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  • The ice-bucket challenge — a big lost opportunity

    On Product Management
    Saeed
    24 Aug 2014 | 9:58 pm
    By Saeed Khan Unless you’ve been out at sea or in an isolated mountain cabin this summer, you’ve probably heard of the so-called “ice-bucket challenge“.  It involves pouring a bucket of ice-water over one’s head to raise awareness of (and to avoid donating to a charity for) a certain debilitating disease. (This is important). While the charity […]
  • What is The Most Important Thing Product Managers Should be Doing?

    On Product Management
    Saeed
    31 Aug 2014 | 5:16 pm
    by Saeed Khan I want to run a little experiment. As Product Managers, often what we SHOULD be doing and what we ACTUALLY do are quite different. This can be caused by: the “the tyranny of the urgent” – being pulled into tasks to address immediate needs at the expense of longer term objectives, or (unfortunately) being […]
  • Meeting Product Goals is Pure Luck

    On Product Management
    Saeed
    21 Aug 2014 | 11:49 am
    By John Mansour Unless your sales team is given quotas for each product, there’s no conceivable plan product managers can execute to meet revenue goals for their products. When they do meet their goals, it’s pure luck. There’s a better approach that doesn’t rely on luck and is more conducive to the success of the […]
  • Provisional Personas: The Black Sheep of the Persona Family

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    Heather Searl
    1 Sep 2014 | 11:28 am
    by Heather Searl In the last few years, it seems that personas have gotten a bad rap. And in some UX circles, mentioning a provisional persona might get bring you some serious grief. Provisional personas (AKA ad-hoc personas, or proto-personas) sound like a recipe for disaster. They are based on little or no research, but rely on […]
  • Product Management Rule #24: Salespeople Don’t Just Want to Make Lots of Money

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    Brian Lawley
    11 Aug 2014 | 1:31 pm
    Product Management Rule #24 from the best-selling book, 42 Rules of Product Management, was written by Dave Dersh, Former VP of Consulting and Training, 280 Group Helping salespeople win is a primary role of the product marketing team! Marketing often refers to salespeople as being “coin operated.” While it’s true that a large portion of a salesperson’s income is tied directly to what they sell, money is not the only thing that motivates them. First and foremost, salespeople want to win! Salespeople...[continue reading] The post Product Management Rule #24:…
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  • Top Ten Ways to Fail as a Product Manager

    Brian Lawley
    18 Aug 2014 | 9:48 am
    Written by Brian Lawley, CEO and Founder of the 280 Group. 10. Talk More Than You Listen If you are a Product Manager and you haven’t learned to be quiet and listen to what is really being said by customers, engineers, salespeople and executives then you are destined to fail. Learn about active listening and practice it constantly. Or take a class like How to be a Phenomenal Product Manager to learn how to communicate, negotiate and influence more effectively....[continue reading] The post Top Ten Ways to Fail as a Product Manager appeared first on 280 Group.
  • Product Management Rule #24: Salespeople Don’t Just Want to Make Lots of Money

    Brian Lawley
    11 Aug 2014 | 1:31 pm
    Product Management Rule #24 from the best-selling book, 42 Rules of Product Management, was written by Dave Dersh, Former VP of Consulting and Training, 280 Group Helping salespeople win is a primary role of the product marketing team! Marketing often refers to salespeople as being “coin operated.” While it’s true that a large portion of a salesperson’s income is tied directly to what they sell, money is not the only thing that motivates them. First and foremost, salespeople want to win! Salespeople...[continue reading] The post Product Management Rule #24:…
  • How to Create Compelling Product Roadmaps | Tips and Best Practices for Success

    Brian Lawley
    4 Aug 2014 | 4:34 pm
    How to Create Compelling Product Roadmaps was written by Brian Lawley, CEO and Founder of the 280 Group and is included in the Product Roadmap Toolkit™. Product roadmaps can mean the difference between success and failure when delivering and marketing products. Product roadmaps can be one of the most effective tools in a Product Management professional’s arsenal. Done correctly they can help win and keep large customers and partners, and can guide the engineering and strategic planning efforts of a company. Unfortunately...[continue reading] The post How to Create Compelling Product…
  • Product Marketing Rule #23: Successful Channel Plans Start with Strategy

    Brian Lawley
    28 Jul 2014 | 4:46 pm
    Product Marketing Rule #23 from the best-selling book, 42 Rules of Product Marketing, was written by Mara Krieps, Founder and Principal, Pivotal Product Management Success in channel planning requires near-perfect alignment with company strategy Successful channel planning consists of managing distribution channel partners and developing channel marketing programs. In working with both large and small product organizations, I’ve found that novice Product Marketing Managers (PMMs) tend to view the scope of channel management as a series of promotional programs to be planned…
  • Product Management Rule #23: Make Sure You Have Clear Priorities

    Brian Lawley
    14 Jul 2014 | 1:52 pm
    Product Management Rule #23 from the best-selling book, 42 Rules of Product Management, was written by Dan Olsen, Co-Founder and CEO, YourVersion The best product teams are crystal clear about their priorities at every point in time and are adept at quickly changing their priorities when they need to. Make Sure You Have Clear Priorities We’ve all seen PRDs that list ten (or more) “high priority” product features. What are feature lists like this really saying? They’re really saying, “We weren’t sure...[continue reading] The post Product Management Rule…
 
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  • Please Don’t Let Your CEO Negotiate Price

    Mark Stiving
    25 Aug 2014 | 7:11 pm
    Tweet You’re on the edge of closing a huge deal. Your salespeople have done a great job of selling value. They have convinced the buyers and the users that yours is the right solution for their company. All is on track. Then, of course, purchasing gets involved to get a better deal and mostly a lower price. Purchasing agents are well trained negotiators who know every trick in the book. They do this multiple times a week. Most importantly, they are very patient. There is no sense of urgency on them to close the deal. Your CEO, on the other hand, wants to know why this deal hasn’t…
  • 99 vs 97 – Can You Help?

    Mark Stiving
    19 Aug 2014 | 6:41 am
    Tweet Here is a recent question by email. Thanks Mark for great blog and insightful book. I’m currently working my way through a Kindle edition, learned a lot about pricing that’s for sure and will definitely recommend to clients. One thing I didn’t see you talk about on your blog is the 9 vs 7 pricing gimmick. In the real world, most prices will end with a 9 or 5 occasionally (9.99, 99, etc.). But, online and especially with info products, there has been a trend to end price with a 7. For example, most ebooks and programs are 17, 27, 47, 67, 97, and so on. What’s your…
  • Is My $20 Book Worth $236?

