November, 2016

Mentorship and expectations

bpma ProductHub

The mentorship program at the Boston Product Management Association and how to make the best out of it. Why you might need a mentor in your life. Directing your own life can be equally exciting and daunting thing to do. Oftentimes we may feel stuck and need a little push on the way.

10 Product Backlog Tips

Roman Pichler

Tip #1: Complement your Product Backlog with a Product Roadmap. Use a roadmap to sketch the overall journey you want to take your product on. State the upcoming major releases with their goals or benefits.

Scaling Lean Principles by Jeff Gothelf

Mind the Product

Coach, lean advocate and author Jeff Gothelf talked about scaling Lean principles at this year’s London #mtpcon. Lean methodologies work well for a single team observes Gothelf: “A lean startup reduces risk by regular and continuous experimentation.

[INFOGRAPHIC] Customer Powered Product Decisions

UserVoice

Product feedback is an invaluable resource for informing roadmap decisions for both new and established products, and product teams across the board constantly seek more insight from their customers whether they have 10 or 10,000,000 to listen to.

Build vs. Buy: Implementing the Right Experimentation Solution

Choosing Whether to Build or Buy. To build and deliver products that customers love, product teams at leading enterprises such as Uber, Netflix and Airbnb are focusing on experimentation as a critical business process. These teams are empowered to A/B test each new feature and gain valuable insights before rolling it out widely. After seeing what these companies accomplish with experimentation, you may be considering whether to build your own testing framework, integrate an open source solution, or invest in a commercial experimentation platform like Optimizely Full Stack. Download this whitepaper to discover: The key questions product teams must ask before choosing to build or buy. The most common requirements that enterprise teams have for experimentation. How to avoid key mistakes and plan for success when building an internal system.

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Product Management Productivity Tip #2: Master Email

280 Group

How to Improve your Product Management Productivity by Mastering Email. As a Product Manager you can’t afford to waste time. Email sucks up your time for a number of reasons. You may read the same email multiple times. You may be tempted to respond immediately to messages as they come in.

How to turn a story point factory into a customer-centric team?

Mind the Product

The one spontaneous ovation at this year’s London MTPCon was when Drift CEO David Cancel muttered “I hate agile” as an aside while he was on stage. Agile, a revolutionary idea 10 years ago, has clearly lost its shine for many people.

Should Product Owners be Servant-Leaders?

Roman Pichler

What Is Servant-Leadership? Servant-leadership means that “one wants to serve, to serve first. Then conscious choice brings one to aspire to lead,” writes Robert Greenleaf , the creator of the servant-leadership model. Servant-leaders want to “make sure that other people’s highest priority needs are being served” so that they “become healthier, wiser, freer, more autonomous.”. Sounds crazy?

Happy Thanksgiving — Take The Week Off!

The Accidental Product Manager

Image Credit Here's Hoping That This Week Is Special For Everyone. Loyal readers & subscribers, here’s hoping that this upcoming week is a great week for you — I’m taking it off! Blogging will resume next week… For my readers in the U.S.,

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Getting Started with Product Experimentation

How Product Development Teams Reduce Guesswork and Innovate Faster. Product development teams are embracing iterative release processes such as agile and continuous delivery to mitigate risk and adapt to evolving customer requirements. This trend is enabling teams to be more productive and increase product quality. But how do you know if you are building the right product or feature? Experimentation can help your team prove whether you are building the right product and eliminate uncertainty and guesswork from your software development process. Download this whitepaper to learn: How experimentation fits in with the agile development process. Best practices for integrating experimentation into your release process. Key considerations when buying an experimentation solution. Ways to optimize performance and ensure security and compliance.

What Do You Do When Someone “Steals” Your Amazing Idea?

