March, 2020

How Lessons From Wargames can Help you Ship Products and Build Strong Teams

Mind the Product

We all know that product is hard , so here are some themes from a very playful activity that will help you get better at it. Shipping products is rough, full of false starts, lousy execution, and a lack of will to kill products quickly. But a bad strategy creates a state of false hope, and can leave you and your team punched in the face after months of work. As a product executive, I deal with the strategy all the time. One of my favorite jobs was as a product strategist at Philosophie.

Product Management in Times of Crisis

Ask Benny

The role of the product manager is to focus the team even and especially in time of crisis Human Behavior While we all watch the world as it handles the crisis of the coronavirus in various ways including all the different ways we human beings are used to respond to events, it is an amazing opportunity to reflect how similar things happen in our organization in the face of even small events.


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From Zero to Hero: How Product Management Can Transform Your IT Department

280 Group

Utilizing the Product Management discipline yields big results. Give me $3M dollars and I’ll build you a million-dollar solution” said, no one ever. Yet, running IT with a cost-center mentality often leads to this kind of thinking.

10 Steps To Minimize SaaS Churn Through A Downturn


Investor Gavin Baker wrote a terrific blog where he shared his thoughts about recurring revenue. In short, you can’t take it for granted that your recurring revenue will, in fact, recur. 5) There is no such thing as truly "recurring" revenue. Some revenue is just more recurring than others. — Gavin Baker (@GavinSBaker) March 20, 2020. Never is that more true than in a crisis or downturn.

How to Measure DevSecOps Progress and Ensure Success

Speaker: Shannon Lietz, Director of DevSecOps Team, Intuit

You've finally done it: You've won over C-Suite and your DevSecOps team is up and running. You feel ready to take on rising security threats while continuously delivering quality software updates. But how do you monitor your new program? Are you truly able to gauge the state of your projects? To ensure the success of this new breed of a team, you need to know the metrics to look at and how to advocate these metrics to C-Suite and stakeholders. Join Shannon Lietz, Leader and Director of DevsecOps at Intuit, and learn to lead your DevSecOps team to the top.

Working Remotely? 5 Ways to Help Your Product Team Thrive

Product Talk

Product teams should be co-located. This is an often-repeated “truth” in our industry. Today, in response to COVID-19 , many companies are instituting mandatory work-from-home policies. This is making co-location impossible for many teams. Thankfully, this “truth” was already on its way to being retired. In fact, it was never true for many companies. We have dozens of examples of successful 100% remote companies— Automattic , InVision , and Zapier are a few that come to mind.

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How to Overcome 6 Key Product Leadership Challenges

Roman Pichler

No Transactional Power. Unlike a line manager, you usually don’t manage the development team and stakeholders as the person in charge of the product, and the individuals don’t report to you. You consequently don’t have any transactional power : You cannot tell people what to do; you cannot assign tasks to them; and you are typically not in a position to offer a bonus, pay raise, or other incentives. In other words, you are not their boss. At the same time, you depend on the individuals.

How I Moved From Engineering Into Product Management

Mind the Product

What does it take for an engineer to become a product manager? Certainly, there are many ways to achieve this. Here I’ll explain how I did it, and I’ll share my personal experience of the process so that you can know what to expect from this transition. If you’re considering changing from engineer to product manager , you’re not alone. Product management isn’t just for business and marketing people.

The Future of Product Management, According to 550+ Product People


Five years ago, when we published the first episode of This is Product Management , a podcast where I’ve since interviewed over 230 product leaders, the world of product management was very different than it is today. People didn’t know what product management was, let alone how to do it effectively. There were no formal educational paths or training programs for the role. Many people were performing product management tasks, but didn’t actually have the word product in their job title.

This Is Not and Cannot Be “Business as Usual”

Johanna Rothman

Many organizations heeded the COVID-19 warnings and sent people home to work as remote teams. The managers want to proceed as if the people can work from home and have “business as usual.” ” They've made these requests to their staff: Work at home, as if you were at the office. Keep the same hours and availability.). Don't use so much wifi bandwidth when you VPN in from home. Work alone so we don't have to manage bandwidth.).

Are Your Embedded Analytics DevOps-Friendly?

