Sat.Apr 07, 2018 - Fri.Apr 13, 2018

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The 5 insights understood by all great SaaS sales reps

Intercom, Inc.

Great SaaS sales reps can change your entire business. The best ones are efficient, motivated, effective, and creative in how they operate on a day-to-day basis. They have a knack for identifying quality prospects, making strong impressions quickly, and closing deals that seem out of reach. So what is it about these SaaS sales reps that differentiates them from the rest?

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How Much Time Should You Spend in Product Discovery?

Product Talk

I get asked all the time, “How much time should we spend in discovery ?”. I have two problems with this question. First, it assumes you do discovery first and then delivery second, which is not true. You should be discovering and delivering all the time. Second, it implies that there is an answer that is true in all situations. There isn’t. You need to do enough discovery to mitigate unacceptable risk.

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From Metrics that Matter to Products that Matter

Alchemer Mobile

Editor’s note: As a follow up to the article from Ashley Sefferman that was written for the 280 Group blog last month, this month we’ve invited Roger Snyder from 280 Group to discuss how to turn the data these metrics provide into real insights to better manage your product strategy. In last month’s article , we learned about 25 different mobile product metrics that can help you better understand customer activity and engagement, conversion and retention, and revenue sources.

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How to Ace Competitive Analysis

UserVoice

Constantly comparing yourself to your peers might be silly when you’re in high school, but in the work world, it’s a different story. Keeping tabs on the competition in business isn’t a petty affair. Your company’s ability to know what other players in your market are up to is essential to hold onto your current customers and achieve the growth your stakeholders are counting on.

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10 Rules for Managing Apache Cassandra

It’s no surprise that Apache Cassandra has emerged as a popular choice for organizations of all sizes seeking a powerful solution to manage their data at a scale—but with great power comes great responsibility. Due to the inherent complexity of distributed databases, this white paper will uncover the 10 rules you’ll want to know when managing Apache Cassandra.

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For clues to messaging’s future, look no further than its past

Intercom, Inc.

Like many great inventions, messaging wasn’t born out of necessity. One of the earliest sightings of real-time computer messaging was through a time-sharing operating system built at MIT, the Compatible Time-Sharing System (CTSS), which ran on an IBM 7090: CTSS was a primitive form of email that allowed up to 30 users to send messages asynchronously.

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How to Simplify Your Value Proposition: A Case Study

Mind the Product

It pays to be ruthlessly simple about your value proposition. While humans are emotional beings, the reality is they’re more likely to come to your product or service to achieve a clear transactional benefit. Acquire and convert more users by perfecting the most direct path to realizing that benefit. Here we look at a case study of a flash sale platform in the UK called Wriggle ( [link] ) that shows us that simplifying value propositions is an ongoing process that’s key to growth.

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How to Ace Competitive Analysis

UserVoice

Constantly comparing yourself to your peers might be silly when you’re in high school, but in the work world, it’s a different story. Keeping tabs on the competition in business isn’t a petty affair. Your company’s ability to know what other players in your market are up to is essential to hold onto your current customers and achieve the growth your stakeholders are counting on.

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Implementing Product Processes in Organizations that Don’t Like ‘Em

The Product Guy

In a recent live stream from one of our mentors of The Product Mentor , Michael Robinson, lead a conversation around “Product Processes”. We are always looking for more product mentors from all around the world. Signup to be a Mentor Today! Check it out… About The Product Mentor. The Product Mentor is a program designed to pair Product Mentors and Mentees from around the World, across all industries, from start-up to enterprise, guided by the fundamental goals… Better Decisions.

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Strategic and Tactical Requirements: Spaghetti or Layer Cake?

