February, 2018

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.

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.

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. If you catch yourself yawning at your desk or nodding off … Continue reading → Leadership business focus health performance productivity relationships

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.

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The 5 Levels of Analytics Maturity

Basic dashboards used to be enough to thrill end users. But over time, modern capabilities have emerged—and bare-minimum features are no longer cutting it. How have analytics changed? And where do your BI offerings fall? Find out sophisticated ways to future-proof your application. Brought to you by Logi Analytics.

What Successful Companies Do To Get Better Leads

The Secret PM Handbook

(This is the second post in my series about using product knowledge to create better sales enablement and jumpstart a repeatable sales process. Read the first post, on the overall topic.). “I Need Better Leads!”

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.

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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.

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. Most great leaders rose to prominence over time by doing … Continue reading → Leadership Learning apply Communication decisiveness focus Innovation Leadership Traits principles

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.

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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….

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Monetizing Analytics Features: Why Data Visualizations Will Never Be Enough

Think your customers will pay more for data visualizations in your application? Five years ago they may have. But today, dashboards and visualizations have become table stakes. Discover which features will differentiate your application and maximize the ROI of your embedded analytics. Brought to you by Logi Analytics.

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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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, […]. Product Management Authority Communication Culture Do's Good PM Influence Interactions Leadership Organization PM Psychology Strategy

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.

Your Team is Smarter Than You Are: Why Autonomous Product Teams Work Better

Mind the Product

I’ve always argued that product management is a team sport. But as soon as you have more than one team in an organisation and you need them to interact with each other, you introduce friction.

5 Early Indicators Your Embedded Analytics Will Fail

Many application teams leave embedded analytics to languish until something—an unhappy customer, plummeting revenue, a spike in customer churn—demands change. But by then, it may be too late. In this White Paper, Logi Analytics has identified 5 tell-tale signs your project is moving from “nice to have” to “needed yesterday.". Brought to you by Logi Analytics.

Run Less Software

Inside Intercom

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.

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. Continue reading at First Round Review »

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Purple Squirrels and Your Product Team

Under10 Playbook

Many product management job postings are impossible to fill. The idea is to find someone with many years of experience in product management… with a similar product… built on similar technology… in a similar domain… serving a similar market.

Most startups don’t starve, they drown. Here is why, and how to survive.

The Product Coalition

Startups don’t starve, they drown. Here is why, and how to survive. It was 2010 when I watched the online stream of the Startup Lessons Learned conference, initiated by Eric Ries.

Why “Build or Buy?” Is the Wrong Question for Analytics

Every time an application team gets caught up in the “build vs buy” debate, it stalls projects and delays time to revenue. There is a third option. Partnering with an analytics development platform gives you the freedom to customize a solution without the risks and long-term costs of building your own. Learn when and why it makes sense to build, buy, or take a combined approach to embedded BI. Brought to you by Logi Analytics.

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.

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.

Move fast and optimize for the long term

Inside Intercom

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.

17 Product Managers Who Will Own the Future of NYC Tech?—?and the 9 Frameworks They’ll Use to Do It

First Round Review

Last year, First Round hosted a seminar of 17 rising star product managers in NYC, taught by some of the best product leaders in the tech industry. Here's who they are and what they learned. Continue reading at First Round Review »

New Study: 2018 State of Embedded Analytics Report

Why do some embedded analytics projects succeed while others fail? We surveyed 500+ application teams embedding analytics to find out which analytics features actually move the needle. Read the 6th annual State of Embedded Analytics Report to discover new best practices. Brought to you by Logi Analytics.

Recommended reading: The Phoenix Project

Under10 Playbook

The Phoenix Project is a novel that seems too true—featuring too-familiar dysfunctions between marketing, development, and operations. With a revision in 2018, it’s as true today as when it was originally published in 2013.

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).

Demystifying Statistics: What is p and what does p < 0.05 mean?

Userzoom

Demystifying some of the common questions we get on statistics. The Professional Services team at UserZoom carry out user experience research on behalf of our clients.

Why Data Science and UX Research Teams are Better Together

Mind the Product

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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.

Introducing C.A.R.E. – a simple framework for user onboarding

Inside Intercom

A well considered and well maintained onboarding funnel will grow your business. A leaky one could kill it. In software, when you think of “onboarding”, you might think of tooltip tours where customers are shown the various components on the UI via pop-ups, or you might think of empty states , where the UI is in a unique one-time only state, giving the customer guidance on how to get started.

What I Learned about Management and Culture from Growing Uber’s Asia Business from Zero to Billions

First Round Review

For four years, Mike Brown oversaw all aspects of Uber's business in Asia. Now he's sharing what startups can learn from his experience to go big. Continue reading at First Round Review »

Creating Effective Channel Training

Under10 Playbook

Give a man a fish, and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, and you feed him for a lifetime. —author unknown. For effective channel training, product managers and marketers need to re-think what sales people and channel partners require to be successful.

How to write good product docs

Amplitude

Can you imagine a more exciting topic? Me neither. . Documentation” gets a bad rap. It’s a dirty word — especially at tech startups where it seems to go against every grain in our rebellious, “move fast and break things” brains. Documentation, we say to ourselves, is for historians.

Project Analytics: Visibility that Aids Risk Management

Speaker: Miles Robinson, Agile and Management Consultant, Motivational Speaker

Product Managers face changes that put delivery at risk. Just as you use data from the customer to inform your solutions, transparency during the building of those solutions is critical for making better risk mitigation decisions. Whether your solution has fixed scope, fixed scheduling, fixed resources or fixed level of quality, the earlier you can know when these are at risk (and how) the better. The more clear the picture, the better you can understand the impacts of changes, and the more effectively you can deliver the solution the customer needs, when they need it, at a reasonable cost. This session will focus on the use of a One-Dimensional Product Backlog from a risk management point of view. We will show how this tool can be used to monitor and evaluate how your solution is getting built, and a clear view of any cascading impacts risks have as they surface.