Let’s stop calling it software engineering

Under10 Playbook

Let’s stop calling it software engineering or software development. Much of the language of software creation is based on the manufacturing metaphor. We “plan” software. We “engineer” software. We “assemble” software.

Getting Design Agencies and Engineering Teams to Work Together

Mind the Product

Design agencies and engineering teams are filled with talented and experienced people. Both agencies and engineering team are often evaluated based on the quality and quantity of their individual output. In my experience, design agencies and engineering teams can successfully work together if they have the right structure, oversight and mindset in place. Session with Engineering (60m). Agile Best Practices: SVP of Engineering Jeff Nielsen on Iteration Planning.

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A Guide to Collaborating With and Motivating Your Engineering Team

Mind the Product

Frustrated Engineer. Product management and engineering needs to have a constant push-pull for progress to be made. Here are some of the things to keep in mind when working with engineers that I’ve gleaned from my experience. Lose time by over-building (or worse, building the wrong solution) because, had the engineers understood the problem being solved, they might have had a better (or quicker) way to solve it. Nobody likes process, certainly not engineers.

How to Hook Users in 3 Steps: An Intro to Habit Testing

Nir Eyal

User Investment Behavior engineering Design Entrepreneurship habit testing Habits product managementChanging user habits isn’t easy — but understanding how to conduct Habit Testing will increase your odds of success.

How Two Companies Hooked Customers On Products They Rarely Use

Nir Eyal

Designing Customer Habits Behavior engineering community content HabitsLarry Page, CEO of Alphabet (the company formerly known as Google), has a quirky way of deciding which companies he likes. It’s called “The Toothbrush Test.” According to the New York Times, when Page looks at a potential company to acquire, he wants to know if the product is, like a toothbrush, “something you will […].

Let’s stop calling it software engineering

Under10 Playbook

Let’s stop calling it software engineering or software development. Much of the language of software creation is based on the manufacturing metaphor. We “plan” software. We “engineer” software. We “assemble” software.

How to Win Your Competition’s Customers

Nir Eyal

Designing Customer Habits Behavior design Behavior engineering engagement habit Habits Hook Model product managementAbout a year ago, I wrote an essay about how to win your competition’s customers habits. Today, I’d like to share a quick video of the ideas in that article.

Hooked for Good: How Habit-Forming Products Improve Lives

Nir Eyal

Designing Customer Habits Behavior design Behavior engineering Design engagement habit Habits Hook Model product managementLast week’s Habit Summit was amazing! It was wonderful to see so many blog readers and friends enjoying the keynotes — not to mention the Stanford sunshine.

Product Management Insights: How Usage Analytics Helps Your Developers

Revulytics

During the analysis and design phases of the development cycle, software engineers face a lot of feedback from competing interests. Product Management Usage Analytics Software Development EngineeringWhen I was a product manager, I encountered a scenario that is probably familiar to my fellow PMs here. One of our products had so much killer functionality, it could basically do the equivalent of launching rockets for network security.

How Software Usage Analytics Supports Agile Development

Revulytics

Product Management Usage Analytics Software Development EngineeringAs part of a list of summer reading recommendations for marketers recently published by Forbes, Juniper Networks CMO Mike Marcellin named “Hacking Marketing: Agile Practices to Make Marketing Smarter, Faster and More Innovative” as his pick.

Building Stronger Relationships Between Product Management and Engineering

High Octane Product Management

What are some things we can do to build stronger product management and engineering relationships? Here are three simple practices you can adopt to strengthen your product management and engineering relationships so they work together more harmoniously. Product Management should take the lead and provide regular forums for Engineering on topics such as emerging market trends and target customer challenges, new business practices, and current customer successes.In

Better Software Product Roadmaps: Usage Analytics Use Cases

Revulytics

Engineers at a leading practice management software provider struggled to manage a feature that was written in legacy code with obsolete tools. Whenever engineering upgraded the UI, the feature would break – costing time and resources. Product Management Usage Analytics Software Development Engineering

Driving Decisions Through Your Development Lifecycle with Data

Revulytics

Product Management Usage Analytics Software Development EngineeringStack Overflow co-founder Jeff Atwood has noted that he’s “a big fan of developers handling tech support calls for their software, at least a part of the time. It really motivates them to address the pain points users are experiencing, because they become shared pain points.”

