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Why do we Forget That Product Management is a Tough Career?

Mind the Product

Growing up, I wanted to be an astronaut – or a dinosaur. I think I got closer to being a dinosaur, I certainly did more practice! As an adult, if I could trade careers overnight I’d quite like to be an actor.

Product to Product: Venmo’s Ben Mills on the messiness of leading a product team

Roadmunk

It’s the second last episode of Product to Product’ s second season! Listen to the episode below: As we reach our final stretch of exploring the human side of product , we’re joined by Ben Mills , Head of Product at Venmo, this episode.

A Shortcut to Story Mapping in 3 Quick Steps

Craft.io

Here’s the thing about story mapping in the agile product management process: technically, it’s one of the easiest stages in the process. Essentially, discovery is the foundation of your product development. No other stage in agile product management is this simple and this important.

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3 Titles; 3 Horizons

Under10 Playbook

The Three Horizons model—developed in “The Alchemy of Growth,” by Mehrdad Baghai, Stephen Coley, and David White of McKinsey & Company—is one of the many useful frameworks used in our strategy workshops for product managers.

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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What Blocks our Empathy in the Design Thinking Process?

Mind the Product

Empathy is the foundation of the whole Design Thinking process. Putting ourselves in someone else’s shoes enhances our ability to receive and process information, which helps us understand how other people experience the world. As a product designer, I know that empathy helps me to recognise the difficulties that people face, alongside their needs and desires, and that I can then use that knowledge to design the best solution for their challenges. Being a product designer is exciting.

Price Increases: Big and infrequent, or small and annual?

Pragmatic Marketing

Amazon just increased the price of Amazon Prime by 20%. That’s a big jump all at once. The good news is this was the first increase in 4 years. In 2014, they increased the price by 25%. These big price increases must impact their subscriptions.

ClassPass’ Founder on How Marketplace Startups Can Achieve Product/Market Fit

First Round Review

It's rarely a straight line to product/market fit. Here are ClassPass founder Payal Kadakia's hard-won tips for marketplace startups that helped her guide her company from a near-bust to a $470M game-changer. Continue reading at First Round Review »

Four Steps to Product Feature ROI

Proficientz – Product Management University

Senior executives often request a product feature ROI prior to approving plans for product development. It’s a mind numbing exercise for product managers and developers and in most cases a fool’s errand. Most products and features are usually interrelated at some level and target the same markets and customers, so how is it possible to predict revenue and cost estimates on a feature by feature basis? The short answer is, you can’t, It’s all guesswork!

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.

What is Self-Awareness and why Should you Care?

Mind the Product

The biggest opportunity for improvement – in business, at home, and in life – is awareness. Alan Mulally, former CEO of Ford Motor Company. In 2006, Alan Mulally took over as president and CEO of a struggling Ford Motor Company.

The top marketing statistics for 2018 and why they matter

Inside Intercom

There are few functions where the phrase “the more things change, the more they stay the same” rings truer than in marketing. For instance, the fundamentals of good marketing haven’t changed: crisp writing, a compelling story, strong brand, and of course, a great product to market.

Overcoming Short Attention Spans: The Value of In-App Messaging and Software Usage Analytics

Revulytics

Did you make it to the end of the blog title or stop after “short attention spans?” You’ve likely heard that highly circulated statistic that the average attention span of a human – eight seconds – is now shorter than that of a goldfish.

A Shortcut to Story Mapping in 3 Quick Steps

Craft.io

Here’s the thing about story mapping in the agile product management process: technically, it’s one of the easiest stages in the process. Essentially, discovery is the foundation of your product development. No other stage in agile product management is this simple and this important.

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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.

Product Owner vs Product Manager: Worry About Outcomes not Titles

Mind the Product

Over the past year I’ve worked with hundreds of product managers in dozens of companies, and there’s been one question that has sounded like a persistent drum beat: “ What is the difference between the role of a product owner and a product manager? ”.

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Leaders Manage Uncertainty

Johanna Rothman

One of the problems I see in projects and organizations is when people wish for certainty. Too many agile project managers and Scrum Masters want a known velocity. They don’t realize that velocity is a relative capacity measurement , not a guarantee.

