Sat.May 11, 2019 - Fri.May 17, 2019

What is a Product Roadmap?


A product roadmap is a high-level, visual representation of the direction your product offering will take over time. A good product roadmap will provide your colleagues and stakeholders with the “why” behind your product and should serve the following purposes: Lay out the overarching strategy.

A content-first approach to product onboarding

Inside Intercom

Knowing your user’s story is central to a great onboarding experience – but how do you actually tell that story ? At some point you need to write the content of your onboarding: words, sentences, value props, the works. Ultimately, it’s the content that helps your users achieve their goals.

The Myth of First-Mover Advantage


First-mover advantage is a real thing. It even has its own TLA (its three-letter acronym being FMA, obviously). The common sense rationale is that if you’re the first offering in the market to boast Capability X, everyone who cares about Capability X will buy your solution.

What do Product Managers Want From Their Bosses?

Mind the Product

What is the job of a product leader? How should a Head of Product, a VP of Product, or a Product Team Lead behave? Many articles have been written on this subject, most of them either by product consultants or people holding one of the above titles.

Organizing for Customer Centricity

Speaker: Tatyana Mamut

Most companies today say they are “customer centric.” Yet many still make decisions primarily based on competitor threats, technical architecture, or executive opinions. So what sets apart those that talk the talk, and those that walk the walk? Join Nextdoor's Head of Product Tatyana Mamut, PhD as she outlines the 7 habits of truly customer-centric companies.

The art of the customer follow-up and delightful customer service

Inside Intercom

Part of the ritual of eating a meal in a good restaurant is the waiter asking if you’re enjoying your food and if there is anything else they can get for you.

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The Three Stages of Product Management Maturity

Proficientz – Product Management University

Consider the following three stages of product management maturity and the skills your team needs to become proficient in each stage. The faster your maturation process, the more success you’ll see across engineering, marketing, sales, and customer success teams.

Launch Your Product Management Career

Product Management Unpacked

Landing a job in product management requires specialized learning, real-world experience and one year of your time. The role of product manager is one of the top 10 hardest-to-fill jobs in the entire information technology sector, so expect to be well compensated for your effort. Product Management Career

Why you need to test UX with non-users


It’s great to convenience sample from your customer base , but please don’t stop there! Photo by Fortyozsteak. Imagine you are on a product team about to embark on a new project — a project to make design updates to a fitness tracker app. And maybe this is not unlike your everyday work life.

What Monzo Learned From Scaling its Lending Team

Mind the Product

I’m a product manager at Monzo. We’re a UK-based bank and our mission is to make money work for everyone. We recently reached 1,800,000 current account customers – after launching in January 2018 – and are focusing on growing our user base and revenue.

Build Product Progress with a Strong Data Culture

Speaker: Nima Gardideh, CTO, Pearmill

Have you ever thought your product's progress was headed in one direction, and been shocked to see a different story reflected in big picture KPIs like revenue? It can be confusing when customer feedback or metrics like registration or retention are painting a different picture. No matter how sophisticated your analytics are, if you're asking the wrong questions - or looking at the wrong metrics - you're going to have trouble getting answers that can help you. Join Nima Gardideh, CTO of Pearmill, as he demonstrates how to build a strong data culture within your team, so everyone understands which metrics they should actually focus on - and why. Then, he'll explain how you can use your analytics to regularly review progress and successes. Finally, he'll discuss what you should keep in mind when instrumenting your analytics.

Why Product-Led Growth Is of Rising Importance


Editor’s Note: This article covers one chapter from the book, “Product-Led Growth: How to Build a Product That Sells Itself,” written by Wes Bush, founder of Product-Led Institute. First off, what the heck is product-led growth?

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What Do Good Business Requirements Look Like?

Proficientz – Product Management University

What are the common characteristics that all good business requirements possess? Good business requirements are a true representation of how your target customers see themselves, without any bias to your products or services. One of the most challenging things for product managers is writing business requirements from the customer’s perspective. When you live, eat, sleep and breath products 24 x 7 x 365, it’s difficult to write business requirements without bias.

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7 Takeaways from ProductCraft 2019


Last week I had the pleasure of attending the ProductCraft conference , a one-day event for product managers in San Francisco. For those of you who are unfamiliar, ProductCraft is a community for product managers that is run by Pendo.

World Product Day: Product Metrics for Noobs by Jeff Patton

Mind the Product

World Product Day is here, and we’re already seeing great conversations happening around the globe! For many cities, it’s not too late to join your local meetup or celebrate with your team.

What Is (and Isn’t) Product Management?

Speaker: Steve Johnson, VP of Products, Pragmatic Institute

Product Management is one of the most exciting - and most misunderstood - functions in technical organizations. Is it strategic or tactical? Is it a planning role or a support role? Many product professionals are unclear about what is (and isn't) product management. After all, product management spans many activities from business planning to market readiness. In this session, we’ll examine many product activities and artifacts for product strategy, planning, and growth, and introduce a simple tool that you can use in your organization to clarify the roles of product management and others. Steve Johnson explores the many roles of Product Management in this fun talk focused on why product managers should obsess on problems instead of solutions.

