September, 2018

Future Founders, Here’s How to Spot and Build in Nonobvious Markets

First Round Review

Nonobvious markets can lead to hypergrowth, but they’re hard to spot in the moment. Leaning on his experience as a seasoned investor and operator, Elad Gil shares four principles to help uncover the three types of opportunities that others are overlooking.

10 Hacks of Customer-Centric Enterprise Product Managers

Mind the Product

Over the years I’ve worked alongside a number of enterprise product managers in many companies. Those who have stood out to me as particularly customer-centric have had two qualities in common. The first quality is about laying foundations and the second is about finishing touches.

Sprint Planning Tips for Product Owners

Roman Pichler

Come Prepared. Make sure you carry out the necessary prep work prior to the sprint planning meeting. Be clear on what you want the sprint to achieve, ensure that the product backlog is appropriately refined (or groomed) , and have its high-priority items ready.

Your Teams Don’t Talk with Customers Enough?—?Here is an Easy Fix

Product Management Lessons from the Trenches

Your Teams Don’t Talk with Customers Enough - Here is an Easy Fix Do you ever feel like your teams don’t have the pulse of the market? Like they don’t get enough time with real users/customers?

The 5 Levels of Analytics Maturity

Basic dashboards used to be enough to thrill end users. But over time, modern capabilities have emerged—and bare-minimum features are no longer cutting it. How have analytics changed? And where do your BI offerings fall? Find out sophisticated ways to future-proof your application. Brought to you by Logi Analytics.

Business Leaders look to Product Culture

bpma ProductHub

By Bruce McCarthy – I was completely wrong about the Business of Software conference. Friend and Co-Founder of Sense and Respond Press, Josh Seiden, told me it was great, but when I went the first time last year I think I was expecting an event for the CFOs and financial analysts of large companies all… Product Marketing

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Fundamental Attribution Error: Why You Make Terrible Life Choices

Nir Eyal

There I was, sitting in a packed movie theatre. I waited two years for this sequel and I’ve got enough popcorn and diet soda to last me a full three hours. Fifteen minutes into the movie, the hero and villain are facing off for the first time when a lady bursts into the theater. Trying […].

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The “Miss”

The Product Bistro

Revenues are softening, some long term decline is suddenly accelerating, and you are missing plan. Senior management wants to know why, and – more importantly – what are you doing about it. They point their fingers to Product Management to right the ship. The Problem – Product Management has many tools in its bag that […]. PM Tales product management tales

Meet Your New Partner: The Sales Team – B2B Marketing Rules

280 Group

In B2B, Sales is your #1 customer. No, no, no… Sales is not our customer! They constantly insist that all the deals we lose are due to features, price, or because our literature sucks. It’s like they’ve never heard the phrase: ‘The selling starts when the customer says NO.’.

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Creating a Sustainable Continuous Discovery Practice at CarMax [Case Study]

Product Talk

Back in March, I shared a case study about one of the product teams I worked with at Snagajob (now Snag). I’m excited to share another one with you today. This case study is about a team at CarMax that I just finished working with.

Lessons Learned in 33 Years in the Software Industry

bpma ProductHub

Seth Godin on Making Software Seth Godin spoke at Business of Software Conference USA last year to share some of the many lessons that he has learned in his 33 years in the software industry. You can watch the talk or read a transcript here. This year, Business of Software Conference USA is in Boston,… Product Marketing Community Product Management Resources Feedback research Usability Design Communication Innovation Product Strategy B2B B2C Software

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Monetizing Analytics Features: Why Data Visualizations Will Never Be Enough

Think your customers will pay more for data visualizations in your application? Five years ago they may have. But today, dashboards and visualizations have become table stakes. Discover which features will differentiate your application and maximize the ROI of your embedded analytics. Brought to you by Logi Analytics.

Product Operations Dashboard

Product Management Lessons from the Trenches

It’s Monday morning and you just launched a marketing campaign to promote a new feature. As the PM, your job is to find out how the campaign is performing, how the feature is working, how users are reacting to the new feature, what impact has the feature had your engagement and business KPIs, etc.

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Avoiding Reactive Product Decisions | Creating Your Product Vision | Three Ways to Sell More Existing Products

Proficientz – Product Management University

The B2B Product Manager Magazine September 2018 is now available. A product vision is just as valuable to product, marketing and sales teams as it is to customers because it keeps the focus on customer value.

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Scope Creep

The Product Bistro

In my more than two decades of product management experience, with many different engineering and development organizations. Regardless of how great the teams are/were, there are always slips in schedule. I am puzzled by this. Even when with a great team, populated with hugely talented, and highly productive engineers, programs take longer than planned. Perhaps […]. product management

When Innovation Programs Fail by Brant Cooper

Mind the Product

When Brant Cooper typically speaks to innovation practitioners, he usually tells them to “stop innovating”. He says this because they typically fail to define what they mean by the word innovation.

5 Early Indicators Your Embedded Analytics Will Fail

Many application teams leave embedded analytics to languish until something—an unhappy customer, plummeting revenue, a spike in customer churn—demands change. But by then, it may be too late. In this White Paper, Logi Analytics has identified 5 tell-tale signs your project is moving from “nice to have” to “needed yesterday.". Brought to you by Logi Analytics.

How to Recruit Hard to Find Research Respondents

Generation Focus

Performing market research requires direct interaction with your target demographic. Researchers need hard data from the individuals in their market.

Dealing with Emergency Requests

Under10 Playbook

I’ve written before about what product management is and what it is not. In summary, product management should focus on the needs of the market, not just a single customer—and they should focus primarily on problems, not solutions.

