February, 2018

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Report templates for less status meetings

Folding Burritos

In my previous post , I described a way to think about our internal product communications, and how that can help us optimize our time and make us more effective as Product Managers. The main goal was to show that by thinking about what , when and to whom we need to communicate , we can find different ways to get the message across without spending so much time on it.

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The Link Between Sleep and Effective Leadership

Lead on Purpose

Guest post by Jenn Clark A survey revealed that out of 180 business leaders, four out of 10 do not get enough sleep at least four nights a week.

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Women in Product Management: Jennifer Lyons, Product Management Consultant

280 Group

For our next installment of the Women in Product Management Series I interviewed Jennifer Lyons, a Product Management Executive who has focused the last twelve years of her career in healthcare. To read the entire series on Women in Product Management make sure to sign up for our newsletter. How to Balance Strategy, Sales Requests, and Roadmaps Those were just some of the topics shared by Jennifer Lyons as part of our Women in Product series.

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Stop Validating & Start Co-Creating

Product Talk

Meet Sally and Pam. Sally is a product manager, Pam a user experience designer, and they are working on a new mobile app. They’ve conducted customer interviews , defined their MVP , and are now working through the initial designs. Even though their MVP will only include a fraction of their near-term vision, Pam wants two weeks to work through the design of the near-term vision, as she’s worried if they build piece by piece, they’ll end up with a Frankenstein user experience.

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7 Pitfalls for Apache Cassandra in Production

Apache Cassandra is an open-source distributed database that boasts an architecture that delivers high scalability, near 100% availability, and powerful read-and-write performance required for many data-heavy use cases. However, many developers and administrators who are new to this NoSQL database often encounter several challenges that can impact its performance.

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Run Less Software

Intercom, Inc.

by Rich Archbold, Senior Director of Engineering at Intercom. It’s hard to win a battle you don’t realise you’re in. It’s even harder if you don’t know all of the armies on the field, their strategies and weapons, or even who’s a friend and who’s a foe. The same is true in software. We are all in a battle, multiple battles in fact, with a lot at stake: whether it’s the fate of the company we work for or for the product that we build.

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When 2 Become 1: The Roles of Product Manager and Product Owner

bpma ProductHub

By Jennifer Gridley – As we approach Valentine’s Day, some may be enjoying The Spice Girls’ 1996 hit for its romantic message. But since this is the BPMA, we’re thinking about the oft-merged roles of Product Manager (PM) and Product Owner (PO). And we’re not alone. On January 23rd, Pragmatic Marketing hosted a webinar entitled “Six Ways Product Management’s Role Will Change in 2018.

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Learn and apply these leadership traits in an afternoon

Lead on Purpose

When you think about the leaders you respect and admire, you see qualities that make them great. This can be inspiring or disheartening, depending on your current state of mind.

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25 Metrics that Matter for Mobile Product Managers in 2018

280 Group

Mobile product managers have a long list of metrics to pull from when determining the success of their products. Although it’s great to have options, the sheer volume of metrics to choose from can make selecting the right metrics for your product challenging. To understand which metrics most mobile product managers care about, Apptentive recently ran a survey with over 200 product managers and asked respondents to tell us which metrics matter most in their reporting process.

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Creating Good Roadmaps: 6 Practical Steps for Product Leaders

Mind the Product

Much has been written about the process of creating product roadmaps, not least the six great articles written by my own team. But there has been surprisingly little written about a product leader’s role in the process. I believe the actions of a product leader all too often are the root cause of a “bad” roadmap. Without thoughtful leadership around them, it may not be in product manager’s gift to achieve a “good” roadmap.

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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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Want to hire great designers? Start a blog.

Intercom, Inc.

A few years ago I came out of a meeting with my product manager where we talked about the next feature we should build. At the time there was a lot of hype around Foursquare-like location sharing apps. We worked for a social network so we had to build something like that as well. Needless to say, we didn’t have a clear product strategy. To take my mind off things I opened my RSS reader and a post called “ Product strategy means saying no ” caught my eye.

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The Secrets of Highly Successful Products: The Sales Discovery Call

The Secret PM Handbook

When the sales team has the right product knowledge, they will be much more successful. Which means they sell a lot more of your product. This starts from the first call with the prospect. If a sales person asks the wrong questions during that first call…. … then even a good prospect can turn into total loss. But, ask the right questions …. … and the chances of closing them go way up!

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Flipping the Script as a PM: Turning Customers into Evangelists – Thursday, February 22 | 6:30 – 9:30pm

bpma ProductHub

BPMA Event – Flipping the Script as a PM: Turning Customers into Evangelists. Thursday, February 22 | 6:30 – 9:30pm. Is your roadmap stuck chasing feature parity? How do you position your product & feature set in a way that allows you to uniquely meet your customer’s needs and stay ahead of the competition? The concepts presented in CEB’s book “The Challenger Customer” are gaining a lot of traction in the marketing world.

