August, 2017

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.

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.

A Better Approach To Demoing Can Turn Sales Around

PM Hardcore

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.

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How to Improve Your Experiment Design (And Build Trust in Your Product Experiments)

Product Talk

I’ve got a pet peeve to share with you. If you’ve been following along with the growth of the Lean Startup and other experimental methods, you’ve probably come across this hypothesis format: We believe [this capability]. Will result in [this outcome]. We will have confidence to proceed when [we see these measurable signals]. If you aren’t familiar with this format, you can learn more about it here.

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.

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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.

A New Focus On Product Management Opportunity

PM Hardcore

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.

How to Get People to Help Each Other, Online and Off

Nir Eyal

Nir’s Note: This guest post is by Max Ogles, who writes at MaxOgles.com. On March 27, 1964, Kitty Genovese was brutally attacked and killed in the open streets of New York City. What makes Genovese’s story so tragic is that police later discovered numerous people were aware of Genovese’s distress but never came to her […]. The post How to Get People to Help Each Other, Online and Off appeared first on Nir and Far. Designing Customer Habits Increasing Engagement Behavior design

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Constructive Conflict

Clever PM

There are a great many company cultures in the world that go out of their way to avoid conflict of any kind. And, while the intent is good — nobody wants to work in a combative workplace — the common practice of lumping all conflict together into a single bucket and trying to toss it […]. Product Management Communication Culture Do's Facilitation Good PM Influence Interactions Leadership Organization PM Psychology

Build vs. Buy: Implementing the Right Experimentation Solution

Choosing Whether to Build or Buy. To build and deliver products that customers love, product teams at leading enterprises such as Uber, Netflix and Airbnb are focusing on experimentation as a critical business process. These teams are empowered to A/B test each new feature and gain valuable insights before rolling it out widely. After seeing what these companies accomplish with experimentation, you may be considering whether to build your own testing framework, integrate an open source solution, or invest in a commercial experimentation platform like Optimizely Full Stack. Download this whitepaper to discover: The key questions product teams must ask before choosing to build or buy. The most common requirements that enterprise teams have for experimentation. How to avoid key mistakes and plan for success when building an internal system.

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.

Prioritizing for Strategic Alignment

Under10 Playbook

One of the questions we tackle in roadmapping is how an idea aligns with the organization’s strategy and vision—before it hits the roadmap. The Ansoff Matrix is a great tool for determining strategic fit for new product and feature ideas.

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.

How Are You Going to Fix Onboarding?

PM Hardcore

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?

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.

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. Changing Your Habits Upgrading Yourself biases

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The Birth of Customer Centric from Agriculture to Industrial to Customer Centric: New Ideas and Concepts for the Customer Centric Revolution

Spice Catalyst

The Birth of Customer Centric from Agriculture to Industrial to Customer Centric: New Ideas and Concepts for the Customer Centric Revolution.

The Only Product Metric that Matters by Josh Elman

Mind the Product

As product managers we spend a lot of our time thinking about product metrics, and all companies, from startups to corporates, spend a lot of time figuring out whether their metrics are good enough.

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 […]. Product Management Agile Culture Definitions Good PM Influence Leadership Organization PM Scrum

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Getting Started with Product Experimentation

How Product Development Teams Reduce Guesswork and Innovate Faster. Product development teams are embracing iterative release processes such as agile and continuous delivery to mitigate risk and adapt to evolving customer requirements. This trend is enabling teams to be more productive and increase product quality. But how do you know if you are building the right product or feature? Experimentation can help your team prove whether you are building the right product and eliminate uncertainty and guesswork from your software development process. Download this whitepaper to learn: How experimentation fits in with the agile development process. Best practices for integrating experimentation into your release process. Key considerations when buying an experimentation solution. Ways to optimize performance and ensure security and compliance.

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.

This Framework Gives You Product Management Super Powers

PM Hardcore

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.

Learning is the Core

Under10 Playbook

Research shows almost 50% of companies lack a formal product life cycle process. A lot of success is attributable to individual heroics in spite of the company's process (or lack of).

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Creating effective customer feedback loops for product teams

Roadmunk

During one of my daily peruses of the tech Twitter-sphere, I came across a tweet I feel should be plastered on the walls of every single product organization ever. Tight and continuous feedback loops with real customers is common in great products. Stop debating and start validating #Prodmgmt.

How to Package and Price Embedded Analytics

Just by embedding analytics, application owners can charge 24% more for their product. How much value could you add? This framework explains how application enhancements can extend your product offerings.

Being Lean: Don’t Speculate to Accumulate, Validate to Succeed

Mind the Product

First coined in the mid 20th century, the term “speculate to accumulate” refers to the need invest (at some degree of risk) in order to make meaningful gains. In other words; roll the dice, take a punt, have a gamble.

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 […]. Product Management Communication Do's Good PM Interactions Psychology Trust UCD

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. Eliminating wait times is one of the easiest ways to.[continue continue reading].

A Better Approach To Demoing Can Turn Sales Around

PM Hardcore

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.

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The State of Product Leadership

Insights from 300 Technology Product Management Executives and Managers.

How to Differentiate Your IoT Product: Provide Insights Not Data

Tech Product Management

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.

Choosing the Right Beta Sites

Under10 Playbook

For many vendors, the phrase “beta testing” has taken on another meaning: beta has become an early availability program for customers—and I think this is a strategic mistake. The key word in the phrase “beta testing” is not “beta,” it’s “testing.”

How to Run Product Portfolios at Scale

Mind the Product

In this talk I share my lessons learnt from client engagements with many of the world’s largest organizations. I showcase how I’ve helped enterprises rekindle their capability and culture of experimentation and learning. What are the key aspects to consider? Where should you start?

What should a product manager do?

Spice Catalyst

Recently I was asked "What should a product manager do? on Quora and the answers I received were really interesting. Read on to see what people thought (including my opinion): As a Product Manager, you’re in the intersection between software engineering, UX design, and digital marketing.

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Drive Quality and Velocity with Feature Flags

Drive Quality and Velocity with Feature Flags. Launching a new feature is a risky proposition. Even the most well designed and researched features can have unforeseen consequences for your application performance and business metrics. Rolling back a poor performing feature can be time consuming and costly. However, it doesn’t have to be. Implement feature management and experimentation in your development lifecycle to reduce risk and prove impact when launching features. Download this whitepaper to learn: How to ship products faster with higher quality. The best way to launch features with less risk and more control. How to prove the impact of every feature release with experimentation.