July, 2017

Hiring a Product Manager: A Little Clarity Goes a Long way

Mind the Product

I was invited to appear before an audience of tech recruiters for a panel called: “Everything you’ve ever wanted to know from a technologist, but were too shy to ask.” I realized I needed a good way to explain what it had taken me a while to see in the world of product management.

Why Your Organization Cannot Innovate

Under10 Playbook

There’s something about the whole analytical mind-set that effectively drives the ability to innovate out of the building. Fred Gluck, managing director of McKinsey & Company.

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Dealing with Difficult Stakeholders and Team Members

Roman Pichler

It’s a Common Challenge. You just can’t make up your mind. I really wish that for once, you gave us clear priorities,” Jane said accusingly at the end of the workshop and walked out of the room. [1] 1] It felt like a slap in the face, an unprovoked attack. How could she say something so wrong?

3 Best Practices for Adopting Continuous Product Discovery

Product Talk

It’s easy to think you already do continuous product discovery. Most of the teams that I work with come into coaching thinking that they don’t need help. They’ve read the industry books, they attend the popular product conferences , and they follow all the leading blogs. They’ve got this.

Three Things Salespeople Need from Product Managers

280 Group

The topic of this blog and video is three things that salespeople require from you, the Product Manager. To help us dive in to this issue, we interviewed Dave Dersh, an extremely successful and experienced salesperson who has applied his trade for Apple, Dell, and Sun Microsystems to name a few.

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What’s The Best Way To Communicate With Your Customers?

The Accidental Product Manager

The best way to keep customers is to do a good job of communicating with them. Image Credit: Joan M. As product managers we know that selling our product to a new customers is a fantastic accomplishment. When this happens, we feel great.

Why It’s So Hard to Create a Good User Experience in IoT

Tech Product Management

Creating a good user experience for IoT products is hard. There are more layers of technology, more users to please, and more teams to coordinate than ever before. Are you prepared to lead the way as a Product Manager?

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Developing a Lean Product Management Mindset – Part I

280 Group

In today’s fast pace, hyper-competitive world of product development, a lean mindset is a new skill product managers and product teams need to develop. But what exactly is a lean mindset?

How Software Usage Analytics Supports Agile Development


As part of a list of summer reading recommendations for marketers recently published by Forbes, Juniper Networks CMO Mike Marcellin named “Hacking Marketing: Agile Practices to Make Marketing Smarter, Faster and More Innovative” as his pick.

Enter The Matrix – Lean Prioritisation

Mind the Product

Prioritisation is a necessary evil of every product development lifecycle. Deciding what to build, where to focus limited resources and what customer segments to target are questions that face every organisation on a daily basis. With this being the case, why do companies prioritise so badly?

Meeting Fun

Under10 Playbook

Some meetings are boring. Particularly conference calls. To make them more fun, add Conference Call Bingo to your next conference call. Source [link


Sprint Product Managers Try To Take On AT&T And Verizon

The Accidental Product Manager

To win more customers, Sprint needs a better network. Image Credit: Mike Mozart. Being a product manager who works in the highly competitive wireless market has got to be a struggle every day. There are not a lot of players in this market, in the U.S.

My example, my hero

Lead on Purpose

My heart is heavy as I write this article; my father passed away a few days ago. I’ve been thinking about Dad and the important lessons he taught me, both when I was growing up and lived with him in … Continue reading → Leadership Dad father hard work perseverance responsibility

Santa Clara/9 Sept: Certificate in Productizing Innovation

Mironov Consulting

What: Executive Certificate in Productizing Innovation. Where: Leavey School of Business, Santa Clara University. When: Six day program on Sept 8-9, Sept 15-16, and Sept. 22-23. Information/Registration. Rich is excited to be an instructor for this new program at Santa Clara/Leavey.

John McEnroe’s Lessons for Overseas Auditing Engagements (sort of)


“I wake up in a sweat. My pillow's damp and I don't know what day is. Did I miss the match? Am I playing later? For a few seconds I don't even know where I am. Then it hits me. I already played the match. I already lost it. Jesus, it was back in 1984 and I'm still haunted by it.

The Playbook for Achieving Product-Market Fit

Mind the Product

Why Products Fail. One of the main reasons why products fail is because they don’t meet customer needs in a way that is better than other alternatives. That is the essence of product-market fit.

How to track and ensure the success of your product

bpma ProductHub

By Matt Cannon – You’ve spent countless hours with your product team designing, developing and finally launching your product. It’s been an exhausting process and by all accounts you feel you are in the best position for success.

Happy Independence Day — Take The Week Off!

