November, 2015

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The Keys To Productive Brainstorming

Street Smart Product Manager

Let’s face it: brainstorming has gotten a bad rap. And deservedly so. How many of us have been part of a “brainstorming meeting” that turned out to be a total waste of time? Too many people. A purposeless agenda. Meandering conversations that go nowhere. And no follow-up afterward. Sound familiar? In fact, doesn’t “brainstorming meeting” … Continue reading The Keys To Productive Brainstorming.

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Innovation vs. Execution

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In my last article I discussed how we need to simultaneously learn fast in product discovery, yet still release with confidence in product delivery. I got a very good response from this article, as well as many questions as to how teams can get better at one or both. This quickly gets into a very deep discussion of culture. You can think of this as the characteristics of a strong innovation culture, versus those of a strong execution culture.

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How data stops companies innovating

Product Warrior

For better or for worse I admit it - I am an addict. I am a addicted to making data driven decisions, with that out in the open, why I am I filled with fear of pending foolish decisions when presented with research from focus groups and surveys? The learnings from focus groups and surveys can be very valuable, it is the management decisions that follow which really scare me.

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[Video] Growing Customers Successfully

TSIA

Whether you’re a traditional on-premise company looking for more top-line revenue, a cloud company looking to accelerate growth and profits, or a combination of both, growing customers should be your top priority. At our recent TSW conference, president and CEO of TSIA, J.B. Wood, introduced how to unlock new opportunities for revenue growth from within your existing customer base , and why it’s so important for the future health of your organization in his keynote presentation, R

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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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Announcing feedly Login

Roy Madden

Today, we’re excited to bring you feedly Login , a new way to add a dedicated feedly login to your feedly newsfeed. This means that you have the freedom to keep your newsfeed separate from your social logins, if you prefer to, and get even more control over your privacy. It is an optional feature : If you are happy with your existing login, you can ignore this post and continue to use your existing login without making any changes.

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The 11 Best Books for Product Managers

UserTesting

Being a great product manager is hard. Whether you’re working on an early product at a young startup or you’re in charge of a well-established product at a more mature company, it’s your job to satisfy the needs of both … The post The 11 Best Books for Product Managers appeared first on UserTesting Blog.

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Missionaries vs. Mercenaries

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One of my all-time favorite quotes in our industry comes by way of the legendary VC, John Doerr , where he argues that "we need teams of missionaries, not teams of mercenaries.” This point captures so much, and gets right to the heart of the most important trait of strong leaders, strong organizations, and strong product teams. This is not hard to spot, either way.

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How fast moving tech companies use customer interviews to accelerate innovation

Product Warrior

New ideas are common place in product management to the extent product managers are often repeatedly saying “NO”. So when the embryonic idea is given a “YES” what should be next? Following a lean approach the typical cycle repeated is “Build, Measure, Learn”. This requires a MVP (Minimal Viable Product) or perhaps more accurately MVE (Minimal Viable Experiment) to test the hypothesis presented by the embryonic idea.

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The “Soft” Side of Tech and Field Support

TSIA

You may have heard the saying “You hire people for their technical skills and fire them for their soft skills.” There are a number of variations of this quote, but all revolve around the issue of hard vs. soft skills. It’s fairly safe to say that meeting the expectations of today’s customer, whether B2B or B2C, requires robust hard and soft skills.

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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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Upcoming SiriusDecisions Product Management Webcasts

Good Product Manager

Upcoming Product Management Webcasts. I’m excited to announce a new series of SiriusDecisions product management webcasts I’ll be hosting along with my colleague Lisa Singer. These complimentary webcasts are focused on best practices for b-to-b product management leaders and product managers. The hour-long webcasts will cover some hot topics that we’ve been speaking about regularly with clients and we’ll share examples of frameworks and models that you can implement withi

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What is the future of product management?

DISQO

Product management has only been in the spotlight for a short time but we’re already thinking about the future. More than 100 product managers and enthusiasts gathered at our office to hear from a dozen experts about what the future of product management has in store. Steven Haines, the author of The Product Manager’s Survival Guide , gave the keynote presentation of the night and was followed by a panel of enterprise product managers and then one of startup / SMB product managers.

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A Guide to User Onboarding Techniques for Mobile Apps

UserTesting

Because of the rising cost of user acquisition on mobile apps, retaining users is more important than ever. The problem is that 80-90% of apps are deleted after being used once. If users don’t understand how to use your app, … The post A Guide to User Onboarding Techniques for Mobile Apps appeared first on UserTesting Blog.

