November, 2016

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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.

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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. It seems like all the books we’ve read, all the knowledge we’ve acquired, all the people we’ve met are still not enough to guide us take a direction, adjust our perspective or make a decision.

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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. Then derive your product backlog from the roadmap and use the goals to discover the right backlog items. This ensures that your backlog is aligned with the product strategy, and it helps you decide which items should be added to the product backlog and which should not.

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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. You may allow emails to get you off track from doing what is most important.

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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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Top 40 Product Management Influencers 2016 [Highlights]

The Product Guy

I am thoroughly humbled to have made this year’s list of Top 40 Product Management Influencers of 2016 for the SECOND CONSECUTIVE YEAR! The list exists to recognize the many influencers who helped to establish best practices and enlighten the industry this year. Following are a few of my excerpted Influencer highlights from the list…. Nir Eyal // Author Nir is the author of the bestselling book Hooked: How to Build Habit-Forming Products.

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Why it pays to show gratitude

Lead on Purpose

No matter what we are facing in life right now, there are things for which we can, and should, express gratitude. The act of focusing on the good things helps us keep moving forward during the tough times.

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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. The 25 attendees also addressed key Product topics in a roundtable format.

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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.”.

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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.

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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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Notably Namely, Cultivating Culture and Outbrain in December!

The Product Guy

Nominate a great product manager you know today @ [link] ! Remember to subscribe to our YouTube channel @ [link]. Thank you to everyone who made it to our latest roundtable meet-up of The Product Group at Digital Ocean , as well as to our other sponsors, Yext , BKLYN , InVision , SUMMIT , Balsamiq Studios and Sunshine Suites. Over the course of the night a few of the highlights were… Featured Product: Namely exploring the product, its challenges and successes, from informing behaviors to l

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The Unplayable Piano: How Frustration Makes Us Creative

Mind the Product

Behavioural Economist and Financial Times columnist Tim Harford gave us a fascinating presentation on why frustration makes us creative, and why we should sometimes embrace the messiness around us at this year’s #mtpcon. Harford began with the story of a 1975 performance by jazz pianist Keith Jarrett at the Cologne Opera House when, as the result of a mix-up by the opera house, Jarrett ended up playing a late-night concert on a piano that was unplayable in the higher registers.

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How Leaders Lead on Purpose in Crisis

Lead on Purpose

Guest post by James E. Lukaszewski One of the most common weaknesses I see in crisis response is the lack of specific roles and assignments for top management.

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Understanding User Psychology: Meet Your Happy Chemicals

Sachin Rekhi

As product designers, we aspire to build product experiences that are not only useful (solve a real pain point for our users) and usable (effortlessly allow our users to accomplish their goal), but ultimately delightful (elicit a positive emotion from users). I find product teams are usually pretty good at building useful experiences, identifying pain points through market research, industry expertise, and their own experiences.

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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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End-of-Year Focus

Haines-Group

Results from our "Micro-Survey". The Question posed: "What is the best way to focus your time during the last couple months of the calendar year so as to assure a great start next year?" (Note that the answer options provided did not include the regular year-end things that we must all focus on such as: ‘make the numbers’, ‘performance reviews’, and ‘reporting’.

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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. While sales teams stereotypically rally around contests, talk sports and drink coffee (which is for closers)… development teams may sit silently side-by-side-side most of the day engaging in multiple Slack conversations, taking breaks for air hockey or exchanging giphys , and critiqui

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Warm Up and Into a New Product Management Career

The Product Guy

If you are a great product person looking for a great product job, or vice versa, check out our job board. Thousands of employers across all areas of product, from management to design, from digital to physical, are looking to fill positions from our community. Each week we highlight some of the recently posted openings. Check out this week’s newest, below….

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A Framework for Understanding How to Influence Others

Mind the Product

At ProductTank Oslo, Tanuja Gopal showed how we can use the power of influence in our day to day work, drawing on her experience as the Director of Application and Data Services for MIT’s Sloan School of Management, and previously as a serial CIO in government organisations. While product managers have the role of being at the intersection of many functional teams, they often have little formal authority over direct resources (monetary, scheduling, team member, etc.).

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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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How Leaders Lead on Purpose in Crisis

Lead on Purpose

Guest post by James E. Lukaszewski One of the most common weaknesses I see in crisis response is the lack of specific roles and assignments for top management.

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Getting the Job Done – Bringing the Donuts 11/01/2016

Ken Norton

Why judgment matters more then outcomes -. Last week I joined an offsite with hundreds of product managers where Dave Orr, a Google PM, spoke about decision-making. Dave is a former professional poker player (yeah, Google PMs are eclectic). In poker, as in life, you can make an excellent decision, yet still lose the hand. Or you.

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Understanding User Psychology: The Psychology of Persuasion

Sachin Rekhi

[This is the second post in my Understanding User Psychology series. If you haven't already, make sure to check out the first post: Meet Your Happy Chemicals.]. When looking to understand user psychology in order to design better product experiences, Robert Cialdini's seminal work, Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion , is a classic read. Robert Cialdini brings to bear his years of research on influence to detail the 6 weapons of influence leveraged by compliance practitioners (salesmen, car

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Pilot Teams

svpg

NOTE: This article is by SVPG Partner Chris Jones. He specializes in helping organizations and teams transform to raise their game. This is the first in a series he's writing on this critical topic. This technique is fairly straight forward, but is one of the most powerful tools to introduce substantial change. At SVPG, we often work with product leaders who recognize that the way their companies create products needs to change.

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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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From Associate to Senior Levels–New Product Management Opportunities

The Product Guy

If you are a great product person looking for a great product job, or vice versa, check out our job board. Thousands of employers across all areas of product, from management to design, from digital to physical, are looking to fill positions from our community. Each week we highlight some of the recently posted openings. Check out this week’s newest, below….

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Handling requests for new features in a successful product

Mind the Product

If you have a successful product and your users ask for new features that really make sense, then you’re in an enviable position. However, the way in which you choose handle these requests can play a big role in the product’s future success or failure. In my experience there are several alternatives worth considering: Do not develop the feature at all.

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Why it pays to show gratitude

Lead on Purpose

No matter what we are facing in life right now, there are things for which we can, and should, express gratitude. The act of focusing on the good things helps us keep moving forward during the tough times.

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When I built products the stupid way

Street Smart Product Manager

In 2007, ProductRepair (name changed), a market leader in its industry, was facing some serious threats: A rapidly maturing business. New “digitally native” entrants with greatly enhanced data collection abilities. A 100% call center based customer service model, with an escalating cost per interaction. Service partners with increasingly divergent strategies.

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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.