May, 2020

What Qualities Make a Product Great?

Mind the Product

What are the qualities that make up a great product? It pays to analyse them and consider how they all work together to make a product successful. I remember once being asked in an interview: “Could you name a product you think is great?” I put on my “thinking deep thoughts” face and stare at [.]. Read More. The post What Qualities Make a Product Great? appeared first on Mind the Product.

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Six Types of “Product” Owners

Roman Pichler

Overview. The term product owner is commonly used to refer to six different product roles in my experience. These are: The original Scrum product owner who owns a product in its entirety and is responsible for maximising the value it creates. A feature owner who manages a major capability with which end users interact like search and navigation on an online retailer’s website. A component owner who owns an architecture building block like the persistence layer.


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The difference between product analytics and marketing analytics—and why you need both


This post is written by Semetis , a data-driven marketing agency located in Brussels, Belgium. Semetis works with different types of businesses, from start- and scale-ups to blue-chip clients, to help them grow and accelerate the digital side of their business. Here’s what you’ll learn: To be successful, organizations need more data. More importantly, they need the right kind of solutions to interpret that data, and drive actionable innovation across their organization.

Empower Product Teams with Product Outcomes, Not Business Outcomes

Product Talk

I’m excited to add Hope Gurion as an official author on Product Talk. She has guest posted here before and has worked with me for years. She coaches teams using my Continuous Discovery Habits curriculum and is helping me bring the Continuous Discovery Habits workshop to more companies. Help me in welcoming Hope as an official author. You’ll see she’s starting with a great contribution below and I’m excited to read more from her in the coming months.

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How to Measure DevSecOps Progress and Ensure Success

Speaker: Shannon Lietz, Director of DevSecOps Team, Intuit

You've finally done it: You've won over C-Suite and your DevSecOps team is up and running. You feel ready to take on rising security threats while continuously delivering quality software updates. But how do you monitor your new program? Are you truly able to gauge the state of your projects? To ensure the success of this new breed of a team, you need to know the metrics to look at and how to advocate these metrics to C-Suite and stakeholders. Join Shannon Lietz, Leader and Director of DevsecOps at Intuit, and learn to lead your DevSecOps team to the top.

Building a Product Management Career Development Program

The Product Coalition

Inspire Top Product Talent to Grow Their Career at Your Organization | Photo by Kolleen Gladden on Unsplash To motivate product managers to grow their career with your organization, a transparent and documented process for roles and promotions is critical.

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An Effective Leader Leads by Influence, not Authority

Lead on Purpose

A successful leader leads by influence, not by wielding authority. Leadership #prodmgmt Continue reading → Leadership Product Management clarity constraints data discussion influence motivate vision why

How to Reduce Stress as a Product Manager


In 2017, I came across GlassDoor’s top 50 jobs. Like we all do, I first looked for my own role. I scrolled to “product manager” and was happy to see the job on the list next to a nice six-figure average salary. But then I saw the job satisfaction: 3.4. As I scrolled through the. Read more » The post How to Reduce Stress as a Product Manager appeared first on ProductCraft by Pendo. Perspectives Agile Career Communication PM Role Product Teams Strategic Planning

An Outcomes-Driven Approach To Business Agility

Agile Velocity

A free, 1-hour webinar on the Path to Agility® – Introducing a simple yet powerful way to profoundly better outcomes. See firsthand how Path to Agility makes sense of Agile transformations. Get specific answers to your chronic transformation challenges. See potential impediments that have been stealing your momentum. Uncover capabilities to accelerate your progress. Business leaders have seen enough to believe that agility is the path to better business results.

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Delegation for Product Leaders

Mironov Consulting

A topic that’s come up several times recently in my product leader coaching sessions: how much to delegate to the (individual contributor) product managers on our teams – including different ways of building product skills and balancing personal empowerment against good results. Said another way, if you’re running a team of 4 or 11 or 23 product managers, you have a lot to do that’s different from their direct work so you’ll need to delegate decision-making as well as execution.

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Are Your Embedded Analytics DevOps-Friendly?

Does your analytics solution work with your current tech stack and DevOps practices? If not, any update to the analytics could increase deployment complexity and become difficult to maintain. Learn the 5 elements of a DevOps-friendly embedded analytics solution.

Patience – A Leadership Principle

Lead on Purpose

During the last few weeks and months so much has changed for all of us. With the recent pandemic we’ve seen many things change that we heretofore took for granted, things we’d become so accustomed to were transformed within days. … Continue reading → Leadership Trust change composure leadership principles respect

Why Generalists Make Better Product Managers

The Product Coalition

Research suggests that generalists are more creative, better problem solvers and lateral thinkers — aka ideal Product Managers Continue reading on ». agile product-leadership product-management startup product

Increase your Productivity By Testing in Production


As companies start implementing more innovative practices, they are realizing the faults of using an imperfect environment like staging. Staging environments are expensive, they do not match the behavior of production, leading to faulty test results, and they don’t provide any confidence that your features are working before launch. The only way to know that your features are working in production is to test them in production.

How to Price Your Product in a Startup

Mind the Product

I’m sure you’ve heard about strategic or value-based pricing, where price is determined according to the value it creates for the customer. It sounds great, we all want to avoid overpricing or underpricing our product and any subsequent revenue loss, but how do we do it? I’m a product coach at Founders Factory. We’ve found [.]. Read More. The post How to Price Your Product in a Startup appeared first on Mind the Product.

Digital Trends Report 2020

As part of our goal to continue helping our community during these times, we wanted to share with you this critical data on the state of digital products across industries and provide context on how businesses are responding to the changing winds.

