2015

Organizing a Large Product Backlog

Folding Burritos

Trying to organize a large product backlog is a tough thing to do. As times goes by, and the product grows, what was once a simple list of prioritized items gets unwieldy. Working from a huge list makes it very difficult to navigate and very easy to get “lost” in it.

2015 Year In Review – Hardcore Product Management

The Secret PM Handbook

Looking back over 2015 on this blog, I see quite a lot of meaty content! The topics have been hardcore product management-related. I hope you’ve enjoyed reading it as much as I’ve enjoyed sharing it.

Hi Fly: A Lean Airline Story

Melissa Perri

This past year I took six trips to London. Five of those round trip flights were on Norwegian Air. I HATE Norwegian Air. Without fail, every one of my Norwegian Air flights were delayed at least 2.5 hours. But on one trip back from London, I got a surprising test message.

5 Indispensible Habits Of Great Product Leaders

Street Smart Product Manager

As a product management leader, there are many demands on your time. It’s easy to get sucked into working on the most pressing issues and on meeting other people’s expectations. As “do-ers”, it’s in our nature to jump on these issues immediately.

Your Post-Launch Toolkit for Understanding Your Users

Speaker: Brittney Gwynn, former Director of Product, Simple Health

If you've you've launched an MVP, you know that the journey has just begun. But what do you do after the launch? How do you figure out what to do next? After you launch, it's important to be able to look at how different segments of your users react and quickly uncover signal vs. noise so you can iterate and improve. Join Brittney Gwynn, former Director of Product at Simple Health, as she explains how you can use early customer feedback, usage data, and continuous experimentation to optimize your way to product-market fit. Whether you're at a brand-new company, or looking to innovate within a more mature organization, or anywhere in between, you'll come away with a skill set to make the most of your launches.

The Alternative to Roadmaps

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I have always loved the General George Patton quote: “Don’t tell people what to do; tell them what you need accomplished, and you’ll be amazed at the results.” ” Unfortunately, typical roadmaps do just what the General warned against – they tell the team what to do.

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How to Design Your Customer Validation to Maximize Product/Market Fit

Sachin Rekhi

In my previous post I detailed how I typically go about documenting the initial set of product/market fit hypotheses for an early stage startup and each of the key elements that are important to capture as part of it.

Features do not a Product Roadmap Make

Tyner Blain

Last month, Mike Smart of Egress Solutions and I gave a webinar for Pragmatic Marketing on product roadmapping when working in agile environments. We had a great turnout of over 1500 people in the session – with not nearly enough time to answer all of the questions.

Why Competing on Price Always Win

The Product Coalition

Conventional wisdom says “competing on price is a race to the bottom”. As a result some businesses are not open to exposing the prices of their products and services and some would even create complex sale and pricing structures that would hog decision-making. A case in point to share?—?I

What Distinguishes the Top 1% Product Managers from the Top 10%?

Rahul Abhyankar

I came across this question on Quora and it got me thinking. It’s useful to understand what distinguishes the top 1% from the top 10% in any field. The top 10% in any field are likely some of the top notch performers in that field. The margin of difference is very small. Yet there must be that … Continue reading What Distinguishes the Top 1% Product Managers from the Top 10%? → Career/Leadership Product Management product management

Build Product Progress with a Strong Data Culture

Speaker: Nima Gardideh, CTO, Pearmill

Have you ever thought your product's progress was headed in one direction, and been shocked to see a different story reflected in big picture KPIs like revenue? It can be confusing when customer feedback or metrics like registration or retention are painting a different picture. No matter how sophisticated your analytics are, if you're asking the wrong questions - or looking at the wrong metrics - you're going to have trouble getting answers that can help you. Join Nima Gardideh, CTO of Pearmill, as he demonstrates how to build a strong data culture within your team, so everyone understands which metrics they should actually focus on - and why. Then, he'll explain how you can use your analytics to regularly review progress and successes. Finally, he'll discuss what you should keep in mind when instrumenting your analytics.

Top 5 MVP Tips to Avoid a Product Wreck

Product Warrior

For too many product managers pressures and influencers wreck the the MVP, by turning it into the first release of a new product or update which is "minimal" enough to keep all stakeholders happy. This puts leadership under a powerful delusion of confidence about the product.

Customers value Results, not Tools

Folding Burritos

As toolmakers , we tend to often be thinking (and talking) about the tools we make and the process of making them. We are Product Hunters , Thinkers , People , etc.

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Interview With Hubert Palan, CEO of ProductBoard – Podcast Season 2, Episode 2

The Secret PM Handbook

Here is the second episode of our new podcast season of All The Responsibility, None Of The Authority, crossposted from alltheresponsibility.com. I will be crossposting the new episodes from the new site to this feed as they are published (I’m a little behind now but will catch up!). Introducing Hubert Palan. Nils first met Hubert Palan in November 2014 at the Product Management Summit in San Francisco.

The Product Kata

Melissa Perri

A while ago, I was introducing the Kanban Kata by Hakan Forss to a team that was struggling to meet their deadline. They had failed twice before and their jobs were in jeopardy. Implementing Continuous Improvement and Kata helped the teams create better processes and remove bottlenecks.

What Is (and Isn’t) Product Management?

Speaker: Steve Johnson, VP of Products, Pragmatic Institute

Product Management is one of the most exciting - and most misunderstood - functions in technical organizations. Is it strategic or tactical? Is it a planning role or a support role? Many product professionals are unclear about what is (and isn't) product management. After all, product management spans many activities from business planning to market readiness. In this session, we’ll examine many product activities and artifacts for product strategy, planning, and growth, and introduce a simple tool that you can use in your organization to clarify the roles of product management and others. Steve Johnson explores the many roles of Product Management in this fun talk focused on why product managers should obsess on problems instead of solutions.

