December, 2017

Leveraging Failure in Product Management

Roman Pichler

Why Failing Can Be Hard. If we like it or not, failure is an essential innovation ingredient. It’s impossible to successfully innovate without taking informed risks and making mistakes.

BWP 2017 Year in Review

bpma ProductHub

Boston Women in Product 2017 Year in Review: By Emera Trujillo. 2017 has been an exciting year for Boston Women in Product. With events throughout the year, our organizing committee has loved being on this journey with all of you.

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Announcing The Secret Product Manager Handbook

PM Hardcore

I’m excited to announce The Secret Product Manager Handbook is available for pre-order ! When I started in product management, there were no classes, books, or online resources for product managers. I always wanted the “secret handbook” – so I wrote it.

Data Acquisition: A Primer for IoT Product Managers

Tech Product Management

One of the key attributes of the Internet of Things is its ability to measure physical signals to better understand the world around us. It is a very important topic and one that Product Managers should have a good grasp on.

Why “Build or Buy?” Is the Wrong Question for Analytics

Every time an application team gets caught up in the “build vs buy” debate, it stalls projects and delays time to revenue. There is a third option. Partnering with an analytics development platform gives you the freedom to customize a solution without the risks and long-term costs of building your own. Learn when and why it makes sense to build, buy, or take a combined approach to embedded BI.

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How To Determine Market Definition and Sizing

bpma ProductHub

Your shiny new product is almost ready and the Chiefs want to know: How many people will buy it? Who will buy it? What’s the revenue forecast? Feel like you’re throwing a Dart against a Roulette Wheel?

10 Ways to Celebrate Your Product Manager this Holiday Season

Mind the Product

Even though we can’t do it all ourselves, product managers are often the unsung heroes in the tech world. Here are 10 great ways to recognise the product managers in your team and show them some love this holiday season. The Product Management Books of the Year.

Step-by-Step Fundraising Tactics from the NYC Legend Who Raised $750M

First Round Review

Kevin Ryan has spent decades on both sides of the fundraising table. Here, he provides secrets seldom shared for getting and keeping VCs interested before closing the deal. Continue reading at First Round Review »


Key Best Practices for Using Customer Feedback

Folding Burritos

As Product Managers, we perfectly understand the need to generate and use customer feedback. What isn’t so often clear is how to do this on a day-to-day basis, when we’re not as experienced or when we deal with “less than ideal” products and organizations.

New Study: 2018 State of Embedded Analytics Report

Why do some embedded analytics projects succeed while others fail? We surveyed 500+ application teams embedding analytics to find out which analytics features actually move the needle. Read the 6th annual State of Embedded Analytics Report to discover new best practices.

MVPs are too expensive – How wasteless validation leads to better insights

Tim Herbig

Picture was taken by Product Management Festival Team. This post is the summary of a talk I gave throughout 2017 at a couple of product management conferences. I was on stage at Working Products 2017 , Productized Conference 2017 and Product Management Festival 2017. … Continue Reading.

Which Lead Tactics Work Best

Clever PM

The worst number in business is one. If you have just one source of leads, it is only a question of time when the price per click goes up or the targeting options change or the viewership of the publication changes. Because of this, you want to have several lead generation mechanisms in place.

Your Audience’s Real Roadmap Questions

Mironov Consulting

I get pulled into lots of discussions among product managers about the best ways to represent (and then present and present and present) roadmaps or backlogs, especially to internal sales/marketing/support audiences.

What we Learned About Product Management in 2017

Mind the Product

As another year draws to a close, it seems appropriate to look back at some of the highlights of 2017, assess the progress we’ve made as a community, and examine how we’ve pushed the craft of product management forward.

The Product Cloud: An Integrated Toolchain Transforming Product Management

Explore how this integrated tool chain will transform modern product management. Authored by leaders in each category, this eBook offers definitive insight and advice on the key workflows integral to the success of modern product teams.

The Goal Is Crucial to Pricing

Pragmatic Marketing

Sometimes, I have to be reminded of the obvious. Earlier, I was coaching a company on pricing. As I was listening to descriptions of their customers, their channels and the problems they solve, my mind was swirling with ideas. Let me tell you, these ideas were brilliant.

Persona-based pricing: Find the pain

Under10 Playbook

All wish to possess knowledge, but few, comparatively speaking, are willing to pay the price.—Juvenal, —Juvenal, Roman poet. There are a number of tech support organizations for consumers but the one I hear about the most is Geek Squad® They’ve got the product right.

How Product Managers Get Promoted

Sequent Learning

The post How Product Managers Get Promoted appeared first on Sequent Learning Networks. BLOG FEATURED PRODUCT MANAGEMENT

Story Points are a Signalling Tool

Clever PM

I was called into a meeting with a team here in the office a couple weeks ago because they told me they had a “question” about the estimations that they were doing. As we started talking, it became immediately apparent what the problem was, they were getting into arguments about whether their estimates were “too […]. Product Management Agile Backlog Culture Definitions Developers Development Facilitation Good PM Learning Planning Scrum Tools User Stories

How to Package and Price Embedded Analytics

Just by embedding analytics, application owners can charge 24% more for their product. How much value could you add? This framework explains how application enhancements can extend your product offerings.

