November, 2018

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User Experience is more than just the UI

The Product Bistro

A while back, I read a blog that got me thinking. Its premise was that developers should always have the fastest, best hardware to minimize down time. Waiting 12 seconds to compile a module was too long, and encouraged the developer’s attention to stray to Reddit, or some other time suck, and then they would […].

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Break Down Silos to Build a Culture Focused in a Single Direction

Mind the Product

Have you ever worked in an environment where one part of the business didn’t talk to the other? Are your Product and Engineering teams pushing (or pulling!) in different directions? Does your Marketing team know what is happening in the Contact Centre? Does Logistics know what has been happening on the website recently? Does the HR team know what direction your Product is going in?

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The Slippery Slope of Sales-Led Development

Mironov Consulting

Most product companies have a few things in their roadmaps that are specifically for single customers – I call these sales one-offs. But it’s easy for B2B/enterprise companies to fall into a sales-led development model where the majority of work is for individual customers – starving the core product of innovation, new features, quality improvements and technical resilience.

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Sustainable Pace in Product Management

Roman Pichler

What is Sustainable Pace? Sustainable pace is an important agile principle. The Agile Manifesto defines it in the following way: “The sponsors, developers, and users should be able to maintain a constant pace indefinitely.” The goal is to create a healthy work environment and avoid that people are routinely overworked, lose their creativity, make mistakes, and eventually sacrifice their health.

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Platform Product Management Beyond Features: Introducing B-MAP for Platform Ecosystem Success

Traditional PM struggles with the complexities of platform ecosystems. B-MAP framework tackles this challenge. B-MAP goes beyond features, focusing on building, managing, adapting, and partnering to foster a thriving platform ecosystem.

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Live chat for business: everything you wanted to know about live chat but were afraid to ask

Intercom, Inc.

A great customer experience today is about meeting people where they already are. And today, there’s one channel where more potential customers are than any place else: messaging and live chat. Think about the way that you talk to people every day. If you’re anything like me, you use iMessage to talk to your family, WhatsApp for your close friends, and you probably spend your entire day on Slack talking to your teammates at work.

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Forecasting – A Product Management Task

The Product Bistro

The role of Product Management brings many responsibilities, some great, some awful, and many that are just “there” One of the “there” responsibilities is forecasting. Being at the center of the organization, Product Management is the logical focal point for this activity, even though it requires input from groups outside their control. i.e.

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4 CEO Lessons for Mobile Product Managers

Alchemer Mobile

The roles of managing a mobile product team and managing an entire company share many similarities. The biggest difference is that mobile product managers deeply interact with nearly every function within their organization, yet none of them report to them. However, the mental approach product managers need to take in order to succeed is more like a CEO than any other role.

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How to Apply Machine Learning to Business Problems: Part 1

bpma ProductHub

By “Daniel Faggella – This article was originally listed on TechEmergence. This post breaks the original post into 2 Parts. Stay tuned for Part 2 in upcoming weeks.

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Back to Basics: Benefit-led Messaging

280 Group

“Today’s smart marketers don’t sell products; they sell benefit packages.”. – Phillip Kotler, the Father of Modern Marketing. The Perils of Feature-Led Messaging. A few weeks ago I was training a private client that is in the financial technology (“FinTech”) industry. Their business has traditionally been B2B, but they are now adding products that serve B2B2C markets.

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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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Data-driven sales: 18 sales KPIs and metrics to grow your revenue faster

Intercom, Inc.

There are many parts to a high-performing sales organization – the right people, processes and strategy, to start. But today, the underlying backbone of all of it is the right data. That’s not to say there’s no art to practicing sales. Much of what defines our most outstanding sales reps is their ability to deeply understand our prospects’ and customers’ business needs and speak directly to them.

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Building Successful Communities of Practice by Emily Webber

Mind the Product

Summary: Communities of practice can be powerful tools to enable both individuals and organisations to increase their effectiveness. By bringing together people who share a common interest or passion, new skills are learned and developed. People are often put in situations where they’re empowered, but they don’t know how to move forward. Sink or swim is often used as the management justification for this.

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Forecasting - A Product Management Task

The Product Bistro

The role of Product Management brings many responsibilities, some great, some awful, and many that are just “there” One of the “there” responsibilities is forecasting. Being at the center of the organization, Product Management is the logical focal point for this activity, even though it requires input from groups outside their control. i.e.

