November, 2019

5 rules for creating effective product backlogs

ProductBoard

Creating a product backlog is a classic case of “easier said than done.” A product backlog is a list of product improvements that your team needs to execute for your product strategy to become a reality.

Behind the Product: What to Do When Your Demo Cracks—Tesla Cybertruck

280 Group

As I watched the Tesla Cybertruck demo literally shatter right before our eyes the other night, I confess I had some sympathy for Elon Musk. I’ve been there—I suspect many other Product Managers have been there too. You’ve planned this for months.

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Designing an AI Driven Product Roadmap

bpma ProductHub

by Charu Manglani – Artificial Intelligence (AI) has invaded nearly every sphere of our lives. It is the hidden force of math suggesting the best route on google maps or what to watch on Netflix and Amazon Prime Video.

Don’t Forget the Motor City: Product Leadership Lessons From Motown

Mind the Product

I’d always thought that Motown’s success was a combination of its talented stars and fortunate timing, but I recently learned that much of its success was down to a mastery of the power of the team – loosely coupled, highly aligned.

From Build to Buy: The Path to Better Analytics for Your Application

Speaker: Ardeshir Ghanbarzadeh, Senior Product Marketing Manager, Logi Analytics

Making the transition from building your analytics in-house to investing in a third-party embedded solution can be complicated.Watch this webinar with Ardeshir Ghanbarzadeh, Senior Product Marketing Manager at Logi Analytics, for tips on making the transition as smooth as possible, and getting on the right path to better analytics for your app!

Color Psychology – Brilliant Helping Hand in UX Design

StudioTeam

How does color psychology affect users’ attitudes and behaviour? There is a master trick, which can help to build a digital product which works more effectively.

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Intercom on Product: The intersection of company and product strategy

Inside Intercom

Five years ago I wrote about how product strategy means saying no – you must ruthlessly protect your product from feature creep. . Saying no, however, is just one part of a successful product strategy.

Measuring Your Product’s Performance With Benchmarks

ProductCraft

I recently heard something from Calendly’s product team that made my jaw drop. Their product is being used to schedule millions of meetings per month. Many, many millions. Lots of companies have vanity metrics in the millions.

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How to Increase Product Adoption for your SaaS Product in 2019

Userpilot

You can spend 1000s on marketing, spend hours fine-tuning your Sales funnel, and yet you still don’t see results? Well, most likely it’s because your product adoption sucks. Product adoption is crucial to the success of any SaaS product.

Is your Product successful? Yes/ No/ Don’t know.

BrainMates

If you answered “don’t know”, then right now you’re failing as a Product Manager. But, don’t worry. Firstly: I won’t tell anyone. Secondly: if you don’t know, it’s unlikely anyone else at your company knows.

The North Star Playbook

Every product needs a North Star. In this guide, we will show you the metrics product managers need to tie product improvements to revenue impact. If you are looking for a more-focused, less-reactive way to work, this guide is for you.

Customer Centric Culture: Purpose and Profitability?

Usersnap

In a nutshell being customer centric means: putting your customers first. But it is actually a lot deeper than that. It is placing customers at the core of your business and then building everything around it.

Of Chickens, Eggs and PMs

The Product Coalition

Here’s a scenario you might be familiar with. Say you’re starting a new role as a PM in a startup company (congrats!). You find that the startup has created a robust product with many different features and capabilities.

How to improve your product with customer feedback you already have

ProductBoard

Andrej Danko, VP of Product at productboard, recently joined Travis Kaufman, VP Product Growth at Gainsight, for a webinar discussion.

What are the Secrets to Enabling Sustainable Growth?

Mind the Product

Fewer than 10% of startups survive and grow into large companies and, for every time growth is done right, there are 100 ways it could have been done wrong. Here, I’d like to share the lessons I’ve learned from my years working as a product manager, focused on growth.

How to Choose the Best Embedded Analytics Solution to Modernize Your Application

If you are looking to modernize your application to improve competitiveness, then one of the quickest wins you can have is to embed sophisticated analytics that will wow your existing and prospective customers.

How Does Storytelling Help You To Create Better Digital Products?

StudioTeam

Storytelling has recently become a buzzword. If you are working in the field of digital product management, you probably heard about it in some way. It is widely used in every phase of a product life cycle: all the way from design to marketing.

