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Hello Product Makers! Here's what's happening this week in the community:Monday:Kick off your week by telling us what you're working on and hope to achieve this week. Have any blockers? Let us know how we can help.Tuesday:Scott and I will be sharing links to our favorite product-related blog posts, podcasts, and resources of the week in our new Reads and listens category. Please share your finds as well!Wednesday:Want to see yourself at the top of our Product Makers leaderboard? Join us on Wednesday for our leaderboard challenge! We'll see who can earn the most points in one day by taking actions such as creating a topic, posting a reply, or even giving a like. Thursday: Join us for "Lean UX AMA: Designing great products with agile teams" with Jeff Gothelf. In this AMA, you'll get a chance to ask Jeff your questions and hear his thoughts on how you can increase collaboration, improve outcomes, streamline your feedback process, reduce time-to-market, and deliver products that matter
Hello Product Makers! Here's what's happening this week in the community:Monday: Kick off your week by telling us what you're working on and hope to achieve this week. If you registered for our new Meet a Maker program, be on the lookout for your match! Tuesday: Scott and I will be sharing links to our favorite product-related blog posts, podcasts, and resources of the week in our new Reads and listens category. Please share your finds as well! Wednesday: Join us at 8 AM PT for "Putting the messenger back into the message" with Ethan Beute, followed by our first community Roundtable event at 9 AM PT. On Wednesday, our latest Featured Maker article will be published just in time for your mid-week community perusing. You can check out our past Featured Makers. Thursday: Check in with your fellow community members through our weekly poll. Last week we asked you your favorite new Productboard feature from 2021, and it's not too late to cast your vote. Friday- We'll wrap up the week
It was a big week in the Product Makers community! We launched our Product Makers roundtable series and our Meet a Maker program this week. We started both programs to help members connect and to learn best practices from others in our community. You can read about each program below.Product Makers roundtablesOur first roundtable is scheduled for Wed, Jan 12, 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM PT, and you can register here. Space is limited to 25 participants, so make sure to register today! Meet a Maker: connect with other Product Makers 1:1With Meet a Maker, you can opt-in to get automatically matched with other members of the Product Makers community and meet via 1:1 video chats at a time that works for your schedule. It’s a really fun program that I think you’ll enjoy! Sign up here. Featured discussionsThanks to @Ash for asking this interesting question about product teams and @david.morgan for jumping in with some great suggestions. And thanks to @jpfromblackbear for reaching out and asking how
Welcome to the January edition of Maker Matters, a monthly digest about our Product Makers community.Product thoughtIt’s 2022. A fresh start. A new year.Stephen Walker and I recently wrote about the 6 trends that will shape product management in 2022. As we said in the article wrap up “those that face the challenges with a clear vision, a coaching mindset, collaborative approach, strong leadership, and smart supporting tools will be well placed to succeed”.It also takes a community. A community of people you can lean on for perspective, ideas, knowledge, and taking the time personally to lean in and help each other be better. That community may be peers that you work with, or people in your local region, or those in an online community like this one.This year, I encourage you to find your tribe, your network, and your people. Let them know you’re there for them. Remind them that they aren’t alone. Help them grow. And give them the support they need to succeed in 2022.Community updatesN
We’ve heard from many of you that you’re looking for opportunities to meet others in the community, form tighter connections, build relationships, and share your product experiences with one another.To help with this, we’re introducing a new program called Meet a Maker.With Meet a Maker you can opt-in to get automatically matched with other members of the Product Makers community and meet via 1:1 video chats at a time that works for your schedule. You can use this time to:Meet others, network, and make new friends Discuss product challenges and share best practicesCheck out our Meet a Maker how-to guide to learn more about this program.Join today: Sign up: https://meetamaker.meetsy.io/ Enter information about yourself The system will automatically match you every other week on Monday for a 30-minute 1:1 video meeting with someone in the community. Our first matches happen Monday, January 10, 2022. We want this to be a safe space for people to connect and meet. Please ensure you ar
