The Accidental Product Manager

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.

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.

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.

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.

The Product Growth Engine

Speaker: Dave Martin, Founder, Right to Left

How do you create sustainable growth? Do your product and feature releases achieve the desired results? In this talk, Dave Martin, founder at Right To Left, will explore how human bias repeatedly hinders product success and causes teams to miss out on their potential.

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 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.

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?

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.

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.

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.

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?

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.

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.

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.

The Definitive Guide to Predictive Analytics

By embedding predictive analytics, you can future-proof your application and give users sophisticated insights. The Definitive Guide to Predictive Analytics has everything you need to get started, including real-world examples, steps to build your models, and solutions to common data challenges.

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?

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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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?

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.

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?

The 5 Levels of Analytics Maturity

Basic dashboards used to be enough to thrill end users. But over time, modern capabilities have emerged—and bare-minimum features are no longer cutting it. How have analytics changed? And where do your BI offerings fall short? Find out sophisticated ways to future-proof your application. Brought to you by Logi Analytics.

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 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?

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.

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.

The Six Principles of Persuasion

Speaker: Michael Carducci, CTO, Mago:Tech

As senior tech leaders, we often fall prey to thinking that a “good idea” and logical case is sufficient to get the desired response and result. We might be trying to get our CEO on-board with investment in a new technology or a rearchitecture effort, or we might want culture or process changes by our team. Our “good idea” is simply the beginning. An idea must be communicated; a case must be made; and ultimately other people must be persuaded to get onboard. Michael Carducci brings a fascinating background to this webinar. He’s a technologist and regularly works to help senior leaders improve their results. He’s also a professional mentalist and has been a student of psychology, human behavior and the principles of influence for nearly two decades.

Wendy’s Product Managers Take On Breakfast

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Wendy’s wants to bring in more customers in the morning Image Credit: Mike Mozart. So here’s a quick question for you: what’s the most important meal of the day? If you said breakfast, then the product managers at Wendy’s would agree with you.

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?

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.

Amazon Product Managers Look For Another Way To Score

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Will soccer be the ticket to getting Amazon access to Europe? Image Credit: Nathan Rupert. The Amazon product managers have a real problem on their hands.

Monetizing Analytics Features: Why Data Visualizations Will Never Be Enough

Think your customers will pay more for data visualizations in your application? Five years ago they may have. But today, dashboards and visualizations have become table stakes. Discover which features will differentiate your application and maximize the ROI of your embedded analytics. Brought to you by Logi Analytics.

New Product Competition Challenges For Product Managers: Balloon Toys

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What should a product manager do when their new product is followed by a similar one? Image Credit: Andrew Macpherson. How many of you have ever been involved in a water balloon fight? I’m willing to bet that most of us have at some point in time. Do you remember how that went?

How Can Product Managers Help Tiffany Once Again Become “Cool”?

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Tiffany wants to sell more jewelry Image Credit: StevieWu. What makes a jewelry store cool? The 183 year-old Tiffany’s jewelry store has been cool for a very long time.

Product Managers Start To Understand The Power Of Online Reviews

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It turns out that people read online reviews before making a purchase Image Credit: Wies van Erp. When the customers for your product go looking for products online, how do they decide which one they are going to buy?

Why Are Product Managers Moving Away From Focus Groups?

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Focus groups are the way that product managers used to find out how customers felt about their product Image Credit: RSNY.

Schema Evolution Patterns

Speaker: Alex Rasmussen, CEO, Bits on Disk

If you want to make your development team squirm, ask them about database schema changes or API versioning. Most development teams struggle with changing database schemas and updating API versions without breaking existing code. Alex Rasmussen is an expert in helping teams through these struggles. His talk will examine database schema changes and API versioning as two instances of schema evolution: how your systems respond when the structure of your structured data changes.