    Mark Stiving
    11 Aug 2014 | 9:50 pm
    Tweet Last week, the least expensive paperback version of my book on Amazon was $236 even though the cover price is $20. Wow. The Kindle version was reasonably priced at $9.99. But $236? And it wasn’t just one company. There were multiple vendors offering my book in that price range. What happened? You may or may not know there are software applications vendors can use to automatically reprice products on Amazon, eBay and other online retail sites. These applications monitor competitors’ prices for products and then adjust the vendor’s prices up or down based on the situation. As…
  • August Box of the Month: Buy, Build or Partner

    marketing
    5 Aug 2014 | 4:11 pm
    Tweet Determining the most effective way to deliver a complete solution to an identified market problem can prove challenging. It’s important to analyze whether it is most effective to buy, build or partner to complete the solution for your market—especially when you have gaps in your offering. This month’s deep dive offers some great best practices and real-life examples to help, and here are some resources to get you started: • Two to Tango: The Art of Crafting, Building and Maintaining Business Partnerships • A Fact-Based Approach to Outsourcing for Product Managers •…
  • Should You Try Two-Part Pricing?

    Mark Stiving
    4 Aug 2014 | 7:46 pm
    Tweet A student recently asked, “when does it make sense to use two-part pricing?” First, let’s define two-part pricing. It is when you charge one fee up front, and then another fee as the product is used. For example, popular bars have a cover charge and then charge for drinks as the night goes on. Health clubs have initiation fees then charge monthly rates. Country clubs have large initiation fees with monthly or annual dues. In each of these examples, a customer cannot access the facility or the product without paying the up front fee. This works because customers get two different…
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  • Provisional Personas: The Black Sheep of the Persona Family

    Heather Searl
    1 Sep 2014 | 11:28 am
    by Heather Searl In the last few years, it seems that personas have gotten a bad rap. And in some UX circles, mentioning a provisional persona might get bring you some serious grief. Provisional personas (AKA ad-hoc personas, or proto-personas) sound like a recipe for disaster. They are based on little or no research, but rely on […]
  • What is The Most Important Thing Product Managers Should be Doing?

    Saeed
    31 Aug 2014 | 5:16 pm
    by Saeed Khan I want to run a little experiment. As Product Managers, often what we SHOULD be doing and what we ACTUALLY do are quite different. This can be caused by: the “the tyranny of the urgent” – being pulled into tasks to address immediate needs at the expense of longer term objectives, or (unfortunately) being […]
  • The ice-bucket challenge — a big lost opportunity

    Saeed
    24 Aug 2014 | 9:58 pm
    By Saeed Khan Unless you’ve been out at sea or in an isolated mountain cabin this summer, you’ve probably heard of the so-called “ice-bucket challenge“.  It involves pouring a bucket of ice-water over one’s head to raise awareness of (and to avoid donating to a charity for) a certain debilitating disease. (This is important). While the charity […]
  • Rules for customer visits #2 – Moderation is key

    Saeed
    21 Aug 2014 | 10:04 pm
    by Saeed Khan While understanding things like “a day in the life” of your users can be very useful, most people have better things to do than recount the minutia of their job duties to you. If you can’t get everything you need in one visit, try to get commitment for a follow up call […]
  • Meeting Product Goals is Pure Luck

    Saeed
    21 Aug 2014 | 11:49 am
    By John Mansour Unless your sales team is given quotas for each product, there’s no conceivable plan product managers can execute to meet revenue goals for their products. When they do meet their goals, it’s pure luck. There’s a better approach that doesn’t rely on luck and is more conducive to the success of the […]
 
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  • The Three Tenets of Product Marketing

    Sean Richards
    1 Sep 2014 | 7:10 pm
    Build Business : Build Brand : Enabled Organisation As Product Marketers and go-to-market professionals there are so many things we could be doing today. Sometimes it is difficult to know which activities are the most meaningful and which should be prioritised. With a few points of consideration though, we can ensure we keep our eye on the prize and use our time and resources wisely. Fundamental Objectives Every organisation has fundamental objectives. Perhaps it is revenue growth targets, customer engagement targets, profitability, or perhaps a service level agreement. A basic rule that…
  • Marketing the Product Marketer

    Sean Richards
    21 Aug 2014 | 4:51 am
    The Ultimate Value Creators and Customer Advocates The process of promoting a product is fundamental for any business, but it is surprising how uncommon the role of Product Marketer is in many Australian organisations. Often, the task of launching a product or owning a go to market plan is shared across numerous roles like sales, marketing, product management and engineering. This is the challenge that needs addressing. How many of you have experienced this scenario? A new product version is ready for release. To promote it the Marketing and Communications Manager gets a copy of the product…
  • 5 Minutes With Sean Richards, Product Marketing Coach & Facilitator of “Ready Set, Go To Market”

    Adrienne
    17 Aug 2014 | 6:00 pm
    We recently interviewed Sean Richards, Brainmates’ latest facilitator who will be training the Ready, Set, Go To Market course. The training choices for product marketers and go to market professionals were very limited in Australia and since Sean has a wealth of knowledge and experience about product marketing, we decided to create Australia’s only face to face product marketing training course. Here’s what Sean had to say. You have held leadership positions across product management, product marketing and field marketing for a number of years now.  What advice do you have for…
  • “How To… Be An Impactful Product Manager”

    Adrienne
    10 Aug 2014 | 11:03 pm
    In small business, every person, every resource counts. Every activity needs to make an impact on the business. If it doesn’t,  stop it immediately. Course correct, identify and work on activities that help us reach our desired goals. If we don’t, we are simply wasting limited resources doing something of no value, which may have huge consequences on the business such as cash flow. In small business, it’s always a race from the bottom. Whilst the cusp of failure may not be as apparent for large business, I would hypothesize that a large business is equally concerned about…
  • 4 Steps to Creating a Product Roadmap (Part 1)

    Nick Coster
    27 Jul 2014 | 7:24 pm
    The idea of a Product Roadmap is a simple one. Provide a prioritised list of the New Products or Product Enhancements that the business will deliver to the market and show roughly when to expect them to be release/launched. Easy! On the surface the process is a simple one too. List all products and enhancements. Prioritise products and enhancements. Schedule products and enhancements. Share the roadmap with others. But here are some of the problems that we commonly hear that make the roadmapping process hard: Problem #1 – Not all of the items have been planned. Problem #2 – It is…
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    The Accidental Product Manager

  • It’s Labor Day – Take The Week Off!

