October, 2017

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.

Managing an Existing Product: Day 1

Under10 Playbook

An important skill for a product manager is the ability to parachute into an existing product and land on your feet. When parachuting into an existing product you have to immerse yourself in your new company and learn as much as you can as quickly as you can.

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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?

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.

Take training beyond your LMS: technical considerations for extended enterprise

You know the benefits of extended enterprise. But how do execute the plan? Learn more about the technical considerations that can help you create a strategy to manage the delivery and tracking of product training across a variety of systems.

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Your First 2 Weeks with an Existing Product

Under10 Playbook

An important skill for a product manager is the ability to parachute into an existing product and land on your feet. What should you accomplish during your first 2 weeks? Step 1: Set up meetings with your product’s key stakeholders. Step 2: Find (or Create) the backlog.

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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.

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.

“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.

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.

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.

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).

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.”

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.

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?

Lessons from 500 Startups on Building a Product Business

Mind the Product

ProductTank Lviv was the first ProductTank community in Ukraine. When we had our first meetup around a year ago, there were only 10 of us but we’re now 150 strong. So while the product community in Lviv is still small, we’re hungry for knowledge.

How to prepare your Think-Out-Loud Study in UserZoom

Userzoom

Helpful tips to start collecting think out loud feedback from participants. So you’ve decided that you’re going to collect think out loud feedback from your participants on your next UserZoom study. Exciting!

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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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Career Paths in Product Management – Building Products vs. Building People

Tim Herbig

At one point in time, every PM will arrive at the point at which she has finally gained enough professional experience at her current or past job to climb the corporate ladder. Promotions become a thing. And thereby it’s not about leveling from which level, but about the act of leveling itself. While this may … Continue reading "Career Paths in Product Management – Building Products vs. Building People".

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?

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.

Agile Practice Guide Interview with Mike Griffiths

Johanna Rothman

Last year, I was part of a geographically distributed team who wrote the Agile Practice Guide. Shane Hastie interviewed us during Agile 2017. His interview (which was a ton of fun!) is here: Johanna Rothman and Mike Griffiths on the Agile Alliance/PMI Agile Practice Guide.

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.

Product success lessons from Amazon–and other innovation insights for product managers Oct 6, 2017

Product Innovation Educators

Each week I scour articles, wading through the dogs, and bringing you the best insights to help product managers and innovators be heroes. 3 keys to product success the Amazon way. (1)

Creating a compelling culture

Lead on Purpose

Whether you recognize it or not, the organization you work in has a culture. Big or small, every company has beliefs and values that drive its core philosophy. Top leaders understand the importance of culture and work to ensure their … Continue reading → Leadership Purpose Trust abundance character compelling competency culture servant leadership

The Importance of Scrum Ceremonies

Clever PM

I recently had a really great conversation with a fellow co-worker about how and why companies struggle with the adoption of agile methodologies like Scrum. It just so happened that he had come from a very large company where someone had undertaken something unheard of — they attempted to objectively measure the effect that Scrum […]. Product Management Agile Backlog Culture Definitions Good PM Organization PM Scrum

Time for a Team Assessment

Under10 Playbook

Agile development processes are great but they aren’t the same as product management processes. One of the most common challenges in product management is a lack of clarity on roles and responsibilities.

Product Manager Nightmares and Horror Stories

280 Group

Happy Halloween They may not have a catchy theme song like the Ghost Busters, but Product Managers are no strangers to scary situations.

The Typology of Design Sprints

Mind the Product

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IKEA, AR, and Building Irresistible Products with Customer-Obsessed Product Management

Revulytics

Perhaps you’ve heard of, or even used, this new augmented reality (AR) application, “IKEA Place” from IKEA. It allows you to pick from 2,000 pieces of furniture on IKEA’s online catalog, and then visualize through an Apple iOS 11 device, to scale, what something would look like in your living room, or bedroom, or wherever you have the tenacity to assemble a piece of IKEA furniture.

How to Thrive in the Product-Led Era

Amplitude

Editor’s note: This is the first post in a series exploring what it takes for businesses to survive and thrive in the product-led era. If you’d like us to take on a particular topic under this theme, we’d love to hear from you. Please leave a comment below.

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Five Tips for Leveraging Empathy in Product Management

Roman Pichler

Why Empathy Matters. Possibly the most profound challenge in product management is to understand the needs of users and customers. Without developing the right understanding, our chances of creating a successful product are slim.

Utilizing UX and SEO for Better Marketing Results

Userzoom

How to employ UX and SEO for better marketing results. The concept of encouraging customers to buy a product or service remains the same from the days before the internet, but marketing today now relies heavily on digital platforms. Advertisers and marketers have had to adjust to a whole new world of acronyms and procedures. Let’s take a look at two of them and how you can use them for better marketing results: UX and SEO.

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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.