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.

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.

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Embedded BI and Analytics: Best Practices to Monetize Your Data

Speaker: Azmat Tanauli, Senior Director of Product Strategy at Birst

By creating innovative analytics products and expanding into new markets, more and more companies are discovering new potential revenue streams. Join Azmat Tanauli, Senior Director of Product Strategy at Birst, as he walks you through how data that you're likely already collecting can be transformed into revenue!

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.

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Sales Presentation Techniques That Improve Discovery

Proficientz – 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.

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.

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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The Rise of Product Ops: the New Discipline Powering Product Excellence

ProductPlan

As product management continues to evolve, many new practices have been put in place to optimize product teams. Agile, Kanban, and similar methodologies have helped shape the landscape of product management in the 21st century. And the landscape continues to change at a rapid pace.

Nine companies share 30+ best practices for creating embedded analytics products

In this 4-part series, product and technology leaders share insights for successfully going to market with a data product. Find out how you can embed analytics in your solution, from building your business case to designing and launching your product.

Uncovering the Truth by Janice Fraser

Mind the Product

Most big companies have one thing in common with America, that they’ve been dominant for a very long time but are now struggling. They’re seeing the same challenges about how to change so they can be resilient and grow in the world as it is now.

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.

Product Love Podcast: Jeff Coyle, Chief Product Officer and Co-Founder of MarketMuse

ProductCraft

This week on Product Love I sat down and talked to Jeff Coyle, the chief product officer and co-founder of MarketMuse, a platform that uses AI technology to accelerate content planning, creation, and optimization.

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!

Top 10 industries for monetizing data: Is yours one of them?

Find out which industries, use cases, and business applications are the best opportunities for data monetization. Understand what data is being monetized, who wants it, and why. Use data you already own to create new revenue sources. Download the eBook today!

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

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.

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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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 Complete Predictive Analytics Lifecycle for Application Teams

Speaker: Sriram Parthasarathy, Senior Director of Predictive Analytics, Logi Analytics

Applications with predictive analytics are able to deliver massive value to end users. But what steps should product managers take to add predictive analytics to their applications? In this webinar, we’ll walk through an end-to-end lifecycle of embedding predictive analytics inside an application. Find out how a real-world application decided what predictive questions to ask, sourced the right data, organized resources, built models, deployed predictive analytics in production, and monitored model performance over time.

When to Launch? That’s the Question

Pragmatic Marketing

The other day I received a message from a colleague: “One question we’re asking ourselves is the issue of continuously releasing individual features with associated Go-to-Market launches versus releasing features and waiting to do a singular quarterly GTM for all at the same time.

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?

7 Tips From Product Leaders to Kick off 2019

ProductPlan

The beginning of the new year marks an exciting time for many product organizations. New goals, new roadmaps, new initiatives. And as for just about everyone, new opportunities to start fresh.

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.

5 Product Traps - And Better Paths

Speaker: Johanna Rothman, Management Consultant, Rothman Consulting Group

Is your agile team overloaded with feature requests, with no time for discovery? Do your roadmaps read like impossible wish lists? Well, you’re not alone. It may seem impossible now, but what if we said that with a few changes, you could be meeting deadlines with the ability to predict progress with accuracy, be happy with your progress against the roadmap, and be making time for near-continuous discovery? Johanna Rothman has seen this all too often across many different organizations. She will take us through five common traps that agile product teams fall into – and likely you are in several of those traps right now. And good news - she has ways to avoid them!

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.

The only thing that matters when planning a Sprint

The Product Coalition

A clear and overarching Sprint Goal Boxer Mike Tyson once said: “Everybody has a plan until they get punched in the mouth.”?—?Mike Mike Tyson In military warfare a similar saying exists: “No battle plan survives contact with the enemy.”?—?Helmuth

Salesforce’s Mike Kreaden on how to build a platform to drive growth

Inside Intercom

Knowing when it’s time to become a platform is a delicate thing, as Mike Kreaden , Managing Director of Salesforce Incubator, discovered. Transitioning into an effective marketplace required keen attention to the evolving needs of their customers – who wanted to connect to third-party partners.

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.

How Product Managers Can Learn to Love Reporting

Speaker: Eric Feinstein, Professional Services Manager, Looker

For a long time, Product Managers have found it challenging to design interfaces inside their products that users could use for reporting. It seems like PMs and engineers have grown to hate embedded reporting. Fortunately, there are new technical approaches that are making this a significantly different picture, although there are still lots of interesting design challenges. Eric Feinstein, Professional Services Manager at Looker, has done workshops with lots of product managers who are looking to add effective reporting. He will use the example of a product manager of a learning management software system and how she would go through the process of defining reporting for users of the product. He will discuss working through personas, data types, reporting needs analysis and ultimately how this comes together to form a roadmap for reporting functionality and interface.

5 Key Responsibilities of Agile Product Leaders

ProductPlan

What does product leadership look like in an agile context? And, how is it different from leadership in traditional development environments? For the product leaders supporting agile teams, it can be easy to get caught up in the routine of scrums , sprints, and standups.

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Birst Smart Analytics: Using AI to Operationalize BI

Birst BI

How do you deliver more insights out to more people? Operationalizing BI and analytics – that is, putting the power of data in the hands of everyone across the enterprise, not just analysts and data scientists – has always been the mantra for Birst co-founder Brad Peters.

Product Management – the Mahi Way

Mind the Product

Learning about product management is not just restricted to the business ecosystem. The sporting world is one of the key platforms where you can gain valuable product management insights and see product leadership dynamics in action.