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Hey guys, I am looking for OKRs masters who could share their knowledge. In our organization, we’re currently facing the limitations of the OKR framework v. our product-long adoption cycle.What are our constraintsWe’re operating in B2B space where majority of our product improvements need implementation (by the client dev team) on the customer side to work and generate value for the end user (non-technical roles) As a result, new functionality has a quite long adoption cycle (ranging from 3 to 6 months) among existing clients and is usually adopted much faster by new clients. The reason is that existing clients are usually occupied with other stuff in their already running projects and they need to plan their resources & budget for implementing the product improvements. New customer project build time is roughly 3 months Our development cycle length is roughly 2 months (this is now the sweet-spot for us that has the best ratio in overhead vs. value delivered)What are our challenge
Hello, Shiv here. My team focuses on Productboard trial experience and we are re-evaluating how we can help onboard 1st time trial users to help achieve their initial goal within the 1st session.We have few prototypes built that we would like to walkthrough specifically with 5 individuals in our community.We are specifically looking for NON productboard users for a 30-min research call in return for a $30 USD gift card. Thank you in advance for helping us build a better experience : ) Register here
Each month, we typically come together in our Love it or leave it conversations to share what new gadgets or software we love and which we would send back to the discovery phase. However, given the current crisis unfolding in Ukraine, I wanted to take this time to highlight the outpouring of support we are seeing from Productboard and companies around the world. As our CEO, @hubertpalan, said in his LinkedIn post, "This crisis has put immense stress on our employees, families, and friends in Ukraine. We are here to support them and help in any way we can by offering exit routes, time off, housing, psychological support, and by donating money, supplies, resources, and our time."And Productboard is not alone. Companies worldwide are reaching out to assist Ukrainian employees and partners, but there is still so much that can be done to help. Here's a list of charities and organizations that could use our support at this time:Charities in CanadaCanadian Red Cross United Help Ukraine Hungry
Hi all Our platform, ScholarSite (currently going through Y Combinator), is running a live course in mid March with Stanford’s Michael Bernstein on Community-driven Growth for Consumer Apps and we thought it would be of interest to the Product Makers community! The course is targeted at product and growth specialists looking to leverage healthy, online social spaces to drive user acquisition and retention. In particular, you’ll get the following out of the experience: Personalized feedback from Mike on projects you’re working on / challenges you are facing Insights / frameworks that are adopted by some of the world's best community-led platforms - in particular: How to design user growth loops into products How virality and viral content work How to rapidly prototype and design new social experiences Frameworks to overcome growth challenges in online communities A network of professionals from leading companies that are also looking to master community-led growth in their role
Hello makers, medical device hardware product management is an under represented group online. I am reaching out in product makers to see who else out there is making product that literally saves lives through medical devices. If we get enough medical makers we may even get our own group here in product makers. Hopefully you are out there and that we can connect.
Last week @JeremyAlexander announced the new Amplitude integration, which allows you to marry qualitative and quantitative data in a single place to serve customers better. Are you an Amplitude user? Please let us know in the poll below. In addition, if you are currently using Amplitude, please share a feature or aspect of the software that you would recommend our community members explore.If you want to learn more about these new capabilities, please join us for one of our live training sessions on March 2. One is in Europe and one in North America.
Hi Product Makers! I’m Hubert, the Founder & CEO of Productboard 👋I’m doing an AMA Tomorrow (February 24) here in our Product Makers community. I’ll be taking your questions about product discovery, customer centricity, and Product Excellence. Each of these are things I view as important when building great products.I’d love to hear your questions, what you’re dealing with as product people, where your challenges are, and what questions you’d like to have me address during our AMA. Drop them in the thread below and we’ll make sure to include as many as we can during our event.See you tomorrow,Hubert
This is part of our bi-weekly series profiling some of our community members at Product Makers. If you’re interested in reading others, check out our previous Featured Makers.This week we’re featuring @abourjaily, who’s a Product Manager at KPA. Starting in Product ManagementHow'd you get started making products that matter?My product career started after working a few years in more customer-facing roles. When I graduated college, I worked as a software support specialist for 2.5 years and followed that with a role in software consulting and project management for another 2.5 years. Growing my career from the perspective of the user has provided insights into what makes the user happy! What's one piece of advice you wish you'd had when you started working in product?There have been many insights that I've uncovered or received while growing my career. I think the most powerful advice I have ever received was something I got early in my career as a software support specialist: "You do
Minimum Viable Product ….It’s a phrase we’ve heard a million times before; heck, most of us have said it that many times (and more) throughout our careers - but what does it mean to you? Does it mean:That your scope is going to cut a lot of long-term goals to get it to the market? That you are looking at the minimum a product should have before it’s marketable? That your scope is isolated to penetrating the market as soon as possible and iteration will clear the way for the long-term? Or a combination of all of these and a few more? Feel free to add your own definition. Personally, I think it’s a combination of the above and “based on other factors.” Not all MVPs are equal - depending on their objective, their industry, and what’s going to be driven based on the results of your MVP. But I am curious to hear how you define your MVPs - what factors play into the scope the most?
