August, 2019

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Doing the heavy lifting together

The Product Coalition

How product teams can work together to maximize impact “Driving is easy if you are the only one the road“ … my driving instructor had many wise words to share. This one stuck with me as it is applies to so much more than driving a car. Today, we rarely see one single product team driving product development. Instead, multiple teams are working on it together.

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How to Reduce the Product Backlog Size

Roman Pichler

Split the Product Backlog. Faced with an overly long and detailed product backlog, investigate if it does describe one cohesive product. Over time, products can serve an increasingly heterogeneous market and provide a large number of different features, some of which may not be used by all users. If that’s the case for your product, then reduce the product backlog size by unbundling one or more features and releasing them as products in their own right, like Facebook did with Messenger in 2014.

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You Don’t Own the Voice of the Customer by Tricia Wang

Mind the Product

Can putting a product into the world really be harder than launching a spacecraft? In her keynote at #mtpcon San Francisco, Tricia Wang, Co-founder of Sudden Compass, says it can. While launching a spacecraft seems more complex, it all boils down to math, and there is scant unpredictability in the calculations. But you have to deal with a lot of external complexities that are completely out of your control when you ship a product, so the end result is highly unpredictable.

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Show Your Work: How to Justify Your Decisions & Get Stakeholder Buy-In

Product Talk

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7 Pitfalls for Apache Cassandra in Production

Apache Cassandra is an open-source distributed database that boasts an architecture that delivers high scalability, near 100% availability, and powerful read-and-write performance required for many data-heavy use cases. However, many developers and administrators who are new to this NoSQL database often encounter several challenges that can impact its performance.

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The Addictive Products Myth: Who Is the Culprit Here?

Nir Eyal

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The Beginner’s Guide to Product-Led Growth Metrics

Gainsight

Since the beginning of business, we’ve been on a journey to accurately evaluate and predict customer needs. For people in Product, delivering products your customers love is just one of the challenges. You then have to optimize users’ ROI, increase adoption, and accurately discover your customer journey bottlenecks. Which features bring the majority of revenue?

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Symptom Checker: Common Product Development Challenges

ProductCraft

Over my years in this industry, I’ve guided a wide variety of teams to software success. And along that journey, I have found that many product teams struggle with the same issues. How do you know if your team is suffering from a particular product development problem? Most likely, you’ll notice some signs. Below, I’ll. Read more » The post Symptom Checker: Common Product Development Challenges appeared first on ProductCraft by Pendo.

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Lean UX author Jeff Gothelf on why design must have a seat at the table

Intercom, Inc.

? ?. If an organization’s founders aren’t designers and don’t come from a background where well-designed products played a key role in their lives, it can often be the last discipline to be brought onboard the team. Author Jeff Gothelf sees this all the time in his work as a consultant for medium- and large-sized companies, and it inevitably leads to a culture clash where designers feel unvalued.

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Why Feature FOMO Stalls Product Innovation

Mind the Product

Messenger apps started as the simplest way to start a conversation online. Open the app. Select a person to chat with. Go. Today, those apps have seemingly endless ways for users to engage: video chat, send gifs, send emojis, send money, use a filter, buy and sell goods, play games, talk to bots, and more. So much, in fact, that the product leaders behind these apps are slimming them down.

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Platform Product Management Beyond Features: Introducing B-MAP for Platform Ecosystem Success

Traditional PM struggles with the complexities of platform ecosystems. B-MAP framework tackles this challenge. B-MAP goes beyond features, focusing on building, managing, adapting, and partnering to foster a thriving platform ecosystem.

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Making the Leap to Embedded Product Analytics

Amplitude

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. We made sure we had clean data, answered questions, and designed reports, but we were not a part of acting on those insights.

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Positioning for Product Managers

Sachin Rekhi

Positioning, while classically considered part of the marketing world, is absolutely essential for every product manager to understand. Positioning refers to the place that a brand occupies in the minds of customers and its perceived differentiation from its competitors. Positioning ultimately dictates the frame of reference that your customers leverage when evaluating your product.

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Grounding Your Product Roadmap With Themes and a North Star

ProductPlan

We are excited to welcome guest writer John Cutler to the ProductPlan blog. John is a product coach with Amplitude, where he collaborates with internal teams, customers, prospects, and the broader product public. Product teams are no stranger to the ever-changing and continuous demands of consumers and executives alike. When you create and update a particular product, it’s important to make sure the product does “things” that people need it to do.