Guest Blog: Customer Service in Retail – Infographic

Mironov Consulting

This week we feature an article by Patrick Thuot who shares an infographic about how customer service can help the retail industry. A customer-centric approach can help any type of business succeed. – Shep Hyken.

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The Product Agent: Managing Ideas on a Product Team

Mind the Product

My journey to product management was not what you might expect, but then again, maybe you would. I studied accounting and computers in high school. At 19 I got a job as a computer technician and by 21 I was a computer science major. I then got a job on campus as a network administrator.

Here’s How to Wield Empathy and Data to Build an Inclusive Team

First Round Review

When it comes to diversity and inclusion, D&I leader Ciara Trinidad lets the data speak. When she left her last startup, the 125-person company was 59% women, its sales team had gender parity, and underrepresented minorities constituted the majority of its product team.

The negative impact of change

Under10 Playbook

All change has a negative impact in the short-term. Steve Johnson. Product leaders should always be learning. Learning about market problems, customers and prospects, sales and promotion challenges, and new methods. You’ve brought in agile methods to reduce your time to market.

The State of Product Leadership

Insights from 300 Technology Product Management Executives and Managers.

Key Best Practices for Using Customer Feedback

Folding Burritos

As Product Managers, we perfectly understand the need to generate and use customer feedback. What isn’t so often clear is how to do this on a day-to-day basis, when we’re not as experienced or when we deal with “less than ideal” products and organizations.

Agile Approaches Require Management Cultural Change

Johanna Rothman

Ron Jeffries, Matt Barcomb, and several other people wrote an interesting thread about prescriptive and non-prescriptive approaches to team-based agile. The issues are nuanced and for me , don’t lend themselves to a Twitter discussion. Learning how to write short and coherently is a different post.). If you don’t want to read the entire thread, here is a summary: People often need help with their agile approach. Some people start with Scrum in its entirety.

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Personal Productivity is Just as Important as Professional Productivity

Clever PM

As Product Managers, we’re often deeply and intimately involved in the processes that our companies use in their everyday business. Issue tracking systems, customer feedback systems, email and IM systems — there’s a neverending list of tools that we use on a daily basis to further our own (and others’) professional productivity. Having such a […]. Product Management Good PM PM Problem Solving Tools

Top 10 Product Guest Posts of 2017

Mind the Product

Mind the Product is above all a community of product managers who strive to push our craft of product management forward by sharing our insights, lessons learned, and pitfalls to avoid.

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The Data-driven Product Manager's Handbook

Using insight and guidance to deliver exceptional product experiences.

Product Managers Struggle To Get Dashboard Screens Correct

The Accidental Product Manager

Dashboard screens are nice to look at but hard to make correctly Image Credit: Andrea. If you’ve had a chance to jump into a new car lately, undoubtedly your attention has been drawn to the dashboard screen that just about every car has nowadays.

7 Metrics Every Product Marketing Manager Should Know

Pragmatic Marketing

Tracking Leads is a Waste of Time. One of the most common ways to measure the performance of a product marketing manager is by the number of leads she generates. The approach comes from the old sales phrase “It’s a numbers game!” ” “Get me more leads and I’ll close more deals!” ” Not likely. What’s needed is a way to check on the health of the product, to monitor its vitals. To know that it’s healthy.

TEI 154: Pitfalls that can trap new product managers – with Aero Wong

Product Innovation Educators

10 common mistakes or pitfalls new product managers should avoid. A few months ago I was contacted by a product manager, Areo Wong, who works in Hong Kong. He described himself as a “newbie” with about one-year of experience.

Respect and Romance in Organizations, Part 5

Johanna Rothman

It took me a couple of days reviewing these posts to realize I’d missed one of the biggest problems in organizations especially when it comes to human interactions: romance. When I was single, I did date people who were my peers in my organizations. I still see office-romance occur with a fair amount of frequency. When the two people in question are peers, it’s often easier to manage a couple or a breakup, for the people and the management.

Iterate Your Way to a Top Analytics Product Experience

Speaker: Richard Cheng, Associate Product Manager, Mark43

Mark43 is on a mission to bring public safety data management into the 21st century. To fix traditionally paper-heavy and error-prone processes, they needed a secure and easy-to-use product experience that simplified and unified crime data collection and management. Tune in to this webinar to hear how Mark43 Product Manager Richard Cheng went about researching, prototyping, and iterating to deliver analytics and business intelligence tools to police departments, emergency call centers, and other public safety agencies, bringing Mark43 users a positive and effective product experience. Haarthi Sadasivam, Technical Product Marketing Manager at Looker will join the conversation on best practices.