Are You Data-Driven or Data-Informed?

Johanna Rothman

One person gave me a new saying about metrics (at the end, during the Q&A): Are you data-driven or data-informed? If you want the ability to replan you use data to inform your next steps. Note: data-informed does not mean you don’t create broad-stroke plans, such as roadmaps and gross estimates. And, I use the data about my cycle time to inform my replanning. (I I use my data to inform me about my pace. The post Are You Data-Driven or Data-Informed?

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.

System Thinking for Product Managers by Johanna Kollmann

Mind the Product

Once you’ve understood and modelled your system, Johanna gives three examples of methods for introducing change, complete with real-world examples: Changing how Information Flows Within a System. More Information.

Email Communication Etiquette for Product Managers

The Accidental Product Manager

Project managers have a lot of information to communicate, and this needs to be done in a clear way. With this information, you are far more likely to get things done in the way that you have envisioned. It is important when you are doing so that you are transparent with the information that you are giving and professional. Communication coworkers customer email formality information mockups tasksHow should product managers use email? Image Credit: William Iven.

A Guide to Designing Delightful Dashboards

Speaker: Daniel O'Sullivan, Product Designer, nCino and Jeff Hudock, Senior Product Manager, nCino

In a world of information overload, it's more important than ever to have a dashboard that provides data that's not only interesting but actually relevant and timely. We’ve all seen the increasing industry trend of artificial intelligence and big data analytics.

Product Camp Boston 2015 Sessions!

Product Manager in Heels

For those of you looking for information on Product Camp Boston 2015 at the Microsoft NERD Center in Cambridge, take a look ! PCampBoston. product camp

How Much Time Should You Spend in Product Discovery?

Product Talk

Because discovery isn’t linear, whenever we learn new information, we need to revisit our previous decisions and ask if this new information changes anything. Whenever we learn new information, we need to revisit our previous decisions and ask if this new information changes anything.

Prioritization: MoSCoW and Stack Rank Methods

Product Manager in Heels

Product Managers frequently have to inform stakeholders that their requests for the product will not implemented. As a Product Manager, you have to work through prioritization at various levels of the organization. I've done this in two ways: the MoSCoW Method and the Stack Rank method.

Customer Discovery Series Part III: Leveraging the Power of Influencing Without Authority

Product Manager in Heels

What is important is that a PM can synthesize all of this feedback, recognize others for the information they've provided and come up with a recommendation based on data-backed information. If you can educate your internal team about this information, you stand to become the subject matter expert on the customer and build a ton of credibility in the process. Influence without Authority - it's one of the hardest things about being a Product Manager.

Creating the "Right" Product Roadmap With Data

Speaker: Sunil Parekh, Head of Product Management, SimplyInsured

In this session, you will learn: How to analyze information from multiple sources to determine what should be included on a product roadmap. How to respond to new information and urgent needs while executing a long-term roadmap.

[INFOGRAPHIC] Customer Powered Product Decisions


Product feedback is an invaluable resource for informing roadmap decisions for both new and established products, and product teams across the board constantly seek more insight from their customers whether they have 10 or 10,000,000 to listen to.

"Be a sponge". and other advice for the first 30 days of a new job

Product Manager in Heels

I figured I'd share the information living in my head, and also all over the internet: Your first day Wake up early and have a great breakfast, and dress for success! Starting a new job can be tough. I recently started a new job and some of the basic advice I learned years ago still applied.

Boston Women in Product

Product Manager in Heels

Group and Event Information: Purchase your tickets on Eventbrite Join our group on MeetUp Connect with us on LinkedIn References : [link]

Christopher Cummings, Product Management Meets Pop Culture

Product Manager in Heels

Use this information when building your team! Last August (I know, it's been a while) I had the pleasure of being interviewed by Christopher Cummings, author of the blog " Product Management Meets Pop Culture ".

Rising to the top. as a female in technology

Product Manager in Heels

Are there things you're planning to change or would like to change based on this information? When I was getting my MBA, I would count the number of women compared to men for each class and at least 60% of them were men. In every class.

Stop Validating & Start Co-Creating

Product Talk

While Pam will still have to go through many iterations to get A, B, C, and D to work well together, each iteration is informed by the prior one. When each product iteration is informed by the prior one, it leads to shorter cycles and faster overall design. Meet Sally and Pam.

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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.

Why Product People Should Care About Business Strategy

Roman Pichler

Think, for instance, of Google’s vision “to organise the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful” Where will you play? Business Strategy vs. Product Strategy.

