January, 2018

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Optimizing internal product communications

Folding Burritos

A lot of our time as PMs is spent communicating with other people in our organization. There’s high-level communication and discussion, and there’s low-level interaction with stakeholders about the day-to-day of the product’s development and operation. Since the majority of our communication time is typically spent on the tactical, let’s talk about that.

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The impact of poor leadership in an organization

Lead on Purpose

Guest post by Jennifer Birch In business, being a leader doesn’t just fill a job title.

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Understanding Customer Needs: Problem vs. Solution Space

280 Group

This is the first article in a three part series on navigating the Problem vs. Solution Space with a focus on understanding customer needs. Understanding Customer Needs “Well, we could…” I stopped myself quickly. I had fallen into the most common of traps. I had stopped paying attention to the customers’ needs and started working on a fix. Product Managers and the teams of developers they work with often tell me that Product Managers have problems writing good requirements.

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Subscriber Special: January

bpma ProductHub

Every month, subscribers to Ask a Tech Teacher get a free/discounted resource to help their tech teaching. January 1st-15th: Spend $28 or more on Structured Learning , get a free copy of the. Martin Luther King Day Bundle. Click to view slideshow. Jacqui Murray has been teaching K-18 technology for 18 years. She is the editor/author of over a hundred tech ed resources including a K-8 technology curriculum , K-8 keyboard curriculum, K-8 Digital Citizenship curriculum.

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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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“Compact, Immediately Useful, and Enough Depth” – The First Review

The Secret PM Handbook

It’s exciting to see the first review of The Secret Product Manager Handbook ! Geoff Anderson says: “While it isn’t strictly targeted at newbies, or folks who are interested in joining the ranks of Product Management, it is both a great introduction, and a guide that even very experienced members of the Product Management community can find value in, even if it is just to re-focus them on the basics.”.

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Why you Need Quantitative AND Qualitative Data

Mind the Product

Qualitative versus quantitative data: we’ve all been involved in a conversation debating their respective merits at some point in our careers. We’re often flipping backwards and forwards between letting feedback from a handful of customers drive all our product decisions or requiring everything to be backed up by statistically significant data. So which type of data is better?

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Turning your desires into purpose

Lead on Purpose

Success depends as much on the desire of an individual as anything else. Hard work, persistence and intelligence also factor in, and depending on the endeavor, these may play a big role.

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3 Secrets to Successful Product Management

280 Group

Brian Lawley is the CEO and Founder of 280 Group and an author of 5 best-selling books including Product Management for Dummies. In this video he is going to share with everyone the three secrets to successful Product Management. Without waiting any longer, let’s begin. Watch The Video The first secret we are going to talk about has to do with listening.

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BPMA: Network and Chill (for FREE!) Wednesday, January 31, 2018 | 6:30 – 9:30pm

bpma ProductHub

Network and Chill (for FREE!). Wednesday, January 31, 2018 | 6:30 – 9:30pm. New year, new network. Clear your calendar for BPMA’s first event of 2018 and network with other Boston area Product gurus. Don’t keep the networking to yourself….bring a buddy and help them break into Product! Along with drinks, apps and good vibes you can expect the following: Exchange best practices with your peers.

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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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Product Success Metrics, Demo Value Themes & The Definition of Successful Product Management

Product Management University

The B2B Product Manager Magazine January 2018 is now available. We’re kicking off 2018 with a discussion on product success metrics and a viewpoint that there’s only one critical metric that’s important over the long term. If you routinely hit that one, all the others will take care of themselves. We also look at the benefit of using customer value themes to drive your sales demos and how they can improve win rates.

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Our second audiobook: Intercom on Customer Engagement

Intercom, Inc.

In customer engagement, the right context for a message matters just as much as the right time and recipient. Given that content is in itself a tool for engagement, the same principle is in play. Today, we released our second installment in our audiobook series, Intercom on Customer Engagement. Divided into 8 shorter chapters, this compilation is our guide to crafting actionable messaging strategies that will help you grow your business.

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User Experience: 5 Tips for Designing Products to Appeal to Millennials

Mind the Product

You may have a great idea and polished advertising to go with it, but, for some reason, millennials don’t seem to click with your product. Do you ever wonder why? What can you do about it? Millennials are one of the largest generations by number, and will soon make up 50% of the global workforce according to PWC. But when it comes to customer loyalty, millennials are different.

