Building an API that Developers Love

Mind the Product

Maxime says he asks this question to everyone from business development to API experts! At Zendesk, the first API was provided free by Ruby on Rails and the developers included it as a little bonus without much thought. Without documentation developers will have no clue where to start.

Developing as a Product Manager

Mind the Product

Your role is now to develop other leaders from across the organisation, not just product managers. The post Developing as a Product Manager appeared first on MindTheProduct. There are no guides to Product Management.

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Seven Things you can Learn From WeChat Product Development

Mind the Product

App developers and designers may look at other apps for inspiration on new features, but most only look to well-known apps like Facebook Messenger and Snapchat. Here are seven lessons product developers and designers can learn from WeChat product development: 1.

Motivating Development Teams

Mironov Consulting

Development teams (aka scrum teams, squads, crews) formally report up through Engineering, but Product Management has a shared responsibility to support well-functioning teams and build trust. But top-down, metrics-driven interventions mostly fail to make development teams more productive.

Virtual reality and your product development process

Mind the Product

As we look at what it takes to develop non-gaming VR products, their separation from gaming becomes very important. Developing business products in VR, however, is like creating a new sport by combining American Football and what the rest of the world calls Football.

Development Team Briefing and Collaboration

Under10 Playbook

Asking developers to provide scope and time estimates on individual items is like asking sales people to forecast specific deals and dollar amounts months in advance. Yet it’s downright silly to waste time developing a design specification just to get a time estimate.

Disruptive Product Development – Jenine Lurie

Mind the Product

In this presentation at ProductTank NYC, Jenine explains how to apply user centered design techniques in a way that creates a “disruption” to ensure that customer needs come first when developing products. Prioritizing Features is Smart Product Development .

Organisation Design & Cognitive Science in Product Development.

Mind the Product

Nathan Snyder is co-founder at Nature of Work , a New York based Work Design Studio using organisational development tools blended with cognitive science to help make work more satisfying and fulfilling for all employees.

8 Tips for Collaborating with Development Teams

Roman Pichler

But let the ScrumMaster or coach tackle people, process, and organisational issues; let the development team figure out what needs to be done to implement the user stories and other product backlog items. Development teams should manage their own work (using a sprint backlog or Kanban board). Developing a successful digital product requires more than technical knowledge. Aim to build consensus with the development team, but don’t shy away from difficult conversations.

Getting Developers’ Buy-In on Build versus Buy

Mironov Consulting

I often see development teams that have built some side technology that’s not core to their product’s mission, and which could (should!) Maybe we should be focusing our very scarce development cycles on llama-specific improvements.

My team are my product: How to develop a high-performing team of product managers (or anyone else)

Mind the Product

This is in order for Product to provide value to the organisation and it is underpinned by developing a high-performing team. If you’re looking to develop a high-performing team I’m sure some of this is familiar to you too. I wish you luck with developing high-performing teams.

Developer Powered Innovation


There is a very common fallacy about developers in our industry, and I think it hurts countless companies. Have you ever heard the old accusation that developers only want to solve problems for themselves? They’ll spend countless hours, often on their own time, to create amazing tools for themselves and the developers they work with. For the first 20 years of my career I was either building tools for other developers, or leading products designed for other developers.

Tesla Agile Development: Product Management at its Best

280 Group

Tesla Agile Development: Version 8.0 The post Tesla Agile Development: Product Management at its Best appeared first on 280 Group Product Management. Software and Product Management at its best. Last week I received the version 8 update from Tesla.

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Get Brochure: Professional Development and Training Courses Description

Spice Catalyst

The post Get Brochure: Professional Development and Training Courses Description appeared first on Spice Catalyst. Newsletter Dave Product Management Product Marketing Product Planning Training

Getting the Band Together: How to Get More Development Resources as a Product Manager


A common challenge that Product Managers face is trying to move their product and company forward with limited development and testing resources.

Applying Systems Thinking to Your Product Development Process

280 Group

Product Managers Are Outsiders in the Product Development Process There are two underlying problems for Product Managers when considering any product development process, whether it is Agile, Waterfall, or a hybrid process.

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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.

10 Ways to Use Feature Flags

Mind the Product

ProductTank San Francisco Video developers Product Design Product Development Software user testingTake back control of your products with Edith Harbaugh , CEO and Co-Founder at Launch Darkly. Edith shares her expertise with 10 things to do with Feature Flags.

Dual-Track Agile: Why Messy Leads to Innovation

Mind the Product

Dual-Track Agile is an IT development methodology where figuring out what to build is as important as the building process. With Dual-Track Agile, the development team participates in the discovery track – often led by the lead engineer, the UX designer, and the product manager.

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The biggest challenge for product managers?

Mind the Product

It also tells me that the career development of many product managers is slower than it ought to be. Product Design Product Management Product Management Basics Product Management Skills Uncategorized Product Development Product Focus product planning

Managing – not Just Maintaining – a Product Backlog

Mind the Product

2016 was a big year for the Justinmind product development team. Most importantly of all, we ended up with a more balanced development roadmap and, ultimately, a better product. Or Three Ways Product Owners can Stay on top of Scrum.

