November, 2017

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Your Passion is Your Greatest Asset, Learn How to Harness It

Lead on Purpose

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A Rearview Mirror for Your Product Roadmap

bpma ProductHub

How the past can provide context for your future plans. For our recent book, Product Roadmaps Relaunched: How to Set Direction while Embracing Uncertainty (O’Reilly), my co-authors C. Todd Lombardo, Evan Ryan, and I interviewed over 80 practicing product people. We gathered so much insight, so many great examples, and so many pithy quotes that we simply didn’t have space to include everything we really wanted to.

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Creative Spaces that Work by Sarah B. Nelson

Mind the Product

Spaces shape culture – it can’t be helped, the spaces we work in are a huge factor in the way we work so they are always going to define the overall working environment, both personally and physically. In this illuminating talk from Mind the Product London 2017, Sarah B. Nelson, program architect at IBM Studios, shared how important it is for us as product leaders to care about the spaces we work in – and how those spaces have an impact on our work.

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How Buyers Sell Themselves, Product Usability & Revenue, and Two Types of Demos

Product Management University

The B2B Product Manager Magazine October 2017 is now available. In this issue we discuss the value of listening as one of the most overlooked sales skills, and the value of business conversations. We also examine product usability and its impact on revenue, plus sales demo tips. Be sure to check out our brand new lineup of advanced training programs.

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Platform Product Management Beyond Features: Introducing B-MAP for Platform Ecosystem Success

Traditional PM struggles with the complexities of platform ecosystems. B-MAP framework tackles this challenge. B-MAP goes beyond features, focusing on building, managing, adapting, and partnering to foster a thriving platform ecosystem.

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Get People Talking! How To Use Open-Ended Questions For Market Discovery

The Secret PM Handbook

In my last post I talked about the importance of “talking to customers.” In that post I focused especially on what you do with the market discovery knowledge you get from customers once you found it. (The “product management system of record,” I called it.). In this post I’ll be more to the point: How do you actually have these conversations?

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Transparency – All Cards Face-Up

Lead on Purpose

Guest post by Paul Sean Hill Creating and leading high-performing teams in any setting requires a high-trust environment. A critical component in creating and keeping that trust is complete transparency across the team.

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Are You Doing Your Standups Wrong?

Clever PM

During this year’s ProductCamp Seattle, I sat in on a great presentation by Dave Manningsmith where he discussed several dysfunctions of the daily standup ceremony (or “ritual” as he referred to it) that so many of us participate in on a daily basis. And it really made me think a lot about just how badly […].

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3 Mental Models Every PM Needs to Make Decisions

Amplitude

Having a set of reliable mental models to call upon to make decisions is perhaps the most powerful thing product managers can do to improve their skills. The PM’s day-to-day job involves balancing the needs of all different groups, from marketing to engineering, and carving out a clear path for the product. They have to be able to ruthlessly prioritize and make tough decisions with incomplete information.

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How Calm Technology Can Help Us Be More Human by Amber Case

Mind the Product

As demonstrated with her TED talk we are all cyborgs now Amber Case has a pretty unique perspective on how technology impacts people’s’ lives. With clients, Amber regularly has to reign in their ideas – such as the smart fridge, which she sees leading us towards the Dystopian kitchen of the Future. Petnet.io is another example she conjures up, which is supposed to feed cats and dogs remotely.

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How to Build an Experimentation Culture for Data-Driven Product Development

Speaker: Margaret-Ann Seger, Head of Product, Statsig

Experimentation is often seen as an aspirational practice, especially at smaller, fast-moving companies who are strapped for time and resources. So, how can you get your team making decisions in a more data-driven way while continuing to remain lean and maintaining ship velocity? In this webinar, Margaret-Ann Seger, Head of Product at Statsig, will teach you how to build an experimentation culture from the ground-up, graduating from just getting started with data-driven development to operating

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Get People Talking! How To Use Open-Ended Questions For Market Discovery

The Secret PM Handbook

In my last post I talked about the importance of “talking to customers.” In that post I focused especially on what you do with the market discovery knowledge you get from customers once you found it. (The “product management system of record,” I called it.). In this post I’ll be more to the point: How do you actually have these conversations?

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How to Hire the Perfect Product Management Contractor – Webinar

280 Group

We are announcing our next Product Management Webinar, don’t miss your chance to learn all about the value of adding a Product Management Contractor and the best ways to make the hiring process an efficient success. How to Hire the Perfect Product Management or Product Marketing Contractor Hosted by AIPMM, featuring Brian Lawley Friday, December 1st, 9 AM Pacific Time Are you ready to finally get the right person for the job, without the headache?

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On ideas and strategic thinking

Lead on Purpose

Every product and service we have today was once an idea. Even the most basic creations did not exist before someone came up with an impression for a better outcome that would be useful in some way.

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Start making better product decisions: A framework to go with your Agile Process

The Product Guy

Guest Post by: Alex Hsu (Mentee, Session 4, The Product Mentor) [Paired with Mentor, Addi Regev]. Why do I need a framework? A research conducted by Alpha UX found that 25% of Product Manager surveyed wished for a clearer product roadmap and strategy. This was second only to increase in salary! Research article. While salary increase is a complex subject with variables outside of our control, I believe that having a clear product roadmap and strategy is every Product Manager’s responsibility.

