May, 2013

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How a Product Manager Can Listen to Their Users Every Day

Sachin Rekhi

In the ever evolving world of web and mobile products, it’s incredibly important to have a constant pulse on the sentiment, needs, and frustrations of your users. While traditional user research and usability studies are still an important part of the product development process, the web today affords real-time alternatives for getting daily insights into the minds of your users.

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How to Negotiate Retainer & Staffing Contracts

Daniel Elizalde IoT Blog

Retainer SOWs In a Retainer SOW, a Vendor commits to providing ongoing, on-call services to a Client in exchange for a flat monthly fee. Retainers typically define the type of services to be rendered and the duration of the contract. But they do not specifically define the deliverables (as in a Fixed Fee contract) or the number of hours of […] The post How to Negotiate Retainer & Staffing Contracts first appeared on Daniel Elizalde.

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Product Managers need to help stakeholders define the problems as opposed to solutions

All About Product Management

As a Product Manager I’m responsible for ensuring that stakeholders express their requests in terms of business problems as opposed to a pet feature, so that their real needs are met and do not get lost sight of when backlog items are aggregated into common themes as the product team figure out the best solution. Albert Einstein said “If I were given one hour to save the planet, I would spend 59 minutes defining the problem and one minute resolving it,” Product Managers tend to spend a lot of ti

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How to Get rid of Appraisal Blues?

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What is Bell Curve? The Concept of Bell Curve is used widely by Organizations to show the distribution of the performance of its Employees over a period. Its one of the most widely employed Appraisal System. Bell Curve or the normal (or Gaussian) distribution is a continuous probability distribution. It’s a statistical method used to identify the normal distribution of a variables.

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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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Evaluating a Product Manager's Portfolio

Sachin Rekhi

It's customary in the design world to evaluate a designer's existing portfolio as part of the interview process to get a better understanding of their work and the process they leverage to develop their designs. I find it equally valuable to evaluate a product manager's existing portfolio of products as part of a product management interview. When evaluating a product manager's portfolio, I'm looking to assess how successfully the product manager has owned the vision, design, and execution of th

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How to Negotiate Fixed Price Contracts

Daniel Elizalde IoT Blog

Fixed Price (a.k.a Fixed Fee) are SOWs where the budget, timeline and deliverables are clearly specified. The Vendor is committing to deliver everything that’s written in the SOW within the allocated time and for the specified budget. Nothing more, nothing less. Therefore, in this type of SOW, the Vendor is the one absorbing the risk. If they underestimated the effort, too bad, they are still […] The post How to Negotiate Fixed Price Contracts first appeared on Daniel Elizalde.

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Making Connected a Successful Acquisition

Sachin Rekhi

Last week we announced the launch of LinkedIn Contacts , a smarter way to stay in touch with your most important relationships, based on the acquisition of Ada and I’s startup Connected by LinkedIn. The launch received positive feedback not only for being a better way to manage your professional relationships, but equally for being a successful acquisition story.

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Process for Prioritising the Product Backlog

All About Product Management

I’ve spent the past year bringing a new product to market, as a consultant Head of Product for a start-up business unit that’s owned by a multi-national. I had the opportunity to pretty much start at the beginning: pulling together the vision, setting up a product council/steering group, talking to users about the initial concepts and shape the overall product direction.