August, 2017

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What makes a learning organization?

Lead on Purpose

Amazon, Intuit, Airbnb, Disney, FedEx and Uber…what do these companies have in common? They know their customers. They don’t just know about their customers, they know why their customers ‘hire’ them and their products to do specific jobs.

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Understanding Scrum

280 Group

Let’s start with a birds-eye-view of understanding Scrum. We’ll define the main phases of a Scrum project framework and explore each of these in detail later. Watch Our Sample Video From the new Agile Excellence for Product Managers and Product Owners Online Self-Study Course In Scrum, we have a list of Product Requirements called the Product Backlog.

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A Better Approach To Demoing Can Turn Sales Around

The Secret PM Handbook

A Sales Demo Challenge. At one of my previous companies our new logo sales – that is, new customers – were tanking. The account reps were not hitting quota on new logos. The sales engineers felt this was due to a large degree to our “story” on agile. Our product was not as strong as some of our competitors for managing agile projects.

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20 Years of Product Management in 25 Minutes by Dave Wascha

Mind the Product

Dave Wascha started as a product manager 20 years ago working on Internet Explorer 4.0. Since then he’s had his share of successes and failures in a storied career spanning the US and Europe, and in this entertaining and insightful talk from Mind the Product San Francisco he distills those 20 years into twelve key lessons. Listen to Customers… This sounds obvious but it’s surprising how little we actually do listen to our customers.

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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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Do Product Owners Need Technical Skills?

Roman Pichler

How can you tell if you would benefit from having technical skills as a product owner? To answer this question, I find it helpful to look at how the role is applied. If you manage a digital product that end users employ, such as a web or mobile app, then you usually do not require in-depth technical skills, such as, being able to program in Java, write SQL code, or know which machine learning framework there are and if, say, TensorFlow is the right choice for your product.

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Podcast: Product Management in Agile Orgs

Melissa Perri

After Mile High Agile, I sat down with Howard Sublett from SolutionsIQ for the Agile Amped Podcast. We talked about how Product Management is missing from many Agile Teams and how they need to think about introducing the right practices and principles. Check out the podcast below. The original link to the podcast is here.

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Definition of Minimum Viable Product

280 Group

Here we have Greg Cohen, author of Agile Excellence for Product Managers and Lean/Agile Product Management expert from the 280 Group staff. In this video we are going to talk about one of the core concepts behind Lead Product Management which is the Minimum Viable Product, or MVP. Greg starts by giving us a basic definition of MVP, what is it and why is it important.

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A New Focus On Product Management Opportunity

The Secret PM Handbook

Looking through to the next stage. A long work in progress. This blog has been going for a long long time. It started as a site to share ideas and lessons I’ve learned in my career as a product manager for enterprise software products. Recently a bigger theme has started to emerge and coalesce. It’s more ambitious than my initial (lack of) vision.

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How to Break Free of the Feature Factory by John Cutler

Mind the Product

In the closing talk of this year’s MTP Engage Hamburg, John Cutler looks at why his Medium post 12 Signs You Are Working in a Feature Factory touched a nerve for so many people in product development. There’s widespread tension in our industry, John says. While everyone talks about “outcomes over output” and says they strive for “real impact” with their craft, in our day-to-day work many of us simply give all our priorities and attention to shipping features.

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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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How to Differentiate Your IoT Product: Provide Insights Not Data

Daniel Elizalde IoT Blog

IoT products are known for producing large amounts of data. Some people even argue that the reason to deploy IoT products is to produce and collect all this data, that the data in itself is what provides the value. I don’t think so. In this post, I describe the importance of having a data strategy and […]. The post How to Differentiate Your IoT Product: Provide Insights Not Data appeared first on TechProductManagement.

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User Engagement, Customer Goals and a Sustainable Growth Strategy

Product Management University

The B2B Product Manager Magazine August 2017 is now available. This month we focus on user engagement as a leading indicator of customer value and the subsequent impact on retention and recurring revenue. We also look at the shift from a “market problem” focus to a “customer goal” focus and its impact on growth. Last but not least, check out our brand new lineup of training programs and flat rate fee structure.

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Agile Transitions – Managing Expectations

Clever PM

We live in a day and age where there’s a ton of information and mis-information out there about pretty much every topic imaginable, and Agile development is certainly not immune to this phenomenon. In fact, anyone who looks for help in pushing through an Agile transformation in their organization is immediately confronted with a vast […].

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Women in Product Management Series: Sarah Gaeta, VP and General Manager at Tivo

280 Group

As a continuation on our series of interviews with women leading product management teams, I reached out to Sarah Gaeta, currently VP and General Manager in Software and Services at Tivo. I was curious to learn how an undergraduate degree in Italian and a teaching degree from Harvard led her to a career in Product Management. In this interview, Sarah shares her path, missteps and lessons, and offers advice for new Product Managers.

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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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How Are You Going to Fix Onboarding?

The Secret PM Handbook

You have a team of engineers and a three month runway – how are you going to fix onboarding? That’s a question I actually got in a product management job interview a while ago. My answer was, “that’s a really good question but I have no way of answering yet.”. Operating room or aspirin? This is the same question as “Here’s a team of surgeons, and I’ve booked an operating room.

