November, 2018

Sustainable Pace in Product Management

Roman Pichler

What is Sustainable Pace? Sustainable pace is an important agile principle. The Agile Manifesto defines it in the following way: “The sponsors, developers, and users should be able to maintain a constant pace indefinitely.”

Just in Time Product Management

The Product Bistro

Product management is a discipline where there is an unending to-do list, a fixed amount of time in the day, and enough outside influencers to make even the best multi-tasker whither and die. Yet good product managers always appear to be in control of the situation. This is a testament to several traits that are […]. product management essentials

How to effectively transition into a new role

Lead on Purpose

For most organizations, individuals starting a new job have 90 days to prove themselves. What happens during this critical time can make or break your career. Your goal is to get as rapidly as possible to the break-even point. This … Continue reading → Team Building balance preparation strategy success transition

Pursuing a Product Management Career: The #1 Skill

Proficientz – Product Management University

There are many skills that are important for success in a product management career, but there’s one that stands head and shoulders above all the rest. Apply a little deductive reasoning to get there. Let’s start with the ultimate goal of a product manager.

The 5 Levels of Analytics Maturity

Basic dashboards used to be enough to thrill end users. But over time, modern capabilities have emerged—and bare-minimum features are no longer cutting it. How have analytics changed? And where do your BI offerings fall? Find out sophisticated ways to future-proof your application. Brought to you by Logi Analytics.

The Truth About Kids and Technology: Jean Twenge (iGen) and Nir Eyal (Hooked) Discuss Tech’s Effect on Children’s Mental Health

Nir Eyal

Recently, I was invited to discuss how technology might impact children’s mental health at the Johnson Depression Center at the University of Colorado. I shared the stage with Dr. Jean Twenge, author of the book iGen and an article in The Atlantic that got a lot of attention titled, “Have Smartphones Destroyed a Generation?” ” Dr. Twenge and I […].

Lost in Translation – how do you Localize Your Product for International Growth?

Mind the Product

Have you ever opened up an exciting new app, but instead of being asked to “ Sign up ” you saw “ ??????????? ”? Maybe you’ve received a confirmation email saying “ Th?nks nks you for you reg?ster. ng here ple?se

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The Product Lifecycle, an introduction

The Product Bistro

If you work at a startup, or a small company, chances are this three letter acronym is alien to you. However once you graduate to a mid sized company, with multiple products, and, more importantly, multiple divisions or business units, the construct of a PLC is inevitable, and even welcomed. PLC is an acronym for […]. product management essentials

The Slippery Slope of Sales-Led Development

Mironov Consulting

Most product companies have a few things in their roadmaps that are specifically for single customers – I call these sales one-offs.

Product Management Responsibilities: Eventually, It’s About Products

Proficientz – Product Management University

Product management responsibilities look completely different if you view them through the lens of the customer. For solution providers though, products are the basis for all things revenue and that can cloud the true objective of a product management function and how it operates. Success in product management and product marketing is first and foremost about understanding what your target customers want to accomplish and why it’s a priority. Then and only then are products relevant.

What’s Your Core Competency?

Clever PM

I’ve always been a big fan of the concept of a “core competency” or “distinctive competency” — the one thing that you, your product, or your company does better than anyone else, and that is difficult to easily replicate. Unfortunately, I find that far too few organizations really understand, at a deep level, what this […]. Product Management Authority Culture Definitions Influence Interactions Learning PM Psychology Trust

Monetizing Analytics Features: Why Data Visualizations Will Never Be Enough

Think your customers will pay more for data visualizations in your application? Five years ago they may have. But today, dashboards and visualizations have become table stakes. Discover which features will differentiate your application and maximize the ROI of your embedded analytics. Brought to you by Logi Analytics.

Embrace Your Imposter Syndrome

Mind the Product

Martin Eriksson opened #mtpcon London 2018 – the world’s largest conference for passionate product people – by telling us that despite all he’s achieved, he feels like a fraud.

Product Managers Attempt To Solve The Toy Problem

The Accidental Product Manager

Product managers attempt to get customers to shop for toys all year long. Image Credit: bygloricom. Product managers for stores that sell toys have an interesting problem on their hands.

Product-driven Growth: A Love Story

ProductCraft

Picture this. You walk into an electronics store. An associate appears, asking how she can help. You tell her that you’re a hobbyist photographer looking to purchase your first drone. You’d like to try before you buy. No problem, she says. Follow me.

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What is customer acquisition cost and why does it matter?

Inside Intercom

Growth is good, but growth at any cost is very, very bad. The best marketers in the world help their companies grow for the long term.

5 Early Indicators Your Embedded Analytics Will Fail

Many application teams leave embedded analytics to languish until something—an unhappy customer, plummeting revenue, a spike in customer churn—demands change. But by then, it may be too late. In this White Paper, Logi Analytics has identified 5 tell-tale signs your project is moving from “nice to have” to “needed yesterday.". Brought to you by Logi Analytics.

How can product managers inspire creativity

Craft.io

Creativity is an elusive beast. Since ancient times, the Muse has been described as a separate creature, who has her own will and decides to bestow inspiration only when she pleases.

What a Product Manager Needs to Know About Code Quality

Product Club

I recently presented at the IT Arena conference, talking about how Product Managers need to become more active in trade off discussions and prioritization of product quality. Below are the slides from that talk. What a Product Manager Needs to Know About Code Quality from Michael Rutledge.

