September, 2019

What does it take to be a great Product Manager?

bpma ProductHub

by Roger Snyder – Recently, 280 Group conducted the largest survey of its kind amongst Product Management professionals. With nearly 1700 participants, we learned which skill sets product managers score strongly on and which are areas for improvement.

Top Strategies to Advance Your Product Management Career Rapidly – Part 1

280 Group

This article is the first in a three part series on how to accelerate your Product Management career.

Product in Practice: How One Product Manager Innovates in Big Companies

Product Talk

One of my goals at Product Talk is to showcase what good product management looks like. Today, I’m excited to introduce a new series, Product in Practice, where I’ll profile product managers doing great work. To kick off the series, we interviewed Rachel Allen , Director of Product at Omnitracs.

Empowering Development Teams

Roman Pichler

Show People that You Care. Empowering development teams starts with taking a sincere interest in the individuals, attentively listening to their ideas and concerns, and empathising with them.

Organizing for Customer Centricity

Speaker: Tatyana Mamut, Head of Product, Nextdoor

Most companies today say they are “customer centric.” Yet many still make decisions primarily based on competitor threats, technical architecture, or executive opinions. So what sets apart those that talk the talk, and those that walk the walk? Join Nextdoor's Head of Product Tatyana Mamut, PhD as she outlines the 7 habits of truly customer-centric companies.

Great User Research (for Non-Researchers) by Steve Portigal

Mind the Product

Researchers often have concerns about what will happen when “other people” go out and do work with users. But the demand for research far outweighs the supply of researchers, and everyone wins when more people are enabled to do research themselves.

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Three Techniques for Uncovering Root Cause Customer Needs

Proficientz – Product Management University

When it comes to uncovering customer needs, it’s easy to get caught in the trap reacting and developing products and features that they ask for without first understanding the real business need and its value.

The Phenomenal Product Manager: What is a Phenomenal Product Manager?

280 Group

The article is a synopsis of The Phenomenal Product Manager: Chapter Two , written by Brian Lawley. Phenomenal vs. Meh.

Measure Cycle Time, Not Velocity

Johanna Rothman

I'm not a fan of measuring velocity. Velocity is a point-in-time measure of capacity. That means that when things change for the team or in the code, the velocity often changes. See Velocity is Not Acceleration.). Instead, I like to measure cycle time.

How To Structure and Manage Your Product Analytics Team

Amplitude

Over the last fifteen years, I have noticed a pattern. As I have worked with companies, departments, and teams to help them make more data-informed decisions, I have noticed that they usually fall into one of three categories: They fully integrate evidence-based decision-making into how they work.

Walk a Mile in Your Customer's Shoes

Speaker: Steven Haines, Founder and CEO, Sequent Learning Networks

Product professionals use phrases like "voice of the customer," and "user experience" so often that it can be easy to lose sight of their actual meanings. How can we, as product professionals, learn to keep customers and users at the heart of our work? Join Steven Haines, globally recognized thought leader and author, as he guides us through a memorable journey demonstrating how you can walk a mile in their customer's shoes. He'll explore how, by developing true empathy for your users, you can ensure you're creating the features and products they actually want.

Be a Director, not a Manager by Fareed Mosavat

Mind the Product

In this keynote from #mtpcon San Francisco, Fareed Mosavat, Director of Product, Lifecycle, at Slack, shares his early career lessons on creativity from Pixar. He says being a great product leader is about being a director instead of a manager.

Some Practical Tools For Stakeholder Management

BrainMates

Adrienne Tan. This blog was originally written in 2011 and updated in September 2019. Pretty much every Product job description these days says that ‘stakeholder management’ is a key priority. But what exactly is stakeholder management? What are the best tools to manage stakeholders?

The Most Common UX Writing Mistakes (And How To Avoid Them)

Userpilot

Recently, more and more SaaS companies have started to see the value in great UX writing. The copy that you use in your product (often referred to as “microcopy”) can have a dramatic effect on your users. We’re going to look at some of the biggest UX writing mistakes you can make.

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Does Your Product Management Team Need to Transform?

280 Group

Join our upcoming webinar, Five Steps to Transform Your Product Management Team , if you are a PM leader looking to improve your team’s people, process, and tools, to build a team of Product Leaders. Register here. Change is the law of life.

How To Take Action on Customer Discovery

Speaker: Nick Noreña, Innovation Coach and Advisor, Kromatic

We all want to build successful products - and that means satisfied customers. Before anything else, you must understand what problems you can solve. The best way to do that is to get out of the building and start asking questions. But how can you make the most of those conversations, and ensure that you walk away with productive insights? Join Nick Noreña, educator, entrepreneur, and currently Innovation Coach and Advisor at Kromatic, as he covers how we can effectively action our findings from customer discovery conversations.

Product Love Podcast: Patrick Campbell, CEO of ProfitWell

ProductCraft

Bootstrapping. Pricing. Freemium. Three words that incite fear in most product people. But don’t close your tab just yet. This week on Product Love, I sat down with Patrick Campbell, who has managed to turn those three things into a successful company called ProfitWell.

Come Celebrate with Us: The Forbes 100, Amplify, and 2019 So Far

Amplitude

We’re excited to share that Amplitude entered the Forbes Cloud 100 this year. The Cloud 100 showcases the top 100 private cloud companies in the world.

