June, 2019

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How Do You Disrupt Your Assumptions Before They Disrupt You?

DISQO

Most companies, whether it’s a Fortune 100 organization or a 50-person startup, are faced with the same problem: How do you account for what your customer wants, today and tomorrow? Last week, Alpha’s CEO Thor Ernstsson gave a presentation at the UX & Product Management Case Study Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah, to discuss how organizations are hindered by their inability to make quick and data-driven decisions.

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Why Most Outcome-Based Roadmaps Fail (and How to Keep Yours From Doing the Same)

ProductPlan

An outcome-based roadmap sounds like a good idea. Instead of a long list of context-free features and enhancements the roadmap is constructed to accomplish specific goals critical to the success of the business. Each major release or theme has an intended impact that can even be measured and validated. The problem with outcome-based roadmaps comes when the desired outcomes don’t actually accomplish what companies hoped they would achieve.

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How we set up our Team for Continuous Product Discovery

Mind the Product

The Dilemma With Product Discovery. Usually, we use a discovery period intending to understand the users’ problem, define a solution, and then decide what to build in the so-called “delivery” Many companies have their specific budgets for these week or month-long periods and a super-important meeting at the end of the discovery to present the findings to the leadership team so that they can decide on the next steps.

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Data-Driven Product Management: How To Become an Insight-Driven PM

280 Group

This article discusses how data-driven product management can help you use the right data, to uncover the right insights, and ultimately build the right product. Join our upcoming webinar, “ Becoming Expert: From Data-Driven to Insight-Driven Product Management – A Critical Key to Your Product’s Success. The Buzz Around Data-Driven PM. There’s been a lot of talk lately about “Data-Driven Decision Making” (DDDM).

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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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Should Product Roadmaps Have Dates?

Roman Pichler

What Product Roadmaps Are (in a Nutshell). To start with, let’s briefly recap what a product roadmap is. I view a roadmap as a high-level plan that states specific benefits a product should provide over a certain timeframe, which may range from six to 12 months. I find it helpful to use the product roadmap so that it connects the overall product strategy with the product backlog, as shown in the picture below.

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Three steps toward creating market-leading products

Lead on Purpose

The goal of every company and product leader is to invent products (or services) that become recognized market leaders. Creating a new product category is icing on the cake, but also rare and extremely difficult.

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So you want to give a Ted talk?

Intercom, Inc.

There’s a lot of content and advice about giving presentations out there. Some of it’s really useful, some of it not at all. Intercom has been holding events for years now, from large scale World Tours to more intimate Building Intercom events, with our founders, leaders and teammates delivering acclaimed talks on everything from building software to scaling your customer support team.

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Product is Hard by Marty Cagan

Mind the Product

We are all learning how to manage product in the internet age. There have been many successes and failures, and there are still lots more to come. Marty Cagan has worked at plenty of internet successes and failures, including eBay, Netscape and HP. He now heads up Silicon Valley Product Group, where he works with product managers and senior leaders to help them generate value through their products.

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A Candid Letter From a Product Management Instructor

280 Group

Believe me when I say that I’ve poured my heart and soul into our online training program. Recently I was conducting a Beta test of our new Virtual Instructor Review program. Names popped up on the list as students logged in, and I checked it carefully. It turns out that people are shy on the phone. They keep their thoughts to themselves. They think that what they have to share and ask isn’t worth talking about.

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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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How to Succeed at Product Management in the Face of Uncertainty

The Product Guy

Guest Post by: Ben Chamberlain (Mentee, Session 9, The Product Mentor) [Paired with Mentor, Nis Frome]. I was frustrated when I started The Product Guy mentorship program. I felt by executing primarily on well-defined projects, my role was closer to project manager than a product manager. Serendipitously, the company changed direction and I was tasked to build a product with few concrete details and a great deal of uncertainty.

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6 Ways Your Business can Benefit from Negative Reviews

Alchemer Mobile

So, you’ve somehow received a couple of bad online reviews. Is your business doomed? Certainly not! Even big brands have had their fair share of angry outpour from disgruntled customers and survived. While larger companies’ reputations can sustain a few blows without actually collapsing, small businesses can’t rely on the benefit of the doubt to amortize customers’ wrath as effectively.

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How new technology is affecting SMBs

Lead on Purpose

Guest post by Cayden Whitmond Now more than ever, the future of business is one shaped by fast-paced innovations to technology and the way that work is done.

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Evolving your Product Management career ladder

Intercom, Inc.

Product Management is an elusive craft. We all think we know what we’re talking about, but when it comes down to it, the difference between great, good and not quite good enough can be pretty slippery. And what makes this even harder is that, because PMs own so few clear deliverables (such as code or designs), it can be tricky to pinpoint what exact impact a PM had on a team.

