March, 2021

Stop whinging about “Tactical” vs. “Strategic”

The Product Bistro

Product Management often feels like they are too tactical, and they should be more strategic, but not all tactical tasks are bad to own. product management strategy RTB tactical

Level up Your Product Function With the Product Leader Map

Mind the Product

“I’m drowning in a never-ending todo list“, “I can’t be everywhere at once“, “I’m not good enough“ In my coaching work I constantly hear these frustrations from product leaders.


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The Dark Side of Product Management — Addictive Products


I’m sure most of us Product Managers are not evil by nature, but there is inevitably a dark side of product management too. Sometimes the same psychological devices we use to make our SaaS products engaging can also make the products really…addictive. Do any of these behaviors seem familiar?

Smartphone Too Distracting? Here’s How to Reclaim Your Focus

Nir Eyal

The post Smartphone Too Distracting? Here’s How to Reclaim Your Focus appeared first on Nir and Far. Distraction


How to Accelerate Product Sales Virtually

Everyone sells online these days, but outselling the (virtual) competition requires following a few key principles. Yellowfin CEO Glen Rabie shares his insights on resonating with buyers in this short video.

Product Goals in Scrum

Roman Pichler

Product Goals Defined. The Scrum Guide released in November 2020 states that “the product goal describes a future state of the product … [It] is the long-term objective for the Scrum team.” It also suggests that “the product goal is in the product backlog.

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The Most Powerful Phrase in the Product Manager Vocabulary

The Product Bistro

The most powerful 3 words in a Product Manager's vocabulary is "It's My Fault." The blame game should not be in your toolbox, you own the product, act like it. Your team will thank you. product management

The importance of metrics maturity for evidence-driven teams

Mind the Product

Everyone wants to be in an evidence-driven team, using research and data to drive their product decisions. We all know it’s the best way to work, but what does it mean in practice? How can you tell if your team is truly evidence-driven? And if it’s not, how do you change things for the better? [.]

If Your Product Strategy Doesn’t P**s Somebody Off, It’s Not Very Good!


Don’t get me wrong. The goal of your product strategy isn’t to p**s people off. It’s to demonstrate that your product direction is aligned with the goals and priorities of your target customers, current customers included.

Love is Measured By the Benefit of the Doubt: The Secret to True Kindness

Nir Eyal

The post Love is Measured By the Benefit of the Doubt: The Secret to True Kindness appeared first on Nir and Far. Introspection


The State of Product Leadership Report 2021

Delivery is the top success metric for product leaders. But should it be? This is just one of the findings in this year’s State of Product Leadership report. Download the report to discover more ways product management is changing in 2021.

Why There’s No Single “Right” Way to Do Discovery: Part 2

Product Talk

A few months ago, fellow Product Talk coach Hope Gurion and I sat down to discuss why there’s no single right way to do discovery. Want to read Part 1 of the series? Find it here.

Product Management Roles: Whose Job is it? [+Webinar]

280 Group

Join our webinar on March 11th so you can gain even more insight into the Product Manager’s responsibilities amongst many stakeholders, and how and when to apply RACI and DACI methodologies for maximum impact in managing your products through their lifecycles. Product-Focused Teams.

Work, the Future, and familiar names

The Product Bistro

The way we work, and the type of work we will do is changing. In my past research, one name has come up over and over, David Autor of MIT. Future of Work

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Refreshing the Mind the Product brand for the next decade

Mind the Product

Over the coming days, weeks, and months you’ll notice that our brand has received a bit of a makeover. In this post, we’ll reveal how we’ve chosen to elevate our beloved venn, brand colours, and more.

The Rapid Innovation Sprint as an Accelerator for Your Big Idea

Rapid Innovation Sprints (RISE) help companies incubate greenfield digital product ideas that have the potential to radically transform their business. The techniques of RISE help uncover game-changing opportunities with structure, collaboration, and commitment.

B2B Product Manager March 2021


The performance of product management and the ripple effect (positive and negative) on engineering, marketing, sales and customer success is front and center this month.