13 Myths And Misconceptions About Product Managers

Street Smart Product Manager

The good news: product management is now being seen as a legitimate profession and increasingly critical to a company’s growth strategy. (Ok, Ok, maybe it was always thus in Silicon Valley, but the rest of the world is now catching up.) The bad news: There are still many myths and misconceptions folks have about our profession. Here … Continue reading 13 Myths And Misconceptions About Product Managers.

Missionaries vs. Mercenaries

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One of my all-time favorite quotes in our industry comes by way of the legendary VC, John Doerr , where he argues that "we need teams of missionaries, not teams of mercenaries.” ” This point captures so much, and gets right to the heart of the most important trait of strong leaders, strong organizations, and strong product teams. This is not hard to spot, either way.

Amplify Your Agile Marketing by Walking on the Moon

Pragmatic Marketing

Now that this tune is stuck in your head, you’re probably thinking, “What the heck does a Police song from 1979 have to do with agile marketing?” We all know the genius of Sting, but was he really 35 years ahead of the curve for agile?

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A Practitioner's Guide to Net Promoter Score (NPS)

Sachin Rekhi

Over the past year at LinkedIn I developed a strong appreciation for using Net Promoter Score (NPS) as a key performance indicator (KPI) to understand customer loyalty.

Why Conversational AI Is Key to Customer Service in the Customer Experience Era

In today’s hyper-competitive market, every business must become a customer experience-first business. Customer satisfaction has become more important than price or any individual feature. Read the new Tractica white paper to learn how important conversational AI is to your CX strategy.

You Won’t Believe What These Five Lenses Can Show You About Your Product

Tyner Blain

Fundamentally, product management requires you to assess, synthesize, and prioritize the needs which drive the creation of your product in the context of three main objectives: desirability, viability, and feasibility. While laudable, these objectives are too abstract to be actionable.

Why Product Users Are Like Cats

The Product Coalition

I confess my ignorance when it comes to keeping a pet like a dog or a cat nevertheless the joy of playing with someone else’s pet dog when I was a kid remained as part of my fondest memories. The cats I encountered somehow weren’t just as attached or affectionate as dogs.

Product Professional to CEO

Rahul Abhyankar

Google recently promoted Sundar Pichai to the role of CEO. Naturally, this received a lot of press with many articles talking about Pichai’s journey from a middle class family background in India, his education at Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Stanford and Wharton, and working at McKinsey and Google. No doubt, it is a remarkable story of progress. Since Pichai … Continue reading Product Professional to CEO → Career/Leadership Product Management

What are the best rapid prototyping tools for product experiments?

AlphaHQ

Product teams that adopt and apply lean methodologies are often challenged to find the best way to prototype their product ideas. Understanding product market fit is one thing, but having the ability to rapidly design and test prototypes is another.

Embedded BI and Analytics: Best Practices to Monetize Your Data

Speaker: Azmat Tanauli, Senior Director of Product Strategy at Birst

By creating innovative analytics products and expanding into new markets, more and more companies are discovering new potential revenue streams. Join Azmat Tanauli, Senior Director of Product Strategy at Birst, as he walks you through how data that you're likely already collecting can be transformed into revenue!

A Trello template for your Product Backlog

Folding Burritos

Since publishing my article on how to organize a large product backlog , I got a lot of questions from readers that wanted more details on the workflow and how to set it up in Trello.

Interview With Hubert Palan, CEO of ProductBoard, Part 2 – Podcast Season 2, Episode 2

The Secret PM Handbook

This second part of our interview with Hubert Palan is the third episode of our new podcast season of All The Responsibility, None Of The Authority, crossposted from alltheresponsibility.com. I will be crossposting the new episodes from the new site to this feed as they are published (I’m a little behind now but will catch up!). This is part two of our interview with Hubert Palan, found and CEO of ProductBoard, and long time product management leader and executive.

What Makes a Great Product Manager?

Melissa Perri

It's a question I get asked often by my students, clients, and people in the community. What is it that separates the good Product Managers from the best? What qualities in my potential candidates will let me know this person is the real deal?

The Keys To Productive Brainstorming

Street Smart Product Manager

Let’s face it: brainstorming has gotten a bad rap. And deservedly so. How many of us have been part of a “brainstorming meeting” that turned out to be a total waste of time? Too many people. A purposeless agenda. Meandering conversations that go nowhere. And no follow-up afterward. Sound familiar? In fact, doesn’t “brainstorming meeting” … Continue reading The Keys To Productive Brainstorming.

A Simple Framework for Complex User Goals

Speaker: Hannah Stegen

How can you measure and affect your users' behavior if they're not doing something that's easily measurable? You can monitor usage, activation, retention, and more, but those metrics don't always align with every one of your goals for your users. Hope is not lost, however: with the right framework, you can still make sure your users are on track. Join Hannah Stegen (she/her), Customer Success Manager at Crescendo as she explains how you can monitor even the most complex user journeys by breaking them up into Attitude, Intention, and Behavior.

Innovation vs. Execution

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In my last article I discussed how we need to simultaneously learn fast in product discovery, yet still release with confidence in product delivery. I got a very good response from this article, as well as many questions as to how teams can get better at one or both. This quickly gets into a very deep discussion of culture. You can think of this as the characteristics of a strong innovation culture, versus those of a strong execution culture.

How data stops companies innovating

Product Warrior

For better or for worse I admit it - I am an addict. I am a addicted to making data driven decisions, with that out in the open, why I am I filled with fear of pending foolish decisions when presented with research from focus groups and surveys?

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How to be an Infinite Learner

Sachin Rekhi

One of the characteristics Reid Hoffman often mentions he values in great entrepreneurs is that they are infinite learners.