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2017

Establishing Product Management; Product Management Tools

Good Product Manager

I’ve got a few exciting things going on right now so here’s a quick update… Establishing a Product Management Function. Through my work at SiriusDecisions, I’ve been helping several organizations that are setting up product management for the first time. My blog post Four Critical Steps for Establishing a Product Management Function highlights how to get the ball rolling in a situation like this. Survey: Product Management Tools.

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Establishing Product Management; Product Management Tools

Good Product Manager

I’ve got a few exciting things going on right now so here’s a quick update… Establishing a Product Management Function. Through my work at SiriusDecisions, I’ve been helping several organizations that are setting up product management for the first time. My blog post Four Critical Steps for Establishing a Product Management Function highlights how to get the ball rolling in a situation like this. Survey: Product Management Tools.

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Here’s Why Every Product Manager Must Learn to Love Data

UserVoice

It’s clear that data is here to stay, but many product managers are still yet to embrace data-driven product management…and they’re making a big mistake. Here’s why every product manager should start paying more attention to data ASAP: It’s Not as Complicated as it Looks.

7 Ways Cohort Analysis can Optimize Company Performance and Results

Mind the Product

In the world of cohort analysis for digital products, a cohort is a group of users who have performed a common action or set of actions during a specific timeframe on your website or app. Using this information paints an invaluable picture of users and their journey with your product.

How to Prioritize Product Backlogs in Three Easy Steps

280 Group

Prioritize Product Backlogs in Three Easy Steps Using effective, time-tested techniques to prioritize product backlogs is an important step in getting a product to market rapidly that meets customer needs.

Scaling your Product Team: When and How to Start

UserVoice

So your organization is growing, your products are becoming more complex, and you’ve got more customers demanding your attention and new functionalities. These are all good things, but they can stress product teams that haven’t kept up with the rest of their organization’s growth.

The power of a well-timed NO…and how to give one to your boss

UserVoice

But for product managers, the yes-man model definitely doesn’t work. Successful product leaders are initiators, risk takers and truth seekers, which can rub some folks the wrong way. Real product decisions aren’t easy,” says Des Traynor of Intercom.

Get People Talking! How To Use Open-Ended Questions For Market Discovery

The Secret PM Handbook

The “product management system of record,” I called it.). Even if you aren’t (yet) an expert in your product, talking to customers one of the best ways to create value. Up to a point, the more you know about the product and the space before these conversations, the better.

How does David Fradin deal with cross-functional politics in a product management role?

Spice Catalyst

As I teach in my upcoming LinkedIn Learning course on how to facilitate product teams, one learns how to deal with cross functional politics by understanding the wants/needs of each party and then mediating the differences.

Get People Talking! How To Use Open-Ended Questions For Market Discovery

The Secret PM Handbook

The “product management system of record,” I called it.). Even if you aren’t (yet) an expert in your product, talking to customers one of the best ways to create value. Up to a point, the more you know about the product and the space before these conversations, the better.

Tracking your A/B tests

Mind the Product

In the first post I explained how to step up your A/B testing , and in this post I’ll look at how using a tracker spreadsheet can help you manage your A/B tests and better retain learnings from past ones. The post Tracking your A/B tests appeared first on Mind the Product.

How to Break Free of the Feature Factory by John Cutler

Mind the Product

In the closing talk of this year’s MTP Engage Hamburg, John Cutler looks at why his Medium post 12 Signs You Are Working in a Feature Factory touched a nerve for so many people in product development.

4 Traits of Successful Product Leaders

UserVoice

Product managers may or may not be the “CEOs of product,” but how do you boss around a bunch of CEOs? Leading a product management organization is a unique role in modern technology companies, and one that was quite uncommon until fairly recently.

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Building a Realistic Revenue Projection for a New Product

Mind the Product

Here’s a scenario nearly everyone finds themselves in at some point in this line of work: You’re psyched about a new product or feature in the works. It’s happened to the best of us; committing to a revenue projection is one of the trickiest parts of product management.

Managing up as a newbie product manager

Roadmunk

I’ve been Roadmunk’s newest product manager for 120 days (give-or-take). I say peculiar for a couple of reasons: I joined a product organization as a product manager for a tool for other product managers. The reason: I have to manage up A LOT.

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. One to product management.

Which company has the best online training for new product managers?

Spice Catalyst

UDEMY is the answer I'd give if anyone asks me "Which company has the best online training for new product managers?" because it is so simple yet comprehensive.

Enter The Matrix – Lean Prioritisation

Mind the Product

Prioritisation is a necessary evil of every product development lifecycle. Prioritisation is one of the most critical aspects of product development. Effective prioritisation can be the difference between the success or failure of a product. Business Management Tools.

Creating effective customer feedback loops for product teams

Roadmunk

During one of my daily peruses of the tech Twitter-sphere, I came across a tweet I feel should be plastered on the walls of every single product organization ever. Tight and continuous feedback loops with real customers is common in great products. Write-ups for the product team.

How to Sell Your Boss on Roadmaps Without Timelines

Mind the Product

As product managers, we instinctively know that planning things out in advance is impossible, because our work depends on a constant stream of testing, data and feedback. For example, here’s a lean product roadmap split into three time horizons: Current, Near Term and Future.

