Sat.Nov 04, 2017 - Fri.Nov 10, 2017

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Transparency – All Cards Face-Up

Lead on Purpose

Guest post by Paul Sean Hill Creating and leading high-performing teams in any setting requires a high-trust environment. A critical component in creating and keeping that trust is complete transparency across the team.

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Creative Spaces that Work by Sarah B. Nelson

Mind the Product

Spaces shape culture – it can’t be helped, the spaces we work in are a huge factor in the way we work so they are always going to define the overall working environment, both personally and physically. In this illuminating talk from Mind the Product London 2017, Sarah B. Nelson, program architect at IBM Studios, shared how important it is for us as product leaders to care about the spaces we work in – and how those spaces have an impact on our work.

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3 Mental Models Every PM Needs to Make Decisions

Amplitude

Having a set of reliable mental models to call upon to make decisions is perhaps the most powerful thing product managers can do to improve their skills. The PM’s day-to-day job involves balancing the needs of all different groups, from marketing to engineering, and carving out a clear path for the product. They have to be able to ruthlessly prioritize and make tough decisions with incomplete information.

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Start making better product decisions: A framework to go with your Agile Process

The Product Guy

Guest Post by: Alex Hsu (Mentee, Session 4, The Product Mentor) [Paired with Mentor, Addi Regev]. Why do I need a framework? A research conducted by Alpha UX found that 25% of Product Manager surveyed wished for a clearer product roadmap and strategy. This was second only to increase in salary! Research article. While salary increase is a complex subject with variables outside of our control, I believe that having a clear product roadmap and strategy is every Product Manager’s responsibility.

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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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Don’t ask your customers which new product they want to pay for. Here’s what to do instead.

Tim Herbig

Expect to hear more in-depth advice from me on validation of product hypotheses in the next couple of weeks as the (product) conference season comes to an end mid-November for this year. But while recently listening to one of my favorite podcasts, I couldn’t help but to (publicly) shout out advice for anybody who’s tinkering with … Continue reading "Don’t ask your customers which new product they want to pay for.

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Product Manager’s Guide To UX Research

UX Studio: Product Management

Want to do UX research for a product without enough time or knowledge? Proper research does not go quickly, or can it? This article will show the ideal way to do UX research , and will introduce the cost benefit, low-budget version too. The internet says everywhere that “everybody can do research”… Well… Everybody can ask questions… Everybody can conduct a usability test… Sure, everybody can do it, with the right methods and the necessary skills.

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Product Management Perspectives & Insights from One of the Best

The Product Guy

Check out the full-length conversation, unique perspectives, and product management insights with Chris Butler, The Best Product Person of 2016. Take a moment and congratulate The Best Product Person of 2016: Chris Butler. ( tweet ). Thank you to everyone who participated, nominated, interviewed, AND passed on the word! Nominate your pick for The Best Product Person 2017 right now!

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Make Stronger Offers to Engineering Candidates and Boost Your Closes

First Round Review

Adil Ajmal has been building engineering teams from scratch to huge for over 20 years. Here's what he's learned to close the best candidates for your company.

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Product Development When you Don’t Have the Right Technology Expertise

Mind the Product

A few months ago, I was given the task of delivering a product using technology that our company had never worked with and that our team had never encountered. My first thought was that it was highly risky and that there was little chance of success. But my second thought was: “OK, if I don’t know, it means that I should find somebody who does know and ask them for assistance.

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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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Understand the Purpose of Your MVP

Clever PM

The concept of MVP is an interesting one in the Product Management world — interesting, in that just like the role itself, it seems to mean something different to almost everyone that you talk to. On one side of the spectrum, you’ve got the Lean Product folks who seem to think that a landing page […].

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Product Manager Responsibilities and WayBetter

The Product Guy

Nominate a great product manager you know today @ [link] ! Remember to subscribe to our YouTube channel @ [link]. Thank you to everyone who made it to our latest roundtable meet-up of The Product Group at iHeartMedia , as well as to our other sponsors, Yext , BKLYN and many more. Over the course of the night a few of the highlights were… Featured Product: WayBetter exploring the product, its challenges and successes, from alpha teams to expanded support.

