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Top Challenges for Product Management; Priorities for Product Management Leaders for 2015; Buyer Personas in Action

Good Product Manager

Top Challenges for Product Management. At SiriusDecisions, we’ve recently been conducting research into the top priorities of product management leaders. My blog post on the Top Challenges for Product Management in 2015 shares some of the high-level findings from our research, specifically around the top priority areas for product management leaders as well as the specific skills they are looking to develop in their teams in 2015.

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9 Scrum Metrics to Keep Your Team on Track

Pragmatic Marketing

The old adage “you can’t improve what you can’t measure” indicates the need to know how you know. In traditional projects, milestones and key performance indicators (KPIs) measure project progress and individual contributions to that project. But while agile scrum defines several milestones—sprint planning, daily standup, sprint review, sprint retrospective, backlog grooming—the milestones alone don’t provide any guarantees of progress or success.

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The Best Product Managers Fall in Love With a Problem

Sachin Rekhi

I’ve had the chance to work with a variety of product managers across tech giants and startups alike. While there are many critical skills for being a world class product manager, I’ve noticed one pattern amongst the very best: they fall deeply in love with the problem their product is solving. When you see a product manager fall in love with a problem, you notice the following….

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Good Enough

Tyner Blain

We hear a lot about building products which are “good enough” or “just barely good enough.” How do we know what “good enough” means for our customers? No one really tells us. Different Perspectives of Good Enough. There are several important ways to think about a product being good enough – for this article, we will limit the context for discussion to “good enough to ship to customers” or “good enough to stop making it better (for no

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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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What is a Technical Product Manager, Anyway?

Daniel Elizalde IoT Blog

You might have noticed many variations on the Product Manager job title. Some companies have Strategic Product Managers, while others have Product Manager titles linked to specific industry verticals, for example, eCommerce Product Managers and Energy Product Managers. Among software companies, you’ll often see the titles Product Manager, Product Development Manager, and Technical Product Manager.

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The Problem with Building Products in an Agile World

Product Beautiful

Over the past decade, there has been a ton of ink spilled over Agile development. Much of the Agile narrative has focused on the pros of implementing Agile methodologies , such as better planning, faster feedback, and the ability to quickly pivot and make changes. These are all good things. However, from a Product Management standpoint, Agile has some major problem areas that can create inefficiency at best, or completely wreck a project at worst.

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Product Managers trading in land mines for gold mines

All About Product Management

Is your product built on a gold mine or land mine? As a product manager I would like to ensure that my product is built on solid technology so it can be maintained with minimal effort. Scenario you’re a Product Manager, you work for a big organisation. You inherit a product that causes you a lot of frustration because: Your development/engineering teams have been diverted for a number of months to migrate legacy/unsupported databases across the portfolio of products to new DBS.

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10 things you can start doing today to unleash your product team’s potential.

Karan Peri

Great product teams have highly potent characteristics such as productivity, passion, creativity and free flow of ideas. These are ephemeral things that need constant protection. A Product Manager or Product Owner’s job is to understand her team, their interactions and their expectations in addition to obsessing about user delight and product. Doing this will help ensure that your crew delivers a product even better than envisioned.

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What does a Product Manager do? Take 1.

Product Manager in Heels

Starting a new role forces product managers to think of the basic principles the guide product management. I recently changed my LinkedIn profile headline to "Creating products that customers love" and it got my mind going on what a product manager actually does. While many of us answer this with "what doesn't a product manager do?!", it's useful to define this.I think of the Product Manager Basics through the ability to answer the following three questions: What is the problem your customers ar

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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 Year of Service Industry Transformation: A Look Back at 2014

TSIA

As 2014 draws to a close, the TSIA research team wanted to provide a brief recap of the top trends, lessons learned, and key takeaways the past year had to offer. Let's take a look at what we've learned this year, as well as what's on the horizon for the technology services industry in 2015.

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Product Management Tools; Three Questions to Improve Product Management; Happy Holidays 2014

Good Product Manager

SiriusDecisions Field Guide Product Management Tools. I’m pleased to announce the release of the SiriusDecisions Field Guide “Product Planning, Prioritization and Roadmapping 2015.” This is a project that I have been involved in for the past several months with several colleagues at SiriusDecisions. The Field Guide covers 11 vendors whose offerings are designed to assist product managers with developing product plans, prioritizing features and enhancements, and maintaining and

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Why Marketing Should Go Agile

Pragmatic Marketing

Marketing has changed more in the last five to seven years than at any other time during my career. The pace of change has quickened, there is more direct pressure for marketing to demonstrate its contribution to the bottom line, many more channels of communication are available to reach increasingly fragmented audiences, and all of this must be done with scarce and expensive talent and resources.

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The Importance of Developing Personas in Product Design

Sachin Rekhi

Sample personas from MailChimp. Personas are an important design tool that should be in the toolset of any product manager or designer. Personas are fictional characters developed to represent the different archetypes of users of your product. A persona typically describes the goals, pain points, behaviors, and psychology associated with members of a particular segment.

