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Release Frequency: A Need for Speed


If your release train is moving slower than you would like, take a look at the three essential ingredients you should have. There is no debate that engineering teams everywhere are moving faster than ever before.

Prioritize Opportunities, Not Solutions

Product Talk

I cringe every time I see product teams use a spreadsheet to rank the ideas in their backlog based on some made-up math formula usually consisting of things like business value, user value, and technical difficulty. While this exercise is pervasive, it misses the point entirely.

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How to Include Stakeholders in the Product Planning Process


Unless your company is literally a one-person show, your role as a product leader includes stakeholder management. And including stakeholders in your product planning process is a key part of that.

Changing the game with decisive action

Lead on Purpose

You have created the vision for your products; you’ve built trust among your teams; you’re working hard to motivate team members to do great things; and you’re working to develop your teams with insight and direction. The final step in … Continue reading → Leadership Product Management action build change decisiveness influential leadership market sell service success

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6 Styles of Data Analysis and Visualizations

Get inspiration for your next dashboard update in this guide to the six styles of analytics and data visualizations.

Why Product Thinking is the Future for Product Management

Mind the Product

I believe the future of product management is product thinking. And product coaching is how we get there. I have worked with in product for most of my career. Building products for big corporates, small startups and scale-ups.

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Data Science for Business Professionals

Pragmatic Marketing

The world creates, on average, about 2.5 EXABYTES of data daily. That’s 2,500,000 terabytes, or 2,500,000,000 gigabytes of data. Every. Single. And that’s just right now. Who knows how much we’ll be making in the next year, let alone in the next ten years.

Don’t get tricked by Metric(k)s.

The Product Coalition

Source: Blog The core of a product manager’s job revolves around metrics. What distinguishes great product managers from the rest is their ability to pay heed to the right metrics at the right stage of AARRR (more popularly known as pirate metrics¹).

Podcast: Don’t Worry About Being Cool with Petra Wille

Mind the Product

Marty Cagan recently called her an “exceptional discovery coach”, but we’ve known that Petra Wille is special for a long time.

Stars in their eyes – why we changed our emoji ratings

Inside Intercom

We all know the importance of measuring the quality of your interactions with your customers. Asking for feedback from customers helps managers spot and reward star performers and identify opportunities to improve the quality of support their team provides.

Embedded BI and Analytics: Best Practices to Monetize Your Data

Speaker: Azmat Tanauli, Senior Director of Product Strategy at Birst

By creating innovative analytics products and expanding into new markets, more and more companies are discovering new potential revenue streams. Join Azmat Tanauli, Senior Director of Product Strategy at Birst, as he walks you through how data that you're likely already collecting can be transformed into revenue!

10 Easy Steps for Making Your Engineering Team Fall in Love With You


No product manager can succeed without strong collaboration with their engineering team. In the best situations, this connection goes beyond collaboration or even trust – it becomes a symbiotic relationship. How do you build that, especially when you’re new to the organization and/or role?

11 Key Competencies to Look for When Interviewing Product Management Candidates


Hiring a new product manager is definitely more art than science. There aren’t many quantifiable indicators of future success, as a product manager’s “ soft skills ” are often way more important than their technical chops.

Want to Write, but Don’t Think you can? How to Face Your Fears

Mind the Product

Last week, I was at a conference where people were invited to offer their expertise to others for conversation. Working at Mind the Product, I put forward a topic I know well, and decided to offer it on Twitter as well. Are you a #product person (founders – this is you!) at #SaaStrAnnual19 who has wanted to get into speaking or writing but don’t know where to begin? Let’s chat! DMs are open here, or schedule a braindate. link]. Emily Tate (@thedailyem) February 5, 2019.

5 strategies to drive your next wave of growth

Inside Intercom

You often hear great talks about the founding story and how to drive that first phase of growth. At SaaStr , I talked about what happens after that, how you can drive your next phase of growth. When you are starting a business, or joining a new one, you are excited and full of ideas.

Nine companies share 30+ best practices for creating embedded analytics products

In this 4-part series, product and technology leaders share insights for successfully going to market with a data product. Find out how you can embed analytics in your solution, from building your business case to designing and launching your product.

The State of Product Leadership 2019


When you think of a great product manager, what images come to mind? Is it the knowing gaze of the rare creative genius, the Jobsian visionary who can see around corners and intuit customer needs?

