November, 2019

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5 rules for creating effective product backlogs

ProductBoard

Creating a product backlog is a classic case of “easier said than done.” A product backlog is a list of product improvements that your team needs to execute for your product strategy to become a reality. What makes this idea challenging is that sometimes, a product backlog can morph into an unending list of ideas that aren’t always fully vetted. Three things might prevent you from creating a.

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Behind the Product: What to Do When Your Demo Cracks—Tesla Cybertruck

280 Group

As I watched the Tesla Cybertruck demo literally shatter right before our eyes the other night, I confess I had some sympathy for Elon Musk. I’ve been there—I suspect many other Product Managers have been there too. You’ve planned this for months. You’ve stretched your development team to get it done, you’ve practiced your script, you’ve run through the demo a dozen times—it’s all working!

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Designing an AI Driven Product Roadmap

bpma ProductHub

by Charu Manglani – Artificial Intelligence (AI) has invaded nearly every sphere of our lives. It is the hidden force of math suggesting the best route on google maps or what to watch on Netflix and Amazon Prime Video.

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Don’t Forget the Motor City: Product Leadership Lessons From Motown

Mind the Product

I’d always thought that Motown’s success was a combination of its talented stars and fortunate timing, but I recently learned that much of its success was down to a mastery of the power of the team – loosely coupled, highly aligned. The mindset and methods responsible for Motown’s huge success in its heyday are just as relevant today. Everyone at Motown was empowered with a singular goal that they all collected around: to create hit records.

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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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Color Psychology – Brilliant Helping Hand in UX Design

UX Studio: Product Management

How does color psychology affect users’ attitudes and behaviour? There is a master trick, which can help to build a digital product which works more effectively. Psychological effects of color on our experience and decision-making matter, so let’s see how this affects the users and what sort of principles exist when designing experiences. Color is an essential instrument in any designer’s tool stack.

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Intercom on Product: The intersection of company and product strategy

Intercom, Inc.

Five years ago I wrote about how product strategy means saying no – you must ruthlessly protect your product from feature creep. . Saying no, however, is just one part of a successful product strategy. As your business scales, you’ll need to carefully align your product strategy with your broader company strategy to ensure cohesive and sustainable growth.

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Measuring Your Product’s Performance With Benchmarks

ProductCraft

I recently heard something from Calendly’s product team that made my jaw drop. Their product is being used to schedule millions of meetings per month. Many, many millions. Lots of companies have vanity metrics in the millions. But they are called vanity metrics for a reason — they don’t go deeper than the surface level. Read more » The post Measuring Your Product’s Performance With Benchmarks appeared first on ProductCraft by Pendo.

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How to Increase Product Adoption for your SaaS Product in 2019

Userpilot

You can spend 1000s on marketing, spend hours fine-tuning your Sales funnel, and yet you still don’t see results? Why? Well, most likely it’s because your product adoption sucks. Product adoption is crucial to the success of any SaaS product. I don’t just mean it’s what separates the good from the great, I mean it separates those that survive and those that don’t.

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Is your Product successful? Yes/ No/ Don’t know.

BrainMates

If you answered “don’t know”, then right now you’re failing as a Product Manager. But, don’t worry. Firstly: I won’t tell anyone. Secondly: if you don’t know, it’s unlikely anyone else at your company knows. Thirdly: you’ll be pleasantly surprised to hear that there are LOADS of Product Managers out there that are similarly in the dark. Lastly: if you read this article you’ll know find out how to measure Product success AND what to do about it if it’s failing.

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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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Customer Centric Culture: Purpose and Profitability?

Usersnap

In a nutshell being customer centric means: putting your customers first. But it is actually a lot deeper than that. It is placing customers at the core of your business and then building everything around it. It is not simply trying to please customers to make money, but to listen to them and offer solutions to their problems. And it should be the focus at each stage of the sales funnel, for every department and through every process your business undertakes.

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Of Chickens, Eggs and PMs

The Product Coalition

Here’s a scenario you might be familiar with. Say you’re starting a new role as a PM in a startup company (congrats!). You find that the startup has created a robust product with many different features and capabilities. Trying to gain some clarity and focus you ask: “which of those features are most/least used?”. Turns out, nobody knows. So you implement basic analytics mechanisms, wait for a week or two and then come back to the team equipped with a bunch of fancy graphs.

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How to improve your product with customer feedback you already have

ProductBoard

Andrej Danko, VP of Product at productboard, recently joined Travis Kaufman, VP Product Growth at Gainsight, for a webinar discussion. The two had a lively chat about the Product Excellence methodology, the challenges of modern product management, how to improve products with customer feedback that is already being collected, and when not to take customer feedback at face value.

