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The Heartbeat of Product by Nate Walkingshaw

Mind the Product

Nate Walkingshaw is the Chief Experience Officer for Pluralsight, where he is responsible for Product, User Experience, Engineering, and Content, and the co-author of Product Leadership: How Top Product Managers Launch Awesome Products and Build Successful Teams.

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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

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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.

Here’s Why Every Product Manager Must Learn to Love Data

UserVoice

“Big data.” It’s one of Silicon Valley’s favorite and most annoying buzzwords, yet there’s no data shortage in sight as data companies continue sprouting (and growing) like weeds.

Product Manager vs. Product Owner

Melissa Perri

“What is the difference between a Product Owner and a Product Manager?” It’s an interesting question and one that takes time to unpack. Let’s look at where these terms and disciplines originated from and how some common frameworks explain them.

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Getting Back to the Roots of Agile

Pragmatic Marketing

Want to hear a joke? What do you call a process that has multiple complex steps, requires detailed explanation and dogmatic adherence to rigid tenets defined by expensive consultants? Agile. Or at least, that’s the way it feels in 2017. If you aren’t using story points, spending hours building a backlog, reviewing burndown charts and using appropriate terminology, you’re “doing it wrong.”

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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.

Cut Your Time to Productivity in Half with Better On-Boarding

Under10 Playbook

But when I arrive at HubSpot’s reception desk, something weird happens: Nobody is expecting me ;Dan Lyons, Disrupted: My Misadventure in the Start-Up Bubble. Do you want your team to be productive quickly? Fix your on-boarding process and you’ll achieve productivity in record time.

The Software Development Deli Counter

Mironov Consulting

I’ve noticed a frequent executive-level misalignment of expectations across a range of software/tech companies, particularly in B2B/Enterprise companies and where Sales/Marketing is geographically far away from Engineering/Product Management.

Transitioning from Scrum to Kanban

Mind the Product

We here at insightsoftware.com, creators of Hubble , have recently moved from a Scrum to a Kanban software development approach. The driver behind the move was to improve the speed of business delivery and quality of the delivered product.

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Five Tips for Product Managers to Get Executive Support

280 Group

If you are in Product Management, executive support for your plans can mean the difference between your product’s success and failure. Getting executives and management to support what you are proposing can be very challenging and difficult.

Product Management Synapses

Tyner Blain

You know you’re a product manager when this image causes more than a chuckle. A few random thoughts inspired by this Rorschach test of product management concepts from sunk cost fallacy to intentionality. Hanlon’s Razor.

4 Daily Scrum Tips for Product Owners & Product Managers

Roman Pichler

Tip #1: Know what it’s all about. The Daily Scrum meeting, sometimes also referred to as stand-up meeting, wants to help the development team manage its work. In Scrum, the team collectively agrees to a sprint goal and is responsible for meeting it.

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?

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.

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.

Play To Your Competitive Strengths

Under10 Playbook

Avoid your competitor's strength, and attack their weakness. Sun Tzu, The Art of War. The challenger should seek a weakness in the leader's strength. Al Ries and Jack Trout, Marketing Warfare.

The competitive advantage of BPMA sponsored groups

bpma ProductHub

An Agile Product Open meetup recap. By Lisa Sieverts – The BPMA sponsors many different groups that provide practical educational and workshop type events.

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Planning Your Prototype With a Customer Journey Map

Mind the Product

“A prototype is worth a thousand mock-ups,” as the saying goes. By definition a prototype is interactive. At the start of a project, it can be helpful if you create rough prototypes without too much detail.

What is Lean Product Management

280 Group

Greg Cohen is the author or Agile Excellence for Product Managers, and a Lean Product Management expert, as well as a consultant/trainer for 280 Group. In this video he answers one seemingly simple question: What is Lean Product Management?

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.

7 Standout Moments From Mind the Product SF 2017

Product Talk

In April, we posted this list of conferences. Since then, I’ve been asked dozens of times what my favorite product conference is. There are a lot of great product events, but for my money, none are better than Mind the Product.

Product Manager vs Product Owner: The Simple Distinction

High Octane Product Management

In the world of agile software development, the product manager vs product owner confusion is hardly new. This problem has existed as long as software and product managers have been around. It merely has a new name. If you define their responsibilities in a way that mirrors the business of the customer, the confusion is gone. Basics on the Product Owner and Product Manager Roles.

Building Products AI-First by Aparna Chennapragada

Mind the Product

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?

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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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

Revulytics

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.

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 the workplace is changing

Lead on Purpose

Today’s workforce is working from home more and more. This trend is growing and isn’t showing any signs of slowing down. A recent study from Polycom shows that almost a full third of employees around the globe are regularly working remotely, and … Continue reading → Uncategorized flexibility workforce

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How To Create Newsletters That Kill

The Accidental Product Manager

Even when you are not trying to sell them something, you need to stay in contact with customers Image Credit: Dennis Skley. In the Twitter and Facebook era in which we are currently living, you might think that sending an email to your existing and potential customers is too old school.

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)

Revulytics

“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.

Persistence—the key to winning

Lead on Purpose

In recent weeks I have interacted with several friends and family who are working through difficult situations. We’ve had informative conversations about what motivates them to keep going. Though their motivations vary, the commonality is their desire to succeed. In … Continue reading →