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How Going Part-Time Made me a Better Product Manager

Mind the Product

In 2013, before Shared Parental Leave was a thing in the UK, I decided that I wanted to change my work-life balance from full-time to a four-day working week with one day of childcare. Part-time product manager roles are rare, but luckily I worked for an employer who was open to the idea. So after a successful trial period of using paternity leave for one day a week, I spent the best part of five years working a four-day week.

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Peak-end rule: Why You Make Terrible Life Choices

Nir Eyal

It’s New Year’s Eve. There I am on the dance floor – it’s teeming with people and there’s hardly space to breathe. Loud thumping music pierces my eardrums and I have no idea where my friends are. Then, the guy next to me takes a misstep, spills an entire cup of beer down my shoulder. […]. The post Peak-end rule: Why You Make Terrible Life Choices appeared first on Nir and Far.

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Product manager or product maker?

Lead on Purpose

Titles have a way of morphing over time. In some cases, they improve and become more popular. At times, because of the acts of certain, often high-profile, individuals, titles can lose value.

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Storytelling For Product Managers – The TL;DR Version

The Secret PM Handbook

In my last article , I covered a powerful storytelling technique in great detail. This article is the summary (the TL;DR ) version. Do you hem and haw when asked talk about one of your accomplishments? Do you stick to a “just the facts, ma’am” approach when telling a story? Are your stories falling flat and failing to have the effect you hoped?

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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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10 core principles for starting up

Intercom, Inc.

There is an infinite amount of advice for startups, but if I had to boil it down to just 10 essentials, these are the most crucial principles for starting up that every founder needs to understand from an early stage. You need a vision. You need to run a good beta. You need world class onboarding. You need to know who your real competitors are. You need to understand the four forces.

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Solution Selling vs. Aspirational Selling: Is It a Mirror Image of Product Management?

Product Management University

Solution selling is like vanilla ice cream. Everyone knows what it is – it’s simple and meets the most basic criteria for a dessert. Here’s the thing: if you and all of your competitors are using the vanilla ice cream approach to selling, you’re missing an opportunity to showcase your unique value and improve win rates. Is it time for a more interesting and unique flavor of selling – or is it time for a more tantalizing flavor of product management to differentiate the way you sell?

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How to Design for Behavioral Change by Matt Wallaert

Mind the Product

In this talk from ProductTank San Francisco, Matt Wallaert , chief behavioral officer at Clover Health, shares psychology-based methods for designing products that inspire people to change their behavior. Matt draws on his background as a social psychologist and describes the use of competing-pressures design and behavioral statements as tools to get people to change behavior.

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Why your engineering processes need to solve real problems

Intercom, Inc.

I came to Intercom from a company with a culture of heavyweight engineering processes. It was a well-oiled machine with battle-tested and often updated procedures. From an engineering perspective, it successfully kept you focused on coding. Tasks were always well-described in Jira, with clearly defined expectations. Designs came in and were exported to HTML so you didn’t have to worry about using Sketch.

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20 expert opinions on UI design trends for 2018

Userzoom

From invisible UI to emotional personalisation to biometric authentication, which UI trends will be rocking our experts’ socks off in 2018? Look, we get it. Trends posts are an easy win for any blog operating in the tech/marketing/digital industry. Writers can make up any old bunkum in the safe knowledge that nobody will bother checking back 12 months later to see if they were right (driverless planes, internet-enabled pets, smart-pants).

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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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Reduce, Reuse, Recycle – The Importance of Reducing Waste

Clever PM

I find it entertaining when people talk about how Agile and Lean and Kanban are all relatively new, untested, and revolutionary concepts. That’s because they’re none of those things — they’re simply descendants of ideas and concepts that have existed in manufacturing contexts for a half-century or more, just pitched in a different way, at […].

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AI UX: 7 Principles of Designing Good AI Products

UX Studio

One thing we can learn from the latest fatal Tesla accident: AI and machine learning products need very careful designing. In this article, I will go through the seven basic AI UX principles products should follow. With the arrival of AI products, we enter a new era where machines start to behave differently. They not only perform our orders, but they do things by themselves.

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Intercom’s Rich Archbold on how to run less software

Intercom, Inc.

In engineering, you want to move fast, ship often and solve real customer problems. Yet competition and the exponential rate of change in software are pushing against that mission. Enter our philosophy of Run Less Software. It means reducing choices amongst engineering teams and standardizing technology, so our team can spend as much time as possible delivering value to customers.

