How to Communicate When You’re Founding a Startup

Mind the Product

As such, for their team of startup experts, communication is absolutely key. Once you’ve got your startup or project up and running, resist the urge to ‘get building’ and take a minute to speak to people.

9 Ways to Validate Your Startup Ideas

280 Group

The post 9 Ways to Validate Your Startup Ideas appeared first on 280 Group Product Management. This is a guest post by Scott Davis. Setting up your own business is one of the most rewarding and fulfilling things in the world. It is a validation of your skills and knowledge.

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Building a Product Startup Within an Agency

Mind the Product

Let me explain: Why a Product Startup? Nevertheless, building a product startup within an existing business comes with its own challenges, not least trying to find new ways of working which are appropriate at a different size and scale. Why all Agencies Should run a Product Startup.

Why Product Managers Should Learn to Code

Mind the Product

I’ve had all sorts of job titles; digital marketer, growth hacker, creative technologist, UXer, startup product person, product strategist, product owner, lean coach and consultant. I’ve been a startup founder – when I completely tanked my first foray building product.

Get Your Team Experimenting More by Using One Little Word…

Mind the Product

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. Lean Product Management Product Management Basics Product Management Characteristics Lean Startup product planning

Making My Underwear an accessible product

Mind the Product

Product Design Product Launch Product Management Startups Product Focus strategy user researchThis is a story about My Underwear. Not my underwear —  but “My Underwear” — the mobile game for children from my old game studio.

Julie Zhou – Building a Culture of Growth

Mind the Product

When a startup or new product starts to get some traction, there often comes a decision to hire someone to manage growth without a full picture of what that will actually entail. Organisation Product Management ProductTank San Francisco Video Culture Growth hiring marketing startups

Freelance Consulting and Product Management – Time to Join the gig Economy?

Mind the Product

Product Management Product Management Skills Role Startups product culture product management role strategyWhen should a start-up hire its first product manager? What responsibilities should this role include?

Scaling Up a Product Organisation

Mind the Product

Early Stage Startup Product Managers are Founders. In an early stage startup, the Product Manager is the founder – burning through their own cash to make it happen. Once a startup is funded, then you will usually hire your first Product Manager. Funded Startup Co-Creator.

Good Products Start With Good Questions

Nir Eyal

Building Better Products Design Entrepreneurship product management startupNir’s Note: My friend Jake Knapp just published a fantastic book titled, Sprint: How to Solve Big Problems and Test New Ideas in Just Five Days. The book details a process he and his colleagues at Google Ventures use to quickly go from idea, to prototype, to live test. Jake put together an exclusive excerpt from the book for […].

Good Enough

Tyner Blain

With the current mind share enjoyed by Lean Startup and minimally viable products (MVP), there is far too much shallow analysis from people jumping on the bandwagon of good ideas without fully understanding the ideas.

Why your IT Project is Doomed to Fail – David Kullmann (ProductTank NYC)

Mind the Product

David is a Partner and Development Manager at CitrusByte, working with both large corporations and startups to develop innovative software solutions to challenges they may be facing. David Kullman talks to ProductTank NYC about why most projects are doomed to fail right from the very start.

Finding the Truth Behind MVPs

Melissa Perri

A Successful Start I learned about Minimum Viable Products like 99% of other Product Managers – through The Lean Startup by Eric Ries. If you’re interested in learning more about MVPs, I’m running a one day workshop in Paris on June 14, 2016. More information here. When I happened upon the book and Eric’s method, I […

A Certain Ratio – Bringing the Donuts 03/27/2017

Ken Norton

I spend a lot of time with startups, and a good portion of that time helping them think through organizational questions. One of the most common questions I get from growing startups is, what’s the ideal ratio of engineers to product managers? (A What's the ideal number of engineers for every PM? -. A different kind of P/E ratio.) For fun

Do You Have A Problem Worth Solving?

