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Vivek Bedi – The Awesome Product Manager

Mind the Product

Vivek Bedi is the Head of Product at LearnVest. He has over 15 years’ product management experience, working for companies like Goldman Sachs, Sterling Backcheck, and now LearnVest. In his presentation, talks about LearnVest, the role of a product manager, and what he’s learned from his years as a product manager. A Great Product Manager. Vivek believes a huge part of being a product manager is being a strategic thinker. A product manager, he says, needs to have a vision and roadmap.

How Warby Parker Makes Every Point In Its Employee Lifecycle Extraordinary

First Round Review

Warby Parker is known for being a wonderful place to work. Here, Co-founder Dave Gilboa breaks down exactly how they've constructed this culture. Continue reading at First Round Review »


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Most startups don’t starve, they drown. Here is why, and how to survive.

The Product Coalition

Startups don’t starve, they drown. Here is why, and how to survive. It was 2010 when I watched the online stream of the Startup Lessons Learned conference, initiated by Eric Ries. I went with the cofounder of my first startup, which we used as our own “industry project” for our masters, and a couple of other students to Birmingham.

Always Think MVP

Ask Benny

Why you should always assume you are not going to make it on time. MVP vs MVE When developing a product or a feature, if you follow the lean methodology, you first need to validate demand. This means you apply the build-measure-learn cycle and try to ship a minimal viable product (MVP) to validate your hypothesis. In a lot of cases you actually start with a minimal viable experiment (MVE).

Embedded Analytics Product Fit Guide - A Product Manager’s Handbook

Adding embedded analytics to your software doesn’t have to be an overwhelming task. This guide is the perfect companion for SaaS product managers. It will walk you through the process of choosing the right analytics provider step by step.

The Testing Mindset – How to Find Product/Market fit

Mind the Product

“There is a way to do it better. Find it!” ” Thomas Edison. Here’s the thing with innovation, you can’t just tell people to be innovative. A great idea doesn’t always come when you’re sitting at your desk between 9:00am and the end of your working day. Here at etventure we’ve tried various approaches to innovation in the last few years, and what we’ve learned is that success cannot be planned.

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UX Confessions – Does A UX Personality Type Exist?

UX Studio

As a UX researcher, I am constantly looking for patterns. Can we define a UX personality type? What attributes help UXers do their job on a daily basis? Has this job shaped their personality? I organized a loose discussion with three of my teammates to learn more. Once upon a time, three young people wanted to change career path. At UX studio, Luca Morovián and Rui Ramalhete work as designers and Ági Kiss as a researcher in UX. They each have taken an interesting road.

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March BOM: Use Scenarios

Pragmatic Marketing

March’s Box of the month is use scenarios. Throughout the month we’ll highlight articles, webinars, podcasts and blog posts that will help you focus on illustrating market problems using stories that put each problem in context. We’ll share tips for highly successful requirements gathering and take a look at ways to reduce the risk of product failure. For a full list of relevant articles, webinars and blog posts, check out our Box of the Month page.

Data Protection: How to Prepare for GDPR by Creating a Culture of Stewardship

Mind the Product

It seems to be a weekly occurrence that an organisation suffers some form of hack or data breach. A government survey published in May 2016 revealed that two-thirds of large UK businesses had been hit by a cyber breach or attack in the previous 12 months. Regular penetration testing, bug bounty systems, and getting to know your local “white hat” ethical hacker can all help, but one of the best defences is, I believe, to develop a culture of stewardship across your organisation.

How to Write Good Product Docs


Documentation gets a bad rap. It’s a dirty word – especially at tech startups where it seems to go against every grain in our rebellious, “move fast and break things” brains. Documentation, we say to ourselves, is for historians. Everyone on my team is already aligned, we tell ourselves, so why waste time on writing it down. Wrong. Docs are sexy. I would go so far as to say that keen documentation is a core competency of effective product management. That’s right.

Product Management: Guide to Thriving as a Product Manager

As more organizations move from project to product thinking, Product Managers are occupying increasingly crucial roles. Download this guide to learn tips and strategies that will help you grow into a strong Product Manager and thrive in the position.

Ship Products When You Promised, Not When Your Ready.

The Product Coalition

Ship Products When You Promised, Not When You’re Ready. There is a note card I keep taped on my whiteboard. I made it a number of years ago while leading product for eBay’s Retail and Mobile Innovation Team. It quotes Seth Godin: “It doesn’t ship because it’s ready. It ships because it’s due.” I misquote it all the time to my self?—?saying, saying, “The product ships not because it’s done, but because you said you would” The note card is missing?—?the the photo is from 2015.

Prepare for Global Growth in the New Issue of Pragmatic Marketer

Pragmatic Marketing

Product professionals face many complexities when introducing products into new markets. To be successful, It’s important to take into account the unique needs and perspectives of each market. That’s where we can help. We share first-hand accounts of successes and failures, including the importance of embracing cultural differences and how to build an effective team across multiple locations.

What We’ve Learned From Using Kanban

Mind the Product

Introduction. Last year, our team here at, makers of Hubble , moved from Scrum to a Kanban software development approach. In my last Mind the Product article , I shared my insights on our transition as we were right in the thick of it. In this follow-up post, I want to share some more developed thoughts and findings from myself and our development team. Looking Back to 2017. Being able to develop continuously but release periodically has always been the goal of our team.

How to write good product docs


Can you imagine a more exciting topic? Me neither. . Documentation” gets a bad rap. It’s a dirty word — especially at tech startups where it seems to go against every grain in our rebellious, “move fast and break things” brains. Documentation, we say to ourselves, is for historians. Everyone on my team is already aligned, we tell ourselves, so why waste time on writing it down. Wrong. Docs are sexy.

