April, 2017

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Agile Died While You Were Doing Your Standup

Mind the Product

As technology professionals, we have been stuck at metaphorical basecamp for years. We’ve looked at the summit, attempted the various routes other teams have created, and worked hard on dialling in the basics of making sure we have food, water, and shelter.

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10 Writing Tips For Product Managers

PM Hardcore

Tips for writing. (CC CC BY-SA 2.0 by jvleis). I’ve started working on an online course on “writing for product managers.” It will come out in the next few months. In the process, useful tips about writing keep popping up.

The 7 Product Dimensions: A Guide to Asking the Right Questions

bpma ProductHub

By John Zilch – Upon embarking on my first stint as a product manager, I happened to run into an experienced product executive one day in passing. I asked him for advice and he obliged. He replied rather succinctly: “Ask questions, and then go add value.” He was never one to ramble on.

The Strange Way Being “Good” Hurts Your Willpower

Nir Eyal

Nir’s Note: This guest post is by Paulette Perhach. Paulette writes about finances, psychology, technology, travel, and better living for the likes of The New York Times, Elle, and Slate. I learned how to respect authority from my father. At the top of a huge water slide at a theme park, he put me, my […]. The post The Strange Way Being “Good” Hurts Your Willpower appeared first on Nir and Far. Changing Your Habits Upgrading Yourself bad habits Behavior design Guest post Habit

The PM’s Toolbox: Product Management Tools and the Problems they Solve

UserVoice

It’s no secret that product managers wear a lot of hats. They must simultaneously work as strategists, liaisons, analysts, and salespeople…and that’s all before lunch (working lunch , that is).

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Product Roadmap Success: BWP Hosts Lively Roundtable Discussion

bpma ProductHub

By Garima Painuly- One of the constant challenges a product manager faces is creating a focused product roadmap that is aligned with expectations of all stakeholders, and defending that roadmap against distractions.

Technology is Distracting and Addictive. Here’s How to Fix It. (Video)

Nir Eyal

Our personal technology is becoming more pervasive and persuasive. Critics claim it is addictive, irresistible, and hijacking our brain. Instead of offering another knee-jerk reaction, here’s my take on the perils and promise of persuasive technology. This is the talk I gave at the 2017 Habit Summit where I discuss and offer some solutions for: […]. The post Technology is Distracting and Addictive. Here’s How to Fix It. Video) appeared first on Nir and Far.

Video: Products Solve Problems

Under10 Playbook

At Under10, we make a big deal about personas and problems. We’re always asking, “What problem does this solve and for whom?” ” I'm told that short-form video content is the future. Here's video from Under10 Playbook that explains the importance of problems.

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Power Up: Three Ways to Increase Your Product Leadership Power

Roman Pichler

Increase Your Referent Power. Your first power source is your ability to influence others based on your personality and interpersonal skills. It’s the capability you can immediately boost simply by being a decent person.

The Six Essential Books that Every Product Manager Should Read

Mind the Product

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. Read books, keep tabs on blogs, follow people on Twitter, listen to podcasts, be a massive consumer of ideas and then see what resonates most with you.

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Have A Very Happy Easter!

The Accidental Product Manager

If It’s Easter, Then Spring Must Be Here! Finally! Easter has finally arrived. I hope that you are going to be able to take some time off and celebrate this special season as Spring is just around the corner and Winter is quickly becoming a distant memory!

Podcast: Perspectives on Product Management

Mironov Consulting

SC Moatti excerpted five of her recent Product That Count podcasts with product management thinkers: Marty Cagan, Teresa Torres, Jeff Gothelf, Dan Olsen and me.

How to Create a Strong End-to-End Strategy for IoT Products

Tech Product Management

I recently spoke at the Enterprise IoT Summit in Austin, Texas. It was a great event that brought together IoT thought leaders from around the country, as well as product and business leaders from companies working on industrial and enterprise IoT applications.

How to Use Personality Science to Drive Online Conversions

Nir Eyal

Nir’s Note: This guest post is by Vanessa Van Edwards, lead investigator at the Science of People — a human behavior research lab.

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Getting Sales + Product In Sync

Melissa Perri

What does an effective sales team look like at a product-led organization? Sales already promised it.” I once joined a B2B company as a Product Manager in the the middle of the year, so their entire product roadmap was set and in motion.

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Dual-Track Agile: Why Messy Leads to Innovation

Mind the Product

What is Dual-Track Agile? Dual-Track Agile is an IT development methodology where figuring out what to build is as important as the building process. You start with a discovery track to find out if a product idea is good and if it makes sense to build.

