User Research – Making it Work in Government – Katy Arnold (ProductTank London)

Mind the Product

Katy Arnold, Head of User Research and Design at The Home Office, talks to ProductTank London about making User Research Work in Government. One of the first outputs of this department was a set of Design Principles which all future government services should aim to adhere to.

Supercharge your team’s motivation

Lead on Purpose

There are organizations that advocate hiring the … Continue reading → Leadership Purpose accountability dedication motivation passion responsibility self-governmentThe most successful companies have motivated leaders, and those leaders inspire motivation at all levels of the organization. Is it possible to create an environment where great work happens and everyone is motivated?

Women in Product Management: Diana Benli, VP Product Management at Cognizant

280 Group

For our third installment of the Women in Product Management Series I interviewed Diana Benli, VP Government Programs Product Management at Cognizant in the TriZetto Healthcare Products Group.

Is It Time For Amazon’s Product Managers To Go Back To College?

The Accidental Product Manager

Students who are looking to find a way to finance their college education generally have two options : federal loans (from the government) and private loans (from a bank). government and try to offer federal college loans?

The Worst that Could Happen

Under10 Playbook

So if we have a problem with this product and there is a data breach or leak of protected health information (PHI), we'd have to report it to corporate, the federal government, the press, the patients whose data was leaked and who knows who else. Do you plan for the worst?

Prioritizing product ideas in a portfolio

Under10 Playbook

There are always more ideas than resources, whether at home, in your business, or in the government. “People think focus means saying yes to the thing you've got to focus on. But that's not what it means at all. It means saying no to a hundred other good ideas.”

What’s the ROI of Innovation? – David Binetti

Mind the Product

This creates a “Risk Sigma”, which is a normalised metric, comparable across all your projects, and which enables corporate governance. There are strong benefits for both the innovator and the finance team concerned with corporate governance.

Naimish Gohil – Adapting Your Product for a Changing Market

Mind the Product

The government have, for some time, been trying to get children to learn digital technologies such as front-end coding. Fortunately for Satchel, at the same time the Conservative government were freeing up schools to make their own investment decisions in technology. Naimish Gohil , Founder of edtech software company Satchel , shares his experience of knowing your user and adapting your product with ProductTank London. Satchel are in 35% of secondary schools.

Scaling Lean Principles by Jeff Gothelf

Mind the Product

You start looking at discipline and business unit silos, IT as a service provider, short term business value, annual planning cycles, incentive structures which are focused on delivery, and governance.

What Should Product Managers Do When Their Main Product Fails?

The Accidental Product Manager

government. Theranos is in bad shape, but they have introduced a new product Image Credit: Wikipedia. Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past few years, you’ve probably heard about a company called Theranos. They are a Silicon Valley startup that attracted a lot of attention. They claimed that they had invented a product that with just a minute amount of blood from an individual could run a large number of health tests. This blood testing device was called Edison.

Organisation Design & Cognitive Science in Product Development.

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Nathan and his team at Nature of Work enable legacy companies to consider how to respond to these changes at governance level. Move governance-level decision making away from consensus decision making to consent-based decision making.

How to Deal with “Sinatra” Stakeholders

Folding Burritos

Think about how quick we often are in criticizing government officials that take decisions we disagree with.

Top Software License Compliance Stories of 2017

Revulytics

Lack of visibility into software entitlement in federal government persists. When it comes to government and tech, the big news this year centered on the Modernizing Government Technology Act, which authorizes the spending of $500 million to update the technology of federal agencies.

The entrepreneur’s ultimate guide to market research

The Product Coalition

Secondary research uses outside information assembled by government agencies, industry and trade associations, labor unions, media sources, chambers of commerce, and so on. Government statistics are among the most plentiful and wide-ranging public sources.

A Framework for Understanding How to Influence Others

Mind the Product

At ProductTank Oslo, Tanuja Gopal showed how we can use the power of influence in our day to day work, drawing on her experience as the Director of Application and Data Services for MIT’s Sloan School of Management, and previously as a serial CIO in government organisations.

Launching Complex Products in International Markets

Mind the Product

To what extent is your business model governed by local regulations? Christian Miccio (VP Product at First Data) and Kana Butkovic (Programme Director at First Data) set out a detailed strategy for launching physical products on an international scale.

Optimize to be Wrong, not Right

Mind the Product

Even worse, most still believe that the scope, time and budget served up by their Industrial-Age governance process is a proven approach to predicting success. Let’s be honest. We have no idea what is going to happen a year, a week, or even five minutes from right now.

A day in the Life of Jamie Parkins, Senior Product Manager at JustGiving

Mind the Product

The guest can be from any background – technology, entertainment, government, the arts. Jamie Parkins is a senior product manager at JustGiving, the online fundraising platform that enables people from all round the world to raise money for their cause of choice.

System Thinking for Product Managers by Johanna Kollmann

Mind the Product

Johanna clarifies what constitutes the “rules” of a system, and then gives a great example of a financial product that was heavily impacted by government regulation.

How Software Usage Analytics Supports Agile Development

Revulytics

The reach of agile development is extending, and what started as the domain of younger, smaller companies is now on the radars of everyone from government agencies to larger enterprises. As 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.

Interview: Advice for the Innovator’s Dilemma with Paul Young

bpma ProductHub

Due to government regulations, execution and high standards of quality for their existing products is essential for their business. Interviewed by Lance Morganelli.

