December, 2016

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Recognizing your path to success

Lead on Purpose

Every successful individual I’ve ever met has told me their path to success was filled with surprises and obstacles they never thought about before they started. Things happened they never anticipated. They experienced both positive surprises and disappointing setbacks.

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6 Reasons Why Boston is a Great Place to be a Product Manager

bpma ProductHub

Contributed by Steve Robins. The Boston area may just be the best place to be a product manager today. Here’s why. Reason #1: Boston is an Innovation Hub. Boston is the innovation capital of the USA – if not the world. That’s right – #1 according to Bloomberg , trailed closely by California and Washington State. Bloomberg compared states based on R&D, productivity, high-tech density, concentration of STEM* employment, science/engineering degree holders, and patents with o

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As a product manager, you need to do just two things

Street Smart Product Manager

One of the biggest lies in product management is agile. That may sound like heresy, but hear me out… I actually love agile. It’s a great approach to reducing the risk of developing and shipping software. It’s a better software development methodology. But on its own it doesn’t solve the problem of providing a capital […]. The post As a product manager, you need to do just two things appeared first on Street Smart Product Manager.

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Top 10 Product Talks of 2016

Mind the Product

Mind the Product and ProductTank were founded on the importance of sharing stories between product managers in order to further our craft, so we love recording those talks and sharing our speakers’ hard-earned lessons with everyone else in the product community. This year we’ve had a bumper crop of amazing talks from ProductTanks meetups all over the world as well as our London and San Francisco conferences, and here are the ten most watched: Please Make Yourself Uncomfortable.

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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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The Myth of the Iron Triangle

280 Group

I am always amazed at how often accepted truths turn out to be false. I am further astounded at how liberating it is to throw off the constraints imposed by those beliefs. The first myth that Kent Beck, the father of Extreme Programming, shattered for me is that change does not have to be expensive. The cost of change can remain relatively flat throughout all phases of the development lifecycle by re-organizing and re-thinking how software is developed.

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Why leaders need to engage employees

Lead on Purpose

Many managers have an unspoken expectation that employees are responsible for motivating themselves. Their idea goes like this: since the company pays them, they should do what they’re told, and happily complete any task put in front of them.

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Resume and Interview Workshop with Keith Cline

bpma ProductHub

Contributed by Cait Porte. In November, the Boston Women in Product (BWP) hosted an event with the support of Keith Cline. The event focused on resume writing and interview preparation specific to the Product Management function. Keith has spent the last 15 years helping grow Boston’s vibrant technology and startup communities. In 2002, Keith founded Dissero, a recruiting firm focused on early to mid-stage venture-backed technology companies.

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How To (Actually) Calculate CAC

Andrew Chen

[Andrew: Paid marketing remains an integral part of many products’ acquisition channels, and one of the key metrics is Cost of Customer Acquisition, which is a nuanced calculation with lots of gotchas. My good friend Brian Balfour (ex-vp growth at Hubspot) put together this incredible essays with details on how to think about it.]. Brian Balfour (ex-VP Growth at Hubspot): In everything from growth projections to company valuations, it’s common to use CAC and CPA interchangeably — but it’s

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What We Learned About Building Products People Love in 2016

Mind the Product

2016 was a year when the product management community grew significantly and continued to mature. It was also a year when an awful lot more of you started to read our blog more regularly – we’ve ended the year with an awesome 30% year-on-year growth in our readership. But what did you all want to read and learn about? Was it insight, opinion, guidance on how to get the best out of colleagues or to make your voice heard, career advice, best practices, or something more fundamental?

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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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Drive Additional Inbound Leads With These 4 Rules for Mobile Marketing

Pragmatic Marketing

By Sophorn Chhay. When 80 percent of Internet users own smartphones, it is no surprise that mobile marketing has quickly become one of the leading sources for generating inbound leads. Traditional outbound marketing efforts, such as cold calls, snail mail and trade shows have decreased in their effectiveness while inbound marketing campaigns have provided new growth opportunities.

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Trends in Product Management

The Product Guy

More segments from our conversation with Adam Warburton — and shedding some light onto just exactly what makes Adam truly The Best Product Person of 2015. The Best Product Person (TBPP) is the leading international award honoring excellence in Product Management. Established in 2010, TBPP is awarded annually in association with The Product Guy and The Product Group.

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Why leaders need to engage employees

Lead on Purpose

Many managers have an unspoken expectation that employees are responsible for motivating themselves. Their idea goes like this: since the company pays them, they should do what they’re told, and happily complete any task put in front of them.

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Resume and Interview Workshop with Keith Klein

bpma ProductHub

Contributed by Cait Porte. In November, the Boston Women in Product (BWP) hosted an event with the support of Keith Cline. The event focused on resume writing and interview preparation specific to the Product Management function. Keith has spent the last 15 years helping grow Boston’s vibrant technology and startup communities. In 2002, Keith founded Dissero, a recruiting firm focused on early to mid-stage venture-backed technology companies.

