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Product Managers At Tech Giants Try To Not Anger Banks With New Products

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Product managers have to practice being frenemies with banks Image Credit: 401(K) 2012. Just imagine if you were a product manager at one of the big technology firms out there (Microsoft, Amazon, Google, Oracle, etc.).

Happy MLK Day!

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Happy MLK Day! Image Credit: ???????. This week in the United States we celebrate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King. Just in case you’ve forgotten who he was, he is best known for his role in the advancement of civil rights using nonviolent civil disobedience. On Oct.

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Coke Product Managers Seek New Tastes

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Coke product managers are searching for new drinks to create Image Credit: Mikhail Esteves. Ah, to be a product manager at Coke-Cola. Would that not be the best job ever?

Product Managers Want To Know What’s Gone Wrong At UPS

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UPS is trying to play catch-up with both Amazon and FedEx Image Credit: Indiana Public Media. When it comes time to ship a product to a customer, product managers in the U.S. know that they have three different options: the Postal Service, FedEx, and UPS.

Mixpanel's Guide to Product Metrics

Whether you build or market products, tracking the right metrics is crucial to innovation. Use this guide to help you decide what metrics are most important for your product and business.

Product Managers Want To Know How To Make A Sandwich Special

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The Potbelly sandwich chain is struggling to be different Image Credit: Julien. Who doesn’t love a good sandwich? When lunch time rolls around (or perhaps dinner), there is something about grabbing a meal that you can hold in your hand that can be oh so satisfying.

Amazon Product Managers Prepare For War With Walmart Product Managers

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Amazon is getting into a next-day delivery war with Walmart Image Credit: Kyle Brazil. Amazon is a large and powerful company that dominates the world of online selling. Walmart is a large and powerful company that dominates the world of bricks & mortar selling.

Is The Best Product Defense A Cheap Defense?

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What should Gillette do about new cheap razors? Image Credit: lihua88. Shaving is something that men without beards or mustaches do just about every day. In all honesty, I don’t think that we spend a lot of time thinking about shaving – it’ just something that we do.

Product Managers Deal With The Challenge Of Cup Holders

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Can a car ever have too many cup holders? Image Credit: Michael Sheehan. So if you were a product manager who was in charge of an automobile, what do you think that your #1 concern would be? Do you think that your customers would care most about how fast your car could go?

Can Product Managers Save “American Idol”?

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Can American Idol be brought back from the dead? Image Credit: alogou1775. So who among us has not heard about the famous TV show “American Idol”?

More Effective Agile Leadership

Speaker: Steve McConnell, CEO, Construx Software

In this talk, Steve McConnell, CEO of Construx Software, distills hundreds of companies’-worth of real-world experience into the proven Agile leadership practices that work best. Steve will seamlessly thread together traditional approaches, early Agile approaches, modern Agile approaches, and the principles and context that underlie them all—creating an invaluable resource for Agile leaders, their teams, and their organizations.

Product Managers Discover That The Circular Is Not Going Away

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Paper based circulars are still important to retailers Image Credit: Pamela Machado. So if you are running a business and you’d like to keep your customers aware and informed about what products you are offering, what’s the best way to go about doing this?

Product Managers Struggle To Use Price To Make Their Products Popular

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Strategy gets complicated when your customers are using technology to shop Image Credit: Jisc infoNet. As product managers, when we want to boost the sales of our product, one of the “levers” that we have to make this happen is the price of our product.

Amazon Product Managers Decide To Do Battle With UPS

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Amazon product managers say “Bring It On” Image Credit: Julien. As I’m sure that we all know by now, Amazon is a very large company that does a lot of different things: they ship books and products, offer cloud computing resources, and even run an internet based television channel.

Product Managers Race To Provide One-Day Delivery

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Customers will buy from the company that can deliver their package the next day Image Credit: Matthew Peoples. As product managers, we all spend our time trying to better understand what our customers really want. This can be a tricky thing to do.

Win the Digital Transformation Game with the Product Mindset

Speaker: David DeWolf, Founder and CEO, 3Pillar Global

No matter what your idea is, no matter how good it is, and no matter how well you know your market, 3 out of 4 digital initiatives do not succeed. To better understand how to win, we should first understand why we’re failing. In this webinar, David DeWolf will share his experiences and lessons learned to help you succeed in playing the “product” game, instead of the “IT” game.

Food Giant Product Managers Place Small Bets

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General Mills product managers are looking for new product ideas at startups Image Credit: Mike Mozart. There are exciting product manager jobs and then there are the product manager jobs at the really big food companies.

Are Watch Product Managers Almost Out Of Time?

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Change is happening and watch product managers need to learn to deal with it Image Credit: Barron Fujimoto. So here’s an interesting question to kick things off: do you wear a watch? Not all that long ago, the answer to this question would have been pretty much “yes” for everyone.

Can Coke Product Managers Make Their New Alcoholic Drink A Success?

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Chu-Hai is big in Japan. Can Coke join the crowd? Image Credit: Tim. So for just a moment, picture yourself as a product manager for one of the most iconic products out there: Coke-Cola.

What Can Store Credit Card Product Managers Do To Remain Viable?

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Store credit cards are declining, what’s a product manager to do? Image Credit: Mike Mozart. So if I was to take a look inside of your purse or wallet right now, what would I find?

BI Buyers Guide: Embedding Analytics in Your Software

The business intelligence market has exploded. And as the number of vendors grows, it gets harder to make sense of it all. Learn how to decide what features you need and get an evaluation framework for every technical and non-technical requirement you could imagine.