Data-Driven Blunders and how to Avoid Them

Mind the Product

“We are a data-driven company”. You’ll travel far and wide before you find a tech startup that doesn’t pride itself on this claim. It’s become a tech staple – alongside free beer on Fridays, table football, and all the fruit you could dream of.

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Types of product managers

The Product Coalition

A short guide that will help you find your career path in product management Continue reading on ProductCoalition.com ». product-management career-advice self-improvement life careers

Make an Impact with Analytics and Journey Maps

Speaker: Kirui K. K., Co-founder and CEO of Tanasuk Africa

If you want to offer a better user experience, it can be tempting to track each and every data point in your product. However, this can quickly get complicated and overwhelming as you collect more and more data. How do you know which metrics will help you improve? Kirui K. K., Co-founder & CEO Tanasuk Africa, wants you to know that analytics don't have to be complicated to make an impact - no matter the size of your company. Join him as he explains how to create a customer journey map, then use that map to figure out the metrics you need to know - and how to use them.

40 Favorite Interview Questions from Some of the Sharpest Folks We Know

First Round Review

Given the high-stakes nature of every hire, interviewing chops are always in need of sharpening. We’ve spent the past few months reaching out to some of the most thoughtful company builders in our network to pose a simple question: *What’s your favorite interview question to ask and why?

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3 Lessons I Learned About Product-Led Growth [Interview]

Gainsight

What is product-led growth, exactly? Travis Kaufman, VP of Product Growth at Gainsight, defines the buzzword and shares growth-boosting best practices. This Q&A is an excerpt from our webinar, Ask an Expert Q&A: How to Build Products That Drive Growth.

Product Management Tips for Data Science Projects

Mironov Consulting

Data science has traditionally been an analysis-only endeavor: using historical statistics, user interaction trends, or AI machine learning to predict the impact of deterministically coded software changes.

Employee Spotlight: Paving the Road for a More Inclusive Future with Shivani Patel, Head of Corporate Sales and Account Management

Amplitude

Shivani Patel, Head of Corporate Sales and Account Management, has made an incredible impact on everyone here at Amplitude. Passionate about workplace inclusivity, Shivani has organized a number of events to celebrate International Women’s Day, Pride, Mental Health Awareness, and more.

Your Post-Launch Toolkit for Understanding Your Users

Speaker: Brittney Gwynn, former Director of Product, Simple Health

If you've ever launched an MVP, you know that the journey has only just begun. How do you figure out what to do next? You know that you need to look at how different user segments react, but how do you quickly distinguish signal from noise so you can iterate and improve? Join Brittney Gwynn, former Director of Product at Simple Health, as she explains how you can use early customer feedback, usage data, and continuous experimentation to optimize your journey to product-market fit. Whether you're at a brand-new company, or looking to innovate within a more mature organization, or anywhere in between, you'll come away with a new skill set, ready to make the most of your launches.

A Product Manager’s Guide to Saying no

Mind the Product

As a product manager you have to say no to stakeholders, a lot. Find out how to master the art of saying no with empathy, so you can maintain positive relationships and stop all those zombie ideas from haunting you. On a field trip, you speak to John, a user. John is super-engaged with your product and has lots of ideas about how it could be improved (well, perhaps he’s a little grumpy and thinks your product should do this stuff already).

Essential framework and templates for Product Managers

The Product Coalition

For new product managers or in startups with newly formed product teams, the building roadmap is their first kick at having the influence of the company direction. You might be super excited to go away for 2–3 weeks, conduct market research and come back with a colourful looking roadmap.

Lee Duddell, Senior Director of UX Research, on ‘Common mistakes rookies make when testing (and how to overcome them)’

Userzoom

Lee Duddell, UserZoom’s Senior Director of UX Research, reveals some of the mistakes that newbies make when they’re running tests for the first time and how they can avoid them. .

Get your team up and over the line with data-driven sales coaching

Inside Intercom

Sales has an unavoidable reality: sometimes, your team won’t hit their numbers. If your team isn’t reaching their goals, what are you doing as a leader to help them get up and over the line? Every manager should know how to effectively coach their reps.

How User Acceptance Testing Can Save You Time and Money

Speaker: J.B. Siegel, VP of Client Services, Seamgen

Before a new product or feature goes into development, you have to gauge whether it will be a worthwhile investment. But what’s the best way to do so - and how can you get honest insights from your end users? Join J.B. Siegel, VP of Client Services at Seamgen, as he explores how to use wireframes and clickable prototypes to validate your product. He’ll discuss how user testing allows you to really understand your users - and how to use the insights to inform your product strategy.

When Your Sprint Planning Meeting Goes Off the Rails

ProductPlan

Ask a room full of agile product managers what comes out of a sprint planning meeting, and most will list two things. The sprint goal: a written summary of what the team expects to complete during the next sprint.

Announcing the next AMA – with Jason Fried, Basecamp Founder and CEO.

NextBigWhat

Ladies and Gentlemen: The core philosophy behind NextBigWhat community is to enable you to build, grow (and repeat ) – meaningfully and sustainably. Our weekly AMA sessions deliver a lot more insights, perspectives and actionable wisdom from some of the best global product leaders. We are extremely happy to announce the next AMA – with none other than Jason Fried, founder and CEO of Basecamp.

Personal Growth – the Essence of Your Product Career by Kristina Walcker-Mayer

Mind the Product

In this talk from #MTP Engage Hamburg, I look at how you can embrace and accept your strengths and weaknesses and at what kind of people should you partner up with to create true value and drive success for your customers, your company, and yourself.

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