March, 2019

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Adopting a Continuous Discovery Mindset Across the Organization

Product Talk

I teach two courses at Northwestern University. I want to share a little bit more about the work that I am doing there as I think it’s relevant for people working at companies who are starting to adopt continuous discovery practices (in other words, many of you). The first course focuses on teaching practitioners how to use design methods to solve business challenges related to learning and organizational change.

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Product Over Process

ProductCraft

While on a preschool tour for my toddler, I came across this poster describing “Product vs. Process.” It turns out “Product vs. Process” is a known early childhood educational framework. I’m a first-time parent, so I’m still learning. But seeing this got me thinking it could be a useful framework to apply to product management. The post Product Over Process appeared first on ProductCraft by Pendo.

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What Is The Business Value Of Design?

UX Studio: Product Management

If you (or your boss) ever wondered about the right way to do design for the greatest profitability, we’ve go t your b ack with some cold hard facts. These facts about the business value of design should convince even the most financially oriented. . Photo by NeONBRAND on Unsplash. In this article we cover: The business value of design. Four groups of design actions to take.

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Your Product’s Most Important Feature Isn’t Getting the Attention it Deserves

280 Group

Misalignment between satisfying end users and wowing decision makers may hurt your bottom line. Every product team tries to prioritize features that most significantly drive sales and retention. Few however realize that reporting dashboards present exactly that opportunity and emphasize it accordingly. That’s because product teams are typically focused on end users while sales teams interface with actual buyers and decision makers.

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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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A Strategy Map

Roman Pichler

Maps are the Foundations on which Adventures are Built. When I was a little boy, I truly loved all things pirate. Even as an adult, I very much enjoyed reading pirate books with my children. One of them even came with a separate treasure map that could be unfolded to discover a hidden treasure. Coming up with a set of tools to capture important strategic decisions reminded me of treasure maps: It should guide you to product success, bearing in mind that not all treasure is silver and gold, as Ca

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Top 5 Reasons For Data Science Project Failure

Piyanka Jain

Whether you are a seasoned data scientist or a business executive with a significant investment in analytics, chances are you’ve seen the… Continue reading on DataSeries ».

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Why customer success matters

Lead on Purpose

Think about a product you use regularly. Why do you use it? Why do you love it? What keeps you coming back?

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The magic of goal setting: A simple framework for managers and teams

Intercom, Inc.

How can you make sure, on a Monday, you’re doing the right things all week long – not just as an individual, but as a manager, across your team and organization? How do you help your team focus and make meaningful progress, so that at the end of the week, you go home knowing you spent energy on the most important work? Finding the answers to these questions and putting them into practice is critical to scaling your impact as a manager and individual.

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The Global Benchmark Survey: Product Management Skills – Initial Insights

280 Group

Late last year, 280 Group conducted its most ambitious and comprehensive survey to date, to learn more about the skill levels of product managers across the globe. We invited over 30,000 product managers to participate, and received nearly 4,000 responses. After normalizing the data, the database contained nearly 1,700 high quality responses. Participants in the survey came from across the globe, with 49% working in the US, 21% in Europe, and 16% in Asia, with strong representation from Oceania

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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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How to Influence Without Power – Tim Herbig on The Product Experience

Mind the Product

Tim Herbig has made many mistakes (who hasn’t?). Fortunately for us, Tim not only owns up to his mistakes, he’s written a book to help the rest of us avoid making the same ones. We’ve all had issues with how to work best – not only within our individual teams, but with the rest of the organisation as well. In our conversation, he shares some simple and practical methods to diagnose when you have a problem and how to solve it.

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Skilled Product Leaders Can Manage Business Disruptions

Product Management Unpacked

A constant in business today is the speed and scope of change. Businesses encounter disruption more frequently than ever. In some cases, disruption can be attributed to innovation. But disruption also arises from specific external forces: market-defining technology changes, regulatory changes, new competitors with different business models and more.

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Product Management Management

The Product Guy

How do you know you (or someone you are managing) are a great product manager? How do you continuously push the quality of product work higher in your organization? How do you identify what is ‘great’ product work anyways? This talk will give methods to help product managers grow and be great. It will be helpful for people that are product manager managers today, those who want to be managers, and any product manager that wants to take their skills up a level.

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Transition Into Product Management From a Technical Role

Product Management University

The transition into product management from a technical role is one of the most difficult. Why? Of all roles that touch the product, technical roles are the furthest removed from the market and the customers. It can be done successfully however, as many engineers have already proven. If you’re a BA, technical product manager, engineer or developer with product manager aspirations, make the move in two smaller steps instead of one big leap.

