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Products, Not Projects


Here’s a fun party trick: next time you have the occasion to introduce a product manager, refer to them as a project manager. Then run! You’d better run because, for many product managers, these are fighting words. It’s not that they have anything particularly against this role.

The Best Continuous Discovery Teams Cultivate These Mindsets

Product Talk

Last week, I was in Cleveland for the Industry Product Conference. I spoke about the three mindsets that help a team find success as a continuous discovery team. My slides and script are below. Enjoy! Becoming a successful discovery team. Product management is changing.

Innovating in Mature Markets – 6 Product Lessons from Padman

Mind the Product

We can and should learn product management lessons from a diverse range of environments. It’s absolutely worth looking to the likes of Google’s Sundar Pichai, but it’s also worth looking to less celebrated entrepreneurs, outside of the multinational mega-corporations, to learn about lean front-line product management. It quickly becomes clear that certain product management principles truly are universal. Let’s Start With Some Context.

3 Proven Ways To Help Your Sales Team Beat Quota

The Secret PM Handbook

Co-opting product management into sales. My good friend Geoffrey Anderson ( @ganders2112 ) recently wrote about a situation we product managers sometimes find ourselves in. When sales are not going well, company leadership might ask product management come in to help hit the numbers.

The 5 Levels of Analytics Maturity

Basic dashboards used to be enough to thrill end users. But over time, modern capabilities have emerged—and bare-minimum features are no longer cutting it. How have analytics changed? And where do your BI offerings fall? Find out sophisticated ways to future-proof your application. Brought to you by Logi Analytics.

What if Other Groups set Prices

The Product Bistro

One of the most difficult part of a product manager’s job is pricing. Too low and you don’t make enough money (or leave money on the table), too high, and the product fails to take off. Getting it just right is part alchemy, part luck, and often just a bit of a guess. There are […]. product management pricing

A Global Benchmark Survey – Product Management Skills

280 Group

See How You Compare To Product Managers Worldwide! TAKE THE SURVEY. Participate in the largest global study on Product Management skills to date and receive a personalized skill report comparing you to Product Managers worldwide. The survey will take 15 minutes to complete and you will be entered in our giveaway. What You Will Receive. Personal report to compare you against Product Managers worldwide! Data from the survey in our benchmark summary report!

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Apple Product Managers Change When They Release New Phones

The Accidental Product Manager

Apple has decided to offer different products at different times Image Credit: Matt Madd. Let’s talk about the product that you are responsible for. How many different versions of that product are you currently offering?

Nailing Product/Market Fit by Alan Chiu

Mind the Product

In this talk, Alan Chiu pulls from his experience in product management and as a seed-stage venture capitalist to showcase a variety of case studies on companies who have perfected product/market fit. It’s probably not surprising to hear that there is no silver bullet when it comes to market fit.

Introducing Answer Bot: instant resolutions and happier customers

Inside Intercom

Today we’re launching Answer Bot , an intelligent bot that automatically and instantly resolves your customers’ most common questions.

What you should consider when developing a product strategy

This blog has already addressed the different stages of Product Development Strategy. This time, we’re turning our attention to the various elements needed to formulate the right product strategy for your enterprise. Why you need a product strategy.

Monetizing Analytics Features: Why Data Visualizations Will Never Be Enough

Think your customers will pay more for data visualizations in your application? Five years ago they may have. But today, dashboards and visualizations have become table stakes. Discover which features will differentiate your application and maximize the ROI of your embedded analytics. Brought to you by Logi Analytics.

Lessons from Coinbase’s Wild Ascent: Four Rules for Scaling

First Round Review

Engineering leader Varun Srinivasan had a front-row seat as Coinbase scaled to meet an explosion in demand for cryptocurrencies. Here, he shares the four org design rules they relied on to gear up for hypergrowth. Continue reading at First Round Review »

Starting a Product Organization Transformation, Part 6

Johanna Rothman

I’ve been thinking about my clients who’ve had success moving from a project-based/resource-efficiency organization to a product-based/flow efficiency organization. They had these things in common: A senior person made it safe for the managers to create experiments.

