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 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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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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10 Rules for Managing Apache Cassandra

It’s no surprise that Apache Cassandra has emerged as a popular choice for organizations of all sizes seeking a powerful solution to manage their data at a scale—but with great power comes great responsibility. Due to the inherent complexity of distributed databases, this white paper will uncover the 10 rules you’ll want to know when managing Apache Cassandra.

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Memento Product Mori: Of Ethics in Digital Product Design

Mind the Product

In this beautifully narrated presentation from MTP Engage, Sebastian Deterding, research fellow at the Digital Creativity Labs at the University of York, challenges us to consider the moral dimensions of our work as product people: Why do many of us engage in building platforms that aim capture the users time (and money) in rather unhealthy ways – despite the fact that we clearly know and feel the pain of the increasing battle for attention that we are exposed to?

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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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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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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 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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How To Manage Multiple Product Teams For Successful Development & Delivery

Speaker: Leslie Grandy, Product Executive & Drew Weaver, Senior Program Manager

Effective management of multiple product teams necessitates a skillful coordination and guidance with the objective of aligning efforts towards shared goals. This entails constant communication, efficient task management, and ensuring that each team aligns with the broader organizational objectives. We can think about this like conducting an orchestra, where diverse efforts are harmonized toward a unified outcome. 🎯 Proficiency in these skills empowers product managers to navigate comple

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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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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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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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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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Generative AI Deep Dive: Advancing from Proof of Concept to Production

Speaker: Maher Hanafi, VP of Engineering at Betterworks & Tony Karrer, CTO at Aggregage

Executive leaders and board members are pushing their teams to adopt Generative AI to gain a competitive edge, save money, and otherwise take advantage of the promise of this new era of artificial intelligence. There's no question that it is challenging to figure out where to focus and how to advance when it’s a new field that is evolving everyday. 💡 This new webinar featuring Maher Hanafi, VP of Engineering at Betterworks, will explore a practical framework to transform Generative AI pr

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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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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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Adrian Franks – Creative Design Tools

Mind the Product

Adrian Franks is a design director and creative strategist at IBM, where he worked to design and develop the Creative Toolbox, helping designers and product managers familiarize themselves with the various tools available to prototype and create new products. Adrian spent about 20 years as a creative professional, and 15 years in the digital space. He was the first in the nation to be awarded the Graphic Design Journeyman and has worked on various Fortune 500 and 100 brands and companies.

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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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Leading the Development of Profitable and Sustainable Products

Speaker: Jason Tanner

While growth of software-enabled solutions generates momentum, growth alone is not enough to ensure sustainability. The probability of success dramatically improves with early planning for profitability. A sustainable business model contains a system of interrelated choices made not once but over time. Join this webinar for an iterative approach to ensuring solution, economic and relationship sustainability.

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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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Nominate a Great Product Person Today! #prodmgmt

The Product Guy

Today, nominate someone you know who is great at Product Management…. [link]. 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. If you know a great product person, nominate them today.

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10 Questions: Suzanne Abate

Clever PM

One of the benefits of teaching with General Assembly has been to build my network of talented, knowledgeable, and experienced Product Managers, not just in the Seattle area, but around the country and the world. One of my more recent connections was with Suzanne Abate, an LA-based product management coach who caught my eye with […].

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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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Get Better Network Graphs & Save Analysts Time

Many organizations today are unlocking the power of their data by using graph databases to feed downstream analytics, enahance visualizations, and more. Yet, when different graph nodes represent the same entity, graphs get messy. Watch this essential video with Senzing CEO Jeff Jonas on how adding entity resolution to a graph database condenses network graphs to improve analytics and save your analysts time.

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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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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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User Onboarding in Enterprise SaaS #prodmgmt

The Product Guy

Guest Post by: Prakhar Agarwal (Mentee, Session 4, The Product Mentor) [Paired with Mentor, Sara Varki]. Introduction. Nowadays, we all consume applications and platforms (software) over the web. “Software installation” is quickly becoming an old concept, especially for end users. Be it documents, photos, marketing, sales, or product, it’s all moving away from installing software on an operating system to just creating an account for a web-based service.

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Beyond the Basics of A/B Tests: Highly Innovative Experimentation Tactics You Need to Know

Speaker: Timothy Chan, PhD., Head of Data Science

Are you ready to move beyond the basics and take a deep dive into the cutting-edge techniques that are reshaping the landscape of experimentation? 🌐 From Sequential Testing to Multi-Armed Bandits, Switchback Experiments to Stratified Sampling, Timothy Chan, Data Science Lead, is here to unravel the mysteries of these powerful methodologies that are revolutionizing how we approach testing.