Does your analytics solution work with your current tech stack and DevOps practices? If not, any update to the analytics could increase deployment complexity and become difficult to maintain. Learn the 5 elements of a DevOps-friendly embedded analytics solution.

7 Tool Tips for Your Newly Distributed or Remote Team

Johanna Rothman

Yesterday, you worked in an office with everyone else. Today, you're supposed to work from home—and so is the rest of your team. And not just for the next few days, but for the next few weeks. What tools do you need? My list of the most important tools: A good microphone and headset so you can hear people, even in somewhat noisy environments, like a home with other people. A camera so people can see you. A dedicated chat backchannel so everyone has a place to ask and answer questions.

Top 4 Diagnostics for Optimizing Product Management Teams

280 Group

The degree of maturity of your Product Management organization can directly drive your ability to satisfy customers and become more profitable. Some Product Management teams are really young and still learning the ropes. Some are like aspiring athletes, and just needing better coaching and a new regiment to take their performance to the next level.

Proactively Managing COVID-19 Risk

The Product Coalition

How should Product Leaders prepare for the global health crisis? Continue reading on ». risk product-management strategy coronavirus startup

Why You’re Not Good at Changing Minds (and What You Can Do About It)

Nir Eyal

The post Why You’re Not Good at Changing Minds (and What You Can Do About It) appeared first on Nir and Far. Introspection


Digital Trends Report 2020

As part of our goal to continue helping our community during these times, we wanted to share with you this critical data on the state of digital products across industries and provide context on how businesses are responding to the changing winds.

Three Ways Product Management Can Improve Its Reputation & Influence


If your product management team wants to take its reputation and influence to the next level, here are three areas that will give you the biggest bang for your effort. The Playbook: 1. Well-Rounded Market Knowledge. Product Management is the one function in the company that should have the most well rounded perspective of the market dynamics, target customer needs and their collective relationship to your business.

Trailblazing Women in Product Management: Lizza Diaz, Senior Director of Product Management at Robert Half

280 Group

In honor of International Women’s Day, 280 Group hosted a virtual panel discussion on how trailblazing women paved their way into Product Management. We heard from PM veterans, like Lizza Diaz, their success stories, lessons from past failures, candid feedback on how to tackle gender parity in PM, and actionable insights to move forward with. Watch the Facebook Live video of Trailblazing Women in PM: How to Blaze Your Own Trail.

Why Product Trios Should Interview Customers Together

Product Talk

The following is an excerpt from my upcoming book, Continuous Discovery Habits. I’d love your feedback in the comments. After reading, are you ready to interview as a trio? Still have doubts? Please let me know your thoughts. Product research needs to be timely, actionable, and believable for a product team to act upon it. Product research needs to be timely, actionable, and believable for a product team to act upon it. Tweet This.

Product Management in AsiaPac

Mind the Product

Since #mtpcon Singapore 2019 Mind the Product has been on a mission to support the continuing growth of the AsiaPac tech community. Throughout this week our content will be shining a light on product communities in the region, highlighting new voices, sharing untold product stories and learnings. Let’s start by examining the product scene in AsiaPac, its ongoing challenges, and the emerging trends. Behind the West?

Testing at Every Stage of Development

Up to 80% of new products fail. The reality is harsh and the reasons why are endless. Perhaps the new product couldn’t oust a customer favorite. Maybe it looked great but was too hard to use. Or, despite being a superior product, the go-to-market strategy failed. There’s always a risk when building a new product, but you can hedge your bets by understanding exactly what your customers' expectations truly are at every step of the development process.

How AI is influencing product management jobs

Product Management Unpacked

According to a Brookings Institution report , “Automation and Artificial Intelligence: How machines are affecting people and places,” roughly 25 percent of U.S. jobs are at a high risk of automation. Among the most vulnerable jobs are those with routine physical and cognitive tasks such as office administration, production, transportation and food preparation.

How to Overcome 6 Key Product Leadership Challenges

Roman Pichler

No Transactional Power. Unlike a line manager, you usually don’t manage the development team and stakeholders as the person in charge of the product, and the individuals don’t report to you. You consequently don’t have any transactional power : You cannot tell people what to do; you cannot assign tasks to them; and you are typically not in a position to offer a bonus, pay raise, or other incentives. In other words, you are not their boss. At the same time, you depend on the individuals.

