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Metrics in Agile: How to Effectively Measure Your Transformation Journey

Agile Velocity

Velocity. It is one of the most commonly used, abused, and misused metrics in Agile software development. Teams, their managers, and even their stakeholders often focus on “improving velocity” without considering the entire value delivery system. Then they are shocked when they don’t get what they really want, for example, predictability or speed. In this article, we explore healthy ways for your organization to use metrics to gain meaningful insights into the outcomes of your experiments as you

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Don’t tell me you miss me: 3 better approaches to user retention

Intercom, Inc.

It happens every day. A company you bought something from months ago sends you an email with three immortal words: “We Miss You”. These messages feel icky because the sentiment is belated and insincere. Deep down we know that the business doesn’t really miss us. The business doesn’t know our sparkling personality or understand our unique contribution to the community – the business just misses our money.

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Decisions, Debt, and Other Dilemmas by Janna Bastow

Mind the Product

In this keynote from #mtpengage Manchester 2020 , Janna Bastow , co-founder of ProdPad and Mind The Product, discusses how in tech, optimising debt is essential to building the perfect product. Watch the video to see her talk in full. Or read on for an overview of her key points: Uncomfortable topics become less scary when talked about – we need to discuss debt.

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5 Steps to Breathing Again: A Time Management Method for Busy Product Managers

The Product Coalition

Highlights from my ProductX talk “The 24/7 Product Manager” Image by annca from Pixabay Raise your hand if you are not extremely busy. When you say that to a room of product managers, nothing happens. Nobody raises their hand. This profession is one of the busiest out there. And it seems like we are all struggling to find more time to do more work.

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Reimagined: Building Products with Generative AI

“Reimagined: Building Products with Generative AI” is an extensive guide for integrating generative AI into product strategy and careers featuring over 150 real-world examples, 30 case studies, and 20+ frameworks, and endorsed by over 20 leading AI and product executives, inventors, entrepreneurs, and researchers.

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Product in Practice: Tackling Big Hairy Product Challenges with Continuous Discovery

Product Talk

Hello, Product Talk readers! It’s time for another installment of Product in Practice. In this series, we highlight the impressive work that forward-thinking product teams are doing. Want to check out the other people and companies we’ve featured? Find our other Product in Practice posts here. Ask 100 product managers how they ended up in their roles and you’re unlikely to hear the same career trajectory repeated twice.

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Effects of Separating “New” Work vs “Maintenance” Work

Johanna Rothman

Back when I was a manager, my senior management wanted to separate the “new” work from the “maintenance” work. I suggested that every new line after the first line of code was maintenance. The managers poo-poohed me. My concern: How would the “new” developers learn from their mistakes? I lost that discussion and I managed a team called “continuing engineering,” CE.

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Trailblazing Women in Product Management: Brandye Sweetnam, Director of Product Management at PayPal

280 Group

In honor of International Women’s Day, 280 Group is hosting a panel discussion on how trailblazing women paved their way into Product Management. Hear from PM veterans, like Brandye Sweetnam, their success stories, lessons from past failures, candid feedback on how to tackle gender parity in PM, and actionable insights to move forward with. Read our interview with Hemke below for a bit of background, then sign up to see her in person at the event!

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Leveraging Software Platforms

Roman Pichler

Be Clear on What a Software Platform Is. Different people have suggested different definitions for the term software platform. Let me briefly share mine: I view such a platform as a collection of software assets that are used by several products, as the following picture illustrates. In the picture above, product A, B, and C are built on the platform and use its assets.

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Finding Product Culture Fit

Sachin Rekhi

Product managers most often reach out to me for advice when they are in the midst of contemplating their next role. In our discussions, we talk about all the usual things: their ultimate career aspirations; their understanding of their own strengths and weaknesses and the skill gaps they hope to fill; as well as the specifics of each role they are considering, including scope, responsibilities, title & compensation, and manager.

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Entity Resolution Checklist: What to Consider When Evaluating Options

Are you trying to decide which entity resolution capabilities you need? It can be confusing to determine which features are most important for your project. And sometimes key features are overlooked. Get the Entity Resolution Evaluation Checklist to make sure you’ve thought of everything to make your project a success! The list was created by Senzing’s team of leading entity resolution experts, based on their real-world experience.

