June, 2017

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Product Manager vs. Product Owner

Melissa Perri

“What is the difference between a Product Owner and a Product Manager?”. It’s an interesting question and one that takes time to unpack. Let’s look at where these terms and disciplines originated from and how some common frameworks explain them. When I started my career, I was called a Business Analyst. I did very little “business analysis” as we would look at it in traditional IT companies.

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The importance of exercising courage

Lead on Purpose

I’ve recently had several experiences that required me to get out of my comfort zone. The subject of courage has becoming particularly important and meaningful to me in recent weeks and months.

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Five Tips for Product Managers to Get Executive Support

280 Group

If you are in Product Management, executive support for your plans can mean the difference between your product’s success and failure. Getting executives and management to support what you are proposing can be very challenging and difficult. What can a Product Manager do to increase the chances of getting what they ask for? This video and article cover five techniques for just that.

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Here’s Why Every Product Manager Must Learn to Love Data

UserVoice

“Big data.” It’s one of Silicon Valley’s favorite and most annoying buzzwords, yet there’s no data shortage in sight as data companies continue sprouting (and growing) like weeds. It’s clear that data is here to stay, but many product managers are still yet to embrace data-driven product management…and they’re making a big mistake. Here’s why every product manager should start paying more attention to data ASAP: It’s Not as Complicated as it Looks.

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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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How To Talk To Your Executives About Agile

The Secret PM Handbook

People have asked me “How can I get my execs to support an agile transformation? They don’t like that they can’t predict anything.”. Reframe the Agile conversation around value. Orient the conversation around value, not around methodologies. (Picture credit below). This is never going to be an easy conversation, but I recommend reframing it from the outset.

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Product Manager vs. Product Owner

Melissa Perri

“What is the difference between a Product Owner and a Product Manager?” It’s an interesting question and one that takes time to unpack. Let’s look at where these terms and disciplines originated from and how some common frameworks explain them. When I started my career, I was called a Business Analyst.

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The determination to do

Lead on Purpose

One of the interesting things I’ve found about life—all aspects of life—is that it keeps moving forward, it keeps changing. Every day brings something new, something different.

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Why an MVP Needs to Be a Product and Not Just a Test

280 Group

Language is dynamic, and terms in product management are subject to the same forces. Meanings evolve, and this can lead to ambiguity. The MVP or minimum viable product is one such term. It has been popularized by Lean Startup for nearly a decade. Although Eric Ries, the founder of Lean Startup, did not invent the term MVP, I credit him for its adoption into the standard lexicon of product teams.

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Balance Your Portfolio with the Product Portfolio Matrix

Roman Pichler

The Matrix Reloaded. The product portfolio matrix , also called growth–share and BCG matrix, wants to help you achieve a balanced portfolio, a portfolio that contains the right mix of young and established products. The matrix categorises products as question marks, stars, cash cows, and pets (also known as dogs ). The picture below shows the grid with its four quadrants and product types; cash cows are represented by the dollar sign and pets by a cross.

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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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To 10x Your Profits Start With Retrospectives

The Secret PM Handbook

20% is boring. As many of you know, there’s a technique called a “ retrospective ” in scrum, or you might call it a debrief. After each sprint the team spends a short amount of time reviewing what went well, what could be improved, and what they should stop doing. The goal is for the team to learn quickly from each sprint. So, let’s say I really wanted my team to start doing retrospectives, and the team is unwilling.

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Workshop: How to Get the Most Out of User Interviews

bpma ProductHub

A Hands-on Event on June 14th, 2017. By Garima Painuly – As product managers, we know we should obsess over our customers. Depending on your organization, you may be working with a robust user research team or you may be on your own, finding & conducting interviews to uncover needs and ideas that might delight. But how can we ensure that we’re getting the most out of the time we spend with users?

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Transitioning from Scrum to Kanban

Mind the Product

We here at insightsoftware.com, creators of Hubble , have recently moved from a Scrum to a Kanban software development approach. The driver behind the move was to improve the speed of business delivery and quality of the delivered product. The process seemed to go smoothly, even though the teams are distributed and have varying skill levels. In this short initial retrospective on the transition, I look at some of the factors that have helped and the potential for further improvements.

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How the workplace is changing

Lead on Purpose

Today’s workforce is working from home more and more. This trend is growing and isn’t showing any signs of slowing down.

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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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Who are Product Managers? Infographic

280 Group

What do Product Managers do? Product managers can work on a myriad of items be it: Software Hardware Cloud Services Or even Professional Services Many people say that even within the products they work on, there are a number of different kinds of product managers. Customer-focused Engineer-focused Design-focused Business-focused Where do Product Managers come from?