Nir Eyal

The subject line read: “did you see this?” The message was from my editor Jen. Nir, I saw the headline on this story and thought it might be written by you—but no!” she wrote. Very weird.” I instantly clicked on the link she’d sent. It was uncanny! An article written by Christopher Mele at the […]. The post What Do You Do When Someone “Steals” Your Amazing Idea? appeared first on Nir and Far. Business Lessons Upgrading Yourself Life lessons

Breakfast and Mentoring: Thoughtful Roundtable

bpma ProductHub

Contributed by Nina Mitchell, Volunteer for the BPMA Mentorship Program. To kick off the new session of the BPMA Mentorship Program, we organized a breakfast and roundtable at the GoDaddy offices in Cambridge. Our gathering provided mentors and mentees the opportunity to meet in person.

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The best way to support sales teams

Under10 Playbook

It seems that many sales people are hired for reasons other than their industry expertise. We typically attempt to hire “closers” and “elephant hunters.” ” But without industry expertise, these sales folks will need lots of technical support.

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Designing Your Way to Better Team Collaboration by Alison Coward

Mind the Product

As the founder of Bracket Creative, Alison Coward spends her working life advising creative teams on how they can collaborate better. She’s an experienced facilitator of workshops, so at this year’s London #mtpcon she shared some practical ways to get teams to work together more productively.

Drive Quality and Velocity with Feature Flags

Drive Quality and Velocity with Feature Flags. Launching a new feature is a risky proposition. Even the most well designed and researched features can have unforeseen consequences for your application performance and business metrics. Rolling back a poor performing feature can be time consuming and costly. However, it doesn’t have to be. Implement feature management and experimentation in your development lifecycle to reduce risk and prove impact when launching features. Download this whitepaper to learn: How to ship products faster with higher quality. The best way to launch features with less risk and more control. How to prove the impact of every feature release with experimentation.

Top 10 Tips for your Product Management LinkedIn Profile – Video Presentation

280 Group

Watch Mira Wooten present the 10 best things you can do for your Product Management LinkedIn Profile. The 280 Group’s Solutions Manager and Director of Recruiting, Mira Wooten, recently traveled to ProductCamp LA and gave this valuable presentation on the top 10 things you can do to beef up your Product Management LinkedIn Profile and get noticed by recruiters. The presentation was filmed by the good people at ProductCamp LA and you can watch it for yourself. Take the next.[continue

Car Maker Product Managers Face An Apple / Google Threat

The Accidental Product Manager

Yes, every car needs a navigation system, but from whom? Image Credit: LotPro Cars. I am more than comfortable admitting that I become lost very easily.

Motivating Development Teams

Mironov Consulting

As noted in my last post , Sales and Marketing often wonder whether Engineering is sufficiently motivated and engaged. But the symptoms aren’t so obvious to the outbound (and extroverted) part of the company.

Rebooting Product Usability Testing for Much Better Insights

bpma ProductHub

Contributed by Mitch Solomon. Usability Testing – Something Has Always Seemed Off… Something has never seemed quite right to us about how product usability testing is done.

A Guide to Designing Delightful Dashboards

Speaker: Daniel O'Sullivan, Product Designer, nCino and Jeff Hudock, Senior Product Manager, nCino

We’ve all seen the increasing industry trend of artificial intelligence and big data analytics. In a world of information overload, it's more important than ever to have a dashboard that provides data that's not only interesting but actually relevant and timely. Dashboards assist decision makers facilitate new ideas and business opportunities, increase customer approval rates, and analyze current business process. All of these activities play a vital role in providing the superior experience your customers demand.

Perfecting the Stealth Launch

Under10 Playbook

Congratulations. You’ve perfected the stealth launch! Your product is in the market but no one knows it. Or perhaps you’ve done the “product roll-out”—you’ve rolled the product out the door and then slammed the door shut.

Your Product is Already Obsolete – How to Survive by Des Traynor

Mind the Product

All startups go through three distinct phases – birth, growth, and survival. You start by making the product work, then you have to grow the product, and then, crucially, you have to focus on survival – on keeping it relevant.

True North: Managing Long-Term Roadmap Needs with Agility

Pragmatic Marketing

Everyone wants to see the product roadmap. Sales wants to use it to drive bigger deals, engineering wants to know what is coming next to make technology decisions, and other teams want to feel like they are part of a long-term strategy that will take the organization to the next level. But the market is fickle, with an ever-changing set of priorities and needs.