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What are the Secrets to Enabling Sustainable Growth?

Mind the Product

Fewer than 10% of startups survive and grow into large companies and, for every time growth is done right, there are 100 ways it could have been done wrong. Here, I’d like to share the lessons I’ve learned from my years working as a product manager, focused on growth. If they could, organisations would choose always to grow – not only bigger but faster.

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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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How Does Storytelling Help You To Create Better Digital Products?

UX Studio: Product Management

Storytelling has recently become a buzzword. If you are working in the field of digital product management, you probably heard about it in some way. It is widely used in every phase of a product life cycle: all the way from design to marketing. But is it really something that we can use in our daily work? In this post, I collected cases where storytelling can be a useful tool to create and sell digital products.

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Product Launches- The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

bpma ProductHub

by Scott Hilton – On October 11, 2019, the Product Executive Forum(PEF) held another well attended meeting. This month’s topic was product launches. Many thanks to Steven Veneman and Julius Francis of Juniper Networks for serving as awesome hosts. According to research from Robert G Cooper only 1 in 7 product launches succeed.

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What Building a Valuable Product Community Can Do For Your Business

Innovatemap

A loyal, engaged community is a powerful tool, and community building has become an effective strategy for digital product companies to grow their user base and increase product adoption. But with that power comes responsibility: You get out of a community what you put into it. Valuable communities form when there is value to be derived. So what does that mean if you want to form a community?

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How Much Does Your Feature Cost?

ProductCraft

So you’ve done your market research, interviewed customers, and prototyped your designs. Your go-to-market strategy is in place. Engineering is ready to start development. Amongst all the excitement, coordination, and chaos, have you asked yourself the BIGGEST question? “How much does my feature cost?” In this article, we’ll borrow some lessons from Harvard Business School.

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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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The PB&J of UX and Product

ProductCraft

You’ve got a new feature that you’re excited to start working on. Not only are you motivated by how cool this feature will be, but you also need to build it ASAP. It would be nice to take some time on it and get feedback from the UX team, but given how fast it needs. Read more » The post The PB&J of UX and Product appeared first on ProductCraft by Pendo.

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Fixing your blind spot: biases in decision making

The Product Coalition

Every person forms a set of mental shortcuts or heuristics, which work brilliantly day in day out, but become harmful when left unchecked. Continue reading on ProductCoalition.com ».

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Designing Strong Experiments

Product Management Today Submitted Articles

When testing our business ideas, choosing the right experiment is just the beginning. After we have chosen our experiment, it’s important that we spend some time designing it well. Well designed experiments can further strengthen the evidence we get, which will increase our confidence in making decisions.

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Using the Product Canvas to Define Your Product’s Core Requirements – Part 2

bpma ProductHub

by Ellen Gottesdiener – The Product Canvas can help address a number of challenges as you transition to a product-centric organization. You may want to take a step back to rethink your product strategy. Perhaps you realize you’re not organized for optimal product development and need to redesign your organization so its structure follows product.

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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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Creating a Highly Skilled PM Team – You Asked, We Answered

280 Group

This month, we presented a webinar from our Product Management Leadership series – Building Great Products With Superior Product Management Skills. You can view the accompanying blog post here. We received so many great questions on the topic and have included answers to the top questions down below. Thank you all for engaging in our webinar! These questions were answered by Roger Snyder and Rina Vernovskaya.

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Collocation, Trust, and Distributed Teams

Roman Pichler

A Tale of Two Products. I once worked with a telco company that was developing a brand-new commercial product. Product management and development were located at separate sites in different countries. But this didn’t seem to matter much as everybody was in great spirits and had high hopes for the new product. What’s more, the product people would occasionally visit the development site, and development group members would travel to product management from time to time.

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2020 Product Conferences

Product Talk

We are starting to pull together our 2020 conference list. This list is by no means exhaustive. If you know of a product conference that is not on the list and you think it should be, please feel free to recommend it in the comments or send an email to conferences@producttalk.org. We’ll also keep updating this list as we hear about more events. For 2020, I haven’t decided which conferences I’ll be attending or presenting at, but I’ll update this post once that changes.

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How to Design Products Using Behavioral Science

Mind the Product

Too often, we assume that consumers make rational decisions and take them at their word when we ask them about how they behave. But there’s a gap between what consumers say they will do and what they actually do. How do we bridge this gap and design products based on real behaviours? Imagine you’re a completely rational human. If you wanted to lose weight, you would start eating less.

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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.