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New Book: What Product Managers Need To Know About World-Class Product Development

The Accidental Product Manager

What Product Managers Need To Know About World-Class Product Development. The key to being successful is to understand exactly what goes into world-class product development. As we look around different industries, we look for examples that we can follow when developing products.

The Evolution of a Product Manager – Josh McWilliam

Mind the Product

Product Management Basics Product Management Skills Video career development Growth Responsibilities Skills stakeholdersJosh McWilliam is a co-founder and Vice President of Product at College Factual.

When was the Last Time you Talked to Your Customers?

Mind the Product

Everyone talks and writes about the importance of customer development, but companies still don’t spend enough time really talking to their customers. They are not designers, nor product developers (even though we have many on the platform). love asking people this question.

Pros and Cons of Market Research Tactics

Mind the Product

Guest Post Product Management Product Management Basics Product Management Skills Product Development strategy user research

Agile at Scale – Outcome Driven (or Broken)

Tyner Blain

I would regularly say – and I still believe it to be true – that when a team or a smaller organization (say 100 developers or fewer) goes agile, if they are not focused also on product management, all they are doing is getting faster at building the wrong thing.

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How to turn a story point factory into a customer-centric team?

Mind the Product

However, almost all the product teams I know use some agile methods, and they are certainly great tools to break down mega projects into manageable parts, to bring back flexibility to the development process or make it easier to estimate resources.

Mentorship and expectations

bpma ProductHub

Mentors can offer you wisdom distilled out of years of experience, functional know-how and domain expertise either at your everyday job or for your future career development. Career Career Development Early Career Leadership Mentorship Product Management

Lean experiments: Tristan Kromer on better product process

Mind the Product

As detailed in this GrowthHackers case study , AirBnB endured two years of early-stage development without seeing much traction. Lean Product Design Product Management Product Management Process Product Management Skills Uncategorized Lean Startup Product Development strategy

Interview: A Chat with BPMA Mentor and Edx CTO, Mark Haseltine

bpma ProductHub

Being born and raised in New England, I’ve been a part of the Boston area development community for decades now — making a point to foster and support local professional organizations whenever I am able. Product works out the value proposition and guides the development of the product.

The Simple Guide to Product Management

bpma ProductHub

In the pragmatic marketing framework and others like it, market understanding, strategy and definition drive all other activities for product development and delivery. Product Management Career Development Early Career product executionContributed by Cynthia Andre.

Product Lifecycle Management – Beyond the Early Adopter

Mind the Product

Craig advocates for spending plenty of valuable time in Explore before introducing any development capability – getting into the environment, focusing on the need and actively discouraging premature convergence.

Product Management is About Making Mistakes

Mind the Product

The feature was developed on schedule, and successfully launched to a controlled group of users. Developing new products and making decisions around them implies taking risks.

Why you Need a Product Analytics Playbook

Mind the Product

Now think about how silly it would be if mobile game developers sought only to “activate” new users and devoted no resources to creating more of these whale gamers.

Climbing the Product Management Career Ladder

bpma ProductHub

Mirror the three layers of the customer’s business and you’ll develop that expertise and climb the career ladder with less effort and better results. Product Management Career Development Experienced Career LeadershipContributed by John Mansour.

Story: Career Advice and Growing in Product Management

bpma ProductHub

Boston Women in Product Product Management Career Development Early Career LeadershipThe founders of the Boston Women in Product share their story of how they started in product management, some of the challenges they faced and how mentors helped them navigate through these experiences.

Feeding the product team using “pull”

On Product Management

Typically, product managers and executives “push” more and more requests to the developers. Agile Development Development SteveJAs soon as somebody says you’re spending too much time on something, you’re on the right track.—Bob Bob Lefsetz, American music industry author. There are two approaches to delivering stories to your product team: pull and push. Even though the team already has […].

The Keys To Productive Brainstorming

Street Smart Product Manager

New Product Development brainstorming creativity innovationLet’s face it: brainstorming has gotten a bad rap. And deservedly so. How many of us have been part of a “brainstorming meeting” that turned out to be a total waste of time? Too many people. A purposeless agenda. Meandering conversations that go nowhere. And no follow-up afterward. Sound familiar?

Experiences in Product: Shendi Wang Explains her Career Path

Mind the Product

Shendi Wang is a Business Leader of Product Development and Innovation at Mastercard. Shendi’s experiences in product started at American Express, developing prepaid products in a startup environment with their own tech platform.

The Problem with Building Products in an Agile World

Product Beautiful

Over the past decade, there has been a ton of ink spilled over Agile development. Unfortunately, the Product Owner role is extremely noisy and tactical and requires a lot of day-to-day interaction with Development in daily standups, sprint planning sessions, and retrospectives.

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