Report by Dresner Advisory Services: Embedded Business Intelligence Market Study

According to the 2020 Dresner Embedded Business Intelligence Market Study, embedded business intelligence is crucial for application success. This report explores the current state of BI and why application teams are increasingly choosing an embedded solution.

Three Keys to Launching Your Product in New Markets

The Product Coalition

I’m often asked how Showmax managed to successfully expand from Sub-Saharan African to Poland, a very different type of market. It’s challenging to answer, as we didn’t follow a typical playbook of international expansion. Instead, we looked at regional markets where people wanted to consume content but weren’t offered easy access through services like ours.

Value Conversations for Product Teams

Pragmatic Marketing

I first heard the term “value conversation” when working with folks from VeraSage Institute. They are evangelists for value-based pricing to professional services companies. They battle pricing by the hour and advocate for pricing by the job based on the value you deliver. To do that well, you need to have the value conversation with the customer. How much value are you able to deliver? A little research shows that the “value conversation” is used a lot in other sales situations.

Develop Your Hiring System Like a Product to Eliminate Bias and Boost Retention

First Round Review

At Medium, Dan Pupius and his team built a tremendously successful rubric for hiring using the principles of product development. Here's how they did it. Continue reading at First Round Review »

Run Less Software

Inside Intercom

by Rich Archbold, Senior Director of Engineering at Intercom. It’s hard to win a battle you don’t realise you’re in. It’s even harder if you don’t know all of the armies on the field, their strategies and weapons, or even who’s a friend and who’s a foe. The same is true in software. We are all in a battle, multiple battles in fact, with a lot at stake: whether it’s the fate of the company we work for or for the product that we build.

Re-Thinking Translation for Business Growth in a Digital-First World

Effective localization is critical to business expansion. But traditional translation processes can't keep pace with today's agile, omnichannel realities. Read our eBook to discover the limitless possibilities uncovered by agile translation management.

The Best Books on Product Development

The Product Coalition

Here are four product development “schools of thought” and the best books to read on each of them. The Waterfall Method Waterfall describes the traditional, linear product development method: idea, prototype, testing, launch. Product Design and Development ? —?Karl Karl Ulrich and Steven Eppinger. This is a textbook, so it’s not going to be super interesting to read, but it’s a very clear overview of traditional product development. It’s product development 101. Winning at New Products ? —?Roberto

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Agile Transformation: Possible Organizational Measurements, Part 4

Johanna Rothman

“What should I measure???” ” is one of the questions I see when I work with people going through an agile transformation. Too often, managers measure people as individuals. Traditional measurements focus on resource efficiency instead of flow efficiency.) Resource efficiency measures don’t measure what the organization delivers or what prevents the organization from delivering. This measurement question can be the prompt that changes your culture and your system.

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What is the Value of Agility?

Clever PM

One of the many challenges that Product Managers face in trying to move organizations toward a more agile approach to product development is that some stakeholders simply don’t see the value in the shift. They believe that, since their way has worked for them for so long that there’s no need to change — after […]. Product Management Agile Culture Development Good PM Influence Leadership Lean MVP Organization PM Priorities Scrum User Stories

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Marketing doesn’t stop when you’ve acquired a customer

Inside Intercom

In the very early days of any SaaS business, you will employ numerous marketing tactics to acquire your first customers: blog posts, paid advertising, landing pages, hero videos, webinars, everything but the kitchen sink. If you’re lucky, the signups will start pouring in. Time to put your feet up and wait for the dollars to roll in, right? If you don’t show your new signups how to succeed, don’t be surprised when they simply walk away. Not so fast.

Rightpoint Launches Cadillac's Reimagined In-Vehicle Experience

Every company is either an experience company today or will need to reinvent themselves to become one. Learn how Cadillac is using research, experience design and organization change to deliver a next-generation user experience.

How to break into product management (when all you have are “business” skills)

The Product Coalition

You need hunger, luck and you need to know how to market yourself The famous Venn diagram shows product management at the intersection of tech , design and business. Anyone who’s used a website or an app can see why tech and design skills are critical for managing digital products. The role of business skills is a bit less obvious. Yet digital products are, of course, businesses. And good product managers treat them like businesses.

8 Years of Growth in the World’s Largest Product Management Community

Mind the Product

Eight years ago today I started the ProductTank meetup in London so it’s a great time to look back, take stock of what we’ve built, and celebrate what has become the world’s largest product management community. In the Beginning.

How to Deal with Unknown Unknowns in Project Planning


When your team is trying to build something that doesn’t currently exist, the development process is full of moments of uncertainty. These are times where you don’t just not know what to build, you don’t even know how you would build it. These might be moments where you don’t really know what your real problem is—just that you have one. One litmus test for this: if you’re working on your product and you hit a roadblock, and you can’t find a satisfactory answer to your question on Stack Overflow.

GitHub’s Joel Califa on keeping sight of your users

Inside Intercom

A product designer at a growing company has two key constituents: their users and their business. In his recent post “Subverted Design” , GitHub Senior Product Designer Joel Califa reminds us that if we gear too far to toward the latter, we can lose sight of our all-important users in the process. Before linking up with GitHub, Joel was a product design manager at Digital Ocean. He’s also taught front-end web development at General Assembly and been a Design Mentor at Andreessen Horowitz.

Making Software Pirates Pay: An E-Commerce Playbook

Vendors large and small have been using software intelligence to understand who is using unlicensed versions of their software so they can develop data-driven strategies to identify and convert unpaid users, generating new license revenue.