2021

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Overengineering can kill your product

Mind the Product

Today’s post is not directed only to product managers. Founders, investors, or any other profile with enough skin in the game on any digital product or service could also take advantage of it. I believe it because we will talk about one of the most prevalent issues when creating products: overengineering them. In my opinion, [.] Read more » The post Overengineering can kill your product appeared first on Mind the Product.

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How to motivate a product team

Mind the Product

A motivated team is a happy team. A happy team is more creative, provides better solutions, and to top it off, it’s also more productive. In today’s post, I would like to introduce some techniques and ideas that I have been refining over the last 20 years focused on motivating product teams. Embark them on [.] Read more » The post How to motivate a product team appeared first on Mind the Product.

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Effective Meetings vs. Pointless Meetings

Product Management Today Submitted Articles

In the early days of a company’s growth, things are a lot simpler. You can rely more on "serendipity as a service" to keep projects and initiatives organized, and everyone has a decent idea of what people are prioritizing from week to week.

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The Two Keys to Improving Mobile Customer Experience

Alchemer Mobile

For many customers, their first interaction with a brand happens on a mobile device, so creating a stand-out mobile customer experience is key. We turn to our phones first in many circumstances, especially when we’re out and about. And even when we’re at home, we are often looking at our phones while watching TV, cooking dinner, working out, etc. Chances are, you’re reading this on your phone right now.

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Your Guide To Transitioning Into Product Management: Essentials For New PMs

Speaker: Leslie Grandy, Product Executive & Drew Weaver, Senior Program Manager

Are you considering a shift to product management or just starting your journey as a Product Manager? Join Leslie Grandy and Drew Weaver for an insightful webinar designed to help you seamlessly transition into this dynamic role. Whether you're looking to pivot your career or enhance your existing skills, this session will equip you with the knowledge and tools to succeed!

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Core Concept: The Product Trio

Product Talk

One of my goals for 2021 is to create short explainer videos for key concepts related to continuous discovery. This is my first one. I’d love to hear what you think. Is this helpful? Are there other core concepts you’d like to see me explore? You can share your comments on Twitter or YouTube. Watch the video above or read a lightly edited transcript of it below.

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3 Common Mistakes When Starting Product Prioritization

The Product Coalition

Whilst it can be great to have 100’s of ideas a day it can be overwhelming when you realize it’s simply not possible to accomplish them all simultaneously. The same can be said for handling product backlog , feature requests and anything else you need to put together a great product. So what do you end up with? A huge list of things that need to be done, with no clear indicators of importance.

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Crossing the Chasm: How to Effectively Drive Innovation with Geoffrey Moore

Daniel Elizalde IoT Blog

How do you drive innovation? Welcome to this episode of the Enterprise Product Leadership podcast. My guest today is Geoffrey Moore, a speaker, advisor, and best-selling author of some of the most influential business books of the past decade — including the world-famous book Crossing the Chasm: Marketing and Selling Disruptive Products to Mainstream Customers. […].

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16 extremely useful Chrome extensions for developers

Usersnap

A couple of months ago, we reviewed the new Firefox browser designed for developers. Since then most of our developers kept Google Chrome as their primary browser. Working with Chrome offers access to an immense repository of Chrome extensions and tools which make our daily tasks less of a chore. With the built-in developer tools, there seems to be no further need for more tools.

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OKRs vs KPIs – Understanding Measurements for your SaaS Product

Userpilot

OKRs vs KPIs – the most recent darlings of the SaaS world. Everyone wants to use them, but a lot of people tend to confuse what they are for and how to actually implement them properly. How do they compare to metrics ? Are they the same thing? Let’s find out! To get you started in the right direction, let's look at what these two concepts are about, how and when to use them, and answer some common questions in a brief Q&A.

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How AI Can Help You Build Better Products: 10 Tools To Save You Time

AI is everywhere: from self-driving cars to text generation, to creating images and music. So, how can product managers use AI to save time and build better products? AI can help with research, feedback management, user engagement, and roadmapping. With AI, product managers can work faster and smarter. In this guide, we’ll show how product managers can use AI to build better products.

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The Minimum Viable Testing Process for Evaluating Startup Ideas

First Round Review

The traditional approach is to do some customer research, throw an MVP out there as fast as possible, and hope it hits. After being early at three startups that achieved over $1M in run-rate in their first six months of going live, Gagan Biyani has landed on an approach that’s quite different. Here’s his framework.

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Create the Right Conditions for your Innovation Team to be Successful

Strategyzer

As part of our “What makes a good innovation coach?” webinar , Aya Caldwell (Executive Director for Digital Product at Novartis) shared with us three areas of focus she's constantly working on with her teams to create the right conditions for innovation success.

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ProductTank in a post-pandemic world

Mind the Product

Down here at the end of the earth we have had a bit of a different experience to the rest of the ProductTank world, with our elimination of COVID-19 in the community allowing in-person events to be run for most of the second half of 2020 and most of 2021. So, we have been able [.] Read more » The post ProductTank in a post-pandemic world appeared first on Mind the Product.

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How to align our stakeholders as a Product Manager

Product Management Today Submitted Articles

Aligning stakeholders is a well-known challenge among the Product Manager community. At some point in our careers, we have all struggled with this.