    drjim
    1 Sep 2014 | 2:00 am
    If There’s A Parade, Then It Must Be Labor Day! In the U.S. it’s the week of the Labor Day holiday (on Monday). Since a lot of you will be making the most of this last gasp of summer, I’m going to join you and take the week off. Enjoy your holiday and we’ll pick our discussions up again next week, same place, same time! - Dr. Jim Anderson
  • SAP’s US$125M Product Mistake At Avon

    drjim
    25 Aug 2014 | 2:00 am
    SAP product manager’s didn’t make Avon look goodImage Credit Product managers are responsible for solving the problems of their customers. This is a pretty simple idea to understand. However, when we don’t control the complete solution that our customer is trying to put into place, what level of responsibility does a product manager have? Over at Avon they just did one of these big projects and it has ended in failure. What did the SAP product manager do wrong? The Project Avon knew that they had a problem. Their order management software system was old and out-of-date. Avon…
  • It Takes A Team To Launch A Product

    drjim
    18 Aug 2014 | 2:00 am
    The success of a product may depend on how it gets launchedImage Credit Any time the company completes the creation of a new product, or a new version of an existing product, it’s time to launch the new offering. Hmm, now exactly how should we go about doing this? There’s nothing in the product development definition that tells us how to do it correctly. All too often the new product just gets “thrown out there” and we all keep our fingers crossed that it will be a success. It turns out that there is a much better way to launch a product that will boost your…
  • What Twitter Has To Teach Product Managers

    drjim
    11 Aug 2014 | 2:00 am
    Twitter has some important lessons for product managersImage Credit By now, everyone should know what Twitter is: the very popular Internet service that allows users to send messages that can be up 140 characters in length. Combine this with the ability to follow interesting people, resend what has been sent, and use #hashtags to identify interesting content and all of a sudden you have another one of those wildly successful Internet businesses. However, take a closer look at how Twitter operates and there just might be some lessons in all of this for product managers to learn from… How To…
  • 9 Ways To Deal With The Competition

    drjim
    4 Aug 2014 | 2:00 am
    Product managers need to know how to strike back when competition shows upImage Credit Product managers want their products to be successful. One big challenge that we all face is that the world is filled with competitors – companies that offer a product that solves the same customer problem that our product development definition solves. In order for our product to be successful, we’re going to have to find a way to deal with all of this competition. Step #1: Analyze Your Competition Before a product manager is ready to deal with the competitive threat to his or her product, you must…
 
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    Lead on Purpose

  • What is the real driver of your success?

    Michael Ray Hopkin
    1 Sep 2014 | 10:11 am
    Every so often something happens that brings into question long, and sometimes closely held beliefs. One of those happened this morning. An important topic, one that has—I thought—defined who I am and the way I work, was turned on its … Continue reading →
  • Six Channels of Influence: How to Navigate Them Effectively

    Michael Ray Hopkin
    9 Aug 2014 | 8:40 am
    Guest post by Willy Steiner “The human being is a self-propelled automaton entirely under the control of external influences. Willful and predetermined though they appear, his actions are governed not from within, but from without. He is like a float … Continue reading →
  • How deep is your desire to succeed?

    Michael Ray Hopkin
    2 Aug 2014 | 5:28 pm
    As I’ve gotten older and seen more the of what the world offers, I’ve come to realize that success depends as much on the desire of an individual as anything else. Hard work, persistence and intelligence also factor in, and … Continue reading →
  • How are you using your time?

    Michael Ray Hopkin
    19 Jul 2014 | 4:30 pm
    A common response when you ask somebody for their help or their input is “I don’t have enough time.” This is an interesting response given that we all have the same amount of time – 24 hours in a day. … Continue reading →
  • How can leaders use 360-degree feedback to boost employee engagement?

    Michael Ray Hopkin
    5 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    Guest post by Steve Brown One of the popular approaches to improving performance and employee engagement is to set up 360-degree reviews. With this process, a person gets feedback from their peers, as well as their manager. Management people also … Continue reading →
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    Software Product Manager by Gopal Shenoy

  • 4 reasons why titles matter in startups

    gopalshenoy
    5 Aug 2014 | 7:15 pm
    So you have just been offered a product management job in a startup, but the job offer does not mention any specific title. Should you bring up the title in your offer negotiations? I say Absolutely. In startups everyone is expected to wear multiple hats, but titles still matter for the following reasons: Equity offered is directly proportional to your title: Startups have what is known as a capitalization or a cap table. In its most simplified form, you can think of it as a two-column table – first column lists the titles in each row and the second column lists the % of ownership…
  • Effectively managing your communication with your manager

    gopalshenoy
    22 May 2014 | 1:52 pm
    In the past 4 years, I have had 5 different managers – CEO, CTO, CMO and 2 VPs of Product. By the time I had got adjusted to the style of my manager and established a working relationship, I had a new boss. This constant change has made me come up with a way that ensures my communications with my manager is effective especially given the different roles they have held. There are three elements I have proactively established with each one of them to ensure no surprises Depth of communication Channel of communication Frequency Depth of communication – given their different roles, I…
  • Communicating when “fires” break out – “We are on it”

    gopalshenoy
    22 Mar 2014 | 9:28 am
    As software product managers, we often deal with cross-functional issues from time to time such as projects that fall behind schedule and now risk making a release, creative designs not ready for implementation, serious production issues that require immediate swats to be released etc. When such problems crop up, keeping your cross-functional team including your management team updated with the latest information is of paramount important. You can take two approaches to communication when such “fires” arise: Try to gather as much information as possible before you communicate so that you…
  • Book Review: Cracking the Product Management Interview

    gopalshenoy
    29 Jan 2014 | 3:05 pm
    If you are a product manager thinking about your next career move or someone looking to move into product management, this is THE book you should read and have as your reference.  I have been doing product management for many years and I found the book so resourceful. Gayle Laakmann McDowell and Jackie Bavaro have done a great job covering everything from the definition of a product manager role (remember that different companies have different definitions of what we do), how to transition from a non-PM role to a PM role, how to write a cover letter and resume that gets looked at to…
  • How do I become a product manager?

    gopalshenoy
    10 Nov 2013 | 3:45 pm
    This is the most frequent question I get from readers of this blog. Folks who currently are developers, QA engineers, sales professionals, customer support specialists have all asked me this question. I have written how you could start making the move to product management. But here is a course that is now available from udemy. It is a 33-Video Lecture Course called, “Skillsets to Shift Your Career to Product Management,” is intended for beginning technology entrepreneurs, and for technology professionals with no background in marketing and product management. The course is…
 
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  • Customer Comments, Deciphered

    Cindy
    12 Aug 2014 | 10:07 pm
    Customer says: “I’ve been meaning to try [feature] but I’ve been too busy” The problem: It’s not clear what benefit I’ll get from using [feature] and therefore this fell below everything else on my to-do list. Solution:  Find out what your customers are already doing to confirm that [feature] genuinely IS beneficial.  Demonstrate the feature and have them explain to you why it would make their life better.  Use their words in your marketing and your in-product copy.  Use the verbs they chose on your action buttons. Customer says: “I’ve just…
  • Double Negative Leads to Proof Positive!