Street Smart Product Manager

Business Cases Lean Startup New Product Development Product Development Product Management business case market sizing market validation validated learningIn order to pursue any product idea — a new product, or a new feature for an existing product — you must make sure it’s a problem worth solving.

Oprah versus Spock: Advice from Dan Olsen and The Lean Product Playbook

Mind the Product

I spoke to Dan recently in advance of Lean Startup Week in San Francisco, where Dan taught a masterclass on product/market fit. ” The Minimum Viable Product (MVP) is one of the key learning methods described in the Lean Startup.

Why an MVP Needs to Be a Product and Not Just a Test

280 Group

It has been popularized by Lean Startup for nearly a decade. Although Eric Ries, the founder of Lean Startup, did not invent the term MVP, I credit him for its adoption into the standard lexicon of product teams. Interestingly, during the early days of Lean Startup, the whole.[continue

Growing Pains: What to Expect When Your Startup Hits a Growth Spurt

There is a very specific sweet & sour spot in the life of a product startup that every entrepreneur remembers with a loving cringe – that moment in your company’s lifecycle when something clicked, months of market penetration efforts paid off and users started swarming in.

Products That Count Podcast

Mironov Consulting

We also touched on how incentive structures shape the behavior of non-product groups (such as Sales), and when a startup should hire its first full-time product manager. Products That Count has a podcast as well as a monthly meetup.

Don’t Ask People What They Want, Watch What They Do

Nir Eyal

In this interview, she chats with Max Ogles about design strategy for startups. Nir’s Note: Irene Au is a design partner at Khosla Ventures and former Head of Design at Google, Yahoo, and Udacity. She’ll be speaking at the upcoming Habit Summit in April. You can register here!) Q: You have an impressive background as […]. The post Don’t Ask People What They Want, Watch What They Do appeared first on Nir and Far. Behavior Design In Action Behavior design habit summit

Confessions of a Product Manager or ‘What I wish I’d known sooner about product monetisation’


Like many startups, Newsmart now cites. “Launching isn’t hard. Coming up with an idea isn’t hard. Making something isn’t hard. It’s everything that comes after that.” – Jason Fried. Having written previously about the importance of monetisation to Product Managers it came as a shock recently to hear that my own product, Newsmart (a DowJones venture), is to be shuttered after nearly 3 years. Source. Product Management

The Evolution of Modern Product Discovery

Product Talk

The Lean Startup: Eric Ries [9:49]. The Lean Startup. The Lean Startup encouraged us to ask, “Does anyone want our solution?” Many of you may guess what it was, but about five years ago Eric Ries launched The Lean Startup.

The Secret Ingredient To Getting Product Innovation Done: “Internalvangelists”

Street Smart Product Manager

In Lean Startup circles, we hear a lot about finding these special breed of customers. Because they’re the ones willing to make the initial bet on the startup, because they’ve bought into the startup’s vision and potential. So you’ve probably heard of “earlyvangelists” (No? Read this post by Steve Blank, who coined the term.)

3 Best Practices for Adopting Continuous Product Discovery

Product Talk

What this means is that this company, Arity, sometimes acts like a startup because they’re a small company that’s being protected to go and do their own thing. It’s easy to think you already do continuous product discovery.

2017 Product Conferences

Product Talk

Lean Startup Conference. Detroit Startup Week. The Lean Startup Summit. Lean Startup Conference . I often get and see on social media questions about upcoming product conferences. So we compiled a list. I say we because my assistant, Karen did most of the heavy-lifting. This list is by no means exhaustive.

Scaling Lean Principles by Jeff Gothelf

Mind the Product

Lean methodologies work well for a single team observes Gothelf: “A lean startup reduces risk by regular and continuous experimentation. There is no shortage of frameworks available for lean startup at scale, says Gothelf. “As

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Mental Models for Product Managers – Part 2

PM Hardcore

Brain Wiring (by Wellcome Images, CC licensed). In part 1 I introduced mental models and some reasons they are important. And I provided a few “general purpose” examples. In this part we dive into what you really came here for – product management-specific mental models.

