Product Talk

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

Product Talk

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.

Managing Product Teams for Success

Product Talk

I’ve been thinking about the challenges of managing product teams by outcomes. Most leaders want their teams to have the autonomy to go after an outcome, but they struggle with trusting that their teams will do the right things.

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How Compare and Contrast Decisions Lead to Better Product Outcomes

Product Talk

This past week I was in London speaking at Mind the Product. As usual, the Mind the Product team hosted a phenomenal event. The following is the script of my talk with slides. When Mind the Product releases the video, I’ll add it to this post.

How to Improve Your Experiment Design (And Build Trust in Your Product Experiments)

Product Talk

I’ve got a pet peeve to share with you. If you’ve been following along with the growth of the Lean Startup and other experimental methods, you’ve probably come across this hypothesis format: We believe [this capability]. Will result in [this outcome]. We will have confidence to proceed when [we see these measurable signals]. If you aren’t familiar with this format, you can learn more about it here.

Mixing Qualitative & Quantitative Data with Storyboarding

Speaker: Tristan Kromer, Lean Agile Coach, Kromatic

Qualitative vs. Quantitative is a silly argument. Qualitative data from UXers should not compete against the quantitative data product owners need for their business model. Both are necessary to have a complete understanding of where the desirability of the product meets the viability of the business.

Why This Opportunity Solution Tree is Changing the Way Product Teams Work

Product Talk

I’ve found a visual aid that is profoundly changing the way teams work. It’s working so well that I feel compelled to write a book about it. But that’s going to take time and I want you to have it today. So I’m going to scratch the surface in this blog post.

The Rise of Modern Product Discovery

Product Talk

I love that Marty Cagan and Jeff Patton have long been advocates of dual-track development. Their efforts have helped to shape the ongoing conversation about the evolution of product discovery.

An Introduction to Product Discovery

Product Talk

I continue to be surprised by how many product managers aren’t familiar with dual-track development. I don’t care if you know the buzzwords or if you can define the difference between product discovery and product delivery.

This Keystone Habit Will Fuel the Rest of Your Continuous Discovery Habits

Product Talk

I love working as a discovery coach. I work with dozens of teams at several companies spanning many industries. I coach each team—a product manager, a design lead, and a tech lead—for three months, working with them virtually week over week.

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Creating the "Right" Product Roadmap With Data

Speaker: Sunil Parekh, Head of Product Management, SimplyInsured

Data can be qualitative or quantitative, and comes from multiple sources: customer interviews, product usage & funnel analytics, company financial performance, and internal stakeholders. How do you use that data to create a product roadmap that is aligned with your organization’s business needs?

Why You Aren’t Learning As Much As You Could From Your Experiments

Product Talk

I love that A/B testing has become so popular. It’s an important tool in our toolbox. But it frustrates me that we use it so poorly.

7 Standout Moments From Mind the Product SF 2017

Product Talk

In April, we posted this list of conferences. Since then, I’ve been asked dozens of times what my favorite product conference is. There are a lot of great product events, but for my money, none are better than Mind the Product.

2017 Product Conferences

Product Talk

I often get and see on social media questions about upcoming product conferences. So we compiled a list. I say we because my assistant, Karen did most of the heavy-lifting. This list is by no means exhaustive. If you know of a product conference that is not on the list and you think it should be, please feel free to recommend it in the comments or send an email to conferences@producttalk.org. This year, I’ll be attending: Front Conference in Salt Lake City in May.

Why Drawing Maps Sharpens Your Thinking

Product Talk

“Could it have been the drawing of maps that boosted our ancestors beyond the threshold which the other apes just failed to cross?”. – Richard Dawkins. Have you ever wondered why the Business Model Canvas spread like wildfire? To me, the answer is clear.

How to Take Notes During Customer Research Interviews

Product Talk

For those of you following along, I’ve been conducting interviews to understand the life of a product manager. If you need to catch up, you can see my initial call for participants here and my breakdown of how I am selecting participants here.

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Connecting Analytics to Strategy - Keeping Your Corporate Objective In Sight

Speaker: Tom Evans, Senior Principal Consultant and Trainer, 280 Group

Data analytics has transformed the way many product managers approach product enhancements, creating strong demand for product managers with skills and expertise in defining and analyzing product metrics to make more valuable product decisions. But there is one essential element that is often left out of the conversation, and that is strategy. How does my product decisions support the overall strategy of the business, and am I tracking the right metrics based upon that strategy?

Why You Are Probably Interviewing the Wrong People (And How to Fix It)

Product Talk

Last Wednesday I put out this call to product managers to participate in a research study about the life of a product manager. I am overwhelmed by the response. In the first 48 hours, I have 90 responses. I was initially thinking that I would interview 9–12 people.

Video: How One Chief Product Officer Is Reinventing Product Management At Her Company

Product Talk

A few months ago, I sat down with Hope Gurion, Chief Product Officer at CareerBuilder , to talk about her team, how they work, and how she stays current in the fast-moving world of product management.

