How to Stay Informed Without Losing Your Mind

Nir Eyal

I told myself that I was staying informed, that this was […]. The post How to Stay Informed Without Losing Your Mind appeared first on Nir and Far. Around the election, in a desperate search for answers about our nation’s future, I found myself scrolling, reading, and watching everything I could. I was trapped in an endless pull-to-refresh cycle of consuming more news, tweets, posts, and videos than was good for me.

Effective Product Psychology & Design – Jerome Ribot (ProductTank London)

Mind the Product

” – and highlights a few simple techniques to help people take in and understand complex information. We generally find it much easier to understand and retain information if it is linked to some kind of visual cue.

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The Secret Product Management Framework

PM Hardcore

How can you start using this information right away? One of the most challenging questions about product management has been – in my experience – “What is Product Management?”. In this post, I share a simple model or framework to answer this question.

10 Tips for Creating an Agile Product Roadmap

Roman Pichler

You can download the template for free from, and you can find more information on how to use it in my post The GO Product Roadmap. 1 Focus on Goals and Benefits.

Scaling the Product Owner Role

Roman Pichler

Scaling and the Product Life Cycle. To understand if and when the product owner role should be scaled, I find it helpful to consider the product’s life cycle stage.

Is Scrum Right for Your Product?

Roman Pichler

See my post 10 Tips on How to Choose the Right Product Key Performance Indicators for more information on selecting the right metrics.). When is Scrum Most Helpful?

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

Product Talk

He defines a mental representation as a “mental structure that corresponds to an object, an idea, a collection of information, or anything else, concrete or abstract, that the brain is thinking about.”. I’ve found a visual aid that is profoundly changing the way teams work.

The Challenge of Managing – and Communicating – Customer Insights

Mind the Product

From focus groups to customer service feedback to analytics to surveys to personal experience, product teams swim in an ocean of information coming from various functional teams. But synthesising information into insight is an art form and an exercise in restraint.

Finding the Truth Behind MVPs

Melissa Perri

More information here. If you’re interested in learning more about MVPs, I’m running a one day workshop in Paris on June 14, 2016. A Successful Start I learned about Minimum Viable Products like 99% of other Product Managers – through The Lean Startup by Eric Ries. When I happened upon the book and Eric’s method, I […

The 7 Product Dimensions: A Guide to Asking the Right Questions

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Getting this valuable information out of the product manager’s head and understood by the Scrum team,” says Ellen. By John Zilch – Upon embarking on my first stint as a product manager, I happened to run into an experienced product executive one day in passing.

Product Roadmap Essentials

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Imagine if you could engage industry experts in an informative dialog to gain valuable insights in helping you craft and master your own roadmaps. By Boston Women in Product – The product roadmap frames every task and is the lifeblood of delivering a successful product.

The Simple Guide to Product Management

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The test is supplying just the right information to make progress and achieve results. And, if a new feature request comes in for review, the product owner needs to decide on its prioritization and inform the engineering team. Contributed by Cynthia Andre.

Statistical Factors that Contribute to High Performance on Product Teams

bpma ProductHub

We have accumulated a wealth of statistical information on what separates successful product teams from the pack. Contributed by Greg Geracie. Actuation Consulting has been conducting research on what separates high performance product teams from the pack.

What is a Digital Product?

Roman Pichler

The former is achieved by solving a problem—think of Google Search or Bing that address the challenge of finding information on the Internet—or by providing a benefit—take Facebook that allows people to stay in touch with family and friends. Product. What is a product ?

Agile at Scale – Outcome Driven (or Broken)

Tyner Blain

You realize (by gaining new information, outside of the development process) that your team is going to fail, so you need to change. Taking agile, a process otherwise optimized for small, cross-functional, collaborative teams and making it work at scale is fascinating.

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Product Roadmap Success: BWP Hosts Lively Roundtable Discussion

bpma ProductHub

The Product Roundtable was an informational group discussion with product professionals of various experience levels across tech, e-commerce, healthcare, and other industries.

Why You Are Asking the Wrong Customer Interview Questions

Product Talk

We need to reconcile the present with the past and when information is missing, our brains simply fill in any details that make the story coherent. He argues, “Confidence is a feeling, which reflects the coherence of the information and the cognitive ease of processing it.”

Things Nobody Told Me About Being a Product Manager

Mind the Product

Sometimes – just sometimes – gut instinct trumps (or at least informs) data. Shaun Russell shares his journey into product management, sketching out the well-trodden path he took to getting started – reading, taking workshops, learning from peers, and so on.

Optimize to be Wrong, not Right

Mind the Product

Invest in Information. They are paying for information, as information has value. If it becomes clear that the investment is not going in our desired direction, we still gain valuable information for that investment plus we’ve narrowed our cone of uncertainty.