Why Product Managers Should not Report to the CTO

Mind the Product

Product managers often end up reporting to the CTO, and some will argue that this is a good thing. While this might have been the case in the early days of product management, it’s not anymore. Why Shouldn’t a CTO be the Boss? Martin Eriksson’s seminal post on being a product manager shows that they sit in the centre of tech, business, and user (customer). So if they report to the CTO it creates the impression of bias against the business and user.

OKRs for Product Management

BrainMates

As November begins, it’s a great time to start the planning process for the next year. When you reflect on this year past, are you thinking about your successful achievements? Or are you frustrated that yet another busy year has passed and you’ve not achieved what you wanted to?

Why “Build or Buy?” Is the Wrong Question for Analytics

Every time an application team gets caught up in the “build vs buy” debate, it stalls projects and delays time to revenue. There is a third option. Partnering with an analytics development platform gives you the freedom to customize a solution without the risks and long-term costs of building your own. Learn when and why it makes sense to build, buy, or take a combined approach to embedded BI. Brought to you by Logi Analytics.

How Product Managers Listen to the Voice of the Customer

Revulytics

Gartner has predicted that by 2021, 75% of software providers will rely on insights from embedded software usage analytics to inform product management decisions and measure customer health (Predicts 2018: Technology Go-to-Market).

Engaging in Product Debates

Sachin Rekhi

As product managers we engage in product debates every day with our design and engineering partners, fellow product managers, cross-functional partners, managers, executive stakeholders, and more.

Build a growth stack, not a tech stack

Inside Intercom

Tech stacks are the backbone of modern sales and marketing operations. When set up right, they provide a clarifying view of your most valuable prospects and customers — and the next steps that your team needs to take to efficiently nurture a lead, close the deal or grow the account.

What’s in your (Cloud 100) Product Stack?

ProductCraft

Product is hot. Product is important, and practitioners are in demand. Because product experience matters more than ever before. Digital products today are incredibly numerous and diverse (think of any business role, function, or need; there’s probably an app for that).

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New Study: 2018 State of Embedded Analytics Report

Why do some embedded analytics projects succeed while others fail? We surveyed 500+ application teams embedding analytics to find out which analytics features actually move the needle. Read the 6th annual State of Embedded Analytics Report to discover new best practices. Brought to you by Logi Analytics.

How can we Build Human-Centred Products by Kim Goodwin

Mind the Product

Everybody is trying to create products that make people’s lives better. However, by simply focusing on metrics, rather than the humans behind them, we risk making bad decisions that have unintended consequences for people and society.

TEI 202: How smart product leaders are leading transformation in their organization – with Kyle Nel

Product Innovation Educators

Using science fiction and storytelling to reshape company culture from the inside out. Product managers and leaders can have a dramatic influence on an organization. Our influence extends beyond the revenue generated by the products we help create.

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Mentoring 101.

Ask Benny

Step by step product management mentoring. In Mentoring Thinking I explained why it’s good to become a mentor. This time as a special tribute to Product League , a product management mentoring program run by volunteering product managers contributing to the community, I am giving tips on how to approach your mentoring. While I am referring mostly to product management mentoring, most of the advice is relevant for any type of mentoring.

How to Improve your Product with Limited Resources

The Product Coalition

If a Product Manager was given three wishes, I’m willing to bet one of them would be an infinite amount of resources to work with. Unfortunately, genies are in short supply, and there’s no such thing as infinite resources. This gives Product teams a bit of a problem.

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5 Product Traps - And Better Paths

Speaker: Johanna Rothman, Management Consultant, Rothman Consulting Group

Is your agile team overloaded with feature requests, with no time for discovery? Do your roadmaps read like impossible wish lists? Well, you’re not alone. It may seem impossible now, but what if we said that with a few changes, you could be meeting deadlines with the ability to predict progress with accuracy, be happy with your progress against the roadmap, and be making time for near-continuous discovery? Johanna Rothman has seen this all too often across many different organizations. She will take us through five common traps that agile product teams fall into – and likely you are in several of those traps right now. And good news - she has ways to avoid them!

Live chat for business: everything you wanted to know about live chat but were afraid to ask

Inside Intercom

A great customer experience today is about meeting people where they already are. And today, there’s one channel where more potential customers are than any place else: messaging and live chat. Think about the way that you talk to people every day.

What a CPO-Turned-VC Looks for in Her Investments

ProductCraft

If your product addresses the future of the microbiome or empowers product and UX folks while saving developers time, chances are FirstMark Capital managing director Catherine Ulrich might like to chat.

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Show me the Money! Four Career Path Alternatives to Chief Product Officer

Mind the Product

It’s Monday, you’re a little scared, very excited and you’re walking into the product job you’ve always dreamed about. What is that dream job? A lot of product managers, if you asked them, might be tempted to say that they want the lead product role in the organisation.

TEI 201: Lessons from Nikola Tesla on how successful product managers must negotiate with society – with Bernie Carlson, PhD

Product Innovation Educators

Combining dreams and discipline for successful innovations. I am wrapping up a 3-month road trip through the Northeast of the U.S., allowing me to meet many innovators and product managers.

UX and Design Tips for Better Dashboards: Product Manager Laura Klein Explains How to Improve Your Analytics

Speaker: Laura Klein, Principal at Users Know and Author of UX for Lean Startups

No one makes poorly designed products on purpose. And yet we have so many of them in our lives. That's why Laura Klein, product manager and UX designer, has a set of tips to help application teams improve their embedded dashboards and reports.