Sat.Mar 25, 2017 - Fri.Mar 31, 2017

Get Your Team Experimenting More by Using One Little Word…

Mind the Product

For me, as for many, the idea of applying a scientific approach (experiments, hypothesis, etc) to product management came from Eric Ries in Lean Startup. In many ways, the concept was a game changer in how to approach validating product ideas and getting to product market fit.

How To Price Your Product Correctly

The Accidental Product Manager

Setting the right price can determine if your product will be a success Image Credit: Allen. When I talk with product managers, over and over again I hear that the one task that they all fear the most is setting a price for their product. I’m not 100% sure why this is such a big deal.

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Research Reveals How to Take a Better Break

Nir Eyal

Until recently, when I needed a break I’d grab my phone. Whether I was bored, mentally fatigued, or just wanting a pick-me-up, I felt relief checking the news, Facebook, or Instagram. However, new research suggests there are good ways and not-so-good ways to spend our break time. While some breaks can leave us refreshed and […]. The post Research Reveals How to Take a Better Break appeared first on Nir and Far. Upgrading Yourself

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A Certain Ratio – Bringing the Donuts 03/27/2017

Ken Norton

What's the ideal number of engineers for every PM? -. I spend a lot of time with startups, and a good portion of that time helping them think through organizational questions. One of the most common questions I get from growing startups is, what’s the ideal ratio of engineers to product managers? (A A different kind of P/E ratio.) For fun

Mixing Qualitative & Quantitative Data with Storyboarding

Speaker: Tristan Kromer, Lean Agile Coach, Kromatic

Qualitative vs. Quantitative is a silly argument. Qualitative data from UXers should not compete against the quantitative data product owners need for their business model. Both are necessary to have a complete understanding of where the desirability of the product meets the viability of the business.

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How to lead with commitment

Lead on Purpose

I recently became aware of a CEO who believes he’s a great leader. He’s smart with a solid educational background, and he has the charisma to do great things. However, most of the people in his organization don’t see him … Continue reading → Leadership commitment decision focus

User Research – Making it Work in Government – Katy Arnold (ProductTank London)

Mind the Product

Katy Arnold, Head of User Research and Design at The Home Office, talks to ProductTank London about making User Research Work in Government. The civil service has traditionally been focussed on moving paper.

Using Return On Marketing Investment to Optimize Product Marketing

280 Group

This is a guest post by John Armstrong, CMO, Zettaset. Product marketing is not an exact science by any stretch of the imagination. However, new ways of objectively measuring and optimizing product marketing effectiveness are significantly changing the game.

Imagine What a Rock Star Product Manager Could Do With Healthcare Reform

High Octane Product Management

Put all your political leanings aside. This is about pure, practical, common-sense, good old-fashioned problem solving skills and how they lead to great solutions! The famous words of Charles Kettering, “a problem well stated is half solved” have never rang truer!

Creating the "Right" Product Roadmap With Data

Speaker: Sunil Parekh, Head of Product Management, SimplyInsured

Data can be qualitative or quantitative, and comes from multiple sources: customer interviews, product usage & funnel analytics, company financial performance, and internal stakeholders. How do you use that data to create a product roadmap that is aligned with your organization’s business needs?

How Product Monopolies Can Hurt Tech Companies

Amplitude

Establishing a monopoly — near-total domination of a market — may seem like the ultimate marker of success. You’ve edged out your competitors, and have the ubiquitous product in your sector. But having a wildly successful product can be dangerous.

User Research Tools and Methodologies – Morag McLaren (ProductTank London)

Mind the Product

Morag McLaren Product Manager at Whatusersdo.com talks to ProductTank London about User Research Tools and Methodologies. The Context & Timing of Research Changes the Results you get.

Customer Discovery Series Part III: Leveraging the Power of Influencing Without Authority

Product Manager in Heels

Influence without Authority - it's one of the hardest things about being a Product Manager. Recently, Martin Erikkson wrote a blog post titled "Product Managers are not the CEO of anything". I loved this post because I am a firm believer in that statement and many of the other statements in the post itself. You can find the post on Mind the Product (it provides great content). Product managers have to lead the teams they work with, not mandate that teams do the work they say.

What’s not so good about being a product manager?

B2B Product Management

There are a few things that are not so good about being a Product Manager: 1. Getting things done from people you do not have authority over : A PM role is a highly cross-functional role. It requires you to work with many people across multiple groups. As a PM, you have to keep the needle moving on your tasks. So you have to get the work done from these team members without having a real authority over them. It is not difficult given people understand their roles and are mostly willing to help.

Connecting Analytics to Strategy - Keeping Your Corporate Objective In Sight

Speaker: Tom Evans, Senior Principal Consultant and Trainer, 280 Group

Data analytics has transformed the way many product managers approach product enhancements, creating strong demand for product managers with skills and expertise in defining and analyzing product metrics to make more valuable product decisions. But there is one essential element that is often left out of the conversation, and that is strategy. How does my product decisions support the overall strategy of the business, and am I tracking the right metrics based upon that strategy?

Product Management Tools in Everyday Life – Oisin Zimmermann (ProductTank Oslo)

Mind the Product

When you first start building a product you have a lot of decisions to make. You have to figure out what to build, what to build first , and know how to explain your decisions to both yourself and your team.

What distinguishes the Top 1% of Product Managers from the Top 10%?

B2B Product Management

The top 1% PMs use frameworks. Frameworks are a tool for systematic decision making. Frameworks help you repeat your decision making process across other seemingly similar problems. The top 1% PMs have frameworks for everything – for valuing companies, for assessing the market, for prioritizing requirements, for translating vision into execution, for pricing the product etc. The top 1% PMs are people like Steve Jobs (yes, he is the best PM IMO), Peter Thiel, Elon Musk and the likes.