Product Management Memory Lane with Alyssa Dver

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Informed: Wake Up Wisdom for Women” in 2011. Informed” took the perspective that women can’t just wait around for the workplace to change, but adapt themselves. Informed” were applicable to all, not just to women in the workplace. Contributed by Saikrishna Chavali.

Make Your Product Stand Out with the Strategy Canvas

Roman Pichler

I capture these pieces of information using my Product Vision Board. This is not meant to be a scientific exercise but based on the information you have collected whilst identifying the key factors. The Strategy Canvas.

When to contact clients

Under10 Playbook

Was it easy to get the information they needed from marketing vehicles and sales teams? It’s never too early to start engaging with a client but when you engage determines the type of information you’ll learn

Developing Product Management Confidence

bpma ProductHub

Informed: Wake Up Wisdom for Women” in 2011. Informed” took the perspective that women can’t just wait around for the workplace to change, but adapt themselves. Informed” were applicable to all, not just to women in the workplace.

Tying Strategy to Your Product Roadmap

Pragmatic Marketing

Documenting this forces you to nail down many of the key items that will inform your roadmap. By Jim Semick. We’ve all heard about “strategic” product roadmaps. But what exactly does that mean in practice? A roadmap is a plan for your strategy that maps out the direction of your product.

An Introduction to Product Discovery

Product Talk

Which artifacts can be used to build a deep understanding of the customer’s world that’s shared across your team, promotes empathy, and helps everyone retain information. I continue to be surprised by how many product managers aren’t familiar with dual-track development.

The PM’s Toolbox: Product Management Tools and the Problems they Solve


Survey tools like SurveyMonkey can help PMs gather more qualitative information from their users, while tools like Intercom can facilitate one-to-one chat interactions for additional context. It’s no secret that product managers wear a lot of hats.

Agile Died While You Were Doing Your Standup

Mind the Product

But the way the information we gathered from customers was communicated in Agile stifled its ability to empower teams. As technology professionals, we have been stuck at metaphorical basecamp for years.

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How to Deal with “Sinatra” Stakeholders

Folding Burritos

Amidst this absence of information, it’s natural that some kind of “everyone for themselves” culture emerges. When people are not involved in the decision-making process , they don’t have all the information nor are they aware of the constraints and trade-offs that led to those decisions.

Backlog Refinement Takes You from Vision to Value

bpma ProductHub

As a case in point, the team should prioritize creating enabling specifications that are most useful for regulatory compliance, reference information for product support, and for team members who don’t have domain knowledge. Contributed by Ellen Gottesdiener and Jeff Sutherland.

What Would You Do If Walmart Turned Off Your Gas?

The Accidental Product Manager

Walmart has informed Murphy USA that when it builds a new store, Walmart is planning on operating the gas station that will be onsite. However, now things have changed and Walmart has informed Murphy USA that as they build new stores they will be creating and operating their own gas stations.

Get Your Team Experimenting More by Using One Little Word…

Mind the Product

Their informality makes them contagious (in a good way). For me, as for many, the idea of applying a scientific approach (experiments, hypothesis, etc) to product management came from Eric Ries in Lean Startup.

Five Tips for Introducing Product Management to Your Company

Roman Pichler

More Information and Help. 1 Establish a Clear Vision. Establish a clear vision for introducing a product management group and explore why your company would benefit from it.

How aligning product and marketing teams improves customer experience

Mind the Product

Your product team can inform your marketers about the characteristics of those customers who tend not to churn, thus helping them to tailor their messaging to that audience.

Why You Aren’t Learning As Much As You Could From Your Experiments

Product Talk

This provided confirming information that people search for resolution-related information around other “Fresh Starts,” but Milkman wanted to know if they also took action. I love that A/B testing has become so popular. It’s an important tool in our toolbox.

Affinity Mapping: A Powerful Tool

Under10 Playbook

By leveraging a team’s collective knowledge, you brainstorm a bunch of information to quickly find patterns and themes. What information should I put in a business case? Guide—help new people know what information is needed.

Dual-Track Agile: Why Messy Leads to Innovation

Mind the Product

I don’t like the words “stakeholder management” because it sounds like you have to persuade people when really it’s about getting input from others who have more information than you. What is Dual-Track Agile?

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How Guerrilla Research Can Improve Your Product

Mind the Product

Guerrilla research gathers fast, low cost information from users, and allows you to develop a quick “gut feeling” about product decisions. Guerrilla feedback can be invaluable for the success of your product.

Three Superpowers of a Product Manager

Mind the Product

Make sure you notify them proactively – no one will go to a static web page of release notes and hit the refresh button every day – and present the information in a way that is easy and fast to digest.

Seven Things you can Learn From WeChat Product Development

Mind the Product

According to China Network Information Center, only 44% of Chinese internet users use an email application. We tend to think of Chinese companies as imitators rather than innovators, but is this fair?

Why Drawing Maps Sharpens Your Thinking

Product Talk

Tversky further explains: “People are limited simultaneously by the amount of information they can keep in mind and the number of mental operations they can apply to that information.