June, 2020

Stakeholder Management Tips for Product People

Roman Pichler

Lead the Stakeholders—Don’t Please, Don’t Dictate. As the person in charge of the product, your aspiration should be to lead the stakeholders in order to create value together and achieve product success. In reality, however, some product people either aim to please the stakeholders by saying yes to their requests or by brokering compromises. Others do everything they can to make the stakeholders agree to their ideas and plans. But neither of these two approaches is desirable.

Why we Need to Rethink Product Management in an Agile Practice

Mind the Product

Have you ever wondered why your Agile practice feels a bit uninspiring? Or why your engineers have become a bit jaded with all this Scrum stuff? Did you know that you might be the reason for this? Something that both fascinates and frustrates me is how the discussions about Agile have flipped from being embraced [.]. Read More. The post Why we Need to Rethink Product Management in an Agile Practice appeared first on Mind the Product.

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Product Owner vs Product Manager? What’s The Difference?

The Product Coalition

I’m going to answer this age-old question so you can be clear about where you sit in the company. Continue reading on Product Coalition ». technology product-owner startup product-management agile

Leading Product with Empathy

Product Management Unpacked

A look into cloud-based technology product management and what it takes to build products that customers value. The paramount role of a product manager is to understand markets and empathize with consumer needs,” says Corey Grone, senior product manager of cloud data protection at iland Cloud. Grone manages a suite of products that fall under BaaS (Backup as a Service) and DRaaS (Disaster Recovery as a Service) portfolios.

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.

Integrated Products or Integrated Workflows: What Your Customers Really Want


Your customers don’t care about integrated products as much as you think, but you’d never know it. They never miss an opportunity to tell you “your products need to be better integrated” In reality, it’s just their roundabout way of telling you what they ultimately want – integrated workflows. Years ago, I was facilitating a customer advisory board for one of my clients. Their customers were large retail banks and credit card issuers.

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Product Management Training in 2020: How to Decide

280 Group

As Product Managers (PMs) and Product Marketers (PMMs), you want to know that you’re doing meaningful work and are creating products that impact consumers lives, in a very real way. But when 70-95% of products fail , what can you do to beat the odds? Even the most experienced PMs and PMMs have been bested by the market. 280 Group’s Product Management Skills – Benchmark Report evaluated how training and a formal product process helps improve core skill sets to ultimately advance a PM’s career.

Translation and localization platforms. Tips for agile teams

The Product Coalition

Localization is not an easy task, especially if the content is regularly updated. Here’s how TMSs help streamline the localization process. Continue reading on Product Coalition ». localization translation agile localization-service platform

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Product Judgment: How some people can repeatedly create product success

Inside Intercom

Let’s talk about that trickiest of subjects: Product Judgment. Also known as Product Intuition or Product Instinct or Product Taste, it is the idea that you can use your own judgment to (1) accurately predict what your customers need, want and value, and (2) design and ship the right solution for them. Here, I will tackle some of the common questions around it: Does it exist? What exactly is it? Who has it? Who doesn’t? Who thinks they have it but don’t?

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Data-Backed Productivity Tips for the Gaming Industry


The gaming industry is known to attract some of the most passionate, intelligent professionals in the world. That’s why workdays never seem long enough. According to a 2020 survey from the Game Developers Conference (GDC), 62 percent of respondents said that they spend more than 46 hours per week on the job. . This work ethic comes from a love for the craft, according to the GDC. In fact, 40% of the survey’s respondents said that they don’t consider the time that they work to be excessive.

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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.

3 Questions To Ask In Your Next Product Manager Job Interview


There are plenty of product manager job interview questions out there for hiring managers. Here are three that the product manager (or product marketing) candidate can ask the hiring managers. Approach your next product manager job interview (or product marketing) with these two rules of thumb and three go-to questions. You’ll improve the odds of landing a job that aligns with your career aspirations. The Playbook: 2 Guidelines to Set the Tone for the Interview. Relax and Smile!

Teams Need to See Each Other—Eventually

Johanna Rothman

We've all heard of big organizations where the top management said, “No need to ever be back in the office. Work from home, as long as you want.” ” And, the Wall Street Journal has this article, Business Travel Won’t Be Taking Off Soon Amid Coronavirus (you might need to subscribe to see the article). (I I find the article rife with other meeting challenges.). For some reason, these managers think we can work remotely and never see each other. That's not my experience.

Dare to not be Productive

Ask Benny

Innovation sometimes appears between the lines In today’s world, we are bombarded with people telling us that we need to be productive all the time. We need to have a perfect calendar and perform meetings very effectively and the list goes on and on. All of this is very important. There are many hours during the day that being productive can improve your outcome and save you many hours of work. The question is what do you do with the time that is left.

Why Empathy Is Critical to Success as a Product Manager


Most PMs are smart — wicked smart. The breadth of skill, pace of work, and amount of change they can handle are all off the charts. But this creates a problem for many PMs. When you are smart and fast, it’s natural to want to fill in the blanks. It’s easy to stop listening when. Read more » The post Why Empathy Is Critical to Success as a Product Manager appeared first on ProductCraft by Pendo. Perspectives Customer Feedback Customers Empathy PM Role Product Teams

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.

Hacking Confidence by Janice Fraser

Mind the Product

In this Mind the Product APAC talk, Janice Fraser, Partner at Seneca VC, explains what she’s discovered about confidence and reveals how we can all take control of negative thoughts. Watch the talk in full or read on for a detailed overview. Her key points include: What is Confidence? What Helps People to Have Confidence? Inspiring Confidence [.]. Read More. The post Hacking Confidence by Janice Fraser appeared first on Mind the Product.