    Cindy
    7 Aug 2014 | 1:27 am
    Once we’ve formed an opinion, we tend to look for evidence that supports that opinion and minimize evidence that contradicts us.  This is called “confirmation bias”, and it’s probably the root of most bad products, bad hires, and bad relationships. So how do we avoid it?  In any situation filled with subjective information, we have plenty of opportunities to “believe what we want to believe”. In customer development, we may find ourselves subtly altering the questions we ask or interpreting responses in the most favorable light.  In interviewing…
  • The Myth of the Self-Starter

    Cindy
    23 Jul 2014 | 2:48 pm
    Let me tell you about the best people who have worked on my teams: They’re insatiably curious.  That means they ask a ton of questions, which gives them deep insights into what we’re trying to accomplish, from a variety of perspectives. They’re highly biased towards action. That means that when they spot a problem, they don’t wait for permission – they start testing out solutions. They take ownership. That means I don’t need to keep monitoring the problem – they’ve taken it on and will continue trying new things until the problem gets…
  • Your Favorite Posts, Updated

    Cindy
    24 Jun 2014 | 1:18 pm
    Markets and technology change so quickly that I find myself distrustful of blog posts older than a year or two. Is the information still relevant and accurate? Looking back at my most popular blog posts, I’ve noticed that many of them date back to 2011, 2010, even 2009. That’s half a decade ago! So I’ve been revisiting these entries and updating them to make sure they’re still useful for today. AND HERE THEY ARE. It’s like Christmas, people! 10 Things I’ve Learned About Customer Development (2014) How do Customer Development and Product Management fit together?
  • How do Customer Development and Product Management fit together? (2014)

    Cindy
    24 Jun 2014 | 1:03 pm
    There’s still a lot of confusion around how to define and how to use customer development and product management. “Isn’t customer development just product management?” Customer development is a task that some product managers do.  But customer development is not the secret to creating a great product.  Let me repeat that, because I’ve heard many people claim this: Customer development does not create great products. It’s also not true that if your organization has product managers (or user researchers or market researchers), you’re already doing…
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    Web Ink Now

  • SlideShare: The New Rules of Selling

    David Meerman Scott
    27 Aug 2014 | 4:17 am
    Early this week I posted on how Sales is Broken. There are many examples of traditional sales tactics that don’t work when buyers have access to a tremendous amount of information. The old rules of selling... Just because you have my email address, it doesn’t mean you should email me your sales message. Just because you have my phone number, it doesn’t mean you should call me with your sales pitch. Just because we’re connected on LinkedIn, it doesn’t mean you can add me to your distribution list. Just because I follow you on Twitter, it doesn’t mean you can try to sell me…
  • Sales is broken

    David Meerman Scott
    25 Aug 2014 | 8:17 am
    Most sales organizations are built and run as if it were still 1989. The sales model is broken. From 2004 through 2014 it has been a decade of the rise of Inbound Marketing. Now, from today through 2024 will be the rise of Inbound Sales. Early in my career, I worked as a sales representative at a Wall Street economic consultancy. Back then the salesperson had the information and therefore the power in the relationship. If the buyers wanted information about how the product worked, they needed to come to me. If they wanted to negotiate a discount, they had to come through me. If they wanted to…
  • The New Rules of Sales and Service - my new book - releasing soon!

    David Meerman Scott
    21 Aug 2014 | 11:38 am
    I’m so excited I might pee in my pants!! (Don’t worry, I’ll be careful not to.) My new book, The New Rules of Sales and Service: How to Use Agile Selling, Real-Time Customer Engagement, Big Data, Content, and Storytelling to Grow Your Business is nearly ready to ship. The New Rules of Sales and Service is about how the buying process has radically changed and how people who understand that change can grow business now. Buyers are now in possession of unlimited information so online content is quickly becoming the dominant driver for commerce. Unfortunately most organizations are still…
  • Are you telling the truth?

    David Meerman Scott
    19 Aug 2014 | 11:40 am
    When I see people on the sidewalk asking for money, most have the same business model. They have a hand drawn cardboard advertisement that reads: Homeless Veteran Family man Please help GOD BLESS!! I always wonder if they really are homeless, really are veterans, and really do have a family. I cynically doubt that the sign they hold is true. On the Las Vegas strip Saturday night, I ran into this gentleman and laughed out loud at his sign. I gave him some money and thanked him for the laughter. He told me that some people have a sense of humor and some don’t. He likes reaching those, like…
  • It’s still great marketing. Just don’t call it a blog.

    David Meerman Scott
    15 Aug 2014 | 7:03 am
    Because blogging isn’t new and hip, many people dismiss this form of content as less effective. Some are even abandoning their blogs for the next big thing (whatever that is). I started my blog ten years ago (that’s seventy dog internet years). Chris Brogan began blogging (when it was called journaling) well before I did. And when I worked on Wall Street in the 1980s for Wrightson ICAP, a real-time economic research firm, Lou Crandall was blogging there (doing his syndicated real-time market forecasts through an old black and white video technology called Telerate). Lou Crandall has been…
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    Product Management Meets Pop Culture

  • Product Management Interview: 8 Questions With… PM In Heel’s Cait Porte

    Christopher Cummings
    28 Aug 2014 | 6:28 pm
    “Daenerys Targaryen [from 'Game of Thrones'] faces challenges similar to the ones I go through as a young woman in technology.” – Cait Porte As summer rapidly draws to a close, we’re continuing our series of candid, one-on-one interviews with product management professionals. In the spotlight this time is Cait Porte, Director of Product Management for Blueport Commerce and the author of Product Manager In Heels. How does Cait build relationships with clients? And which ‘Game of Thrones’ character most resonates with her? Read on… Cait, what attracted…
  • Product Management Interview: 8 Questions With… Product Camp Boston’s Sarela Bliman-Cohen

    Christopher Cummings
    14 Aug 2014 | 12:08 pm
    “Sometimes, even when you have the data to back your decision, you cannot change the outcome.” – Sarela Bliman-Cohen Today, we’re continuing our series of candid, one-on-one interviews with product management professionals. In the spotlight this time is Sarela Bliman-Cohen, officer and organizer of Product Camp Boston, and a former president of the Boston Product Management Association. What advice does she have for aspiring Product Managers? And what did her biggest mistake teach her? Read on… Sarela, how did you first enter product management? I started out as…
  • Product Management Interview: 8 Questions With… Adam Bullied

    Christopher Cummings
    30 Jul 2014 | 7:56 pm
    “No one expects you to be Superman. You don’t need to carry the weight of the company on your shoulders…” – Adam Bullied Today, we’re starting Series Two of our candid, one-on-one interviews with product management professionals. In the spotlight today is Adam Bullied, a product management professional who recently transitioned to the role of CEO for content marketing performance platform provider SqueezeCMM. What advice does Adam have for aspiring Product Managers? And what’s it like to truly be a CEO rather than a metaphorical CEO? Read on……
  • Presentation: Welcome To Product Management… Hope You Survive The Experience!