2022 will soon be upon us, so let’s take a moment to reflect on our achievements, moments, and things that happened in our community since we launched on June 30, 2021.What we accomplished togetherAs many of you may know, we moved our community from our small customer-only Slack to this public forum. While not everyone came along or always stayed around, most of you did and we also got a chance to expose our community to a much larger audience and welcomed many new faces and grew to 2671 people.Visitors: 30,000+ Most popular referral source: LinkedIn Day with most new members: September 16: 177 folks joined the community Most popular category: Using Productboard Topic with most replies: What’s in your Q4 product reading list Most liked topic: Feature description templates (labs) release - 37 likes Most active company: Zendesk and Outsystems (tied) Most popular dangerous animal when joining: WoLF (followed by RHiNO, HiPPO, and ZEbRA and Seagull) - check out our The Dangerous Animals of
Welcome to the December edition of Maker Matters, a monthly digest about our Product Makers community.Product thoughtRoadmaps are like the weather. 🌦I was in a Reddit thread this week when this reply came up and it got me thinking.In our Product Excellence eBook The Building Blocks of Excellent Product Roadmaps we note that a roadmap is a strategic communications tool, a statement of intent and direction (not just what you’re doing, but why you’re doing it) and it helps rally the whole organization around the key problems that need to be solved to achieve your product vision.Simply put, it’s not just a picture, it’s an output of a whole bunch of work that happens before that including understanding user needs and determining what to build.Maybe the person that made this comment perceives a roadmap to be a list of things that a team will deliver (it’s not). But maybe it was simply a reflection of the fact that everything in your roadmap will not play out in a logical and predictable wa
Thank you everyone who voted Productboard as Best Roadmapping Solution in the 2021 Proddy Awards! We’ve shipped a handful of major updates this year including new timeline roadmaps with dependencies and time horizons that let you share timeline roadmaps with your stakeholders. More exciting updates on the way.Want to learn more? Check out the videos below: Overview of Productboard’s roadmaps Overview of new time horizons for timeline roadmaps
Welcome to the November edition of Maker Matters, a monthly digest about our Product Makers community.Product thoughtMy Apple Magic Mouse battery died today while I was trying to show a colleague something. Because the charging port is on the bottom of the mouse you can’t use it while it charges, so I then had to spend some time moving stuff around on my desk to get my laptop where I could use the trackpad instead. While I don’t run into this often when I do it feels like a bad product. As Scott Berkun once wrote, “No one makes bad products on purpose, and yet we have so many of them in our lives”. My guess is Apple never intended to build a bad mouse, but they forgot about the customer at the other end of it who’s really just trying to get some work done and now can’t.As Hubert Palan, our CEO said at the Web Summit this past week “Building exceptional product experiences requires a deep understanding of the people we are building the products for. And the better we understand them the
Meet @david.morgan who’s one of our Product Makers Ambassadors. 🎉Ambassadors are passionate product makers that are interested in helping us continue to grow this community into the destination for product makers to connect, grow their product knowledge and practices, and solidify their use of Productboard as their ‘command center’.We’re excited to have David helping us out.Get to know DavidDavid is a Product Manager at GrowPath and is based in North Carolina, USA. He’s been in product management for 5 years, building successful features and products in the telephony and legal tech industries. David focuses on being data-driven while keeping the user in mind. Why did you want to get involved as an Ambassador?I’ve helped grow many communities that involved some of my closest hobbies. Product Management is a “near and dear” hobby and profession for me. Product Makers is an up-and-coming community that is driven to help share knowledge and experience while connecting to other product mak
Meet @Hasso who’s one of our Product Makers Ambassadors. 🎉Ambassadors are passionate product makers that are interested in helping us continue to grow this community into the destination for product makers to connect, grow their product knowledge and practices, and solidify their use of Productboard as their ‘command center’.We’re excited to have Hassan helping us out.Get to know HassanHassan lives in Prague and works as a CSM at Rossum AI. Prior to stepping into CS, Hassan studied computer engineering but found he didn’t like coding so decided to shift careers. He’s since continued working for SaaS companies and previously was a CSM at Productboard for 2 years and has a wealth of experience with the product and working with product managers that should be helpful to our community. In the future, Hassan is hoping to eventually move into a Product Management role.Why did you want to get involved as an Ambassador? As a Productboard alumnus, I believe in Productboard’s goal to help other