First Things First: How Does A Product Manager Start?

The Accidental Product Manager

I recently had a chance to start a new job as a product manager for a startup that had never had a product manager before. The startup up that I joined had a great product (in my opinion – that’s why I joined them!)

Job Hunting Is Product Management

Pragmatic Marketing

It was the start of a brutal journey—from failed startup founder to gainfully employed product manager. When the company Pierre-Marc Diennet founded and spent four years building simply evaporated, he found himself with no income, no savings, a baby at home and no job.

The Six Essential Books that Every Product Manager Should Read

Mind the Product

The Lean Startup. Actually you could easily estimate that The Lean Startup is responsible for launching millions of experiments. I always tell the participants of my workshops that as a Product Manager you should be voraciously curious about what’s happening in the field.

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7 Ways to Know That You Need a Head of Product

Mironov Consulting

Second, note that being an undermanaged product person in a semi-chaotic organization is a lot like being the first product manager at a 10-to-30-person startup.

Lewis Lin’s Favorite Books for PMs

Product Bookshelf

IDEA : The Lean Startup movement generated new and valuable ideas in product development. Olsen argues that high-level concepts and familiarity with Lean will not result in true success in the startup world. Lean Analytics: Use Data to Build a Better Startup Faster.

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The Rise of Product Success Manager and Customer Journey

Spice Catalyst

My talk on The Rise of Product Success Manager and Customer Journey on The DYT #Podcast w/ @kartvee #startup #ux #prodmgmt [link]. The post The Rise of Product Success Manager and Customer Journey appeared first on Spice Catalyst

An Introduction to Product Discovery

Product Talk

The Lean Startup came out in 2011. Throughout the video, I draw upon concepts from The Lean Startup , Change by Design , and The Four Steps to the Epiphany as well as what I’ve observed as a discovery coach and as product manager.

Enter The Matrix – Lean Prioritisation

Mind the Product

The 2×2 matrix is a tool primarily used in Lean Startup to help entrepreneurs make decisions, identify what’s important or risky and where to focus efforts. Businesses today need to learn from the lean startup model in order to stay competitive.

The Simple Guide to Product Management

bpma ProductHub

Her prior experience includes product management at Wayfair, Constant Contact and an educational software startup. Contributed by Cynthia Andre. In 2016, Glassdoor identified Product Management as the #8 best job to have in America, with a job score of 4.5 out of 5.

Product Management Workshop: Aug. 22-23 in Chicago

On Product Management

Think holistically about building and marketing The Whole Product Go beyond MVP/Lean Startup and dogmatic frameworks Raise your Product Management game Details are here: The Craftsman PM: A 2-day Hands-on Workshop Where: Blue1647, Chicago, IL When: August […]. Want to take your Product craft to the next level? Attend the Craftsman PM 2-day hands-on Product Management workshop.

Innovation, SaaS, and Enterprise: Announcing the First Three Speakers for #mtpcon London!

Mind the Product

After Adobe, Lea led product at InVision, a startup focused on design collaboration where she built and designed best practices for the product team. Mind the Product London 2017 on September 8 will be better than ever, with more workshops, more networking, and more fun than ever.

On Being a Pragmatic Marketing Instructor

Product Beautiful

Prior to Dell, I worked for Cisco, a company Cisco had acquired called NetSolve, and a startup called NetStreams, amongst others. I had an idea for a startup of my own that I was trying to pursue but had come to a point that I needed to either quit and do it full time, or abandon the idea.

When was the Last Time you Talked to Your Customers?

Mind the Product

but how many startups are doing a decent job of tracking their performance? When I was still working for my own startup (Swipe & Shop – Tinder for fashion), I really enjoyed having a personal relationship with our users. love asking people this question.