Three Steps to Break Into Product Management

Clever PM

Product Management is a hot role in the current market, partly because there are companies realizing the importance of the role, and partly because everyone seems to think that they can do the job. Without opining on either of those driving forces, in my experience there are three key things that any candidate can do […]. Product Management Communication Influence PM Roles

Fashion Teaches Product Managers About Speed To Market

The Accidental Product Manager

In the fashion industry, speed to market is what matters Image Credit: GoToVan. If you had to, how quickly could you get a new product to market? One month, two months, 6 months, a year?

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.

Clumsy Colossus or Gentle Giant by Julia Whitney

Mind the Product

At this year’s MTP Engage conference in Hamburg executive coach Julia Whitney delivered a well-received keynote on psychological safety, as many studies have shown it to be the most critical factor in building high-performance teams.

Want your support team to drive revenue? Go real-time

Inside Intercom

In a business climate where customer support is often considered a cost center, we’ve seen firsthand that investing in real-time support actually drives revenue and customer satisfaction. It does, however, come with its fair share of operational challenges.

The Untold Secret to a Perfect Release

Craft.io

The perfect product release. The one where everything falls into place right on time, the team is hyped and driven (as opposed to relieved and exhausted), and even the marketing materials are ready when they should be. How does that happen? Set goals that are borderline unrealistic.

Wizard of Legend

The Product Coalition

Yesterday… this amazing game was finally released: [link] The thing is that it took more than 2 years to finally arrive! It was a Kickstarter Project that I backed and that was fully funded in July of 2016: Booya. Funded.

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.

Design Handoff Guide: Design To Development Without Headaches

UX Studio

By definition, design handoff takes place when the finished design has reached the stage for the developers to implement it. Let’s look at the basics and some suggestions to get the best out of the designer-developer collaboration. We at UX studio have a long history of working with developers during our projects, and fortunately, we get better and better at it every time. In fact, we now have our own developers and are opening up a Dev Studio so we can offer our clients complete service.

The importance of an effective product marketing strategy

Inside Intercom

Despite the mountain of evidence contradicting the mantra of “if you build it, they will come”, it’s still extremely prevalent among product-first companies. First, most founders don’t have a background in either sales or marketing, and even though they’re told to “ start marketing the day you start coding ”, they just don’t know where to begin, or they’re incredibly overconfident.

Essential Slack Integrations for Product Managers

Craft.io

Why can’t we all just get along? Many of us in the agile world nurture the fantasy of that one product management platform to rule them all. We can keep dreaming.

4 Reasons to Attend Product Management Festival Singapore 2018

The Product Coalition

Product Management Festival (PMF) Singapore is taking place on 18–19 June 2018. Product managers will have the opportunity to learn from over 25 speakers from companies such as Google, Facebook, and many others.

The State of Product Leadership

Insights from 300 Technology Product Management Executives and Managers.

Who is a Product Manager?

Rahul Abhyankar

Who is John Galt? I came across a question on LinkedIn – Why do you think the role of product manager is so misundestood? In every company, there are people dedicated to specific activities of building, communicating about and selling products. We find these people in R&D, marketing and sales teams. In contrast, the activities … Continue reading Who is a Product Manager? → Product Management

Why your growth depends on taking risks with your hiring strategy

Inside Intercom

There’s a key turning point for your hiring strategy in a rapidly scaling team or organization. The inflection point is when you go from only being comfortable hiring star candidates who pose very little risk to taking chances on candidates who don’t tick all the boxes but who have promise and potential. Making that transition smoothly is crucial for your longer-term growth.

Athens, 21 Sept: Agile Summit Greece

Mironov Consulting

Agile Greece Summit is the largest agile conference in Southern Europe. It brings together developers, team leaders, product folks, managers and executives. Where: Athens, Greece (Auditorium Conference Centre, University of Piraeus TT). When: Sept 20-21. Website/registration.

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Effortless remote user research

The Product Coalition

You know that talking to your users is essential, but until now it has been painfully complex. PingPong takes care of all the hard stuff and saves you days of work. So you can be interviewing users in minutes! Kevin William David interviewed Zsolt Kocsmarszky , CEO at PingPong to know more.

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.