December, 2020

Remote Working: No Longer New, Just Normal

Mind the Product

In 2019, remote working was something many of us dreamt of, some of us had already sampled it, and a few of us simply had no interest in doing it at all. Now, at the end of 2020, we’ve all spent most of the year honing our home-working style and in this post, we’re recapping [.].

An Introductory Guide to Portfolio Product Management (PPM)

ProductCraft

Over the last two decades, we’ve observed a puzzling paradox: Great product managers exist at both market-leading and market-losing companies. So what else does it take to build a high-performing product organization that propels companies up and away?

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Tactfully rejecting feature requests

The Product Coalition

Master the art of communicating a “positive no” Continue reading on Product Coalition ». business product-management strategy customer-service decision-making

OKRs in Product Management

Roman Pichler

OKRs in a Nutshell. OKRs are a method for setting and tracking goals. An objective describes what is to be achieved. The key results state how we accomplish the objective. Let’s say, for example, that the objective is to “increase engagement.”

How to Accelerate Product Sales Virtually

Everyone sells online these days, but outselling the (virtual) competition requires following a few key principles. Yellowfin CEO Glen Rabie shares his insights on resonating with buyers in this short video.

How to Turn Off Harmful Stress Like a Switch

Nir Eyal

The post How to Turn Off Harmful Stress Like a Switch appeared first on Nir and Far. Introspection

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The Complete Guide to Building MVPs

Mind the Product

The goals of a minimum viable product are centred around idea validation and execution, learning, experiments, and ways of minimizing the effort to bring a meaningful new product to market.

Product in Practice: When Travel Ground to a Halt, Seera Group Used Opportunity Mapping to Discover a New Market

Product Talk

Hi there, Product Talk readers! We can’t wait to share our latest Product in Practice with you. For this story, we spoke with a product team leading the Digital Hotels vertical at Seera Group , a travel and tourism company based in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA).

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Why Storytelling Skills For Product Management & Product Marketing Are Essential

Proficientz

CONTEXT! CONTEXT! CONTEXT! Storytelling skills for product management and product marketing are essential because without them, the value context (why the market cares) of what you’re building, marketing and selling is completely masked.

A Tactical Guide to Managing Up: 30 Tips from the Smartest People We Know

First Round Review

Top startup leaders share their best tips for managing up, including communication tactics, building trust, and goal setting with your manager

The State of Product Leadership Report 2021

Delivery is the top success metric for product leaders. But should it be? This is just one of the findings in this year’s State of Product Leadership report. Download the report to discover more ways product management is changing in 2021.

Hindsight Bias: Why You Make Terrible Life Choices

Nir Eyal

The post Hindsight Bias: Why You Make Terrible Life Choices appeared first on Nir and Far. Decision Making

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Product Management Certificate vs Certification — What’s the Difference?

280 Group

Product Manager now ranks #4 on Glassdoor’s 50 Best Jobs of America for 2020. So, it’s not surprising that over the past few years we’ve seen the number of product management training courses and content available explode. In many ways, this is a great thing.

The 10 Product Talks You Should Have Watched in 2020

Mind the Product

Whether it’s at one of our conferences or meetups, we host events in over 200 cities around the world and love to invite product people to take the stage, share their insights, and push our craft forward.

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4 Innovative Business Pivots In The Age Of The Pandemic

Strategyzer

2020 has been an incredibly challenging year on a multitude of fronts and, like many of us, businesses all over the world have struggled to stay afloat.

The Rapid Innovation Sprint as an Accelerator for Your Big Idea

Rapid Innovation Sprints (RISE) help companies incubate greenfield digital product ideas that have the potential to radically transform their business. The techniques of RISE help uncover game-changing opportunities with structure, collaboration, and commitment.

B2B Product Manager Magazine December 2020

Proficientz

B2B Product Manager December 2020 Issue. If you’re reading this newsletter, give yourself a big pat on the back. You’ve survived 2020 and demonstrated incredible resilience. 2021 will certainly bring more of the new normal and we can only hope for a few shades of the old.

Fresh Off IPO, Upstart’s CEO Shares Why the Startup Isn’t a Typical Success Story

First Round Review

Upstart was founded by three individuals who barely knew each other, was forced to make a company-saving pivot, and flew under the radar in Silicon Valley for the past 8 years — but this once-scrappy startup just went public.