    Christopher Cummings
    24 Jul 2014 | 11:58 am
    Startup Product invited me to speak at an event in Cambridge last night, hosted by Leaf. Based on my experience, Startup Product really cares about exploring and understanding what it takes to make great products and sustainable businesses. Watch for an event near you! Here’s my presentation: Presentation Description: Product Managers live in the nexus of business, technology, and design — and the resulting tension can harm the PM, the products, and the business if left unchecked. This presentation focuses on how the strategies product people use to understand markets, customers,…
  • Just When You Thought It Was Safe To Go Back To The Theater: A Product Management Lesson In Innovation, Pricing, and Comedy From “Rifftrax Live: Sharknado”

    Christopher Cummings
    15 Jul 2014 | 7:30 pm
    There’s a lot of innovative work going on underneath the goofiness. Product people take note! Critics have been predicting the death of the movie theater experience for a long time, and even famed director Christopher Nolan sees a bleak future for movies because he feels movie studios devalue the movie theater experience. Could product management save the movie business? The gang at RiffTrax shows us the way. RiffTrax are comedic commentaries played in-sync with movies. Written and performed by the stars of TV’s Mystery Science Theater 3000, RiffTrax brings the unique humor of…
 
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    The Product Pipe

  • Is the Future of Enterprise Collaboration Now?

    klgriggs
    17 Aug 2014 | 9:40 am
    People don’t share enough information.  It’s a well-documented behavior. Sometimes they horde because they have been led to believe that “knowledge is power” and centralizing data access will increase their personal value to the firm.  Luckily, the primary reason for lack … Continue reading →
  • Innovation of the Boring and Mundane Product

    klgriggs
    22 Oct 2013 | 11:23 am
    Innovation is defined as the application of solutions that, 1) provide new requirements, 2) address unarticulated needs and, 3) improve existing products in the marketplace. For most innovators it seems easier (read: less confined to previous product decisions) to innovate … Continue reading →
  • Enterprise 2.0 – The Business Value of Social Software

    klgriggs
    24 Jun 2011 | 4:39 am
    I just returned from the Enterprise 2.0 conference in Boston. In 2006, Harvard Business School professor Andrew McAfee coined “Enterprise 2.0″ to describe how organizations could streamline business processes by improving collaboration between suppliers, customers and employees. And the social … Continue reading →
  • Are You Generating Creative Tension?

    klgriggs
    23 Nov 2010 | 7:17 pm
    Lately I’ve reading about leaders… people who find the best in themselves and in turn inspire, engage and mobilize others under demanding circumstances. Three weeks ago while on a flight to a west coast conference I was confronted with 6 … Continue reading →
  • So… who’s really your customer?

    klgriggs
    28 Jul 2010 | 5:20 pm
    One of this year’s “hottest” ad campaigns is for Procter & Gamble’s 72-year-old Old Spice brand.   During February’s Super Bowl, P&G launched a 30-second spot featuring the strapping actor Isaiah Mustafa, a former NFL wide receiver, as pitch man for … Continue reading →
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    A Girl's Guide to Project Management

  • How do you build a successful project team? Tips from Microsoft

    Elizabeth Harrin
    31 Aug 2014 | 11:04 pm
    Leadership, teaming, technology adoption and measuring effectiveness are the four things that Mike Hughes, Office Business Group Lead for Microsoft Ireland believes are essential for building a successful project team. He spoke at an Ireland Chapter of PMI event recently about collaboration best practice and how to create effective project teams in the current business climate. Here’s what he had to say. 1. Leadership Mike had four soundbites for successful leadership on project teams: Lead by example Strategy before technology Learn to get out of the way Create a supportive environment 2.
  • No time to read (The Parent Project Month 18)

    Elizabeth Harrin
    28 Aug 2014 | 11:04 pm
    This entry is part 17 of 16 in the series The Parent Project  I don’t have time to read any more. While all the book reviews this month make it look like I sit around reading all day the truth is that I read most of them while commuting or in the weeks before Oliver was born when I didn’t have the energy to get off the sofa. I miss it. Not the sofa – reading. I have a stack of novels to read: Incendiary by Chris Cleave, a book about Houdini, even The Soldier’s Wife by Joanna Trollope that I thought would be easy enough to get through with a sleep deprived brain. But I haven’t…
  • Book review: Supercommunicator

    Elizabeth Harrin
    26 Aug 2014 | 11:18 pm
    “Too often, potentially great projects are dismissed by management, investors, and regulators simply because those decision makers can’t understand their value”, writes Frank J. Pietrucha in his book, Supercommunicator. “Opportunities can be missed and bad things can happen when content originators don’t explain their subjects in easy-to-understand language.” If you have recently put together a business case or project initiation documentation, then you’ll know how important it is to set out the benefits of what you are doing. Getting the information…
  • Book Review: What Happens in Vegas Stays On YouTube

    Elizabeth Harrin
    24 Aug 2014 | 11:14 pm
    “The explosion of mobile and social technologies means that we have to live as if our mother, boss, coach and enemies are watching us…because they are,” writes Erik Qualman in his book, What Happens in Vegas Stays On YouTube. The book is basically 36 rules for better social interaction and for making the right choices about your digital legacy. It’s a two-pronged approach: first, don’t post anything stupid on social media sites. Second, the book recommends that we all live better lives, as if our mothers are watching (Rule 2). The point of that is that if…
  • Happy Anniversary Women in PM SIG! An interview with Teri Okoro

    Elizabeth Harrin
    19 Aug 2014 | 11:36 pm
    Teri Okoro Next month sees the APM’s Women in Project Management group holding the 2014 National Conference & 21st Anniversary of Women in Project Management in London. I spoke to Teri Okoro, Chair of the special interest group and part of the team behind the anniversary preparations. Teri, what’s on the agenda for the WiPM SIG now you’ve hit 21 years? And what celebrations are planned to celebrate 21 years? WiPM have taken time to reflect on past achievement as well as plan for the future. We’ve redefined our mission with four key elements: developing a powerful…
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    svpg blog