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Top 5 experiments to avoid product crash

Product Warrior

You have a great idea which might be your next big thing and your are excited. You want to build it, release it to the wild and watch the bucks rolls in. Unfortunately success is not normally that simple, the hard truth is your idea might not be that great. So we need a step after idea and before build - this is known as product discovery. The first step is to reframe your idea into one or more hypotheses, or to phrase it another way, the assumptions that must be true for your idea to be success

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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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5 Capabilities Education Services Organizations Need to Develop

TSIA

As the technology industry continues to shift its focus to customer outcomes, education services organizations need to transition from a delivery-intensive model to a content-intensive model. To support that strategy, education organizations will need to add some new capabilities to their repertoire.

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Growing Customers Successfully in Industrial Equipment

TSIA

As services eat products and software eats services, there are significant changes happening to success plays within the technology industry. The companies that will be the most successful are the ones who take an active role in supporting their customers as they grow their businesses. In fact, this was the topic of the opening keynote of our recent Technology Services World conference, presented by TSIA’s president and CEO, J.B.

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What is the future of product management?

DISQO

Product management has only been in the spotlight for a short time but we’re already thinking about the future. More than 100 product managers and enthusiasts gathered at our office to hear from a dozen experts about what the future of product management has in store. Steven Haines, the author of The Product Manager’s Survival Guide , gave the keynote presentation of the night and was followed by a panel of enterprise product managers and then one of startup / SMB product managers.

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Video: Engineering Customer Outcomes in Tech

TSIA

The new tech mantra is all about delivering business outcomes to customers. It seems obvious, yet this has not been the traditional rallying cry within our industry. Instead, we’ve spent decades perfecting the model of matching product features and capabilities to customer tasks and processes. Certainly, this has benefited customers and suppliers alike, helping us achieve unprecedented levels of productivity and efficiency in managing core business functions.

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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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What I Heard: Hot Discussion Topics at TSW

TSIA

Our largest Technology Services World conference is now complete, with 1,500 attendees and 100+ breakout sessions over three days at the ARIA Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. I presented two breakout sessions, and spent the majority of the remaining time in 30-minute one-on-one meetings, completing about 15 meetings with members and partners. In addition to those meetings, I had a few dozen conversations after sessions or in the EXPO.

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Welcome New TSIA Members! October Edition

TSIA

At TSIA, we are dedicated to helping services organizations both large and small grow and advance in the technology industry. We’d like to take the opportunity to welcome our newest members who joined in January, as well as acknowledge companies already a part of the TSIA community who have recently expanded their membership to include additional service disciplines TSIA has to offer.

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3 Mobile UX Design Principles From Apps We Love

UserTesting

Getting people to download your app is a challenge. And even if you do, getting users to come back a second time can be even harder. Research has shown that 20% of the time they download an app, use it … The post 3 Mobile UX Design Principles From Apps We Love appeared first on UserTesting Blog.

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Why You Should User Test Your Prototype Before Writing Any Code

UserTesting

A friend of mine is in the process of re-designing his web app right now and he asked me this question: Question: Would you suggest I user test the prototype mockups now or perhaps once the engineers code it up? … The post Why You Should User Test Your Prototype Before Writing Any Code appeared first on UserTesting Blog.

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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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iOS App Testing is Easier Than Ever: No SDK Integration, Updated Interface

UserTesting

New updates to UserTesting’s mobile app recorder just made it easier for anyone to get started running user tests on iOS apps. You can now find out how real users experience your app without integrating an SDK. What does the … The post iOS App Testing is Easier Than Ever: No SDK Integration, Updated Interface appeared first on UserTesting Blog.

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The 11 Best Books for Product Managers

UserTesting

Being a great product manager is hard. Whether you’re working on an early product at a young startup or you’re in charge of a well-established product at a more mature company, it’s your job to satisfy the needs of both … The post The 11 Best Books for Product Managers appeared first on UserTesting Blog.

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A Guide to User Onboarding Techniques for Mobile Apps

UserTesting

Because of the rising cost of user acquisition on mobile apps, retaining users is more important than ever. The problem is that 80-90% of apps are deleted after being used once. If users don’t understand how to use your app, … The post A Guide to User Onboarding Techniques for Mobile Apps appeared first on UserTesting Blog.

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3 Mobile UX Design Principles From Apps We Love

UserTesting

Getting people to download your app is a challenge. And even if you do, getting users to come back a second time can be even harder. Research has shown that 20% of the time they download an app, use it … The post 3 Mobile UX Design Principles From Apps We Love appeared first on UserTesting Blog.

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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.