January, 2017

Why Your Product Must Stand for Something

Mind the Product

Christian Rudder, co-founder of dating site OkCupid, has learned a lot about online dating behaviour. As a data scientist, he’s also been in the unique position of being able to observe how people behave in the dating world when no one is watching them.

When should Product Backlog Grooming Take Place?

Roman Pichler

Option 1: In the Sprint Review Meeting. Your first option is to work on the product backlog in the sprint review meeting.

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Tying Strategy to Your Product Roadmap

Pragmatic Marketing

By Jim Semick. We’ve all heard about “strategic” product roadmaps. But what exactly does that mean in practice? A roadmap is a plan for your strategy that maps out the direction of your product. It provides context for your stakeholders and communicates the why behind what you’re building.

The Problem of Story Detail

Under10 Playbook

The level of precision in stories is an industry-wide problem. In general, product managers want to convey high-level epics or scenarios while many developers want specific tasks. This represents a huge divide of expectations. Often product owners or business analysts try breaking big ideas (i.e.,

Can Product Managers Bring A Product Back From The Dead?

The Accidental Product Manager

Once a product has been killed off, it’s gone. Right? Image Credit: Heather Paul. There’s one aspect of being a product manager that we don’t spend enough time talking about. Killing products. Yes, you heard me correctly.

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8 Essential Elements of Your Customer Advisory Board Meeting Agenda

Pragmatic Marketing

By Rob Jensen. The topic of customer advisory board (CAB) meeting agendas is a popular one at our training events and at other CAB industry events we attend. Perhaps most telling of the need for guidance is that “customer advisory board agenda” is one of the top search topics around CABs.

Innovation begins with observation

Under10 Playbook

In a recording session, Mick Jagger complained about Bill Wyman’s bass playing. After Jagger walked away, Wyman asked Keith Richards what to do, Richards whispered, “Just play what you were playing before.”

Bar Code Scanner Product Managers Find A Way To Grow Their Market

The Accidental Product Manager

Caption: Bar code scanners have been around for a while, how do you grow your market? Image Credit: Unitech. Product managers for bar code scanners have it pretty good these days.

Make Your Product Stand Out with the Strategy Canvas

Roman Pichler

The Strategy Canvas. The Strategy Canvas was developed by Kim and Mauborgne, the authors of Blue Ocean Theory. It was originally intended as a business strategy tool to discover new markets. Luckily, the canvas can also be applied to individual products, as the following example illustrates. [1].

Outcome-Driven Innovation for Product Managers

Mind the Product

Tony Ulwick is the pioneer of jobs-to-be-done theory, the inventor of the Outcome-Driven Innovation® (ODI) process, and the founder of the strategy and innovation consulting firm Strategyn.

Product Management Memory Lane with Alyssa Dver

bpma ProductHub

Contributed by Saikrishna Chavali. Kicking off the 2017 BPMA calendar is Alyssa Dver on using Neuroscience to build confidence. While talking to her we realized her deep roots in Product Management in the Greater Boston area all way into Digital Equipment Corporation (DEC) in the late 80s.

Job Hunting Is Product Management

Pragmatic Marketing

When the company Pierre-Marc Diennet founded and spent four years building simply evaporated, he found himself with no income, no savings, a baby at home and no job. It was the start of a brutal journey—from failed startup founder to gainfully employed product manager.

Why a Product isn’t a Project

Under10 Playbook

It seems many teams confuse projects and products, and therefore have trouble delineating the roles of project managers and product managers. A project has an end; a product doesn’t.

Product Managers Get Into To Business Of Christmas Lasers

The Accidental Product Manager

When I think about Christmas, I think about lasers… Image Credit: Amazon. The Christmas season has always been the time that home owners take the time to decorate the outside of their homes to celebrate the season.

New Product Management For Dummies Book Now Available

280 Group

Our New Product Management For Dummies Book is Now Officially Available We are proud to announce the release of the brand new Product Management For Dummies book, written by Brian Lawley and Pamela Schure of the 280 Group.

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AI, Autonomy, and the Build Trap – Announcing our first three speakers for #mtpcon SF

Mind the Product

Mind the Product San Francisco 2017 promises to be one of our best product conferences yet, with double the number of workshops, more networking events around the conference, and more fun than ever before.

Selling Vs. Learning

Mironov Consulting

I talk with product managers all the time, and always ask whether they are talking directly with end users and target customers. The most frequent response from enterprise product managers is “Of course! I’m on sales calls two or three times a week.” .