Will Just-In-Time Learning Be the New Paradigm For Product Managers & Product Marketers?


Just-in-time learning is not a new concept. But the COVID-19 pandemic and social distancing restrictions have pushed a lot of organizations into wider adoption in the absence of traditional instructor-led classroom training. What is Just-In-Time Learning? Just-in-time learning, also referred to as “learning in the flow of work” or “learning at the point of need” is exactly what it says. You learn new skills in small increments at the exact time you need them.

How to Win Supporters and Influence Detractors


“Prevention is better than cure.” ” – Desiderius Erasmus One of the common mistakes made by political analysts and even political scientists is that politics is something done by other people, usually people in exalted positions of power. However, as Ruth Lane points out in The Complexity of Self Government: Politics from the Bottom Up, “people standing. Read more » The post How to Win Supporters and Influence Detractors appeared first on ProductCraft by Pendo.

How To Prioritise Features for Your Product

The Product Coalition

Here are the 3 steps to prioritising features for your product Continue reading on Product Coalition ». product-management technology mvp prioritization startup

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.

Lying To Customers

Mironov Consulting

I have a narrow, somewhat puritanical view about product manager conversations with customers and prospects: we should never lie to them. That might seem obvious or naïve, but recent conversations with several B2B/enterprise clients suggest that it’s actually controversial. For context, enterprise tech companies tend to have a small number of large deals each quarter that really matter. ( B2B is lumpier than B2C.).

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Product Manager vs Product Marketing Manager

280 Group

Managing the Interrelated Roles and Responsibilities of Product Managers and Product Marketing Managers. Product Management and Product Marketing Management are complementary roles. In some companies, different people occupy these roles. In others, the same person fills both. Regardless, both of these distinct roles are essential to product success. At a high level, what’s the difference between the two roles?

How to Raise Distraction Free Kids

Nir Eyal

The post How to Raise Distraction Free Kids appeared first on Nir and Far. Indistractable Relationships


Doing Discovery Well: How to Measure and Guide Your Team

Product Talk

How do you know that you are doing discovery well? If you want to improve your discovery process, what outcomes help you track your progress? I get asked these questions often. I like that teams are trying to take an outcome-focused mindset to their discovery practice. The good news is setting discovery outcomes is no different from setting any other outcome. Start by asking, what does success look like? How will we know when we are doing discovery well?

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.

How to Write OKRs That Don?t Suck by Adrian Howard

Mind the Product

Consultant, coach and trainer Adrian Howard has, over the years, seen many organisations attempt to implement Objectives and Key Results (OKRs), generally in response to a sense that “everything is wrong” and with a hopeful attitude of “these seem simple and clear”. In this MTP Engage Manchester talk, he explains how to write OKRS that, [.]. Read More. The post How to Write OKRs That Don’t Suck by Adrian Howard appeared first on Mind the Product.

“Product” Market Analysis vs. “Solutions” Market Analysis: 3 Key Differences


Market analysis is one of the first and most important steps in the success of any business, large or small, products and services. It offers a clear definition of WHO your target customers are, WHAT they value, WHY, and the competitive landscape you’re navigating. It also quantifies the revenue opportunities afforded to your business on an annual basis.

TEI 289: Become an agile leader of product management – with Roman Pichler

Product Innovation Educators

Learn the qualities of a successful product manager and leader. Part of the path to becoming a product master is developing as a leader. Leaders of product management need agility, influence, trust, empathy, and motivating vision. And, those are the topics our guest, Roman Pichler, explores with us in this episode. Roman is a product management expert specializing in digital products. He is the author of several books, including his latest, titled, How to Lead in Product Management.

Trailblazing Women in Product Management: How to Blaze Your Own Trail [Video]

280 Group

In honor of International Women’s Day 2020, 280 Group hosted a virtual panel discussion on how trailblazing women paved their way into Product Management. The panel, stemming from 280 Group’s new Empowering Epic Product Management series, Trailblazing Women in PM: How to Blaze Your Own Trail was held virtually.

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!

How to Design a Strong Experiment that connects to your Value Proposition Canvas


We work with teams all around the world to help visualize their business idea using tools such as the Business Model Canvas and Value Proposition Canvas. Ideally, teams should quickly test their canvases using experiments, as we’ve documented in the book Testing Business Ideas. But in reality, teams often go down a rabbit hole and forget about their canvases. We’ve found that using templates can help teams make the important connection between the canvas and their experiment.

5 Questions Indicative Helps Gaming Marketers Answer


Competition for attention spans in the gaming industry is fierce. One of the driving forces is the speed of growth in the sector, especially due to COVID-19’s shelter-in-place measures. Analysts predict that lockdown measures will yield higher consumer spending on games, with a 13.3% year-over-year growth in 2020. If you’re on a marketing team at a gaming company, you need to prepare for this shift with insight into your full customer lifecycle from acquisition to product engagement.

Bias in Interviews and why Hiring in Product is Broken

Mind the Product

Hiring in product is broken, and those hypothetical product questions you get asked in interviews are just the tip of the iceberg. Describe a coffee cup.” No, you’re not in the middle of a therapy session, you’re in a product manager interview, and a bad one at that. If you can, you should get up [.]. Read More. The post Bias in Interviews and why Hiring in Product is Broken appeared first on Mind the Product.