How to fix Your Product Goals for Better Human Outcomes

Mind the Product

Hello product designers, this is for you. I want to talk to you about product goals, metrics, and how they get muddled in the product design process, leading to some less than humane outcomes. What does that have to do with goals, metrics, and even design?

Let’s Talk About Product Goals

Craft.io

‘“Product goals” can sound like one of those buzzwords that get flung around but which you only look into before meetings with stakeholders.’ That’s an impression I often get in conversations with junior product managers. Example of Product Goals and Milestones/Objectives .

Goals & Non-Goals

Clever PM

One of the most important part of our jobs as Product Managers is setting goalsgoals for ourselves, goals for our teams, and goals for our products. Goals are important — they set the North Star for us to know where we’re going, why we’re going there, and how we know whether or not […]. Product Management Agile Communication Definitions Do's Good PM Planning PM

Technical Debt and Product Success

Roman Pichler

Why Technical Debt Matters for Product People. As the person in charge of the product, you may not be terribly concerned about how clean and well-structured the code is. Technical Debt and Your Product. Furthermore, consider the life cycle stage of your product.

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Ask the "Right" Questions: Your Analytics-Guided Product Strategy

Speaker: Yoav Yechiam, Founder and Head Instructor, productMBA

October Workshops (Australia): What Do Product Leaders Do, and How Can I Become One?

Mironov Consulting

I’m thrilled to be Master of Ceremonies for this year’s Leading the Product conference in Australia. Sydney , 21 October, What Do Product Leaders Do, and How Can I Become One? ( registration ). We will cover: What does a product leader actually do?

Choosing the Right Planning Horizon for Your Product

Roman Pichler

But in product management, there are several horizons that need to be considered—how many depends on the product planning model you use. The product backlog contains the details necessary to develop the product as outlined in the roadmap including epics and user stories.

Are Your Product Leaders Good Enough?

BrainMates

I worry that this is becoming the case with Product Leaders too. Product Leaders who claim the title without actively seeking formal leadership learning and coaching are doing a disservice to those who serve their people and this great profession. The making of Product Leaders.

Three Simple Ways to Make Product Prioritisation Easier

Mind the Product

Here are some methods that help solve the prioritisation problem, depending on how product teams work and what they need. And not only does it help a product team to decide what to do, it’s an enormous help to demonstrate to your wider stakeholders why you’re not doing something.

The Product Leadership Career Ladder

Mironov Consulting

In addition to my formal coaching of product leaders (Directors, VPs and CPOs who directly manage teams of product managers), I talk with lots of senior individual contributors about the risks and challenges of moving “up the ladder” into product leadership roles.

Meet Your Goals with a Practical Product Strategy

Speaker: Nils Davis, Principal, NPD Associates

Seriously, What’s the Difference Between Product Manager and Project Manager

Craft.io

If you’re wondering about the difference between the responsibilities of proDUCT managers vs. proJECT managers, you’re not the first, nor are you the 200 th person to be confounded by that. Let’s break it down a bit: Product Manager’s role. Product Manager. Goals.

Tying Strategy to Your Product Roadmap

Pragmatic Marketing

We’ve all heard about “strategic” product roadmaps. A roadmap is a plan for your strategy that maps out the direction of your product. Ideally, it’s a high-level visual summary that helps product managers get everyone on the same page. Sustain product features.

4 Key Elements for Any Product Roadmap

Hutwork

A product roadmap lets you plan, collaborate, and communicate with others about how a product will evolve over its lifecycle. Your product roadmap may look different from someone else’s, but they have the same elements. Here are the 4 key elements for any product roadmap. #1. Clear, measurable goals. Product goals must be clear and measurable. Finally, goals must be easy to understand, act upon, achieve, and measure.

Transforming to a Product Culture by Lea Hickman

Mind the Product

Through her experience with a wide range of different organisations across the world, Silicon Valley Product Group partner Lea Hickman has a unique perspective on how people do product. Business Goals vs Product Goals. Product Culture.

Are Your Product Leaders Good Enough?

BrainMates

I worry that this is becoming the case with Product Leaders too. Product Leaders who claim the title without actively seeking formal leadership learning and coaching are doing a disservice to those who serve their people and this great profession. Product Managers.

4 CEO Lessons for Mobile Product Managers

Apptentive

The roles of managing a mobile product team and managing an entire company share many similarities. The biggest difference is that mobile product managers deeply interact with nearly every function within their organization, yet none of them report to them. Growth Product Management

4 Tips to Help Product Managers Manage Their Time Effectively

Mind the Product

As product managers we have so many priorities that organizing them into a short list can be the hardest challenge each week. Here are four ways that product managers can plant themselves in the world of deliberateness. Work in the way That Makes you Most Productive.

How to Write a Perfect App Specification? (+Free Template)

Alty

Heads up, the hardest parts of launching a product is initially explaining its concept to the people who will work on it. User personas are semi-fictional profiles of your ideal customers/users, which outline their behavior patterns, goals, needs, aspirations and pain points.

Don’t Build Products Just for Power Users

Amplitude

They use your product regularly and as a result, know it inside and out. If your product has special features, they know about them and use them religiously. If your product needs an update or two, power users will let you know. Product Development

Your Product Manager Super Power: Not Knowing Everything

Mind the Product

A friend, who’s recently become a product manager, asked me that recently. She’d inherited a technical product where the engineers already had a view of the direction and deliverables required. As a product manager, what should her role on the team be?