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Product Thinking Isn’t Just for Product Managers

ProductCraft

I had lunch last week with a journalist who reminded me of myself in my early career. She was curious about sustainable business models for the local news industry and interested in creating a career path that blended journalism, business, and technology. The difference? Unlike me in the first year of my first job, she. Read more » The post Product Thinking Isn’t Just for Product Managers appeared first on ProductCraft by Pendo.

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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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10 Weekly Habits of Product Managers That Make a Big Difference

The Product Coalition

Everyday, product managers all over the world open their laptops and prepare to take on the challenges of product development with their teams. There will be setbacks, there will be leaps ahead, and there will be moments of flowing innovation. In this hectic, yet intensely rewarding career, there are also many habits you can adopt that will help you in each hurdle, support each sprint and keep development moving forward.

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SaaS Product Roadmaps: Achieving Your Product Vision

bpma ProductHub

by Paul Ressler – Everything is progressing well with your SaaS product; you have your product vision and you have product market fit. What are the next steps to achieve success for your SaaS product? One important next step is a product roadmap.

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5 Machine Learning Lessons for Product Managers

Mind the Product

Artificial intelligence (AI) is probably the biggest commercial opportunity in today’s economy. What does it mean for us as product managers? We all use AI or machine learning (ML)-driven products almost every day, and the number of these products will be growing exponentially over the next couple of years. According to Crunchbase, in 2018 there were 5,000 startups relying on machine learning for their main and ancillary applications, products, and services.

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Don’t Let Technology Changes Turn into Technical Debt

ProductPlan

Technological evolution doesn’t stop. It doesn’t go on vacation, it doesn’t take a victory lap, it rarely even pauses long enough to catch a breath. There’s always something new on the horizon. Our products and solutions are built atop these technologies, relying on servers and programming languages, databases and messaging protocols, devices, and APIs.

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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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What the four forces can teach us about the user onboarding experience

Intercom, Inc.

A great onboarding experience is one that proves to new users that your product will help them do the job that they want. To put it another way, the ideal onboarding experience is a short, easy and frictionless path to finding value. Of course, many products have unavoidable complexity. If getting started with your product requires new users to install software, invite colleagues or message customers, then the path to value may not seem as short or straightforward.

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Technical Product Leadership from Head to Toe

The Product Coalition

By Robert Elves, Senior Director of Product, Tasktop Continue reading on ProductCoalition.com ».

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Know Enough

The Product Bistro

Product Managers don't need to be experts on the technology, they merely need to know what is enough. Mastery of the role is synonymous with the zen of knowing what you need to know.

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The Phenomenal Product Manager: Product Marketing versus Product Management

280 Group

The article is a synopsis of The Phenomenal Product Manager: Chapter One , written by Brian Lawley. Let’s begin by clarifying the terms we are using and the roles and responsibilities for each. We’ll be using the term Product Manager to refer to both Product Managers and Product Marketers. All of the skills in this book can be applied to both positions, but it is important to understand how we view them, as some skills will be more important depending on how the roles are defined.

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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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How to Spot a Partial Product Manager

Mind the Product

What’s a partial product manager? We’ve all met one, and many of us have been one – a partial product manager is someone who holds the product manager title, but isn’t doing the full job. It can happen really easily, because great product management encompasses a great deal and is constantly evolving. I’ve categorized some common types of partial product managers to make it easier to identify and fix gaps.

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Product Management: Leading by Trust

Product Management Unpacked

Greg Coticchia, the executive director of Carnegie Mellon University’s new Master of Science in Product Management program, was recently a guest on The Pitchwerks Podcast , a weekly audio show hosted by Scot MacTaggart that talks about sales, marketing and startups. During the show, the dynamic duo discusses some of the nuances related to a career in product management including why leading by trust is critical for being a great product manager.

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Automated customer service should be personal

Intercom, Inc.

Automated customer service isn’t a new concept. We’ve all navigated our fair share of automated phone menus or interacted with support bots to get help. But much has changed, both in usability and customer perception. Voice recognition technology has improved, AI solutions can interpret customer feedback, and chatbots have started to answer the questions they receive, not just pass them off to a human.

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Treat Your Product Team Like a Product

The Product Guy

Guest Post by: Merziyah Poonawala (Mentee, Session 9, The Product Mentor) [Paired with Mentor, Joni Hoadley]. What do you do when your team is working their socks off and yet they are getting little credit for the work being done, mainly because the team isn’t able to set concrete expectations with the stakeholder? Read on to learn how, through collecting and analyzing their operational data, a team was able to quantify and improve their processes on the path to being able to establish clear rel

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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.