  • Profit and Loss Responsibility

    10 Aug 2014 | 10:02 am
    One question that I continue to get from many company leaders is whether or not product managers should be given P&L responsibility for their products.   The origin of this question comes from the days when companies had a portfolio of products where each product represented one or more SKU’s.  Think consumer packaged goods. In this world, each product manager would worry about the cost structure of their product, the marketing plan, sales forecasts, contribution and profitability.  This is still what many people out there think of as a product manager. Of course, in…
  • The Delivery Manager Role

    13 Jul 2014 | 2:51 pm
    I have always been interested in taking the holistic view of product teams and understanding and appreciating each and every critical role.  In a recent article I wrote about the dynamics of strong teams versus weak teams, and judging from the response to that article, many of you are interested in this as well.   I focus most of my attention on the product owner/product manager role because I view that role as the lynchpin.  However, of all the roles, I would say that I see the most grief associated with the various guises of project management (project manager, program…
  • Good Product Team Bad Product Team

    13 Jun 2014 | 3:02 am
    NOTE: My friend and colleague Jeff Patton is the author of an upcoming book on the general topic of User Stories and especially the technique of Story Mapping.  I was asked to write a foreword for this new book, and this article is an excerpt from the foreword.  I was also a reviewer of the book and it is definitely a must-read for any product person and fills a very big gap in the current library of Agile titles.  If you’d like to pre-order the book you can do so from O’Reilly. I’ve had the extremely good fortune to be able to work with many of the very best…
  • Milestone Swarming

    21 May 2014 | 12:03 pm
    In my last article, I discussed the power of milestones and I promised I’d talk about one of my favorite techniques for rapidly delivering on milestones.  First, as a reminder, by milestone I mean delivering on some significant achievement for your business.  This might mean achieving a meaningful improvement to a key KPI, or meeting the needs of a new type of customer, or getting the results of an important A/B test. Remember that the point of a milestone is the business result, and not the date. Another dimension to milestones is that sometimes they are specific to…
  • The Power of Milestones

    5 Apr 2014 | 1:03 pm
    In this article I wanted to talk about a concept that seems to be increasingly missing in product teams.   I find too many product teams just pounding away on the product backlog, story by story.  Too many members of the team don’t really know how and why the stories are even there, they don’t understand the customer pain they’re trying to address, and they especially don’t understand how their work on this particular item helps to move the needle for their business. Usually the product manager somehow tries to explain the context for each story, but the…
 
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    280 Group

  • Product Marketing Rule #24: Help Prospects Make Buying Decisions!

    matt
    26 Aug 2014 | 10:17 am
    Product Marketing Rule #24 from the best-selling book, 42 Rules of Product Marketing, was written by Linda Gorchels, Director of Marketing Talent Development, Wisconsin School of Business What words do customers use to convince themselves to make the decision to buy your product? Do you like to be sold to? I frequently ask product marketers that question. Most say no. So I probe deeper. “Have you ever been in a restaurant and asked the waiter what he would recommend? Or...[continue reading] The post Product Marketing Rule #24: Help Prospects Make Buying Decisions! appeared first on 280…
  • Top Ten Ways to Fail as a Product Manager

    Brian Lawley
    18 Aug 2014 | 9:48 am
    Written by Brian Lawley, CEO and Founder of the 280 Group. 10. Talk More Than You Listen If you are a Product Manager and you haven’t learned to be quiet and listen to what is really being said by customers, engineers, salespeople and executives then you are destined to fail. Learn about active listening and practice it constantly. Or take a class like How to be a Phenomenal Product Manager to learn how to communicate, negotiate and influence more effectively....[continue reading] The post Top Ten Ways to Fail as a Product Manager appeared first on 280 Group.
  • Product Management Rule #24: Salespeople Don’t Just Want to Make Lots of Money

    Brian Lawley
    11 Aug 2014 | 1:31 pm
    Product Management Rule #24 from the best-selling book, 42 Rules of Product Management, was written by Dave Dersh, Former VP of Consulting and Training, 280 Group Helping salespeople win is a primary role of the product marketing team! Marketing often refers to salespeople as being “coin operated.” While it’s true that a large portion of a salesperson’s income is tied directly to what they sell, money is not the only thing that motivates them. First and foremost, salespeople want to win! Salespeople...[continue reading] The post Product Management Rule #24:…
  • How to Create Compelling Product Roadmaps | Tips and Best Practices for Success

    Brian Lawley
    4 Aug 2014 | 4:34 pm
    How to Create Compelling Product Roadmaps was written by Brian Lawley, CEO and Founder of the 280 Group and is included in the Product Roadmap Toolkit™. Product roadmaps can mean the difference between success and failure when delivering and marketing products. Product roadmaps can be one of the most effective tools in a Product Management professional’s arsenal. Done correctly they can help win and keep large customers and partners, and can guide the engineering and strategic planning efforts of a company. Unfortunately...[continue reading] The post How to Create Compelling Product…
  • Product Marketing Rule #23: Successful Channel Plans Start with Strategy

    Brian Lawley
    28 Jul 2014 | 4:46 pm
    Product Marketing Rule #23 from the best-selling book, 42 Rules of Product Marketing, was written by Mara Krieps, Founder and Principal, Pivotal Product Management Success in channel planning requires near-perfect alignment with company strategy Successful channel planning consists of managing distribution channel partners and developing channel marketing programs. In working with both large and small product organizations, I’ve found that novice Product Marketing Managers (PMMs) tend to view the scope of channel management as a series of promotional programs to be planned…
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    MindTheProduct

  • Evaluating Market Dynamics with the Startup Scorecard

    Neal Cabage
    29 Aug 2014 | 2:52 pm
    How do you know whether a product idea is going to succeed if you build it and take it to market?  If you’ve ever been part of a startup, or if your organization has launched a new products, you know how precarious the effort can be. Sure, there is Lean methodology for discovering product-market fit, but that is a step that necessarily should come after researching and validating your market. Lean is only going add efficiency to your process if you’ve started with a solid understanding of the market and built your starting hypothesis upon that understanding. To that end, my co-author and…
  • Video: Changing a Global Product Culture

    Eve Kekeh
    26 Aug 2014 | 6:31 am
    Craig Strong joined us at ProductTank July to talk about how to change a corporate culture and mindset, based on his experience at Pearson as Director of Product Lifecycle Adoption. In this video, Craig (@craigstrong) shares his knowledge on how to create a cultural shift and get stakeholders to buy into change. Craig talks us through his own experiences and offers pointers for how you too can change a global product culture. Changing a global product culture:Click To Tweet - Powered By CoSchedule The post Video: Changing a Global Product Culture appeared first on MindTheProduct.
  • Video: Pursuit of Product Happiness

