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The 3 C’s for success

Lead on Purpose

Success is a clear, yet complex word that means different things for different people. The measurements vary, the approaches to achieving change and the commitment to achieving fluctuate over time. In recent study and pondering, three words came to mind … Continue reading → Purpose clarity commitment courage principles success

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10 Tips for Creating an Agile Product Roadmap

Roman Pichler

1 Focus on Goals and Benefits. Whenever you are faced with an agile, dynamic environment—be it that your product is young and is experiencing significant change or that the market is dynamic with new competitors or technologies introducing change, you should work with a goal-oriented product roadmap, sometimes also referred to as theme-based. Goal-oriented roadmaps focus on goals or objectives like acquiring customers, increasing engagement, and removing technical debt.

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Moving from Solutions to Problems

Folding Burritos

People from all over the company come to you with feature requests and ideas. From minor things like UI tweaks to major ones like a new Search feature. Depending on how pushy and persistent stakeholders are in support of their feature, you might be forced to eventually let it through. Once this happens, expectations are set. “My My feature got into the product,” they think. From that, it’s a slippery slope. That person casually talks to others and word gets around.

Story: Career Advice and Growing in Product Management

bpma ProductHub

The founders of the Boston Women in Product share their story of how they started in product management, some of the challenges they faced and how mentors helped them navigate through these experiences. Cait Porte , Vice President of Product Management, Zmags. As my career in product management accelerated, so did my fear of being able to balance it all.

How to Measure DevSecOps Progress and Ensure Success

Speaker: Shannon Lietz, Director of DevSecOps Team, Intuit

You've finally done it: You've won over C-Suite and your DevSecOps team is up and running. You feel ready to take on rising security threats while continuously delivering quality software updates. But how do you monitor your new program? Are you truly able to gauge the state of your projects? To ensure the success of this new breed of a team, you need to know the metrics to look at and how to advocate these metrics to C-Suite and stakeholders. Join Shannon Lietz, Leader and Director of DevsecOps at Intuit, and learn to lead your DevSecOps team to the top.

Mental Models for Product Managers – Part 2

The Secret PM Handbook

Brain Wiring (by Wellcome Images, CC licensed). In part 1 I introduced mental models and some reasons they are important. And I provided a few “general purpose” examples. In this part we dive into what you really came here for – product management-specific mental models. Why are product management-related mental models different? The mental models I’m going to talk about share two key characteristics: They are about about products. They are not used enough.

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Product Owner vs. Product Manager Exploration

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Regardless of which role or title you may have, you should have at least a basic understanding of the Product Owner vs. Product Manager comparison; similarities, differences, and overlap. In our recent Product Management Team Survey we found that in companies doing Agile development, 70% indicated that the Product Manager is also the Product Owner. If you don’t have a good understanding of both roles (whether you are doing both or just interacting with someone doing one of them).[continue

Why This Opportunity Solution Tree is Changing the Way Product Teams Work

Product Talk

I’ve found a visual aid that is profoundly changing the way teams work. It’s working so well that I feel compelled to write a book about it. But that’s going to take time and I want you to have it today. So I’m going to scratch the surface in this blog post. I suspect you are going to have one of two reactions. You will either skim this post, conclude it’s obvious and that you already do it, and miss the point entirely. Or you will be left wanting more.

7 Customer Feedback Nightmares Every Product Manager Should Avoid

UserVoice

Bill Gates once famously said “Your most unhappy customers are your greatest source of learning.” While it’s a poignant quote, it doesn’t mean unhappy customers are your goal (there’s only so much positive spin Silicon Valley can put on failure). Prevention, as always, is the best medicine. With that in mind, here are 7 of the most common customer feedback nightmares Product Managers face and a. Source. Product Management Process

Reference Pricing

The Product Bistro

Completely unrelated to my usual posting, I had an interesting discussion on Facebook today about the changes that consumers are experiencing. This discussion was about how some items prices remain the same, but the quantity you receive is less. Case in point: Toilet paper. On the right we see how the roll used to be. Smaller cardboard core, and more paper wrapped around it. On the right, larger core (or more air) and less paper rolled around it. For the same price. Why do manufacturers do this?

Are Your Embedded Analytics DevOps-Friendly?

Does your analytics solution work with your current tech stack and DevOps practices? If not, any update to the analytics could increase deployment complexity and become difficult to maintain. Learn the 5 elements of a DevOps-friendly embedded analytics solution.

