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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.

The 5 Levels of Analytics Maturity

Basic dashboards used to be enough to thrill end users. But over time, modern capabilities have emerged—and bare-minimum features are no longer cutting it. How have analytics changed? And where do your BI offerings fall? Find out sophisticated ways to future-proof your application. Brought to you by Logi Analytics.

Podcast Q&A: Dropbox’s viral growth, Uber’s tricky funnels, and future growth channels

Andrew Chen

[Hi readers: I wanted to share a podcast interview I did with Adam Risman of Intercom, who interviewed me on a wide array of topics including Dropbox’s viral growth methods, my time at Uber, and future growth strategies. This was originally published on Intercom’s blog here. Hope you enjoy! -A]. Listen to the podcast here ». tldr; Here’s 5 quick takeaways.

Why product managers need to know UX

The Product Coalition

UX and product management have broadly the same goals?—?to to understand users’ needs, to create excellent experiences that solve those needs and to keep innovating products, with these aims in mind. Product managers make up a sizeable proportion of the graduates of our courses.

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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 »

Product Backlog vs. Sprint Backlog

Proficientz – Product Management University

What’s the difference between a product backlog and a sprint backlog? There are two key differences between a product backlog and a sprint backlog. A sprint backlog typically covers a few sprints whereas a product backlog covers a much longer timeframe like one or two quarters. The second difference is the content and context within each document.

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.

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.

Monetizing Analytics Features: Why Data Visualizations Will Never Be Enough

Think your customers will pay more for data visualizations in your application? Five years ago they may have. But today, dashboards and visualizations have become table stakes. Discover which features will differentiate your application and maximize the ROI of your embedded analytics. Brought to you by Logi Analytics.

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.

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!

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.

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.

5 Early Indicators Your Embedded Analytics Will Fail

Many application teams leave embedded analytics to languish until something—an unhappy customer, plummeting revenue, a spike in customer churn—demands change. But by then, it may be too late. In this White Paper, Logi Analytics has identified 5 tell-tale signs your project is moving from “nice to have” to “needed yesterday.". Brought to you by Logi Analytics.

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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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.

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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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.

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. Brought to you by Logi Analytics.

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?

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.

Bob Moesta on unpacking customer motivations with Jobs-to-be-Done

Inside Intercom

Why does someone switch from one product to another? It’s rarely the first reason they’ll offer. You have to dig deeper to find out, and that’s where Jobs-to-be-Done comes in. Bob Moesta pioneered the Jobs-to-be-Done (JTBD) framework in the mid 90’s, alongside Harvard Business School Professor Clayton Christensen. In short, JTBD is a research process that helps uncover a customer’s motivation for buying your product – the “job” your product is“hired” to complete.

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. Brought to you by Logi Analytics.

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.

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.

Understand context and diminish risk: How to build your first Wardley Map with RealtimeBoard

RealtimeBoard

Understand context and diminish risk: How to build your first Wardley Map with RealtimeBoard Wardley Maps are all about strategy. To be more precise, it’s about building an intuitive and shareable understanding of your context so the strategy you adopt ends up being a good one. All this is especially helpful if you are starting […]. The post Understand context and diminish risk: How to build your first Wardley Map with RealtimeBoard appeared first on RealtimeBoard Blog. Agile management

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.

How Product Managers Can Learn to Love Reporting

Speaker: Eric Feinstein, Professional Services Manager, Looker

For a long time, Product Managers have found it challenging to design interfaces inside their products that users could use for reporting. It seems like PMs and engineers have grown to hate embedded reporting. Fortunately, there are new technical approaches that are making this a significantly different picture, although there are still lots of interesting design challenges. Eric Feinstein, Professional Services Manager at Looker, has done workshops with lots of product managers who are looking to add effective reporting. He will use the example of a product manager of a learning management software system and how she would go through the process of defining reporting for users of the product. He will discuss working through personas, data types, reporting needs analysis and ultimately how this comes together to form a roadmap for reporting functionality and interface.

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.

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.

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

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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Project Analytics: Visibility that Aids Risk Management

Speaker: Miles Robinson, Agile and Management Consultant, Motivational Speaker

Product Managers face changes that put delivery at risk. Just as you use data from the customer to inform your solutions, transparency during the building of those solutions is critical for making better risk mitigation decisions. Whether your solution has fixed scope, fixed scheduling, fixed resources or fixed level of quality, the earlier you can know when these are at risk (and how) the better. The more clear the picture, the better you can understand the impacts of changes, and the more effectively you can deliver the solution the customer needs, when they need it, at a reasonable cost. This session will focus on the use of a One-Dimensional Product Backlog from a risk management point of view. We will show how this tool can be used to monitor and evaluate how your solution is getting built, and a clear view of any cascading impacts risks have as they surface.