Sat.Dec 02, 2017 - Fri.Dec 08, 2017

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Self-coaching methods to improve your leadership

Lead on Purpose

Guest post by John Packham The debate is still out about whether leaders are born or made, but if you are looking to up your leadership game this year, you’ll want to do what all great leaders do: practice self-coaching.

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Key Best Practices for Using Customer Feedback

Folding Burritos

As Product Managers, we perfectly understand the need to generate and use customer feedback. What isn’t so often clear is how to do this on a day-to-day basis, when we’re not as experienced or when we deal with “less than ideal” products and organizations. This led me to reach out to 14 leading Product Managers and talk with them about how they use customer feedback in their own companies and teams.

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3 Ways to Enlist Your Usage Data to Drive Product Development

Mind the Product

Recently, Gartner revealed its top predictions for IT organizations for 2018. Among the expected buzz around technologies like artificial intelligence, blockchain, and the Internet of Things, was something a bit surprising to me. Gartner predicted that by 2022, most people in mature economies will consume more false information than true information.

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Leveraging Failure in Product Management

Roman Pichler

Why Failing Can Be Hard. If we like it or not, failure is an essential innovation ingredient. It’s impossible to successfully innovate without taking informed risks and making mistakes. YouTube, for example, failed as a video-dating site and succeeded by pivoting to video-sharing site; and Google Glass failed as a consumer product and was recently re-launched as a B2B product.

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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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The Results Are In! Feedback from the First Continuous Interviewing Cohort

Product Talk

Hi there, Product Talk readers! I’m Melissa Suzuno. I’ve been helping Teresa with Product Talk content behind the scenes for the past few years. You may have noticed my handiwork if you’re a fan of the Oxford comma or em dash. If you’ve been reading Product Talk for a few months, you probably remember that this past October, Teresa announced a brand-new Continuous Interviewing course in her blog post, “This Keystone Habit Will Fuel the Rest of Your Continuous Discovery Habits.”.

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6 Years of Amazing Product Talks

Mind the Product

For the past 6 years Mind the Product has run #mtpcon in London and San Francisco – the biggest and best product management conferences in the world. We invite some of the top product thinkers and practitioners from all over the world to share their experiences, insights, and lessons, and now we invite you to watch the entire library of talks!

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So, your boss’s boss walks into your office and changes your roadmap…

The Product Guy

Guest Post by: Jessica Waite (Mentee, Session 5, The Product Mentor) [Paired with Mentor, Radhika Nayak]. So, your boss’s boss walks into your office and changes your roadmap…. No, this is not a bad joke. As a product manager you prep, plan and execute. You spend months in discovery carefully understanding the customer, the business needs, the software requirements and how to execute it all.

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Here’s How to Wield Empathy and Data to Build an Inclusive Team

First Round Review

When it comes to diversity and inclusion, D&I leader Ciara Trinidad lets the data speak. When she left her last startup, the 125-person company was 59% women, its sales team had gender parity, and underrepresented minorities constituted the majority of its product team. Here she shares why a culture of data underpins a culture of inclusion — and how to do it.

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MVPs are too expensive – How wasteless validation leads to better insights

Tim Herbig

Picture was taken by Product Management Festival Team. This post is the summary of a talk I gave throughout 2017 at a couple of product management conferences. I was on stage at Working Products 2017 , Productized Conference 2017 and Product Management Festival 2017. … Continue Reading. The post MVPs are too expensive – How wasteless validation leads to better insights appeared first on Tim Herbig.

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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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Personal Productivity is Just as Important as Professional Productivity

Clever PM

As Product Managers, we’re often deeply and intimately involved in the processes that our companies use in their everyday business. Issue tracking systems, customer feedback systems, email and IM systems — there’s a neverending list of tools that we use on a daily basis to further our own (and others’) professional productivity.

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Driving Product Priorities with a Stakeholder Roadmap

The Product Guy

Guest Post by: Marc San Luis (Mentee, Session 5, The Product Mentor) [Paired with Mentor, Dave Skrobela]. In the education-technology sector, there is one hard-set deadline. That deadline is simple: you must release a working product before back-to-school begins. Period. When I returned to the Ed-tech sector a year ago, I joined a team with a very aggressive goal.

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How to Avoid Costly Surprises in Connected Product Design

Mind the Product

When designing connected hardware products, there are many ways in which a project can go sideways and end up way over budget before the product is completed or in a manufacturable state. We’ve seen this happen countless times and it’s never one person’s fault, rather a lack of understanding of the full product design process and a lack of the experience necessary to avoid these cost surprises.

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18th Annual Product Management and Marketing Survey

Pragmatic Marketing

Complete Our 18 th Annual Product Management and Marketing Survey. When you participate in Pragmatic Marketing’s annual Product Management and Marketing Survey, you’ll contribute to the most current, comprehensive information about the product management and marketing industry available. And you’ll help us identify the types of challenges product teams face around the globe.