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Are You a Product Manager? Let’s Talk

Product Talk

Long-time readers know that I value user-centered design. I advocate for constant contact with your customers. I encourage product managers to immerse themselves in their customer’s world until they feel like they are drowning in data. It’s only then that we can develop meaningful products.

Managing an Existing Product: Day 1

Under10 Playbook

An important skill for a product manager is the ability to parachute into an existing product and land on your feet. When parachuting into an existing product you have to immerse yourself in your new company and learn as much as you can as quickly as you can.

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10 Tips for Creating an Agile Product Roadmap

Roman Pichler

1 Focus on Goals and Benefits.

The Worst that Could Happen

Under10 Playbook

Do you plan for the worst? Do you list out the worst things that could happen during your release and come up with ways to mitigate the risks? Do you have contingency plans if something does go wrong?

Focus on the Metrics that Matter: Identifying Your Product’s Key Metrics and KPIs

UserVoice

We live and work today in a world that is increasingly data-driven, but we cannot successfully adopt a data-driven approach to decision making without first identifying the metrics that matter most.

Here’s Why Every Product Manager Must Learn to Love Data

UserVoice

“Big data.” It’s one of Silicon Valley’s favorite and most annoying buzzwords, yet there’s no data shortage in sight as data companies continue sprouting (and growing) like weeds.

How to Break into Product Management

Under10 Playbook

At many of the meetups I attend around New York City, I meet aspiring product people, people in other functions that want to break into product management. I get asked how to become a product manager all the time. Product management is an important role and many people want to transition to it.

20 Years of Product Management in 25 Minutes by Dave Wascha

Mind the Product

Dave Wascha started as a product manager 20 years ago working on Internet Explorer 4.0.

Product Manager vs. Product Owner

Melissa Perri

“What is the difference between a Product Owner and a Product Manager?” It’s an interesting question and one that takes time to unpack. Let’s look at where these terms and disciplines originated from and how some common frameworks explain them.

When should Product Backlog Grooming Take Place?

Roman Pichler

Option 1: In the Sprint Review Meeting. Your first option is to work on the product backlog in the sprint review meeting.

Building a Realistic Revenue Projection for a New Product

Mind the Product

Here’s a scenario nearly everyone finds themselves in at some point in this line of work: You’re psyched about a new product or feature in the works. You’ve got requirements, design vision, and even a development timeline. You’ve got feedback from potential buyers and they love it.

How aligning product and marketing teams improves customer experience

Mind the Product

It wasn’t too long ago that designers and developers were disciples of strictly separate crafts – but today, someone who can do both well is quickly labelled a “unicorn”, and sought after by many a unicorn-thirsty start-up.

Your First 2 Weeks with an Existing Product

Under10 Playbook

An important skill for a product manager is the ability to parachute into an existing product and land on your feet. What should you accomplish during your first 2 weeks? Step 1: Set up meetings with your product’s key stakeholders. Step 2: Find (or Create) the backlog.

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Product Manager vs. Product Owner

Roman Pichler

As you may know, the product owner originated from Scrum, where the role is responsible for maximising the value the product creates. This sounds like a text-book product management responsibility to me.

Escaping the Build Trap by Melissa Perri

Mind the Product

Like most of us, when Melissa Perri started as a product manager she started with giant requirements documents, dutifully recording every little detail from stakeholders and turning them into shiny docs for the developers. Then she discovered Agile and churned out features even faster.

Things Nobody Told Me About Being a Product Manager

Mind the Product

Shaun Russell shares his journey into product management, sketching out the well-trodden path he took to getting started – reading, taking workshops, learning from peers, and so on. But being a product manager is really hard, and nothing can prepare you for it.

How To Say “No” To A Feature Request

PM Hardcore

No (picture credit at the bottom). Sometimes No Is The Right Answer. Can you talk to me about a time when you had to say no to a customer? Why did you have to say no? How did you handle it?

Hiring a Product Manager: A Little Clarity Goes a Long way

Mind the Product

I was invited to appear before an audience of tech recruiters for a panel called: “Everything you’ve ever wanted to know from a technologist, but were too shy to ask.” I realized I needed a good way to explain what it had taken me a while to see in the world of product management.

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Enter The Matrix – Lean Prioritisation

Mind the Product

Prioritisation is a necessary evil of every product development lifecycle. Deciding what to build, where to focus limited resources and what customer segments to target are questions that face every organisation on a daily basis. With this being the case, why do companies prioritise so badly?

How to Sell Your Boss on Roadmaps Without Timelines

Mind the Product

Can’t get your boss to part ways with a time-based feature roadmap? Then sell them on the risk. I wonder what it is about feature roadmaps that is comforting to the C-suite.

10 Product Backlog Tips

Roman Pichler

Tip #1: Complement your Product Backlog with a Product Roadmap. Use a roadmap to sketch the overall journey you want to take your product on. State the upcoming major releases with their goals or benefits.

The T-Shaped Product Manager

Roman Pichler

Balancing Specific and Generic Skills. To do a great job as a product manager or product owner, you require two skills sets: product-specific and generic ones. As the name suggests, product-specific capabilities are limited to a single product or product portfolio.