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How Real Product Teams Make OKRs work: Extended Report

BY Timm Richter on November 3, 2020

The popular Objectives and Key Results framework (OKRs) can be a powerful tool, provided it’s understood and used correctly. With this in mind, we recently undertook a survey to understand how companies are using OKRs in the wild. Our survey was run in collaboration with Timm Richter, CEO of NEO Culture and former chief product officer at […]

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How Real Product Teams Make OKRs work: Survey Results

BY Imogen Johnson on November 3, 2020

In collaboration with NEO Culture, Mind the Product conducted a short survey on OKRs investigating their use in product teams in real companies. Now, the results are in. In this post, we’ll provide an overview of the survey results and, if you’re a Mind the Product member you can access an extended report including analysis […]

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Managing Product = Managing Tension by Marc Abraham

BY Marc Abraham on October 30, 2020

In my book, Managing Product = Managing Tension, I’ve focused on what it is that impacts the products we build and how we manage them, namely; mind, matter, and moves. Each of these factors in their own right creates tension and in the book, I outline how we can make the most of these tensions […]

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Product Accountability - Appraise Products Like a Manager

BY Courtland Halbrook on October 22, 2020

Performance reviews, evaluations, or appraisals are awful, and we need more of them. it’s time to recognize the need for Product teams to evaluate themselves based on the performance reviews of their products. This is meant to establish the mindset that in order to evaluate a Product Manager’s and Product Team’s performance it’s not about […]

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Evidence-Based Product Backlogs, by John Pagonis

BY Rebecca Freeman on October 12, 2020

In this ProductTank London talk, John Pagonis –  then UX Lead at ‘The Mortgage Works’/Founder of Zanshin labs, shares his experience of creating an evidence-based backlog. Watch the video to see the talk in full, or read on for an overview of his key points: Product Waste – Do you really have time and money to waste […]

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Build What Matters by Rajesh Nerlikar and Ben Foster: Get Chapters 1-2 Free

BY Rajesh Nerlikar on September 24, 2020

In their new book, Build What Matters (£26.99), Rajesh Nerlikar and Ben Foster introduce you to their methodology for becoming a product-driven company. Through their tested strategies, stories of personal success, and case studies from their product advisory clients at Prodify, you’ll learn how Vision-Led Product Management helps you achieve company objectives by meeting both current and […]

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Common Product Development Mistakes and How To Avoid Them All: A Case Study

BY Ashley Fidler on September 23, 2020

In this case study, CPO Ashley Fidler lays bare a catalogue of common errors made by her and her team when launching a cybersecurity software product. Read on for her honest analysis of the experience and to discover what happens when you combine ideas that are too early for the market, poor customer understanding, a […]

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Product Manager's Secret 2020 Weapon: Remote Workshops

BY Drew Falkman on September 10, 2020

As product managers we are, at our core, facilitators. It is ultimately up to us to get all interested parties to align and collaborate on building the right thing for our business and making sure we understand our users so it’s the right thing for the market. As such, we spend a lot of our […]

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Three Hidden Problems That can Ruin Your Agile Retrospectives

BY Ben Staples on September 1, 2020

Scrum.org defines a sprint retrospective as a time at the end of each sprint where the team discusses what went well, what could be improved, and aligns on specific actions the group can commit to improving for the next sprint. Retrospectives are an essential part of any organization running agile software development. I don’t care if […]

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The Hidden Costs of Constantly Shipping new Things

BY Michal Bugno on August 25, 2020

I worked for 8 years at a successful startup called Base CRM. It was acquired by Zendesk 2 years ago. During this time I saw the company take different approaches to many problems startups have, but one remained unchanged: unparalleled, obsessive focus on shipping new functionality. Lately, I’ve been thinking a bit more about a […]

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