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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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Stop putting off user research. 7 hacks

Amplitude

Early in my career as a product manager, I remember being introduced to the process of user research in a way that made it seem like a monumental undertaking. A typical user research cycle looked like this: write up an agenda. draft an invite email template. find an analyst to help pull a list of user emails. send the emails. deal with email threading to schedule calls. deal with cancellations and rescheduling. write notes. juggle payments.

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How we Grow as Product Managers

Mind the Product

It starts local. A friend asks you to come to a meet-up, or to have a beer with a few friends from Silicon…(Valley, Alley, Roundabout, Beach, insert your fave here). Or you set up a coffee with a cool product manager or designer you know. They tell you about some books to read. Then you head to a conference where you see 1500 other product managers from all over the world.

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Hello Product Managers!

The Secret PM Handbook

​​Empathy is very important! You have to be willing and able to put yourself in the shoes of your customers. And since "your customers" is actually everyone in the organization, as well as the people who buy and evaluate your product, you have to be very flexible, and be able to hold multiple viewpoints in mind at the same time. Along with this, you need to be very flexible, mentally.

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Taking a Customer-Centric Approach to Software Product Management

Revulytics

It’s a familiar storyline these days. Software customers have many choices and high expectations, and as such, even the most established installations could fall to a more agile competitor. It’s against that backdrop that the term “customer-obsessed” has ascended in importance. What does it mean to be customer-obsessed? As Cliff Condon of Forrester Research makes the analogy in this video , i t’s like being that really intense sports fan, and the customer is your team. “ You need to be able to r

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Addressing Top Enterprise Challenges in Generative AI with DataRobot

The buzz around generative AI shows no sign of abating in the foreseeable future. Enterprise interest in the technology is high, and the market is expected to gain momentum as organizations move from prototypes to actual project deployments. Ultimately, the market will demand an extensive ecosystem, and tools will need to streamline data and model utilization and management across multiple environments.

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My Personal Productized 2017 Conference Recap #productized2017

Tim Herbig

Before my trip to Zurich for PMF 2017, I was able to speak at the Productized 2017 Conference in Lisbon, Portugal. The so-called ‘Product Thinking Conference’ may not be as huge and widely familiar compared to its competing events in London or Zurich, but a carefully picked lineup and its close atmosphere make it quite an attractive destination for product … Continue reading "My Personal Productized 2017 Conference Recap #productized2017".

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How Buyers Sell Themselves, Product Usability & Revenue, and Two Types of Demos

Product Management University

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Innovate like a startup–and other innovation insights for product managers Nov 3, 2017

Product Innovation Educators

Each week I scour articles, wading through the dogs, and bringing you the best insights to help product managers and innovators be heroes. Join me at the annual PDMA conference, Chicago Nov 12-15. Five educational tracks and 30+ sessions. I’m co-presenting with John Spero from Praxair on how organizations effectively and simply accelerate their product capability.

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Daniel Harvey – User Research When Your Customers are not Your Users

Mind the Product

The trash heap of history is littered with the corpses of unicorns. Most companies talk a good game of customer centricity and design, but aren’t doing the hard part: user research. The Cult of the Designer. ‘Design’ as a concept is now widely discussed and debated without real understanding of what it actually means. At the core of this disconnect is business’ “Henry Ford mentality” of not asking what the customer actually wants.

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The Key to Agile Team Motivation

Speaker: Robert Webber, Author and Innovation Leader

Agile was a grassroots engineering movement that caught most software leaders unprepared. The Agile community was confident that management would recognize the benefits of Agile and adopt its servant-leadership style. Unfortunately, management in larger organizations maintained the directing and controlling management style that had been reinforced throughout their careers, violating the Agile tenet of trusted, self-motivated Agile teams.

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Agile in the Real World

The Product Guy

In a recent live stream from one of our mentors of The Product Mentor , Addi Regev, lead a conversation around “Agile in the Real World”. We are always looking for more product mentors from all around the world. Signup to be a Mentor Today! View the live stream…. About The Product Mentor. The Product Mentor is a program designed to pair Product Mentors and Mentees from around the World, across all industries, from start-up to enterprise, guided by the fundamental goals… Better Decisions.

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The Three Secrets to Executive Recruiting I Learned at Apple, Yahoo and More

First Round Review

Jennifer Rettig brings her recruiting expertise from Target, Apple, Yahoo, and — most recently — Looker, to share the tactics that will find your company the best executives.

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Perfecto Automates Face ID Flows for iPhone X

Amir Rozenberg

Prior to the iPhone X launch, many people doubted the premise of leveraging face ID as the exclusive biometric authentication measure. Post launch, the Face ID feature is widely used, and Apple is planning to transition all future devices to this authentication method. For mobile brands, Face ID impacts user adoption and application usage tremendously.

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Marty meets Martin: connecting the two triads of Product Management

The Product Coalition

Photo by Raul Petri on Unsplash When defining the job of a product manager, at least one of two definitions always pops up. The first one (chronologically speaking) is from Marty Cagan’s indispensable book Inspired: How to Create Tech Products Customers Love ; Marty describes it as “to discover a product that is valuable , usable and feasible ”. The other one is Martin Eriksson’s Venn diagram, supporting his definition of “product management as the intersection between business , technology and

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The Definitive Entity Resolution Buyer’s Guide

Are you thinking of adding enhanced data matching and relationship detection to your product or service? Do you need to know more about what to look for when assessing your options? The Senzing Entity Resolution Buyer’s Guide gives you step-by-step details about everything you should consider when evaluating entity resolution technologies. You’ll learn about use cases, technology and deployment options, top ten evaluation criteria and more.