October, 2017

3 Ways to Apply Lean Product Management Right Away

280 Group

280 Group CEO and Founder, Brian Lawley, is once again joined by the prominent author, consultant and trainer, Greg Cohen. Greg works for 280 Group and has authored best-selling books such as Agile Excellence for Product Managers, Lean Product Management, and Strategy Excellence for Product Managers.

How Home Depot Product Managers Are Fighting Back Against Amazon

The Accidental Product Manager

Home Depot product managers are not giving up in the fight against Amazon Image Credit: Mike Mozart. If you are a product manager working in the field of retail goods, there is one word that should strike fear in your heart: Amazon.

5 Product Design Tips: Making Your App Sticky From the Start

Mind the Product

The consumer buying journey is changing, yet today’s product design doesn’t always reflect this. In the past, consumers typically read product reviews and bought the product that most reflected what they wanted. Products were simple, with a few buttons and straightforward directions.

This Keystone Habit Will Fuel the Rest of Your Continuous Discovery Habits

Product Talk

I love working as a discovery coach. I work with dozens of teams at several companies spanning many industries. I coach each team—a product manager, a design lead, and a tech lead—for three months, working with them virtually week over week.

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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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What Does The Internet Of Things Mean To Product Managers?

The Accidental Product Manager

How will product managers deal with the Internet of Things? Image Credit: cea +. Just in case you’ve been living with your head under a rock, there is this thing called the “internet of things” that is getting ready to take over the world.

10 Great Questions Product Managers Should ask Customers

Mind the Product

You can get a lot of helpful insight from the perspective of a customer, just simply by asking the right questions. Customers are usually quite willing to provide you with their feedback, especially if they’ve had a particularly positive or negative experience. You can learn quickly about what you’re doing right and what you’re doing wrong, in your customer’s eyes.

Visiting Customers? What?

PM Hardcore

Nothing Important Happens In The Office. We product managers are always told that we need to spend a lot of time with customers, and with the market, to create successful products. This advice, while good, is not actionable. It’s vague and aspirational.

Book review: “Product Roadmaps Relaunched”

bpma ProductHub

How would you assess your own roadmapping process? A new book, Product Roadmaps Relaunched, could help you re-think and re-launch your approach to Product Roadmapping. It’s a real practitioners’ book, written by four Boston-based leaders in Product Management: C. Todd Lombardo, Bruce McCarthy, Evan Ryan and Michael Connors. The 11-chapters are a master class on product roadmapping, and is supported by 65+ interviews from real practitioners. The book is packed with examples and best practices.

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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.

Confirmation Bias: Why You Make Terrible Life Choices

Nir Eyal

Nir’s Note: This post is co-authored with and illustrated by Lakshmi Mani, a product designer working in San Francisco. You walk into your first yoga class. You’re a little insecure about your weight and how your yoga clothes cling to your body revealing every flaw. You’re nervous about making a fool of yourself. Your eyes instantly […]. The post Confirmation Bias: Why You Make Terrible Life Choices appeared first on Nir and Far. Changing Your Habits Upgrading Yourself biases


Issues Faced at the End of the Product Lifecycle

280 Group

280 Group’s Director of Products and Services, Pamela Schure is here to talk with Consultant and Trainer JF Ouellette about the end of the Product Lifecycle. Specifically, Pamela and JF will discuss a few issues that are faced when a Product Manager has to End of Life a product.

Is Twitter Out Of Control?

The Accidental Product Manager

Has Twitter lost control of its most valuable asset? Image Credit: Pietromassimo Pasqui. Hopefully you are well aware of just who Twitter is. The micro blogging service has over 313 million monthly users (just think about adding that to your product manager resume).

Product Prioritization by the Numbers

Mind the Product

It’s no secret that every software company has a different way of working out what feature they’ll build next.

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.

Should You Be A Product Manager?

PM Hardcore

Have you built something? Have you led a team? Product management is a hot, hot profession right now. It’s one of the most important roles in a product company , especially in high tech. But is it right for you?