    Eve Kekeh
    22 Aug 2014 | 3:06 am
    Derek Morrison,  Group Product Manager at Tesco,  has been part of the ProductTank community since 2010. He joined us for London’s ProductTank July to talk about what you can do to enable change within your company. Derek focuses on people, place and process when making a change. In this video, Derek (@allaboutproduct) uses examples from Reed Business, Blinkbox and Tesco to explain how one can go about introducing change. Pursuit of Product Happiness:Click To Tweet - Powered By CoSchedule The post Video: Pursuit of Product Happiness appeared first on MindTheProduct.
  • Video: Product at the Heart of Change

    Eve Kekeh
    20 Aug 2014 | 6:08 am
    July’s ProductTank London focused on change management. Sally Foote, founder of product development consultancy firm FEB Digital, joined us to discuss the impact of a big product pivot on an organisation as a whole. In this video, Sally (@sallyfoote) shares her own experiences whilst working with The Times Online with a captivated audience. She talks about how a clear product vision helps to get all stakeholders on the same page regarding the ramifications of a new product introduction or modification. The post Video: Product at the Heart of Change appeared first on…
  • Change Management and Product Management

    Jock Busuttil
    18 Aug 2014 | 6:34 am
    Some people say that a change is as good as a rest. They’ve probably never had to change an organisation’s product culture, though.  For July’s ProductTank London, Marc Abraham (@MAA1) brought us three experts in making change happen. Derek Morrison (@allaboutproduct), Group Product Manager at Tesco Sally Foote (@sallyfoote), Digital Product Consultant, Founder of FEB Digital Craig Strong (@craigstrong), Director Global Product Development Lifecycle at Pearson The Pursuit of Product Happiness Derek Morrison (@allaboutproduct) took the stage first to talk about some of his…
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    Product Talk

  • Know Who You Are Building For and Why

    Teresa Torres
    26 Aug 2014 | 8:38 am
    It’s easy to be fooled by the Facebooks and the Googles of the world. Everyone uses their products. They make it easy to rationalize why everyone will use your product. But when you draw this conclusion, you skip right from A to Z, ignoring all the steps they took in between. Over a billion people use Facebook. But they started just for Harvard students. Then they spread to other Ivy Leagues. Than to other college campuses. Eventually they opened it up to everyone. Google Search launched at a time when search engines were under siege by keyword stuffers and black hat SEO firms. Google built…
  • Ask About the Past Rather Than the Future

    Teresa Torres
    19 Aug 2014 | 9:06 am
    At SXSW this year, I met a startup founder, a former fitness trainer, who was about to launch an online business offering personalized gym workouts. I liked that he had first-hand experience as a personal trainer and wasn’t just a gym rat. But I was surprised when he struggled with my first question. I asked him, “Who is it for? Who are you targeting?” He replied, “People who already go to the gym.” I said, “Good. That’s much easier than trying to convince people who don’t go to the gym to go to the gym. But that seems broad. Men? Women? Runners? Weigh-lifters?” He stared at…
  • The Dangers of Thinking of Products as Features

    Teresa Torres
    17 Jul 2014 | 9:41 am
    It’s easy to spend the majority of your time talking about features. You track features in your backlog. You schedule features on your roadmap. Your customers request features. Your sales team complaints about missing features. Almost everyone thinks of products as features. But if you want to build better products, you need to stop thinking about products as a collection of features. You Risk Building a Me-Too Product A focus on features inevitably leads to an obsession with competitors and the features that they offer. You get caught chasing your own tail trying to keep up. Get off the…
  • The Ethics of the Data We Collect

    Teresa Torres
    10 Jul 2014 | 9:09 am
    Do you remember the uproar about cookies in the late 90s? I don’t mean the sugar-filled kind. I’m talking about web cookies – the bite-sized bits of information that your browser stores locally so that when you return to a website it already knows who you are. If you worked in tech at the time, you might have been confused by the uproar. Cookies make the web experience significantly better. They are used to keep you logged in to your favorite sites, they remember your preferences and settings, and they enabled one of the earliest forms of persistent identity on the web. They…
  • Moving Beyond Vanity Metrics: An In-Depth Case Study

    Teresa Torres
    7 Jul 2014 | 8:47 am
    It’s one thing to read The Lean Startup and Lean Analytics. It’s another thing entirely to put these principles into practice. It can be a challenge to go from theory to practice. Sure, you might know that vanity metrics should be a thing of the past. But what do you measure instead? Even if you do know what to measure, getting accurate data introduces a whole new challenge. And even though we like to think of it as a science, building products is more a mix of art and science. Quantitative research helps us optimize the path we are on. But how do we know the path we are on is creating…
 
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    Under 10 by Steve Johnson

  • Don’t let other departments hide their headcount in your budget

    Steve Johnson
    1 Sep 2014 | 5:50 am
    Don’t let other departments hide their headcount in your budget.—Steve Johnson, Under 10 Consulting. I’m often asked how large a product management team should be. And my reply is, “how many other departments are relying on product management to provide expertise?” Marketing and sales people rely on product management for technical expertise; developers rely on product management for market expertise. Now those departments could increase their expertise through hiring or training. I mean, shouldn’t the marketing and sales teams know how the product solves…
  • Ask Steve: Answering questions in a presentation

    Steve Johnson
    28 Aug 2014 | 7:09 am
    Have you had this experience in a presentation? You’re in the back of the room and someone close to the front asks a question. All you hear “Is it true that mumble mumble mumble mumble?” And the instructor replies, “Yes, that’s absolutely critical.” Everyone around you is whispering, “What did he say?” “What’s critical?” “What was the question?” Many of us need to do presentations at company or customer events. Here’s the best technique to deal with questions from the audience. Listen to the question I know it seems obvious but you should have the courtesy to…
  • Which approach to take…

    Steve Johnson
    21 Aug 2014 | 6:03 am
    Rule #1: Whenever I’m unsure of which approach to take, I decide on the one that is best for the customer.— Steve Johnson, Under 10 Consulting. There are many times when employees need to use their own judgment. There’s no rule that seems to cover everything and no historical reference to guide their thinking. Unless you get everyone to agree to Rule #1: do what’s best for the customer. I’ve been in meetings (and I’m sure you have been too) where we’re discussing which approach to take. This would be better for the sales team and that would be better for…
  • Et cetera means…

