July, 2017

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.

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.

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] 1] It felt like a slap in the face, an unprovoked attack. How could she say something so wrong?

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


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.

Product Management University Training: Everything You Need. Nothing You Don’t.

In a perfect world, there are a million things you should do. That’s not your world. Product Management University training makes you better at the things you will do. Schedule your personalized workshop and learn the market’s simplest Framework for managing, marketing and selling your products in your markets.

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How to track and ensure the success of your product

bpma ProductHub

By Matt Cannon – You’ve spent countless hours with your product team designing, developing and finally launching your product. It’s been an exhausting process and by all accounts you feel you are in the best position for success.

Cut Your Time to Productivity in Half with Better On-Boarding

Under10 Playbook

But when I arrive at HubSpot’s reception desk, something weird happens: Nobody is expecting me ;Dan Lyons, Disrupted: My Misadventure in the Start-Up Bubble. Do you want your team to be productive quickly? Fix your on-boarding process and you’ll achieve productivity in record time.

Focus on the Metrics that Matter: Identifying Your Product’s Key Metrics and KPIs


We live and work today in a world that is increasingly data-driven, but we cannot successfully adopt a data-driven approach to decision making without first identifying the metrics that matter most.

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.

Forget About Problems! Focus on Customer Goals for Higher Value Products

When you focus on customer business goals, you’re guaranteed to uncover their biggest obstacles. Eliminate the obstacles and by default, your solutions have strategic value. Unique Product Management Training, only from Proficientz. Download the overview.

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 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.

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

Tech Product Management

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?

Startups are cheaper to build, but more expensive to grow – here’s why

Andrew Chen

Startups should be getting cheaper to build. After all, the industry’s created several waves of innovation that’s supporting this across multiple layers in the stack: Open source software instead of paid developer tools. AWS instead of your own datacenter.

Selling Data and Decisions to your Team

Speaker: Cait Porte, SVP Product and Customer Experience, Zmags

Gathering support for a product feature or enhancement is a critical skill for Product Managers. Talking to customers, working with key stakeholders in the business and convincing development that a feature is necessary can be a daunting task. Join Product Management expert Cait Porte as she covers how to sell your ideas internally by leveraging data to drive decision making.

Gleaning Product Insights from Your User Onboarding Process


The customer onboarding process is a vital stop on the path to customer happiness and product success.

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?

Solving The Challenge Of Making Reordering Products Simple And Easy

The Accidental Product Manager

Amazon’s Dash button is designed to make reordering easy to do Image Credit: WNEP. So here’s an interesting question for you: when you customer uses up or runs out of your product, how do they go about ordering more from you?

Building Products AI-First by Aparna Chennapragada

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Agile Metrics for Team and Product Progress

Speaker: Johanna Rothman, Management Consultant, Rothman Consulting Group

You’ve seen team metrics like velocity. Velocity is not an accurate measure of a team's progress towards "done." So what should you use instead? Join Johanna as she discusses the measures that are actually useful in understanding what your team does, where the work is, and how long the work really takes - and in addition, we’ll examine what it takes to explain the team’s progress to others in terms of the product backlog burnup chart, ways to talk about what’s done and not yet released, and how to show others working product.

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

Tech Product Management

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.

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Why Your Organization Cannot Innovate

Under10 Playbook

There’s something about the whole analytical mind-set that effectively drives the ability to innovate out of the building. Fred Gluck, managing director of McKinsey & Company.

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


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.

Product Management Synapses

Tyner Blain

You know you’re a product manager when this image causes more than a chuckle. A few random thoughts inspired by this Rorschach test of product management concepts from sunk cost fallacy to intentionality. Hanlon’s Razor.

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?

Happy Independence Day — Take The Week Off!

The Accidental Product Manager

Image Credit Take A Week To Celebrate Your Independence. Loyal readers & subscribers, here’s hoping that this upcoming week is a great week for you — I’m taking it off! Blogging will resume next week…. For my readers in the U.S.,

Hiring a Product Manager: A Little Clarity Goes a Long way

Mind the Product

I was invited to appear before an audience of tech recruiters for a panel called: “Everything you’ve ever wanted to know from a technologist, but were too shy to ask.” I realized I needed a good way to explain what it had taken me a while to see in the world of product management.

Interview in the IoT Podcast with Stacey Higginbotham

Tech Product Management

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.

The Thunder Of Your Actions

Under10 Playbook

What you are … thunders so that I cannot hear what you say. Ralph Waldo Emerson, American poet. Today we see myriad distractions in meetings and working sessions. People on their phones; side conversations; surfing the web; updating Facebook, scanning Slack.

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.

The best places to go out after BASiS


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.

Talk product, eat pizza: Roadmunk’s first-ever Product & Pizza event


Sending out invites to our first Product & Pizza event felt reminiscent of sending out invites to our first grade school party. We were excited, but nervous, but super optimistic.

What’s The Best Way To Communicate With Your Customers?

The Accidental Product Manager

The best way to keep customers is to do a good job of communicating with them. Image Credit: Joan M. As product managers we know that selling our product to a new customers is a fantastic accomplishment. When this happens, we feel great.

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.

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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?