Obsess Over Customer Success and Product Success is All But Guaranteed

Proficientz – Product Management University

If you obsess over customer success, product success is all but guaranteed. Put your customer success manifesto into practice with one overarching goal and three supporting pillars. The Goal. Understand what’s required to make your target customers (the organization) successful, then figure out how to use your portfolio of products and services to grow profitably doing it. But each product team sees those same exact customers through the lens of a different product.

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New Product Development Strategy – From Idea to Commercialization

Craft.io

When it comes to successful new product development, productivity is key. Namely, it is crucial for businesses to understand what consumers want, whether similar products already exist on the market and how they can create products superior to those developed by their competition.

10 Tips For Building a Mobile App With a Limited Budget

Alty

In this guide, we’d like to show how you can minimize your spending without jeopardizing the success of your app product. Set Clear Product Goals First. Mobile app development on a tight budget remains budget as along as you have clearly defined product goals.

Why Technical Debt Roadmaps Don’t Work

ProductPlan

Some product managers think of technical debt as flaws in their products. But these product managers prefer to sweep it under the rug for as long as possible, rather than facing it head-on. So they create a separate roadmap just to track the product’s technical debt. Think of a standalone technical debt roadmap as the junk drawer of your product roadmap. To plan and prioritize effectively, product teams need access to all relevant information.

5 Hard Questions for Mobile Product Managers

Apptentive

Our new guide, Five Hard Questions for Mobile Product Managers , covers tough questions product leaders should ask themselves, especially through a mobile lens. If you’re aiming to push yourself and your product to the next level, analyzing yourself is the best place to start!

New Product Development Strategy – From Idea to Commercialization

Craft.io

When it comes to successful product development, productivity is key. Entrepreneurs seeking to remain relevant, efficacious and profitable must continuously conceive and develop new products that not only make it to the market, but also deliver great value to target audience members.

The Most Underrated Product Management Skill: Influence Without Authority

Sachin Rekhi

Product managers require a diverse set of skills to excel at their role, including design, technical, analytical, communication, and more. Yet there is one skill that I find is often underrated but critical for the success of a product manager.

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TEI 196: The messy middle of new product projects – with Scott Belsky

Product Innovation Educators

Achieve your product goals without losing yourself along the way. Creating a new product starts with excitement and the thrill of doing something different. The launch of the product is surrounded by cheers. For many product managers, it is the best part of their work.

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Why do organizations win when they put users at the center of product development?

AlphaHQ

Product teams strive to stay up to date with market trends and ensure they’re in tune with the customer for whom they’re building products. To combat this, Wizeline’s Head of Product, Wendy Johansson, argues for organizations to diversify their pool of product managers.

How Designers & Developers Can Work Better Together

Mind the Product

Jason Fleitz is Director of Web Operations at LivePerson, where they develop products such as LiveEngage- a platform that gives companies the ability to engage with their customers anytime on web sites, mobile and social networks. Establish Understanding of the Product Vision.

TEI 187: Seven ways acting techniques can help product managers excel – with Alison Kemp

Product Innovation Educators

Develop a sense of curiosity to build trust and achieve your product goals. To be a great product manager, do you also need to be a great actor? No, but there are lessons from acting that will make you a better product manager. Article in Mind the Product, Oh the Drama!

The Dharma of Product Management

The Product Coalition

I now lead Product UX and Design on the Brilliant Control and Mobile Apps, Product Management, and Product Analytics at Brilliant. If I think about the five years that I’ve been in Product, I’ve personally seen or heard of hundreds of Product Managers?—?both

Tools to Help Product Managers Think Strategically and Commercially: State of Product Meeting

Mind the Product

This second post on the methods we use at Onfido to help us think commercially and strategically looks at State of Product meetings. This meeting is an exercise in strategy, an opportunity to take stock of where your product is, where it fits within the wider market, and where it should go.

Made With the Finest Rainbows: Was Starbucks’ Unicorn Frappuccino a Success?

Mind the Product

As a product manager, I wanted to know — was the UF a success? I entered down the rabbit hole of user research as I so often do , and have found a case where marketing and product collaborated so seamlessly that we should all be envious. What Defines a Product?

3 Feature Prioritization Methods With Your Users In Mind

UX Studio

Whether in the pool or already on the market, a new product or service with plenty of ideas will constantly require recurring feature prioritization. For this reason, do not do feature prioritization as a solo activity; the more diverse a team (from product designers to business people), the better are the results from the feature prioritization session. Check the following methods because they approach a product’s functions from various perspectives.

Product Managers, are You the CEO of Your Product?

The Product Coalition

by Ashley Sefferman , Head of Content at Apptentive When Ben Horowitz published his thoughts on the idea that product managers are the CEO of their products in “ Good Product Manager/Bad Product Manager ” nearly two decades ago, the concept was profound, but divisive.

From Startup to Enterprise Product Manager: Is Bigger Always Better?

Mind the Product

Observations of a B2C startup product manager working in enterprise. This means a change in approach for product managers operating in startup and corporate environments. Here are two of my most notable product take-aways and one piece of advice for survival. As a product manager your raison d’être is these users and providing them the greatest value with the least effort. In many cases the product goal is the company goal.

Starting The UX Process: How We Organise Kick-off Workshops

UX Studio

A UX professional needs time to understand the product and the market, but you don’t have any. A client knows the product and business inside and out. You want to see progress, finally seeing your product go in the right direction. You want to trust the design team, and see how they process and understand your product and company. Checked out similar products and helpful articles on the internet. First, choose the goal. SMART Product Goals.

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

Each week I scour articles, wading through the dogs, and bringing you the best insights to help product managers, developers, and innovators be heroes. Another reminder why new products need a workable business model. good-products-bad-businesses/.