Meet @ashivory who’s one of our Product Makers Ambassadors. 🎉Ambassadors are passionate product makers that are interested in helping us continue to grow this community into the destination for product makers to connect, grow their product knowledge and practices, and solidify their use of Productboard as their ‘command center’.We’re excited to have Ash helping us out.Get to know AshAsh Ivory is the Head of Product at Askable. Most days you will find Ash asking the hard questions in an easy way, splitting hairs over good user experience (don’t worry, they studied graphic design), dodging gender norms (they’re openly queer), helping their product team to find and solve the right problems (Ash is passionate about building a great product), upskilling the office in brewing coffee (coffee, err, that's all). Oh, and riding their motorcycle (it's basically meditation).Why did you want to get involved as an Ambassador? Community is hugely important to all aspects of my life. Whether that be
Did you know that Productboard won a 2020 Proddy award for Best Roadmap Product? It’s not our first award in the roadmap space and we’re proud to have the customer-centric product management platform that helps you create real-time, tailored roadmaps to align teams and reflect customer insights.We’re up for another Proddy this year and we’d love to get your vote. If you love our roadmapping and the many new capabilities we’ve added this year like like these:user impact score and tags on roadmap feature cards dependencies + lines and conflicts color-coded objectives by theme roadmap legend custom field swimlanes roadmap comments (Labs) time horizons and the ability to communicate high-level dates see who’s visited your roadmap (Labs)We’d love to get your vote!👉 Vote here for Productboard
Our Product Makers community has been nominated for the Best New Community award for the 2022 Community Industry Awards. We couldn’t be more thrilled!We need your help and votes!Vote for our community it takes just a second and you only need to vote once!Look for us under ProductboardWe appreciate your support in helping us grow awareness of this community and for making it your home for growing your product practices and knowledge of Productboard.
Welcome to the October edition of Maker Matters, a monthly digest about our Product Makers community. We’ve got a ton to share, so let’s dive in!Product thought 💭Seth Godin wrote a great piece this month on the two mistakes around competition. I’m just going to quote it all here as I loved the perspective:Sometimes we assume that our competitors are far smarter than we are, better informed and harder working.And sometimes we assume that they’re clueless, lazy and hapless.Neither is true.Every product maker, regardless of your role in product, has to consider the competition. It’s simply one of the constraints of business and seldom do you find a company that enjoys a monopoly position.As Marty Cagan once wrote “many companies resort to a cat and mouse game with their competitors. They stress over each other, they chase each other’s features, and they try to market against each other’s weaknesses. All of these responses to me only serve to distract them from what they really need to
Join a global audience of thousands of product leaders and product managers at the Product Excellence Summit 2021 on October 26-27. Learn how product leaders from Figma, Amplitude, LaunchDarkly, Tier Mobility, Miro, TrueAccord, FullStory, Loom, Sprout Social, Heap Analytics, Twitter, OutSystems, Twilio Segment, Willow, Calendly, and Productboard are building customer-driven products, transforming their organizations, and accelerating the pace of product innovation.Enjoy a mix of live presentations, panel discussions, and Q&As with inspirational product leaders over two half-days. And if you’re a Productboard customer join our Customer Summit Day on October 25 and take in sessions and hands-on clinics to help you get the most from Productboard.REGISTER FOR FREE
Welcome to the September edition of Maker Matters, a monthly digest about our Product Makers community.I’m a little late with this issue as I took a couple of weeks off and am just catching up. It was great to get some time away and I hope each of you had a fantastic wrap to August.A thoughtSix months from now, what will you wish you had spent time on today?Being a product maker is a busy role. You have a lot that you’re juggling and managing and that sometimes means that we can lose sight of the bigger picture. So think about the above question and contextualize if you’re making the right decisions today that get you to your desired outcomes. While we may have long days we also have short years, and six months from now isn’t that far away.Upcoming eventsWe’re launching the first of our community events this week. Check out and get registered for our two-day mini-conference September 22-24 called Growing Strong Product Makers. Come join us and gain valuable product learnings, meet othe
