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The Beginner’s Guide to Product-Led Growth Metrics

Gainsight

Since the beginning of business, we’ve been on a journey to accurately evaluate and predict customer needs. For people in Product, delivering products your customers love is just one of the challenges. You then have to optimize users’ ROI, increase adoption, and accurately discover your customer journey bottlenecks. Which features bring the majority of revenue? How should customer-facing teams predict retention and revenue rates based on users’ behavior?

Priority Starts at the Top

Folding Burritos

I talk to a lot of PMs and I ask them (and everyone who subscribes to my newsletter) the same question: what’s your biggest struggle as a Product Manager? I get back all sorts of replies, but by far the biggest issues are about prioritization, in some shape or form. Having put together a fairly popular resource on product prioritization methods, I would’ve hoped the situation to be different. But it’s not. It remains hard for many PMs.

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Psychological Safety: A Prerequisite For High Performing Teams

Strategyzer

Can a team of talents who are suspicious of each other solve complex problems together and innovate? The answer is simply, no. Organizational Culture Thought Leadership Strategy

Listen to Understand: Listening Practices for Product People

Roman Pichler

Listen to Understand, not to Answer. Most people do not listen with the intent to understand; they listen with the intent to reply,” wrote Steve Covey in his book The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. It’s true: We often listen with a specific goal in mind, with the intention to reply, to share our perspective, or to convince the other person. As a consequence, we don’t pay full attention to what the other person is saying or filter what is being said; we only hear what supports our view.

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. But how do you monitor your new program? Join Shannon Lietz, Leader and Director of DevsecOps at Intuit, and learn to lead your DevSecOps team to the top.

Mental Health as a Product Person – Let’s Talk

Mind the Product

Today is World Mental Health Day , and as we both struggle with mental health it’s a good opportunity to speak out and reflect on the issue of mental health at work. In this blog we’ll share our own personal experiences, and consider how mental health problems such as imposter syndrome, anxiety, depression, or stress affect us as product people. Imposter Syndrome. We talk a lot about imposter syndrome.

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The Addictive Products Myth: Who Is the Culprit Here?

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Prioritize Opportunities, Not Solutions

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The Top 5 Technical Skills Every Product Manager Should Know

UserVoice

While a technical background is a mandatory prerequisite for becoming a product manager, there are some technical skills worth having in your toolbox as a PM. The good news is you don’t need to go back to school to master these technical competencies either. The skills we’ll discuss in this article won’t put you in competition with your engineers or make you smarter than your system architects. Source. Product Management

How to Write Fewer Requirements

Ask Benny

Free your time to be more strategic Requirements are overrated In Are Requirements Overrated and Your Role is not to Write Requirements I explained why writing requirements should be a minimal task. I talked about 3 major reasons why it is good for everyone: Your time is valuable. Every minute you spend in perfecting the details of a solution, for a problem you already know you need to solve, is a time you don’t spend trying to find the next one. Smart creatives.

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 the four forces can teach us about the user onboarding experience

Inside Intercom

A great onboarding experience is one that proves to new users that your product will help them do the job that they want. To put it another way, the ideal onboarding experience is a short, easy and frictionless path to finding value. Of course, many products have unavoidable complexity. If getting started with your product requires new users to install software, invite colleagues or message customers, then the path to value may not seem as short or straightforward.

UX Truth Bombs: How to prepare for hard lessons during user research

Userzoom

Speaking to users, whether for research or testing purposes, provides invaluable insight into how people behave and what they need. The more users we speak to, the more we know. But even the best of us will face some hard truths from users no matter what stage we are in our career. Testing designs, whether it’s the first time or the 100th time, can be an incredibly eye-opening experience.

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The Marketer’s Guide to Product Led Growth Marketing

Userpilot

Product led growth marketing is like the business equivalent of really great storytelling. And that is ? Show don’t tell. That’s why we wouldn’t dare tell you what product-led growth marketing is or how to do it. Instead, we’re going to show you how to drive it in your role as head of growth or product marketer. What is product led growth marketing.

How To Launch A Product or Feature To Maximize Growth

Brian Balfour

Superhuman was founded in 2015 (3ish years ago at the time of writing this). From their landing page, they are building “The Fastest Email Experience Ever Made.” To this day, you can still not sign up and instantly gain access to their product. Yet, they have received more press, word of mouth, and funding than 95%+ of other products. Because they've done the exact opposite of what most do for product and feature launches. Let me explain.

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.

4 Product-Driven Steps to an Artificial Intelligence Roadmap

bpma ProductHub

by Daniel Shenfeld – What’s so transformative about artificial intelligence (AI), anyway? Artificial intelligence (AI) is regularly breaking new ground, from DeepMind’s AlphaGo Zero teaching itself to play Go and beating human champions to text-generating algorithms so powerful that their creators at OpenAI decided not to release them publicly for fear of malicious use. While these accomplishments are rightfully generating… Product Strategy

How great Product Managers contribute to great engineering cultures

The Product Coalition

Great engineers leave when they are no longer excited by an opportunity. These engineers are in demand, they have other companies constantly knocking on their doors, pitching them exciting opportunities, as well as money, in an attempt to convince them to leave. Given that cutthroat environment, how do we, as product managers, contribute to a strong engineering culture? Why should we care enough to make that our responsibility?