Design Languages

Product Bookshelf

Rationalism gets its name from the geometric lines which govern its shapes. Design languages began with the industrial revolution as a response to the emergence of machine culture and mass production as it encountered traditional artisan aesthetics.

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The Future of Work

The Product Bistro

The fall of the Soviet Union, and the Berlin wall was the beginning of the end of the unfettered defense spending, and me with my freshly minted Physics degree was finding that many of the usual jobs at the Government Labs were closed, that the major defense contractors were merging, and restructuring. Datestamp: 11/8/2016.

John McEnroe’s Lessons for Overseas Auditing Engagements (sort of)

Revulytics

There are certain verticals and government-backed industries that aren’t viable targets for an overseas audit, because the effort to convert outweighs the benefit. “I wake up in a sweat. My pillow's damp and I don't know what day is. Did I miss the match? Am I playing later?

Sense & Respond: The Farm Awakens by Jeff Gothelf & Josh Seiden

Mind the Product

Traditionally farmers could fix most things themselves, or call in a local repair guy, but today – because of the increased complexity of the product and the licence agreement governing it – you have to call in the John Deere certified mechanic.

Please Try.

Melissa Perri

There are governing bodies, like legal, but they are not your boss. “What have you tried to fix that problem?”. Over the past year, I’ve spent most of my time working with Product Managers, UX Designers, and Leadership of companies going through some sort of change.

Blockchain: The Future of Securing Your Digital Identity

The Product Coalition

Today, your “identity” is comprised of 100s of records stored with individual organizations like banks, government entities, credit reporting agencies, medical providers, financial institutions, and even social media sites you’ve granted access to.

Be in a Band, not an Orchestra: how to Grow an Agile Product Team

Mind the Product

For example, we visited the Government Digital Service and the Guardian. Some years ago, I wrote a blog post noting that small teams are more creative and productive than big teams.

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Amsterdam product managers: who we are and how we work

Mind the Product

Note that we didn’t ask people to correct for the fact that they might work less than 40 hours a week (about 20% of the respondents work in a public company/government organisation which in the Netherlands typically means they have a 36-hour work week).

Servant Leadership – Josh Goldenberg

Mind the Product

Josh takes a brief moment to look at the roadmap of local government. Whether it is a government or a company, everyone has different business needs and social interaction methods. Just like with the government’s roadmap, the world moves because of people; the social dynamics within your team are going to end up defining your organizational chart.

What Can Product Managers Learn From Japanese Cigarettes?

The Accidental Product Manager

In a number of other countries, Britain being one of them, the government is putting pressure on the tobacco product managers to change how they package their product. Is there an opportunity to enter the U.S. market for cigarettes? Image Credit: flickr.com/volver-avanzar !!!

Progress, Not Products

Product Bookshelf

The title of the book refers to the idea that success with innovation is frequently characterized as primarily governed by luck. Use empathy and active listening to discover “jobs to be done”, the progress customers want to achieve in specific circumstances in their lives.

TEI 082: Design Thinking and Action Learning for product managers – with Chuck Appleby, PhD - The Everyday Innovator – Resources for Product Managers and Innovators

Product Innovation Educators

He is a leadership and organization development consultant with over 30 years of management, consulting, and coaching experience in government, industry, and non-profits. Product management is about change – the change that creating new products involves.

The Executive’s Guide to a Healthy Software Product Portfolio

Product Management 2.0

SAFe has gained wide acceptance as a viable framework for portfolio governance and investment decision making. The software market is constantly evolving. Want proof?

6 Reasons Why Boston is a Great Place to be a Product Manager

bpma ProductHub

HubWeek/a> celebrates Boston’s innovations across government, the nonprofit sector, healthcare, tech and more. Contributed by Steve Robins. The Boston area may just be the best place to be a product manager today. Here’s why. Reason #1: Boston is an Innovation Hub.

What Improv Can Teach Product Managers

Amplitude

Is it just a matter of government aid? Interview with Ellie Powers, Group Product Manager, Android and Google Play. Saying “no” is a highly revered skill in business. As the thinking goes, the ability to say “no” demonstrates your value on prioritization and focus.

How Can UX Save The World – Products For Social Change

UX Studio

This data help organizations and governments solve pollution problems in their cities. As a product person, have you ever dreamt about having a positive effect on society? To save the world as a UX designer or product manager? To create a product which really has an impact on other people’s lives? Well, of course many of us want to. But how can a product, an application or whatever digital creation solve poverty, human-traffic or whatever social problem?

Innovation: Best Practice for Product Leaders

Mind the Product

The government launched a National Innovation Strategy, a seven-year plan developed to make the UAE among the most innovative nations in the world. In a world where the pace of change is constantly increasing and becoming more complex, can you really afford to stay still?

Business model first–and other innovation insights for product managers Aug 19, 2016 - The Everyday Innovator – Resources for Product Managers and Innovators

Product Innovation Educators

Idea generator, collaborator, problem solver, pilot maker, team builder, resource leverager, … Interestingly, some state governments have CINO positions too. Read the description of a CINO for state government that applies well also to companies … [link].

The Best Product Managers are Great Communicators

bpma ProductHub

In that role communication is essential, whether I’m speaking with our volunteers, potential donors, the community, government officials, business leaders, or potential adopters. Interviewed by Oksana Reznichenko. Dinneen Grably graduated from Bridgewater State University with B.S.