UX Copywriting: 3 Testing Methods That Beat A/B Testing + QUIZ!

UX Studio

UX copywriting and user testing? It might sound like a new match in the UX design world. But you don’t have to start from scratch when it comes to testing content and microcopy. We, at UX studio , collected three methods that provide more insights than general AB testing.

Three Ways to Get Better At Selling Products You Have

Proficientz – Product Management University

It’s easier to sell products that don’t exist because they can do anything buyers want. Unfortunately, no one makes money selling products you don’t have. Here are three ways to get better at selling products you have and grow revenue faster.

Why “Build or Buy?” Is the Wrong Question for Analytics

Every time an application team gets caught up in the “build vs buy” debate, it stalls projects and delays time to revenue. There is a third option. Partnering with an analytics development platform gives you the freedom to customize a solution without the risks and long-term costs of building your own. Learn when and why it makes sense to build, buy, or take a combined approach to embedded BI. Brought to you by Logi Analytics.

Product Management Transparency

The Product Bistro

Transparency – (noun), an image, text, or positive transparent photograph printed on transparent plastic or glass, able to be viewed using a projector. If you are as old as I am, you remember printing your powerpoint slides to transparency film to be used on an overhead projector during presentations. It was a dark time. However, […]. product management essentials

Product Roadmaps in Five Easy Pieces

Mind the Product

so my investor said that I need a product manager to do our product roadmap?”. When I worked as a product management consultant clients would often talk about “needing a product roadmap ASAP”.

The Value of Pricing Data from Your Distributors

Pragmatic Marketing

You are about to read some details of a project I was part of that collected and analyzed some pricing data from one of our distributors. You may not be able to exactly replicate this, but you can likely do something similar or even much better.

5 Pricing and Negotiation Hacks

Under10 Playbook

Most pricing challenges are not really about pricing but about discounting. In companies with complex products sold through a direct sales channel, product managers continually fight with the sales team over discounts and other concessions. Here’s the trick: Separate pricing from negotiation.

New Study: 2018 State of Embedded Analytics Report

Why do some embedded analytics projects succeed while others fail? We surveyed 500+ application teams embedding analytics to find out which analytics features actually move the needle. Read the 6th annual State of Embedded Analytics Report to discover new best practices. Brought to you by Logi Analytics.

What Can Product Managers Do When Burgers Cost Too Much?

The Accidental Product Manager

How much would you be willing to pay for a burger? Image Credit: Jonathan Harford. Think about it for just a moment: just exactly what goes into making a good hamburger? We’re basically talking about three sets of ingredients: a burger (of course), a bun, and a collection of toppings.

Creating Your Product Vision: Two Parts Customer, One Part Product

Proficientz – Product Management University

Creating your product vision can be difficult when you focus too much on the product. Legendary Harvard Business School marketing professor Theodore Levitt famously said, “People don’t want to buy a quarter-inch drill. They want a quarter-inch hole!”

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UX Observations

The Product Bistro

During a calorie laden splurge for lunch, I stopped in at the local Five Guys franchise. While waiting for my grilled gut-bomb (which was delicious) I watched the Coke Freestyle machine. It was an illuminating experience. The machines weren’t new to me, having seen a couple in the past, I figured out what I wanted, […]. product management Interfaces research UI/UX

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Relationship Goals: How to Resolve the Tension Between Product Management and Sales

Mind the Product

Product managers have a unique view on what’s happening across the business, provided the relationships are working well.

5 Product Traps - And Better Paths

Speaker: Johanna Rothman, Management Consultant, Rothman Consulting Group

Is your agile team overloaded with feature requests, with no time for discovery? Do your roadmaps read like impossible wish lists? Well, you’re not alone. It may seem impossible now, but what if we said that with a few changes, you could be meeting deadlines with the ability to predict progress with accuracy, be happy with your progress against the roadmap, and be making time for near-continuous discovery? Johanna Rothman has seen this all too often across many different organizations. She will take us through five common traps that agile product teams fall into – and likely you are in several of those traps right now. And good news - she has ways to avoid them!

The Value of Pricing Data from Your Distributors

Pragmatic Marketing

You are about to read some details of a project I was part of that collected and analyzed some pricing data from one of our distributors. You may not be able to exactly replicate this, but you can likely do something similar or even much better.

Legibility: 7 Typographic Tools To Create Readable Screens

UX Studio

Do you consider legibility important? Your users do as well. What makes a text readable? Do ugly fonts provide more legibility? Find out in this blog post. We at UX studio consider legibility, the readability of texts, a significant factor to keep in mind when designing screens.

Proper Care and Feeding of Your Product Backlog

Clever PM

One of the least glamorous parts of Agile development for most Product Managers is the process of backlog grooming. It can be a challenge to get teams to engage when they’re in the middle of a sprint, it can be difficult to convince stakeholders to refer to the backlog instead of the Product Manager for […]. Product Management Agile Backlog Do's Good PM Organization Planning PM Priorities

Portfolio Product Manager Responsibilities

Proficientz – Product Management University

To what extent should a product manager be concerned about the portfolio? Is there a portfolio product manager role? There are portfolio product manager roles, but all product managers share responsibilities for the portfolio. There are things you do to your products for purposes of customer retention and then there are things you do to your products in conjunction with other products to form solutions.

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UX and Design Tips for Better Dashboards: Product Manager Laura Klein Explains How to Improve Your Analytics

Speaker: Laura Klein, Principal at Users Know and Author of UX for Lean Startups

No one makes poorly designed products on purpose. And yet we have so many of them in our lives. That's why Laura Klein, product manager and UX designer, has a set of tips to help application teams improve their embedded dashboards and reports.