January, 2020

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The results are in: State of Feature Delivery

Split

Over the past few months we’ve been out in the field, chatting with development and operations teams from more than 100 different organizations around the U.S. We wanted to know how they get software to market. How often do they release new features to their users? How often do they run into problems in the release process? What does great look like for continuous delivery?

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Release Planning Advice

Roman Pichler

What Release Planning Entails and Why It Matters. While release and release planning are common terms, I find that different individuals attribute different meanings to them. I regard a release as a version of a product , for example, Mac OS X Catalina and Windows 10. Releases come in two flavours: major releases, like iOS 13, and minor releases, such as iOS 13.3.

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Talk the Walk

Ask Benny

Express your thoughts and beliefs to become a better professional When people are thinking about self-branding, many times they imagine only the “external” benefits. A person investing in self-branding is considered sometimes investing only in being more known, extending their network, and extending their value in the market. Some people are not feeling comfortable with all of the above.

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What You Need to Know When Visualizing Your Goals

Nir Eyal

The post What You Need to Know When Visualizing Your Goals appeared first on Nir and Far.

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Platform Product Management Beyond Features: Introducing B-MAP for Platform Ecosystem Success

Traditional PM struggles with the complexities of platform ecosystems. B-MAP framework tackles this challenge. B-MAP goes beyond features, focusing on building, managing, adapting, and partnering to foster a thriving platform ecosystem.

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Overcoming Cognitive Biases That Reduce Feature Adoption

Mind the Product

In this blog post, I’ll explore how momentum behavior, loss aversion, and the default effect can influence the adoption rates of product features and give examples of how you can address these hurdles. We humans are resistant to change, which can be an obstacle when introducing new product features to the marketplace. App developers, marketers, and designers often have to overcome psychological barriers that prevent users from changing their habits and adopting new behaviors.

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The ABCs of data: how to make sense of your company’s data as a product manager

Mixpanel

In the age of data and analytics, we’ve come to believe that, with enough data, we can make smart decisions and become truly data-driven. But as the global data volume has gone from big to enormous, many businesses today find themselves thinking: What do we do with it? Collectively, we’ll be generating 175 zetabytes of data by 2025. And yours is among all that data—data about and produced by your customers as well as data that’s central to your day-to-day business operations.

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Not just support on steroids: How to build a Customer Success team

Intercom, Inc.

Customer Success teams arise out of the need to provide high-touch guidance to your most valuable customers – without disrupting your Sales and Support teams. In Intercom’s early years, it wasn’t uncommon to find a support rep looped into a deal or asked to assist with onboarding. With only our Support team available as product experts, our sales reps relied heavily on them, and whatever product knowledge the reps already had, to troubleshoot customers’ problems. “Our customers neede

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Efficiency Innovation vs Tranformational Innovation

Strategyzer

Efficiency innovation is easier to do, it's about management. Where it gets hard is transformational innovation. So what can you do as a leader?

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Three Strategies for Being Successfully Transparent

ProductCraft

It’s a scenario that would make any product manager sweat: A Skype call with senior executives to review the pricing model for your brand-new product. In advance of this meeting, I met with dozens of target prospects and several relevant analysts to validate the pricing model. I captured and synthesized competitive pricing information. Then I. Read more » The post Three Strategies for Being Successfully Transparent appeared first on ProductCraft by Pendo.

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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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A Leader's Guide to Implementing OKRs (Part 2)

Sachin Rekhi

It has been incredible to see such a positive response to my OKRs post. So many of you reached out telling me how valuable it was to hear about the details of implementing a successful OKR program. Many of you also reached out with follow-up questions asking me to dive deeper into aspects you were struggling with in your own implementation. I thought I would share the most frequently asked questions as a follow-up post for those interested.

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The High Cost of Context Switching for Product Managers

ProductPlan

In computer programming, context switching refers to storing an active process in its current state so the system’s CPU can shift its resources to other tasks. A user can then instruct the CPU at any time to resume the process from the same point. Context switches consume a lot of resources, and system designers try to reduce the need for them. But these switches are necessary to allow operating systems to multitask.

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A Decade of Product Management

Melissa Perri

I've been reflecting on the last decade in Product Management. We've come a long way but we still have far to go. These are a few of my observations and personal experiences. Not every company has seen all these changes, but by and large I think it's been a positive push forward and I'm proud of where we've come from and where we have gotten to. -- 2014: "I do not need Product Managers, I can run my company myself,I have the strategy." 2019: "How do I hire a Chief Product Officer?

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Wireframes Aren’t Just for Designers

Mind the Product

Wireframes are often underused in the product development process but, as I’ll explain in this post, they can be invaluable in facilitating communication and knowledge transfer. Using pen and paper to sketch out concepts and designs for software began with the birth of the graphical user interface (GUI) in the 1980s. It was a simple yet powerful technique used by visionaries, makers, and salespeople to communicate ideas for products and features that didn’t yet exist.

