The importance of exercising courage

Lead on Purpose

I’ve recently had several experiences that required me to get out of my comfort zone. The subject of courage has becoming particularly important and meaningful to me in recent weeks and months. Different situations in my consulting work and with … Continue reading → Team Building clarity confidence courage decisiveness strength teamwork

Inspiration: If human beings don't keep exercising their lips.

Under10 Playbook

If human beings don't keep exercising their lips, their brains start working.—Douglas —Douglas Adams, author, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. Why do we have such trouble with silence? A caesura is a long pause.

How To Be More Creative: Simple Exercises For Your Team

UX Studio

The post How To Be More Creative: Simple Exercises For Your Team appeared first on UX Studio. I’m walking on thin ice here, but sometimes I feel that UX design is killing my creativity. When it comes to the design process, I follow all the steps in the book. But occasionally, something gets lost along the way: true innovation. Then, I wonder: how to be more creative in a UX setting, while still putting the user first? What lies behind a creative crisis and how to avoid it.

26.2 Reasons Why Talking to Users Is Like Exercising

UserInterviews

Our very own VP of product, John-Henry Forster, shares his love of running and interviewing users, and what the two have in common

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How to Package and Price Embedded Analytics

This exercise is not a one-shot deal. exercise in imitation. PRICE 22 Pricing for Value This exercise can get you started, but it is best performed along with third-party intelligence gathering. HOW TO PACKAGE & PRICE EMBEDDED ANALYTICS.

26.2 Reasons Why Talking to Users Is Like Exercising

UserInterviews

Our very own VP of product, John-Henry Forster, shares his love of running and interviewing users, and what the two have in common

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Hey Product Manager, Can I Ride Your Bike?

The Accidental Product Manager

Development bike bike-sharing buses cabs cities electric bikes exercise Lyft sharing boundaries subway Uber urban environmentThere is a lot of promise to new bike sharing services along with a lot of risk Image Credit: Jussi-Pekka Erkkola.

26.2 Reasons Why Talking to Users Is Like Exercising

UserInterviews

Our very own VP of product, John-Henry Forster, shares his love of running and interviewing users, and what the two have in common

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3 Exercises to Sharpen Your UX Skills

UserTesting

Like an athlete, you need to train and … The post 3 Exercises to Sharpen Your UX Skills appeared first on UserTesting Blog. Being a great UXer takes a lot of work. You need to be creative, empathetic, articulate, and patient ( among many, many, other qualities ). And those traits don’t just manifest overnight. Design Popular Product

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The One Fitness App That Hooked Me For Good

Nir Eyal

Could there be a behavior more antithetical to human nature than exercise? Our caveman ancestors, if they could observe our workout habits today, would think we’ve lost our minds. We lift heavy objects into the air and return them to the exact spot where we picked them up.

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Dungeons & Dragons made me a better Product Manager

The Product Coalition

Dungeons & Dragons might be the most fun way to exercise some of the most important muscles that Product Managers need Continue reading on ProductCoalition.com ». entrepreneurship dungeons-and-dragons startup business product-management

A Candid Letter From a Product Management Instructor

280 Group

If I couldn’t figure out how to turn a class exercise into a solo exercise, I setup an exercise that asks you to rope someone in to help. I even give your exercise assistant instructions on how to help you.

Featured Product Management Consultant Interview: Phil Burton

280 Group

Our first featured Product Management Consultant is Phil Burton, a seasoned PM veteran who talks about the most difficult parts of Product Management, his favorite training exercise and more.

The One Fitness App That Hooked Me For Good

Nir Eyal

Could there be a behavior more antithetical to human nature than exercise? Nir’s Note: This article is part of a series on “The Hooked Model in Action.” ” Previous analyses have included Slack, Fortnite, Amazon’s Echo, Tinder, and The Bible App. Note, I never take compensation for writing articles on my blog. Our caveman ancestors, if they […] The post The One Fitness App That Hooked Me For Good appeared first on Nir and Far.

