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This Weird Research-Backed Goal Setting Hack Actually Works

Nir Eyal

Nir’s Note: This article on goal setting was originally published in early 2016 but got such a great reader response that I decided to expand and update it along with adding the video below.

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

Product Talk

See these related articles. Related Articles. 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.

What Do You Do When Someone “Steals” Your Amazing Idea?

Nir Eyal

An article written by Christopher Mele at the […]. The subject line read: “did you see this?” The message was from my editor Jen. Nir, I saw the headline on this story and thought it might be written by you—but no!” she wrote. Very weird.” I instantly clicked on the link she’d sent. It was uncanny! The post What Do You Do When Someone “Steals” Your Amazing Idea? appeared first on Nir and Far. Business Lessons Upgrading Yourself Life lessons

The Four People Addicting You to Technology

Nir Eyal

To put things in perspective, I wanted to share the main points of an article I published on the topic titled, Who’s Really Addicting Us to Technology?, Recently, the Pokemon Go phenomenon has reigniting the question of technology’s role in changing behavior. in a slide presentation below. It’ll give you a quick rundown of the “suspects” responsible for our tech addiction. […]. The post The Four People Addicting You to Technology appeared first on Nir and Far.

Mental Models for Product Managers – Part 2

PM Hardcore

For more, check out my article on Doug Hall’s Three Laws of Marketing Physics , or his excellent book Jumpstart Your Business Brain! And Teresa Torres has written a number of great articles putting a product management spin on them. Brain Wiring (by Wellcome Images, CC licensed).

Product Manager vs. Product Owner Revisited


Five years ago I wrote an article arguing that it is essential that the product manager is also the product owner. ” This causes serious problems, which I covered in the article so I won’t repeat here, and I absolutely still believe it’s critical to be a single person rather than two, but I realize now that I also made a serious mistake in my strategy for how I encouraged this.

Seven Things you can Learn From WeChat Product Development

Mind the Product

Special thanks to Chris Conrad , Hanjoon Kim , Keenan Murphy , Luna Chen , Michael Tea , Misha Chellam , Sandy Naing , Stacey Wang and Zac Halbert and Sherman for your contributions to this article. We tend to think of Chinese companies as imitators rather than innovators, but is this fair?

The Ideal Product Marketing Candidate for B2B

High Octane Product Management

Wealth made simple: news and articles from IRC Wealth. Related Articles on the Product Marketing Role. This sample product marketing job description just might ruffle a few feathers. First, it’s not your typical “get the product off the shelf” job description. Second, there may be people in product marketing roles that don’t meet the requirements. Don’t sweat it. It’s a job description for the “ideal” candidate, and we all know how that goes.

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Product Manager Salary Statistics

280 Group

This article will give you some statistics about being a Product Manager and what to expect in terms of salary and other benefits. The Product Manager salary for a new hire in Silicon Valley is now higher than that of engineers. Looking to find out what a reasonable Product Manager Salary is?

Minimum Valuable Problem

Tyner Blain

Rich Mironov’s great article, the DIY Illusion , talks about the importance of focusing your team on building what is important to build (and not building something more easily acquired in other ways). Defining and building a good minimum viable product is much harder than it sounds.

Why You Are Asking the Wrong Customer Interview Questions

Product Talk

This is such an important factor that I’m going to spend a large amount of this article illustrating it. Did you find this article helpful? I recently asked a woman what factors she considered when buying a new pair of jeans. She didn’t hesitate in her answer.

Dual-Track PM Ladders – Bringing the Donuts 08/31/2016

Ken Norton

I received a lot of feedback on that article, including a surprising number of you who, like me, prefer staying close to the Product vs. managerial career paths -. In an earlier newsletter, I wrote about product management career paths and why we should create opportunities for PMs who don’t necessarily want to become senior managers.

Good Enough

Tyner Blain

There are several important ways to think about a product being good enough – for this article, we will limit the context for discussion to “good enough to ship to customers” or “good enough to stop making it better (for now).”

Why Women Make The Best Product Managers


But many people did ask me about the gender aspect afterwards (If you haven’t yet read that article, I hope you read it first as this article will make much more sense if you know just what traits are necessary for strong product managers). Let me also say this entire article is based on generalizations, and I personally know exceptions to each point I make below.

Product Owner Manager – Alone Together

Tyner Blain

Yesterday, I was reading an article about the overlap between product management and user experience , by Melissa Perri , who has feet in both worlds. Melissa’s article is a good one, you should go read it. Product owners and product managers. Two roles, often done by one person.

The Stigma of a Perfect Product

Mind the Product

Countless articles debate quality versus speed, and tote bags and t-shirts don platitudes like “done is better than perfect” and “perfect is the enemy of good.”. Has anyone ever really created the perfect piece of software? I’d venture that the answer is a resounding “No!”.

Product Management Memory Lane with Alyssa Dver

bpma ProductHub

Christine Riordan in her 2014 Harvard Business Review (HBR) article, “Diversity Is Useless Without Inclusion” illustrates the importance of making the workplace more inclusive for all to achieve a diverse workforce. Contributed by Saikrishna Chavali.

The Alternative to Roadmaps


In several articles I have highlighted the reasons I see typical product roadmaps as the source of so much waste in product teams. The Product Fail article covers this at a high level, and the concept is elaborated on in The Inconvenient Truth About Product. In this article, I’d like to try to tackle this.

Can an Advertising-Driven Business Model Coexist With Products That Users Love?

Mind the Product

At U pday we met this challenge by taking a standard ‘interstitial’ format (a high volume, well-paying format traded programmatically) and serving it between articles. Here’s what we designed for Upday: a normal article card on the left, and an advertisement on the right.