How to Stay on Course During Product Discovery

ProductCraft

Product discovery is a messy, hard, and often thankless job. Quite frankly, there’s no way — or need — to sugarcoat this. Product discovery is also rarely linear, let alone foreseeable. There’s also no one-size-fits-all approach to doing it “perfectly.” As a result, product teams need to have high confidence in their ability to pick. Read more » The post How to Stay on Course During Product Discovery appeared first on ProductCraft by Pendo.

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“Software eating the world” creates a growing need to educate product managers.

Product Management Unpacked

Digital transformation impacts almost everything, so the demand for product management continues to increase – every day. When I started in product management in the mid-1980s, most product managers were hired to work in traditional B2C businesses, which is where the idea of product management originated. Modern product management started in 1931 with a memo written by Neil H. McElroy at Procter & Gamble.

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.

Innovation by Design: How to Unlock New Business Opportunities

UX Studio

The term “design” often describes a visual output – a form, colour, texture, layout – or a styling activity. In other cases, the meaning of design goes beyond a product’s appearance, also referring to how it works and its functionality. In this article we discuss how design transforms organisations and inspires innovation. Get ready to dive into the world of innovation by design. Nowadays, businesses invest much more in design. They do so not only to build beautiful and functional products.

Free Your Product Roadmap and Ditch the Timeline

Mind the Product

Women in Product Management: Irina Farooq, Chief Product Officer at Kinetica

280 Group

For our next installment of the Women in Product Management Series, I interviewed Irina Farooq, Chief Product Officer at Kinetica. To read the entire series on Women in Product Management make sure to? sign up for our newsletter. How did you get into Product Management? I switched into product management by a stroke of luck four months out of college. I received some good advice from someone who thought product management would be a good career for me. I didn’t even know what that was.

Should Product Roadmaps Have Dates?

Roman Pichler

What Product Roadmaps Are (in a Nutshell). To start with, let’s briefly recap what a product roadmap is. I view a roadmap as a high-level plan that states specific benefits a product should provide over a certain timeframe, which may range from six to 12 months. I find it helpful to use the product roadmap so that it connects the overall product strategy with the product backlog, as shown in the picture below.

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.

Prioritization Shouldn't Be Hard

Melissa Perri

A while ago, I was interviewing a VP of Product candidate for a client. They were on the case study portion of the interview, where they had to prioritize major initiatives for the company. We explained that the objective wasn’t to get the prioritization completely right, and it was more for us to understand their thought process. They had access to any people or any data they needed from the company.

[Focus Guide] How To Make The Most Out Of Your Time And Your Life

Nir Eyal

The post [Focus Guide] How To Make The Most Out Of Your Time And Your Life appeared first on Nir and Far. Focus

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Everyone Thinks They’re Managing by Outcomes. Here’s How to Actually Do it.

Product Talk

Last month, I spoke at the Business of Software (BoS) conference in Boston. BoS has been on my short list for a very long time and it did not disappoint. Mark Littlewood , the organizer of the event, does a fantastic job and it shows up in every little detail of the event. The audience is made up of entrepreneurs. Most seemed early in their entrepreneurial journey, but there were plenty of experienced folks as well. What stood out to me was how friendly and eager to learn all the attendees were.

Retrospectives Make Better Product Outcomes

bpma ProductHub

by Ellen Gottesdiener Frustrated with the outcomes of your products? Are you, as a product manager, struggling with your development team? In my work as a product coach, achieving less than stellar product outcomes is all too common. Surprisingly, the solution to better outcomes may be right under your nose. The answer is in retrospectives.… … Product Management Product Strategy

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!

Selling to Product Managers

The Product Bistro

An interesting topic today, what it must be like to sell to someone who lives and breathes products, and all aspects therein. This post revolves around selecting a realtor as the trustee of my Stepfather’s estate. Synopsis: In late 2018, my Stepfather, my father figure for over 40 years, passed away. He had been ill […]. product management sales

Product Takeoff

Product Takeoff

Every product has a lifecycle of Introduction, growth , maturity and decline.With digital disruption in the market place it is very critical that we design products that stay in the growth phase for a longer period of time.

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Why women make great product managers

Product Management Unpacked

Marty Cagan, founder of the Silicon Valley Product Group , delivered the opening keynote to the 2016 Mind the Product Conference. His keynote, “Behind Every Great Product,” highlights professionals involved in some of the most iconic technology products of our time, including Netflix, iTunes and Word for Mac. All six of the examples he uses are women in product management. The skills that make women succeed in product management: Emotional Intelligence. Problem Solving. Compassion. Collaboration.