Tue.Aug 20, 2019

6 Ways for Product Managers to Manage their Time Off (and Still Drive their Roadmap Forward)


Product managers receive a lot of advice. You should prioritize this feature. Here’s a new market worth investigating. Some of my prospects say they’d buy our product if it did this. But one suggestion we think product managers don’t hear enough is: Take some time off, unplug, and clear your head.

Good Product Management is the key to Organisational Happiness

Mind the Product

A few years ago I read Tony Hsieh’s book on Zappos , a company that has been lauded for its amazing culture. In the book he shares his view on the four pillars for happiness: progress, purpose, control, and connection.

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A Product Manager Is No Longer a “Luxury Hire”


I started in the product management field almost 25 years ago. Only back then, what I did wasn’t referred to as product management. During the dot-com boom, only large, established tech companies like Sun, Oracle, or Microsoft hired specifically for roles with the title “product manager.” ” Barnesandnoble.com, where I worked, didn’t fit that bill.

Product Managers Should Spend One Day a Month with Their SDR Team


Sales Development Reps (SDRs) are the assembly line workers of the enterprise software market in 2019. While product managers are not responsible for sales, they should understand the dynamics of this critical aspect of their product’s sales machine.

Mixpanel's Guide to Product Metrics

Whether you build or market products, tracking the right metrics is crucial to innovation. Use this guide to help you decide what metrics are most important for your product and business.

Never stop iterating: How a Zillow PM perfects a highly complicated product


Welcome to our Age of Product Excellence series — a deep exploration of the Product Excellence Methodology, the product leaders who practice it, and the excellent products that result.

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The Editor’s Notebook: Privacy and Data Security, Retraining Sales Teams

Pragmatic Marketing

Data Security Becoming Increasingly Important for Consumers With data breaches becoming increasingly common, consumers are realizing that their personal information is at the mercy of the organizations they’re doing business with—resulting in changing attitudes around security.

How JLL Elevated Their Core Real Estate Business With A Digital Play


In many industries, it’s common to stick to the status quo. It can feel unnecessary to innovate, if everything is running smoothly as is. But Matt Waggoner, Managing Director of JLL Indianapolis, chose to look at things a different way and ask: Why not innovate

What is participant recruiting and why is it such a challenge?


Ask the nearest researcher what one of their most persistent pain points in conducting user research and usability testing is and we can almost guarantee that recruiting participants is up there near the top. In last year’s State of UX in the Enterprise survey , we asked researchers what phase is the most challenging part of their UX team’s process, and coming in at number one with 47% of the votes was *drumroll* recruiting participants.

Making the Leap to Embedded Product Analytics


Prior to joining Amplitude to work on the Professional Services team, I was deeply entrenched in the business intelligence and analytics world. In that world, product management and product development happened elsewhere in the organization.

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.

Prepare for a Product Management Interview at Google

The Product Coalition

Google Product Managers help bring to fruition new products and features that impact millions of users every day. They act as general managers of their products, providing leadership across engineering, design and business teams. Openings for Product Managers appear every day.

From Instant Pot to Instagram: Critical Lessons in Startup Community Building

First Round Review

Bailey Richardson (an early Instagram hire and current partner at People & Company) has studied ordinary people who started extraordinary communities.

A skinny on colors for data scientists


Color palettes are important. This may sound like an oversimplification, but it’s definitely true. Colors can change how we perceive things, as well as how we process information. They can make data sets either easier to understand or more difficult.

Dear Strategy 093: Global vs. Regional Product Strategies

Dear Strategy

This week’s question is… Dear Strategy: “How do you make sure there is an effective inter-working between different levels in a dynamic strategy evolution?”. Read The Full Blog Post. Subscribe to Our Mailing List.

Win the Digital Transformation Game with the Product Mindset

Speaker: David DeWolf, Founder and CEO, 3Pillar Global

No matter what your idea is, no matter how good it is, and no matter how well you know your market, 3 out of 4 digital initiatives do not succeed. To better understand how to win, we should first understand why we’re failing. In this webinar, David DeWolf will share his experiences and lessons learned to help you succeed in playing the “product” game, instead of the “IT” game.

Create an Automated Customer Research Machine in 2 Hours


How to get your whole team interviewing customers, all the time


Steps to Take Before and After a Mobile App Update


Two weeks after your team’s app update launches, your boss stops by your desk to share some bad news: App store ratings have plummeted from 5-stars to 3-stars and new download volume has decreased 25 percent.

How to Take Advantage of the Growing Audience for Smart Home Products


Between 2018 and 2019, the forecasted number of smart home products shipping to consumers leapt from 643.9 million last year to 840.9 million by the end of this year. The International Data Corporation (IDC) expects that number to grow around 17% every year until 2023.

A playbook for the impatient SDR: 4 key tips to grow your sales career

Inside Intercom

There’s been a lot of discussion around the role of SDRs in modern sales, and what’s changed about the role over the past decade.

BI Buyers Guide: Embedding Analytics in Your Software

The business intelligence market has exploded. And as the number of vendors grows, it gets harder to make sense of it all. Learn how to decide what features you need and get an evaluation framework for every technical and non-technical requirement you could imagine.

The Editor’s Notebook: Privacy and Data Security, Retraining Sales Teams

Pragmatic Marketing

Data Security Becoming Increasingly Important for Consumers With data breaches becoming increasingly common, consumers are realizing that their personal information is at the mercy of the organizations they’re doing business with—resulting in changing attitudes around security.

The Evolving Needs of Application Performance Monitoring

eG Innovations

“Change is the only constant in life.” ” This is a quote often attributed to the Greek philosopher, Heraclitus. In the world of application performance monitoring , you know this to be true. Things are always changing.

5 Key Operational Differences Between Renewals And New Logos


Revenue leaders who own both renewals as well as new business recognize that managing renewals is a completely different beast. From forecasting to managing KPIs, the renewals motion requires a fundamentally different approach. But what exactly makes managing a renewals business unique?

The Path To Progressive Delivery


Last week I said I would start a two-part series on progressive delivery. Here’s the promised first installment. Whether you’d rather read or watch the video, let’s jump right in! First “Radical” Idea on the Path to Progressive Delivery: Continuous Integration.

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.

How To Unlock Millions Of Dollars In Expansion Using Customer Data


If you’re a Revenue leader, chances are you care about two pretty straightforward things: 1) acquiring new customers and 2) selling more to existing ones. But when it comes to the latter, very few Sales execs are completely confident they aren’t leaving money on the table somehow.