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20 Product Management Memes to brighten your day

The Product Coalition

Product is hard, sometimes you just need a good laugh ?? #1: The ruthless PM #2: Feature Parity #3: Great idea, let me just write that down… #4: We’ll get around to it one day #5: One does not simply skip discovery #6: Just let me have this one… #7: #darkmode #8: Nice idea, but no! #9: Just book some time in #10: Immovable dates #11: “Responding to change” #12: Decision making 101 #13: But we’re at capacity #14: Goddammit, sales were right!

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Behind the Product: Is Costco’s New Pay Fob a Customer Faux Pas?

280 Group

In our “Behind the Product” series, we discuss examples of products or services that highlight a particular product management concept or principle. As product managers, we’re constantly watching new and old products, and the marketing associated with them, to find examples for our training and materials that we can use to exemplify good, or not so good, practices in product management.

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Tray.io’s VP of Marketing Alex Ortiz on embracing the era of automation

Intercom, Inc.

For many, the very mention of the word “automation” can trigger fears of lost jobs (at best) or an imminent robot takeover (at worst). Thankfully, no such Armageddon is on the horizon. Instead, we’re entering an exciting new moment in marketing where AI tools not only have the ability to free up humans to do the best work of their careers, they are helping companies reach their customers in a highly personal and engaging way.

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Scaling a Product Organization

The Product Guy

Guest Post by: Carlos Ruiz (Mentee, Session 11, The Product Mentor) [Paired with Mentor, Nis Frome]. At the end of October, Mr Jeff was announcing a couple of very big hits. Firstly, Jeff as a new umbrella brand for all the new services will be providing to our customers; Secondly, a new business line called Beauty Jeff was opening the very first venue in Argentina.

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The Big Payoff of Application Analytics

Outdated or absent analytics won’t cut it in today’s data-driven applications – not for your end users, your development team, or your business. That’s what drove the five companies in this e-book to change their approach to analytics. Download this e-book to learn about the unique problems each company faced and how they achieved huge returns beyond expectation by embedding analytics into applications.

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Develop Your Empathy and Create Better Products

Mind the Product

We all know that empathy is a key ingredient in developing lovable products, so what can product managers do to cultivate it? I had a relatively unusual upbringing, and because of my father’s profession, we moved around every couple of years when I was a child. I attended international schools in Yemen, Thailand and Finland, learning in classrooms with kids from all over the globe.

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Large screen phones: a challenge for UX design (and human hands)

Imaginary Cloud - Design

I’m pretty sure my hands are not too small compared to the average human. I went as far as researching that, in a quest to answer the question “Is it me?”. The average length of an adult male’s hand is 7.6 inches (19,3 cm). For females, the average drops to 6.8 inches (17,2 cm). Let’s say I’m well within those averages. This has brought me some comfort: it’s not my fault that I’ve dropped my phone 26 times until the screen looked like Schwarzenegger when he removed his skin in Terminator.

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How To Build A World-Class Product Team: Creating A Culture Of Success For New Product Managers

Mixpanel

Congratulations! You’ve used a detailed spec and careful interview process to make a really solid hire to your program management team. Now what? In part two of “How to build a world-class product team,” we’ll take a look at how to set up new hires for success. From integrating new product managers into teams and the overall corporate culture at your place of business to supporting their continuing development, here are some ways to grow and develop PM talent.

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Getting the Most Out of the PM's on Your Team

The Product Guy

Thank you to everyone who attended the latest roundtable meet-up of The Product Group and discussed Getting the Most Out of the PM’s on Your Team, with Guest Expert, Jordan Bergtraum, Head of Product @ EquipID and debated Featured Product, iFundWomen… And, also, thank you to our awesome sponsors who make everything possible…

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The Data Metaverse: Unpacking the Roles, Use Cases, and Tech Trends in Data and AI

Speaker: Aindra Misra, Sr. Staff Product Manager of Data & AI at BILL (Previously PM Lead at Twitter/X)

Embark on a transformation journey into the heart of the data ecosystem! This webinar is your gateway to a deeper comprehension of the foundations that drive the data industry and will equip you with the knowledge needed to navigate the evolving landscape. Delve into the diverse use cases where data analytics plays a pivotal role. We’ll explore how these applications are transforming with the introduction of Gen AI, and discuss the anticipated use cases for 2024 and beyond.