What is Good Product Strategy?

Melissa Perri

“What is your Product Strategy? YOU NEED A STRATEGY.” When I replay this scene in my head, I can hear the CTO very audibly yelling (slash pleading) with our product team. He was on edge. We had been experimenting towards a very concrete goal for two months, and had made a lot of progress. We had learned so much about what was preventing users from signing up on the site, and it was a lot clearer which direction in which we should be going. BUT we still had to test our ideas.

How aligning product and marketing teams improves customer experience

Mind the Product

It wasn’t too long ago that designers and developers were disciples of strictly separate crafts – but today, someone who can do both well is quickly labelled a “unicorn”, and sought after by many a unicorn-thirsty start-up. I believe the same synthesis of skill sets is occurring between marketers and product managers, but all too often, they’re treated organisationally as separate disciplines, broken up into siloed teams.

Is Scrum Right for Your Product?

Roman Pichler

When is Scrum Most Helpful? A process like Scrum is a great fit for your product when it is brand-new or young, and when you extend its life cycle, as shown in the picture below. This means that not every product will benefit from Scrum: Products that are maturing or declining won’t benefit from Scrum—at least not to the same degree.

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How to Deal with “Sinatra” Stakeholders

Folding Burritos

No matter how much we’d like for our Product Management role to be solely focused around building great products and making customers happy, the reality is that we need to work inside organizations. We’re part of a larger team and that means interacting with a broader group of people with direct or indirect interest in the product: our stakeholders. I wrote about dealing with unresponsive stakeholders in the past, but there are many more personas to consider.

Digital Trends Report 2020

As part of our goal to continue helping our community during these times, we wanted to share with you this critical data on the state of digital products across industries and provide context on how businesses are responding to the changing winds.

Mentorship and expectations

bpma ProductHub

The mentorship program at the Boston Product Management Association and how to make the best out of it. Why you might need a mentor in your life. Directing your own life can be equally exciting and daunting thing to do. Oftentimes we may feel stuck and need a little push on the way. It seems like all the books we’ve read, all the knowledge we’ve acquired, all the people we’ve met are still not enough to guide us take a direction, adjust our perspective or make a decision.

What Will Product Management Be Like In 5 Years?

The Secret PM Handbook

The future is hard to tease out, but here’s what will happen in product management’s future. (CC CC 2.0 by PunkToad). Earlier this year Janna Bastow of ProdPad put out a call for opinions on the future of product management. I quickly responded then. And realized later it would also make a good blog post. To understand the future of product management I started from the “present” of product management. Where are we now in the product management discipline?

The Way You Think About Willpower Is Hurting You

Nir Eyal

Not so long ago, my post-work routine looked like this: After a particularly grueling day, I’d sit on the couch and veg for hours, doing my version of “Netflix and chill,” which meant keeping company with a cold pint of ice cream. I knew the ice cream, and the sitting, were probably a bad idea, […]. The post The Way You Think About Willpower Is Hurting You appeared first on Nir and Far. Changing Your Habits Upgrading Yourself ego depletion willpower

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Tesla Agile Development: Product Management at its Best

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Tesla Agile Development: Version 8.0 Software and Product Management at its best. Last week I received the version 8 update from Tesla. For those of you unfamiliar with how updates work with Tesla and the Model S or X, your car connects to your home wifi and then every month or so you get great new features downloaded. In my case, since I purchased my model S one year ago I have received autopilot (the car accelerates, brakes and steers.[continue continue reading].

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Testing at Every Stage of Development

Up to 80% of new products fail. The reality is harsh and the reasons why are endless. Perhaps the new product couldn’t oust a customer favorite. Maybe it looked great but was too hard to use. Or, despite being a superior product, the go-to-market strategy failed. There’s always a risk when building a new product, but you can hedge your bets by understanding exactly what your customers' expectations truly are at every step of the development process.

Why You Are Asking the Wrong Customer Interview Questions

Product Talk

I recently asked a woman what factors she considered when buying a new pair of jeans. She didn’t hesitate in her answer. She said, “Fit is my number one factor.” ” That seems reasonable. It’s hard to find a pair of jeans that fit well. I then asked her to tell me about the last time she bought a pair of jeans. She said, “I bought them on Amazon.”. I laughed and asked, “How did you know if they fit?”