Microsoft Application Insights vs. Revulytics Usage Intelligence: Play the Game You're Best At

Revulytics

Product Management Usage Analytics Software Development EngineeringIn 1994, after winning 3 NBA Championships (and 3 NBA Finals MVP awards), Michael Jordan famously left the NBA for a year to pursue professional baseball. He landed on the Birmingham Barons, a lower minor league team for the Chicago White Sox. Jordan had his ups and downs with the Barons and never made it out of the minors in his 1 year in the league.

Podcast: Organizational Anthropology

Mironov Consulting

” Some takeaways: Different groups (sales, marketing, product, engineering and executive leadership) have their own success metrics, filters and biases. Motivating engineering teams is different from motivating sales teams.

Here’s How to Ethically Manipulate Other People

Nir Eyal

Designing Ethically Behavior design Behavior engineeringAre we using behavioral design (and ethical manipulation) for good? How do we know? Now that we have the power to profoundly change peoples’ habits through technology, how do change behavior ethically? Manipulation Matrix In this short video, I talk to Amir Shevat, formerly at Google and now at Slack, about a simple test for […]. The post Here’s How to Ethically Manipulate Other People appeared first on Nir and Far.

Get SaaS-y: Empowering On-Premise Software with Usage Analytics

Revulytics

Product Management Usage Analytics Software Development EngineeringConsider this: by 2018, at least half of IT spending will be cloud-based, according to IDC. The trend toward moving workloads to the cloud is unmistakable and unstoppable. But even with the cloud’s increasing pervasiveness, on-premise software will not disappear. Talk to any CIO at an enterprise that made a substantial investment in on-premise software vs. SaaS and you’ll gather plenty of anecdotal evidence to that end.

How to Onboard Junior Product Managers for Success

UserVoice

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. As your product management team grows, you will inevitably bring on some more junior product managers.

A Certain Ratio – Bringing the Donuts 03/27/2017

Ken Norton

What's the ideal number of engineers for every PM? -. One of the most common questions I get from growing startups is, what’s the ideal ratio of engineers to product managers? (A I spend a lot of time with startups, and a good portion of that time helping them think through organizational questions. A different kind of P/E ratio.) For fun

4 key steps towards a growth engine strategy

Product Warrior

Reviewing product strategy to design a growth engine for established business is a common ask of product leadership, although few businesses achieve it. This post shows you where do you start so you can design powerful and successful growth engines?

OpenView Labs: Is Your Data Deluding You? Driving Real Results with Relevant Metrics

Revulytics

Product Management Usage Analytics Software Development EngineeringIt’s one of the chief challenges we face as we build our ideas into businesses – how do we drown out the noise to focus on signals – to make business decisions and create products that, in a sense, are so irresistible that they sell themselves? For start-ups, that’s a proposition complicated by the pressure to show traction and gain a foothold, before we slump into irrelevance.

The Science of Habit-Forming Products

Nir Eyal

Designing Customer Habits Behavior design Behavior engineering Design HookedWhen Nathan Bashaw, CEO of Hardbound, reached out about doing a presentation around my book Hooked, I jumped at the chance to try a fun visual for sharing knowledge about habit-forming products. Let me know what you think of the format below and please share with others. </iframe. </iframe. The post The Science of Habit-Forming Products appeared first on Nir and Far.

Here’s Why Every Product Manager Must Learn to Love Data

UserVoice

Just take a look at the job descriptions that come up when you search “Product Manager” in your preferred job search engine, it’s difficult to ignore the cries for “analytics” and “insight” in even the most junior roles. “Big data.”

Who are Product Managers? Infographic

280 Group

Customer-focused Engineer-focused Design-focused Business-focused Where do Product Managers come from? What do Product Managers do?

Focus on the Metrics that Matter: Identifying Your Product’s Key Metrics and KPIs

UserVoice

While some metrics might be fascinating and useful to you or to your engineering team, you’ll need to be reporting up and out in your organization as well.