How to Make Connections That Count — Advice From a Silicon Valley Veteran (and Introvert)

First Round Review

Here, she shares three no-pressure networking strategies from her new book, unveiling the templates, tactics and exercises that have turned her into one of the most connected veterans of Silicon Valley.

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Prioritize Opportunities, Not Solutions

Product Talk

While this exercise is pervasive, it misses the point entirely. As an example of how subjective this exercise can be, take a look at “I can’t find something to watch” and “I don’t want to miss out on something good.” This exercise can be deceptively challenging.

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Dan Olsen: Decide Where To Be Different and Go All In

ProductCraft

Over the past few months, I’ve been waking up earlier, exercising regularly, and eating more kale than I’ve ever imagined possible. I have to be honest with you. I’ve been reading a lot of Rachel Hollis, Brené Brown, and Jen Sincero lately.

Optimizing internal product communications

Folding Burritos

There’s a simple exercise that brings a lot of clarity to how we can structure our communication about the product with stakeholders. To start the exercise off, we need to write down the list of questions that we get asked by (or that we ask) stakeholders.

How to Run Product Portfolios at Scale

Mind the Product

One of the first exercises I run with executive teams is mapping their business portfolio to visualize current work in progress and how it aligns to the overall business strategy. In this talk I share my lessons learnt from client engagements with many of the world’s largest organizations.

Yes, Product Managers really are Superheroes (No Exaggeration!)

Sequent Learning

? The First Experience The first exercise we do in our product management essentials workshops is to have the participant teams (there are typically 4-5 teams grouped by tables) list the challenges that a product manager faces and then draw a picture of a Product Manager.

Should Product Roadmaps Have Dates?

Roman Pichler

In either case, make sure that creating a product roadmap is a collaborative exercise that involves the development team and stakeholders, preferably in form of a joint roadmap workshop. What Product Roadmaps Are (in a Nutshell). To start with, let’s briefly recap what a product roadmap is.

Twitter character limit and human behavior

NextBigWhat

and called the entire experiment a useless exercise. When Twitter increased its length character limit to 280, the world started writing them off (again!) The results are out. There are more pleasantries on Twitter than earlier. Last year, we upgraded tweet length to 280 and guess what? Use of 'please' is up 54% and 'thank [.]. The post Twitter character limit and human behavior appeared first on NextBigWhat. Product Management

What Questions Should you ask Your Product Manager Interviewers?

Mind the Product

In this post, I look at the value of asking great questions, cover a few strong sample questions and suggest some exercises to help you generate your own insightful questions. This is not a “one size fits all” exercise.

World Product Day: Organization as a Product by Neville Reeves

Mind the Product

Neville started with a “nine dots” exercise (you must link all nine dots using four straight lines or fewer, without lifting the pen). He explained the rules and challenged us to complete the exercise.

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Engaging Stakeholders with Opportunity Solution Trees: 3 Tactics to Try

Product Talk

Chosen as one of the top three problems they’d like solved in a “Buy a solved problem” exercise (variation on “ Buy a Feature ”). exercise to identify potential solutions. Two and a half years ago, I introduced the opportunity solution tree.

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The Mindset of Empowerment by Laura Scanga

Mind the Product

In this ProductTank London talk, new product and market growth consultant Laura Scanga shares some thoughts on how best to do this and which tools and exercises can be useful. As a product manager you’re the monkey in the middle.

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Define the Formula that Drives the Business

Product Management Lessons from the Trenches

I think you get the point of this exercise. Here is an example for our hypothetical case (you can download the template here ): (Excel has been our tool for this exercise, but feel free to use whatever tool you desire.