A Year in Product – The Greatest Product Growth & Adoption Trends of 2020 & for 2021

Userpilot

Which product trends emerged in 2020 and are here to stay? What are the biggest trends in Product for 2021 you must implement into your Product Growth strategy? Who’s who in Product these days? And what new product growth terms made it to our dictionary?

Product Management Recruiting: 6 Tips to Accelerate the Process

280 Group

Product leaders in need of extraordinary talent rarely find themselves in a position where they are afforded ample time to recruit, evaluate, hire, and ramp-up a new Product Manager.

3 Templates for Uncomplicating Your Product Management Process

In this workbook, you’ll find a comprehensive set of templates product development and cross-functional teams can adopt to better leverage your existing skills and your data.

MVP or EVP: Which is the Best Option for Your Startup?

Mind the Product

What’s the one dream every budding entrepreneur has? To become a million-dollar startup-unicorn like Amazon, Uber, Instagram. But the road to success isn’t that easy.

Testing Business Ideas: 4 most common tests to get you started

Strategyzer

Great innovation teams are able to gain momentum and build up stronger evidence over time with a series of experiments. In this blog post, we share one four-step example of how to execute and analyze multiple experiments in order to increase the strength of your evidence.

Prioritizing Product Enhancements & the Root of All Evil

Proficientz

What’s the most difficult thing about prioritizing product enhancements? Prioritizing product enhancements is difficult for one simple reason — the product! Everyone wants to start with product features, and that’s the root of all evil. It makes everything more difficult.

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How This 5X Founder Creates an Internal Culture With a “Crazy Focus” on Storytelling

First Round Review

As David Cancel puts it, they are “obsessed with story internally” at Drift. From the inspiration they’ve taken from the screenplay writing world, to how storytelling training is part of their onboarding, we dig deep into how he created this culture as the CEO

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4 Approaches to Data Analytics

As the analytics landscape continues to evolve, application teams who need to embed dashboards, reports, and other analytics capabilities in their applications can choose from dozens of solutions. How do you differentiate one solution from the next?

Productivity for Product Managers

The Product Coalition

What are the best productivity hacks for Product Managers Continue reading on Product Coalition ». task-management productivity product-management productivity-hacks

What Product Managers Need to Know in 2021 [+Webinar]

280 Group

To learn more in-depth about these important trends for 2021, join our upcoming webinar, 8 Trends to Track for Product Success in 2021. Craziest. Ever. I suspect many of you are like me and are looking forward to turning the page on 2020.

All These Worlds Are Yours by Cennydd Bowles

Mind the Product

In this November 2020 #mtpcon Digital keynote, Cennydd Bowles, Designer and Author of Future Ethics, highlighted how, as an industry, we will not survive the 21st century with the over-quantified methods of the 20th and must prioritise ethical practice as a fundamental part of the product process.

Failure Is Always An Option

Johanna Rothman

I've been working with teams that feel a ton of pressure. On top of the pressure, a senior manager says these words: “Failure is not an option.” ” When managers say that, they ignore all the possibilities for success. They put their heads down, ignoring ways to manage risk.

Embedded Analytics Product Fit Guide - A Product Manager’s Handbook

Adding embedded analytics to your software doesn’t have to be an overwhelming task. This guide is the perfect companion for SaaS product managers. It will walk you through the process of choosing the right analytics provider step by step.

Evolving to Product-Led Growth in 5 Steps

Proficientz

If you’re starting a new company, building and funding it around a product-led growth model is much different than transforming a mature company that was built for direct sales and evolving it to product-led growth.

Our CEO’s Take on Making Data More Accessible for Product Teams

Indicative

During a recent digital Fireside Chat, Indicative CEO Jeremy Levy talked with Product School CEO Carlos Gonzalez de Villaumbrosia about: The career journey that led him to start Indicative. His experience building a product for product people. The future for people building digital experiences.

The fundamental truths about product management and parenthood

The Product Coalition

I'm ashamed to admit I only recently read Marty Cagan's book “Inspired”. I am happy to say it was an inspiring experience. Every page in that book made me realize the beauty of the product manager's work.

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