Product Management University

When you combine strategic and tactical requirements, you can end up with a bowl of spaghetti or a layer cake. The layer cake approach makes the relationship between strategic and tactical requirements simple for everyone to understand and, believe it or not, a more appetizing dish for the masses. The Playbook: Define requirements using a layered approach to ensure high-fidelity context that makes the WHO, WHAT and WHY elements perfectly clear before you define the technical HOW product requirem

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How To Manage Multiple Product Teams For Successful Development & Delivery

Speaker: Leslie Grandy, Product Executive & Drew Weaver, Senior Program Manager

Effective management of multiple product teams necessitates a skillful coordination and guidance with the objective of aligning efforts towards shared goals. This entails constant communication, efficient task management, and ensuring that each team aligns with the broader organizational objectives. We can think about this like conducting an orchestra, where diverse efforts are harmonized toward a unified outcome. 🎯 Proficiency in these skills empowers product managers to navigate comple

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How to Make Product Management for Enterprise Systems Work

Mind the Product

I love building enterprise systems, because you get to work with your customers/users every day and literally see their lives change as you release new features. In my case, at Zalando , these are systems for fashion buying, supply chain management, inventory management and procure-to-pay processes (e.g. paying our suppliers for merchandise we bought from them).

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Cut Through The Small Talk and Connect — Lessons from 130+ Dinners, Summits and Salons

First Round Review

Anita Hossain has a gift for turning conversations into community. Throughout her career, she's found ways to help leaders cut through the small talk and surface what matters.

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Lean AI & Clarifai!

The Product Guy

Thank you to everyone who attended the latest roundtable meet-up of The Product Group and discussed Lean AI w/ Guest Expert, Chris Butler , and debated Featured Product, Clarifai … And, also, thank you to our awesome sponsors who make everything possible…

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Talking Directly with (Real) Customers

Mironov Consulting

I speak/write incessantly about the importance of product managers talking directly with their users and buyers (collectively “customers”), not mediated through Sales, Marketing, Customer Success, User Experience, or stray notes posted to Salesforce. Direct listening, learning, channeling, empathizing, understanding. Especially at enterprise software companies, though, I meet product managers who never interview any actual users of their products, and who only meet buyers during sale

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Generative AI Deep Dive: Advancing from Proof of Concept to Production

Speaker: Maher Hanafi, VP of Engineering at Betterworks & Tony Karrer, CTO at Aggregage

Executive leaders and board members are pushing their teams to adopt Generative AI to gain a competitive edge, save money, and otherwise take advantage of the promise of this new era of artificial intelligence. There's no question that it is challenging to figure out where to focus and how to advance when it’s a new field that is evolving everyday. 💡 This new webinar featuring Maher Hanafi, VP of Engineering at Betterworks, will explore a practical framework to transform Generative AI pr

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Solving Product Development Challenges With Product Review

Mind the Product

Have you ever worried about knowing what to do next for your product? Often, the qualitative and quantitative data you have on hand about your product can provide only a fuzzy outline of what is happening and it can be challenging to know if you’re heading in the right direction. While product managers have a variety of techniques to cope with this ambiguity, from the Mind the Product slack channel to thunderdome-like meetings, one powerful solution is product review.

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New Survey: Which Customer Marketing Programs Work Best for Your Company?

Pragmatic Marketing

Many companies these days claim to be “customer focused,” but there are numerous different ways to engage with clients. Methods include surveys, user group meetings, net promoter scoring, customer advisory boards, reference programs, social media groups, hosted conferences and many more. But how are such programs resourced and measured, and, most important, which programs generate the most value?

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Is Wagile really that evil?

The Product Guy

Guest Post by: Furqan Hameed (Mentee, Session 5, The Product Mentor) [Paired with Mentor, Michael Robinson]. Challenge. It is easier to implement scrum at an earlier stage of an organization where it is just beginning to scale. The same cannot be said about large and complex enterprises. With passage of time it becomes more and more challenging to make the transition from traditional waterfall method to agile practices.

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What is card sorting and why is it important to your site’s UX?

Userzoom

Here at UserZoom we’re all about bringing the maximum amount of learning to people at any stage of their UX development. Hence we’re bringing you these regular UX beginner’s guides, aimed to help all the newbies of the UX testing world. This is also why we’ve started using words like hence to make us sound learned. This week: card sorting! How does card sorting work?

