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User segmentation: Why it’s crucial for product managers

ProductBoard

In a typical marketplace, not every user has the same needs. But you can usually identify several subgroups of users who have very similar needs to one another. We call these user segments. To understand why this matters, consider what it takes to launch and maintain a successful product. From its earliest stages, your product must meet the needs of some group of users or it will die. Source. Ideas

Fixing your blind spot: biases in decision making

The Product Coalition

Every person forms a set of mental shortcuts or heuristics, which work brilliantly day in day out, but become harmful when left unchecked. Continue reading on ProductCoalition.com ». psychology business decision-making bias startup

Why Product Managers should care about Development Culture

Ask Benny

Make sure your tools are optimized. As product managers, we focus on many things including strategy, execution and mostly connecting strategy and execution. When it gets to development culture many product managers feel it is not their problem because it is the domain of the VP R&D.

Need a Product Manager Mentor? Here’s How to Find a Great One

ProductPlan

When we’re new at something, we turn to trusted experts. Sure, we also glean all we can from the resources available to us, but there’s nothing quite like learning directly from someone who’s been through it all before. Experts can make great mentors because they’ve acquired valuable wisdom and mastered their craft through years of day-to-day experiences. They’ve also learned valuable lessons the hard way.

The Product Growth Engine

Speaker: Dave Martin, Founder, Right to Left

How do you create sustainable growth? Do your product and feature releases achieve the desired results? In this talk, Dave Martin, founder at Right To Left, will explore how human bias repeatedly hinders product success and causes teams to miss out on their potential.

Eight Tips for Effective Win-Loss Analysis

ProductCraft

To build a more sellable product, you need to know why prospective customers do or don’t purchase your product. What was their final decision? Did they perceive any product gaps? What other factors influenced their decision? Which alternative solutions did they consider?

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Feature Creep: How to keep your UX project on track

TryMyUI

How can you keep your UX project from getting overwhelmed by feature creep? From startups to agencies, everyone is vulnerable to feature creep. The post Feature Creep: How to keep your UX project on track appeared first on TryMyUI Blog.

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Is your product on the right track? A lesson from football on finding leading indicators in your data

Mixpanel

What do you do when you just know your plan is working, but can’t prove it? Whether you’re trying to win a football game–or your market–the answer is to dig deeper into the data.

Building Great Products With a Highly Skilled PM Team – Secrets from a Product Leader

280 Group

Join our upcoming webinar, Building Great Products with Superior Product Management Skills , where we’ll go into more detail on all of the tips below and provide you with actions you can take to develop a highly skilled, more effective product management team. Register here.

How Product Usage Analytics Can Boost Engagement

Userpilot

Unless you’ve been living under a rock the past decade, you’ll know that data is key to the success of any SaaS product. Perhaps the most important data at your disposal is product usage analytics. In this guide, we’re going to look at: What product usage analytics is.

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Architect Your Organization for Effectiveness, Productivity, and Joy

Speaker: Ron Lichty, Consultant: Interim VP Engineering, Ron Lichty Consulting, Inc.

As a senior software leader, you likely spend more time working on the architecture of your systems than the architecture of your organization. Yet, structuring our teams and organizations is a critical factor for success. In fact, the impact of software architecture parallels the impact of organizational structure. We are excited to welcome Ron Lichty, co-author of a seminal book on managing software teams and a well-known speaker, he’ll speak to organizing for effectiveness, productivity and joy.

The PB&J of UX and Product

ProductCraft

You’ve got a new feature that you’re excited to start working on. Not only are you motivated by how cool this feature will be, but you also need to build it ASAP. It would be nice to take some time on it and get feedback from the UX team, but given how fast it needs. Read more » The post The PB&J of UX and Product appeared first on ProductCraft by Pendo. Best Practices Communication Design Product Teams UX

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How Design Thinking, Lean, and Agile Work Together by Jonny Schneider

Mind the Product

In this keynote from #mtpcon London, Jonny Schneider, Product Strategy and Design Principal at ThoughtWorks, discusses how using all of design thinking, agile, and lean means we can build better products. Key points: You should try to use design thinking, agile and lean when building your products.

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The Killer Product Overview: How to Nail It, Verbal or Written!

Proficientz – Product Management University

Here’s the secret to a killer product overview. It’s more about what someone can do with the product than it is about what the product actually does. About 10 or 12 years ago, I was the victim of a killer product overview! I wasn’t even planning to buy anything, yet I spent way more money than I ever imagined and I couldn’t be happier. Here’s the story. I took my garment bag to a specialty luggage store to be repaired. While I’m the store, I decide to browse for a new laptop bag.

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Product is Only One Part of the Brand: Rajiv Bajaj

NextBigWhat

Great talk by Rajiv Bajaj, Managing Director – Bajaj Auto. Pretty much 2-year MBA compressed in this 55 minutes talk. Watch the keynote if you still believe that building a great product = guaranteed successful business (hint: it takes a LOT more).

The Definitive Guide to Predictive Analytics

By embedding predictive analytics, you can future-proof your application and give users sophisticated insights. The Definitive Guide to Predictive Analytics has everything you need to get started, including real-world examples, steps to build your models, and solutions to common data challenges.

How to Organize Roles Focused on Partnerships and Alliances

Spice Catalyst

An excerpt from the forthcoming book “Organizing and Managing Insanely Great Products” by David Fradin with RN Prasad.