The Accidental Product Manager

Image Credit Take A Week To Celebrate Your Independence. Loyal readers & subscribers, here’s hoping that this upcoming week is a great week for you — I’m taking it off! Blogging will resume next week…. For my readers in the U.S.,

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Entrepreneurship as a Corporate Value

Lead on Purpose

Guest post by Harrish Sairaman Entrepreneurship is an important, integral part of modern corporate world. The entrepreneurs bring a different flavour to the companies in terms of expediting different values such as innovation, quality, trust, Ethics, Morals, Code of conduct,, adaptability to … Continue reading → Trust entrepreneurship ethics Innovation quality transparency


Auckland/18 July: Four Laws of Tech Product Economics

Mironov Consulting

What: Product Management Auckland meetup. Topic: Four Laws of Tech Product Economics. Where: Pushpay , 167 Victoria St W , Auckland, New Zealand. When: Tuesday, July 18, 5:30pm -7:30pm ( Register here) . Sponsored by Pushpay .

How Software Usage Analytics Can Supercharge Your Marketing


Being customer-oriented certainly isn’t a new concept, but it has become more and more important for businesses to succeed today. New ways to build customer engagement is a key area of investment for B2B leaders. Although many functional areas throughout an organization are certainly involved, but marketing is most often seen as the owner and driver of holistic customer engagement projects.

Building Products AI-First by Aparna Chennapragada

Mind the Product

Recommended web sites

Under10 Playbook

So many blogs and news sites to choose from. Here are some favorites. Product blogs. Under10's product blog. On Product Management. News aggregators. featuring articles from Under10. Alltop on Product Management. Product Management Today from BPMA. Pragmatic Marketing blog

Solving The Challenge Of Making Reordering Products Simple And Easy

The Accidental Product Manager

Amazon’s Dash button is designed to make reordering easy to do Image Credit: WNEP. So here’s an interesting question for you: when you customer uses up or runs out of your product, how do they go about ordering more from you?

Reflecting on our freedom

Lead on Purpose

In the United States, we’re celebrating Independence Day. This is a special time because of great leaders, who in the late 1700s risked everything to form a new country where people could pursue their dreams. Those men were not only … Continue reading → Leadership Uncategorized decision Founding Fathers freedom liberty

4 Principles for Building a Sustainable Roadmap


When you set out to plan a product roadmap, at first product managers often find themselves with more questions and doubts than decisions. How much flexibility should I allow? What’s the best way to go about presenting it? How can we ensure it reflects a realistic process?

Driving Decisions Through Your Development Lifecycle with Data


Stack Overflow co-founder Jeff Atwood has noted that he’s “a big fan of developers handling tech support calls for their software, at least a part of the time. It really motivates them to address the pain points users are experiencing, because they become shared pain points.” There is tremendous value in hearing firsthand how your users are engaging with the applications you’ve spent so much time developing, but you also need a scalable and objective way to reveal these insights.

Andrew Harder – The Seven Best Ways to Screw Up Your User Research

Mind the Product

A seasoned Product Manager has experienced many product and process failures. Andrew Harder, Senior Research Manager at Ebay, spoke to Product Tank San Francisco about how to avoid screwing up your user testing. Only Asking Usability Questions. Consider user needs and whether the product or feature actually solves for those challenges.

Recommending reading

Under10 Playbook

These are some of the books we mention in our workshops and coaching sessions. On Products and Product Management. In Turn Ideas into Products , author Steve Johnson introduces a nimble idea-to-market process with strong emphasis on personal experience with customers.

Interview in the IoT Podcast with Stacey Higginbotham

Tech Product Management

I’m very excited to share with you my interview on the popular “IoT Podcast” with Stacey Higginbotham. We had a great conversation on what it takes to bring IoT products to market and how to tackle some of the most common challenges IoT product companies face today.

Stepping up Your A/B Tests

Mind the Product

This is the first of two posts that deep dive on A/B testing, expanding on a talk I gave at Google Playtime 2016 in London. In this post I share some of the learnings we’ve had after running 60+ A/B tests at Peak , looking at each step of the A/B testing cycle in turn.

Product Development: Turning Months Into Weeks

Mind the Product

How quickly your definition of “ambitious” can change. Five years ago getting a dog, starting a web company, working on huge projects here at Invoke all would have seemed hugely ambitious to me, but I’ve done them all.

Perry Timms – Let it go

Mind the Product

Letting go is key to innovation and change. Perry Timms shares powerful stories of innovating enterprises that will leave you enthusiastically letting go of what’s blocking your route to innovation. Work can be Brilliant. Perry believes that by breaking traditions we can create a happier, more productive workforce. Doing this through an ongoing, iterative process will make more progress than any restructure could hope to achieve.

A Day in the Life of Prad Patel, Product Manager at Trinity Mirror

Mind the Product

Prad Patel is the product manager of video experience in Trinity Mirror, one of the UK’s largest newspaper, magazine and digital publishers. Trinity Mirror’s flagship publication is the Daily Mirror and its portfolio includes more than 200 other titles.