How Little Can You Do (& Still be Effective)

Johanna Rothman

Back in Manage It!, I suggested that for requirements, the questions should be, “How little can we do?” ” and still have a great product. My argument was this: the longer the project (regardless of approach), the more risk there is. Can you reduce risk by reducing the requirements? That would allow you to release earlier with less risk. Not to release a bad product. No, to release a smaller product.

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Test-Driven Product Management at an Early-Stage Startup


This is a guest post in our Product Innovator Series from Jennelle Nystrom, product manager at Farmstead. . Today, it’s common to hear people talk about testing early-stage products like it’s a bad thing.

Help Salespeople Tell the Story of Your Product

280 Group

In this video Brian Lawley, CEO and Founder of 280 Group, will talk with Tom Evans, a Senior Product Management Consultant and Trainer. Today Tom will explain how as a Product Manager, you can really help Salespeople tell the story of your product.

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.

When Is A Diet Soda Not A Diet Soda?

The Accidental Product Manager

Sparking Ice is a diet soda that goes by a different name Image Credit: SweatCor. It turns out that if you are a product manager who works for either Coke or Pepsi right now, things are not going so well for you. The market for their diet sodas is starting to tank.

Critical Thinking for Product Teams by Teresa Torres

Mind the Product

In this illuminating talk from Mind the Product London 2017, Teresa Torres shares her opportunity solution tree – a visual aid that can help you find the best place to focus your team’s energies, whilst ensuring you consider enough opportunities.

Visiting Customers? What?

PM Hardcore

Nothing Important Happens In The Office. We product managers are always told that we need to spend a lot of time with customers, and with the market, to create successful products. This advice, while good, is not actionable. It’s vague and aspirational.

Bring Me A Rock

Under10 Playbook

Communication is a key skill for people managers and product managers. And it’s something we could all do better. Many requests seem to be “bring me a rock.” ” And then, “But not that one.”

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?

Humans Hate Being Spun: How to Practice Radical Honesty — from the Woman Who Defined Netflix’s Culture

First Round Review

Patty McCord created the famed 'Culture Doc' that became Netflix's foundation. Here, she talks about how to make honesty everyone's default. Continue reading at First Round Review »


“My CEO is a Finance Guy Stuck on ROI…”

Mironov Consulting

(combining a series of similar conversations). Head of Product: My CEO is a finance guy*, and is pushing the product team hard to prioritize all engineering work solely on ROI.

The Secret To Marketing Packaged Foods

The Accidental Product Manager

It’s what goes into packaged foods that seems to matter the most Image Credit: alsis35 (now at ipernity). I can only speak for myself, but when I go food shopping I’m on a mission. I find what I’m looking for, I put it in my cart, I check out, and then I’m done.

The Heart of Innovation by Blade Kotelly

Mind the Product

Good innovation should make your company feel uncomfortable. In this inspiring talk from Mind the Product London 2017, Blade Kotelly shares a process that he says will give you the best chance to innovate, although it doesn’t necessarily guarantee success.

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.

Should You Be A Product Manager?

PM Hardcore

Have you built something? Have you led a team? Product management is a hot, hot profession right now. It’s one of the most important roles in a product company , especially in high tech. But is it right for you?

Create an Opportunity Definition

Under10 Playbook

The biggest waste of all in product development is building something that absolutely no one wants. Eric Ries, author, Lean Startup. One of the key ideas of Lean manufacturing is to avoid waste. Spending more than a day completing a business document for an idea that won’t go forward is waste.

This Brand Strategy Can Make Your Startup Look Bigger Than It Is

First Round Review

As a founding partner of Rock Health and seasoned consultant, Leslie Ziegler has helped brand dozens of startups. Here's what the success stories had in common. Continue reading at First Round Review »

How Do You Test Automated Data Entry for Mobile Web Apps? A Tip We Gave to Our Customer

Amir Rozenberg

These days, many brands are finding new ways of streamlining the user experience in order to drive higher adoption rates, increased security, and user satisfaction.

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?