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A Product Manager’s Guide to Saying no

Mind the Product

The Phenomenal Product Manager: What is a Phenomenal Product Manager?

280 Group

The article is a synopsis of The Phenomenal Product Manager: Chapter Two , written by Brian Lawley. Phenomenal vs. Meh.

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Thinking About “Beating” a Team’s Goal

Johanna Rothman

Shaun's comment on Measure Cycle Time, Not Velocity suggested a team might be better off measuring both cycle time and velocity. For two reasons: “Beating” the last sprint goal. Assisting the PO in a forecast of when things might be done. Let's examine these ideas. Clarify Story Points.

Five Ways to Make the Most of Your Product Conference Experience


Eat beforehand. Get there early. Bring a notebook. Don’t forget your business cards. There are a lot of suggestions out there about best practices for attending a product conference.

Facebook Causes Continue to Show Little Promise as Fundraising Tools

The Most Common UX Writing Mistakes (And How To Avoid Them)


Recently, more and more SaaS companies have started to see the value in great UX writing. The copy that you use in your product (often referred to as “microcopy”) can have a dramatic effect on your users. We’re going to look at some of the biggest UX writing mistakes you can make.

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Announcing the next AMA – with Jason Fried, Basecamp Founder and CEO.


Ladies and Gentlemen: The core philosophy behind NextBigWhat community is to enable you to build, grow (and repeat ) – meaningfully and sustainably. Our weekly AMA sessions deliver a lot more insights, perspectives and actionable wisdom from some of the best global product leaders. We are extremely happy to announce the next AMA – with none other than Jason Fried, founder and CEO of Basecamp.

Scrum in 1000 words for PMs and POs

The Product Coalition

A featherlight explanation that captures the essence of Scrum for Product Managers and Product Owners. According to the Scrum Guide: Scrum is a process framework for solving complex problems.

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

The Accidental Product Manager

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.

What are few things a Product Manager should do at a new firm?


Every business is a mathematical function. Master the variables and you are golden. Eg: A super simplified example. Rate of growth of revenue for Netflix = (rate of growth of new users – rate of churn) x pricing. It’s your standard mathematical form of f(g(x)), really.

4 Approaches to Data Analytics for Your Application

Selecting the right solution for your embedded analytics is crucial to the success of your application. But with so many solutions and vendors, how do you make this critical selection? Learn about the different approaches to analytics and the pros and cons for each.

?Tracking ‘One Metric That Matters’ (OMTM)

The Product Coalition

Ever looked at your analytics dashboard and wondered “what am I going to do with this torrent of data thrown at me? How will I make sense of and act on all these numbers popping out daily?”

4 Reasons You Must Use Metrics to Determine Feature Decisions


Any good goal is measurable, so organizations with properly defined objectives will establish metrics and KPIs to track their progress and momentum. KPIs attach measurability to what matters most and provide a North Star for the entire organization.

Cost Differentiators: Resource Dodgers - Harness the Power of Idle Assets


In our upcoming book, The Invincible Company , we investigate a series of business model mechanics that have propelled companies to success. Books Case Studies

4 Phases of a Successful One-on-One with Your Product Team


We are excited to welcome guest writer Carlos González de Villaumbrosia to the ProductPlan blog. Carlos González de Villaumbrosia is the Founder of Product School, originally based in San Francisco.

The Connected Journey: Developing your Empathy to Strengthen Strategies for Customer Relations

Speaker: Esther Kieft, Delivery Manager (Group Technology) at Domino's Pizza Enterprises

It is well known that empathy is a key ingredient in creating lovable products, yet not all products offer the best customer experience. From meeting stringent deadlines to insufficient resources being available to carry out customer research, there is a range of reasons why customer empathy could be missing in product development. Join Esther Kieft, as she breaks down using empathy at a distance to evaluate the problems that customers are experiencing during this global health crisis.

How Brought Salary Transparency to the Tech Industry

PMLesson's Ace the PM Interview

Jacob interviews Zuhayeer , co-founder of, to discuss careers in tech, launching MVPs, and negotiating salaries. J: What motivated you to build and launch ? Z: Around 2 years ago, my co-founder Zaheer and I were chatting about what I'd do after college.

Co-worker conflicts


As much as we’d all like to think high school cafeterias are far different from the offices we go to every day, at the root, they have a lot in common.

2020 Product Management Priorities; Product Management Excellence E-book

Good Product Manager

Last Chance: Product Management Leader priorities survey. As part of some ongoing research I’m leading at SiriusDecisions to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of b-to-b product management organizations, we’re conducting a short 5-question survey of product management leaders to gather more data on their challenges and priorities. We conducted a similar survey in 2014, so this will allow us to see trends and changes over the past five years.

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