Situational Competitive Battle Cards: Why Sales Loves Them!


The one thing salespeople hate (other than losing) is situations where they’re unprepared to react to a competitive missile that comes out of nowhere. Situational competitive battle cards reduce the odds of that happening by helping salespeople keep the discussion focused on business outcomes versus products. What Are Situational Competitive Battle Cards?

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280 Group Proudly Announces Online OPM

280 Group

New online version of our flagship Optimal Product Management and Product Marketing course supports continued training and career advancement for Product Managers everywhere. 280 Group announced today availability of a new offering, Online Optimal Product Management and Product Marketing (Online OPM). This live, online course takes our existing flagship 3-day in-person training and transforms it into an advanced, interactive online course that Product Managers can take from anywhere in the world.

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How Embedding AI-Powered Analytics Can Give You a Competitive Advantage

Embedding dashboards and reports aren’t enough. Futureproof your application by offering instant, actionable insights that will give you and your customers a competitive advantage.

Quick Guide: the 5 Layers of the IoT Technology Stack

Daniel Elizalde IoT Blog

In this post, I describe the five layers of the IoT technology stack and how Product Managers can incorporate them into their product strategy and roadmap. You’ve probably heard a lot on how the Internet of Things (IoT) will revolutionize many areas of our life. And even with all this potential, many Product Managers are […]. The post Quick Guide: the 5 Layers of the IoT Technology Stack appeared first on Daniel Elizalde. Featured Posts Getting started with IoT IoT Technology

The Product of You by Melissa Perri

Mind the Product

In this MTP Engage Manchester talk, Melissa Perri describes how you should start investing energy in “the product of you” and plan your career ascent to product leader. Key Points: Skills you learn as a junior product person can translate well into the C-suite. You should look for opportunities to diversify your skill set. There is not just one type of product leader.

TEI 275: Become a better problem solver by reframing the problem – with Thomas Wedell-Wedellsborg

Product Innovation Educators

How product managers can find a new angle on problems and be better problem solvers. Image credit: Gregers Heering. One of the most powerful tools available to product managers and innovators is, wait for it… reframing! We use it in two primary ways. First, to help us solve the right problem. Second, to take an existing innovation and apply it in a more valuable way. The story of Wisk is one of my favorites, which we discuss in this interview.

5 Best Practices For Crisis Communications During COVID-19


If you’re like me, you probably feel like the world we live in is completely different from what it was even just a few weeks ago. Companies, as well as their employees, are learning to adapt to the new normal of working from home, the economic fallout from the crisis, the business impact to their customers—the list goes on. It’s also clear that no one was 100% prepared for the pace at which this new normal came about.

6 Ways to Secure (More Of) a Budget for Your Customer Education Program

Whether you’re looking to kickstart or expand your customer education program, you need access to a budget. Learn how you can demonstrate the positive ROI of customer training and make the case for securing a larger budget in our latest eBook!

Is It Easier to Position Products You Haven’t Built Yet?


I noticed a strange trend early in my product management career. People in marketing, sales and even on our product teams could position products we hadn’t built yet and do it with remarkable clarity. We weren’t nearly as good positioning products we already had. I still see it with many of our clients today. What’s going on? Our company was in the very early stages of rebuilding our entire product line from the ground up on a new technology platform.

AMA: How to Excel as a Product Manager in Extraordinary Times

280 Group

Yesterday we enjoyed hosting an Ask Me Anything session on Facebook Live with five of our Product Management expert instructors. In this very serious time, we really wanted to be available to answer questions and help the Product Management community adapt and rise to the challenges we’re all facing. This blog post recaps a couple of the key points made during the discussion and provides links to the resources that were mentioned during our conversation. Major Topics of Conversation.

Top IoT Challenges Product Leaders Face in 2020

Daniel Elizalde IoT Blog

What are the top IoT challenges Product Leaders face in 2020? To find out, I conducted a survey to hear directly from Product Leaders. In this post, I share the answers to the survey, as well as the insights I gathered throughout the process. I received 73 responses to my survey. I understand this means the […]. The post Top IoT Challenges Product Leaders Face in 2020 appeared first on Daniel Elizalde. Podcast