How to track and ensure the success of your product

bpma ProductHub

That creates a situation in which marketers have incomplete information. If they try to make decisions about improving their lead generation product based on that incomplete information, the consequences can be disastrous.

4 Powerful Ways to Use Rapid Prototyping to Drive Product Success

Product Talk

We can use prototypes to think, to answer questions, to communicate, and to inform decisions. When you hear the term “rapid prototyping,” what’s the first thing that comes to mind? For most of us who work with digital products, we tend to think of wireframes or mockups.

How Compare and Contrast Decisions Lead to Better Product Outcomes

Product Talk

The key benefit of more sophisticated mental representations is that they help us understand, interpret, organize, and analyze information. We each came to our brainstorming session with different patterns of information. This past week I was in London speaking at Mind the Product.

Agile Transitions – Managing Expectations

Clever PM

We live in a day and age where there’s a ton of information and mis-information out there about pretty much every topic imaginable, and Agile development is certainly not immune to this phenomenon. In fact, anyone who looks for help in pushing through an Agile transformation in their organization is immediately confronted with a vast […]. Product Management Agile Culture Definitions Good PM Influence Leadership Organization PM Scrum

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What matters most (to investors)?

Product Manager in Heels

This information was particularly helpful for me because I had been hearing that investors don't invest in your idea, they invest in you - and this proves it. Occasionally, we have guest speakers at Babson College, and sometimes we get a really good guest speaker! Last week I had the pleasure of meeting Scott Friend from Bain Capital Ventures. He was extremely sincere and provided very useful feedback about what matters most to investors, and how he evaluates the pitches he receives.

What Successful Companies Do To Get Better Leads

PM Hardcore

You’d be surprised – or maybe not – how often Product Management does not communicate this information to Marketing effectively. Assess if you – Product Management – are giving Marketing the market segment information they need.

How To Say “No” To A Feature Request

PM Hardcore

Who maintains this information? Does it capture enough information that it will be useful in allocating resources, etc.? It turns out that they don’t have a way to ensure the information is accurate over time. No (picture credit at the bottom). Sometimes No Is The Right Answer.

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.

The 360 Review Process

Product Manager in Heels

Please contact me if you'd like more information on this: info (at) pminheels (dot) com or on Twitter @PMinHeels.) Last week, I recommended everyone complete a 360 review. Here are few of the benefits for doing 360 reviews. For the individual: increased self-awareness, discovering blind spots, understanding strengths, and taking ownership and control of own development.

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.

Five Tips for Leveraging Empathy in Product Management

Roman Pichler

But such an approach significantly reduces your ability to empathise and consequently collect the helpful information. Why Empathy Matters. Possibly the most profound challenge in product management is to understand the needs of users and customers.

Report templates for less status meetings

Folding Burritos

High-level information-passing is about informing others about our goals’ status and progress, creating alignment. Low-level information-passing is about keeping other updated about our work in progress and releases, so they’re able to do their jobs with more efficiency.

Ways to Define Success and Measure Value for your Product Features

bpma ProductHub

Soonyoung shared some fascinating and concrete examples of how Rue La La has successfully used RAT to test ideas and used insights from the customer response to inform larger product decisions. A Boston Women in Product Event Recap.

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Leveraging Failure in Product Management

Roman Pichler

It’s impossible to successfully innovate without taking informed risks and making mistakes. This makes me prone to confirmation bias, which is the tendency to favour information that confirms our preconceptions, and it puts me in danger of ignoring data that indicates failure.

Three Ways to Think About Value

Johanna Rothman

Information about the story. This might include information from the team about what they think about this story, especially in context of the entire feature set. Information about how story might change what the team thinks we should do next, or other roadmap information.

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What is card sorting and why is it important to your site’s UX?


What does card sorting have to do with Information Architecture (IA)? This is how our senior UX researcher Hazel Ho refers to IA: “Information architecture is the practice of arranging parts of something to make it understandable”.

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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.

Optimizing internal product communications

Folding Burritos

The cross-functional nature of what we do means that we have to align and inform everyone around us. But then we get asked the same thing multiple times, people don’t remember, or those that don’t ask (but should be informed) are kept out of the loop.

Sprint Review Tips for Product Owners

Roman Pichler

See my article “ How to Choose the Right Product Validation Technique in Scrum ” for more information.). Involve the Right People.

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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 […

Leading Through Shared Goals

Roman Pichler

A sprint goal states the desired outcome of a sprint, such as find out if users are willing to share personal information , test integration with leading smart scales , or finish the dashboard to release a first version to the test users. The Product Leadership Conundrum.

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.