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Setting Up an Internal Product Function by Prag Patel

Mind the Product

Where does product management fit in an organization today? In this ProductTank London talk, Prag Patel , Head of Product at And Digital speaks about his experience helping clients to adopt a product management strategy and the lessons learned along the way. Watch the video to see Prag’s talk.

Spendesk’s Nicolas Marchais on evolving with your market

Inside Intercom

Creating a new product category also creates a plethora of challenges – from spotting the right market niche to convincing customers that yours is a service they need. If people aren’t looking for your solution, you have to educate them about the problem your product solves.

TEI 254: The right way to use web-ethnography to learn about customers – with Bill McDowell

Product Innovation Educators

With not much more than a web meeting, product managers can put web-ethnography into action. You have a lot of tools to help you learn about yours customers, such as customer visits, interviews, and surveys. One of my favorites is ethnography.

An Adult Conversation About Estimates

Speaker: Beekey Cheung, Software Consultant, Professor Beekums, LLC

Estimates are a contentious topic in software development. Most of our development teams hate providing estimates and many managers are starting to view them as unnecessary. As senior software leaders, how can we determine whether estimates are helpful or harmful to our teams? We are excited to be joined by Beekey Cheung, a software consultant and blogger known as Professor Beekums, who has helped many leaders and teams go from fearing estimates to using them appropriately. He'll walk us through the value of estimates, how to overcome the hesitancy many have in giving them, and how to provide better estimates.

Trust But Verify (Software Adoption)

Revulytics

Instinct can lead to wonderful places. Henry Ford and Bill Gates are just a couple of business leaders who followed gut decisions to success. But instinct isn’t always reliable.

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Designing for Play – Melissa Pickering on The Product Experience

Mind the Product

If you – or your kids – have ever controlled a Lego creation from an app, then you’re familiar with Melissa Pickering’s work. Now Lego’s Head of Interactive Play, blending digital and physical play, she got her start as an Imagineer at Disney (designing rollercoasters!)

“Is your startup idea taken?” — and why we love X for Y startups

Andrew Chen

Above: Michelle Rial ( follow her at @TheRialMichelle ), then working at Buzzfeed, posted this hilarious infographic with all the “X for Y” ideas. Here’s the original article. I had a quick laugh, of course.

The Sales Summit: The trends and challenges shaping the future of sales

Inside Intercom

Inspired by the release of our book Intercom on Sales , we wanted to take a fresh look at three big topics – speed, automation, and growth. We wanted to know: what are sales leaders doing to bring velocity to their sales cycle?

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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.

The Product Pre-Mortem

The Product Coalition

Before you build or invest, take these steps to de-risk Continue reading on ProductCoalition.com ». postmortem product-management strategy planning pre-mortem

Imaginary Research – How to Design More Human Stuff by Kate Nightingale

Mind the Product

People don’t buy products, they buy the symbolic meaning behind these products. In this ProductTank London talk, Kate Nightingale , Founder of Style Psychology, takes us through the steps of imaginary research and teaches us how to design more human stuff. Her key points include: Applying research findings. Steps of imaginary research. Watch the video to see Kate’s talk in full. Or read on for an overview of her key points. Applying Research Findings.

The Product Experience – Zen and the Art of IoT Product Management

Daniel Elizalde IoT Blog

I had the opportunity to be a guest in the Product Experience podcast by Mind the Product, and I’d like to share that interview with you. This was a particularly exciting episode for me since I’ve had a long history of collaboration with Mind the Product. In case you don’t know about MTP (and you […]. The post The Product Experience – Zen and the Art of IoT Product Management appeared first on Daniel Elizalde. Product Management Best Practices

How to Conduct Usability Testing for Mobile Apps

AB Tasty

Did you know that 90% of the time people spend on their phones is in mobile apps? Creating an app for your business is a great way to ensure that people can easily find your services right on their phones. However, a lackluster app can sour your relationship and brand image.

The Six Principles of Persuasion

Speaker: Michael Carducci, CTO, Mago:Tech

As senior tech leaders, we often fall prey to thinking that a “good idea” and logical case is sufficient to get the desired response and result. We might be trying to get our CEO on-board with investment in a new technology or a rearchitecture effort, or we might want culture or process changes by our team. Our “good idea” is simply the beginning. An idea must be communicated; a case must be made; and ultimately other people must be persuaded to get onboard. Michael Carducci brings a fascinating background to this webinar. He’s a technologist and regularly works to help senior leaders improve their results. He’s also a professional mentalist and has been a student of psychology, human behavior and the principles of influence for nearly two decades.

Everything Product Managers Need to Know about Hackathons

The Product Coalition

Hackathons, also called hackfests or sometimes codefests, are events for software developers to come up with a demonstrable MVP in a short time based on a particular theme or addressing a certain problem. But I’m a Product Manager, what does this have to do with me?”

The Upside of Being a B2B Software PM

ProductCraft

In my previous post, I told you about five of the main reasons why being a PM for a B2B enterprise software product is a real struggle — lack of visibility, certification nightmares, and a whole lot of complexity.

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Project management dos and don’ts for creative professionals

Cacoo

Project management for designers is something that’s easier said than done. Whether you are a solo creative, a professional graphic designer or art director with multiple projects at hand, project management is an essential part of the job.