January, 2017

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.

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.

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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.,

Mixing Qualitative & Quantitative Data with Storyboarding

Speaker: Tristan Kromer, Lean Agile Coach, Kromatic

Qualitative vs. Quantitative is a silly argument. Qualitative data from UXers should not compete against the quantitative data product owners need for their business model. Both are necessary to have a complete understanding of where the desirability of the product meets the viability of the business.

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Three Superpowers of a Product Manager

Mind the Product

As a product manager it’s not uncommon to feel pulled in a million different directions as you work to meet the needs of your customers, developers and company stakeholders.

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.

Creating the "Right" Product Roadmap With Data

Speaker: Sunil Parekh, Head of Product Management, SimplyInsured

Data can be qualitative or quantitative, and comes from multiple sources: customer interviews, product usage & funnel analytics, company financial performance, and internal stakeholders. How do you use that data to create a product roadmap that is aligned with your organization’s business needs?

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].

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.

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.

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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Connecting Analytics to Strategy - Keeping Your Corporate Objective In Sight

Speaker: Tom Evans, Senior Principal Consultant and Trainer, 280 Group

Data analytics has transformed the way many product managers approach product enhancements, creating strong demand for product managers with skills and expertise in defining and analyzing product metrics to make more valuable product decisions. But there is one essential element that is often left out of the conversation, and that is strategy. How does my product decisions support the overall strategy of the business, and am I tracking the right metrics based upon that strategy?

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.

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.” .

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.

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.

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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.

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.

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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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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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.

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/.

Don Norman's Principles of Interaction Design

Sachin Rekhi

When I first started learning about product design, one of the most influential books I read was The Design of Everyday Things by Don Norman. In this classic work, Don Norman sheds light on the design of every day objects like doors, stoves, thermostats, and more.

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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10 years in the Bay Area – what I’ve learned

Andrew Chen

January 2007. Ten years ago this week, I took a long, cloudy drive from Seattle to Silicon Valley on Highway 1 to start a new job and new life.

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.

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.

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.

Understanding User Psychology: Thinking Like a Game Designer

Sachin Rekhi

[This is the third post in my Understanding User Psychology series. If you haven't already, make sure to check out Meet Your Happy Chemicals and The Psychology of Persuasion.].