March, 2018

Be a Balanced Product Leader, Not a Feature Broker or Product Dictator

Roman Pichler

Feature Broker and Product Dictator. How do you best lead the stakeholders and development team as the person in charge of the product? One way to answer this question is to avoid unhelpful but common leadership styles.

3 Simple Steps To Make Your Customer Stories 10x Better

PM Hardcore

How To Accelerate Sales With Great Storytelling. In my articles about go to market , I always mention the importance of “customer stories.”

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Featured Product Management Consultant: Leslie Bixel

280 Group

Every few months or so, we will bring you a new interview with a featured 280 Group Consultant who discusses a number of Product Management issues.

Is MVP Dead?

bpma ProductHub

Is Minimum Viable Product Dead? – By Don Stoddard . Minimum Viable Product is a widely accepted concept; so why do so many people want to declare it dead? There are numerous articles now about MVP and why it no longer works.

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.

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3 Simple Steps To Make Your Customer Stories 10x Better

PM Hardcore

How To Accelerate Sales With Great Storytelling. In my articles about go to market , I always mention the importance of “customer stories.”

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Women in Product Management: Tiffany Trent-Abram, VP Global Product Management at Transaction Network Services

280 Group

For our next installment of the Women in Product Management Series I interviewed Tiffany Trent-Abram, VP Global Product Management at Transaction Network Services. To read the entire series on Women in Product Management make sure to sign up for our newsletter.

Career Stories and Advice on Product Management and Product Marketing

bpma ProductHub

By Jennifer Gridley – Have you ever wondered how different people break into Product Management and why they stay? Would you like advice from great Product Managers on how to do the job well? Are you interested in sharing your story and advice with others? If you answered yes to any of those questions, you’ve… Career Product Management Product Marketing

Be Expert On Market Problems

Under10 Playbook

In product management, our primary job is to be expert on market problems. That means we must spend time with customers and non-customers so we are in a position to notice problems. If we can find problems and solve them at a profit, we’ll succeed. Problems exist. We just have to find them.

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.

Product Success vs. Customer Success: Is It Time For a Lifestyle Change?

Proficientz – Product Management University

Here’s a scenario many people can identify with. A routine visit to the doctor reveals that you weigh more than you should, your blood pressure and blood sugar are high, your cholesterol is nearing the danger zone and your heart isn’t functioning as well as it should. Though you’re not suffering any ill effects from these issues today, your doctor tells you that it’s time to make some lifestyle changes in order to avoid serious health issues later.

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Manage Conflict by Building Your Product EQ

Mind the Product

I introduced a concept called Product EQ when speaking about managing conflict at work at a recent ProductTank London.

The Secrets of Highly Successful Sales People: Objection Handling

PM Hardcore

How to use better stories to overcome sales objections. During the sales process, the prospect may – and usually does – mention obstacles to getting the deal done. Reasons they might not want to do the deal.

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What’s the difference between quantitative and qualitative research?

Userzoom

In my first few weeks of working for a UX testing company I was put under a rigorous training programme. Every facet of UX testing was explained to me in detail, with practical examples and demos delivered along with a reading list of all the key UX texts.

The Product Cloud: An Integrated Toolchain Transforming Product Management

Explore how this integrated tool chain will transform modern product management. Authored by leaders in each category, this eBook offers definitive insight and advice on the key workflows integral to the success of modern product teams.

Breaking into PM

bpma ProductHub

Wondering how to “crack the code” for a career in Product Management? Whether you’re a newbie in the job market or transitioning from a different role, here are some tips from seasoned Product Managers. Top 10 Pieces of Product Management Career Advice – By Kimberly Berls As product managers, we all have lots of questions… Product Marketing Breaking into Product Management Product Management

Three Roles of Product Marketing

Under10 Playbook

Over the years I’ve seen product management teams focused increasingly on the technical aspects of the product, serving more as development managers than product managers, and neglecting business strategy and go-to-market responsibilities.

The Most Basic Rule of Marketing Is So Easy to Forget

Proficientz – Product Management University

The most basic rule of marketing is so easy to forget. You’ve just purchased some new clothes or shoes online. As part of the transaction, you hand over your email address or mobile number knowing full well that three things are going to happen. You’ll get a receipt via email/text. You’ll get shipping notifications and tracking information via email/text. Before, during and after #2, you get flooded with promotions. Not good!

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Building Awesome Product Teams by Martin Eriksson

Mind the Product

Summary: Build better product teams by hiring smart, diverse groups of people, getting out of the way, and focusing your teams on outcomes rather than outputs. It’s not About Products, it’s About People.

