Sat.Jul 01, 2017 - Fri.Jul 07, 2017

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Dealing with Difficult Stakeholders and Team Members

Roman Pichler

It’s a Common Challenge. “You just can’t make up your mind. I really wish that for once, you gave us clear priorities,” Jane said accusingly at the end of the workshop and walked out of the room. [1] It felt like a slap in the face, an unprovoked attack. How could she say something so wrong? Does this story sound familiar? I certainly find that as product managers and product owners, we sometimes have to deal with pushy, stressed, or unhelpful stakeholders and team members —with people wh

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Reflecting on our freedom

Lead on Purpose

In the United States, we’re celebrating Independence Day. This is a special time because of great leaders, who in the late 1700s risked everything to form a new country where people could pursue their dreams.

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Memento Product Mori: Of Ethics in Digital Product Design

Mind the Product

In this beautifully narrated presentation from MTP Engage, Sebastian Deterding, research fellow at the Digital Creativity Labs at the University of York, challenges us to consider the moral dimensions of our work as product people: Why do many of us engage in building platforms that aim capture the users time (and money) in rather unhealthy ways – despite the fact that we clearly know and feel the pain of the increasing battle for attention that we are exposed to?

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Managing Your Career and Yourself Like a Product

The Product Guy

Guest Post by: Hansa Vagadiya (Mentee, Session 4, The Product Mentor) [Paired with Mentor, Ladislav Bartos]. Recently, I participated in a product management mentorship program run by The Product Mentor. Ladislav Bartos , who was assigned to me as my inspirational mentor, has been working with me to further hone in on my product management skills. I have improved my stakeholder management techniques; learnt about service design thinking and enhanced my Google Analytics knowledge.

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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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Welcome

Generation Focus

Welcome to Generation Focus. This blog is where we share our perspective on all things market research. Generation Focus gives companies a new way of connecting with their customers. We are passionate about what we do and hope you will enjoy getting to know us.

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Hiring a Product Manager: A Little Clarity Goes a Long way

Mind the Product

I was invited to appear before an audience of tech recruiters for a panel called: “Everything you’ve ever wanted to know from a technologist, but were too shy to ask.” I realized I needed a good way to explain what it had taken me a while to see in the world of product management. As a product manager, I have a bias: I identify as a “UX-focused product manager” But I thought this was just a “me” thing.

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Doing Personas Right

The Product Guy

Out of the hundreds of nominations, and amazing finalists, the 7th annual winner of The Best Product Person is … Chris Butler. The Best Product Person (TBPP) is the leading international award honoring excellence in Product Management. Established in 2010, TBPP is awarded annually in association with The Product Guy and The Product Group. Take a moment and congratulate The Best Product Person of 2016: Chris Butler. ( tweet ).

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4 Steps to Improving Your App’s Security

Alty

Although hackers seem to be making headlines more often than ever, 63% of website managers admit that they don’t use common security measures , according to a new survey by Clutch, a B2B ratings and reviews firm in Washington, DC. For businesses thinking of investing in an app, this reluctance to tackle security policies could create new problems down the line.

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Why are Focus Groups so Sad?

Generation Focus

Have you every participated in a focus group? Did you leave feeling inspired? How about gloomy? Focus groups can be quite sad. Drab locations, boring surveys, and groups of respondents who obviously want to collect compensation and leave as soon as possible. The scenery always feels tired, as if trapped in 1987. Consumers have evolved immensely in the last 20 years.

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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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A Day in the Life of Prad Patel, Product Manager at Trinity Mirror

Mind the Product

Prad Patel is the product manager of video experience in Trinity Mirror, one of the UK’s largest newspaper, magazine and digital publishers. Trinity Mirror’s flagship publication is the Daily Mirror and its portfolio includes more than 200 other titles. A seasoned PM with previous experience in News UK and other well-known news brands, Prad has worked at Trinity Mirror for nearly three years.

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This Week’s Featured Product Management Job

The Product Guy

If you are a great product person looking for a great product job, or vice versa, check out our job board. Thousands of employers across all areas of product, from management to design, from digital to physical, are looking to fill positions from our community. Each week we highlight some of the recently posted openings. Check out this week’s newest, below….

