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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.

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.

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

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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.

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

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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.

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 […

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.

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.

Statistical Factors that Contribute to High Performance on Product Teams

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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.

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.

Things Nobody Told Me About Being a Product Manager

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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.

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 ?

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.”

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.

Product Roadmap Success: BWP Hosts Lively Roundtable Discussion

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

Selection Criteria for Product Management Tools

PM Hardcore

If your tooling doesn’t understand our domain specifically, you will need to augment whatever you are using to capture and manage that information. Tools For What We Do. As a product manager, I’d like to find some tools that help me do my job. I deal with: Customers – finding their problems and listening to their product feedback. Markets – my segments, their problems, and how to reach them with my solution (and if they are big enough for me to make money).

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.

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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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.

Optimize to be Wrong, not Right

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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 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.

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.

Dual-Track Agile: Why Messy Leads to Innovation

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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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Backlog Refinement Takes You from Vision to Value

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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.

Seven Things you can Learn From WeChat Product Development

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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?

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.

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

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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.

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.

9 tips from TED speakers on successful product management

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If you’re already a product manager and in search of new information, ideas, and insights on product management to help you improve your work performance, or if you aspire to become one, then TED Talks videos and the like can be great sources of inspiration and motivation.

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.

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.

Features do not a Product Roadmap Make

Tyner Blain

This context informs choices (like not requiring a modal dialogue to confirm the user’s choice when making a change in quantity, or making the change to “quantity of zero” be an explicit and distinct interaction).

Selling Vs. Learning

Mironov Consulting

Well-informed developers do better work, have higher morale , and appreciate your product managers more. I talk with product managers all the time, and always ask whether they are talking directly with end users and target customers.

8 Essential Elements of Your Customer Advisory Board Meeting Agenda

Pragmatic Marketing

While such engagement is an integral part of the CAB meeting itself, the benefits of informal social interaction cannot be overstated. By Rob Jensen. The topic of customer advisory board (CAB) meeting agendas is a popular one at our training events and at other CAB industry events we attend.

Pros and Cons of Market Research Tactics

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You need to make panel recruitment your job for a little while before you actually collect any useful information.

Fighting Shiny Object Syndrome

Product Powers

I redirected Brenda’s efforts that day (and for the next year) by sitting down with her and showing her our prioritized list of initiatives and (this is the important part) the underlying strategic goals that informed it. Brenda rushed over from her desk in the sales pit. She was clearly excited.

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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.