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Leading the Development of Profitable and Sustainable Products

Speaker: Jason Tanner

While growth of software-enabled solutions generates momentum, growth alone is not enough to ensure sustainability. The probability of success dramatically improves with early planning for profitability. A sustainable business model contains a system of interrelated choices made not once but over time. Join this webinar for an iterative approach to ensuring solution, economic and relationship sustainability.

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Oh the Drama! What Product Managers can Learn From Actors

Mind the Product

Sailesh Panchal, CTO at digital payments firm Orwell Group, is an unusual soul. He’s earned the gravitas he emanates from decades in software architecture and technology leadership. However, what makes him stand out is a background in dance and acting, an Equity Card [the hard-won actor’s union card], and appearances in film and TV. This seemingly contradictory background in acting has, he tells me, helped his business leadership in many ways.

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Having a Vision Isn’t Always About Distance

Clever PM

When most people talk about “vision” they’re evoking a concept of long-term planning, setting big and brash goals that you might or might not achieve, but which set a “north star” by which you can plot the course of your product and company. And while that’s an extremely valuable use of the term, I’ve recently […].

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Should Product Managers Allow Customers To “Hack” Their Product?

The Accidental Product Manager

IKEA is designing products to be modified by their customers Image Credit: Lee Haywood. As product managers we believe that we are reasonably smart people. We know what our customers want. That means that we work with our development teams, design a product development definition, and then we create products that will solve problems for our customers.

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Making sense of big data: How OneEvent helps organizations keep their facilities safe and efficient

Miro

Making sense of big data: How OneEvent helps organizations keep their facilities safe and efficient Here at RealtimeBoard, we are passionate about helping other companies be more productive and streamline their product development. We also try to follow them closely on their way to success and share their insights with our readers. Today, we are […].

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10 Rules for Managing Apache Kafka

Without proper guidance, it’s easy to miss out on Kafka’s full capabilities. While not the easiest technology to optimize, Kafka rewards those willing to explore its depths. Under the hood, it is an elegant system for stream processing, event sourcing, and data integration. Download this white paper to learn the 10 critical rules that will help you optimize your Kafka system and unlock its full potential.

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If I Can’t Do What I Want Right Now, I Will Just Close Your App

UX Studio

Sometimes designers are so busy designing a navigation structure, they forget that most of the people won’t even give a try to the menu. They will just leave your app, if they can’t do what they want on the screen they are. In our recent project with RisingStack we found this problem two times. Let me show it to you. The product: a microservices app.

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Between a Rock and a Hard Place: The Product Manager’s Reality

The Product Coalition

Every now and then, it’s interesting to ask: What does a Product Manager (PM) do? The answer of course has some take on: They juggle managing products and people. They need to have technical/processual skills as well as those lauded, but ever elusive, leadership skills. On the people front, there are potential challenges working with different personality types and working styles.

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Never Ask Users If They Like Your Idea; Do This Instead

UserInterviews

Start your user research early, getting to understand the key pain points you need to solve, instead of asking if users like your solution.

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Product to Product: Rocketship.FM’s Mike Belsito & Michael Sacca on understanding users better

Roadmunk

Surprise! It’s a bonus episode of Product to Product ‘s second season , a podcast for / by product people! Listen to the episode below: As we continue to explore the human side of product this season, we’ve paired up with Mike Belsito and Michael Sacca (same first name!), the hosts of Rocketship.FM , for this episode. Rocketship is a podcast that dives into everything from product to growth, design to management and everything in between.

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Get Better Network Graphs & Save Analysts Time

Many organizations today are unlocking the power of their data by using graph databases to feed downstream analytics, enahance visualizations, and more. Yet, when different graph nodes represent the same entity, graphs get messy. Watch this essential video with Senzing CEO Jeff Jonas on how adding entity resolution to a graph database condenses network graphs to improve analytics and save your analysts time.