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The Product People We Want to Be – What We Learned at MTP Engage

Mind the Product

This week (6-7 February), MTP Engage Manchester 2020 saw over 500 product people descend upon the iconic Manchester Central to immerse themselves in two days of product learning. On Thursday, things kicked off with a range of deep-dive workshops and leadership discussions, followed by the conference on Friday. Let’s take a look at some of the many things we learned throughout the conference day.

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Calm Product Manager / Stressed Product Manager

The Product Coalition

There is a lot of great, great literature already published on what makes an awesome product manager. Look up the works from Steven Haines, Martin Eriksson, Teresa Torres, or Ben Horowitz for some of the most insightful advice on what it takes to become the ideal product manager. There’s just one challenge with putting all this advice into practice: It can be really, really hard to find the space and time to be the ideal product manager.

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Time to scale AAP? Some notes from product perspective.

NextBigWhat

I look at everything from product perspective and these 2 images say a lot: (image courtesy: Hindustantimes). What do I see? A perfect execution. Results pretty much remain the same as last time. What happened with AAP in the national elections? A perfect disaster. What really happened? It was a case of premature scaling – […]. The post Time to scale AAP?

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Why N Day Retention is the Metric that Matters for Mobile Games

Amplitude

Retention rate is one of the fundamental metrics in product management. We all use it regularly, yet few of us know that there are many different ways to calculate retention rate. When it comes to measuring the performance of mobile games, however, I recommend using N day retention data. Let me start with a story. When I worked at Zeptolab (a popular game development company responsible for Cut the Rope, King of Thieves and CATS) we received an email from a game development studio that wanted us

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A Comprehensive Checklist to Revamp Your Website & Increase Profitability

Unlock the power of a well-designed website with our eBook, 'Comprehensive Checklist: A Guide to Website Redesign.' Crafted by Brucira and ruttl founders, it's your ally in reshaping your digital presence. Welcome to a transformative journey!

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How To Be A Great Manager – Claire Lew on The Product Experience

Mind the Product

We’ve all had that one manager that we’ll do anything to avoid for the rest of our careers – but have you ever stopped to think if you’re that person for someone else? That’s the question that prompted Claire Lew to start Know Your Team and here she joins us on the podcast to give practical advice on how to be a great manager.

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5 Steps To Test Your Product Ideas

The Product Coalition

When we have ideas, it’s like a piece of Playdoh. Follow these 5 steps to make the right decisions as a Product Manager. Continue reading on ProductCoalition.com ».

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How to Improve Product Experience and Scale your SaaS

Userpilot

Product experience is fast becoming one of the most important things to consider when it comes to growing your SaaS company. It has a direct impact on how users interact and engage with your company. It affects retention and churn, MRR and CLV. In short, it’s really important. That’s why we’ve put together this guide. We’re going to explain exactly what product experience means, why you need to start caring about it, and steps you can take to provide the best possible experience for your users.

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How to drive and increase traffic to your startup website

Nulab

Marina Vorontsova is a copywriter at Soshace.com — a hiring platform for web developers — hire a developer or apply for a remote job. No matter how great your product or service is, there will always be a product better than yours. And even if what you’re selling or trying to promote is quite unique, someone with a less original product can still outsell you if they are better at marketing themselves or driving traffic to their site.

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A Tale of Two Case Studies: Using LLMs in Production

Speaker: Tony Karrer, Ryan Barker, Grant Wiles, Zach Asman, & Mark Pace

Join our exclusive webinar with top industry visionaries, where we'll explore the latest innovations in Artificial Intelligence and the incredible potential of LLMs. We'll walk through two compelling case studies that showcase how AI is reimagining industries and revolutionizing the way we interact with technology. Some takeaways include: How to test and evaluate results 📊 Why confidence scoring matters 🔐 How to assess cost and quality 🤖 Cross-platform cost vs. quality tr