April, 2017

Agile Died While You Were Doing Your Standup

Mind the Product

As technology professionals, we have been stuck at metaphorical basecamp for years. We’ve looked at the summit, attempted the various routes other teams have created, and worked hard on dialling in the basics of making sure we have food, water, and shelter.

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A2A: What are the best product metrics?

Under10 Playbook

My favorite set of metrics help instrument the movement from "interested to buyer"? “Pirate Metrics” from Doug McClure. Acquisition: Do customers find you? Activation: Do they sign up? Retention: Do they come back? Revenue: Do they pay you? Referral: Do they tell their friends?

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The 7 Product Dimensions: A Guide to Asking the Right Questions

bpma ProductHub

By John Zilch – Upon embarking on my first stint as a product manager, I happened to run into an experienced product executive one day in passing. I asked him for advice and he obliged. He replied rather succinctly: “Ask questions, and then go add value.” He was never one to ramble on.

The PM’s Toolbox: Product Management Tools and the Problems they Solve

UserVoice

It’s no secret that product managers wear a lot of hats. They must simultaneously work as strategists, liaisons, analysts, and salespeople…and that’s all before lunch (working lunch , that is).

Mixing Qualitative & Quantitative Data with Storyboarding

Speaker: Tristan Kromer, Lean Agile Coach, Kromatic

Qualitative vs. Quantitative is a silly argument. Qualitative data from UXers should not compete against the quantitative data product owners need for their business model. Both are necessary to have a complete understanding of where the desirability of the product meets the viability of the business.

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Have A Very Happy Easter!

The Accidental Product Manager

If It’s Easter, Then Spring Must Be Here! Finally! Easter has finally arrived. I hope that you are going to be able to take some time off and celebrate this special season as Spring is just around the corner and Winter is quickly becoming a distant memory!

Product Roadmap Success: BWP Hosts Lively Roundtable Discussion

bpma ProductHub

By Garima Painuly- One of the constant challenges a product manager faces is creating a focused product roadmap that is aligned with expectations of all stakeholders, and defending that roadmap against distractions.

Getting Sales + Product In Sync

Melissa Perri

What does an effective sales team look like at a product-led organization? Sales already promised it.” I once joined a B2B company as a Product Manager in the the middle of the year, so their entire product roadmap was set and in motion.

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The Value Inequality – The Real Meaning Of “Customer Value”

PM Hardcore

Cost Plus Pricing = No Good. You must balance value versus (multiple) costs to determine price. (By By Hans Splinter, Attribution-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic (CC BY-ND 2.0)). People sometimes ask me “how should I price my product?” so I Googled it. I found a LOT of blog posts about pricing.

Creating the "Right" Product Roadmap With Data

Speaker: Sunil Parekh, Head of Product Management, SimplyInsured

Data can be qualitative or quantitative, and comes from multiple sources: customer interviews, product usage & funnel analytics, company financial performance, and internal stakeholders. How do you use that data to create a product roadmap that is aligned with your organization’s business needs?

Technology is Distracting and Addictive. Here’s How to Fix It. (Video)

Nir Eyal

Our personal technology is becoming more pervasive and persuasive. Critics claim it is addictive, irresistible, and hijacking our brain. Instead of offering another knee-jerk reaction, here’s my take on the perils and promise of persuasive technology. This is the talk I gave at the 2017 Habit Summit where I discuss and offer some solutions for: […]. The post Technology is Distracting and Addictive. Here’s How to Fix It. Video) appeared first on Nir and Far.

Top Tips for Negotiating With Stakeholders

Mind the Product

Product managers are meant to be many things – visionaries, decision makers, leaders and much more. But what about negotiators? Negotiation is rarely mentioned outside an interview for a product manager – yet, in reality, being a product manager is a role that demands good political judgement.

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What Do The Whole Foods Product Managers Have To Do To Create Organic Growth?

The Accidental Product Manager

Whole Foods needs to carefully make some big changes Image Credit: Jeremy Brooks. Whole foods is a grocery store chain.

Developing Product Management Confidence

bpma ProductHub

Contributed by Saikrishna Chavali and Jeff Segarra – Noted professor of business at Harvard Business School, Rosabeth Moss Kanter states that, “Confidence isn’t optimism or pessimism, and it’s not a character attribute. It’s the expectation of a positive outcome”.

Connecting Analytics to Strategy - Keeping Your Corporate Objective In Sight

Speaker: Tom Evans, Senior Principal Consultant and Trainer, 280 Group

Data analytics has transformed the way many product managers approach product enhancements, creating strong demand for product managers with skills and expertise in defining and analyzing product metrics to make more valuable product decisions. But there is one essential element that is often left out of the conversation, and that is strategy. How does my product decisions support the overall strategy of the business, and am I tracking the right metrics based upon that strategy?

Power Up: Three Ways to Increase Your Product Leadership Power

Roman Pichler

Increase Your Referent Power. Your first power source is your ability to influence others based on your personality and interpersonal skills. It’s the capability you can immediately boost simply by being a decent person.