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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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How to learn from churn – designing good user offboarding

Intercom, Inc.

We’ve all signed up for a product only to realize a few months later that it didn’t quite fit our needs. Think about that gym membership you bought in January you’re still paying for even though the last time you went to the gym was in early February. We remember how easy it was to sign up for the one week free trial on the gym’s website. But to actually cancel, you have to find a phone number, wait on hold, give your membership number and finally pay an exit fee before you can put an end to you

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Optimal Product Process™ 3.0 Phase Three: Develop

280 Group

This post describes the third phase in the Optimal Product Process: Develop. Download the entire Optimal Product Process Ebook 3.0: CLICK HERE. Using a great plan (whether an Agile backlog with sprint priorities assigned or a more formal plan) the agreed upon product is then developed. Feature and schedule tradeoffs are made. Technical feasibility may be assessed – if certain critical features are not possible the product may be delayed or cancelled altogether.

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An 8-Step Framework for Product Growth by Sylvia Ng

Mind the Product

As a product professional, your company is looking to you to meaningfully change the bottom line. But are you getting the results you want? Or are you putting in countless hours only to feel like you’re not making enough progress? If you want to seriously develop a product growth competency, how do you ensure success instead of just haphazardly launching new products and features?

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The MoSCoW method. How to prioritize feature backlog and get valued functionality faster

The Product Coalition

The MoSCoW method. How to prioritize product backlog and get most valued functionality faster You won’t find any rocket science here. Instead, you’ll know a technique that is really helpful for product building. But first things first (we are talking about the priorities, huh?). It’s called MoSCoW and has really nothing to do with the capital of Russia:D In the startup environment, MoSCoW is a way to prioritize stories, features, tasks or requirements.

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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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Improving Society’s Experience with Software

The Product Guy

Excerpts from our conversation with The Best Product Person of 2018, Brian Crofts. > What excites you about your current products? We’re building a category-creating platform that helps product teams build better products. I love working with other product teams. I have genuine empathy for my customers. The product and product team are scaling fast.

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Product Manager Job Description for B2B

Product Management University

This product manager job description is written specifically for B2B. What makes the product manager role unique in B2B? There are two key differences between a traditional text book product manager and a B2B product manager. A traditional product manager focuses primarily on the needs of users and the success of product itself. A B2B Product Manager: Has to consider the dynamics of the customer organization from the top down, their strategic goals and priorities, and the impact those goals and

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Expand your addressable market to drive your next wave of growth

Intercom, Inc.

During your first wave of growth, your initial customers are very important. You have to build a product that solves a problem and works well for them. As you reach your next wave of growth, you need to continue to invest in those customers and in that product, and recognize that, in order to keep growing, you need that product to appeal to more people.

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New Book: Killer Ways To Make Partnerships Work For Product Managers

The Accidental Product Manager

Who was it that said “It take a village…”? They may not have been talking about being a product manager, but they might as well have been. Life has become so complex that product managers can no longer make their product a success just by their own efforts. Today it takes the help of one or more partners to get your product to where it needs to be.

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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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Why the Worst Product Managers Expect the Best

Mind the Product

With each product I’ve built, things have rarely come together exactly as planned. But it’s not the inconveniences, technical challenges, or misguided people that are the problem. It’s that we ever allow them to catch us off guard in the first place. Anyone can operate under ideal conditions. But ideal conditions are the exception, not the rule. Eighty percent of your time building product will take place in a maelstrom of ambiguity and obstacles.

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Defining Growth Design: The Guide to the Role Most Startups are Missing

First Round Review

Angel Steger serves as our guide on a trek to better understand the still developing speciality of growth design. She shares lessons learned from her roles leading the function at Dropbox and Pinterest, and outlines tactics for early-stage startups looking to source, interview and onboard growth designers of their own.

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Trying on the CEO’s Shoes for a Day

The Product Guy

Excerpts from our conversation with The Best Product Person of 2018, Brian Crofts. > Whose shoes would you like to walk in for a day? Why? An executive at Amazon. I have read a few books about some of their best practices and would love to witness in person. I also align well with their values and would like to see first hand how leaders live them day to day.

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5 Reasons Not to Be a PM

The Product Coalition

Photo by Tim Gouw on Unsplash OK, I am not fond of lists like this. Every item on a “not to” list you can typically turn around and you have a “to” list. I’m trying hard for that not to be the case, but I might fail. Product management is a tough profession. So there is some value in thinking specifically about why it’s tough. Even if you can indeed turn every item on this list around.

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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.