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How to “Listen Like you Mean It”

Nir Eyal

The post How to “Listen Like you Mean It” appeared first on Nir and Far. Indistractable Relationships


A Reality Check on Product Management: 5 Typical Scenarios and How to Navigate Them


You have read all the books and you are ready and energized to dive into real product management. You land a job and get to work, totally ready to be an outcome-focused, non-date-driven, research-first “good” product manager (maybe even a “great” product manager!).

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Trailblazing Women in Product Management: Padmashree Koneti, VP Product Management at Limeade

280 Group

For our next installment of the Women in Product Management Series, I interviewed Padmashree Koneti, VP of Product Management at Limeade. View the full list of this blog interview series to learn the stories of more women product leaders. How did you get into product management?

3 Templates for Uncomplicating Your Product Management Process

In this workbook, you’ll find a comprehensive set of templates product development and cross-functional teams can adopt to better leverage your existing skills and your data.

It’s OK to have some non-productive time

The Product Bistro

Product Management is different from most roles in that you are always thinking about the product, and the myriad threads that it takes to make it. So, when you need to unplug, do not feel guilty. general product management time

Why we say Agile when you want to say chaos

Mind the Product

Most people working in a tech environment have experience working with Agile methodologies. However, it’s very common to see that Agile principles and philosophy are not correctly interpreted and implemented. Some companies fall into the “Agile = speed increase” trap.

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Product Positioning vs. Market Positioning: The Key Difference


If you’ve ever asked yourself, What the biggest difference is between product positioning vs. market positioning? In its simplest form, it’s the target audience and the scope of what you’re positioning.

“Tech Addiction” Is the New Reefer Madness

Nir Eyal

The post “Tech Addiction” Is the New Reefer Madness appeared first on Nir and Far. Distraction


4 Approaches to Data Analytics

As the analytics landscape continues to evolve, application teams who need to embed dashboards, reports, and other analytics capabilities in their applications can choose from dozens of solutions. How do you differentiate one solution from the next?

What is the Product Manager Career Path?


The product manager career path is an exciting one with lots of possible on- and off-ramps. According to LinkedIn, interest in product management has doubled in the United States in the past 5 years.

Trailblazing Women in Product Management: Arati Sohoni, Director of Product Management at Walmart

280 Group

For our next installment of the Women in Product Management Series, I interviewed Arati Sohoni, Director of Product Management at Walmart. View the full list of this blog interview series to learn the stories of more women product leaders. How did you get into product management?

A Product Manager’s Toolkit (WIP)

The Product Coalition

Valuable resources about networking, learning, online courses and much more in the Product Management expertise. Continue reading on Product Coalition ». networking online-courses-learning product-management product-design how-to

Economics of Software Part 1 – Why Traditional Economics Concepts Don’t Apply To Software

Mind the Product

Product managers looking for academic materials on technology and user experience won’t struggle to find what they need. However, when it comes to economics, especially Microeconomics, there are very few resources and case studies focused on the software industry.

Embedded Analytics Product Fit Guide - A Product Manager’s Handbook

Adding embedded analytics to your software doesn’t have to be an overwhelming task. This guide is the perfect companion for SaaS product managers. It will walk you through the process of choosing the right analytics provider step by step.

This GTM-Leader-Turned-Investor Crowdsources Early Lessons From Stripe, Figma & More

First Round Review

As he makes the transition from operator to investor, Meka Asonye looks back on his career as a sales leader at Stripe and Mixpanel to offer tactical takeaways and go-to-market lessons — crowdsourcing additional advice from the top revenue leaders in his network

The 3 elements of an innovation ecosystem


Developing an innovation capability within a large organization is a daunting prospect. In the past, many have tried but few succeeded.

TEI 328: Getting started with Jobs-to-be-Done – with INDUSTRY and Mike Belsito

Product Innovation Educators

A framework for product managers to dig deep into their customers’ needs. I am changing the name of the podcast to Product Mastery Now. The new name is coming soon.