January, 2019

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Are Product Leaders Listening to Customers?

280 Group

As a product leader, your goal is to constantly provide a better product to deepen engagement, grow your revenue, and delight your customers. In order to do so, you need to listen—we mean really listen—to customer feedback. Customers are sensitive about sharing information, especially given recent rulings that prioritize privacy above all. So if a customer actually wants to share feedback and tell a brand how they feel, that data is the holy grail.

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How great Product Managers deal with technical debt

The Product Coalition

Learn to live without fear of technical debt, and learn the best way to pay it down As a PM, tech debt is the sort of thing that constantly looms over you. It’s always there, and it follows you around like a bad penny. Tech debt is all of the little things that aren’t quite right about your product behind the scenes. It’s all the workarounds that you’ve found to quickly make the product look and behave the way that it does.

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Building trust with your teams

Lead on Purpose

Another key element of a successful product management organization is creating trust with your teams, the teams you work with to build your products.

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Most Brands Hear from Less Than 1% of Their Customers

Alchemer Mobile

Customers are hard-pressed to leave feedback in any form, and the way digital customer feedback is gathered is often clunky, time-consuming, and distracting from the goal the customer came to accomplish in the first place. Because many brands struggle to gather customer feedback in proactive, non-intrusive ways, feedback typically comes from the smallest, most vocal group of customers.

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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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Tips for Rewriting a Digital Product

Roman Pichler

See the Rewriting Effort as an Opportunity to Innovate. A digital product is commonly redeveloped for two reasons: It has accumulated too much technical debt or its technologies are outdated, but the product is still needed—be it to generate revenue, support other revenue-generating products, or automate business processes and increase productivity.

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What Does a Successful MVP Look Like?

Mind the Product

MVP is a phrase that startup people love to throw around. It’s an acronym that can be used as a weapon. Everyone believes their vision is really the Minimum Viable Product. You can use the phrase to batter your colleagues’ ideas. You can simply declare “it’s not really minimum” if you want to do something less than their vision, or declare “it’s not really viable” if you want to do more!

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Importance of Product Lead Company Culture

The Product Guy

Excerpts from our conversation with The Best Product Person of 2017, Melissa Perri. Watch now and see why she is counted amongst the ranks of the best in product management. More to Come. The Best Product Person (TBPP) is the leading international award honoring excellence in Product Management. Established in 2010, TBPP is awarded annually in association with The Product Guy and The Product Group.

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Motivating and influencing your teams

Lead on Purpose

You’ve nailed the vision, and built the foundation of trust, now you need to motivate your teams. The success of your product depends on the work they (engineering, UX/design, marketing, sales, etc.) do.

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2019 Product Management Trends

Alchemer Mobile

The challenge of achieving product-market fit is what keeps most product managers up at night. And this time every year, product management professionals are putting yearly strategies together and seeking out resources to ensure their approach is on-trend. Product managers are tasked with tracking market changes and competition to ensure market fit and product evolution are competitive, and then delivering feedback based on learnings to the rest of the product stakeholders—but they don’t h

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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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Sales Presentation Techniques That Improve Discovery

Product Management University

There are many cases where salespeople are forced into giving presentations before adequate discovery has been completed. Here are a few sales presentation techniques that will yield valuable buyer motivations without formal discovery meetings. The Playbook: The best sales presentations are the ones that create a relaxed environment for the buyers. The more relaxed they are, the easier it is for salespeople to uncover their real buying motivations and communicate stronger value propositions.

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Lead Nurturing 101: How to get new customers beyond the free trial

Intercom, Inc.

Between 40% and 60% of people who sign up for a free trial of your software will never convert. What are you doing with the leads that don’t convert right away? If your answer is “nothing,” you’re leaving money on the table. By instituting a lead nurturing campaign sequence, you can guide those prospects through your buying cycle, from the moment they enter their email address on your website, to successful adoption of your product and beyond.

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Why Listening is Crucial to Product – and How to do it Better

Mind the Product

As a recovering product manager turned executive coach, I’ve found that there’s actually quite a bit of overlap between building and launching successful products and supporting individuals in gaining self-awareness and building leadership skills. In both worlds, it’s critical to understand the system, have a solid strategy, be able to provide ongoing support, and measure results.

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Problem Statement Definition

The Product Guy

How to distinguish what you should build from what’s reasonable to build. This discussion will cover validating problems with data, constructing hypotheses, and prioritizing what to test first. In a recent live stream from one of our mentors of The Product Mentor , Taya Page, lead a conversation on this topic. We are always looking for more product mentors from all around the world.