One thing I tell Product Managers working under my leadership is that 90% (or more) of the job is about communication. This is not something that I've invented, of course, we have all heard and read about this many times. But how hard do we focus on communication improvement for our Product work? Or do we focus on it at all? Is there any time where we are focused thinking about how to improve communication with our teams?I've been thinking about it recently, and we do have a lot of things one needs to learn when starting to work as a Product Manager, but do we really emphasize how important it is to have good communication, ability to build dialogue between different teams, manage a lot of information and keep everyone with the right context?A lot of the tools and frameworks we have are meant to help us with communication. I wonder if sometimes if we don't end up focusing more on the tools and frameworks other than the big problem which is plain and simple communication.What do you th
Productboard recently launched the Product Management Upskill Lab to equip product people with the knowledge they need to to build smarter and faster! 🎉In the Product Management Upskill Lab you’ll find:Strategies for becoming a strong product leader Helpful articles and ebooks on Product management 101 A library of on-demand webinars Whether you’re a new PM or a tenured product leader, this virtual learning library will help you elevate your skills and career. 🚀
Product managers have many responsibilities and skillsets, from understanding user problems to rallying everyone around a roadmap.And while we all have skill sets that could use some improvement (we'll get to that in a moment) today, I want us to take a moment to celebrate what we do well. So what is your product management superpower? Are you a courageous collaborator or a superior product strategist? Let us know in the poll below.If you're looking for ways to improve those skill sets that need a little love, register for this free AMA to hear expert tips on how to improve your product IQ and advance your career.
For those unfamiliar with OKRs, I found this article by Christina Wodtke enlightening. She breaks it down like this, "The objective is qualitative and aspirational and key results are measurable signs the objective has been met. You want qualitative and quantitative goals in order to inspire people who are motivated by vision and people who are motivated by numbers."In last week's roundtable, I raised the question of OKRs and how others checked in with their progress more frequently than once a quarter. I've worked with quarterly goals in the past and have found that I need more frequent check-ins, or I tend to lose sight of my goals and get distracted by a new idea or problem to solve.Christina gave this recommendation that resonated with me, "You set an Objective so that people do not forget to work on what is important strategically but not urgent. You add Key Results to quantify success. You manage it with the monday commitments and friday celebrations to make sure all that other s
Hi Product Makers!I'm gathering questions for a new video series and would love your input.What questions do you have for the Productboard team around their discovery process? This is your chance to get a behind-the-scenes look at how Productboard operates, so don't be shy. Thanks for your participation, and I look forward to reading your questions!
