Product Owner Manager – Alone Together

Tyner Blain

Product owners and product managers. Together, the product people need to take an organization’s strategy, figure out the appropriate product strategy, and convert that into actionable work for the delivery teams to create the right product.

Using Embedded Analytics to Drive Revenue

Mind the Product

Five years ago, including embedded analytics in an application was a powerful way for product teams to differentiate their applications, reduce customer churn, and charge more for their products. The post Using Embedded Analytics to Drive Revenue appeared first on Mind the Product.

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3 Useful UX Workshops to Get Your Team on the Same Page

UX Studio

UX professionals are not lone fighters, but actually mediators between users, business managers and developers. A UX workshop can help you gather the team and brainstorm to make better decisions. Ensure everybody is on the same page by making them more involved in the product development process with these tools. In a UX workshop, we share research results with the participants and let them come up with their own conclusions. What do users know about similar products?

Sense & Respond: The Farm Awakens by Jeff Gothelf & Josh Seiden

Mind the Product

In this closing keynote from Mind the Product San Francisco, Josh Seiden and Jeff Gothelf, the authors of Sense & Respond and Lean UX , shared a story about wheat farming as a parable for understanding our customers and how to respond to our their needs and technological change.

Product Portfolio Management: Success at Scale

Mind the Product

Product management can be hard enough, but when you scale beyond more than one product, product portfolio management is a critical tool to prioritise between multiple products, ensure resources are assigned to the right products, and that you have a pipeline of new product ideas ready to grow.

Let’s Fire a Few of Our Customers

Mironov Consulting

As product managers, we worry about market results – not just successfully shipping stuff on time , but growing our product’s revenue, user base and engagement. After all, there aren’t enough F2000 companies that we can chance losing even one to fussy product concerns.

Third-Party Software Integration: Best Practice, Perils and Pitfalls

Mind the Product

Product management teams often ask themselves if third-party integration is right for their software product roadmap. The thinking is that you should integrate with products such as Salesforce and Slack, because you never would want to try to build those sorts of products by yourselves.

Features do not a Product Roadmap Make

Tyner Blain

Last month, Mike Smart of Egress Solutions and I gave a webinar for Pragmatic Marketing on product roadmapping when working in agile environments. After experiencing it that way, the imagery has infused itself into how I frame product management activities.

Is Scrum Right for Your Product?

Roman Pichler

A process like Scrum is a great fit for your product when it is brand-new or young, and when you extend its life cycle, as shown in the picture below. Note that your product’s actual trajectory may differ significantly from the one above: it may be much steeper or flatter.

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Product Design Process: Four Steps To Make Sure They Will Love What You Build

UX Studio

Although many people think the aim of a product design process is to create something cool and good-looking, this comprises just the tip of the iceberg. Product design primarily wants to help us understand people’s pains, and create a product that will help them solve these problems. Thus we can create useful products. Planning the exact steps which the users go through when they use a product also plays a crucial role. Step One: Product Discovery.

Why Product Management Should not be Responsible for Project Management

Mind the Product

Jordan Bergtraum is a management consultant with over ten years of experience in the B2B SaaS industry, mostly as a head of product for various organizations in the legal, education, facilities management, and pharmaceutical spaces. The CEO is responsible for strategy, sales, and fundraising.

Sprint Review Tips for Product Owners

Roman Pichler

Collecting feedback from the right people is crucial to make the right product decisions: If you invite the wrong individuals or if key people are missing, then you are unlikely to receive the feedback you need. Try to understand why somebody likes or dislikes the product increment.

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10 Product Insights You Should Have Read in 2016

Mind the Product

Every week we curate the best product content from across the web into our weekly product management newsletter Prioritised. Planning Product Discovery. 9 Useful Apps for Product Managers. Product Requirement Documents Must Die. MIND THE PRODUCT].

Effective Product Roadmaps

Melissa Perri

Product Roadmaps, in general, are confusing. Even the most experienced Product Managers still don’t have them fully figured out. Product Roadmaps should work just like their namesake, but their intended purpose was lost somewhere along the way. Product Management

8 Tips for Collaborating with Development Teams

Roman Pichler

Manage the Product, not the Team. Focus on your job as the product manager or product owner, and manage the product, not the team. Provide guidance on the product, including its market, value proposition, business goals, and key features. But let the ScrumMaster or coach tackle people, process, and organisational issues; let the development team figure out what needs to be done to implement the user stories and other product backlog items.

Top 75+ Resources for Product Managers

Sachin Rekhi

I'm often asked what's the best way for a new product manager to learn the fundamentals of the role or for an experienced product manager to continue to master their craft. I've organized this collection into several sections, starting with product management 101. Strategy.

Please Spend Time With Competitor Analysis

UX Studio

For this reason, competitor analysis represents one of the most easily accessible methods to get a product on the right track. We should just focus on our own product and idea instead. Many product people usually think this way, but after a while they face reality and look around at the market. And in the end, they can put together a long-term strategy which will lead to victory. Just sit down and start searching for different keywords related to your product.