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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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Developing team member skills

Lead on Purpose

As you progress on the journey of building great teams, you create the vision, build a strong foundation of trust and motivate your team to reach beyond what they thought they were capable of doing.

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Why Mobile Customer Feedback is Your Big Missed Opportunity

Alchemer Mobile

Collecting and making sense of mobile customer feedback isn’t a walk in the park for product managers and marketers. There’s a big analytics challenge in pulling in the right sources of information and prepare the right views for leaders and product owners to consume. It can take months to set up a first version and years to get it right as sorting through feedback from different customer segments is difficult, especially as the size of your customer base grows.

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Powerful Product Positioning: Follow These Three Rules

Product Management University

Powerful product positioning usually boils down to the best story, which is not always the best product. Adhere to these three guidelines and marketing and selling value will be a lot easier. The Playbook: Make It More About the Buyer – Way More! Your products have no relevance until you can tell buyers why they need them — in their language!

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Build boring software

Intercom, Inc.

We’re conditioned to think from an early age that exciting things are the best. That attitude can extend to engineering, too. When trying to solve a problem with software, it can be tempting to build an exciting, complex solution. But that unnecessary complexity can lead to even more complicated issues. At our event Building Intercom in Dublin, I argued that when it comes to building software, we should avoid excitement and embrace boring.

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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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Product Trends to Watch in 2019

Mind the Product

As 2019 gets underway, I’ve been enjoying taking stock of what we saw at Mind the Product Training over 2018. As a product manager I’m always looking for signals and patterns, and evaluating what early trends could mean for my products, and now for product practice. Noticing early indications of patterns of behavior can help product managers to plan ahead and work specific questions into their learning roadmaps.

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Advice for Managers of Product Managers

The Product Guy

Excerpts from our conversation with The Best Product Person of 2017, Melissa Perri. Watch now and see why she is counted amongst the ranks of the best in product management. More to Come. The Best Product Person (TBPP) is the leading international award honoring excellence in Product Management. Established in 2010, TBPP is awarded annually in association with The Product Guy and The Product Group.

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Women Succeeding in the World of Product Management

Product Management Unpacked

“Growing up in the 1970’s, I watched The Bionic Woman and Charlie’s Angels. They became my female role models and heroines – strong, intelligent problem-solvers who used their feminine skills to their advantage,” says Kate Hare, Chief Product Officer at Photobucket, to Women 2.0 , a media and tech industry leader in gender equality. Today, young women aspiring to launch into Product Management roles have more than fictional heroines to look up to.

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Articulating Your Product Design Principles

Sachin Rekhi

Product management is fundamentally a leadership role in that you are ultimately responsible for leading a product development team to deliver a compelling product that resonates with your customers. The vast majority of what I've personally learned about leadership comes from Jeff Weiner , who I watched lead LinkedIn as CEO over the 4 years I spent there.

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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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Are Requriements Overrated?

Ask Benny

Why I don’t write long specifications. From Waterfall to Agile In the dark ages we all worked in waterfall. We planned everything months ahead of time. We had to write very detailed requirements in advance, review them and plan accordingly. It resulted in slow reaction to changes and many obsolete requirements. With the move to agile and the preference of working software over comprehensive documentation (see the agile manifesto) there is less demand for such long specifications.

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The recipe for growth as a designer

Intercom, Inc.

Picture this: You’re a designer with a handful of years experience under your belt. You’ve cut your teeth on a few big launches and earned your stripes as a solid “mid level” product designer. Like many designers, you’re curious and ambitious. You look to the future and ask yourself, where do I want to be this time next year? What about in five years?

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Goals for 2019 – A Product Manager’s New Year’s Resolutions

Mind the Product

It’s a new year, and while the date changing on a calendar doesn’t really have some magical power, it is a nice reminder to slow down and reflect. Many of us will think about the personal goals we want to achieve this year, our businesses will be setting plans and strategizing how to make this year the best one yet, and we’ll be looking at what behaviors in ourselves we might want to change ( no really, I AM going to eat healthier this time!

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Hot Potatoes: How to handle the thing that causes everyone else to quit

The Product Guy

Being a Product Manager is never clear, and never simple. It’s easy to have projects we love, but what happens when the worst, most convoluted project gets dumped in your lap? This talk goes over things you can do to stabilize a project while staying sane. In a recent live stream from one of our mentors of The Product Mentor , Felix Sargent, lead a conversation on this topic.

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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.