On Feb 15, the best-selling author, speaker, and consultant Geoffrey A. Moore will be speaking at Lean Product Lean UX Silicon Valley.Moore’s work has been focused on disruptive innovations and he has established himself as an influential tech advisor on the topic of innovation.In his well-known books, Inside the Tornado and Crossing the Chasm he outlined the Technology Adoption Life Cycle (TALC) and shared insights into how products and services are adopted, the buying personalities within each stage, and challenges that companies face as they transition from early adopters to mainstream customers. And in his follow-up Zone to Win, he shared ideas about what it takes to win in today’s competitive and disruptive business environment and how to create innovative products.Being able to effectively identify where your technology is at on the curve and how best to respond is key to minimizing the risk and impact of change. And Geoffrey will share insights into the TALC, how other organizat
Hello! 👋I'm at the very early stages of developing a framework that product leaders can use to improve how they develop, align, research / iterate, and communicate their company's Product (portfolio) Vision & Strategy. I know, myself, and have heard from others, that this can be a painful process.I'm doing some research to learn about other product leaders’ current process / tools, goals, and challenges. I’m hoping to speak with 5 folks (45-min interviews) that fit the following criteria:Role / level: VP / SVP of Product Management, VP / SVP of Product Design, CPO Product maturity: Product is viewed as core to business Company size: 1,000+ employees In-house (no consultancies or agencies for this round)As a way of saying thank you, once I create the framework I'll share all of the resources, tools, and guides with you so that you / your team can put them to use. Are you interested? Schedule your interview with me here🙌 🙏
The Talk Product category is the place to chat about the craft of product.Have a product-related question? Unsure of how to tackle a challenge you’re having? Curious on how others are solving things or what tools and approaches they are using? This is your place.Search our existing questions Ask what you want to learn about Share best practices and tell stories about how you’re doing your product work Chime in and share your wisdom and knowledge with othersWe all get better and float the boat when we’re vulnerable, share, and lean in to help one another. p.s. here are no “dumb questions”. We’ve all been there, struggled, conquered, and we get better together.Post your first topic
Relationship experts often talk about love languages – the different ways that a couple strengthens and enhances their partnership. Product leaders can easily apply these concepts to help their teams and the wider business collaborate more effectively.In this post, the Productboard team shares four valuable lessons about working together to help your team build products that customers truly love.After reading the post, vote for the love language that you feel has the most positive impact on product teams. It would also be helpful if you could share an example of how leadership is excelling in one of these areas at your organization. These stories and tips are so helpful to the community!
This is part of our bi-weekly series profiling some of our community members at Product Makers. If you’re interested in reading others, check out our previous Featured Makers.This week we’re featuring @jrmatthews, who’s a Customer Experience Analyst at DataRobot. 📣 Starting in Product ManagementHow'd you get started making products that matter?I started at a tiny EdTech startup, where our mission was to divest from prestigious universities and match students to schools where they could graduate debt-free. I combed through student survey responses to learn who our users were, and what they prioritized in their education. I prototyped our UX in accordance with this user input. I’m now building on this experience at DataRobot, where I work on the Product Planning team, managing DataRobot’s Productboard workspace and using the feedback we collect in Productboard for deep qualitative research on our users and buyers. What's one piece of advice you wish you'd had when you started working in
If you were to teach or mentor someone looking to work in product management, what would be the first three things concepts you’d work on with them and why?I keep coming back to:The value of talking to customers and doing ongoing customer discovery. To me it’s super important to shape an understanding of the problems, needs, and pains of customers. The importance of prioritization. Especially with a focus on outcomes, not outputs, and how to choose. How to effectively execute. The importance of collaboration, constant learning and adjustment, and being able to tell the story of your product. What would be in your list?
“The key is not to prioritize what’s on your schedule, but to schedule your priorities”– Stephen Covey, author of the 7 habits of highly effective people I thought this was an important reminder as we begin the week. Feel free to share a quote or message that inspires you in the comments below. ✨
If you’re a current or aspiring product leader, register for Productboard’s February 23rd AMA to uncover tips for improving your product IQ, strategies for advancing your career, and tactics for applying new skills. In this interactive AMA session, you can get your questions answered live by these highly experienced product leaders: Misha AbasovMisha is an operationally-minded business leader and entrepreneur with a passion for building great products and orchestrating delightful customer experiences. In 2016, Misha co-founded Hazel, an award-winning platform for companies to develop and enable their people managers, where he led Product and Customer Success. In 2019, Hazel was acquired by Rise, an all-in-one People Platform. Misha is currently the VP of Product at Rise. Petra WillePetra is an independent product leadership coach and author of STRONG Product People who’s been helping product teams boost their skill sets and up their game since 2013. Alongside her freelance work, Petra
Do you work with a product operations manager? 🗳 See how many of your fellow product mangers work with a product ops manager in the poll below.If you want to learn more about how the product ops and product management functions differ and overlap, you can check out this informative blog post from the Productboard team. 🤓
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