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Product Manager vs. Product Owner

Roman Pichler

What? As you may know, the product owner originated from Scrum, where the role is responsible for maximising the value the product creates. This sounds like a text-book product management responsibility to me. Nevertheless, the product owner is often regarded as a tactical role focused on managing the product backlog, detailing requirements, and interacting with the development team.

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5 Things to Remember When Running a Design Sprint

bpma ProductHub

by C Emera Trujillo. Design sprints are all the rage these days and with good reason. As a flexible design framework, the design sprint can yield creative solutions that stakeholders & customers want. Recently, Boston Women in Product organized a design sprint workshop run by the amazing team at Fresh Tilled Soil and hosted by ZipCar. Evan Ryan , chief product officer at Fresh Tilled Soil and seasoned entrepreneur with over a decade of experience bringing products from concept to market,

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Optimal Product Process Poster for Sale Now

280 Group

After receiving many inquiries about them over the years, we at 280 Group are now officially selling Optimal Product Process (OPP) posters. Using a solid Product Management Framework is one of the most important things a good Product Manager can do. Implementing and referring to a proven Product Management framework will help keep a team all on the same page, prevent tasks from slipping through the cracks, and limit critical mistakes.

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The Relationship Between Positivity and Productivity (And How to Make It Work for You)

Lead on Purpose

Guest post by Annabelle Smyth Many companies still hold tight to the old way of doing things. They put you in high-pressure situations and hope that you get all your work done out of fear.

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7 Pitfalls for Apache Cassandra in Production

Apache Cassandra is an open-source distributed database that boasts an architecture that delivers high scalability, near 100% availability, and powerful read-and-write performance required for many data-heavy use cases. However, many developers and administrators who are new to this NoSQL database often encounter several challenges that can impact its performance.

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Product Managers – You Are Not the CEO of Anything

Mind the Product

When Ben Horowitz wrote his groundbreaking memo good product manager, bad product manager nearly 20 years ago he described a product manager as the CEO of the product. While this has gotten a lot of people excited about the job I couldn’t disagree more – unless you’re the founder and the product manager at the same time, you are not the CEO of anything.

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A Designer’s Perspective on Working with Product Managers

The Product Guy

Guest Post by: David Pasztor. A product manager just stopped by the desk of the designer on a lazy Thursday afternoon. The designer showed him something, and they started discussing a new feature’s design loudly. The manager used wide gestures to show where he wanted to move certain elements. The developers sitting nearby just watched the show for the first time, but after a while they stood up to join the party one by one.

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The Functional Product Designer: A Must-Have for Product Success

Product Management University

Product usability is the new currency for differentiation. That makes the role of the functional product designer, a.k.a business analyst, subject matter expert (SME) or agile product owner more critical than it has ever been, yet many organizations still insist on combining it with the product manager role. If you want high-value products with superior usability, here are the top three reasons the functional product designer needs to be a separate role.

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Taking a Product from Conception to Delivery

Mind the Product

In this talk I gave at ProductTank Singapore towards the end of 2016, I parsed the steps required to take a product from conception to delivery, with a strong slant toward the business of products. Throughout my experience as a product leader, I’ve spent much of my time and effort optimizing how to align deliverables with business objectives, and I’ve tried to share that in this talk.

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Product Institute: Student Spotlight

Melissa Perri

Product Institute is an online school for Product Managers looking to level up their skills. We’re featuring some of our recent graduates and asking them to share their experiences, both in the field and in our class.

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Platform Product Management Beyond Features: Introducing B-MAP for Platform Ecosystem Success

Traditional PM struggles with the complexities of platform ecosystems. B-MAP framework tackles this challenge. B-MAP goes beyond features, focusing on building, managing, adapting, and partnering to foster a thriving platform ecosystem.

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Why Our Tech Obsession Might Be a Work Obsession

Nir Eyal

Nir’s Note: Below is the transcript of an interview I did with David Burkus, an award-winning podcaster and author of Under New Management: The Unexpected Truths about Leading Great Organizations. This interview was part of a Heleo Conversation on the topic of technology obsession, work-life balance, and challenging assumptions in order to change behavior.

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Product Management Is a Contact Sport – What’s Your Injury Risk?

Product Management University

There’s a good reason why athletes in contact sports wear protective pads. Over time, statistics have shown where injuries are most likely to occur, hence the placement of the pads. If product management is a contact sport, what’s your organization’s risk of injury? What types of pads do you need and where is their optimal placement?

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What is the ROI of Design? – Nate Clinton (ProductTank San Francisco)

Mind the Product

Nate Clinton works as the Managing Director for Cooper in their San Francisco studio. Before Cooper, Nate has held product and design leadership positions at StarMine, Thomson Reuters, and BuildZoom. As a consultancy Cooper leads initiatives in content creation, business development, and creative leadership. They regularly tackle the challenge of assessing and communicating the value of design to their clients.