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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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Mobile UX Design Case Study: How We Built An MVP For Wattler

UX Studio: Product Management

Designing an MVP always poses challenges, as it seems full of compromises. Designing one with a real mission motivates despite all the limitations on the time frame and resources. In January 2017 we had the opportunity to work on the Wattler Android app , which among its many visions aims to increase personal energy consumption monitoring. Closely following gas and electricity usage not only shows the money spent but also raises awareness of the lifestyle we lead.

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Why Spiderman And Tony Stark Need Each Other – A Tale of In-House Design Teams And UX Companies

UX Studio

Spoiler alert. Those who haven’t seen Spiderman: Homecoming yet, please skip this intro. So the main plot involves this new, young fellow with awesome abilities (aka Spiderman), who wants to save the world. How nice of him! One small problem: He tends to get himself into trouble due to inexperience and sometimes he takes too much upon himself. He repeatedly shows his difficulty accepting real professional help, thinking he can do everything alone (or with a friend).

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Digging In and Figuring It All Out with Margaret Gray of MetaLab

UserInterviews

Building a research program from the ground up, the funny thing about being a woman in tech, and using research to get clients on board with deeper, richer research.

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Organizations Are Not Families, Part 1

Johanna Rothman

I read Joe Berkowitz’s story in Fast Company, John Oliver Was Right: It’s Time To Confront The Dustin Hoffmans In Your Life. There’s a link to a video excerpt in which Hoffman discusses the idea that the people felt like a family. Mr. Berkowitz says this: There is no template for how to be a good man in the #MeToo era. I disagree. There is a template.

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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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How Should Facebook Tell People About News?

The Accidental Product Manager

People get a lot of their news from Facebook, but what news should they get? Image Credit: Jurgen Appelo. So here’s an interesting question for you. If I was to ask you where people spend the most amount of time when they are on the Internet, where would you say that they go? Google? Yahoo? A sports site like ESPN? Those are all good guesses, but you’d be wrong.

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Why Spiderman And Tony Stark Need Each Other – A Tale of In-House Design Teams And UX Companies

UX Studio

Spoiler alert. Those who haven’t seen Spiderman: Homecoming yet, please skip this intro. So the main plot involves this new, young fellow with awesome abilities (aka Spiderman), who wants to save the world. How nice of him! One small problem: He tends to get himself into trouble due to inexperience and sometimes he takes too much upon himself. He repeatedly shows his difficulty accepting real professional help, thinking he can do everything alone (or with a friend).

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The next generation automation testing for video streaming apps by Perfecto & Accenture S3

Amir Rozenberg

How many times have you heard this phrase while watching a game on your phone: “Touchdown!!” (or GOAL!!) but all you can see is the loading dial? How about this: you are sitting on an airplane, trying to watch a video on the flight WiFi and it just stops or pauses constantly. Maybe you’ve tried to watch some home improvement or recipe video that was impossible to watch because it just kept stalling?

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Build Respect in Organizations, Not Families, Part 2

Johanna Rothman

I wrote about treating each other with respect in Organizations Are Not Families, Part 1. In these respect posts, I’ll address possible ways we can treat each other with respect. These are not the only ways. You might have better ideas than I do. Please do comment if you’ve seen alternatives that work better. I started to write before I realized I was echoing Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs.

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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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Navigating company politics–and other innovation insights for product managers Dec 8, 2017

Product Innovation Educators

Each week I scour articles, wading through the dogs, and bringing you the best insights to help product managers and innovators be heroes. 4 steps for how product managers can navigate the politics of innovation projects. (1) Anticipate resistance. (2) Unmask political motives. (3) Find the right champion. (4) Secure social proof. Organizations are often “wired” (not purposefully) to kill innovation.

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Still prioritizing features in a spreadsheet? Here’s why that should scare you.

ProductBoard

How product management has fallen behind in the new era of product excellence In 1878, the world was introduced to something that would forever change how people would communicate. That product was the telephone. Despite all its promise, reaching the masses took a lot of time. In fact, it took almost 80 years for the telephone to reach 100 million users.

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The next generation automation testing for video streaming apps by Perfecto & Accenture S3

Amir Rozenberg

How many times have you heard this phrase while watching a game on your phone: “Touchdown!!” (or GOAL!!) but all you can see is the loading dial? How about this: you are sitting on an airplane, trying to watch a video on the flight WiFi and it just stops or pauses constantly. Maybe you’ve tried to watch some home improvement or recipe video that was impossible to watch because it just kept stalling?

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Build Respect in Organizations, Not Families, Part 3

Johanna Rothman

I started this series positing that respect is the cornerstone for how we might treat each other, to manage our interactions with success, especially in light of the #MeToo conversation. The series so far is: Organizations Are Not Families, Part 1. Why the metaphor of family-as-org demeans the people working there. Build Respect in Organizations, Not Families, Part 2 , had some ideas for building respect in terms of physical and psychological safety.

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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.