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Building Your Own App: Two Main Routes

Alchemer Mobile

Apps are ubiquitous tools to our modern lives. Smartphone browsing has officially taken over PC browsing by a pretty impressive margin: 63% vs 37% worldwide , and Google has adapted their search to prioritize sites which are mobile compatible. Smartphone users open their favorite apps more than 15 times a month and use up to 40 apps regularly overall.

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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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2019 Product Conferences

Product Talk

We are starting to pull together our 2019 conference list. This list is by no means exhaustive. If you know of a product conference that is not on the list and you think it should be, please feel free to recommend it in the comments or send an email to conferences@producttalk.org. I haven’t decided what events I’ll be attending in 2019 yet, but as soon as I do, I’ll update this post.

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What’s Your Core Competency?

Clever PM

I’ve always been a big fan of the concept of a “core competency” or “distinctive competency” — the one thing that you, your product, or your company does better than anyone else, and that is difficult to easily replicate. Unfortunately, I find that far too few organizations really understand, at a deep level, what this […].

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Tips for creating a great support experience during the holidays

Intercom, Inc.

The holidays are quickly approaching, and for ecommerce businesses, that often results in significantly higher support volume for your team. . To help you stay on top of your support this season – without increasing overhead – we’ve curated a few tips for automating your support load. These tips apply broadly to many different automation products, but if you’re an Intercom customer, they’re actionable today and require no engineering work.

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Help us to get More Women on Stage at MTP Engage Hamburg

Mind the Product

Speaker diversity is an important discussion to have when organising a conference. We all work and live in international and diverse communities, so our conferences should reflect this reality. These days, everyone checks the gender ratio when they scroll through the speakers list. I’ve been part of the curation team for the first two MTP Engage conferences in Hamburg.

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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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User Experience is more than just the UI

The Product Bistro

A while back, I read a blog that got me thinking. Its premise was that developers should always have the fastest, best hardware to minimize down time. Waiting 12 seconds to compile a module was too long, and encouraged the developer’s attention to stray to Reddit, or some other time suck, and then they would lose a half hour. To reduce this tendency, developers should have wicked awesome machines to reduce this tendency.

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Apple Ratings Prompt: Great for Ratings, Bad for Customer Feedback

Alchemer Mobile

Most mobile app enthusiasts are well aware of Apple’s native rating prompt that was introduced with iOS 10.3 and made mandatory with iOS 11. At Apptentive, we believe in making it as easy as possible to leave feedback, so we were excited to see Apple acting in the spirit of fewer interruptions; reducing the time to leave a rating and review; and putting an end to leaving the app to share feedback.

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Pursuing a Product Management Career: The #1 Skill

Product Management University

There are many skills that are important for success in a product management career, but there’s one that stands head and shoulders above all the rest. Apply a little deductive reasoning to get there. Let’s start with the ultimate goal of a product manager. When it’s all said and done, product managers get paid to deliver solutions that make their users quantifiably better at something that’s critical to the customers’ business success.

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Establishing Customer Advisory Boards for Product Managers

The Product Guy

Guest Post by: Lee Atkins (Mentee, Session 7, The Product Mentor) [Paired with Mentor, Jordan Bergtraum]. Truly understanding your customers and finding ways to improve your product is an overwhelmingly daunting task. Customer discovery is key to informing product strategy and there is a mountain of techniques and methods available for conducting customer discovery.

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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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Tune up your SaaS sales pitch with a focus on clarity

Intercom, Inc.

For salespeople, your sales pitch is crucial – above all else, it must be crystal clear what you’re trying to sell and what the value is to your prospective customer. This clarity from the start is critical, because that early impression shapes everything that follows – according to Forrester , the first viable vendor to reach a decision maker and set the buying vision has a 74% average close ratio.

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How can we Build Human-Centred Products by Kim Goodwin

Mind the Product

Everybody is trying to create products that make people’s lives better. However, by simply focusing on metrics, rather than the humans behind them, we risk making bad decisions that have unintended consequences for people and society. To be better, Kim explained how we need to focus on creating features that meet some of people’s needs, as defined by Maslow.

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Just in Time Product Management

The Product Bistro

Product management is a discipline where there is an unending to-do list, a fixed amount of time in the day, and enough outside influencers to make even the best multi-tasker whither and die. Yet good product managers always appear to be in control of the situation. This is a testament to several traits that are […].

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Turn Your Digital Experiences into Customer Feedback Opportunities

Alchemer Mobile

Today’s consumer has incredibly high expectations of the brands they spend their time and money with. Consumers realize they are not beholden to brands as options arise across the ever-expanding market of goods and services, and brands have begun listening to customers to help drive their product roadmaps, and ultimately, to drive success through loyalty.

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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.