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Product Managers Prepare For The Great Mattress Wars

The Accidental Product Manager

There’s a battle that getting ready to start in the market for mattresses Image Credit: Charles Wagner aka ChumpChange. Just exactly how much time do you spend every day thinking about that mattress that you sleep on. Scientists say that we’ll spend roughly 1/3 of our lives sleeping, so you’d think that the mattress that we sleep on would be a very big deal.

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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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Getting Developers’ Buy-In on Build versus Buy

Mironov Consulting

In theory, Build versus Buy decisions should be straightforward: we compare off-the-shelf offerings with the time/cost/expertise to create them ourselves; we run the numbers; then we make an objective financial-technical decision before starting any work. In practice, these decisions sneak up on us after a lot of work has been done. I often see development teams that have built some side technology that’s not core to their product’s mission, and which could (should!

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How to transition from a Product Manager to a Product Leader

The Product Guy

Guest Post by: Avinash Bajaj (Mentee, Session 4, The Product Mentor) [Paired with Mentor, Nis Frome]. So, you did whatever it took to become a Product Manager. Either you stumbled your way into product management, or you planned your way through. Whatever the case maybe, you are here now. You have done it. Now, how do you transition yourself from a product guy to the product guy in your organization?

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Managing – not Just Maintaining – a Product Backlog

Mind the Product

Or Three Ways Product Owners can Stay on top of Scrum. 2016 was a big year for the Justinmind product development team. We shipped a new feature every month or so, tackled bug fixes and upgraded the usability of our software (an interactive prototyping tool). With hindsight it was exciting, but such intense activity presents challenges for a product owner: backlogs can get baggy and prioritization between user stories can become complex.

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The Lean UX Process

Product Bookshelf

Lean UX: Designing Great Products with Agile Teams by Jeff Gothelf. Lean UX Principles. Lean UX is the way you do design in an Agile process. Lean UX teams work “collaboratively, iteratively, and in parallel, with few handoffs, minimal deliverables, and a focus on working software and market feedback.” Our goal is not to create a deliverable, it’s to change something in the world–to create an outcome.

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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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Larry Ellison on ‘The Cloud’ in 2008

Business of Software Conference

Oracle’s Cloud Computing sales are now running at $5 billion a year. It is fair to say that Larry Ellison hasn’t always taken the cloud as seriously as Oracle does now. This is a recording of an analyst call in 2008… “The technology industry is the only industry more fashion-driven than women’s fashion.” “We’ll make cloud computing announcements because if orange is the new pink, we will make orange blouses.” Larry Ellison.

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Getting Excited About Your Product

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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Why your IT Project is Doomed to Fail – David Kullmann (ProductTank NYC)

Mind the Product

David Kullman talks to ProductTank NYC about why most projects are doomed to fail right from the very start. David is a Partner and Development Manager at CitrusByte, working with both large corporations and startups to develop innovative software solutions to challenges they may be facing. IT Project Failures – The Statistics. In 1995, IT spending amounted to around 250 billion dollars in the US alone.

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How to Make Your Renewals Frictionless [SlideShare]

TSIA

If you want to make sure your customers renew their contracts, it’s crucial that you have a renewal process that’s as painless as possible. While roadblocks to renewal can and do crop up, knowing how to spot them ahead of time and adopting the right capabilities for frictionless renewal is your key to overcoming them. Check out this SlideShare to identify 3 common renewal friction points and the capabilities you'll need to keep your renewals moving forward as planned.

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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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What’s left to test once your product is in the market?

DISQO

Whether your company’s innovations are 72 hours or 72 years old, relentless customer discovery remains a critical priority. Even if the product itself hasn’t changed in decades (think cinder blocks or lumber), lots going on beyond the product itself delivers dramatic P&L impact. What’s to discover once the new product is shipping? As noticed on January 20, almost any big event can impact even the most loyal consumers.

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Leadership Roles on Product Management

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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More Awesome Speakers for #mtpcon SF 2017

Mind the Product

UPDATED Mind the Product San Francisco 2017 promises to be one of our best product conferences yet, with double the number of workshops , more networking events around the conference, and more fun than ever before. But most importantly , we are thrilled to bring you some of the best minds in product and design from around the world to share some truly world-class insights, which is why I’m excited to announce our first three amazing speakers!

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Grow Customers Through Marketing and Services Convergence

TSIA

In our multi-part blog series on organizational convergence , TSIA’s Phil Nanus and others have written extensively about the convergence of sales and services in an XaaS world. For a great primer on how these lines are blurring, be sure to read his blog post or Chapter 7 of the Technology-as-a-Service Playbook. A much less talked about topic, however, is the convergence of marketing and services, and their potential to work together to drive cost-effective leads and revenue from existing

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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.