The end of navel gazing

Inside Intercom

Earlier this year I gave a talk at UX London, and it’s no exaggeration to say that it felt like it had taken me my whole career to write it. The talk tackles the assumption among many designers and UX people that UX should be at the center of their company.

You Know you are unfit for Product Management when.


As part of our Product Management course, I often end up talking to a lot of aspirants who look at product management as the next big career move and a move which will make them famous, rich, sexy and have a (more) meaningful career (not sure of the order though). Most of the product management […]. The post You Know you are unfit for Product Management when. appeared first on NextBigWhat. Product Management trending

5 Early Indicators Your Embedded Analytics Will Fail

Many application teams leave embedded analytics to languish until something—an unhappy customer, plummeting revenue, a spike in customer churn—demands change. But by then, it may be too late. In this White Paper, Logi Analytics has identified 5 tell-tale signs your project is moving from “nice to have” to “needed yesterday.". Brought to you by Logi Analytics.

Moving Beyond Anecdotes: Augmenting Customer Stories with Data


An interesting question was recently posed to respondents of the Pragmatic Marketing 2018 Product Management and Marketing survey: “If you could say one thing to your CEO without fear of retribution, what would it be?”.

The Messy Middle by Scott Belsky

Sachin Rekhi

I just finished reading The Messy Middle by Scott Belsky and highly recommend it for product managers at both startups and established tech firms. Scott Belsky shares his lessons learned optimizing and enduring the messy and unsexy middle every product goes through before (hopefully) thriving.

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Why do you Need to Rethink Your Analytics Strategy?

Mind the Product

Web and app analytics are fundamental to business these days. No serious developer, product manager, or CEO of company operating in the digital market, will consider not using them. The analytics market is also highly competitive, with providers of all scales and agility fighting to get their three lines of code or SDK into your software. As a result, the platforms are packed with features and very easy to use.

PREACH – a framework for perfecting your customer support tone

Inside Intercom

Often in life, it’s not what you say but how you say it that makes all the difference. This is even more true in a customer support conversation, so getting your company’s tone just right is incredibly important.

Why “Build or Buy?” Is the Wrong Question for Analytics

Every time an application team gets caught up in the “build vs buy” debate, it stalls projects and delays time to revenue. There is a third option. Partnering with an analytics development platform gives you the freedom to customize a solution without the risks and long-term costs of building your own. Learn when and why it makes sense to build, buy, or take a combined approach to embedded BI. Brought to you by Logi Analytics.

Possible Organization Changes for a Product Approach, Part 5

Johanna Rothman

How do we move from a project-based organization towards a product organization? There are at least two systems of work we need to change: The management system and the culture of management. How the teams work and their team culture. I’m not sure it’s that simple to explain.

Is CSAT, NPS, or CES a Better Measure of Customer Sentiment?

ProductCraft Debates

Hearing what customers really think about your product is a double-edged sword. On the one hand, it is the most important piece of feedback that will push your product forward. On the other hand, the truth can sometimes hurt. Either way, product managers are a tough bunch, and they seek customer feedback wherever they go, warts and. The post Is CSAT, NPS, or CES a Better Measure of Customer Sentiment? appeared first on ProductCraft by Pendo

5 Tips for Product Managers Who Want to Influence Quickly

Mind the Product

Today, attention is our new currency. With endless distractions, how does anyone get anything done? For product managers leading the execution of a product, working with an inattentive, context-switching development team is a struggle. This is why developing strong influencing skills is crucial for product managers. While many articles provide advice on ways to influence, they do not explain how to influence quickly.