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Managing Manufactured Products: Design and Development

Mind the Product

In my last post we examined some of the unique requirements that need to be defined for manufactured products. Now, let’s start designing and developing. Industrial Design vs Industrial Engineering. In software, we all understand and appreciate that our UX designers aren’t the best at coding and our coders aren’t the best at UX design. The same principles will apply to industrial designers and industrial engineers.

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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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Fostering Moments of Epiphany

The Product Guy

Excerpts from our conversation with The Best Product Person of 2017, Melissa Perri. In the Now. > What excites you about your current products? I have big plans for my online school, Product Institute. We validated the core curriculum and have used it to train over 700 product managers around the world in the last 10 months. Now we’re expanding to other courses, and trying to create a product that goes beyond just online lessons by building competency in Product Management.

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Peak-End Rule: Why You Make Terrible Life Choices

Nir Eyal

Nir’s Note: This post part of a series on cognitive bias co-authored with and illustrated by Lakshmi Mani. Discover other reasons you make terrible life choices like confirmation bias, hyperbolic discounting and distinction bias. It’s New Year’s Eve. There I am on the dance floor – it’s teeming with people and there’s hardly space to […] The post Peak-End Rule: Why You Make Terrible Life Choices appeared first on Nir and Far.

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Write the perfect sales message with these 7 rules

Intercom, Inc.

When was the last time you made or received a sales call to or from someone you didn’t already know? While the death of cold calling may have been exaggerated, in the past 5 years the preferred medium for sales messages has rapidly moved to email, messaging and live chat. In this era of business messaging, the written word has become even more crucial for building relationships between buyer and seller.

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Assembling an Executive Leadership Team is Daunting — Let Thumbtack’s CEO Help

First Round Review

Recruiting and hiring executives is difficult for any leader, but especially first-time or early-stage founders who may not have enough knowledge to test candidates for skill in their area of expertise. Thumbtack CEO Marco Zappacosta has been there — and has a roadmap that'll help.

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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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How Squarespace Addressed its Hidden Customer Segments

Mind the Product

Matthew Zito is director of product management at DIY website builder Squarespace, a business whose mission is to make beautiful products to help people with creative ideas succeed. He graciously joined us at ProductTank NYC to talk about some interesting work his team had done to address the needs of a customer segment which they had not fully supported until recently – Pro users.

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Challenge’s with Today’s Product Management Tools

The Product Guy

Alisa Warshawski provides an expert product manager’s perspective on the challenges to overcome with today’s product management tools.

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What is tree testing and why is it important for 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 this series of weekly UX beginner’s guides, aimed to help all the newbies of the UX testing world. This week: tree-testing! Here we’ll be answering the following questions: what is tree testing? What are the benefits?

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Assembling an Executive Leadership Team is Daunting — Let Thumbtack’s CEO Help

First Round Review

Recruiting and hiring executives is difficult for any leader, but especially first-time or early-stage founders who may not have enough knowledge to test candidates for skill in their area of expertise. Thumbtack CEO Marco Zappacosta has been there — and has a roadmap that'll help.

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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.

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CoConstruct uses productboard to create rewarding experiences for homebuilders & remodelers

ProductBoard

CoConstruct, a software platform for custom homebuilders and remodelers, has always put the customer at the center of their product so the company wanted a tool that allowed the company to surface the right insights to build the right features and tools that their customers need. Challenge When Than Sidwell first started working at CoConstruct as a product designer, he saw a need to build better.

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Is it time to become Head of Product?

The Product Guy

If you are a great product person looking for a great product job, or vice versa, check out our job board. Thousands of employers across all areas of product, from management to design, from digital to physical, are looking to fill positions from our community. . Each week we highlight some of the recently posted openings. Check out this week’s newest, below….

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The Lean Startup Trap

The Product Coalition

The Big 3 ‘Lean Startup’ Mistakes Companies Still Make Are you spending a ridiculous amount of time working on a product, and getting nowhere? Spinning out release after release, but gaining no meaningful traction? Do you feel like you have no time to think? You’ve got backlogs to prioritize, design meetings to facilitate, Scrum meetings to run, and velocity charts to review.

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Samuel Beek on how WeTransfer is redefining its product

Miro

Samuel Beek on how WeTransfer is redefining its product Here at RealtimeBoard, we set out on a mission to build a universal whiteboarding tool that helps companies embrace digital transformation, manage remote teams and think visually in order to speed up internal processes and delight their customers. That’s why we are always curious about the […].

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A Comprehensive Checklist to Revamp Your Website & Increase Profitability

Unlock the power of a well-designed website with our eBook, 'Comprehensive Checklist: A Guide to Website Redesign.' Crafted by Brucira and ruttl founders, it's your ally in reshaping your digital presence. Welcome to a transformative journey!