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4 Daily Scrum Tips for Product Owners & Product Managers

Roman Pichler

Tip #1: Know what it’s all about. The Daily Scrum meeting, sometimes also referred to as stand-up meeting, wants to help the development team manage its work. In Scrum, the team collectively agrees to a sprint goal and is responsible for meeting it. This includes tracking progress of the work on a daily basis and discussing any changes that may be required.

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To 10x Your Profits Start With Retrospectives

The Secret PM Handbook

20% is boring. As many of you know, there’s a technique called a “ retrospective ” in scrum, or you might call it a debrief. After each sprint the team spends a short amount of time reviewing what went well, what could be improved, and what they should stop doing. The goal is for the team to learn quickly from each sprint. So, let’s say I really wanted my team to start doing retrospectives, and the team is unwilling.

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Here’s how to develop the most successful user stories

bpma ProductHub

By Jeffrey Segarra – The precision and quality of your product requirements determine if your product will succeed or fail in the marketplace. Developing product requirements is part science and part art. There are many ways to deliver your requirements to your engineers but none is more effective than user stories. Why? Dale Carnegie said it best when he said, “When dealing with people, remember you are not dealing with creatures of logic, but creatures of emotion.” A list of

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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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Planning Your Prototype With a Customer Journey Map

Mind the Product

“A prototype is worth a thousand mock-ups,” as the saying goes. By definition a prototype is interactive. At the start of a project, it can be helpful if you create rough prototypes without too much detail. Doing this allows you to have high-level conversations over the direction of the user’s journey, rather than get distracted by specific visuals or wording.

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Persistence—the key to winning

Lead on Purpose

In recent weeks I have interacted with several friends and family who are working through difficult situations. We’ve had informative conversations about what motivates them to keep going. Though their motivations vary, the commonality is their desire to succeed.

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Two Questions Product Managers Should Ask Every Day

280 Group

There are two simple questions Product Managers need to ask every day in order to be dramatically more effective. By integrating the questions “Why?” and “So What?” in to their daily work, any product manager can improve their effectiveness. Why? Asking why is one of the most fundamental things you can do as a Product Manager. Beyond the first ask, you should get underneath the initial answer, dig deeper in to some motivations and meanings by asking why several times.

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Top 75+ Resources for Product Managers

Sachin Rekhi

I'm often asked what's the best way for a new product manager to learn the fundamentals of the role or for an experienced product manager to continue to master their craft. Most folks are looking for a pointer to a book or a class they can take on product management, but I always reply with a collection of blog posts from practitioners sharing their best practices.

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A Comprehensive Checklist to Revamp Your Website & Increase Profitability

Unlock the power of a well-designed website with our eBook, 'Comprehensive Checklist: A Guide to Website Redesign.' Crafted by Brucira and ruttl founders, it's your ally in reshaping your digital presence. Welcome to a transformative journey!

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To 10x Your Profits Start With Retrospectives

The Secret PM Handbook

20% is boring. As many of you know, there’s a technique called a “ retrospective ” in scrum, or you might call it a debrief. After each sprint the team spends a short amount of time reviewing what went well, what could be improved, and what they should stop doing. The goal is for the team to learn quickly from each sprint. So, let’s say I really wanted my team to start doing retrospectives, and the team is unwilling.

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The competitive advantage of BPMA sponsored groups

bpma ProductHub

An Agile Product Open meetup recap. By Lisa Sieverts – The BPMA sponsors many different groups that provide practical educational and workshop type events. These events empower our membership with the knowledge and skills necessary to improve their current work or further advance their careers in product management. Product management is one of those disciplines that simply requires continuous education to stay sharp.

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How bad Ideas get on the Roadmap

Mind the Product

Assimilating new hires can take a big bite out of your schedule, but it’s a process I’ve always enjoyed, despite this. Having a captive audience eager to learn about the product is red meat to me. The only part of it that ever made me cringe was when a question about the product roadmap caught me flat-footed: “Why is this on the roadmap?”. “Oh, it’s for a big deal of Laura’s which she expects to close this quarter…”.

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Product Manager vs Product Owner: The Simple Distinction

Product Management University

In the world of agile software development, the product manager vs product owner confusion is hardly new. This problem has existed as long as software and product managers have been around. It merely has a new name. If you define their responsibilities in a way that mirrors the business of the customer, the confusion is gone. Basics on the Product Owner and Product Manager Roles.

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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.