Opposite Views of a Product Roadmap

Tyner Blain

Janna Bastow wrote an excellent article about the importance of flexibility in roadmaps. The article provides a really good explanation of how product management is not project management, and the evils of having a roadmap which is nothing more than a “glorified Gantt chart.”

Features do not a Product Roadmap Make

Tyner Blain

If all you need is the answer above, then this is a really short article for you – you can stop here. Seven years ago this month, I joined in the fracas stirred up by an article where the author.

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

Product Talk

It’s not something you can read in an article and apply. P.S. The excerpts in this article came from Ch. 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.

Innovation vs. Execution


In my last article I discussed how we need to simultaneously learn fast in product discovery, yet still release with confidence in product delivery. I got a very good response from this article, as well as many questions as to how teams can get better at one or both. In this article I wanted to say a bit more about how your company's culture either helps or hinders innovation or execution, and then I’d like to give you some pretty deep questions for your team to consider.

Product Manager Certification: What, Why, How

280 Group

This article discusses the benefits of certification and what you can expect to gain by becoming certified. Advancing your career by earning a Product Manager Certification can be a highly-effective strategy.

Don’t Let Friendships Starve to Death: Use This Happiness Hack to Keep People Close

Nir Eyal

Several months ago, I wrote an article sharing a happiness hack my wife and I use to maintain and nourish close friendships. Here’s a SlideShare summary of the happiness hack article. Let me know your thoughts in the comments below. Quality Friendships Diagram You may also enjoy reading: Happiness Hack: This One Ritual Made Me Much Happier. The post Don’t Let Friendships Starve to Death: Use This Happiness Hack to Keep People Close appeared first on Nir and Far.

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The Dirty Dozen Roadmap Roadblocks

Product Powers

Note: The header for each of the numbered red section headers below is a link to a more in-depth article on that particular roadblock. A good product roadmap is one of the most important and influential documents an organization can develop, publish and continuously update. It’s the one document that steers the entire organization in delivering on the company strategy. It's key to success, and yet many organizations struggle to produce effective roadmaps.

Product Leader – Your Comfort Zone Kills Innovation

280 Group

An Introduction to Product Discovery

Product Talk

Are you interested in receiving more videos and articles about product discovery? I continue to be surprised by how many product managers aren’t familiar with dual-track development.

BOM: Product Portfolio

Pragmatic Marketing

Throughout the month we’ll highlight articles, webinars and blog posts around product portfolios including an article and webinar about practical portfolio management and a guide to surviving the product zombie apocalypse. January’s Box of the Month is the product portfolio.

Behind Every Great Product


Article: Behind Every Great Product. Normally I do this by explaining the critical responsibilities and the necessary character traits and skills, but in this article I will be taking a very different approach.

Three Superpowers of a Product Manager

Mind the Product

We use Atlassian’s Confluence for how-to articles on specific features that are targeted for an audience which is already using Jira since both can work nicely in conjunction with each other.

Moving from Solutions to Problems

Folding Burritos

This figure summarizes the entire approach and I go into the details over the rest of the article. Because I read this article on Gizmodo that said that our core demographic no longer uses email. Why do you think that article is trust-worthy?

Product Management And Fear – Three More Powerful Creative Blockbusters

PM Hardcore

Several years ago I had an article about three powerful tips for getting through a creative block. And remember to apply all the rules from the previous article, especially “crappy first drafts.”

Google’s design sprints–and other innovation insights for product managers July 29, 2016 - The Everyday Innovator – Resources for Product Managers and Innovators

Product Innovation Educators

Each week I scour articles, wading through the dogs, and bringing you the best insights to help product managers, developers, and innovators be heroes. This is an interesting article titled in the context of “sustainable innovation” but only addresses environmental/green issues.

Product Success


You can watch that talk here , or read the narrative article here. Last week I delivered that talk, and this article is a narrative version. Exactly a year ago I was invited to give a keynote at the Craft Conference in Budapest and I discussed the 10 biggest reasons why product teams fail.

Lean experiments: Tristan Kromer on better product process

Mind the Product

For more insights into running lean experiments, Tristan’s recent article, “ What type of Lean Startup Experiment Should I Run? ” I spoke to Lean Startup coach Tristan Kromer at Lean Startup Week earlier this month, where he presented a workshop about a “lean experiments toolbox”.

Your first 90 days in product management –and other innovation insights for product managers Aug 5, 2016 - The Everyday Innovator – Resources for Product Managers and Innovators

Product Innovation Educators

Each week I scour articles, wading through the dogs, and bringing you the best insights to help product managers, developers, and innovators be heroes. If you are in a new product management role, this is a helpful article to read.

Intersection of observations–and other innovation insights for product managers Sep 16, 2016 - The Everyday Innovator – Resources for Product Managers and Innovators

Product Innovation Educators

Each week I scour articles, wading through the dogs, and bringing you the best insights to help product managers and innovators be heroes. This article address 10 mistakes leaders make that drive away their innovative people.

Product Management is About Making Mistakes

Mind the Product

Now, if you’ve reached this point of the article, you deserve some honesty from me. Once upon a time, I met a product manager of a company who was leading a freemium model product, with some success.

Art of Product Management–and other innovation insights for product managers May 27, 2016 - The Everyday Innovator – Resources for Product Managers and Innovators

Product Innovation Educators

Each week I scour articles, wading through the dogs, and bringing you the best insights to help product managers, developers, and innovators be heroes. . Read this short article to see how copying propelled Toyota, Canon, and others to become market leaders: [link].