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TSIA Service Trends Webinar Roundup: Summer Edition

TSIA

At TSIA, we are dedicated to helping technology services organizations of all sizes stay on top of the latest best practices for growing and advancing their business. Our 30-minute TSIA public webinars are a great way to hear directly from our research team about how emerging industry trends are affecting their respective service discipline, and what you can do to stay current.

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Welcome

Generation Focus

Welcome to Generation Focus. This blog is where we share our perspective on all things market research. Generation Focus gives companies a new way of connecting with their customers. We are passionate about what we do and hope you will enjoy getting to know us.

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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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Thabet Alfishawi – Lessons from a Growth Team

Mind the Product

Thabet Alfishawi , Product Manager on YouTube’s growth platform, gives Product Tank San Francisco a three by three for anyone starting a growth team or thinking of switching to a growth role: three things to get you started. three tools for effective growth. three mistakes to learn from. Get started. Begin with a deep understanding of all aspects of your product.

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3 Attributes that make a ‘Great’ Product Manager

Sequent Learning

What makes a Product Manager “GREAT” as opposed to being “GOOD”? In Jim Collins noted book, “Good to Great,” he pointed out some of the key characteristics that separate good companies from great, highly performing firms. I’m not going to recite these differences here, but it got me thinking about product managers – after all, […].

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3 Sales Tips for Selling Customer Value

TSIA

Increasingly, technology products that are merely “good enough” are permeating the market. Clients are not looking for perfection and accept the limitations of a lower-cost product. Software allows these good enough products to be enhanced over time, with new features being delivered through software updates that can make a product more valuable.

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Welcome

Generation Focus

Welcome to Generation Focus. This blog is where we share our perspective on all things market research. Generation Focus gives companies a new way of connecting with their customers. We are passionate about what we do and hope you will enjoy getting to know us.

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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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Using Analytics to Raise Prices and win new Customers

Mind the Product

In my experience, to succeed at data-informed product management you need to master “double-think” and be comfortable with two conflicting statements: “Be data-driven” and “don’t trust your data”. Blindly following data can lead to some bad things. Analytics products aren’t perfect – sometimes data capture gets messed up, and slight changes to code can cause all sorts of anomalies.

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The Hierarchy of User Friction

Sachin Rekhi

As product designers we spend a lot of time trying to understand user friction and solve for it in the products we build. Doing so is absolutely critical to delivering delightful experiences for our users. I find though that sometimes teams are only perceiving and solving the most basic forms of user friction and aren't taking on some of the harder to perceive yet incredibly important higher level forms of friction that users are experiencing.

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The Road to a $100M Company Doesn’t Start with Product

Brian Balfour

This post is part of a 5-part series on the frameworks you need to align to grow to a $100M+ company. Subscribe to get the rest of the series and access to the videos. In the introduction to this series I made the point that Product Market Fit isn't the only thing that matters. It is actually only one of four fits needed to grow a product to $100M+ in a venture-backed time frame.

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Welcome

Generation Focus

Welcome to Generation Focus. This blog is where we share our perspective on all things market research. Generation Focus gives companies a new way of connecting with their customers. We are passionate about what we do and hope you will enjoy getting to know 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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Perry Timms – Let it go

Mind the Product

Letting go is key to innovation and change. Perry Timms shares powerful stories of innovating enterprises that will leave you enthusiastically letting go of what’s blocking your route to innovation. Work can be Brilliant. Perry believes that by breaking traditions we can create a happier, more productive workforce. Doing this through an ongoing, iterative process will make more progress than any restructure could hope to achieve.

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John McEnroe’s Lessons for Overseas Auditing Engagements (sort of)

Revulytics

“I wake up in a sweat. My pillow's damp and I don't know what day is. Did I miss the match? Am I playing later? For a few seconds I don't even know where I am. Then it hits me. I already played the match. I already lost it. Jesus, it was back in 1984 and I'm still haunted by it. Even now, more than thirty years later, I'm as hot as I was in the fifth set and I can taste the red clay on my tongue.

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Welcome

Generation Focus

Welcome to Generation Focus. This blog is where we share our perspective on all things market research. Generation Focus gives companies a new way of connecting with their customers. We are passionate about what we do and hope you will enjoy getting to know us.