Product Launches- The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

bpma ProductHub

by Scott Hilton – On October 11, 2019, the Product Executive Forum(PEF) held another well attended meeting. This month’s topic was product launches. Many thanks to Steven Veneman and Julius Francis of Juniper Networks for serving as awesome hosts.

What Building a Valuable Product Community Can Do For Your Business

Innovatemap

A loyal, engaged community is a powerful tool, and community building has become an effective strategy for digital product companies to grow their user base and increase product adoption. But with that power comes responsibility: You get out of a community what you put into it.

How Much Does Your Feature Cost?

ProductCraft

So you’ve done your market research, interviewed customers, and prototyped your designs. Your go-to-market strategy is in place. Engineering is ready to start development.

Why Smoking Costs Employers More Than They Realize

Your employees are smoking, and at a cost of $7,000 per year for each employee who smokes, that adds up - fast! This free report will show you how an effective cessation program pays for itself.

The PB&J of UX and Product

ProductCraft

You’ve got a new feature that you’re excited to start working on. Not only are you motivated by how cool this feature will be, but you also need to build it ASAP. It would be nice to take some time on it and get feedback from the UX team, but given how fast it needs. Read more » The post The PB&J of UX and Product appeared first on ProductCraft by Pendo. Best Practices Communication Design Product Teams UX

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Fixing your blind spot: biases in decision making

The Product Coalition

Every person forms a set of mental shortcuts or heuristics, which work brilliantly day in day out, but become harmful when left unchecked. Continue reading on ProductCoalition.com ». psychology business decision-making bias startup

Collocation, Trust, and Distributed Teams

Roman Pichler

A Tale of Two Products. I once worked with a telco company that was developing a brand-new commercial product. Product management and development were located at separate sites in different countries.

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Using the Product Canvas to Define Your Product’s Core Requirements – Part 2

bpma ProductHub

by Ellen Gottesdiener – The Product Canvas can help address a number of challenges as you transition to a product-centric organization. You may want to take a step back to rethink your product strategy.

The Product Manager's Guide to Retention

This book walks through multiple aspects of retention, including why it’s so important, how to best measure it, and how to set goals for the different stages of retention. It also provides strategies for improving retention across the customer journey.

How to Design Products Using Behavioral Science

Mind the Product

Too often, we assume that consumers make rational decisions and take them at their word when we ask them about how they behave. But there’s a gap between what consumers say they will do and what they actually do. How do we bridge this gap and design products based on real behaviours?

Creating a Highly Skilled PM Team – You Asked, We Answered

280 Group

This month, we presented a webinar from our Product Management Leadership series – Building Great Products With Superior Product Management Skills. You can view the accompanying blog post here. We received so many great questions on the topic and have included answers to the top questions down below.

2020 Product Conferences

Product Talk

We are starting to pull together our 2020 conference list. 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. We’ll also keep updating this list as we hear about more events. For 2020, I haven’t decided which conferences I’ll be attending or presenting at, but I’ll update this post once that changes.

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How to Define a Product Strategy: The Value-Based Approach

Luke Gallimore

Good values = good goals = good product. Root your roadmap in something meaningful

5 Signs It's Time to Replace Your Homegrown Analytics

If you built your analytics in house, chances are your basic features are no longer enough for your end users. Is it time to move on to a more robust analytics solution with more advanced capabilities? Follow this free guide for tips on making the build to buy transition.

Collocation, Trust, and Distributed Teams

Roman Pichler

A Tale of Two Products. I once worked with a telco company that was developing a brand-new commercial product. Product management and development were located at separate sites in different countries.

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Product Management Executive Roundtable Highlights

Proficientz

I began organizing this Product Management Executive Roundtable couple of years ago at the request of a few clients. They brought to my attention the fact that there aren’t any networking forums specifically for product management VPs, SVPs and CPOs.

How Design Thinking, Lean, and Agile Work Together by Jonny Schneider

Mind the Product

In this keynote from #mtpcon London, Jonny Schneider, Product Strategy and Design Principal at ThoughtWorks, discusses how using all of design thinking, agile, and lean means we can build better products. Key points: You should try to use design thinking, agile and lean when building your products.

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