Vision Mapping: How to Avoid Your Vision’s Natural Death

The Product Coalition

Vision casting is easy. At times it can be so easy that once the rally is over, the vision gets drowned by the hustle and bustle of daily chores. Whether large corporations or start-ups, I have encountered vision statements die by natural death or simply gather dust on shelves.

Vision vs. Strategy


I’ve explained that the context typically needs to be the product vision, and a specific set of outcome-based objectives for each team (OKR’s are an effective way to do that). I’ve already written about outcome-based objectives , and in this article I want to talk more about product vision, and especially how important the role of product strategy is in delivering on the product vision. Product Vision. Overview.

Developing an experience map for AI startups to define their product vision


Developing an experience map for AI startups to define their product vision Here at RealtimeBoard, we empower team-driven companies to create outstanding products and experiences while we turn challenges of distributed work into competitive advantages. The post Developing an experience map for AI startups to define their product vision appeared first on RealtimeBoard Blog.

Startup Dust

Oren Steinberg

The biggest asset any startup has is the time of its entrepreneurs and key talents. The success or failure of the startup often hinges on their ability to focus their efforts on the critical path at any given time. As the startup grows and faces scalability and growth challenges the issue of focus becomes even more challenging. 2 unexperienced entrepreneurs have a great idea for their first startup. The post Startup Dust appeared first on Oren Steinberg - blog.

The Lean Startup Trap

The Product Coalition

The Big 3 ‘Lean Startup’ Mistakes Companies Still Make Are you spending a ridiculous amount of time working on a product, and getting nowhere? If this sounds like you, you’re probably stuck in the lean startup trap. Lean startup sucks at discovering your customer needs.

How important is product management for your startup?

The Product Coalition

So the product management is the only one function that is offering business startups the significant advantages such as in setting up business objectives, targeting markets to deliver measurable products and services, and prioritizing the goals of startups.

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.

What’s next for marketplace startups? Reinventing the $10 trillion service economy, that’s what.

Andrew Chen

Is there still room for marketplace startups to innovate? Am excited to share a vision on the past and future of the service economy, in a collaboration by my a16z colleague Li Jin. We’re starting to see a number of startups tackling regulated services industries.

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

Mind the Product

Observations of a B2C startup product manager working in enterprise. A startup, finding its feet and learning how to stand, should by certain logic be less wise, less capable and less developed than its older, wiser counterparts. This means a change in approach for product managers operating in startup and corporate environments. The post From Startup to Enterprise Product Manager: Is Bigger Always Better?

Empathy & vision–and other innovation observations for product managers Apr 20, 2018

Product Innovation Educators

Empathy and vision advice from product VP. She responded with the need to have a clear product vision but to lean on empathy and flexibility. Innovation labs are often used by larger organizations in an effort to “act more like a startup.”

Taylor Wescoatt – Being the First Product Manager

Mind the Product

In working at Seedcamp and helping over 100 startups understand product thinking, Taylor Wescoatt has learned some valuable lessons he’d like to share, together with some real-world examples to drive the point home! Being the first product manager at a startup typically means being the 10th or 15th employee, and recognizing that – although product management has both tactical and strategic components – you’ll initially be more focused on tactics.

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Product to Product: Ellen Chisa on how product prepares you to be an early-stage startup founder


Most recently, Ellen left Lola to launch her own startup that will make it possible to build a complete scalable app in an afternoon. While her startup is still in very early stages, Ellen is completely in founder mode. Latif: I would love to hear a little bit about your new startup.

10 core principles for starting up

Inside Intercom

There is an infinite amount of advice for startups, but if I had to boil it down to just 10 essentials, these are the most crucial principles for starting up that every founder needs to understand from an early stage. You need a vision.

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Lather, rinse, REPEAT! Becoming a CRO

The Product Coalition

Socialize Product Vision You’re the CRO (Chief Repeating officer) and need to socialize what should go in a product and how to market and sell it any chance you get. Fulfil your vision You are in charge of mapping out the steps that your team is going to take to fulfill your product vision.

Product Managers, are You the CEO of Your Product?

The Product Coalition

Create the vision for your product—and for your company A CEO’s number one job is to rally their employees around the company’s central vision, and to share just enough information for them to “see the future” but not to overwhelm them with details.

Why product roadmaps are so important

The Product Coalition

Also, it is paramount to know that features and deliverables are related to a bigger product and company vision. If your vision where to go is clear, that will make easier for you to refuse requests that are not related to it.

Lessons learned from scaling a team

Inside Intercom

Fun fact: do you know what one of the majors causes of startup failure is? Rare is the startup advice that survives first contact with reality. Startups do to the relationship between the founders what a dog does to a sock.” – Paul Graham. Startups

Understanding how Design Thinking, Lean and Agile Work Together

Mind the Product

Be stubborn on the vision, but flexible on the details.”. Product Design Product Development Process Product Launch Product Leadership Agile Culture Design Design Thinking Lean Lean Startup Product Development product leadershipThe ideas of Agile are great.

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How to tell your company story

Inside Intercom

Once upon a time there was a group of founders who ran a small startup. But that same resolution is terrible for startups, or companies of any size for that matter. Up until now, I’ve been avoiding using the word “vision.” Vision, on the other hand, is just a snapshot.

