July, 2016

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10 Tips for Creating an Agile Product Roadmap

Roman Pichler

1 Focus on Goals and Benefits. Whenever you are faced with an agile, dynamic environment—be it that your product is young and is experiencing significant change or that the market is dynamic with new competitors or technologies introducing change, you should work with a goal-oriented product roadmap, sometimes also referred to as theme-based. Goal-oriented roadmaps focus on goals or objectives like acquiring customers, increasing engagement, and removing technical debt.

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What is Good Product Strategy?

Melissa Perri

“What is your Product Strategy? YOU NEED A STRATEGY.” When I replay this scene in my head, I can hear the CTO very audibly yelling (slash pleading) with our product team. He was on edge. We had been experimenting towards a very concrete goal for two months, and had made a lot of progress. We had learned so much about what was preventing users from signing up on the site, and it was a lot clearer which direction in which we should be going.

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Elevate Your Product Leadership Through Emotional Intelligence

280 Group

The Product Leadership Challenge Product Managers have a most distinct leadership challenge: standing at the hub of a multitude of departments and bringing together people with disparate goals and skills, you have all the responsibility for creating a successful whole product yet you have little formal authority to direct the actions of others. Therefore, successful product management requires highly effective leadership.

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SVPMA July Meeting – Steven Haines

The Product Bistro

On Wednesday, July 6th, I attended the SVPMA monthly meeting. This time was different from the usual invited speaker, it was Steven Haines of Sequent Learning who hosted a “role play” of a cross functional product meeting. An interesting role play, Steven lined up 6 victims willing participants, to represent the major functional groups in an organization, Product Management, Operations, Sales, Marketing, Customer Support, and Development, providing each of them a backstory to guide t

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7 Pitfalls for Apache Cassandra in Production

Apache Cassandra is an open-source distributed database that boasts an architecture that delivers high scalability, near 100% availability, and powerful read-and-write performance required for many data-heavy use cases. However, many developers and administrators who are new to this NoSQL database often encounter several challenges that can impact its performance.

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Understand Your Power To Claim Your Value (Part 2 of 3)

bpma ProductHub

Contributed by Sarah McCrary. This is the second post in the “Understand Your Power To Claim Your Value” series. In the previous post, we identified the seven sources of power and highlighted that enduring and authentic power emanates from referent, expert, and connection power sources. There are effective and not-so-effective ways to claim your value to your team, organization, and market.

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8 Tips for Collaborating with Development Teams

Roman Pichler

Manage the Product, not the Team. Focus on your job as the product manager or product owner, and manage the product, not the team. Provide guidance on the product, including its market, value proposition, business goals, and key features. But let the ScrumMaster or coach tackle people, process, and organisational issues; let the development team figure out what needs to be done to implement the user stories and other product backlog items.

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What is Good Product Strategy?

Melissa Perri

“What is your Product Strategy? YOU NEED A STRATEGY.” When I replay this scene in my head, I can hear the CTO very audibly yelling (slash pleading) with our product team. He was on edge. We had been experimenting towards a very concrete goal for two months, and had made a lot of progress. We […].

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The Secret to Sending Emails and Notifications That Work

Nir Eyal

In this video I discuss the psychology of sending good triggers. The video is based on an earlier post written with Ximena Vengoechea. What do you think? What are some examples of well-timed triggers? Let me know in the comments. The post The Secret to Sending Emails and Notifications That Work appeared first on Nir and Far.

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Focus Group Focus

Haines-Group

You can learn much from Organizations, Buyers, Users, Influencers, and Channel partners by focusing on the questions for which Focus Groups serve well: U nderstand Market Needs Discover : Problems/Needs. Aspirations. Currently used solutions. Business impacts and context. Trends. Purchase drivers. Segments/Personas. T est Concepts (product or marketing concepts) Discover : Existing knowledge & attitudes that impact the concept.

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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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Understand Your Power To Claim Your Value (Part 3 of 3)

bpma ProductHub

Contributed by Sarah McCrary. This is the third post in the “Understand Your Power To Claim Your Value” series. Previous posts identified the seven sources of power and highlighted that enduring and authentic power emanates from referent, expert, and connection power sources. Be Decisive Under Pressure. There are techniques to build your decision making agility in situations where there is time pressure, incomplete information, and consequences to delay.

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People Don’t Buy IoT, They Buy a Solution to a Problem

Daniel Elizalde IoT Blog

Too many product teams and entrepreneurs think, “If I connect it, they will come.” The problem is that people don’t buy IoT, they buy a solution to a problem. In this post, I talk about an excellent example of IoT solving a customer problem, and share tips for evaluating if IoT is right for your […]. The post People Don’t Buy IoT, They Buy a Solution to a Problem appeared first on Tech Product Management.

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The Top Strategies For Doing Customer Interviews That Get You Real Insights

Street Smart Product Manager

We all know a core responsibility of a product manager is to constantly and consistently bring in the customer perspective into the business. That means the ability to effectively interview customers is a critical skill for every product manager. I must admit, earlier in my career I totally sucked at it. I had no plan. […]. The post The Top Strategies For Doing Customer Interviews That Get You Real Insights appeared first on Street Smart Product Manager.

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The DIY Illusion

Mironov Consulting

I’ve recently talked with several companies that are spending $1M/year or more to build generic software that is very similar to commercially available products. In each case, they’ve ended up with partial solutions, late delivery, disappointed users, and unconscionable costs. I call this the Do It Yourself Illusion : the idea that broadly available commercial products don’t give us exactly what we want, but our internal team can whip up just the right thing.