Servant Leadership for Product Managers


Over the past few years, I’ve witnessed and been part of the evolution of the product manager role and product management as a discipline. Yesterday, product management was mostly unknown unless you were already in it. Most schools were unable to tie the discipline to real-world value.

What Do Good Business Requirements Look Like?

Proficientz – Product Management University

What are the common characteristics that all good business requirements possess? Good business requirements are a true representation of how your target customers see themselves, without any bias to your products or services. One of the most challenging things for product managers is writing business requirements from the customer’s perspective. When you live, eat, sleep and breath products 24 x 7 x 365, it’s difficult to write business requirements without bias.

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The Four Key Hurdles to Successful Product Launches

Pragmatic Marketing

The make-or-break window of opportunity for product launch success is narrowing and becoming more challenging each year. This is at least partly attributable to the massive growth in digital media outlets and the constantly shrinking attention span of today’s over-stimulated customers.

The State of Product in AsiaPac

Mind the Product

I’m quite excited about the future here. Seeing the speed with which the industry has changed- it has been amazing to be a part of, so I’m really positive about it. Silvia Thom, Senior Director of Product at Zalora.

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 short? Find out sophisticated ways to future-proof your application. Brought to you by Logi Analytics.

Product Love Podcast: Mihir Nanavati, Head of Product at Adroll


This week on Product Love, I chatted with Mihir Nanavati, head of product at Adroll. Adroll is an e-commerce growth platform that helps brands grow revenue through seamless marketing and advertising.

What is Product Leadership?

The Product Coalition

In a world of uncertainty, good product leadership may be the most important ingredient in building a high performing team. Continue reading on ». business entrepreneurship leadership product-management startup

6 steps for conducting better product discovery


In Hiten Shah’s article, My Billion Dollar Mistake, he writes about the process of creating KISSmetrics, which became a successful company that helped push the analytics category forward. However, before KISSmetrics, he encountered a few significant obstacles when starting previous companies.

World Product Day special – Martin Eriksson & Emily Tate on The Product Experience

Mind the Product

From humble beginnings with 25 people in the back room of a pub in London in May 2010 looking for a group therapy session, the ProductTank meetups have grown to over 180 cities with hundreds of thousands of people signed up.

Walk a Mile in Your Customer's Shoes

Speaker: Steven Haines

Product professionals use phrases like "voice of the customer," and "user experience" so often that it can be easy to lose sight of their actual meanings. How can we, as product professionals, learn to keep customers and users at the heart of our work? Join Steven Haines, globally recognized thought leader and author, as he guides us through a memorable journey demonstrating how you can walk a mile in their customer's shoes. He'll explore how, by developing true empathy for your users, you can ensure you're creating the features and products they actually want.

GDPR Turns 1: Have Businesses Kept Up?


During May 2018, as its deadline inched closer, Google searches in the United States for information around General Data Protection Regulation (known as GDPR) topped separate searches for Kim Kardashian and Beyoncé, according to the European Commission.

TEI 229: Do you have the best entrepreneurial skills for product management – with Michelle Duval

Product Innovation Educators

Understanding attitudes, motivations, and blind spots with your product teams. Would you be interested to know what start-up founders with successful exits of up to $1.2B have in common? I know I would, because start-up founders share similarities with product managers.

The Agile Arrow – a visual framework for managing complex sales deals

Inside Intercom

Mid-market and enterprise sales deals are undeniably complex. There are many decision makers, feature requests and critical dependencies that you have to navigate. Successfully managing complex sales requires a different level of visibility into your deals.

How IoT to making mobile app development more interesting

The Product Coalition

IoT has been around the technology world for more than three and half decades; however, until the smart mobility introduced, it was mostly in the concept phase. Smartphones offered IoT the desired portability and connectivity. Undoubtedly, smart apps also received a lot from IoT.

The Magic of Intent: Start Knowing The Goals of Your Users

Speaker: Terhi Hanninen, Senior Product Manager, Zalando, and Dr. Franziska Roth, Senior User Researcher, Zalando

It's important to know your users - what are their preferences, pain points, ultimate goals? With user research and usage data, you can get a great idea of how your users act. The tricky part is, very few users reliably act the same way every time they use your product. Join Terhi Hanninen, Senior Product Manager, and Dr. Franziska Roth, Senior User Researcher at Zalando, as they explain how they were able to reach a new level of user understanding - by taking their user research and segmenting their users by point-in-time intent. You'll leave with a strategy to change how your product team, and organization at large, understands your users.

Tactical Ideas for Agile Budgeting, Part 1

Johanna Rothman

Too often, organizations want to budget for an entire year. The managers run around for two or three months in advance of that fiscal year, attempting to predict a ton of things: Estimates for not-well-defined projects or features, Capital equipment or tool needs, “Headcount” aka, people needed. Then, the organization doesn't finalize the budget until after the year starts.

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How to Test a Folding Smartphone (and Other Emerging Tech)


Seeing the risks and rewards of emerging technology unfold is part of what makes the tech industry so exciting to follow. And since CES 2019, one of the biggest nail biters is the race to get the folding smartphone into the hands of consumers.

The Solution to Use After Appsee’s Acquisition

UXCam Bluespace

If you are looking for an alternative for Appsee, or just for a powerful mobile analytics tool, you should start a free trial for UXCam. Insights