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Leading Through Shared Goals

Roman Pichler

The Product Leadership Conundrum. As the person in charge of a product, you are responsible for achieving product success. But you can’t accomplish it on your own and rely on the development team and stakeholders. Their contributions are vital to design, implement, provide, and support a successful product. At the same time, you can’t tell the individuals what to do or assign tasks to them, and you are typically not in a position to offer incentives, like a bonus or pay rise.

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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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The Importance of Product Positioning

280 Group

In this video 280 Group CEO and Founder, Brian Lawley, is joined by Senior Consultant/Trainer, Tom Evans, who is a Product Management and Product Marketing expert.The topic is why good product positioning is so critical for your product and your messaging. Watch the Video Product positioning is one of those topics that Tom finds to be highly misunderstood in the marketplace.

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Techniques to Help you Build a High-Performing Team

Mind the Product

I think of high-performing teams like a personal best on a run: they don’t happen overnight or by accident, but they’re worth it. As product managers, we’re often on point for building team culture. And we really feel the benefit of it when teams are working well together: a team that can move fast, understand each other and make effective decisions is a team that ships and iterates faster than a team full of people who struggle to understand each other or the outcomes they’re trying to reach.

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Move fast and optimize for the long term

Intercom, Inc.

As a student of engineering you’re incentivised to write a lot and to read a lot. You’re expected to solve many well understood, discreet, simple problems, on paper, on sunny afternoons in late May and early June. This kind of learning has its place – it encourages discipline of thought and allows you to develop certain important muscles that will be useful for later – but to be successful as product engineer , you’ll also need to master a bunch of different skills.

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When Push Comes to Shove – Picking Your Battles

Clever PM

In many organizations, conflict is part and parcel of the culture — some conflict can be constructive, some destructive, but most of it can just be downright annoying. And, because we often sit right in the middle of all of the random agendas, battles of ego, and emotional storms that can rage throughout the company, […].

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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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IoT Product Leadership – Episode 01: Cloud Platforms and the IoT Wild West

Daniel Elizalde IoT Blog

Josh Pederson, Director of Product Management at Ayla Networks shares his approach to managing Ayla’s IoT Cloud Platform. Subscribe on iTunes | Android | Stitcher | Tunein | Google Play Topics we discussed in this episode: Josh shares his background, and how he arrived at where he is today. Josh talks about the Ayla platform […] The post IoT Product Leadership – Episode 01: Cloud Platforms and the IoT Wild West appeared first on TechProductManagement.

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Always Think MVP

Ask Benny

Why you should always assume you are not going to make it on time. MVP vs MVE When developing a product or a feature, if you follow the lean methodology, you first need to validate demand. This means you apply the build-measure-learn cycle and try to ship a minimal viable product (MVP) to validate your hypothesis. In a lot of cases you actually start with a minimal viable experiment (MVE).

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25 Metrics that Matter for Mobile Product Mangers in 2018

280 Group

Mobile product managers have a long list of metrics to pull from when determining the success of their products. Although it’s great to have options, the sheer volume of metrics to choose from can make selecting the right metrics for your product challenging. To understand which metrics most mobile product managers care about, Apptentive recently ran a survey with over 200 product managers and asked respondents to tell us which metrics matter most in their reporting process.

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The Testing Mindset – How to Find Product/Market fit

Mind the Product

“There is a way to do it better. Find it!” Thomas Edison. Here’s the thing with innovation, you can’t just tell people to be innovative. A great idea doesn’t always come when you’re sitting at your desk between 9:00am and the end of your working day. Here at etventure we’ve tried various approaches to innovation in the last few years, and what we’ve learned is that success cannot be planned.

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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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Successful employee onboarding should focus on culture

Intercom, Inc.

Onboarding new employees is a hard process to do well. You might think of onboarding as something you just have to check off your list, but it’s easy to forget that things which are second nature to you are totally new and unknown to someone that’s just started. I joined Intercom a few months ago as an engineering manager and onboarding for the first time in a while made me realize some things I hadn’t before.

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Distinction Bias: Why You Make Terrible Life Choices

Nir Eyal

There I was, looking at an enormous wall of television screens. Each one flashed the exact same scene? —? a beautiful flower slowly blooming to reveal each petal, pistil, and stamen in exquisite super high definition detail. It was downright sexy. But now it was time to make my choice. Would I buy the $400 […]. The post Distinction Bias: Why You Make Terrible Life Choices appeared first on Nir and Far.

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Master the Art of Influence — Persuasion as a Skill and Habit

First Round Review

As a product leader at Google and Reddit, Tyler Odean uses persuasion as a tool in his everyday job. Here's what he's learned through experience and research about being influential at work.

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Establishing a Good Product Relationship with a Remote Engineering Team

The Product Guy

Guest Post by: Stef Orzech (Mentee, Session 5, The Product Mentor) [Paired with Mentor, Alex Berman]. So, I’ll start with this: a little while ago, I was having a difficult video call with my tech lead. We had just hired a new VP of Product who was radically (and rapidly) changing our product development process, and our engineers – based remotely, in Argentina – were struggling to keep up.

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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.