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Dunkin Product Managers Take On Starbucks Product Managers

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Dunkin product managers are ready to go to war over coffee Image Credit: Mike Mozart. So I’m not sure if you are aware of it, but it turns out that all of the people in the world can be divided into one of two different groups.

Boeing Product Managers Struggle To Come Back From The 737 MAX Disaster

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Boeing’s product managers need to find ways to rebuild trust Image Credit: Ferry Octavian. Every product manager job is different. Some are easy and some are hard.

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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.

Design Thinking for Product Teams: Leverage Human Insight Throughout Development

Product teams must increase their exposure hours with customers—seeing and hearing them. Human insights and the design thinking framework can be applied to your development cycle to help you build better products and experiences for your customers.

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?

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 Deal With The Microsoft Office Problem

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Microsoft Office Changes Very Slowly Image Credit: Stephen Edgar. How about a quick show of hands: who uses Microsoft Office every day? Hmm, I believe that I see just about everyone’s hands in the air.

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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Can Product Managers Market Furnished Housing Rentals?

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A furnished apartment means that residents have fewer household tasks Image Credit: Photo by Bench Accounting on Unsplash. So where do you live today? The answer for a lot of us is in an apartment. Now let’s go back and think about what it took to get you into that apartment.

A New Segmentation Model for Customer Onboarding

In this eBook, we will show you a new framework for building a customer onboarding program, including how to segment users and drive long-term value and retention through education.

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 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.

How Can Product Managers Convince Millennials To Buy Jewelry?

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How can product managers get millennials interested in jewelry? Image Credit: Kris Fricke. Being a product manager for a high-end jewelry company would be a pretty good job to have. You really would not have to sell all that much of your product in order to have a good year.

How Do Bookseller Product Managers Market Food Products?

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Amazon Product Managers are starting to sell food products Image Credit: MIKE. We should all have such problems. The product managers over at that very, very successful company called Amazon are now facing a new challenge. A while back Amazon paid US$13.5B

Building Healthy Innovation Ecosystems for Your Projects

Speaker: Nick Noreña, Innovation Coach and Advisor, Kromatic

In this webinar, Nick Noreña will walk through an Innovation Ecosystem Model that he and his team at Kromatic have developed to help investors, heads of product, teachers, and executives understand how they can best support innovation in their own ecosystem. He'll also go over metrics we can use to measure the health of our ecosystems as we build more resources for innovators.

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.

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.

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.

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?

Build vs Buy: 10 Hidden Costs of Building Analytics with UI Components

Many teams, as a logical first step, choose to build their own analytics with the help of UI components. But eventually you’ll find that doing it yourself and at scale has hidden costs. Consider these 10 factors when deciding whether you should build analytics features with UI components.

Is It Time For Product Managers To Get Out The TV Dinners?

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TV Dinners are coming back, will product managers be ready? Image Credit: Thomas Hawk. So let’s picture a typical evening for you. You get home from work, sort through the mail, change clothes, click on the TV, and then you start to think about dinner.

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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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?

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.

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 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.

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.

Product Managers Try To Determine If Smaller Is Really Better

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Target is trying smaller stores in order to attract more millennials Image Credit: Mike Mozart. Just imagine if you were a product manager for Target stores. You would be responsible for the success of a brand that has over 1,800 stores sprinkled throughout suburban areas everywhere.

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.

Add User Tests to Your Agile Process: Reduce Risk in Shipping New Products

Agile has become the go-to methodology for companies that want to reduce the risk involved in shipping new products. But how do you prevent building items nobody wants? If you wait to get user feedback until after development, then you’ve waited too long.

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.).

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.

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.

Can GE’s Product Managers Find A Way To Get A Charge Out Of Batteries?

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The GE product managers are going to have to catch up with their rivals Image Credit: Asim Bharwani. We all know the company General Electric – at one point in time, they seemed to make just about everything that you could buy that could be plugged in.

3 Reasons to Prioritize On-Demand Customer Training

On-demand training is a powerful tool you can leverage to support new customer onboarding and ongoing education through the customer lifecycle. In this eBook, we’ll delve into the 3 key benefits of on-demand training for your customer onboarding process.

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?