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Product Debt

Instigator Blog

Product Management If you’ve spent any amount of time around developers you should be familiar with the term technical debt. Technical debt comes from hacking things together quickly and moving on. It accumulates over time. It can come back to bite you in the ass (if you scale to the point where the debt becomes obvious). It’s […].

Context Matters When Building a Great Product

Instigator Blog

What are your users doing right before they use your product? These are important questions that can help you build a better product. It’s not enough to understand the pain or problem your product solves; you also have to understand the circumstances in which it helps. Product ManagementWhat about right after? What time of day is […].

Create the Best Product

Feld Thoughts

One thing that came up was the idea of creating the best product. For periods of time, people get obsessed about how “the best product will win.” When Apple and Google didn’t have a product. Give me the best product to work with any day of the week.

Use Your Competitors’ Products All The Time

Feld Thoughts

I love this product and I use it every day. This company has several competitors – long time incumbents with somewhat stale, but useful products, and several new competitors, including well-funded and noisy ones. I use several of these products regularly in different situations and have encouraged the founders to use them also. If we hadn’t all be active users of these competitors products, we would have had a stupid conversation.

The Four Parts of a Minimal Viable Product

Grasshopper Herder

Isn''t an MVP just a bare bones product? If people sign up for our MVP, that means we''ve got Product/Market Fit, right? Lean Startups Minimum Viable Product Product/Market Fit product/market fit storyboarding

5 Key Actions To Maximize Entrepreneur Productivity

Startup Professionals Musings

That’s productivity. That is a huge hit on productivity. For insight, I recommend the details provided in a recent book “ The 5 Choices: The Path to Extraordinary Productivity, ” by Kory Kogon, Adam Merrill, and Leena Rinne. That’s extraordinary productivity.

Biggest Product Regret

The Product Guy

Out of the hundreds of nominations, and amazing finalists, the 7th annual winner of The Best Product Person is … Chris Butler. The Best Product Person (TBPP) is the leading international award honoring excellence in Product Management. Jeremy Horn The Product Guy.

The Illusion of Product/Market Fit for SaaS Companies

Feld Thoughts

“We have product/market fit.” ” “We are searching for product/market fit.” ” “We are raising this financing to find product/market fit.” ” “Our customer traction demonstrates product/market fit.” ” Product/market fit. I was in a meeting a month ago with a company I’m on the board of where product/market fit was asserted. When you have $0 of MRR, you have no product/market fit.

Prioritize Product Development by the Four Stages of Use

Instigator Blog

When prioritizing feature development I like to think of a product in four pieces: Ongoing Engagement, Onboarding, First User Experience and Marketing/Growth. These are actually the steps a user goes through during their lifecycle with your product (listed in reverse). Think of your product less in terms of features and more in terms of the […]. Product Management

How a Seed VC Approaches Pre-Product Startups

View from Seed

Editor’s note: At a recent team meeting at NextView, we looked at the high number of startups we invested in which were pre-product at the time. The question arose: What is a seed VC’s process like when a company is pre-product? Fundraising Product & Design

Revenue = Product Market Fit

Agile VC

Arguably revenue is the best signal of product-market fit for B2B startups. Some potential customers won’t take your product seriously unless you’re charging for it. And this is not to say that there’s no place for having an unpaid product.

Key Mentorship in Product Management

The Product Guy

Out of the hundreds of nominations, and amazing finalists, the 7th annual winner of The Best Product Person is … Chris Butler. The Best Product Person (TBPP) is the leading international award honoring excellence in Product Management. Jeremy Horn The Product Guy.

Business Development vs. Product Management

The Product Guy

In a recent live stream from one of our mentors of The Product Mentor , Chris Butler, lead a conversation around “Business Development vs. Product Management”. We are always looking for more product mentors from all around the world. About The Product Mentor.

Traction vs. Product

Rob Go

Option 2 is to focus on product (and proof points more broadly). The product and proof strategy might also fail at the series A. But… I think the best way to build a great business is to focus on product and proof. The post Traction vs. Product appeared first on ROBGO.ORG.