The Software Development Deli Counter

Mironov Consulting

I’ve noticed a frequent executive-level misalignment of expectations across a range of software/tech companies, particularly in B2B/Enterprise companies and where Sales/Marketing is geographically far away from Engineering/Product Management.

4 Traits of Successful Product Leaders

UserVoice

Contrary to popular belief, you don’t need to be a former engineer to be a product leader. To earn the respect of and lead teams of engineers, the product manager must understand the technical underpinnings, how things work and the engineering trade-offs,” says Groupon’s Jeff Holden.

The Ladder of Evidence: Get More Value From Your Customer Interviews and Product Experiments

Product Talk

We don’t want our engineers sitting around while we conduct perfect research, but we also don’t want to build the wrong functionality because we got unreliable feedback. One of the best signs of an effective product team is a regular cadence of customer interviews and product experiments.

Product Manager Salary Statistics

280 Group

The Product Manager salary for a new hire in Silicon Valley is now higher than that of engineers. Looking to find out what a reasonable Product Manager Salary is? This article will give you some statistics about being a Product Manager and what to expect in terms of salary and other benefits.

How to Prioritize Product Backlogs in Three Easy Steps

280 Group

If you prioritize your backlog in a non-optimal manner then you may be wasting engineering resources by having them build features that aren’t the highest priority and don’t add the most value to your products.

7 Ways to Know That You Need a Head of Product

Mironov Consulting

When customers need a fistful of your company’s products to assemble a solution, and each of your engineering units is working independently to capture revenue for its own pieces, your product catalog can become a mirror image of your business units.

From R&D Engineer to Product Manager

All About Product Management

He has had the opportunity to travel the globe both as an engineer and product manager representing the products he has designed and ( later on in his career ) that he product managed. After graduating in France, I followed a B.Eng in Electronics and Communication Engineering.

Shortcomings of Google App Engine

Sachin Rekhi

As many of you know, I have been a huge fan of Google App Engine. While AWS has significantly moved the industry forward with on-demand virtualized instances and cloud storage, it has not developed a fully scalable runtime environment comparable to Google App Engine. Sure Google App Engine only supports a very restricted use case and set of technologies, but constraints can be liberating.

Innovation begins with observation

Under10 Playbook

Now an engineer can say “Do you like this? Don't over-engineer it with a bunch of modes and don't promote it. It's neat feature that solves a common problem for engineers. In a recording session, Mick Jagger complained about Bill Wyman’s bass playing.

“My CEO is a Finance Guy Stuck on ROI…”

Mironov Consulting

Head of Product: My CEO is a finance guy*, and is pushing the product team hard to prioritize all engineering work solely on ROI. Most first-time CEOs come from some functional role: sales, finance, marketing, engineering, occasionally product management. (Or

Do Product Owners Need Technical Skills?

Roman Pichler

But if you look after a technical product—a product that is integrated into a larger offering like a physics engine, which forms part of a computer game—then you will require the appropriate technical skills in order to formulate technical requirements and define software interfaces (APIs).

Productivity vs. Responsiveness

Mironov Consulting

I break this down into: The distinction between overall engineering productivity and account-level responsiveness. Engineering Teams Focus On Overall Productivity. Product/Engineering builds repeatable solutions that dozens or hundreds of our enterprise customers can put right to work.

25 must-read product management articles

Roadmunk

The one cost that product managers and engineers don’t understand. Spotify engineering culture (part 1). How to work with engineers. We talked working with engineers, now let’s chat working with product designers.

The best way to support sales teams

Under10 Playbook

Today, many product managers are serving as sales engineers, usually because the existing sales engineering team is understaffed or under-skilled. Some studies show that four sales people share access to only one sales engineer.

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Interview: A Chat with BPMA Mentor and Edx CTO, Mark Haseltine

bpma ProductHub

It broke down many of the existing barriers between product and engineering while requiring them to be far more involved in the technology. As Chief Technology Officer at edX, Mark leads the overall technology strategy and engineering efforts.