January, 2019

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.

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.

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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. Creating relationships of trust sets a foundation for the work you and your teams will need … Continue reading → Leadership Product Management Trust dedication global economy partnerships products

Tips for Rewriting a Digital Product

Roman Pichler

See the Rewriting Effort as an Opportunity to Innovate.

How Much is that Feature in the Window?

Speaker: Nils Davis, Principal, NPD Associates

Roadmaps are about the future, and talking about a roadmap means talking about the future. But how you tailor that conversation depends on who you’re having it with, because your stakeholders’ vision for the future and your customers’ vision are likely two different things. Every audience has their own needs and expectations that you are working to fulfil, and as a product manager, it is up to you to manage these many moving parts. A conversation about creating value is going to vary based on whether or not you’re asking someone to buy your product, or fund it.

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.

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Women Succeeding in the World of Product Management

Product Management Unpacked

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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.

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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.) In nearly all cases, the individuals on … Continue reading → Product Management Trust confidence energy influence motivate optimism vision

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Most Brands Hear from Less Than 1% of Their Customers

Apptentive

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.

Why Smoking Costs Employers More Than They Realize

Your employees are smoking, and at a cost of $7,000 per year for each employee who smokes, that adds up - fast! This free report will show you how an effective cessation program pays for itself.

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.

Powerful Product Positioning: Follow These Three Rules

Proficientz – 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 Ultimate Guide To Better Form Design

UX Studio

Just imagine how you’d feel if you walked into a shop, collected everything in your basket, but couldn’t find the cashier. In the end, you’d likely get extremely upset and leave everything behind without spending a cent. Well, exactly that happens with bad form design in your checkout process.

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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.

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Building Healthy Innovation Ecosystems for Your Projects

Speaker: Nick Noreña, Innovation Coach and Advisor, Kromatic

In this webinar, Nick Noreña will walk through an Innovation Ecosystem Model that he and his team at Kromatic have developed to help investors, heads of product, teachers, and executives understand how they can best support innovation in their own ecosystem. He'll also go over metrics we can use to measure the health of our ecosystems as we build more resources for innovators.

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. The next step is to … Continue reading → Product Management Team Building decisions development influence Innovation Knowledge market market expert skills

How To Launch A Product or Feature To Maximize Growth

Brian Balfour

Superhuman was founded in 2015 (3ish years ago at the time of writing this). From their landing page, they are building “The Fastest Email Experience Ever Made.” To this day, you can still not sign up and instantly gain access to their product.

5 Tips for Product Managers to Ensure Success on Every Project

Mind the Product

As product managers our job description is pretty simple: to make all of our software development projects succeed. In fact, I would go so far as to say any failures or successes of the team are failures or successes of product management.

Building a Stronger Product Management Organization: A Different Take on “Team”

Proficientz – Product Management University

As product management goes, so goes the rest of the organization. Here’s a different take on the team aspect of product management and how it strengthens the product management organization along with marketing, sales and customer on-boarding teams. Like the video?

How to Choose the Best Embedded Analytics Solution to Modernize Your Application

If you are looking to modernize your application to improve competitiveness, then one of the quickest wins you can have is to embed sophisticated analytics that will wow your existing and prospective customers.

How great Product Managers contribute to great engineering cultures

The Product Coalition

Great engineers leave when they are no longer excited by an opportunity. These engineers are in demand, they have other companies constantly knocking on their doors, pitching them exciting opportunities, as well as money, in an attempt to convince them to leave.

Four Keys to Successful Remote Product Management

ProductCraft

I recently moved across the country from Raleigh to Seattle. Along with my worries about whether my wine glasses would make it there in one piece, I had yet another major concern. As a product manager, would I continue to be successful while working remotely?

Why CEOs Should Not Be Our Primary Source of Customer Input

Mironov Consulting

I work with a lot of CEOs, usually as an advocate for better product and development organizations.

How to Build Your Self-Confidence by Memorializing Praise and Rejection

Sachin Rekhi

I've had the opportunity to mentor a breadth of product managers through the years as well as entrepreneurs through my work as an advisor to early-stage startups. And in doing so I've spent countless hours working through product challenges, startup challenges, and everything in between.

Build vs Buy: 10 Hidden Costs of Building Analytics with UI Components

Many teams, as a logical first step, choose to build their own analytics with the help of UI components. But eventually you’ll find that doing it yourself and at scale has hidden costs. Consider these 10 factors when deciding whether you should build analytics features with UI components.

Podcast: Moving Up the Career Ladder with Thor Mitchell

Mind the Product

Thor Mitchell knows his bones – he’s an ex-Google product manager (Maps and Google+ APIs) and was most recently the Chief Product Officer at Crowdcube.

Best Growth Strategy for Mature Products

Proficientz – Product Management University

What’s the best growth strategy for a mature product portfolio? The best growth strategy depends on your current market position. Here are two considerations. Market Penetration Strategy.

The Misunderstood World of Product Growth

The Product Coalition

Growth is walking the fine line between innovation and profit, and the risks are often overlooked. Relentlessly growing a product seems like a no-brainer. The upside is obvious: more revenue, more customers, more money for research and development, and so on.

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The Six Best Product Management Podcasts

ProductCraft

2019 is here, and that means it’s time to dust off that podcast list and discover new things to listen to. Get off to a good start on your product management-related resolutions with our six favorite podcasts. Listen, learn, and enjoy.

More Effective Agile Leadership

Speaker: Steve McConnell, CEO, Construx Software

In this talk, Steve McConnell, CEO of Construx Software, distills hundreds of companies’-worth of real-world experience into the proven Agile leadership practices that work best. Steve will seamlessly thread together traditional approaches, early Agile approaches, modern Agile approaches, and the principles and context that underlie them all—creating an invaluable resource for Agile leaders, their teams, and their organizations.