We’re running our first mini-conference for our Product Makers community. The theme is Growing Strong Product Makers. We have some great speakers sharing their expertise on a variety of topics that can help you be a better product maker whether you are a PM, product leader, or collaborating with others working in product.We’ve focussed the days with short half-hour sessions that leave you time to balance event attendance with your workday. Come join us and gain valuable product learnings, meet others, and head back to work feeling inspired and ready to put into action what you’ve learned.REGISTER NOW AgendaHere’s what we have planned for you:Sep 22, 2021 8:00am PTLisa Mo Wagnerhttps://www.linkedin.com/in/lisamowagner Strategic soft skills for PMsYou can learn a framework like OKRs for example, but to be the best product leader you need more than that! You need the strategic skills to lead without authority, to inspire and to empower. Let’s talk about how to become the most successful p
Welcome to the August edition of Maker Matters, a monthly digest about our Product Makers community. Summer is here 😎🌴Welcome to all of you that have joined over the past month. With the summer we tend to see things slow down in our community (who wouldn’t rather be outside and in the sun, travelling somewhere, or exploring a new hobby?). Personally I’m looking forward to some time off soon, and we hope you’re getting a chance to enjoy some time outside this summer and stay safe throughout this continued pandemic. We’re excited to have you all back this September!What’s new 👨💻 Have a peer working in Product Marketing? Invite them to our community and have them join our new Product Marketing group. We’re interested in learning how your product marketing team works with you, how you collaborate with one-another, and Productboard day-to-day. We’ve made some small changes to the community settings so posts now automatically close for comments after 90 days of inactivity rather than
Welcome to the first edition of Maker Matters, a monthly digest about our Product Makers community. We hope you find it helpful.Wrap up 👨💻 1000+ Product MakersWe just crossed 1000+ people in our new community and it only took 8 days! 🎉Considering many were off for Canada Day in Canada 🇨🇦, the Fourth of July in the US 🇺🇸, and other European holidays we are pretty happy so many of you took the time to join us in our first week. Thank you to everyone that joined so far and shared an introduction, question, or started a discussion.Want to share the community with a friend or colleague? Just fill out our handy referral and we’ll get them an invite (and you’ll also get a thank you from us when they signup).Groups 👏Over the last couple weeks we've added some new groups to the community including our remote-only, product operations, and London groups. So far our Womxn in product group is leading the way.Our groups are dedicated spaces for people to collaborate, share, and engage with
We’ve added a new category for introductions. While the thread approach was interesting, it missed an opportunity for others to chime in when new people joined (many remarked that they didn’t want to interrupt things and could only like when new folks joined the community).I encourage you to follow the Introductions category and say hello to new people joining. A couple of things to note:The introductions category and topics aren’t viewable by non-registered users Introductions aren’t available via search (hidden intentionally) and also aren’t indexed by search engines.
Because product management is a team sport.Like any sport, product management demands a clear strategy, good communication, and seamless collaboration to beat ever-changing challenges. Too often, there’s a gap between customer needs, product discovery, and product development. To “win,” everyone needs to know all the plays and why. No one can afford delays or not passing the correct information over to the right teammate. With a missed pass at a crucial time, teams miss the shot and lose the championship. Productboard offers 17 integrations like Salesforce (Opportunities - new), Jira, Zendesk, Slack, Clubhouse.io (new), Microsoft Teams, and open APIs, so you can: Enhance the value of existing customer and product data with data-driven prioritization Improve productivity by connecting existing workflows Keep stakeholders aligned Learn more and see what’s new Make data-driven product decisionsWith integrations like Zendesk, Slack, and Intercom, teams seamlessly capture customer feedb
An increasing number of product organizations are turning to product operations (product ops) to optimize their workflows and collaboration. Our recent survey of product managers and leaders revealed that 39% of teams now have a product ops function, and 45% of these teams with a product ops function created the role in the past year. Productboard CEO Hubert Palan penned a byline for Forbes Tech Council about the role of product ops in an increasingly distributed world. Check it out to see why this up-and-coming role is more relevant than ever, and share your thoughts about it!Read The Role Of Product Ops In Successful Distributed Teams
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