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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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Making Concepting and Prioritization a Process

Haines-Group

Addressing business challenges and goals starts with insightful ideas. But even when an organization has lots of ideas, these are sometimes based upon prior assumptions/conditions that may now be invalid. So, it’s valuable to have a process for generating/assessing ideas that meet the criteria of being: relevant, current, promising , and actionable , along with a way to cull the list and prioritize ideas for action.

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Top 10 Product Guest Posts of 2016

Mind the Product

2016 has been a year when the craft of product management grew, evolved, and matured at a staggering rate! While Martin highlighted the top product talks of 2016 yesterday, I’d like to take a few moments to look over the most popular guests posts on the Mind the Product blog – both to acknowledge the amazing insights being shared by our community, and to make sure you didn’t miss out on a great read.

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7 Ways to Get a Product Management Job when You Lack Industry Experience

Daniel Elizalde IoT Blog

Many Product Managers still think industry experience is unnecessary to get hired. However, as a hiring manager, I know firsthand that industry experience can make a difference when deciding between final job candidates. Learn why hiring managers DO value industry experience, and how to develop a game plan to gain industry knowledge and position yourself as a […].

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New Product Management Opportunities @ London

The Product Guy

If you are a great product person looking for a great product job, or vice versa, check out our job board. Thousands of employers across all areas of product, from management to design, from digital to physical, are looking to fill positions from our community. Each week we highlight some of the recently posted openings. Check out this week’s newest, below….

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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.

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How to create a culture of innovation

Lead on Purpose

Disruptive and incremental innovations: How to ascend the ladders and avoid the snakes Guest post by Gaia Grant and Andrew Grant Current realities are harsh.

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Your New Year’s Resolution: Subscribe To The Accidental Product Manager Newsletter!

The Accidental Product Manager

Subscribe To The Accidental Pro duct Manager Newsletter! Yet another New Year is almost here! What is your plan for becoming a better product manager in the new year? Clearly you are already reading The Accidental Product Manager blog and so that’s a step in the right direction! However, there’s one more thing that you need to do: subscribe to The Accidental Product Manager newsletter!

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Sales & Marketing: Till Death Do Us Part

Pragmatic Marketing

The alignment between sales and marketing is one of the most critical components of successful revenue growth. But far too often, the relationship more closely resembles Athens and Sparta than a happy marriage. In this podcast, Bertrand Hazard , vice president of marketing for TrustRadius, shares his insights into why alignment is critical, how to tell if you’re out of synch and what you can do to get the relationship back on track and delivering more revenue.

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Changing Lanes – Becoming a Platform Product Manager

Mind the Product

I’m a product manager for a content management system that runs some of the most-visited websites in the world. Our team reports to the CTO, and we sit within the engineering arm of the organization. Prior to this I’d had a year’s product experience at a customer-facing SaaS company and naively I believed I could copy-paste this experience. I was wrong.

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A Comprehensive Checklist to Revamp Your Website & Increase Profitability

Unlock the power of a well-designed website with our eBook, 'Comprehensive Checklist: A Guide to Website Redesign.' Crafted by Brucira and ruttl founders, it's your ally in reshaping your digital presence. Welcome to a transformative journey!

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7 Ways to Get a Product Management Job when You Lack Industry Experience

Daniel Elizalde IoT Blog

There are a lot of articles making the argument that Product Managers don’t need domain knowledge. By domain knowledge, I mean specific experience in an industry or vertical. For example, experience in eCommerce, Energy, Finance, Healthcare, etc. These articles claim that as long as a PM knows how to understand users, prioritize features, create a roadmap, and work with engineering, then […] The post 7 Ways to Get a Product Management Job when You Lack Industry Experience first appea

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The Future of Product Management Process

The Product Guy

More segments from our conversation with Adam Warburton — and shedding some light onto just exactly what makes Adam truly The Best Product Person of 2015. The Best Product Person (TBPP) is the leading international award honoring excellence in Product Management. Established in 2010, TBPP is awarded annually in association with The Product Guy and The Product Group.

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How cloud is changing product management

Lead on Purpose

Guest post by Mauricio Prinzlau A product manager is generally considered to be leading the product, as if the product were a business by itself.

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My Top Five Product Management Essays of 2016

Sachin Rekhi

2016 was another great year of writing for me. I published my 100th essay at the beginning of the year and wrote another 20 essays throughout the rest of it. I grew unique visitors by 50%, page views by 80%, Twitter followers by 30%, and email subscribers by 450%. But just like everything I do in product, what excites me most is rarely the stats, but the impact I have on real people's lives.

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IDC Analyst Report: The Open Source Blind Spot Putting Businesses at Risk

In a recent study, IDC found that 64% of organizations said they were already using open source in software development with a further 25% planning to in the next year. Most organizations are unaware of just how much open-source code is used and underestimate their dependency on it. As enterprises grow the use of open-source software, they face a new challenge: understanding the scope of open-source software that's being used throughout the organization and the corresponding exposure.