Managing up as a newbie product manager


It’s refreshing to grab Latif, step outside for fresh air and sync up on strategic initiatives and product vision. Had I been too scared to say anything—and say no, that’s not possible—our marketing team would have a very different perspective of our product vision.

Machine learning isn’t as hard as it looks

Inside Intercom

Improved techniques have helped us make stunning breakthroughs in areas like computer vision, audio recognition, and natural language translation. Startups machine learning math RubyIt’s easy to believe that machine learning is hard. An arcane craft known only to a select few academics. After all, you’re teaching machines that work in ones and zeros to reach their own conclusions about the world. You’re teaching them how to think!

The Anti-Influencer Marketing Strategy to Grow Your Community


Here are some of the simple tactics I used to make sure our community could live up to that vision. Product Development Startup Lessons Product Innovator SeriesI hate the term “influencer.”.

It is time to talk about Product Leadership

The Product Coalition

Once you understood each one’s uniqueness and built relationships with them, there are two main goals to be accomplished: Develop individuals so they can achieve results; Wisely communicate the vision of the organisation and the connection that it has with the work of the team.

Product Managers Should Build A Team Brand

The Product Coalition

You will come up with better ideas and processes when you have a savvy team that works well together and shares a cohesive vision and set of values. What is your team’s vision? Is your vision clear? startup product-management

Design leadership as a subversive activity

Inside Intercom

” Their job is apparently to hire great people and empower teams by describing a mission, vision and clear a path. Design design design leadership design process design system startupsDesign management can be a strange beast.

The art of storytelling you should master as a product manager

The Product Coalition

I didn’t build the story enough and made them understand that how much thinking and effort and market research we have put in to get to this solution and why it fits with the overall vision of the company. product-manager how-to storytelling-for-business startup storytelling

Lessons From my First 90 Days as a Product Manager at a New Company

The Product Coalition

This could be things such as helping to attract & retain talent, communicating company vision, etc .However, startup-lessons product-management

3 Product Manager job spec requirements that need to go?—?aka Moneyball for Hiring Product Managers

The Product Coalition

1) Requirement: Industry experience Let’s say you’re running a startup in the real estate industry (or any other industry, really). product-management hiring recruiting teamwork startup3 Product Manager job spec requirements that need to go?—?aka

Successful employee onboarding should focus on culture

Inside Intercom

It’s focused on meeting a bunch of people, setting up our computer, walking through benefits and occasionally meeting an executive who talks about the vision and mission of the company. Startups company culture employee onboarding Engineering onboardingOnboarding new employees is a hard process to do well.

The Stories Metrics Tell

The Product Coalition

You craft a digestible anecdote, describe a powerful vision, and everyone leaves the kickoff meeting feeling inspired. data storytelling metrics product-management startupIt’s easy to set a couple top-line metrics and forget why they were put there after a while.

What is a Product?

The Product Coalition

Products must build towards the unified vision that defines your company. software-development testing entrepreneurship product-management startupScalability, Measurability, Deployability.

The Art of the Strategic Product Roadmap

The Product Coalition

A recent poll of Venture Capitalists listed lack of focus as the number one reason for startup failure. This in turn creates a clear vision and set of priorities, and allows teams to tie their work back into reaching these goals. Strategy, visualized.

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.)

Reddit’s Nick Caldwell on engineering leadership

Inside Intercom

Leaders are people who provide a compelling vision for people to follow and believe in, and take responsibility for what happens next. I do think one thing that’s a leader’s responsibility, whether or not you’re a manager or not, is that you have to provide a compelling vision for people to follow and believe in. At that early point in my career, I was frustrated and had to step up because no one was providing that vision. ” But I work in startups.

Making a dent in the universe… when your awesome new feature is already “so three months ago”

The Product Coalition

What vision do you have for the future that your product will help bring to life? product-design startup technology business-strategy product-managementManaging products amidst high expectations & rapid change “IT’S GOING TO SPACE. CAN YOU GIVE IT A SECOND TO COME BACK FROM SPACE?

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Inge Andre Sandvik – Adventures in Product and Entrepreneurship

Mind the Product

Like many other startups, Soundrop had its fair share of challenges trying to support an accelerated growth with limited resources. Ensure everyone understands the challenges each stakeholder faces and shares a common vision. Agile Product Development Customer Research Product/Market Fit 3rd Party Integrations Entrepreneur Integration Oslo partner ProductTank Spotify Startup Third-Party Integrations

The 7 Best Talks from the Experts at ProductCon NYC 2018

The Product Coalition

Having a limited view of the world, it’s difficult for teams and organizations to maintain a consistent vision for their world, and it’s vitally important to have communication frameworks and practices in place in order to achieve shared understanding.

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. Someone picked up The Lean Startup , had their mind blown, and said “We should do that here!” The Minimum Viable Product was first coined by Steve Blank and then made popular by Eric Ries in The Lean Startup. In the beginning, we talked about this concept as something to validate startup ideas. lean Product Management startups

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The Best Product Management Podcasts

The Product Coalition

This Agile Life With topics covered including vision, strategy, product and design, “This Agile Life” touches on every topic involved in agile product management. product-development startup business-strategy product-design product-management

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Track projects in team and regain control of your work

The Product Coalition

We started with a vision that work predominantly happened internally, with few external interactions. collaboration teamwork siftery-creator-stories azendoo startupAzendoo is a web and mobile application that helps individuals get things done and synchronize their teams.