July, 2017

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

UserVoice

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.

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.

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

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.

Take training beyond your LMS: technical considerations for extended enterprise

You know the benefits of extended enterprise. But how do execute the plan? Learn more about the technical considerations that can help you create a strategy to manage the delivery and tracking of product training across a variety of systems.

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Enter The Matrix – Lean Prioritisation

Mind the Product

Prioritisation is a necessary evil of every product development lifecycle. Deciding what to build, where to focus limited resources and what customer segments to target are questions that face every organisation on a daily basis. With this being the case, why do companies prioritise so badly?

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.

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?

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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?

Sprint Product Managers Try To Take On AT&T And Verizon

The Accidental Product Manager

To win more customers, Sprint needs a better network. Image Credit: Mike Mozart. Being a product manager who works in the highly competitive wireless market has got to be a struggle every day. There are not a lot of players in this market, in the U.S.

Meeting Fun

Under10 Playbook

Some meetings are boring. Particularly conference calls. To make them more fun, add Conference Call Bingo to your next conference call. Source [link

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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?

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.

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?

How Curious: Mindset of a Product Manager

Mind the Product

Being a product manager encompasses many things; vision, organization, analysis, and communication, to name a few. But in my experience there is one universal trait that permeates almost everything a product manager does – curiosity.

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.

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 […]. Product Management 10 Questions Good PM Influence Leadership Organization PM

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.

4 Principles for Building a Sustainable Roadmap

Craft.io

When you set out to plan a product roadmap, at first product managers often find themselves with more questions and doubts than decisions. How much flexibility should I allow? What’s the best way to go about presenting it? How can we ensure it reflects a realistic process?

How Software Usage Analytics Supports Agile Development

Revulytics

As part of a list of summer reading recommendations for marketers recently published by Forbes, Juniper Networks CMO Mike Marcellin named “Hacking Marketing: Agile Practices to Make Marketing Smarter, Faster and More Innovative” as his pick.

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.

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

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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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. You may or may not have worked … Continue reading → Leadership Learning Uncategorized motivation relationships

Sharing Software Usage Data with Customers: The Benefits of Exposing Shelfware

Revulytics

On a recent webinar , we asked participants a somewhat loaded question: do you view exposing shelfware as a revenue risk? With some 38 percent of software “wasted” – amounting to $34 billion for 149 different organizations surveyed by software lifecycle automation vendor 1E in its 2016 Software Usage and Waste Report – one would reasonably expect that answer to be an exclamation point-laden phrase to the tune of, “Yes, of course! T hat’s gold!

The Heartbeat of Product by Nate Walkingshaw

Mind the Product

Nate Walkingshaw is the Chief Experience Officer for Pluralsight, where he is responsible for Product, User Experience, Engineering, and Content, and the co-author of Product Leadership: How Top Product Managers Launch Awesome Products and Build Successful Teams.

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.,