November, 2018

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 […]. PM Tales UI/UX

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?

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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.

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.”

Embedded BI and Analytics: Best Practices to Monetize Your Data

Speaker: Azmat Tanauli, Senior Director of Product Strategy at Birst

By creating innovative analytics products and expanding into new markets, more and more companies are discovering new potential revenue streams. Join Azmat Tanauli, Senior Director of Product Strategy at Birst, as he walks you through how data that you're likely already collecting can be transformed into revenue!

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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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. Sales and […]. product management essentials

Pursuing a Product Management Career: The #1 Skill

Proficientz – 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.

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.

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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. Their customers are banks and mortgage lenders, but their customers are consumers looking to finance or refinance a home purchase.

Nine companies share 30+ best practices for creating embedded analytics products

In this 4-part series, product and technology leaders share insights for successfully going to market with a data product. Find out how you can embed analytics in your solution, from building your business case to designing and launching your product.

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. We’ll also keep updating this list as we hear about more events.

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The Truth About Kids and Technology: Jean Twenge (iGen) and Nir Eyal (Hooked) Discuss Tech’s Effect on Children’s Mental Health

Nir Eyal

Recently, I was invited to discuss how technology might impact children’s mental health at the Johnson Depression Center at the University of Colorado. I shared the stage with Dr. Jean Twenge, author of the book iGen and an article in The Atlantic that got a lot of attention titled, “Have Smartphones Destroyed a Generation?” ” Dr. Twenge and I […].

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 […]. product management essentials

B2B Product Manager Magazine November 2018

Proficientz – Product Management University

The B2B Product Manager Magazine November 2018 is now available. Over the past 17 years we’ve had the privilege of working with many successful organizations. The top 1% all have one thing in common. Their top priority is measurable customer success. It drives everything they do.

Top 10 industries for monetizing data: Is yours one of them?

Find out which industries, use cases, and business applications are the best opportunities for data monetization. Understand what data is being monetized, who wants it, and why. Use data you already own to create new revenue sources. Download the eBook today!

Building Product in an age of Distrust by Ryan Freitas

Mind the Product

Once upon a time, designers were convinced that they were doing the right thing. They didn’t question outcomes because they thought their motives were sound. Recently the conversation has shifted to become much more focused on user safety, trust and ethics.

UI Trends 2019: The Top 7 Trends Users Will Love

UX Studio

UI trends 2019? It seems like just yesterday I was looking out my window and saw a falling leaf! Now, the year is coming to an end AGAIN! So we’re going to revisit the hottest topics of late 2018 and predict the UI design trends of 2019.

Treat your Roadmap as a Compass

Ask Benny

How to effectively build and manage your roadmap and your stakeholders’ expectations. The Roadmap Challenge I recently participated in a meetup of very experienced product management leaders arranged by ProductX. We discussed roadmaps and the challenges surrounding them. Even though all of these product managers have years of experience it seemed like the challenge is still fresh as in their first days.

Engaging in Product Debates

Sachin Rekhi

As product managers we engage in product debates every day with our design and engineering partners, fellow product managers, cross-functional partners, managers, executive stakeholders, and more.

Add Value with a Dashboard Refresh: What You Need to Know

Speaker: Miles Robinson, Agile and Management Consultant, Motivational Speaker

Dashboards and analytics can really set your application apart, but that doesn't mean you can implement them and forget about them. Are they adding value to your product? Do your users benefit from them anymore? What should be improved, and what do we have the resources to improve? Join Miles Robinson, former UX and Design Manager, as he explains the different ways to refresh your dashboards - and how to determine what's the best path to product dashboard success. You'll leave with an understanding of how to figure out the best next steps specifically for you and your application.

The Product Lifecycle, an introduction

The Product Bistro

If you work at a startup, or a small company, chances are this three letter acronym is alien to you. However once you graduate to a mid sized company, with multiple products, and, more importantly, multiple divisions or business units, the construct of a PLC is inevitable, and even welcomed. PLC is an acronym for […]. product management essentials

When You Know Your Customers As Well As They Know Themselves…3 Things

Proficientz – Product Management University

When you know your customers as well as they know themselves, three things will happen. Your solutions deliver value that’s indispensable. Your marketing messages speak directly to the agendas of influencers and decision-makers. Your salespeople are treated as trusted advisors.

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.

The Design Sprint Process – 11 Reasons To Love It

UX Studio

Downtown Budapest, 6 October, 21 degrees Celsius. I’m trying to warm up my tired legs before the upcoming marathon relay. Above my shorts, my black sports shirt says in a big bold title, “It’s a design sprint”. The design sprint process has clearly impacted me in all areas of my life.

The Complete Predictive Analytics Lifecycle for Application Teams

Speaker: Sriram Parthasarathy, Senior Director of Predictive Analytics, Logi Analytics

Applications with predictive analytics are able to deliver massive value to end users. But what steps should product managers take to add predictive analytics to their applications? In this webinar, we’ll walk through an end-to-end lifecycle of embedding predictive analytics inside an application. Find out how a real-world application decided what predictive questions to ask, sourced the right data, organized resources, built models, deployed predictive analytics in production, and monitored model performance over time.

We Live in a Post-Truth world, and Conversion Optimization is Paying the Price.

AB Tasty

As a process, a method and a way of thinking holistically about CRO programs, science might just be the antidote - if all of us CRO practitioners would just embrace it. This article was originally posted on AB Tasty as We Live in a Post-Truth world, and Conversion Optimization is Paying the Price.

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 […]. Product Management Authority Culture Definitions Influence Interactions Learning PM Psychology Trust

Pricing Lessons from Sea World

Pragmatic Marketing

An interesting pricing article appeared in Skift, SeaWorld’s Price Cutting Strategy is Fueling a Comeback. The title says a lot, but the details in the article are even more fascinating. They lowered ticket prices and attendance jumped. First, that deserves a big duh !

Sales, Positioning and the Nobody Zone

Proficientz – Product Management University

There’s an old saying: “buyers are liars!” ” Good sales positioning and discovery techniques can help you understand true buyer motivations so you don’t end up in the Nobody Zone.

5 Product Traps - And Better Paths

Speaker: Johanna Rothman, Management Consultant, Rothman Consulting Group

Is your agile team overloaded with feature requests, with no time for discovery? Do your roadmaps read like impossible wish lists? Well, you’re not alone. It may seem impossible now, but what if we said that with a few changes, you could be meeting deadlines with the ability to predict progress with accuracy, be happy with your progress against the roadmap, and be making time for near-continuous discovery? Johanna Rothman has seen this all too often across many different organizations. She will take us through five common traps that agile product teams fall into – and likely you are in several of those traps right now. And good news - she has ways to avoid them!

How Speed to Market Starts With a Strong Foundation

Mind the Product

Imagine this: You’re in the middle of developing a product when you realize you’re going to miss the launch date. That’s never happened to you, right? Well, according to the Center for New Product Development , “the average new product development project exceeds its schedule by 120%.”

Market Research vs User Research: How To Overcome Uncertainty

UX Studio

Creating a digital product from scratch can make for an exciting process but never a smooth ride. But by doing the right research at the right time, you can get the information you need to advance. Easier said than done… Is it not just a question of market research vs user research?

Moving your Business From Services to Product: Here’s What it takes!

Spice Catalyst

Suppose you were in a situation like this, enhance your soft skills by reading this case study and then say what your course of action will be. The post Moving your Business From Services to Product: Here’s What it takes! appeared first on Spice Catalyst.