Writing For Product Managers: Readability Is More Persuasive

PM Hardcore

In my Writing Tips for Product Managers post I suggested making your writing more readable. I mentioned a tool I use called Hemingway. It has both a Mac app and an online version. In this post I’m going to show how I use Hemingway. (In

The Strange Way Being “Good” Hurts Your Willpower

Nir Eyal

Nir’s Note: This guest post is by Paulette Perhach. Paulette writes about finances, psychology, technology, travel, and better living for the likes of The New York Times, Elle, and Slate. I learned how to respect authority from my father. At the top of a huge water slide at a theme park, he put me, my […]. The post The Strange Way Being “Good” Hurts Your Willpower appeared first on Nir and Far. Changing Your Habits Upgrading Yourself bad habits Behavior design Guest post Habit

The Six Essential Books that Every Product Manager Should Read

Mind the Product

I always tell the participants of my workshops that as a Product Manager you should be voraciously curious about what’s happening in the field. Read books, keep tabs on blogs, follow people on Twitter, listen to podcasts, be a massive consumer of ideas and then see what resonates most with you.

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Goodbye Scion – What Happened To You?

The Accidental Product Manager

The Scion brand is being retired by Toyota Image Credit: Aaron Van Dike. You would think that if you became the product manager of something as big as an automobile, you’d be set for life.

2017 Product Conferences

Product Talk

I often get and see on social media questions about upcoming product conferences. So we compiled a list. I say we because my assistant, Karen did most of the heavy-lifting. 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. This year, I’ll be attending: Front Conference in Salt Lake City in May.

ABM and How It Can Optimize Product Marketing

280 Group

This is a guest post by John Armstrong, CMO, Zettaset. How is ABM Different? Product marketers driving account-based marketing (ABM) programs operate with a different thought process when it comes to marketing to individual accounts because they think more like sales people.

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Video: Products Solve Problems

Under10 Playbook

At Under10, we make a big deal about personas and problems. We’re always asking, “What problem does this solve and for whom?” ” I'm told that short-form video content is the future. Here's video from Under10 Playbook that explains the importance of problems.

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How to Create a Strong End-to-End Strategy for IoT Products

Tech Product Management

I recently spoke at the Enterprise IoT Summit in Austin, Texas. It was a great event that brought together IoT thought leaders from around the country, as well as product and business leaders from companies working on industrial and enterprise IoT applications.

Seven Things you can Learn From WeChat Product Development

Mind the Product

We tend to think of Chinese companies as imitators rather than innovators, but is this fair? App developers and designers may look at other apps for inspiration on new features, but most only look to well-known apps like Facebook Messenger and Snapchat. Take Messenger for example.

Comcast Discovers How To Reconnect Cord Cutters

The Accidental Product Manager

Comcast product managers have discovered how to get more customers Image Credit: Mike Mozart. By now I would think that you’ve heard about the so-called “cord cutters” who are out there.

How a cow describes your business model

Lead on Purpose

Today I wanted to have a little bit of fun. Long-time readers probably know that I grew up on a cattle ranch, and despite my 20+ year career in products and leadership, I still love cows, horses and the rural … Continue reading → Innovation business cows crowdsourcing freemium subscription

Agile Beyond Software

280 Group

I recently attended a meeting of the Silicon Valley Agile Leadership Network on the topic Agile Beyond Software. The speaker was Jeanne Bradford, her talk was based on her experience developing customized Agile processes for hardware companies.

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Podcast: Perspectives on Product Management

Mironov Consulting

SC Moatti excerpted five of her recent Product That Count podcasts with product management thinkers: Marty Cagan, Teresa Torres, Jeff Gothelf, Dan Olsen and me.

The Role of Growth in Mobile Product Development

Amplitude

This is a guest post from Al Harnisch from Prolific Interactive , an Amplitude Solutions Partner. As the native mobile space matures, the biggest app-related issue brands face has shifted from UX and backend infrastructure to growth and monetization.

Product Requirements: Using a Written or Visual Framework

Mind the Product

There’s a lot of variation in how companies document product requirements. Some are moving away from detailed, written product requirements documents (PRDs), while others are using shorter write-ups, user stories, or jobs-to-be-done formats.

How to Write Epic User Stories

Craft.io

Since the rise of the Agile Era, putting the user in the center of product definition process became the standard for most companies. User stories are one of the basic tools that help us keep the user in mind while defining the product and its features.

How leaders navigate change

Lead on Purpose

We live in a fast-paced world. Things are changing around us at such a fast a rate it’s difficult to keep up. There are so many factors that come into play in the ever-changing world. What is a leader’s role … Continue reading → Learning ambitions change Knowledge pendulum

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Design Moves

Product Bookshelf

Linkography: Unfolding the Design Process by Gabriela Goldschmidt. Linkography seeks to unravel and explain the design process by creating standardized maps of the process that designers use to arrive at a solution to a design challenge.