April, 2017

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.

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


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).

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.

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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Product Management University Training: Everything You Need. Nothing You Don’t.

In a perfect world, there are a million things you should do. That’s not your world. Product Management University training makes you better at the things you will do. Schedule your personalized workshop and learn the market’s simplest Framework for managing, marketing and selling your products in your markets.

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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!

The “Why” Behind Your Product Roadmap

bpma ProductHub

By Don Stoddard – In the very best companies, roadmaps support key objectives with very specific measures impacting the business. These key objectives capture details like who is responsible, how it will be measured, and specifically when it will get done.

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.

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.

Forget About Problems! Focus on Customer Goals for Higher Value Products

When you focus on customer business goals, you’re guaranteed to uncover their biggest obstacles. Eliminate the obstacles and by default, your solutions have strategic value. Unique Product Management Training, only from Proficientz. Download the overview.

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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Dual-Track Agile: Why Messy Leads to Innovation

Mind the Product

What is Dual-Track Agile? Dual-Track Agile is an IT development methodology where figuring out what to build is as important as the building process. You start with a discovery track to find out if a product idea is good and if it makes sense to build.

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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.

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”.

Selling Data and Decisions to your Team

Speaker: Cait Porte, SVP Product and Customer Experience, Zmags

Gathering support for a product feature or enhancement is a critical skill for Product Managers. Talking to customers, working with key stakeholders in the business and convincing development that a feature is necessary can be a daunting task. Join Product Management expert Cait Porte as she covers how to sell your ideas internally by leveraging data to drive decision making.

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?


10 Writing Tips For Product Managers

PM Hardcore

Tips for writing. (CC CC BY-SA 2.0 by jvleis). I’ve started working on an online course on “writing for product managers.” It will come out in the next few months. In the process, useful tips about writing keep popping up.

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.

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Be in a Band, not an Orchestra: how to Grow an Agile Product Team

Mind the Product

Some years ago, I wrote a blog post noting that small teams are more creative and productive than big teams. I suggested that this might be because, like a band, they were self organising, communicated easily and informally and had autonomy over what they played. Band vs Orchestra.

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Agile Metrics for Team and Product Progress

Speaker: Johanna Rothman, Management Consultant, Rothman Consulting Group

You’ve seen team metrics like velocity. Velocity is not an accurate measure of a team's progress towards "done." So what should you use instead? Join Johanna as she discusses the measures that are actually useful in understanding what your team does, where the work is, and how long the work really takes - and in addition, we’ll examine what it takes to explain the team’s progress to others in terms of the product backlog burnup chart, ways to talk about what’s done and not yet released, and how to show others working product.

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.

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.

How to Use Personality Science to Drive Online Conversions

Nir Eyal

Nir’s Note: This guest post is by Vanessa Van Edwards, lead investigator at the Science of People — a human behavior research lab.

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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.


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?

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.

Third-Party Software Integration: Best Practice, Perils and Pitfalls

Mind the Product

Product management teams often ask themselves if third-party integration is right for their software product roadmap. The thinking is that you should integrate with products such as Salesforce and Slack, because you never would want to try to build those sorts of products by yourselves.

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.

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.

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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.

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

Analyzing your Buyer’s Journey

Under10 Playbook

“Consider this: most high school sports teams spend more time and money on win/loss analysis than most companies.” ” — Steve Johnson, Turn Ideas Into Products. About 5,000 miles or 6 months ago, I bought a new car.

How to Write Epic User Stories


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.

When was the Last Time you Talked to Your Customers?

Mind the Product

love asking people this question. It is quite a shocker that most people can’t really answer it. Everyone talks and writes about the importance of customer development, but companies still don’t spend enough time really talking to their customers.

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?