. It’s been a blast seeing product people put it into practice. Today, I’m excited to share Hope Gurion’s thoughts on using opportunity solution trees. Like a true Agilist, she hasn’t just adopted the tool, but has iterated on it to better suit her needs. I first met Hope in 2014 when she asked me to coach her product teams at CareerBuilder. When she moved on to BeachBody , she brought me in to work with her teams there as well.

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Show Your Work: How to Justify Your Decisions & Get Stakeholder Buy-In

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Tough Bosses, Unrealistic Goals, and Other Corporate Challenges That a Customer-Centric Product Strategy Can Empower You to Solve

Speaker: Bob Caporale, Founder of Strategy Generation Company

Join Bob for his session where he will discuss driving your company’s “top-down” goals with a clear and well communicated “customer-up” product strategy!