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What Do The Whole Foods Product Managers Have To Do To Create Organic Growth?

The Accidental Product Manager

Whole Foods needs to carefully make some big changes Image Credit: Jeremy Brooks. Whole foods is a grocery store chain.

Podcast: Mistakes Product Managers Make

Mironov Consulting

This episode of Karthik’s DesignYour Thinking podcast pulled together thoughts on product mistakes from Roman Pichler, Steven Haines, Chad McAllister, Cindy Alvarez and me. (A pleasure to be part of this group!)

The “Why” Behind Your Product Roadmap

bpma ProductHub

By Don Stoddard – In the very best companies, roadmaps support key objectives with very specific measures impacting the business. These key objectives capture details like who is responsible, how it will be measured, and specifically when it will get done.

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How a cow describes your business model

Lead on Purpose

Today I wanted to have a little bit of fun. Long-time readers probably know that I grew up on a cattle ranch, and despite my 20+ year career in products and leadership, I still love cows, horses and the rural … Continue reading → Innovation business cows crowdsourcing freemium subscription

ABM and How It Can Optimize Product Marketing

280 Group

This is a guest post by John Armstrong, CMO, Zettaset. How is ABM Different? Product marketers driving account-based marketing (ABM) programs operate with a different thought process when it comes to marketing to individual accounts because they think more like sales people.

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Be in a Band, not an Orchestra: how to Grow an Agile Product Team

Mind the Product

Some years ago, I wrote a blog post noting that small teams are more creative and productive than big teams. I suggested that this might be because, like a band, they were self organising, communicated easily and informally and had autonomy over what they played. Band vs Orchestra.

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Comcast Discovers How To Reconnect Cord Cutters

The Accidental Product Manager

Comcast product managers have discovered how to get more customers Image Credit: Mike Mozart. By now I would think that you’ve heard about the so-called “cord cutters” who are out there.

10 Questions from The Clever PM

Mironov Consulting

I’ve known Cliff Gilley, The Clever PM , for years — and follow his blog/Quora activity/social posts. As part of his “10 Questions” series, he reached out for some long-form discussion. See the full post here , which covers items including.

Analyzing your Buyer’s Journey

Under10 Playbook

“Consider this: most high school sports teams spend more time and money on win/loss analysis than most companies.” ” — Steve Johnson, Turn Ideas Into Products. About 5,000 miles or 6 months ago, I bought a new car.

How leaders navigate change

Lead on Purpose

We live in a fast-paced world. Things are changing around us at such a fast a rate it’s difficult to keep up. There are so many factors that come into play in the ever-changing world. What is a leader’s role … Continue reading → Learning ambitions change Knowledge pendulum

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Agile Beyond Software

280 Group

I recently attended a meeting of the Silicon Valley Agile Leadership Network on the topic Agile Beyond Software. The speaker was Jeanne Bradford, her talk was based on her experience developing customized Agile processes for hardware companies.

Third-Party Software Integration: Best Practice, Perils and Pitfalls

Mind the Product

Product management teams often ask themselves if third-party integration is right for their software product roadmap. The thinking is that you should integrate with products such as Salesforce and Slack, because you never would want to try to build those sorts of products by yourselves.

Goodbye Scion – What Happened To You?

The Accidental Product Manager

The Scion brand is being retired by Toyota Image Credit: Aaron Van Dike. You would think that if you became the product manager of something as big as an automobile, you’d be set for life.

Paying It Forward: Product Camp SV Keynote

Mironov Consulting

This short talk is about Paying It Forward and the important of personal networking in the product management community.

Connecting Strategic Plans to Product, Marketing & Sales Execution Plans in 3 Steps

High Octane Product Management

Most organizations have strategic plans that include goals for revenue growth, new customers, market share and other quantifiable metrics. All good! But a huge disconnect often exists between the corporate strategic plan and tactical product, marketing and sales plans. When that’s the case, the organization loses tremendous momentum because all disciplines are going in different directions, focused on different goals with competing and often conflicting plans.

Why you should make your bed

Lead on Purpose

If you want to change your life, and maybe the world, you need to see things through different eyes. The simple things in life—things that we don’t always see right in front of us—make all the difference. It may seem … Continue reading → Leadership change fairness perseverance progress success

When Hollywood Meets Silicon Valley: Why Big Media Needs Product Management

Mind the Product

The role of product management is becoming more and more important inside media companies.

When was the Last Time you Talked to Your Customers?

Mind the Product

love asking people this question. It is quite a shocker that most people can’t really answer it. Everyone talks and writes about the importance of customer development, but companies still don’t spend enough time really talking to their customers.