Product Roadmapping

The Product Guy

More segments from our conversation with Adam Warburton — and shedding some light onto just exactly what makes Adam truly The Best Product Person of 2015. The Best Product Person (TBPP) ris the leading international award honoring excellence in Product Management.

Many Entrepreneurs Are Too Busy, But Not Productive

Startup Professionals Musings

That’s productivity. That is a huge hit on productivity. For insight, I recommend the details provided in a new book “ The 5 Choices: The Path to Extraordinary Productivity, ” by Kory Kogon, Adam Merrill, and Leena Rinne. Practice productivity planning with your key team members.

8 Ways to Unleash A Team’s Maximum Productive Power

Startup Professionals Musings

Leaders who are able to optimize these find multipliers of 20 percent up to nine times the average productivity. Organizational silos, limited spans of control, and too many layers of management can dramatically reduce the productivity of even your best people.

How to Launch a Product: A Startup-Friendly Process

View from Seed

Did we think through how to launch a product in the first place? Luckily, the good folks at Driftt put together this great SlideShare, detailing how companies can be strategic and thoughtful about their product launch plans. How To Launch A Product: 7 Tips To Drive Demand from Driftt. The post How to Launch a Product: A Startup-Friendly Process appeared first on NextView Ventures. Experts Marketing & Growth Product & Design Resources

The Best Product Person of 2016 is…

The Product Guy

Out of the hundreds of nominations, and amazing finalists, the 7th annual winner of The Best Product Person is … Chris Butler. The Best Product Person (TBPP) is the leading international award honoring excellence in Product Management. Jeremy Horn The Product Guy.

The Keys To Productive Brainstorming

Street Smart Product Manager

In fact, doesn’t “brainstorming meeting” … Continue reading The Keys To Productive Brainstorming. The post The Keys To Productive Brainstorming appeared first on Street Smart Product Manager. New Product Development brainstorming creativity innovationLet’s face it: brainstorming has gotten a bad rap. And deservedly so. How many of us have been part of a “brainstorming meeting” that turned out to be a total waste of time?

6 Ways To Keep Your Team Happier And More Productive

Startup Professionals Musings

For example, the Harvard Business Review a while back included an analysis of hundreds of studies showing an average of 31% higher productivity, 37% higher sales, with creativity three times higher. The challenge is to find the best way to keep everyone on your team happy and productive.

Reuniting Product Management and Lean UX

Grasshopper Herder

We product managers have let ourselves be put into smaller product owner boxes. Product Management User Experience lean UX user experience We''ve been focused on process when the biggest risks are about markets.

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Best Productivity Apps For Entrepreneurs With Too Much To Do

YFS Magazine

These productivity apps aim to help you do that and more. Back Office Grow mobile apps productivity productivity apps productivity toolsThe more time you can spend working on your business, instead of in it — the better.

Experimenting with Product, Price and Market

Instigator Blog

Every startup has to experiment with product, price and market to find the right combination that allows them to scale and win. Last week I wrote about product/market fit […]. But if you find yourself experimenting with all three at the same time, you need to take a step back and evaluate where you’re really at. Lean Startup

Deciding to be a Product Manager

The Product Guy

Out of the hundreds of nominations, and amazing finalists, the 7th annual winner of The Best Product Person is … Chris Butler. The Best Product Person (TBPP) is the leading international award honoring excellence in Product Management. Jeremy Horn The Product Guy.

Product/Market Fit and Lean Analytics

Instigator Blog

In the last couple weeks I’ve read a few great blog posts about product/market fit and the confusion that exists around what it really means. I’d say for many early stage startups, product/market fit is thought of as that point in time when you’ve finally built a product that people use and it’s time to […].

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5 Ways To Boost Productivity And Minimize Negativity

Startup Professionals Musings

These people don’t seem to realize that they are hurting themselves, as well as other people’s productivity, and jeopardize the future of the company they are working for. No startup can afford that huge cost in emotional capital, as well as productivity!