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Don’t Get Left Behind: Leveraging Modern Product Management Across the Organization

Speaker: Kat Conner

The challenge of delivering the right product at the right time while aligning with strategic objectives is more pressing than ever. Product management is evolving and gaining greater recognition as the means to creating this connection. Join our upcoming webinar and learn how to streamline your product development processes, infuse product thinking across the organization, and bridge the gap between vision and delivery.

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The Risks of Replatforming

Mironov Consulting

Many companies have replatforming efforts underway. This is an essential part of the software product business, but fraught with poor assumptions and lack of experience/understanding. I've seen the majority of these replatforming and reimplementation efforts fail.

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How to Escape the Vicious Cycle of Distraction

Nir Eyal

You have time for everything, even if it doesn’t feel that way. People are always saying “there aren’t enough hours in the day” to get stuff done. And yet research suggests that the average working American has four hours of leisure per day. If we have so many hours to play with every day, why […] The post How to Escape the Vicious Cycle of Distraction appeared first on Nir and Far.

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How to “steal like a designer” and boost creativity

Intercom, Inc.

Originality is the holy grail of creativity. But does true originality exist in design or is it always influenced by what came before? Let’s be honest: creativity is a nebulous landscape. With the evolution of digital technologies, we’re now exposed to other people’s opinions, ideas, and work on an almost minute-by-minute basis. So whether its originality of thought or artistic brilliance, the sheer scale of visual and conceptual input we experience on a daily basis can blur the lines betw

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How to Prioritize Features and Projects: Here’s the Ultimate List of Prioritization Frameworks

The Product Coalition

With 70+ methods listed, this is the most complete list of prioritization frameworks on the internet with tons of linked resources. This… Continue reading on Product Coalition ».

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Generative AI Deep Dive: Advancing from Proof of Concept to Production

Speaker: Maher Hanafi, VP of Engineering at Betterworks & Tony Karrer, CTO at Aggregage

Executive leaders and board members are pushing their teams to adopt Generative AI to gain a competitive edge, save money, and otherwise take advantage of the promise of this new era of artificial intelligence. There's no question that it is challenging to figure out where to focus and how to advance when it’s a new field that is evolving everyday. 💡 This new webinar featuring Maher Hanafi, VP of Engineering at Betterworks, will explore a practical framework to transform Generative AI pr

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Shreyas Doshi on choosing, refining, and tracking product metrics 

Mixpanel

Why do smart product teams often build products with mediocre or no impact? Often, the answer is found in the discipline with which a product team measures the product. . Choosing your metrics: metrics categories. When selecting your metrics, you’ll want to consider a few different categories. These categories cover multiple granularities and perspectives that will help you make rigorous product decisions.

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Channel Software Tech Stack 2021

Jay McBain

^CLICK IMAGE FOR FULL SCREEN^ The channel software stack comprises a group of technologies that help companies develop, design, and execute plans to find, recruit, onboard, develop, enable, incent, co-sell with, manage, measure, and report on partners. Delivering automation of indirect sales processes, workflows, and partner programs, channel software is becoming increasingly critical to a […].

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8 Companies with the Best SaaS Onboarding Experiences

Userpilot

UX or CS teams who are trying to improve their SaaS user onboarding experience often ask us: Which software companies have the best user onboarding experiences? Who can we turn to for some inspiration? The answer isn’t always so straightforward. When it comes to onboarding a new user, the experience must be obsessively aligned with providing that first moment of value. .

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The 25 Micro-Habits of High-Impact Managers

First Round Review

Sharp folks from across the First Round community share the small habits that great managers do, including delivering feedback with care, opening up about failure, and sending praise up the chain.

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Product Strategy Agility: How to Use Experiments and Options to Create Products Your Customers Love

Speaker: Johanna Rothman - Management Consultant, Rothman Consulting Group

Senior leaders often want to see months - or years - long product roadmaps. But these predictions often do not create products your customers will love. While customers aren’t fickle, they often do not know what they want until you give them something to try. That means product leaders need to integrate experiments and options into their roadmaps. In this presentation, Johanna Rothman will explain: How to limit the duration of a roadmap and show possible options.

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The 3 elements of an innovation ecosystem

Strategyzer

Developing an innovation capability within a large organization is a daunting prospect. In the past, many have tried but few succeeded. Often difficulties are linked to a too narrow and shallow approach, such as training a group of employees in an innovation methodology and expecting the organization to turn into an innovation powerhouse as a consequence.

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You Can’t be Lean Unless You’re Agile

Mind the Product

I see so much talk and confusion over what’s Lean and what’s Agile. The two terms can get used interchangeably, so much so that in some places they’re blended into one term, simply Lean-Agile (thanks again, SAFe ??). However in order to do our jobs effectively we need to be able to separate these two. [.]. Read More. The post You Can’t be Lean Unless You’re Agile appeared first on Mind the Product.

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Personal productivity: tools worth giving a try

Product Management Today Submitted Articles

Exploring the tools that help to stay productive at work and maintain a healthy work-life balance

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Web Design and Development: what's the difference?

Imaginary Cloud - Design

Despite requiring very different skill sets, web design and development are sometimes automatically associated with each other. Although this is not entirely wrong (as we will explain later) it is also not completely true. They are tremendously important to build a prosperous digital product, but web design and development do not share the same concerns and priorities within the process - their responsibilities also differ.

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Toward a Unified Project Management Understanding

The objective of this research is to dispel misunderstandings about crucial project management terms and their definitions. It aims to accurately place these terms and facilitate a comprehensive global understanding of their meanings.