Lessons For Product Managers From HBO

The Accidental Product Manager

HBO has to change in order to survive, what can we learn from them? Image Credit: JasonParis 00. We all know who HBO is, right? They are the premium cable television channel that even if you subscribe to cable, if you want HBO you have to pay an additional fee to get.

Turning Metrics into Dollars: How to Turn Your Analytics Data into a Real Financial Model for your Startup

Speaker: Tristan Kromer, Lean Agile Coach, Kromatic

Some teams struggle to constantly optimize conversion rates without understanding the financial impact of those conversion rates. Sometimes that 0.1% increase isn't worth the engineering time we're spending! Early stage startups in particular may not need a four year business plan, but they need to start building out a model which will show how they can someday be profitable. At the very least, they need to be able to see the impact of a change in retention rates to their user growth.

Building effective communication channels

Lead on Purpose

The word ‘channel’ has various and differing meanings. I grew up on a ranch, and we had to get water to the grass and to the cattle. My dad and grandpa built ditches and canals to channel the water to … Continue reading → Team Building channels Communication decisiveness discipline motivation relationships

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What’s your #1 Product Management Question?

Joe Cotellese

Do you have any product management questions you’d like me to answer? Fill out the form below. If it is something I can help you with I’ll make it a topic for my next blog post. contact-form] The post What’s your #1 Product Management Question? appeared first on Joe Cotellese. Product management, strategy and UX blog posts

Experience and the mallet

Under10 Playbook

Have you heard this one? A machine breaks, the assembly line is down, the workers are idle, and nobody can fix it. The foreman is despondent thinking of the productivity (and money) being lost! Finally he called the old guy who had recently retired who agreed to come fix it.

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Scaling Mobile is a Middle-Distance Race

Mind the Product

In this talk I gave at ProductTank London I share some of my personal learnings of scaling mobile teams at XING to a distributed setup with currently 8 teams who contribute in parallel to fortnightly releases of our iOS and Android apps.

The Top 5 Most Common Rapid Prototyping Mistakes

Speaker: Teresa Torres, Product Discovery Coach, Product Talk

When you think of "rapid prototyping", what comes to mind? If you work in digital products, you might think wireframes and mockups as a quick way to get user feedback on our designs. Rapid prototyping is quickly becoming ubiquitous, and with good reason. It is a powerful tool for thinking through different aspects of your product and answering questions to all sorts of design questions. They're also a great way to externalize what lessons you learn about your product along the way.

Planning Product Discovery

svpg

Much of product discovery work doesn't actually require a lot of planning. We need to come up with a solution to a particular problem, and often this is straight forward, and we can proceed quickly to delivery work. But for certain efforts, this is decidedly not the case, and some planning and true problem solving becomes critically important. Big projects and especially initiatives (projects spanning multiple teams) are common examples.

Product Manager Interview Questions

Product Bookshelf

PM Interview Questions: Over 160 Problems and Solutions for Product Management Interview Questions by Lewis Lin. The product management interview is hard.

Building effective communication channels

Lead on Purpose

The word ‘channel’ has various and differing meanings. I grew up on a ranch, and we had to get water to the grass and to the cattle. My dad and grandpa built ditches and canals to channel the water to … Continue reading → Team Building channels Communication decisiveness discipline motivation relationships

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New UserTesting feature: Preview tests

UserTesting

You asked, and we built it! UserTesting customers can now review desktop web tests live before launching them. You’ll see the test on your computer screen exactly as your test participants will see it. This will help you catch any … The post New UserTesting feature: Preview tests appeared first on UserTesting Blog. Product

Maybe We Should Be Problem Managers Instead

Speaker: Steve Johnson, Founder and CEO, Under10 Playbook

Yet many product managers and most product owners are too busy with tactical issues that they never come close to addressing these issues. Is product management primarily supporting the tactics of other departments? Or is it a strategic role that is grounded in market facts? Personal experience with customers is the source of product management insights. Product managers need to look beyond UX to the entire customer experience through every step of the product life cycle.