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Why a Design Sprint is Better Than Real Life (and how to Keep Those Vibes When the Week Finishes)

BY Jobina Hardy on October 6, 2017

Last month I participated in a Design Sprint, a structured and facilitated Lean development workshop designed and championed by Google Ventures. This is a regimented five-day process of unpicking a core business challenge and working up a speedy solution that then gets tested with real humans. On the face of it, the primary goal of […]

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How to Gain Agency - or Outrun a Bear

BY Rik Higham on October 2, 2017

When I lived in British Columbia, Canada, I used to go running in the forests behind our house. My housemate (appalled at the idea) insisted that I run with his dog to keep the grizzly bears away. At the end of one run I was chatting with a neighbour, a retired Canadian mountain guide with […]

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Using Embedded Analytics to Drive Revenue

BY Tom Cahill on September 25, 2017

Five years ago, including embedded analytics in an application was a powerful way for product teams to differentiate their applications, reduce customer churn, and charge more for their products. Users were thrilled with the bells and whistles of charts, graphs, and dashboards in the applications they already used, and they were often willing to pay […]

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Sense & Respond: The Farm Awakens by Jeff Gothelf & Josh Seiden

BY Martin Eriksson on September 22, 2017

In this closing keynote from Mind the Product San Francisco, Josh Seiden and Jeff Gothelf, the authors of Sense & Respond and Lean UX, shared a story about wheat farming as a parable for understanding our customers and how to respond to our their needs and technological change. The story starts with a hypothesis statement. […]

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Turn Your Release Notes Into a Content Marketing Machine

BY Sami Linnanvuo on September 14, 2017

If you’re in a product company the chances are that you’ve developed some process of informing your users about new features. This could be in the form of a blog post or as a notification within the UI. But it doesn’t have to stop there. Spending a bit more effort on the process can help […]

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Scaling Your Platform and Managing its Evolution

BY Rhishi Pethe on September 4, 2017

Examples of platforms are all around us. Businesses that have been successful at building platforms have disrupted traditional companies and scaled quickly. AirBNB, Amazon, Salesforce, and Uber are just some examples of platforms that have become massively successful in recent years. You’ll find platforms across many industries, from transportation to book publishing. For a product […]

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Being Lean: Don't Speculate to Accumulate, Validate to Succeed

BY Andy Wicks on August 30, 2017

First coined in the mid 20th century, the term “speculate to accumulate” refers to the need invest (at some degree of risk) in order to make meaningful gains. In other words; roll the dice, take a punt, have a gamble. This is a risky strategy for product managers, and if your gambling skills are anything like […]

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Innovation is Broken by Janice Fraser

BY Martin Eriksson on August 25, 2017

What is the point of innovation? Why do we focus so much time and effort on digital transformation, agile transformation, and innovation? Simply put it’s because large organisations need to grow – and can’t. All of their current management practices optimise against anything new ever being successful. In the course of a storied career that […]

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Why Diversity Isn't Just Right, but Smart

BY Martin Eriksson on May 31, 2017

As a Swede, the importance and value of diversity seems self-evident, yet the business world and the tech industry especially continue to struggle to embrace it. As I mentioned in my product management experience article, and as should be clear from the effort we put into the curation of our product management conferences, diversity is incredibly […]

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