Twitter character limit and human behavior

NextBigWhat

and called the entire experiment a useless exercise. When Twitter increased its length character limit to 280, the world started writing them off (again!) The results are out. There are more pleasantries on Twitter than earlier. Last year, we upgraded tweet length to 280 and guess what? Use of 'please' is up 54% and 'thank […] More The post Twitter character limit and human behavior appeared first on NextBigWhat. Product Management

Team bonding: Exploring how mandatory and optional activities affect employees

Nulab

There’s no denying that many employees hate when their companies host mandatory team-building exercises. . After all, there are only so many ice breaker activities and trust-fall exercises employees can handle. In 2016, over 1 in 3 employees in the U.S.

This Keystone Habit Will Fuel the Rest of Your Continuous Discovery Habits

Product Talk

For most people, exercise is a keystone habit. When we exercise regularly, we naturally tend to eat better, we have more energy, and so we are more productive at work. I love working as a discovery coach. I work with dozens of teams at several companies spanning many industries.

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Mental Models Applied: Using A 2×2 Chart For Handling Competitive Objections

The Secret PM Handbook

As an exercise for myself, I decided to take a mental model that’s usually used for decision making – a 2×2 matrix – and apply it to marketing. Consider doing the exercise again with a different pair of differentiating capabilities. In some earlier articles and in a talk I gave at a local product management meetup , I’ve shared about the importance of having a toolkit of mental models.

Shifting Markets, Shifting Strategy: Three Considerations

Proficientz – Product Management University

For some, the current market climate presents a world of opportunity and for others it’s an exercise in survival. Shifting markets usually constitute a shift in product strategy for most organizations.

A Step-by-Step Guide to Constructing a Persona Workshop

Mind the Product

A thorough persona workshop, including profile building and persona activating exercise, can take up to two days. Persona Activating Exercises. If time allows, I strongly recommend you do some persona activating exercises. The two most frequent exercises I use in my workshops are: Write lines. Group those lines and discuss the themes.This exercise can reveal interesting psychographic insights. Our team is building a product for just one person. Unbelievable!

Distinctive Competencies: Why There's No Such Thing as a Commodity

Pragmatic Marketing

In this interactive session, Pragmatic Marketing instructor Mark Stiving and vice president of marketing Rebecca Kalogeris will lead the audience through an exercise to identify and apply distinctive competencies using some of the biggest brands in the world. Distinctive competencies are powerful things, but too many companies fail to recognize their importance or spend the time required to identify and build theirs up.

Get More Value from “Hopes and Fears” with a Quadrant Map

Atomic Spin PM

The “Hopes and Fears” Design Thinking exercise is a great way to foster discussion around our client’s worries and hopes about the project, especially early on in the process. For a recent project, I was researching ways to get more actionable output from the exercise.

Get More Value from “Hopes and Fears” with a Four-Quadrant Map

Atomic Spin PM

The “Hopes and Fears” Design Thinking exercise is a great way to foster discussion around our client’s worries and hopes about the project, especially early on in the process. For a recent project, I was researching ways to get more actionable output from the exercise.

Four Steps to Product Feature ROI

Proficientz – Product Management University

It’s a mind numbing exercise for product managers and developers and in most cases a fool’s errand. If your proposed R&D investments map to the most critical business goals of your target customers (80/20 rule) the feature ROI exercise becomes relatively simple. Senior executives often request a product feature ROI prior to approving plans for product development.

Serve Fewer Markets. Win More Deals.

bpma ProductHub

In a recent exercise with a product team, I challenged them to list the markets where the company could potentially sell. by Sarela Bliman-Cohen. Reprinted with permission from the Product Management and Strategic Marketing Blog.

Technical Debt and Product Success

Roman Pichler

In the worst case, you have to go through a rewriting exercise where some parts or even the entire product are being redeveloped. Why Technical Debt Matters for Product People.

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Paul Boag on ‘How to Work Collaboratively on the User Experience’ [VIDEO]

Userzoom

Now as we were doing that exercise, as a group, a room that was not a user insight at this point, it was just a group of internal stakeholders brainstorming and thinking about this kinda stuff, and working through the customer journey map.