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How to find your WHY

Lead on Purpose

A key focus of this blog—from its beginning—has been purpose. Leading on purpose, working with purpose; doing things intentionally, doing things for the right reason. Though topics have led in various directions, the core focus has been purpose.

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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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Start Fast at a New Product Manager Job

280 Group

This video features Pamela Schure, the Director of Products and Services at 280 Group, and JF Oullette, a Product Management consultant and professor. They are discussing how to quickly transition in to a new Product Manager job. If you want to bolster your core Product Management skills, take our online or in-person training. So how do you get in to your new Product Manager job and become an expert with the organization you are working for as quickly as possible?

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APO: Retrospectives: The Product Perspective Tuesday, February 6, 2018 | 6:00 – 9:00pm

bpma ProductHub

Retrospectives: The Product Perspective. Tuesday, February 6, 2018 | 6:00 – 9:00pm. Join the Agile Product Open community on Tuesday, February 6th at Slalom in Boston for an interactive evening focused on the product perspective for retrospectives. We join with other communities around the globe gathering on February 6th for World Retrospective Day.

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Measuring Product Success – The Only Thing That Matters

Product Management University

How can you gauge whether your product is hitting the mark? We’re not talking just good. We’re talking great, nailed it, hit it out of the park. Measuring product success ultimately comes down to one thing, and it’s the best barometer for what sales, customer retention, user engagement, wallet share and other success metrics should be. In B2B, the pinnacle of product success is when your products consistently make people (users) measurably better at their jobs in ways that have quantifiable stra

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Putting Customers First

The Product Guy

In a recent live stream from one of our mentors of The Product Mentor , Zoe Feltham, lead a conversation around “Putting Customers First”. We are always looking for more product mentors from all around the world. Signup to be a Mentor Today! Check it out… About The Product Mentor. The Product Mentor is a program designed to pair Product Mentors and Mentees from around the World, across all industries, from start-up to enterprise, guided by the fundamental goals… Better Decisions.

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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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Product Management Is Not Project Management

Mind the Product

As a product manager, it’s easy to get caught up doing the wrong job. With so much time and energy going into shipping great products, the project management demands of it all often create a center of gravity that’s hard for even the most veteran product managers to escape. But the most successful product managers know how to stay focused on what matters most.

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Creating your best year ever

Lead on Purpose

“The future is in your hands, but only if you act today.” Today starts a new year with new opportunities ahead.

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Assessment of Individual Product Manager Skills

280 Group

In this special video, 280 Group Founder and CEO, Brian Lawley, talks with Consultant/Trainer, Bill Haines, about an invaluable system he invented. Bill is going to explain the basics of the Individual Skills Assessment for Product Managers. Often times at 280 Group we’ll have managers or director or VPs come to us and they’ll want to do an assessment of their team.

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What is web based inventory management and how is it going to benefit your business?

Good Product Manager

Web based inventory management is the monitoring and maintenance of a business’ inventory levels using online software. Moving away from the errors and issues that arise with traditional methods of measuring stock levels, web based inventory management seamlessly keeps track of inventory coming in and going out of your business.

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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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What Defines Successful Product Management?

Product Management University

There are a lot of opinions on the definition of successful in product management. Is there one simple way to characterize the role of product management and what it takes to be successful? There are a thousand ways to characterize successful product management, but they all lead to one thing. When it’s all said and done, your products have to make the people who use them measurably better at what they do.

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Biggest Product Regret

The Product Guy

Excerpts from our conversation with The Best Product Person of 2017, Melissa Perri. Getting to Here. > What’s your biggest product regret? The 32 page product specification document I wrote for a change password functionality at my first job. It was a beautiful, robust, unnecessary document for really simple functionality. Watch now and see why she is counted amongst the ranks of the best in product management.

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Good Behavioral Product Manager, Bad Behavioral Product Manager

Mind the Product

A good product manager generally has a keen instinct for human behavior. However, the best product managers have learned how to incorporate the science of human behavior in a more rigorous way than just relying on instinct. This post (with a nod from Ben Horowitz’s seminal post) introduces the idea of a behavioral product manager (BPM) – a product manager who integrates the science and methods of behavioral science into product design, and discusses the traits of good BPMs and bad B

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Read This Before Joining as Employee 1 to 20 at a Startup

First Round Review

Stacy La made the leap from design at Yammer and Microsoft to Clover Health, when the bootstrapped startup was only four people. Now, the company's raised over $425M, 500+ employees strong, and La leads an eight-person design team. Read on for her tactics on how to survive — and thrive — as an early employee.

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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.