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.

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.

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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.

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.

3 Pillars of the Most Successful Tech Products

Nir Eyal

Ninety-two percent of startups fail within three years. Building Better Products How to Start-Up engagement startup technologyIf you’ve started a tech company to make a lot of money, chances are you’re bad at math—or simply delusional. Statistically speaking, your odds of a big-time payday are somewhere between zero and almost zero. Only one percent of apps in the Apple App Store are financially successful. […].

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

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 […].

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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.

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?

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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 […

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.

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.)

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

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.

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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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 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.

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.

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

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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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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.

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.

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.

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.

The Rise of Modern Product Discovery

Product Talk

We have seen a rise in product discovery philosophies—the increase in popularity of customer development , design thinking , The Lean Startup , and so forth. I love that Marty Cagan and Jeff Patton have long been advocates of dual-track development.

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.

Your Product is Already Obsolete – How to Survive by Des Traynor

Mind the Product

All startups go through three distinct phases – birth, growth, and survival. You start by making the product work, then you have to grow the product, and then, crucially, you have to focus on survival – on keeping it relevant.

Outcome-Driven Innovation for Product Managers

Mind the Product

Tony Ulwick is the pioneer of jobs-to-be-done theory, the inventor of the Outcome-Driven Innovation® (ODI) process, and the founder of the strategy and innovation consulting firm Strategyn.

Behind Every Great Product


What has not changed is my overarching belief that behind every great product, there is someone, usually someone behind the scenes, working tirelessly, that is playing this critical role They usually have the title “product manager” but they might be a startup co-founder or the CEO, or they might be in another role on the team and stepped up because they saw the need. Article: Behind Every Great Product.

Three. Two. One. Go – Bringing the Donuts 03/16/2016

Ken Norton

After much discussion, your startup – or division at a larger company – has decided it’s time to hire its first product manager. How do you make sure your new PM is successful? -. You can finally breathe a sigh of relief. How do you make sure they’re successful? I’ve written about the first days at a new company from the