What Most People Don’t Know About Behavioral Design

Nir Eyal

Nir’s Note: Susan Weinschenk is a behavioral scientist, author, and speaker at the upcoming Habit Summit in April. You can register here!) In this interview, she chats with Max Ogles about some of the overlooked principles of behavioral design. Q: You’re the author of the book, One Hundred Things Every Designer Should Know About People. […]. The post What Most People Don’t Know About Behavioral Design appeared first on Nir and Far. Behavior Design In Action Behavior design habit

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Learning #Prodmgmt on the go: Innovation Tools and The Lean Windup

Spice Catalyst

For everyone who follows Karthik's podcast series, Design Your Thinking, I have some good news for you! Last week my podcast with Karthik on Innovation in the Digital Age and the Lean Windup Challenge went live.

When Moving Online, Product Managers Need To Do Some Planning

The Accidental Product Manager

When moving to selling products online, product managers need to plan carefully Image Credit: Meathead Movers. Retail businesses are dead. We all need to change our product development definition because everything in the future will.be sold online. Well, ok, maybe not.

Yahoo to become Altaba

Under10 Playbook

Assuming the sale of Yahoo's internet products to Verizon goes through, the remaining assets will become known as Altaba. The new name is meant to be a combination of the words “alternative and Alibaba,” according to a person familiar with the company’s thinking.

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Design Thinking – From Idea to Product

Mind the Product

Davide Scalzo , previously Product Director at Yplan, encourages us to use Design Thinking to re-think how we carry an idea from concept, through the development process to launch.

9 Ways to Validate Your Startup Ideas

280 Group

This is a guest post by Scott Davis. Setting up your own business is one of the most rewarding and fulfilling things in the world. It is a validation of your skills and knowledge.

BOM: Product Portfolio

Pragmatic Marketing

January’s Box of the Month is the product portfolio. If you want to create an integrated portfolio of products that focus on the market, we can help. Hint: You’ll want to manage your portfolio like a product.

Values Driven Decision Making and Product Management the HP Way

Spice Catalyst

In December last year I spoke to Karthik on the Design Your Thinking Podcast. We spoke about decision making and how individual and company values play a big part in making decision making easier. You can hear the entire podcast here: https://designyourthinking.com/values-driven-decision-making/.

Is The Best Way To Sell More Books By Giving Them Away For Free?

The Accidental Product Manager

What’s the best way to get someone to read your book? Image Credit: CollegeDegrees360. Let’s face it: selling books is tough work.

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Why successful plans include a learning component

Lead on Purpose

We’re almost done with the first month of 2017. Most statistics I’ve read about people who set new year’s resolutions show that more than half have already given up by this point in the year (in less than one month). … Continue reading → Learning Product Management business processes products sales success

10 Ways to Use Feature Flags

Mind the Product

Take back control of your products with Edith Harbaugh , CEO and Co-Founder at Launch Darkly. Edith shares her expertise with 10 things to do with Feature Flags.

Playing Whack-A-Mole With Risk

Tyner Blain

Assumptions are interesting things – we all make them all the time, and we rarely acknowledge that we’re doing it.

Design Languages

Product Bookshelf

Design languages began with the industrial revolution as a response to the emergence of machine culture and mass production as it encountered traditional artisan aesthetics. These base languages evolved into a set of aesthetics that are expressed today among various design languages.

The Rise of Product Success Manager and Customer Journey Podcast

Spice Catalyst

Last year I had a great podcast with Karthik who runs the Design Your Thinking Podcast. We spoke about decision making and how individual and company values play a big part in making decision making easier. We also talked about the customer journey and the rise of the Product Success Manager.

The Weak Leak in Your Growth Funnel

Pragmatic Marketing

When it comes to growing your business, you can plan all day long, but if that plan doesn’t deliver results, it’s all for naught. In a recent Pragmatic Marketing webinar , Paul Schwada, managing partner of Locomotive Solutions and author of 8 Blocks: The Critical Realities for Growing Any Business , shared where to find the weak leak in your growth funnel (hint: it’s often in the math) and how to strengthen it. Here’s a sneak peek. Ditch the Plans.

Two Things Senior Executives Value Most From Product Management

High Octane Product Management

Wealth made simple: news and articles from IRC Wealth. If you want raise the level of product management influence, think like an executive. Consider the various situations your senior executives find themselves in and the types of information that help them make more informed decisions. Then make it a routine practice to brief your executives accordingly. Make your executives look good and watch the product management influence skyrocket.

A Product Manager’s Guide to Strong Team Communication

Mind the Product

Product managers and their more recent Agile brethren, product owners, hold one of the most demanding positions in an organisation. As the crucial nexus in the product development framework, their plate is all too often full with business demands, technical requirements, and marketing concerns.