July, 2017

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10 tips for new leaders

Lead on Purpose

Leading a new team comes with challenges. You have a group of people who have grown accustomed to doing things a certain way. They may or may not have liked their departing manager.

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Dealing with Difficult Stakeholders and Team Members

Roman Pichler

It’s a Common Challenge. “You just can’t make up your mind. I really wish that for once, you gave us clear priorities,” Jane said accusingly at the end of the workshop and walked out of the room. [1] It felt like a slap in the face, an unprovoked attack. How could she say something so wrong? Does this story sound familiar? I certainly find that as product managers and product owners, we sometimes have to deal with pushy, stressed, or unhelpful stakeholders and team members —with people wh

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3 Tests for Great Product Messaging

280 Group

In this new video and blog post we discuss something that is exceedingly important in the product world: messaging. For this topic we have brought in one of 280 Group’s senior consultant and trainers, Bill Haines. If you are a Product Manager and have developed some messaging, of course you would like to know if your product messaging is really going to be effective and resonate with your customers.

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The PM’s Guide To Getting Stuff Done: Tackle Your To-Do List in 3 Easy Steps

UserVoice

Is your to-do list looking more daunting than doable lately? It happens to the best of us sometimes. Fortunately, there’s several easy ways you can tame your to-do list and improve your productivity–and in turn, your product. Here’s 3 steps you can take to start tackling your to-do list: Step 1: Get Organized With the Right Tool(s). Everyone has their own organization style, and that’s okay.

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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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3 Best Practices for Adopting Continuous Product Discovery

Product Talk

It’s easy to think you already do continuous product discovery. Most of the teams that I work with come into coaching thinking that they don’t need help. They’ve read the industry books, they attend the popular product conferences , and they follow all the leading blogs. They’ve got this. And they aren’t wrong. Most product teams are starting to integrate discovery practices into their product development process.

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Reflecting on our freedom

Lead on Purpose

In the United States, we’re celebrating Independence Day. This is a special time because of great leaders, who in the late 1700s risked everything to form a new country where people could pursue their dreams.

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IoT Shop Talk with Josh Pederson, Director of PM at Ayla Networks

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, I’m talking with Josh Pederson, Director of Product Management at Ayla Networks. Ayla provides the industry’s first Agile IoT Platform […].

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Three Things Salespeople Need from Product Managers

280 Group

The topic of this blog and video is three things that salespeople require from you, the Product Manager. To help us dive in to this issue, we interviewed Dave Dersh, an extremely successful and experienced salesperson who has applied his trade for Apple, Dell, and Sun Microsystems to name a few. Watch Now Dave starts by explaining that salespeople need a compelling message and value proposition.

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The power of a well-timed NO…and how to give one to your boss

UserVoice

Saying no is a true art. First off, it’s in our nature to say yes – humans are eager to please, seeking positive confirmation from those we respect. This can be traced back to our prehistoric ancestors, who viewed belonging to a group as a survival tactic while facing the hardships of Ice Age living. And it didn’t die off with wooly mammoths.

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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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Managing Your Career and Yourself Like a Product

The Product Guy

Guest Post by: Hansa Vagadiya (Mentee, Session 4, The Product Mentor) [Paired with Mentor, Ladislav Bartos]. Recently, I participated in a product management mentorship program run by The Product Mentor. Ladislav Bartos , who was assigned to me as my inspirational mentor, has been working with me to further hone in on my product management skills. I have improved my stakeholder management techniques; learnt about service design thinking and enhanced my Google Analytics knowledge.

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Stepping up Your A/B Tests

Mind the Product

This is the first of two posts that deep dive on A/B testing, expanding on a talk I gave at Google Playtime 2016 in London. In this post I share some of the learnings we’ve had after running 60+ A/B tests at Peak , looking at each step of the A/B testing cycle in turn. When we started out A/B testing 12 months ago at Peak we ran tests by the seat of our pants.

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My example, my hero

Lead on Purpose

My heart is heavy as I write this article; my father passed away a few days ago.

