August, 2018

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Product Management Mistakes

The Product Bistro

Being in the role for in extremely long time, I have uncovered a lot of truths, and hidden aspects of the expectations for the product manager. Now, I would like to discuss some of the common mistakes, misunderstandings, and outright WTF things that I see over and over again. From assumptions that we make, or […].

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Strategic Options for Mature Products

Roman Pichler

What Maturity Means. A product is mature if it has stopped growing: The benefits it creates no longer rise. Instead, they have started to stagnate. In terms of the product life cycle model, the product has left the growth stage and entered maturity, as the following picture shows. To find out if your product is mature, you should track its performance.

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6 Guiding Principles for Effective Product Discovery

Product Talk

I’m co-teaching a design course at Northwestern with my friend Jeff Merrell. We are teaching business leaders and change agents how to prototype their way to viable solutions. In this context, solutions aren’t product solutions, but rather internal programs and processes that effect change within the organization. Our students work on challenges like improving employee engagement, encouraging knowledge sharing between teams, making meetings more effective, and so on.

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Choosing a team structure to achieve top efficiency

Lead on Purpose

Whether you are a small startup or an international corporation, HR management and organization presents an equally important matter. Choosing a proper team structure for your hierarchy and management isn’t as simple as it seems.

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Reimagined: Building Products with Generative AI

“Reimagined: Building Products with Generative AI” is an extensive guide for integrating generative AI into product strategy and careers featuring over 150 real-world examples, 30 case studies, and 20+ frameworks, and endorsed by over 20 leading AI and product executives, inventors, entrepreneurs, and researchers.

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“I Have An Idea” – How I Evaluate Product Ideas

The Secret PM Handbook

People are always asking me “Hey, I have a product idea. May I run it by you and get your input?”. Of course, I say yes. They tell me the idea, and it’s usually “ a technical thing for some kind of team.”. And my response is, “Well, that sounds neat, but….” And then I ask some questions. The answers to those questions tell me if the idea is any good.

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Quantifying Qualitative Research by Leisa Reichelt

Mind the Product

At #mtpcon San Francisco, Leisa Reichelt , head of research and insights at Atlassian, took on our current approach to user research and how we take an evidence-based approach to doing completely the wrong thing. Five years ago, the industry was focused on just getting people to do any user research. Product managers weren’t regularly talking to customers at all.

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Finding Your Product's Critical Event(s)

Product Management Lessons from the Trenches

Finding Your Product’s Critical Event(s) By now you have most likely heard the phrase “build it, they will come”. This was introduced in the 1989 movie Field of Dreams but gained popularity in tech in the early days of the dotcom boom when the players were limited and early adopters eager to experience all the web had to offer. Back then, entrepreneurs would regularly receive this terrible advice (myself included).

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Time in a Product Management Role

The Product Bistro

Recently, I was asked a relatively benign question: “How long should I stay in a Product Management role?” While the person asking it was relatively new in a position and another, more attractive offer is in the works, it caused me to pause and reflect. Not to make light of the young lady’s concern that […].

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Building a long tail of evergreen content

Intercom, Inc.

The first law of content marketing is that publishing is an expensive business. No matter how hard you try to circumvent it, the first law will always come back and bite you. One common approach is to outsource content production, which can be cheaper in pure monetary terms. But unless someone, preferably an editor or with some editorial skills, is closely managing that process you’ll end up paying more for it in the long run.

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Entity Resolution Checklist: What to Consider When Evaluating Options

Are you trying to decide which entity resolution capabilities you need? It can be confusing to determine which features are most important for your project. And sometimes key features are overlooked. Get the Entity Resolution Evaluation Checklist to make sure you’ve thought of everything to make your project a success! The list was created by Senzing’s team of leading entity resolution experts, based on their real-world experience.

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Persuasion Tips: Have A Goal

The Secret PM Handbook

Understand and articulate what you’re trying to achieve. (This article is a follow-on to my overview article on persuasion tips for product managers.). Every presentation or opportunity for persuasion has a goal, or possibly a few goals. Are you trying to get some executives to make a decision in your favor? Are you aiming to protect yourself from potential blowback from something that went wrong?

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BASiS Speaker Series: Stop listening to your gut and start talking to your buyers

UserVoice

You’re building the wrong product, and that’s leading to some pretty dire consequences. While that’s not the most uplifting thing you can hear as someone working in product management, it’s also essential to both your individual success and the viability of your entire company. Got your attention yet? These words of warning are courtesy of Price Intelligently’s CEO and co-founder Patrick Campbell.

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Roadmaps are Dead! Long Live Roadmaps! by C. Todd Lombardo

Mind the Product

Do you ever feel like breaking up with your roadmap? In his talk from #mtpcon San Francisco, C. Todd Lombardo takes on a topic that is emotional to most of us as product managers – the product roadmap. Why do we Ship the Wrong Thing? In modern product management, we have multiple frameworks and tools designed to help us understand what to build.

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Shifting Markets, Shifting Strategy: Three Considerations

Product Management University

Shifting markets usually constitute a shift in product strategy for most organizations. For some, the current market climate presents a world of opportunity and for others it’s an exercise in survival. In either case, there are three key aspects of product strategy that matter most. The Playbook: 1. Target Market Focus. Your target markets drive every key decision in the organization.

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The Big Payoff of Application Analytics

Outdated or absent analytics won’t cut it in today’s data-driven applications – not for your end users, your development team, or your business. That’s what drove the five companies in this e-book to change their approach to analytics. Download this e-book to learn about the unique problems each company faced and how they achieved huge returns beyond expectation by embedding analytics into applications.

