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True Confessions from the Front Lines
We meet all sorts of product professionals at Product Collective, and they have all sorts of stories. With thousands of product people from around the world participating in our INDUSTRY Interview live video chats, conversing in our private Slack channels and attending our INDUSTRY conferences, we often hear them lamenting the variety of issues they face every day.
We meet all sorts of product professionals at Product Collective, and they have all sorts of stories. With thousands of product people from around the world participating in our INDUSTRY Interview live video chats, conversing in our private Slack channels and attending our INDUSTRY conferences, we often hear them lamenting the variety of issues they face every day.
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“It’s hard to make predictions, especially about the future.” Danish proverb What does “second quarter” mean to you? For most technical teams, the second quarter is when they work on a project from April to June, hoping to deliver it by late June or early July.
“It’s hard to make predictions, especially about the future.” Danish proverb What does “second quarter” mean to you? For most technical teams, the second quarter is when they work on a project from April to June, hoping to deliver it by late June or early July.
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Winning Buyers with the Brutal Truth
Did you know that less than 37% of buyers find technology vendors to be open and honest about product limitations? Or that buyers often describe marketing collateral as “word salad?” It’s no wonder there’s a crisis of trust in technology marketing.
Did you know that less than 37% of buyers find technology vendors to be open and honest about product limitations? Or that buyers often describe marketing collateral as “word salad?” It’s no wonder there’s a crisis of trust in technology marketing.
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Why Your Global Colleagues Hate Meeting With You
“Let’s go around the horn and each say our piece. Yoshi-san, you first.”  The long silence that ensued was followed by an awkward apology from Yoshi to please repeat the request.  This scenario actually occurred on a conference call I was on, and unfortunately, it is not rare. Perhaps you have also been in a global meeting where a native English speaker unwittingly embarrassed an international member of the team by clumsily addressing them with local vernacular?
“Let’s go around the horn and each say our piece. Yoshi-san, you first.”  The long silence that ensued was followed by an awkward apology from Yoshi to please repeat the request.  This scenario actually occurred on a conference call I was on, and unfortunately, it is not rare. Perhaps you have also been in a global meeting where a native English speaker unwittingly embarrassed an international member of the team by clumsily addressing them with local vernacular?
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Getting Back to the Roots of Agile
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,...
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,...
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How the Elephant and 6 Blind People Can Help Articulate Your Product's Vision
How do you get six blind people to understand what an elephant looks like? It’s not unlike trying to define a product that it actually makes sense to build. Product teams often suffer from vague requirements that leave the design and development teams without direction. Or requirements may be so detailed...
How do you get six blind people to understand what an elephant looks like? It’s not unlike trying to define a product that it actually makes sense to build. Product teams often suffer from vague requirements that leave the design and development teams without direction. Or requirements may be so detailed...
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A Practitioner's Guide to Product Message Maps
Indulge me for a minute. Before you read this article, click on your company’s website and view the page associated with your flagship product. Jot down the key message headings. Now open the datasheet for that product and compare the message headings to those you wrote down. Do they match? Are...
Indulge me for a minute. Before you read this article, click on your company’s website and view the page associated with your flagship product. Jot down the key message headings. Now open the datasheet for that product and compare the message headings to those you wrote down. Do they match? Are...
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Roadmapping Your Way to Internal Transparency
A few years ago, a handful of coworkers and I represented our company at a tech job fair. The company made sure we were a diverse crew of developers, recruiters, designers and me—the product manager—so that we would look like a strong, growing company.
A few years ago, a handful of coworkers and I represented our company at a tech job fair. The company made sure we were a diverse crew of developers, recruiters, designers and me—the product manager—so that we would look like a strong, growing company.
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Kapost: Lessons Learned From 3 Key Failures
Recently, I came across a greeting card with lovely cursive letters on the front, surrounded by drawings of blossoming flowers. It said, “The secret to happiness is low expectations.” I laughed, particularly since I found it in the wedding card section. But it also got me thinking about the marketing profession. Today’s...
Recently, I came across a greeting card with lovely cursive letters on the front, surrounded by drawings of blossoming flowers. It said, “The secret to happiness is low expectations.” I laughed, particularly since I found it in the wedding card section. But it also got me thinking about the marketing profession. Today’s...
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How Thought Leadership Can Elevate Your Products and Career
Are you simply managing features, or are you leading the vision for your product?
Are you simply managing features, or are you leading the vision for your product?
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