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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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Opposite Views of a Product Roadmap

Tyner Blain

Your product roadmap is a view of what you are building right now, in the near future, and in the more distant future. Or is your roadmap a view of why you are building whatever you’re building right now, in the near future, and in the more distant future? Your roadmap is both – but one is more important than the other – and product managers need to be able to view the roadmap both ways.

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Big Data: 6 Key Areas Every IoT Product Manager Should Address

Daniel Elizalde IoT Blog

A few years ago, when I was working as Product Manager of an Enterprise Data Management Product, a company approached us to help them solve a major challenge. They had just invested in a state-of-the-art automation system capable of generating tons of data (to the rate of gigabytes/second). A few months later, they realized that their new investment wasn’t paying […] The post Big Data: 6 Key Areas Every IoT Product Manager Should Address first appeared on Daniel Elizalde.

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How to Win with Superior Decisions

Product Culture

Have you ever worked at a company where the CEO or some other executive changes the priorities every week? Where no one can get anything done because they are constantly switching gears? Or maybe you’ve been stuck on a project that seems like it will never end because there are always “just a few more things” needed for it to really take off.

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Becoming a Product Leader with Win/Loss Analysis

Product Beautiful

Nearly every product manager I speak to desires to be a leader in his or her organization. Everyone knows that as a member of the Product Team, you must exercise soft skills like influence to nudge your product towards success. However, to few know how to gain the confidence to become the leader that they want to be. The first step toward becoming a great product leader is to have the best quality and quantity of information, so that you can attack any problem with data, not opinions.

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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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Why do products need a story?

DISQO

I’m often approached by young, aspiring entrepreneurs who ask some variation of the following: . I’m interested in starting a company in [Industry] that does [Laundry list of features], so where do I start? They usually want introductions to investors and developers – rarely are they seeking advice. So I respond with a question in turn, something I know they can relate to.

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Do you believe in Leadership lessons?

SidsAvenue

The 2 contradicting lessons A most common lesson people give while talking about Innovation is "Fail fast and move on" On the other hand, Guru's also advocate that say "You need to have perseverance and grit to continue doing what you believe in" To me, these are 2 contradicting thoughts. Isn't it? When you are working on something new, there are no ready to use references.

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Dog Training + Product Management

Product Manager in Heels

We spend a lot of time training our dog, Gunner. He's a 3-year-old Olde English Bulldogge and we got him from Doubletake Bulldogges in Massachusetts. We work with the Pawsitive Dog in Boston and couldn't be happier. He has his CGC Certification and is training to compete in Rally. Needless to say, we're a bit obsessed with him. I bring this up because he's an important part of my life, and helps me with product management.

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Education Services: Building and Maintaining a Successful Subscription-Based Business

TSIA

It used to be that the only thing a subscription bought you was a magazine, the newspaper, or maybe a gym membership. Clearly, times have changed. Products and services now offered via a subscription model abound, and they range from the simple, such as a weekly box of organic snacks, to the sophisticated, such as Amazon Web Services (AWS). With such diversity in the types of companies providing subscription-based offers, what approach should education services (ES) organizations consider in bui

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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!

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Common Mistakes in Implementing a New Product Management Framework; Tools for Product Management; ProductCamp Atlanta Recap

Good Product Manager

Common Mistakes in Implementing a New Product Management Framework. Based on our research at SiriusDecisions, we know that improving the overall product lifecycle management framework/process is a top priority for the coming year for many b-to-b product management leaders. This is certainly not a new trend. Some organizations have tried to improve their product lifecycle management framework — and their overall process used for innovation and go-to-market activities — over and over a

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How Important is UX to Your Product’s Growth?

UserTesting

Today’s guest post comes from Sean Ellis, CEO and co-founder of Qualaroo and founder of GrowthHackers.com. Enjoy! UserTesting’s own Hannah Alvarez recently posed a question over at GrowthHackers.com regarding the importance of UX within the larger framework of growth hacking … The post How Important is UX to Your Product’s Growth? appeared first on UserTesting Blog.

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The Inertia to Innovation at Scale and How To Overcome It

Sachin Rekhi

Throughout my career, I’ve had the opportunity to launch innovative new products not only as an entrepreneur at my own startups like Anywhere.FM and Connected, but also as an intrapreneur at Microsoft and LinkedIn, bringing brand new products to market at these established tech firms. Every established tech firm aspires to bring the innovation culture that’s so native to startups to their own organization, but often struggles to do so.

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Agile Cadabra

Tyner Blain

Agile is not magical. Changing from a waterfall process to an agile process changes how your team works, and helps eliminate inefficiencies. Adopting an agile process does not let you magically have a more successful product. What makes agile powerful is also makes it dangerous. Triage and Urgency. One tenet of agile is to make decisions at the last responsible moment.

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IDC Analyst Report: The Open Source Blind Spot Putting Businesses at Risk

In a recent study, IDC found that 64% of organizations said they were already using open source in software development with a further 25% planning to in the next year. Most organizations are unaware of just how much open-source code is used and underestimate their dependency on it. As enterprises grow the use of open-source software, they face a new challenge: understanding the scope of open-source software that's being used throughout the organization and the corresponding exposure.