Upcoming SiriusDecisions Product Management Webcasts

Good Product Manager

Upcoming Product Management Webcasts. I’m excited to announce a new series of SiriusDecisions product management webcasts I’ll be hosting along with my colleague Lisa Singer. These complimentary webcasts are focused on best practices for b-to-b product management leaders and product managers. Tuesday, November 17, 2015: Adapting B-to-B Product Management to Agile. Wednesday, January 13, 2016: Strategic Product Management. Product Management

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The Best Product Management Tools That Will Save You Time

UX Studio

After our team at UX Studio started using product management tools, the time spent on communication surprisingly decreased. As a product manager, you know the drill. We created a list of all the essential platforms a product manager would need , so anyone can revolutionize their team workflow. So we recommend these product management tools based on our experience and customer reviews: Project Management Tools. Product Management Tools. Product roadmaps.

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#5Things in Product Management for September 8, 2017

Joe Cotellese

Particularly, I am digging into the product vision, and my strategy to get there. This week’s #5Things post focuses on product vision, strategy, roadmaps and how important it is for each of these things to be in alignment. Product Vision. A good product strategy comes from a strong product vision. As Marty Cagan puts it in Vision vs. Strategy. Product Strategy.

Still prioritizing features in a spreadsheet? Here’s why that should scare you.


How product management has fallen behind in the new era of product excellence In 1878, the world was introduced to something that would forever change how people would communicate. That product was the telephone. Nowadays, new rivals can come out of nowhere, and if they offer superior features, UX, or succeed in building stronger customer relationships, your customers can (and will) defect to them. But product managers?

What Is Retention and How To Measure It

UX Studio

If you work with products, it will become your best friend (OK, maybe just a regular friend whom you keep telling it to). So yeah, getting new users rocks, but don’t neglect the current ones; the product will thank you later. Users who love a product will keep coming back and use the app, so the retention percentage will rate significantly higher than that for an occasionally used product. Now, more excitingly, use this number for bigger picture strategy planning.

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Building a Product Team from the Inside Out


Most organizations that start hiring to build out the product team have not exhausted the potential on their current team. Our products are relatively idiosyncratic—our product team is composed of managers at all different levels. Growing product people.

Progressively Elaborated Users

Tyner Blain

Understanding your users is critical to developing good products. You do not always need to develop personas before developing products. I’m contextualizing the value of personas relative to other sources of value in the product development process.

Ruthless Prioritization

Brandon Chu

If you build products, it means doing the things that create the most customer value first. The right way to approach this is by accepting the chaotic nature of building products, and then develop a ruthless mindset to make quick decisions about what’s absolutely necessary.

Building a Product Startup Within an Agency

Mind the Product

Every product comes with a tumultuous ‘origin story’. Ours is still unfolding, but I’ve been reflecting on what building a product business within a service agency has brought to the tale. Six months later we began building our first software product.

Planning for 2018

Good Product Manager

Three Tips for Planning Next Year’s Product Roadmap. September brings about the return of kids to school, cooling temperatures, and, for product managers, an opportunity to review plans for the next year’s roadmap. Read more in my post on the SiriusDecisions blog: Three Tips for Planning Next Year’s Product Roadmap. SiriusDecisions 2018 Product Management Planning Assumptions. presentation I’ll be doing on Product Strategy on a Page.

How to Build a Product Team from the Inside Out


Most organizations that start hiring to build out the product team have not exhausted the potential on their current team. Our products are relatively idiosyncratic—our product team is composed of managers at all different levels. Growing product people.

42 Rules of Product Management

Product Bookshelf

42 rules to live by for product managers. Great insights and product principles for being a great product manager and making better products. 42 Rules of Product Management edited by Brian Lawley. Each encapsulates a key principle of effective product management.

Take Charge Product Management

Product Bookshelf

Collect information and work with your cross-functional partners to be an effective product manager. Your company will rely on you to be the most knowledgeable about your product so never take your eye off the market and establish an objective framework to guide your decisions.

The Lean Product Process

Product Bookshelf

The Lean Product Playbook: How to Innovate with Minimum Viable Products and Rapid Customer Feedback by Dan Olsen. Olsen organizes the Lean product process in layers which build on each other and serve as a path for matching your offering with customer needs. Product-Market Fit.

All the Awesome Speakers for #mtpcon SF 2017

Mind the Product

UPDATED Mind the Product San Francisco 2017 promises to be one of our best product conferences yet, with double the number of workshops , more networking events around the conference, and more fun than ever before. Caitlin Kalinowski, Head of Product Design Engineering, Oculus.

10 Skills Every Mobile Product Manager Needs


Like general product management, the role of mobile product managers emerged out of a need to serve the changing face of tech. It’s a specialized role that requires specialized skills that cater to mobile products. A product is no different from a well-constructed story.