December, 2019

Q&A with Sequent Learning Networks CEO Steven Haines Webinar Walk a Mile in Your Customer’s Shoes

Sequent Learning

As a sponsor of Product Management Today , Revulytics welcomed Steven Haines into their webinar series.

Tips for Effective Product Strategy Reviews

Roman Pichler

Hold Regular Product Strategy Reviews. A product strategy , like any other plan, is subject to change. How changeable your strategy is, depends on your product’s life cycle stage. As long as your product hasn’t reached product-market fit, the strategy is usually volatile.

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The Three Cs of Putting the Customer First

ProductCraft

What differentiates a mediocre product manager from a great product manager? Is it technical acumen? Superior planning and roadmapping skills? The answer may (or may not) surprise you. What separates a decent PM from a great one is their ability to empathize with the customer.

Priority Starts at the Top

Folding Burritos

I talk to a lot of PMs and I ask them (and everyone who subscribes to my newsletter) the same question: what’s your biggest struggle as a Product Manager? I get back all sorts of replies, but by far the biggest issues are about prioritization, in some shape or form.

Design Thinking for Product Teams: Leverage Human Insight Throughout Development

Product teams must increase their exposure hours with customers—seeing and hearing them. Human insights and the design thinking framework can be applied to your development cycle to help you build better products and experiences for your customers.

The Top 5 Technical Skills Every Product Manager Should Know

UserVoice

While a technical background is a mandatory prerequisite for becoming a product manager, there are some technical skills worth having in your toolbox as a PM. The good news is you don’t need to go back to school to master these technical competencies either.

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How to Write Fewer Requirements

Ask Benny

Free your time to be more strategic Requirements are overrated In Are Requirements Overrated and Your Role is not to Write Requirements I explained why writing requirements should be a minimal task. I talked about 3 major reasons why it is good for everyone: Your time is valuable.

What’s the difference between formative and summative usability testing?

Userzoom

When it comes to usability testing, many are unaware that there are two types of evaluations that can be conducted during the product design and development lifecycle. These are formative and summative usability tests.

How To Position a Product

BrainMates

Updated December, 2019. Stand out from the crowd and reap the rewards. Product positioning is an important part of a product marketing strategy.

How a Product Leader Can Make Better and Faster Decisions

The Product Coalition

Photo: Shutterstock/Ducks Very often decision making is a complex and complicated process, especially if a Product Leader does not only sustain existing functionalities but also develop and roll out new ones.

A New Segmentation Model for Customer Onboarding

In this eBook, we will show you a new framework for building a customer onboarding program, including how to segment users and drive long-term value and retention through education.

Ship outcomes, not just features, with the Product Impact Framework

Inside Intercom

Our industry is in the midst of a big philosophical debate about the fundamental way of thinking about how we build our products, with the focus shifting from the outputs of what we build to the business outcomes generated by those outputs.

Mastering Business Testing: Formulating Strong Hypotheses

Strategyzer

When you are working on a new business idea, you may be confident that you are on the right path.

Reorganizing Product Teams

Mironov Consulting

At workshops for product leaders, we often discuss different approaches to implementing major organizational changes within product management teams and adjacent groups (e.g. Engineering). Not surprisingly, the general answer is “it depends ” on lots of factors.

The Secret Sauce to Hiring Great Product People by Kate Leto

Mind the Product

In this #mtpcon London talk, Kate Leto examines the importance of emotional intelligence in individuals and teams and asks how it can be used to make better hiring decisions. Key Points. Emotional intelligence is more important than any of the technical skills we use in our roles.

Building Healthy Innovation Ecosystems for Your Projects

Speaker: Nick Noreña, Innovation Coach and Advisor, Kromatic

In this webinar, Nick Noreña will walk through an Innovation Ecosystem Model that he and his team at Kromatic have developed to help investors, heads of product, teachers, and executives understand how they can best support innovation in their own ecosystem. He'll also go over metrics we can use to measure the health of our ecosystems as we build more resources for innovators.

Product in Practice: Getting Started with Opportunity Solution Trees at SuperAwesome

Product Talk

Hi there, Product Talk readers! It’s me, Melissa. I’m Teresa’s blog editor. I mostly work behind the scenes here, polishing and proofreading posts prior to publication. But every once in a while, I’ll contribute a post like this one.

Why Companies in a Multi-Screen Era Must Embrace the Unknown

ProductCraft

Last Saturday, like seemingly every Saturday this fall, I started some yard work. This time I expected to be on the roof for at least three hours. So I knew that music would be required. And that email needed monitoring. And that a friend may call. And that college football was at full tilt.

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Technical Debt vs Product Managers

Ask Benny

Why should product managers involve themselves with prioritizing technical debt? When it comes to technical debt many product managers do not like to get involved. They see it totally as the domain of the development.

How to get stakeholder buy-in for user research: 31 expert tips

Userzoom

Build vs Buy: 10 Hidden Costs of Building Analytics with UI Components

Many teams, as a logical first step, choose to build their own analytics with the help of UI components. But eventually you’ll find that doing it yourself and at scale has hidden costs. Consider these 10 factors when deciding whether you should build analytics features with UI components.

How to Set Big Picture, Priorities and Measures For Your Product

The Product Coalition

Product management framework for making and communicating decisions and progress. Continue reading on ProductCoalition.com ». measure product-management priorities big-picture strategy

The Step-by-Step Guide to Rapid Releases with Agile Product Development

AB Tasty

Here are 7 simple steps that will help you overcome the biggest challenges in agile product development, and make rapid releases effortless! This article was originally posted on AB Tasty as The Step-by-Step Guide to Rapid Releases with Agile Product Development. Conversion Optimization

Product Manager vs. Project Manager: Tackling the Differences

280 Group

One of the questions I frequently get asked when training our Optimal Product Management and Product Marketing Training (OPM) course is, “What’s the difference between a Product Manager and a Project Manager?”

Book Review: The Team that Managed Itself

The Product Bistro

Christina Wodtke’s latest is a gripping read, combining a compelling story line, with some novel, and useful ideas to help team dynamics and how to lead.

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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.

Is Tech Ruining Kids? How to Safely Manage Screen Time

Nir Eyal

The post Is Tech Ruining Kids? How to Safely Manage Screen Time appeared first on Nir and Far. Indistractable Relationships

The power of pause in leadership

Lead on Purpose

The most effective leaders know there’s only one thing they have complete control over: “the way in which I respond and react to another human.” They know their success depends on the unity and determination of their team members.

The Importance of Being Clear by Lindsey Jayne

Mind the Product

In this #mtpcon London talk, Lindsey Jayne, VP Product at Monzo, discusses the importance of writing clearly in order to make better decisions and diversify thinking. Key points.

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Customer Advisory Boards: Three Best Practices and the Jaw-Dropping Moments

Proficientz – Product Management University

Customer advisory boards can deliver tremendous strategic value to your organization if you organize them with the appropriate customer roles and have business conversations.

Add User Tests to Your Agile Process: Reduce Risk in Shipping New Products

Agile has become the go-to methodology for companies that want to reduce the risk involved in shipping new products. But how do you prevent building items nobody wants? If you wait to get user feedback until after development, then you’ve waited too long.