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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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Top Strategies to Advance Your Product Management Career Rapidly – Part 4

280 Group

“Management is doing things right. Leadership is doing the right things.” — Peter Drucker. In this article, we’ll discuss some of the concepts around how to step up and become a leader to your product team and organization. Product Management is a unique role because Product Managers have all the responsibility for a product’s success yet no formal authority.

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Why 36% is the magic number: Finding the right amount of text in mobile apps

Intercom, Inc.

I studied the first screen of 25 popular iOS apps to determine how much text they use. The results shows us the value of taking a principled approach to writing text for mobile apps – because product design is still all about the words. Mobile apps dominate our digital experiences. People downloaded a record 204 billion of them from the Google and Apple app stores in 2019.

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The Solutions Manager Role In Its Purest Form. Consider It!

Product Management University

The solutions manager role in its purest form mirrors one or more customer business functions. It feeds product management, product marketing, sales and customer success teams, and has no intended alignment to any products. Its mission is to deliver pure, unbiased customer business requirements to all customer-facing functions, especially product management, product marketing and sales.

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Voice of the Customer Technology Buying: Turn Fear Into Power

Alchemer Mobile

In Gartner’s November 2019 “ Accelerate Buying Decisions ” article, analysts make an important distinction: “Technology buying is typically an act of change.” No matter your business, change and investment in new Voice of the Customer (VoC) technology can be scary. In order to make the decision, enterprise teams typically answer three primary questions during their buying journey: Why should we change?

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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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Product Owner vs. Product Manager

The Product Guy

The Product Management role is very broad. It requires an incredible variety of skills and can consume a human life. Is it time to break the role down into different functions? In a recent live stream from one of our mentors of The Product Mentor , Jordan Bergtraum, lead a conversation on this topic. We are always looking for more product mentors from all around the world.

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Keeping Track Of Your HEART – Tomer Sharon on The Product Experience

Mind the Product

There’s a lot of debate in the product and research communities about quantitative vs qualitative approaches to metrics, so we sat down with Tomer Sharon (MD/Head of User Research and Metrics at Goldman Sachs) to talk about how he uses Google’s HEART approach to track what matters. Formerly of Google and WeWork, Tomer talks about all five parts of the model – Happiness, Engagement, Adoption, Retention and Task – and also shares his take on NPS.

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Product Manager Salary Data in 2020

280 Group

This article details product manager salary data for general product manager jobs (unspecified type). All salary information was reported by Glassdoor and Salary.com in January 2020. “Don’t be afraid to demand promotions earlier on in your career and be prepared to walk. Don’t stay in an unfulfilling job just because you have a steady paycheck. If you don’t take risks to get what you deserve, you’re depriving yourself of a brighter future.” — Director of Product Management, Fintech |

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Miro’s Andrey Khusid on the art of distributed teamwork

Intercom, Inc.

?. Andrey Khusid, founder and CEO of Miro , hasn’t done many interviews. In fact this is his first podcast appearance, so we were delighted late last year when he agreed to join us in the studio. We chatted about the company’s evolution from RealtimeBoard, a tool beloved by the UX community, to Miro – a rapidly growing SaaS innovator that boasts Dell, Netflix, Ikea, and Spotify amongst their steadily growing roster of clients.

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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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What I’m Saying Yes to in 2020 (With 2 Big Announcements)

Product Talk

For many of us, the beginning of the year is a fresh start. It’s an opportunity to recommit to the things that matter most to us. Last year, I wrote “ What I’m Saying No to This Year—And Why ” to clearly outline what I wanted to focus on in 2019. Over the course of the year, I reread that post at least a dozen times to help me stay focused on my priorities.

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How Customer Emotion Impacts Customer Sentiment

Alchemer Mobile

Experts suggest understanding customer emotion and customer sentiment is the key to unlocking customer experience over the next decade. Forrester recently reported that when it comes to stand-out customer experiences, leading brands rely on emotion to build loyalty. But many marketers and product managers often use “emotion” and “sentiment” interchangeably, even though they are very different.

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Overcoming Bias

The Product Guy

Product management is difficult world to enter. How have you been able to overcome the various hurdles and open the right doors? Watch and learn more from product management expert, Tanya Koshy.

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Why you Should Build for People, not for Users

Mind the Product

In this blog post, I’ll explain why product managers need to solve user problems in a way that offers a great experience and makes them feel as though they’re understood. At the start of my career as a product manager, I came across a quote from Daniel Pink that has stuck with me over the years: Believe it or not, many people don’t care how awesome your product is.

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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.