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Why It’s So Hard to Create a Good User Experience in IoT

Daniel Elizalde IoT Blog

Creating a good user experience for IoT products is hard. There are more layers of technology, more users to please, and more teams to coordinate than ever before. Are you prepared to lead the way as a Product Manager? Throughout the years, UX practices have evolved and adapted to the latest technology trends, from the […]. The post Why It’s So Hard to Create a Good User Experience in IoT appeared first on TechProductManagement.

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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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Developing a Lean Product Management Mindset – Part I

280 Group

In today’s fast pace, hyper-competitive world of product development, a lean mindset is a new skill product managers and product teams need to develop. But what exactly is a lean mindset? At its simplest, Lean is a way to analyze our process and actions in pursuit of delivering value to the market faster. For product management, the goal is to achieve product-market fit in less time with fewer resources.

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Gleaning Product Insights from Your User Onboarding Process

UserVoice

The customer onboarding process is a vital stop on the path to customer happiness and product success. Ensuring that your customers know how to use your products and don’t encounter any major obstacles to utilizing all of its features and functionalities is the big win for most parties involved, but onboarding also represents a great opportunity for your product organization to gain more insight into your customers, how they interact with your product, and how you can improve across the bo

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Why Does Agility Matter?

Clever PM

We tend to take the fact that agility is important as a given, when the reality is that not everyone in the business world has reached the same conclusion. Thus, it’s important sometimes to take a step back and examine why agility actually matters, so that when we’re faced with people who aren’t as convinced as […].

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The Playbook for Achieving Product-Market Fit

Mind the Product

Why Products Fail. One of the main reasons why products fail is because they don’t meet customer needs in a way that is better than other alternatives. That is the essence of product-market fit. In this talk at ProductTank San Francisco, I share advice from my book The Lean Product Playbook on how to achieve product-market fit. The Product-Market Fit Pyramid.

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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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Entrepreneurship as a Corporate Value

Lead on Purpose

Guest post by Harrish Sairaman Entrepreneurship is an important, integral part of modern corporate world.

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Interview in the IoT Podcast with Stacey Higginbotham

Daniel Elizalde IoT Blog

I’m very excited to share with you my interview on the popular “IoT Podcast” with Stacey Higginbotham. We had a great conversation on what it takes to bring IoT products to market and how to tackle some of the most common challenges IoT product companies face today. In case you don’t know Stacey, she has been […]. The post Interview in the IoT Podcast with Stacey Higginbotham appeared first on TechProductManagement.

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Importance of Pre-Mortems to 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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The best places to go out after BASiS

UserVoice

Much as we can’t wait to share the excitement of the BASiS conference with you, we know after the conference wraps up on August 17th, you may want to continue discussing ideas with new product connections at one of the City By the Bay’s best bars. And luckily for us, the venue is right in the middle of some unforgettable spots: Novela. photo credit Serious Eats.

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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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The Many Hats of the Product Manager

Clever PM

Sometimes an idea just strikes me out of the blue and sounds interesting enough to sit down and write a little bit about. This is one of those posts, spurred on by a discussion I had today with a newly-hired Product Manager with almost as much experience as me. As we were talking about our […].

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Escaping the Build Trap by Melissa Perri

Mind the Product

Like most of us, when Melissa Perri started as a product manager she started with giant requirements documents, dutifully recording every little detail from stakeholders and turning them into shiny docs for the developers. Then she discovered Agile and churned out features even faster. But eventually she realised that she had been building features for years and never been quite sure whether users actually liked them or used them.

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Product Channel Fit Will Make or Break Your Growth Strategy

Brian Balfour

This is part 3 in a series about the growth frameworks companies need to grow to $100M+ Part One: Introduction & Why Product Market Fit Isn't Enough. The Road to a $100M Company Doesn’t Start with Product. Subscribe to get the rest of the series. This is part three in a series about 4 Frameworks To Grow To $100M+. Subscribe to get the rest of the series In the introduction I explained there are two types of companies : Tugboats, where growth feels like you have to put a ton of fuel in to get

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What Would It Be Like To Be A Product Manager At YouTube?

The Accidental Product Manager

YouTube product managers have some real challenges ahead of them Image Credit: redsoul300. Every product manager dreams of being in charge of a successful product. You can well imagine what a great job it must be to be a product manager who works for YouTube. The online YouTube service has over 1 billion users! However, their biggest challenge right now is that they basically are not making any money.

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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.