Why is it so Hard to Lean Test?
The Mind the Product Training curriculum is written in collaboration with dozens of expert product managers from countries and companies around the world. One the most consistent and frequent lessons that we teach in different workshops is “test early, test often”, also known as lean methodologies. Two years ago, when I started as Director of Training […]
The World is Colorful, so why Shouldn't our Users be? by Mirja Bester
Modern corporate culture is slowly coming to understand the benefits of highly diverse teams, stretching from gender to personality types. But where does product management stand with embracing that same diversity and complexity in our users? At this year’s MTP Engage, product director at Xing, Mirja Bester, shared how she thinks that by taking the […]
Why Simply "Allowing" Mistakes is a Dead-end for Agile Companies
Managing culture can quickly become one of the most complex challenges for companies that seek to scale agile practices. If self-organization and continuous improvement aren’t already tricky enough in a team of 10 individuals, they represent a daunting challenge when teams grow to the hundreds (not mentioning companies of thousands of people). Scaling agile practices in […]
Lost in Translation - how do you Localize Your Product for International Growth?
Have you ever opened up an exciting new app, but instead of being asked to “Sign up” you saw “რეგისტრაცია”? Maybe you’ve received a confirmation email saying “Th□nks you for you reg□ster. Conf□rm□ng here ple□se”? Or perhaps you attempted to enter your name into a text field, only to be told it contained invalid characters? […]
Are you Segmenting Your A/B Test Results?
How often do we hear people say: “Version A won, so our users like this one more!” But their assumption is misleading. It illustrates perfectly why quantitative and qualitative testing (and research) need to go hand-in-hand for a complete picture. Although A/B testing tells you what users are doing, it doesn’t tell you why they […]
How to Create a Product Strategy Without a Clear Company Strategy
Having “no company strategy” is one of the biggest issues facing product managers, according to a recent survey of over 600 product people. After all, how can you set a reasonable direction for your product when you don’t know where your company is headed? It’s an issue that confronted me recently, when I started work with […]
Launching a Multi-Sided Marketplace? Why Design Sprints are Essential
More and more enterprise businesses have embraced multi-sided marketplaces to extend existing business models and explore new territories for growth. For example, in 2009, Walmart launched its own Marketplace to connect third-party merchants with Walmart customers partly to catch up with Amazon’s already established third-party marketplace. General Motors launched Maven, a peer-to-peer marketplace that connects owners […]
Mobile Second: When Desktop is the Right Platform to Focus on First
In 2010 Google announced it would prioritize mobile ahead of desktop when developing new products. As we all know, there’s been a massive shift toward mobile-first product design since then. Conventional wisdom now tells us that it’s almost always best to start with mobile, because the success of your business ultimately depends on its ability […]
First, Do No Harm by Mariah Hay
Product managers are problem finders and problem solvers. But what happens when we become problem creators? In her talk from #mtpcon San Francisco, Mariah Hay, VP of Product at Pluralsight, challenges us to think about our ethical responsibility as product managers. […]
I have been the CPO/VP of Product for four startups as they scaled to thousands of employees. Because of these experiences – and the many challenges of growth – I’ve become obsessed with different tools and tactics that creative leaders can use to keep fast-growing companies pointed in the right direction. Having a clear, well-defined […]