Design Thinking doesn’t guarantee success: Here is how to make sense of it


Design thinking doesn’t guarantee success. It does, however, up your chances of success. It also allows you to fail forward i.e fail but with holistic insight of why things went wrong and what can be fixed in the future. Deepa Bachu, the CEO and Cofounder of Pensaar spoke at the ProductGeeks Conference 2018 on the […]. The post Design Thinking doesn’t guarantee success: Here is how to make sense of it appeared first on NextBigWhat. Product Management designthinking

New Study: 2018 State of Embedded Analytics Report

Why do some embedded analytics projects succeed while others fail? We surveyed 500+ application teams embedding analytics to find out which analytics features actually move the needle. Read the 6th annual State of Embedded Analytics Report to discover new best practices. Brought to you by Logi Analytics.

Possible Changes for a Product Approach, Part 4

Johanna Rothman

How could we organize if we want flow efficiency? We would reward managers by their span of service instead of control, part 3 , stop organizing by function, and move to something that looks like a product-based organization?

Automate Habits

The Product Coalition

I love this story so much: The brilliance of the cash register was that it automated ethical behavior by making stealing practically impossible. Rather than trying to change the motivations of his employees, Patterson used technology to make the preferred behavior automatic.

Acing the Product Management Interview – What They Don’t Tell you

Mind the Product

Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: What’s your favourite product, and why? Or how about: You have to launch a new product for X. How do you determine the total and addressable markets, and what steps do you take to fill that need? How do you determine pricing? I hate these questions. I hate them as an interviewer, because they don’t tell me anything about what it’s like to work with you, how you’re going to help me, or why I might want to hire you.

TEI 197: Small Business Revolution Series 3 – with Cam Potts

Product Innovation Educators

Lessons from small businesses that apply to everyone. I’m still on my road trip of the northeast U.S. and made a stop in Bristol, Pennsylvania. What took me to this small town was a video series called The Small Business Revolution.

5 Product Traps - And Better Paths

Speaker: Johanna Rothman, Management Consultant, Rothman Consulting Group

Is your agile team overloaded with feature requests, with no time for discovery? Do your roadmaps read like impossible wish lists? Well, you’re not alone. It may seem impossible now, but what if we said that with a few changes, you could be meeting deadlines with the ability to predict progress with accuracy, be happy with your progress against the roadmap, and be making time for near-continuous discovery? Johanna Rothman has seen this all too often across many different organizations. She will take us through five common traps that agile product teams fall into – and likely you are in several of those traps right now. And good news - she has ways to avoid them!

Of the ‘Unknown Unknowns’ and the ‘discovery’ stage in Design Thinking


When you set out to study your customers, you must keep an open mind about the questions that need answering, for you might not even have the right questions. The ‘unknown Unknowns’ Deepa Bachu, the CEO and Cofounder of Pensaar spoke at the ProductGeeks Conference 2018 on the design thinking process that has enabled her […]. The post Of the ‘Unknown Unknowns’ and the ‘discovery’ stage in Design Thinking appeared first on NextBigWhat.

With A Remote Team, Make Time For Banter

The Product Coalition

When work is all about work, work sucks Doximity is the first company I’ve been at where the majority of my team is remote. We have engineers in Los Angeles, New York, Colorado and beyond, and that’s just within our little slice of the company.

Full Transcript: Alok Pareek on the Product Love Podcast


This week on Product Love, we revisit a conversation with Alok, the founder, and EVP of Products at Striim. By nature, Alok Pareek has always been curious. As a kid, he had the tendency to question why and how the systems and products around him were built. To him, complaints about a product or an.


Dear Strategy: 064 Customer vs. Business Needs

Dear Strategy

On this week’s episode, host Bob Caporale , founder of Strategy Generation Company and author of Creative Strategy Generation , answers the following question: Dear Strategy: “How do you prioritize the needs of the customer versus business needs to develop a business strategy?”.

UX and Design Tips for Better Dashboards: Product Manager Laura Klein Explains How to Improve Your Analytics

Speaker: Laura Klein, Principal at Users Know and Author of UX for Lean Startups

No one makes poorly designed products on purpose. And yet we have so many of them in our lives. That's why Laura Klein, product manager and UX designer, has a set of tips to help application teams improve their embedded dashboards and reports.