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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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Three Steps To Get Up To Speed On Any Subject Quickly

Nir Eyal

You have just a few days to learn everything there is to know about a subject you know nothing about. Now what? “Don’t boil the ocean,” Terry said as he slapped a tall stack of papers on my desk. “Just tell us what we need to know.” I was staring at a serious problem. To […]. The post Three Steps To Get Up To Speed On Any Subject Quickly appeared first on Nir and Far.

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One-On-Ones Are Essential – Bringing the Donuts 07/12/2016

Ken Norton

How do you make the most of one-on-ones? -. One-on-ones are the most important meetings on your calendar, whether they’re with your engineering lead, designer, direct reports, or manager. They help you build relationships, clear roadblocks, and solve problems. Many of us treat one-on-ones as expendable. Every time you cancel or reschedule, you’re sending a message that something else.

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Interview: A Chat with BPMA Mentor and Edx CTO, Mark Haseltine

bpma ProductHub

Last fall, I had the opportunity to begin a six month mentorship program through the BPMA. Being paired with my mentor Mark Haseltine, CTO at Edx, was a unique and valuable experience. I recently had a chance to sit down with Mark and discuss the product ecosystem and Boston tech scene as a whole. How did you get involved with the BPMA? Being born and raised in New England, I’ve been a part of the Boston area development community for decades now — making a point to foster and support loca

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People Don’t Buy IoT, They Buy a Solution to a Problem

Daniel Elizalde IoT Blog

The Internet of Things (IoT) continues to be one of the biggest buzzwords around. You hear about it everywhere: from industry publications, tech publications, blogs, and even in the news. Every article I read usually starts by stating that by 2020 (or some year in the near future), we’ll have billions of connected devices. And it’s true that more and more IoT products are […] The post People Don’t Buy IoT, They Buy a Solution to a Problem first appeared on Daniel Elizalde.

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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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You Just Completed a Workshop…What Next?

Rahul Abhyankar

Congratulations! You just completed a workshop. Hopefully it was not death by powerpoint, and the instructor made sure you were not just sitting in a chair all day, made sure you stayed engaged, asked you questions and answered yours with some real-life examples. Now, armed with this newfound knowledge and way of thinking, you are … Continue reading You Just Completed a Workshop…What Next?

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TEI 079: Cross the chasm using the target market model – with Chasm Institute’s Michael Eckhardt - The Everyday Innovator – Resources for Product Managers and Innovators

Product Innovation Educators

I read Crossing the Chasm when it was published in 1991. The third edition was released last year, with updated examples of how companies successfully increased the market for their new products. The book introduced me to the “target market model,” which had a significant impact on how I thought about the relationship between product growth and market segments.

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It’s How You React to Failure that Matters: Why Ego is the Enemy

Nir Eyal

Nir’s Note: This guest post is an excerpt from my friend Ryan Holiday’s new book, Ego Is the Enemy. Ryan is the author of three other books and his monthly reading recommendations, which go out to 50,000+ subscribers, can be found here. It can ruin your life only if it ruins your character. —Marcus Aurelius John DeLorean ran his car […].

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Podcast: Technically Speaking About Agile Product Management

Mironov Consulting

Caryn Tomer & John Hartmann brought their Technically Speaking Podcast to Agile2016 in Atlanta. Here’s their talk with me on Day 3 (July 27th)… We chatted about the importance of understanding what customers really want; style/personality differences between Sales folks and Engineering folks; how to motivate development teams; what killed off the dinosaurs, and “ Mommas, don’t let your boys and girls grow up to be product managers.

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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 is the Difference between Concentration and Attention (or Mindfulness)?

Surya Suravarapu

We need both of them?—?but what’s the difference between concentration and attention (also known as mindfulness)? Quick Definitions Concentration relates to focusing your mind on a particular item. Focusing or forcing your mind on a lecture, for example, and not getting distracted by, say, your smartphone. Concentration is essential for accumulating knowledge, more mechanical and technical: like learning a new programming language, learning the mechanics of car driving, etc.

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Has anybody thought about modular cars?

SidsAvenue

Cars, since their introduction in the early 1900s have revolutionized the way we commute. These days, it is one of the prominent aspects of modern life is a car. For some cars is a travel necessity, for some it’s a status symbol and for some it’s a hobby. The car sold in the showroom is often customized to suit the taste of the consumer. Some people get the seat and seat covers changed, music enthusiasts upgrade the music system, colors are used to give the car a sporty look, hoods are added to

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What is the Technology Services Industry Association (TSIA)?

TSIA

The Technology Services Industry Association (TSIA) is where technology industry leaders go to get the right insight they'll need to optimize their service business. Using the most relevant data, research, and business strategies, we help our members overcome their top business challenges, successfully implement new business models, and maintain the highest performance possible for their operation.

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TEI 082: Design Thinking and Action Learning for product managers – with Chuck Appleby, PhD - The Everyday Innovator – Resources for Product Managers and Innovators

Product Innovation Educators

Product management is about change – the change that creating new products involves. Along the way, product managers need to learn about customers and their needs, consider problems from different perspectives, and collaborate with others. A person with deep experience in doing these things and helping groups and organizations identify and push through barriers of innovation is Chuck Appleby.

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A Tale of Two Case Studies: Using LLMs in Production

Speaker: Tony Karrer, Ryan Barker, Grant Wiles, Zach Asman, & Mark Pace

Join our exclusive webinar with top industry visionaries, where we'll explore the latest innovations in Artificial Intelligence and the incredible potential of LLMs. We'll walk through two compelling case studies that showcase how AI is reimagining industries and revolutionizing the way we interact with technology. Some takeaways include: How to test and evaluate results 📊 Why confidence scoring matters 🔐 How to assess cost and quality 🤖 Cross-platform cost vs. quality tr