Seven Things you can Learn From WeChat Product Development

Mind the Product

But there are numerous instances where Chinese companies have stolen a march on their Silicon Valley counterparts with the introduction of innovative new products. Here are seven lessons product developers and designers can learn from WeChat product development: 1.

Get Your Team Experimenting More by Using One Little Word…

Mind the Product

For me, as for many, the idea of applying a scientific approach (experiments, hypothesis, etc) to product management came from Eric Ries in Lean Startup. In many ways, the concept was a game changer in how to approach validating product ideas and getting to product market fit.

Talk product, eat pizza: Roadmunk’s first-ever Product & Pizza event

Roadmunk

Sending out invites to our first Product & Pizza event felt reminiscent of sending out invites to our first grade school party. We had a theme any product person could talk endlessly about: great mistakes. Product people + pizza + great mistakes = successful product meetup.

Pokemon Go: One Year On

Mind the Product

Given this, I wanted to revisit my original article and talk about how the game has evolved in the last year, and what lessons there are for us product managers. The post Pokemon Go: One Year On appeared first on Mind the Product.

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Three Superpowers of a Product Manager

Mind the Product

As a product manager it’s not uncommon to feel pulled in a million different directions as you work to meet the needs of your customers, developers and company stakeholders. This is particularly important in large-scale organisations or when you build a customer-facing product.

Product Decisions: Are Customer Requests Overrated?

Mind the Product

As product managers, we are trained to focus on the customer. But I believe that this – contrary to conventional product wisdom – may be hurting your business. These factors often far outweigh product considerations alone. appeared first on Mind the Product.

25 must-read product management articles

Roadmunk

Throughout my career as both a product manager and startup founder, there’s been one severely underrated skill I credit for much of my success—and that’s reading. Here’s my list of favorite online posts for product managers. 12 things about product-market fit.

The Move From Product to a Service Mindset

Mind the Product

He provided ammunition for an emerging field in digital design, potentially signalling the death of product-centric thinking. Pine saw that it was becoming easier and easier to create products. Products were starting to become commodities.

Your Product Manager Super Power: Not Knowing Everything

Mind the Product

A friend, who’s recently become a product manager, asked me that recently. She’d inherited a technical product where the engineers already had a view of the direction and deliverables required. As a product manager, what should her role on the team be?

Why you Need a Sense of Urgency in Product

Mind the Product

Similarly, cultivating a sense of urgency within product teams is key to driving value creation from the team. A sense of urgency in product teams in vitally important for the continued success of a product. Keep it About the Product, not the Egos.

Product Management 101 — Crash Course in Product Management (Introduction)

The Product Coalition

If you are visiting this page, there are chances you might be seeking an answer to one of the following questions – Having completed my formal education, how do I start my career in Product Management? Coming from a non-related industry, how do I break into Product Management?

Why Your Product Must Stand for Something

Mind the Product

The insights in his book Dataclysm are fascinating, the one that jolted me because of its relevance to product management the most is the advantage of being polarising. Great products feel like they were designed by someone who knows exactly what your job is or what you’re trying to do.

Product Management is Culture Management

Mind the Product

Or “ How to Manage Software Development in Teams who Think Nothing Like you “ Product management has two diversity problems. Cultural homogeneity in product teams is dead, welcome cultural diversity. Product managers should be a cultural “glue” for the teams.

Dual-Track Agile: Why Messy Leads to Innovation

Mind the Product

You start with a discovery track to find out if a product idea is good and if it makes sense to build. So how do you know if your product team has a good idea? While Dual-Track Agile is my recommended way to develop products, it’s not very clean. What is Dual-Track Agile?

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Five Essential Steps for Getting into IoT Product Management

Mind the Product

You want to get into IoT product management, but where do you start? This trend is fuelled by companies around the world embracing the IoT trend and launching more and more products that are connected to the internet. Make Sure Your Basic Product Management Skills are Solid.

Pros and Cons of Market Research Tactics

Mind the Product

But it’s a dangerous thing to add to your product. As the product manager survey results that we published on Mind the Product suggested, listening to the market doesn’t happen enough among enterprise software designers.

Hiring a Product Manager: A Little Clarity Goes a Long way

Mind the Product

I realized I needed a good way to explain what it had taken me a while to see in the world of product management. As a product manager, I have a bias: I identify as a “UX-focused product manager” But I thought this was just a “me” thing.

Why you Need a Product Analytics Playbook

Mind the Product

When it comes to successfully implementing a data-informed approach to product analytics, it’s easy to find lists of tips and tactics. Every product is different, of course. The first volume of the Product Analytics Playbook: Mastering Retention , is released today.

A guide to SaaS metrics for product managers

Roadmunk

While not the most glamorous part of a product manager’s job, tracking metrics reveal blindspots, foster stakeholder confidence and offer vital product (and organizational) health checks for PMs. Where your product falls on this model impacts which metrics you should monitor.

Using Analytics to Raise Prices and win new Customers

Mind the Product

In my experience, to succeed at data-informed product management you need to master “double-think” and be comfortable with two conflicting statements: “Be data-driven” and “don’t trust your data”. Analytics products aren’t perfect – sometimes data capture gets messed up, and slight changes to code can cause all sorts of anomalies. Doing just this with one of our products, we raised prices and won new customers.