How to Onboard Junior Product Managers for Success

UserVoice

As your product management team grows, you will inevitably bring on some more junior product managers. Some may have a couple of years under their belt, while others may be fresh out of school or recent converts from engineering, design, analysis, or project management. It would be easy to view these new product managers as a distraction from your own daily grind, or even as competition, but this. Source. Product Management Product Management Process

Structured Visits – The Ambush

The Product Bistro

The concepts behind structured customer visits are powerful tools that allows the product manager or marketing team to quickly validate their assumptions, and ensure that the market matches the internal view. However, since you often must rely on groups that have an underlying agenda to select customers to visit, and also to coordinate the visits, there is a very real risk in this process.

As a product manager, you need to do just two things

Street Smart Product Manager

One of the biggest lies in product management is agile. That may sound like heresy, but hear me out… I actually love agile. It’s a great approach to reducing the risk of developing and shipping software. It’s a better software development methodology. But on its own it doesn’t solve the problem of providing a capital […]. The post As a product manager, you need to do just two things appeared first on Street Smart Product Manager. Product Management

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How Embedding AI-Powered Analytics Can Give You a Competitive Advantage

Embedding dashboards and reports aren’t enough. Futureproof your application by offering instant, actionable insights that will give you and your customers a competitive advantage.

The biggest challenge for product managers?

Mind the Product

A few weeks ago, I invited Mind the Product readers to take part in a brief survey with a simple goal: to identify the biggest challenges product managers face in their role. I’m sincerely grateful to the 47 of you who provided your thoughts, many of which were detailed and insightful in their own right. And while this wasn’t a scientific study, the results are directionally valuable and, for what it’s worth, consistent with my experiences and those of my colleagues. Respondents by the Numbers.

Decision Time: How Decision Rules Help You Make Better Product Decisions

Roman Pichler

Decisions, Decisions. “Is Is everybody OK with changing the release goal for Q3?”, asks Julie, the product manager. After a few seconds of silence, Julie moves on to the next topic assuming that the stakeholders agree. But most people are still thinking about the idea or oppose it. What’s more, nobody really knows who makes the final decision. Is it the product manager, the people present, or the management sponsor?

What is Good Product Strategy?

Melissa Perri

“What is your Product Strategy? YOU NEED A STRATEGY.” When I replay this scene in my head, I can hear the CTO very audibly yelling (slash pleading) with our product team. He was on edge. We had been experimenting towards a very concrete goal for two months, and had made a lot of progress. We […]. Product Management

The Simple Guide to Product Management

bpma ProductHub

Contributed by Cynthia Andre. In 2016, Glassdoor identified Product Management as the #8 best job to have in America, with a job score of 4.5 out of 5. Other jobs on the list included Data Scientist, Tax Manager and HR Manager. Unlike many of those jobs, product management is known for its nebulous career pathing and ambiguity. For one, roles can change drastically from company to company. Secondly, training and preparation vary. For new and aspiring product managers, that can be a challenge.

6 Ways to Secure (More Of) a Budget for Your Customer Education Program

Whether you’re looking to kickstart or expand your customer education program, you need access to a budget. Learn how you can demonstrate the positive ROI of customer training and make the case for securing a larger budget in our latest eBook!

Mental Models for Product Managers – Part 1

The Secret PM Handbook

The importance of mental models. Model of the brain – in yarn (CC 2.0 by Linden Tea ). There’s been an explosion – at least in my feed – of folks talking about the importance of having a lot of good mental models to help you make better decisions. A lot of this goes back to a talk by Charlie Munger at USC Business School in 1994. He’s the other old white guy who works with Warren Buffet at Berkshire Hathaway making lots of high-payoff investments.

Your World is Full of Placebo Buttons (and That’s a Good Thing)

Nir Eyal

All products and services, everything we buy and use, have but one job—to modulate our mood. The fundamental reason we use technology of all sorts, from stone tools to the latest iPhone, is to make us feel better. To prove the point, consider how perception of relief is tantamount to actual relief. Consider the so-called placebo […]. The post Your World is Full of Placebo Buttons (and That’s a Good Thing) appeared first on Nir and Far.

Applying Systems Thinking to Your Product Development Process

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Product Managers Are Outsiders in the Product Development Process There are two underlying problems for Product Managers when considering any product development process, whether it is Agile, Waterfall, or a hybrid process. The product development process is a subset of a larger product process (from product conception, to detailed business planning, all the way through end-of-life).