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How to Package and Price Embedded Analytics

Just by embedding analytics, application owners can charge 24% more for their product. How much value could you add? This framework explains how application enhancements can extend your product offerings.

Every Product Needs a North Star Metric: Here’s How to Find Yours

Amplitude

An introduction to product strategy with examples of north star metrics across industries. The product north star is easily the most powerful and misunderstood product strategy framework in use today.

Four psychology principles every UX designer should know

Userzoom

There’s a darn good reason why there are so many PSYCHOLOGY+UX articles floating around. User experience design has its conceptual roots in cognitive and behavioural psychology.

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Product Management Conferences: The Complete List (2018 Update)

Tim Herbig

Product Management Conferences are a valuable opportunity to get inspiration for your daily work through new input and build a robust network. Both are incredibly important to make progress in your career as a product manager. To help you cut through the noise of all the conferences out there, I put together this comprehensive overview of the most relevant conferences out there.… … Continue Reading.

Book Review: The Startup Playbook

Under10 Playbook

Book Review: The Startup Playbook: Founder-to-Founder Advice From Two Startup Veterans by Rajat Bhargava and Will Herman. I was sent a complimentary copy of The Startup Playbook to read and review. It’s a good introduction to product thinking for both founders and product managers.

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The State of Product Leadership

Insights from 300 Technology Product Management Executives and Managers.

Marketing Basics, A Product Lifestyle Change and the Definition of Market-Driven

Proficientz – Product Management University

The B2B Product Manager Magazine March 2018 is now available. We headline our March issue by going back to one of those marketing basics that’s all too easy to forget. We also draw the analogy between a lifestyle change and the shift from a product success culture to a customer success culture. Enjoy our March issue. In This Issue: Blog: High-Octane Product Management. The Most Basic Rule of Marketing is so Easy to Forget.

What Product Managers Can Learn From Sailors

Mind the Product

As both a keen sailor and product manager, I have come to realise that there are some interesting lessons to be learnt from sailing that could also be usefully applied to product management.

Looking Back to Look Forward — Understanding Retrospectives

Clever PM

There’s a tool in the Scrum toolbelt that is so utterly critical to success yet so fundamentally misunderstood by far too many development teams, Scrum Masters, and Product Owners. I’m talking, of course, about the Sprint Retrospective. I’ve seen it time and again, teams that are able to hit all the right notes in their […]. Product Management Agile Communication Culture Do's Good PM Planning PM Scrum

UX Storyboard Creation: A Complete Guide For Beginners

UX Studio

UX storyboard creation seems like a slightly overlooked design technique. We all know the value of user interviews or personas. We agree that testing is a crucial part of product design. In contrast, people do not commonly use storyboarding, even though it can help in many situations.

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The Data-driven Product Manager's Handbook

Using insight and guidance to deliver exceptional product experiences.

You Must Be Confident of Your Value to Win at High Prices

Pragmatic Marketing

How confident are you and your sales team that your product is worth its price? The answer to that on e question is a fantastic predictor of how much you discount your product. People that don’t believe their product is worth it have a very hard time winning at high prices.

Clean Up Corrosive Interpersonal Dynamics on Your Team with This System

First Round Review

Laura Gates has repaired interpersonal dynamics for orgs ranging from NASA to Shell Oil, from the military to tech giants. Here's the system she recommends to startups. Continue reading at First Round Review »

Market-Driven Products vs. Market-Driven Product Companies

Proficientz – Product Management University

If you have market driven products then don’t you have a market driven company? There are three key differences between market driven products and a market driven product company. Market-driven products, if taken literally, could result in multiple product silos with competing goals and contention over resource allocation.

Getting the Best Products to Speak for Themselves

Mind the Product

Give Your Product a Voice. In many companies, improving engagement is a reactive process: as a product manager you wake up to a barrage of support requests after launching a new feature, or your in-app analytics reveal that new users are skipping over key functionality and never reaching their “aha!”

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Iterate Your Way to a Top Analytics Product Experience

Speaker: Richard Cheng, Associate Product Manager, Mark43

Mark43 is on a mission to bring public safety data management into the 21st century. To fix traditionally paper-heavy and error-prone processes, they needed a secure and easy-to-use product experience that simplified and unified crime data collection and management. Tune in to this webinar to hear how Mark43 Product Manager Richard Cheng went about researching, prototyping, and iterating to deliver analytics and business intelligence tools to police departments, emergency call centers, and other public safety agencies, bringing Mark43 users a positive and effective product experience. Haarthi Sadasivam, Technical Product Marketing Manager at Looker will join the conversation on best practices.