    Steve Johnson
    15 Aug 2014 | 5:48 am
    Et cetera means, “I can only think of two things but I bet there are more.”—Steve Johnson, Under 10 Consulting
  • More on Branding…

    Steve Johnson
    14 Aug 2014 | 5:54 am
    Branding is what you do when your product doesn’t matter.— Steve Johnson, Under 10 Consulting.  I know this one’ll get the brand-oriented marketers into an uproar but there’s a big difference between brandING and your brand. Branding is a verb; brand is a noun. Branding is the exercise of telling your story to get people to buy your product. Your brand results from years of delivering great products and creating satisfied customers. In truth, I find that most teams worry way too much about brands and branding and not nearly enough about the user experience that…
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    All it takes for your Product Business Success

  • Product Start-Ups: From understanding Clients to understanding Markets

    Pradeep Nair
    27 Aug 2014 | 10:06 pm
    As we discussed in the last post, many start-ups get taken hostage (willingly?) by their early customers; the outcome is that the product takes on a completely different avatar, often bloated beyond recognition, and useful to no one. Product start-ups therefore need to move from understanding clients to understanding markets, and they need to do this at an early stage, when they are still on the journey from idea to product. What’s the difference? A “market” is not just a collection of clients, or customers.… Read further at Product Start-Ups: From understanding Clients to…
  • Product Start-Ups: Don’t let your First Few Customers hold you Hostage

    N. P. Menon
    13 Aug 2014 | 1:01 am
    You’ve started a company to make the Next Big Product in your field, one that will delight customers and solve their problems in an easier, faster, more intuitive manner than anything currently available. You’ve done your research, you’ve spent the grueling hours in development and now you are ready with the prototype, and even better, you have a first customer signed up. Congratulations! Or, have we said it too soon? Even as you are ecstatic at signing up your first few customers, you find in… Read further at Product Start-Ups: Don’t let your First Few Customers…
  • User Centred Design – Tips from Shashank Deshpande, Clarice Technologies

    Confianzys
    29 Jul 2014 | 10:27 pm
    Shashank Deshpande is Co-Founder & President at Clarice Technologies, a product development company that provides User Centered Design and UI development services under one umbrella. He believes that user experience is a key differentiator for companies operating in competitive markets. In this interview, he discusses the growing interest in User-Centered Design in India, and shares his thoughts on how Product and Business Managers can move towards adopting the best practices when it comes to Design.   1. While User-Centered Design is now much discussed by… Read further at User…
  • 3 ‘Beyond Design’ Trends That Influence How Customers Interact With Product Design

    Shrinath V
    29 Jul 2014 | 9:24 pm
    Like medical diagnoses, Product Design is one thing that everyone has an opinion on; and just as no two doctors ever agree on a case, every person on a product team, whether marketer, engineer or designer, has a completely different opinion. Part of the reason we react to Design in such differing ways is because our reactions are often deeply personal. These reactions are shaped by many things including age, life stage, the culture we come from and our previous exposure to product and other… Read further at 3 ‘Beyond Design’ Trends That Influence How Customers Interact With Product…
  • Big Data: Why Product Managers Should Concern Themselves With It

    Shesh Vasudevamurthy
    8 Jul 2014 | 10:19 pm
    Big Data has been a buzzword for over three years now, but many still lack insight into what is the ‘big deal’ around it. The fact of the matter is that we are only seeing the tip of the iceberg to understand what Big Data can and cannot do for businesses. It is not just a technological problem but a disruptive business problem to be understood. Just to name a few industries and academic disciplines, who are deeply looking into Big Data – space exploration,… Read further at Big Data: Why Product Managers Should Concern Themselves With It
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    serendipity

  • How to chew a mammoth (aka) Getting your Ideas to Execution

    Vikram
    28 Aug 2014 | 1:40 am
    You’re walking through the icy glaciers, the cold exacerbating your starvation. Your stomach-rumbles make the ominous sounds of far away avalanches cower in shame. And then you spot a mammoth. A wool coated feast that could feed an army. Except you can’t chew your mammoth* yet. For one, you have nothing to cut it up with. The beast won’t even fit into your conventional oven. Your plates, spoons and cutlery are designed for more chicken-sized food. And you definitely can’t swallow a whole mammoth in one go. So you sit on top of your hunt, worrying yourself with what to do next until…
  • Forget VP of Devil’s Advocacy. Where’s your BS Filter?

    Vikram
    31 Jul 2014 | 10:14 am
    There are a million reasons why a piece of innovation fails. In some cases, it’s great technology that just didn’t get the marketing gas it needed to make it mainstream. And sometimes, the product is just way ahead of its times. But most often, innovations fail because they just plain suck. I was reading an article by MG Siegler on Techcrunch recently, and a particular quote struck a deep chord with me: We’ve seen a lot of these launches in recent years. Microsoft’s Surface RT. Samsung’s Smart Watches. Google’s Nexus Q. Apple’s Maps. All great examples. Each was quite clearly a…
  • Announcing Flow Maps: Using germ.io for Life, the Universe and Everything

    Vikram
    2 Jul 2014 | 1:05 pm
    The suckiest part of working on a project is worrying for days about a problem only to realize it’s not even that big a deal in the larger scheme of things. Our purpose at germ.io is simple: to help you get your ideas to execution. But sometimes when you’re in the thick of things, it’s easy to lose perspective. It’s called “getting lost in your thoughts”, and the only way you can get  home is if you took few a  steps back and looked at the big picture. With the last big Omega launch, germ.io helped you craft a new flow of thought for every project you…
  • Building your Product in Public: Omega Halftime Review

    Vikram
    17 Jun 2014 | 12:03 pm
    Exactly 93 days ago, we decided to go with a product launch cycle that would make the hardest LEAN methodology veterans go queasy in their stomach. No MVP, no private betas. Instead, we decided to launch germ.io as we built it, and we’ve been calling this our Omega launch. I’d say we’re roughly in the middle of our Omega journey right now – not from a timing point of view, but more from a “fulfilling that promise” angle. We’ve now roughly brought in about half of what we promised germ.io would be. So what have we learnt about going Omega? And would it…
  • How Important is the Idea?

    Vikram
    29 May 2014 | 5:40 am
    Ideas are cheap, fleeting things; by itself a business idea is worth less than a half-eaten sandwich. At least you can eat the sandwich. - Oliver Emberton Every project goes through an “ideation” phase where you nail the “what’s” and “how’s”, and an execution phase where you actually get stuff done. Ever since we decided to build a product that puts the focus of a project on the core ideas, there’s one question we’ve been hitting over and over again. How important is the “thinking” part of a project, really? Most tools and…
 
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