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Why There’s No Killer App for IoT

Daniel Elizalde IoT Blog

Every new technology trend brings speculation and talk about a “killer app” that will be the solution to all of our problems. Tech publications and blogs produce countless articles searching for the “killer app” for the iPhone, the Cloud, Blockchain, Artificial Intelligence, and of course, IoT. We’ve also even seen the same hype for development […].

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What Do Product Managers Need To Know About Self-Driving Cars?

The Accidental Product Manager

Self-driving cars come with a whole new set of rules Image Credit: Travis Wise. The world of automobiles stands on the edge of a brave new world. Due in part to a big push by Google along with a number of universities and other car manufactures, the era of self-driving cars is fast approaching and this is going to dramatically change the product development definition for what a car is.

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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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Field Report: The Princess Problem

dscout People Nerds

Karen Eisenhauer breaks down what the dialogue really says in Disney’s “Princess” films.

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PDMA 2017 Conference–and other innovation insights for product managers Nov 10, 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. This week my list of insights is a little different. It focuses on the sessions I’m facilitating at the annual PDMA conference, which is Nov 12-15 in Chicago: [link]. If you are among the hundreds of people attending, please introduce yourself.

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Why There’s No Killer App for IoT

Daniel Elizalde IoT Blog

Every new technology trend brings speculation and talk about a “killer app” that will be the solution to all of our problems. Tech publications and blogs produce countless articles searching for the “killer app” for the iPhone, the Cloud, Blockchain, Artificial Intelligence, and of course, IoT. We’ve also even seen the same hype for development […].

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How to Free Up Time for Your Sales Team to Be Heroic

TSIA

TSIA’s CEO, J.B. Wood, has often stated that “Growing Annual Recurring Revenue is a process, not a heroic act,” and we at TSIA believe this to our core. We have seen that the process, rather than any one individual or team, “owns” the customer. But when it comes to big deals, especially with new customers or new groups within your customers, your company’s top salespeople are still the only ones for the job.

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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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A positioning process that builds consensus

Messages that Matter

One of the most important goals of the positioning process I teach is to foster buy-in and consensus to the message strategy you create. You can achieve buy-in and consensus by involving as many stakeholders as is practical throughout the process and getting management approval at the end. The best way to converge on the […].

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TEI 149: How to effectively lead innovators – with Mike Mitchell, PhD

Product Innovation Educators

How leading innovation is different from leading business operations. The state of innovation in organizations is unsettling. Executives overwhelmingly point to innovation as the growth engine for their organizations yet actual innovation performance is underwhelming. There are several factors contributing to the issue and one of them is the way innovation is led.

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Collaboration has arrived [Product Announcement]

UserInterviews

Now you can invite friends and coworkers to build and edit projects, select participants, and manage your research projects all in one place.

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Women in Product Management: Sarah Hatfield, VP Product Management at OnProcess Technology

280 Group

For our fourth installment of Women in Product Management Series, I interviewed Sarah Hatfield, VP Product Management and Client Solutions at OnProcess Technology. To catch the entire series on Women in Product Management make sure to sign up for our newsletter. How does training for battle in Afghanistan prepare you for an executive role in Product Management?

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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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2018 Product Conferences

Product Talk

We are starting to pull together our 2018 conference list. This list is by no means exhaustive. If you know of a product conference that is not on the list and you think it should be, please feel free to recommend it in the comments or send an email to conferences@producttalk.org. I haven’t decided what events I’ll be attending in 2018 yet, but as soon as I do, I’ll update this post.

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7 Ways Cohort Analysis can Optimize Company Performance and Results

Mind the Product

Businesses are constantly in search of useful tactics that improve their brand’s performance and bottom line. Cohort analysis is often overlooked, but it can yield insightful information and actionable advice to improve acquisition, retention and monetization. By definition, a cohort is a group of people who have a common characteristic during a period of time.

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Collaboration has arrived [Product Announcement]

UserInterviews

Now you can invite friends and coworkers to build and edit projects, select participants, and manage your research projects all in one place.

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Product to Product: Atlassian’s Evan Michner on why PMs need to be great writers

Roadmunk

Welcome to our third episode of Product to Product —a podcast for / by product people. Listen below: In this episode we have Evan Michner , Principal Product Manager at Atlassian —specifically for their chat tools, Stride and HipChat. Evan is one of those product managers who, as he describes it, stumbled into product. He went to school for creative writing and started his career in ad copywriting.

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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.