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


While intuitive decision-making will always exist, product managers who rely solely on their intuition are soon to be a thing of the past, as Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic recently wrote : “Purely intuitive managers may face extinction only if they ignore the valuable information provided by data.

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 […

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.

How to Disassemble Robots

Lead on Purpose

All of these movies have one thing in common: they focus on the concept of transhumanism—the idea that technological innovation can help us … Continue reading → Innovation Techology Communication employee morale informationGuest post by Amy Blankson Have you ever seen The Matrix, Terminator, Minority Report or Ex Machina?

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.

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.”

3 Best Practices for Adopting Continuous Product Discovery

Product Talk

Nor do they use these activities to inform their product decisions. It’s easy to think you already do continuous product discovery. Most of the teams that I work with come into coaching thinking that they don’t need help.

The Evolution of Modern Product Discovery

Product Talk

If we think back to the early 2000s, teams were starting to hire interaction designers, the design world was debating about information architecture versus interaction design versus user experience design. Product management is evolving quickly.

Product Management Synapses

Tyner Blain

She’s ok – because the job is to make the information from the conference easy to access when needed next month, while also keeping her work area tidy. Our accountant gets value from having the information available for future use and from having a tidy workspace.

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.

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.

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 ?

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.

The Simple Guide to Product Management

bpma ProductHub

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.

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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Mental Models for Product Managers – Part 2

PM Hardcore

While categorization itself is a type of mental model – the idea that different topics or pieces of information fall into different buckets – it’s not a product management-specific concept. Brain Wiring (by Wellcome Images, CC licensed).

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

bpma ProductHub

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

bpma ProductHub

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.

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.

Car Maker Product Managers Face An Apple / Google Threat

The Accidental Product Manager

Car maker product managers don’t want to give up either the entrainment links nor the key information in their vehicles. Yes, every car needs a navigation system, but from whom? Image Credit: LotPro Cars. I am more than comfortable admitting that I become lost very easily.

Tips For Both Setting Your Product’s Price And Then Getting It

The Accidental Product Manager

You also need to have information products that you offer to your customers for a price that shows them how to solve the problem that they are trying to resolve. Product managers have to pick the right price and then get people to pay it Image Credit: Michael Summers.

The Software Development Deli Counter

Mironov Consulting

Notice that this is a combination of incomplete information, poor communication, and opposing view about what’s important.

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.

Product Management Insights: How Usage Analytics Helps Your Developers


Usage analytics lends developers crucial information to prioritize these requests. Users, like everyone on your team, are pressed for time, and may not always share information about issues they’re encountering. Giving the development team information on how the features they designed are being used allows them to see whether they’re being used in the ways they envisioned. Developers can drill deeply into the user base to get real, actionable information.

Product Management Insights: In-App Messaging 101


Push notifications gain instant attention that email cannot, and can provide relevant information that would be lost in the hundreds of emails users receive daily. In-application messaging offers the best of both worlds – giving you a new channel to reach the user, target outreach, and not only push, but pull information from users in real-time, while they’re leveraging your application. Gathering information that informs customer-driven development.

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.

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.

What’s The Best Way To Communicate With Your Customers?

The Accidental Product Manager

When customers sign up for your newsletter, you can collect information from them that will tell you what their interests are. In today’s electronic online information age, slipping an interactive poll tool into an electronic newsletter has never been easier to do.

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.

Product Management Memory Lane with Alyssa Dver

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. Contributed by Saikrishna Chavali.

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.

How Software Usage Analytics Supports Agile Development


In turn, there is a tendency to report only on what worked really well, or what failed, painting an incomplete picture to inform further development. 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.

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.

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.

Accelerate Marketing Automation Strategies with Usage Analytics


With this information, you can see trends in use, outliers and more that allow you to fine tune communication to the audience you want to reach – creating targeted offers that drive real results. With data on usage, your marketing team has the information it needs to create relevant content and deliver it to the potential customer at the moment they need it to solve their particular problem.

Why a Distributed Product Team is Better

Since we’re not physically connected to a hub of work and information, we are proactively go after it. The Craft team is as distributed as it gets. We have teams in Tel Aviv, Kiev, Silicon Valley and more.

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.