A Decade in Product – a Retrospective

Mind the Product

This year doesn’t just mark the start of a new decade, but also the 10th anniversary of the first ever #ProductTank (and my 20th as a Product Manager). What started as a simple meetup in London has evolved into the world’s largest product community, with chapters in over 200 cities around the world and 200,000 [.]. Read More. The post A Decade in Product – a Retrospective appeared first on Mind the Product.

Six Must-Dos for Your First Month in a New Product Role


Congratulations on entering the next phase of your product management journey. Whether this is your first PM job or you’ve been in the field for a decade, it’s important to get off to a strong start in your new role. Over my own seven-plus years in the product management industry, I’ve started my fair share. Read more » The post Six Must-Dos for Your First Month in a New Product Role appeared first on ProductCraft by Pendo.

Moving at the Speed of Demand

Product Management Unpacked

A look into healthcare product management in the time of Coronavirus. Ever wonder what it’s like to be a product manager for a leading healthcare provider and insurer in the middle of a world health pandemic? Meet Claire Marcus, senior product manager at UPMC Health Plan. Claire is helping to manage a product that’s playing a critical role in Western Pennsylvania’s healthcare system.

3 Signs That Product Paralysis Is Imminent and How to Avoid It


The initial stages of product paralysis begin the moment your company has its second product. Two products, two markets, two sets of users, two sets of priorities, etc. Enter product management into the equation. Assuming your company deems the function of product management as something more than “the enhancement list department,” product management should be leading the charge to not only prevent product priority paralysis but condition the company to avoid it. The remedy is simple.

Testing at Every Stage of Development

Up to 80% of new products fail. The reality is harsh and the reasons why are endless. Perhaps the new product couldn’t oust a customer favorite. Maybe it looked great but was too hard to use. Or, despite being a superior product, the go-to-market strategy failed. There’s always a risk when building a new product, but you can hedge your bets by understanding exactly what your customers' expectations truly are at every step of the development process.

Why Innovation Needs Legitimacy and Power to Flourish


One of the key attributes of an invincible company is the ability to manage the Explore and Exploit portfolio with an equal amount of strategic focus and energy. But Explore and Exploit are very different. The same practices you use to exploit existing businesses cannot be used to explore new ideas. You can read more about the differences between Explore and Exploit here. Innovation Organizational Culture Management

How to Get the Most Out of Your Calendar

Nir Eyal

The post How to Get the Most Out of Your Calendar appeared first on Nir and Far. Time Management

What is Digital Product Management?

280 Group

Indeed: What is Digital Product Management? That’s a question that thousands of Google searches are launched each day to ascertain – a search which returns more than 2.5 billion results in half a second. Opinions vary, so let us take this space to assert our position, based on training and working with more than 75,000 customers in 120 countries, over 20+ years. Today’s Mainstream Product Manager.

AI on Pause?

Piyanka Jain

Pretty much all AI/ML customer and transactional models have been on pause for the last few months. As we speak, history is being written… Continue reading on Becoming Human: Artificial Intelligence Magazine ». analytics data-science machine-learning data artificial-intelligence

How Embedding AI-Powered Analytics Can Give You a Competitive Advantage

Embedding dashboards and reports aren’t enough. Futureproof your application by offering instant, actionable insights that will give you and your customers a competitive advantage.

Introducing Mind the Product Membership

Mind the Product

Mind the Product burst to life in a London pub in 2010 when we invited 25 product managers to come together to share stories, experiences, and lessons learned. Since then, we’ve put down roots across the globe and are no longer a community of just 25. Today we’re 200,000+, making Mind the Product the largest community of product people in the world, something we’re extremely proud of.

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The Key to Becoming a Great Business Problem Solver


This is going to sound elementary, but hang with me for a minute. The key to becoming a great business problem solver is the ability to distinguish customer problems from customer outcomes or goals. Here’s what I mean. Customers say things like, “ One of our biggest problems is that we don’t get enough repeat business from existing customers.”

The “51331 memo” and the origins of product management

Product Management Unpacked

Today is no ordinary Wednesday. It’s May 13th. It was on this day in 1931 that the field of product management was born – its birth marked by an internal memorandum written by Neil H. McElroy, manager of Proctor and Gamble’s Promotion department. In his memo, Mr. McElroy proposed how P&G brands could be managed more effectively by creating a new management role for people who would be accountable for particular products, rather than business functions.

Extrinsic Motivation: Why You Make Terrible Life Choices

Nir Eyal

The post Extrinsic Motivation: Why You Make Terrible Life Choices appeared first on Nir and Far. Motivation


6 Ways to Secure (More Of) a Budget for Your Customer Education Program

Whether you’re looking to kickstart or expand your customer education program, you need access to a budget. Learn how you can demonstrate the positive ROI of customer training and make the case for securing a larger budget in our latest eBook!

NPS Alone is a Vanity Metric. Go Further.

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Net Promoter Score is an important political number, but it’s a method of measuring customer sentiment that falls on a flat scale. Over 150 S&P companies cited NPS in 2018 earnings calls. Bonuses are based on it. Millions of dollars are spent managing it. Every industry captures it. But we see NPS alone as a vanity metric that does not give you the “why” behind customer emotion—the thing you must act on in order to affect change.

Customer Segmentation for Growth Hacking

Piyanka Jain

Marketers often equate growth hacking with driving user acquisition. Continue reading on The Startup ». data-science machine-learning ai marketing analytics

3 Ways COVID-19 Will Change the way we Think About Product

Mind the Product

As product and solutions lead at Nifty , as well as a consumer of other software, I have started to piece together how I think the Coronavirus and ensuing remote collaboration phase will affect product development and market positioning for months and years to come. There will come a day where we won’t be lining up (six feet apart) outside of a grocery store at 8am waiting for a customer to exit so the next may enter.