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Product Management – Simplified

The Product Bistro

Product Management in a nutshell Tons of ink has been spilled on the art (and science) of product management. About methodologies, strategies, and the like. Grumbling about how the role varies, depending on the organization. Yada yada yada. Let’s simplify this. Product management at its very core is: Identify a problem for some market segment […].

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Strategy over speed: How video games prepared me for life as a product manager

Intercom, Inc.

Growing up, I was surrounded by video games. In my house, we had the NES, Nintendo 64, Game Boy and a bunch of PC games. I would play video games for hours on end, only stopping for the odd toilet break. But as my love of gaming grew, it became obvious that I wasn’t drawn to the typically popular action or racing games. Instead of Half-Life or GoldenEye, I was drawn to simulation games such as SimCity , The Sims and Theme Hospital – titles that rewarded strategy over speed, patience over practic

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Mobile Product Manager vs. Mobile Product Owner

Alchemer Mobile

Agile teams have a lot of moving parts, and it can be difficult to understand where product responsibilities fall across team members. And a mobile product manager or mobile product owner role can be difficult for only one person to take on. Mobile product managers spend time straddling two worlds: the external customer’s world and the internal team’s world.

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The Skills It Takes To Become a Product Manager

Product Management Unpacked

To become a great Product Manager, takes a lot of skills — business acumen, technical smarts and emotional intelligence. Many parts will go into your making. Once you put them all together in just the right way, you’ll be highly valued and very well rewarded. For more information visit ms-product-management.cmu.edu.

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The Data Metaverse: Unpacking the Roles, Use Cases, and Tech Trends in Data and AI

Speaker: Aindra Misra, Sr. Staff Product Manager of Data & AI at BILL (Previously PM Lead at Twitter/X)

Embark on a transformation journey into the heart of the data ecosystem! This webinar is your gateway to a deeper comprehension of the foundations that drive the data industry and will equip you with the knowledge needed to navigate the evolving landscape. Delve into the diverse use cases where data analytics plays a pivotal role. We’ll explore how these applications are transforming with the introduction of Gen AI, and discuss the anticipated use cases for 2024 and beyond.

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7 Years of Amazing Product Talks

Mind the Product

For the past 7 years Mind the Product has run #mtpcon in London and San Francisco and #mtpengage in Hamburg – the biggest and best product management conferences in the world. We invite some of the top product thinkers and practitioners from all over the world to share their experiences, insights, and lessons, and now we invite you to watch the entire library of talks!

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The One Question You Need to Answer as a New Product Leader

UserVoice

Outline The One Question What Could Inhibit My Ability to Succeed? Is it people, process, policies, vision, etc? What do I have control over and what do I not? Do I have the influence i need to change things for the better? Prioritizing Potential Problem Areas Eisenhower Model – Urgency vs. Importance Avoid the time vampires and zombie efforts It’s not you, it’s me… Make a Plan to Tackle.

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Product Management Truths – Redux

The Product Bistro

One of my more popular posts has been on the unwritten truths of Product Management. Originally written over 5 years ago, that post covered many observations and self evident truths. Fast forward to 2018, and there are some additions to this list. Without further ado, I offer these observations: Whiz bang tools don’t make up […].

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The 3 Cs of cross-functional teamwork

Intercom, Inc.

The phrase “cross-functional” is most commonly used to describe a team made up of of people with different functions or skills. At Intercom for example, our product teams include designers, programmers and product managers , unique roles working together as one. Or you might hear the term used when teams from different parts of a business work together on a big project, like the launch of a new product or release.

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A Comprehensive Checklist to Revamp Your Website & Increase Profitability

Unlock the power of a well-designed website with our eBook, 'Comprehensive Checklist: A Guide to Website Redesign.' Crafted by Brucira and ruttl founders, it's your ally in reshaping your digital presence. Welcome to a transformative journey!

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Sales Presentations: Calculating Your Buyer Relevance Quotient (BRQ)

Product Management University

Nothing accelerates the sales process more than a presentation that simply “nails it.” Here’s a quick test to determine the B uyer R elevance Q uotient (BRQ) of your sales presentations. The Playbook: Go find a sales presentation you’d consider to be one of the best. Count the number of slides where at least 80% of the content on the slide is about the buyer’s business (not about the product).

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Would-Be Product Manager’s Instruction Manual

Product Management Unpacked

People often describe a product manager as “CEO of the Product.” This sounds appealing, but the reality is that product managers don’t have a CEO’s level of authority over everyone who contributes to making a product successful. Being a product manager is actually more of a high-wire act — managing multiple disciplines and personalities — so you will need a cool head and a chill disposition.

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Mastering the Problem Space for Product/Market Fit by Dan Olsen

Mind the Product

The term Product/Market Fit was coined by Marc Andreesen back in 2007 and it’s been a key goal for any new product or startup ever since. But like any buzzword, it is often oversimplified and misunderstood. In this talk from Mind the Product San Francisco, Dan Olsen, the author of The Lean Product Playbook , tackles the key components of product/market fit and how to achieve it.

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“Agile” is More Than a Buzzword: Three Truths Behind the Manifesto

Clever PM

It’s become rather commonplace lately for people to dismiss “Agile” out of hand as an industry buzzword with no meaning or substance to it. And in some ways, the term has earned that reputation — mostly from people who use it regularly without really knowing what it means or how it changes an organization — […].

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IDC Analyst Report: The Open Source Blind Spot Putting Businesses at Risk

In a recent study, IDC found that 64% of organizations said they were already using open source in software development with a further 25% planning to in the next year. Most organizations are unaware of just how much open-source code is used and underestimate their dependency on it. As enterprises grow the use of open-source software, they face a new challenge: understanding the scope of open-source software that's being used throughout the organization and the corresponding exposure.