Product Managers Struggle To Get Their Customized Email Correct

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Product managers need to do a better job of customizing their emails Image Credit: twitter.com/mattwi1s0n. So let’s talk about email for just a moment. If you are like me, you get a ton of the stuff. In all honesty, most of it is junk and I just end up deleting it even before I read it.

Product Managers Want People To Eat At Home

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Packaged food product managers need more of us to eat at home Image Credit: Mark Levisay. Quick quiz: where have you been eating your meals lately? Perhaps a better version of this question would be: how many times have you eaten at home lately?

Starbucks Product Managers Try To Get Their Customers To Come Back Later

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Afternoon visitors are what Starbucks needs in order to continue to grow Image Credit: kmf164. Clearly product managers at the Starbucks coffee chain have no problems getting customers to drop by their stores in the morning and purchase coffee.

Why Don’t Amazon’s Product Managers Understand Europe?

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Amazon’s product managers seem to be out of fashion when it comes to Europe Image Credit: Sangudo. Let’s face it: Amazon is a very big company and they have done a lot of different things very well. However, it turns out that they may not yet be able to do everything perfectly.

Architect Your Organization for Effectiveness, Productivity, and Joy

Speaker: Ron Lichty, Consultant: Interim VP Engineering, Ron Lichty Consulting, Inc.

As a senior software leader, you likely spend more time working on the architecture of your systems than the architecture of your organization. Yet, structuring our teams and organizations is a critical factor for success. In fact, the impact of software architecture parallels the impact of organizational structure. We are excited to welcome Ron Lichty, co-author of a seminal book on managing software teams and a well-known speaker, he’ll speak to organizing for effectiveness, productivity and joy.

New Book: Killer Ways To Make Partnerships Work For Product Managers

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Who was it that said “It take a village…”? They may not have been talking about being a product manager, but they might as well have been. Life has become so complex that product managers can no longer make their product a success just by their own efforts.

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Product Managers Try To Find Stores To Fill Malls

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Malls need stores, but what kind of stores? Image Credit: Rene Schwietzke. When was the last time that you went out to a mall? For most of us, it’s probably been a while. We used to always go to the mall – that’s where you could get stuff, especially during the holidays.

Amazon Product Managers Have Grocery Store Dreams

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Amazon product managers are increasing their offline presence using grocery stores Image Credit: Thomas Hawk. The product managers at Amazon have a big problem on their hands. The company, which is already huge, wants to keep on growing.

How Home Depot Product Managers Are Fighting Back Against Amazon

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Home Depot product managers are not giving up in the fight against Amazon Image Credit: Mike Mozart. If you are a product manager working in the field of retail goods, there is one word that should strike fear in your heart: Amazon.

Innovate Faster with Metrics that Matter

Tracking the right metrics is crucial to innovating your products and growing your business. Written by Mixpanel’s Director of Analytics Strategy, Fatih Koca, get the tools, insights, and framework top companies use to define their product metrics.

The Shortest Product Manager Job Ever!

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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?

How Indian Product Managers Do Battle With Retail Goliaths

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In India, mom-and-pop stores are slaying the big chains Image Credit: Chris Piascik. Retail giants Amazon and Walmart really, really want to start selling a great deal in India. In fact, they are willing to spend billions to set up shop there. However, their success is not guaranteed.

How Can Car Rental Product Managers Deal With Upstarts?

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Established car rental firms are trying to overcome upstarts Image Credit: Don O’Brien. When you travel and you need transportation at the other end of your trip, what do you do?

What Will It Take For Sam’s Club To Be Successful In China?

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Sometimes you have to go up market in order to be successful Image Credit: Mike Mozart. In the world of shopping in bulk, you have choices. Specifically, when you need a huge amount of toilet paper or paper towels, you can choose to go to either Sam’s Club or Costco. Where do you choose to go?

The Essential Guide to Building Analytic Applications

Embedding dashboards, reports, and analytics in an existing application presents some unique opportunities—and poses unique challenges—to software teams. Download this eBook to hear 16 product experts share insights on business intelligence, UI/UX, security, and everything that goes into building a successful application with analytics at its core.

How The Yum Product Managers Are Adapting To A Changing World

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Fast food markets change very fast Image Credit: Amber Case. I can’t actually tell you if it would be one of the best product management jobs to have, but I can tell you that it would certainly be one of the most delicious. What am I talking about?

Hey Product Manager, Can I Ride Your Bike?

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There is a lot of promise to new bike sharing services along with a lot of risk Image Credit: Jussi-Pekka Erkkola. If you lived in a modern city, how would you chose to get around town?

Create and Barrel Product Managers Learn To Be Social

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Product managers learn to embrace the digital age Image Credit: Dave Dugdale. Crate and Barrel sells a lot of furniture. They are now faced with the age old question of how best to get their furniture noticed by their potential customers.

Grocery Store Product Managers Get Ready For The Future

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Grocery stores are going to have to change to keep up with customer’s needs Image Credit: I-5 Design & Manufacture. Product managers for grocery stores have actually had it pretty easy for quite some time.

An Adult Conversation About Estimates

Speaker: Beekey Cheung, Software Consultant, Professor Beekums, LLC

Estimates are a contentious topic in software development. Most of our development teams hate providing estimates and many managers are starting to view them as unnecessary. As senior software leaders, how can we determine whether estimates are helpful or harmful to our teams? We are excited to be joined by Beekey Cheung, a software consultant and blogger known as Professor Beekums, who has helped many leaders and teams go from fearing estimates to using them appropriately. He'll walk us through the value of estimates, how to overcome the hesitancy many have in giving them, and how to provide better estimates.