Video: What is Product Management?

Sachin Rekhi

Video: What is Product Management? Slides: What is Product Management? In January I was invited to the UserTesting Sales Kick-Off in Napa Valley to give a keynote on product management.

We Can’t Trust Technology Providers – Is It Time for a Code of Ethics?

Mind the Product

In the day and age where data is king, users have now essentially become the product. Questionable actions by leading tech giants hit the news every other day – from Facebook spying on its users and selling data, to Apple admitting it degrades batteries on purpose to force upgrades – it seems users just cannot trust the companies that provide us with everyday technology.

How Can Product Managers Tell Customers To Not Use Their Product?

The Accidental Product Manager

Product managers face a challenge trying to get customers to not use their product Image Credit: !!! Every product needs a product manager. This means that things that are good for us (think vegetables, running shoes, and protein bars) all need product managers.

Buyer’s Guide for Embedded Analytics

Selecting the right embedded analytics technology in a crowded market filled with sub-categories can be a daunting task. This eBook discusses the top evaluation criteria buyers of embedded analytics need to consider.

Ask people for problems, not ideas

The Product Coalition

ID 101759912 © Faithiecannoise | Or… Ideas are not the hard part, sorting them is One of the things I have always struggled with as a PM leader is the constant flow of ideas coming my way.

Centercode User Group ‘19: Fresh Perspectives on Beta Testing


The spread of talent within the Customer Validation industry makes for brilliant conversations. These gatherings are rare, but each one offers incredible insights into both the state of Beta Testing and the professionals leading the charge.

Thank you for Helping to Build Better Products at #MTPEngage Manchester 2019

Mind the Product

On February 8th and 9th we got together in Manchester to put the challenge out to build better products via our workshops and conference.

How to Make Connections That Count — Advice From a Silicon Valley Veteran (and Introvert)

First Round Review

Karen Wickre is routinely described as someone who knows everyone, even though she admits to being an introvert.

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Top 10 industries for monetizing data: Is yours one of them?

Find out which industries, use cases, and business applications are the best opportunities for data monetization. Understand what data is being monetized, who wants it, and why. Use data you already own to create new revenue sources. Download the eBook today!

The 4 crucial elements to writing killer user stories for “WOW” products

The Product Coalition

One of them is overlooked most of the time Source User stories done wrong. What I learned early on when I started out as product manager was that the main tool to get stuff built are “user stories”. The description of a feature in story form is helpful when communicating with development, no doubt.

The SaaS Marketing Metrics that Matter to Product Managers


Product managers and marketers share many of the same goals. But if marketing isn’t your thing, you might not know a ton about the various SaaS marketing metrics. Understanding how marketers gauge their progress can help you be a more balanced product manager.

Pausefest 2019 points to Product Management 2030


If you’re energised by complex problems of product, AI, machine learning, privacy and data, then the next decade of product management is going to be the most interesting yet.

For Black Ops, a few chatbots created a reputation. Listening to customers made it a business.


By 2015, Matthew Black was a veteran of the startup world. He’d founded two companies; one exited successfully (“a cool ride”), one didn’t (“a colossal failure”). He was ready for a new challenge. His plan, as he recounted to us was “to build a hybrid agency that would leverage technology to build mobile and web experiences for customers.”. He assembled a team, and thus, Black Ops —a certified Mixpanel partner —was born.

Assessing the Five Styles of Enterprise Business Intelligence

The world of BI and analytics has evolved. Discover the five styles of reporting and analysis, and learn the pros and cons of each in an enterprise scenario.

Is Agile Product Development Right for Your Team?

The Product Coalition

OK, everybody knows Agile is one of the best product methodologies out there. Right? Well, for those who are unsure about what Agile Product Development means, this post will refresh their memory first.

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Adding Profile Photos with Gravatar


Use Gravatar to add profile photos in CardBoard. Did you know that you can add more personality to your CardBoard account using Gravatar’s profile photo feature? It is quite simple! Just follow these three simple steps: STEP 1: Create a WordPress Account.

How we used DynamoDB Streams to visualize changes in frequently updated objects

Inside Intercom

One of the most fundamental elements of the Intercom platform is how it handles user data – for us and our customers, the ability to access, track and filter data about users is what makes Intercom such a powerful solution.