How To Make Your Product Story Successful

Brandanew

Writing product stories, case studies and content in general around your product has one overarching purpose- convince and convert. Or simply be convinced to buy if you’re offering a product for direct sales. This is what you need to make your product story successful.

The Latest Product Management Mentors

The Product Guy

We are very excited to announce The Product Mentor Session 6 has just launched! Since it’s very lean MVP kick-off in 2013, The Product Mentor has grown to 20+ countries and over 800 mentees in our backlog. The Product Mentor is a very exclusive program to be chosen for.

Is This Ex-Googler’s Pre-Product Approach the Fast Track to Product-Market Fit?

View from Seed

Starting in 2009, Savoia began using an approach as an engineering director at Google that helped the tech giant know whether it was about to build the right product for the market … or a product that would flop. AS: Once you have a proven product (i.e.,

Rapid Prototyping for Product Managers

The Product Guy

In a recent live stream from one of our mentors of The Product Mentor , Nis Frome, lead a conversation around “Rapid Prototyping”. We are always looking for more product mentors from all around the world. About The Product Mentor. Better Products. Better Product People.

False Positives and Product / Market Fit

Grasshopper Herder

Which one of these tests will actually tell us if we have the fabled Product / Market Fit? Business Model Lean Startups customer development survey product/market fit startup marketing pyramid survey.io Lean Startup is hard. All we want is to build something people want.

Price of Admission Is An Amazing Product

Feld Thoughts

The second is that price of admission is an amazing product. Indulge me while I go on an amazing product rant from our portfolio. I’ve been using the product for sixty days along with their competitor’s product. Their competitor has raised 10x the amount of money so far (prior to our investment), and the product from the company we invested in, from my own head to head comparison, is amazing, compared to the “meh” product from its competitor.

7 Traits That Define Work Productivity Superstars

Startup Professionals Musings

That's why recognizing, hiring and retaining the most productive people is “job one” for every leader in every business. Highly emotional reactions and outbursts are rarely productive in business environments. business entrepreneurs productivity startup superstars

The Pre-Product Phase

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

One of my big weaknesses as an early stage investor is my eyes glaze over at wireframes, design sketches, photoshop screens, and prose that describes a product. I've pretty much given up investing in products that aren't ready for public use. I really enjoy investing in a business where the product is out in the wild, getting used, and everything else has to be figured out. But I am not good at investing in the figuring out the product stage.

The Curse of Knowledge in Product Design

Instigator Blog

(Powered by LaunchBit ) You know your product best. You know what’s coming next in the product roadmap. Startups are often struck by the Curse of Knowledge, specifically when it comes to product design and development. It becomes so easy to design products based on our own expertise (in those very products) and ignore the fact that we’ve stopped designing with our customer top of mind. Product Management product design product development

The Best in Product Management

The Product Guy

Check out our full-length conversation with Adam Warburton on everything product management from inspiration to advice to a look at the future of the field … and what makes Adam truly The Best Product Person of 2015. The nomination period for The Best Product Person of 2017 has begun!

8 Keys To Moving An Idea From A Product To A Business

Startup Professionals Musings

Too many inventors I know spend their six years or more perfecting the product, and give up in desperation if the business doesn’t then take off overnight. You may be able to invent a product alone, but a business requires partnerships, multiple disciplines, and loyal customers.

Trends in Product Management

The Product Guy

More segments from our conversation with Adam Warburton — and shedding some light onto just exactly what makes Adam truly The Best Product Person of 2015. The Best Product Person (TBPP) is the leading international award honoring excellence in Product Management.

6 Ways Employees Kill Productivity Through Gossip

Startup Professionals Musings

As an entrepreneur, you should treat gossip among the members of your team as a reduction in productivity at best, and at worst, an indication of unhappy, un-empowered, or non-collaborative employees. entrepreneur gossip productivity