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A day in the Life of Jamie Parkins, Senior Product Manager at JustGiving

Mind the Product

Jamie Parkins is a senior product manager at JustGiving, the online fundraising platform that enables people from all round the world to raise money for their cause of choice. It has been running for 17 years and has raised in excess of £3 billion to date. Jamie has worked at JustGiving for seven years. He joined JustGiving after two years at Vzaar, a startup that focuses on video streaming.

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Managing Product Managers – Building Trust

The Product Guy

Out of the hundreds of nominations, and amazing finalists, the 7th annual winner of The Best Product Person is … Chris Butler. The Best Product Person (TBPP) is the leading international award honoring excellence in Product Management. Established in 2010, TBPP is awarded annually in association with The Product Guy and The Product Group. Take a moment and congratulate The Best Product Person of 2016: Chris Butler. ( tweet ).

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Market Problems — Blinders. Customer Goals — Wide-Angle Market Lens.

Product Management University

If you’re in a product management, product marketing or sales enablement role, consider replacing the phrase market problems with customer goals. It will open your eyes to a whole new narrative, and it will help you deliver, market and sell solutions with more strategic customer value. The Playbook: Here’s how it works. When the conversation starts with a generic market problem like “employee engagement is too low,” the conversation goes right to the product solution — a list of features that

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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.

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Silence is a Tool — Use it Effectively!

Clever PM

While Product Managers have a great many tools in their belt to use when working internally with stakeholders or externally with customers, there’s one tool that seems to elude so many of us. That tool is silence. When you’re talking with someone and trying to get them to say what’s really on their mind, what’s […].

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The Secret to Great Product Management

280 Group

For this video we are joined by Tom Evans, a Senior Consultant and Trainer with 280 Group who has over 25 years of Product Management experience and helped develop the Optimal Product Process framework. Our one question for Tom today is a simple one that requires a thoughtful answer: What is the secret to being a great Product Manager? Of course many people would have their own opinions about great Product Management, Tom breaks down his secret in to 3.

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This Framework Gives You Product Management Super Powers

The Secret PM Handbook

Breakthrough! The Secret Product Management Framework. Finally writing down the Secret Product Management Framework was a revelation for me. It put all the activities I do as a product manager into perspective. We find and validate market problems for which customers will pay for a solution. We then guide the creation of solutions to the problems. And then we take the solutions to market.

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Taylor Wescoatt – Being the First Product Manager

Mind the Product

In working at Seedcamp and helping over 100 startups understand product thinking, Taylor Wescoatt has learned some valuable lessons he’d like to share, together with some real-world examples to drive the point home! Being the first product manager at a startup typically means being the 10th or 15th employee, and recognizing that – although product management has both tactical and strategic components – you’ll initially be more focused on tactics.

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A Comprehensive Checklist to Revamp Your Website & Increase Profitability

Unlock the power of a well-designed website with our eBook, 'Comprehensive Checklist: A Guide to Website Redesign.' Crafted by Brucira and ruttl founders, it's your ally in reshaping your digital presence. Welcome to a transformative journey!

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Collecting Narratives to Clarify the Complexities of your Product

The Product Guy

Out of the hundreds of nominations, and amazing finalists, the 7th annual winner of The Best Product Person is … Chris Butler. The Best Product Person (TBPP) is the leading international award honoring excellence in Product Management. Established in 2010, TBPP is awarded annually in association with The Product Guy and The Product Group. Take a moment and congratulate The Best Product Person of 2016: Chris Butler. ( tweet ).

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IoT Shop Talk with Paul Jauregui, Security Expert and VP of Marketing at Praetorian

Daniel Elizalde IoT Blog

Welcome to IoT Shop Talk, a new series at TechProductManagement. IoT Shop Talk features in-depth conversations with product leaders on what it takes to build great IoT products…all from a Product Management perspective. In this edition of IoT Shop Talk, I’m talking with Paul Jauregui, VP of Marketing at Praetorian. Praetorian provides comprehensive, end-to-end security services […].

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Hyperbolic Discounting: Why You Make Terrible Life Choices

Nir Eyal

Nir’s Note: This guest post is written and illustrated by Lakshmi Mani, a product designer working in San Francisco. Have you ever had a mounting pile of work you know you need to do but for some reason didn’t? There’s an important deadline looming, your boss is breathing down your neck, the pressure is on — […]. The post Hyperbolic Discounting: Why You Make Terrible Life Choices appeared first on Nir and Far.

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Lean Product Management – Minimizing Wait Times

280 Group

In the previous post on developing a Lean Mindset, we covered flow efficiency and how to apply the principle to get from idea to MVP (minimum viable product) faster. The post ended by mentioning two ways to shorten the time to MVP: Minimizing wait times (i.e., non-value added time) and Improving the productivity of our value-added steps. In this post we’ll focus on the first method, to minimize wait times.

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IDC Analyst Report: The Open Source Blind Spot Putting Businesses at Risk

In a recent study, IDC found that 64% of organizations said they were already using open source in software development with a further 25% planning to in the next year. Most organizations are unaware of just how much open-source code is used and underestimate their dependency on it. As enterprises grow the use of open-source software, they face a new challenge: understanding the scope of open-source software that's being used throughout the organization and the corresponding exposure.