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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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Lean, Agile, & Design Thinking by Jeff Gothelf

Mind the Product

Good product development practices are supposed to be built upon alignment and shared understanding, Jeff Gothelf, Author of Sense & Respond tells us at #mtpcon Singapore. But often, organisations end up looking a lot like that painting in the classic scene from the movie Goodfellas : One dog’s going one way, the other dog’s going the other way, and this guy is saying ‘Hey, what do you want from me?

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How I Redesigned My Work and Life Around a Growth Mindset

Sachin Rekhi

One of the mental models that's had a huge impact on my life is the growth mindset. Coined by Carol Dweck in Mindset , the notion is that individuals either see the world through a fixed or a growth mindset. In a fixed mindset, you believe that your qualities are carved in stone. That your abilities, attitudes, and personality are largely defined by your innate capabilities at birth.

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Your Product Assumptions Are Probably Wrong

The Product Guy

Users are ‘divinely discontent’ and their preferences and expectations are a moving target. If you’re hypotheses are based on outdated research reports or media headlines, you’re probably making the wrong decisions. I’ll provide data to prove that. In a recent live stream from one of our mentors of The Product Mentor , Nis Frome, lead a conversation on this topic.

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How Mobile Apps Improve the Effectiveness of Customer Loyalty Programs

Alchemer Mobile

According to RetailMeNot, approximately 80 percent of customers are more loyal to brands that offer rewards programs and 70 percent are more likely to participate in a loyalty program if they can access it through their mobile device. Given this, 88 percent of retailers plan on investing more in mobile marketing than any other channel. Customers now expect to gain points and achieve milestones for purchases made through apps.

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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 write surveys for user research that aren’t terrible

Userzoom

When you use survey questions in your user research , you want them to be designed well. It’s really easy to make bad surveys, and plenty of companies do. Surveys are admittedly overused and often ineffective on their own — the self-reported data that you pull from survey questions is biased and has questionable accuracy. It’s typically much more valuable to gather insights from data on actual behavior and user interviews.

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Why sales and marketing are the key to your roadmap success

Intercom, Inc.

Product managers have the onus to be deeply attentive listeners. We’ve got to keep a pulse on a diverse set of inputs, filtering signals amidst the noise, to build strategic direction and seemingly mid-flight, make calculated tradeoffs for the product roadmap. It’s a game of endless Bayesian inference with an overwhelming amount of directions. We are constantly reevaluating if the choices we’ve made for the product are the right ones as new information becomes available.

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Empowered Product Teams by Marty Cagan

Mind the Product

At this year’s MTP Engage conference in Hamburg I had the pleasure to introduce my personal product management idol Marty Cagan to our audience. He spoke about one of his favourite topics: empowered teams. He started by asking the question why more companies don’t truly empower their teams – because everybody knows that empowered teams are more successful.

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What Silicon Valley Can Learn From Bill Walsh's The Score Takes Care of Itself

Sachin Rekhi

I've long found myself unsatisfied with the conventional discourse of what leadership is supposed to look like in Silicon Valley technology companies. These best practices are typically oversimplified into two high-level philosophies on leadership. The first philosophy is often characterized by first setting an overall vision; then coming up with mutually agreed upon goals, often in the form of objectives and key results (OKRs), and holding teams accountable to those results; and finally delegat

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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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Method to the Product Madness

The Product Guy

Guest Post by: Terri Boshoff (Mentee, Session 9, The Product Mentor) [Paired with Mentor, Nis Frome]. When I joined Wetu in 2014, I was the 7th employee, we had just over 100 companies using our software, we were exclusively available in Africa, and the product was already 5 years old. Since then we have grown to over 100 employees, we have more than 800 companies using our software, and we have expanded globally.

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Four Challenges Finance Apps Face and How to Conquer Them

Alchemer Mobile

Convenient access to our finances is key in our global economy, and the mobile channel has quickly become the epicenter of customer experience. However, having convenient access to our finances at our fingertips doesn’t come without unique challenges. For example, privacy rules restrict the ways financial institutions can interact with customers through their mobile apps.

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Boeing Product Managers Struggle To Come Back From The 737 MAX Disaster

The Accidental Product Manager

Boeing’s product managers need to find ways to rebuild trust Image Credit: Ferry Octavian. Every product manager job is different. Some are easy and some are hard. Right now, being the product manager at Boeing who is responsible for the 737 MAX jet would defiantly fall into the difficult category. The reason that this would be such a hard job to have right now is because this airplane has experiences a set of disastrous crashes.

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The evolution of how we celebrate Pride at Intercom

Intercom, Inc.

It is 50 years this month since the Stonewall riots in New York City, which were a response to discriminatory police raids against the LGBTI+ community. The Christopher Street Liberation Day March which marked the anniversary of the riots is considered to be the first ever Pride. This major anniversary has been inspiration for us at Intercom to pause and re-evaluate our approach to Pride.

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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.