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Explainers

Natural Language Processing – Practical Applications of NLP for Product Teams

With ad-funded models increasingly looking like a risky strategic decision for some product verticals at least, consumers have shown more willingness to pay for digital products and services they feel are valuable enough to do so. And with that, let’s take a look at some alternative business models you might want to explore.

DevRel Explained for Product Managers

Developers are, and always will be, a critical part of product development. Not just because engineers are the ones actually building the products we use, but also because getting the engineering community on board as evangelists for your product can make or break your success.

How to Create a Product Vision Statement

It goes without saying that your product vision should ultimately link back to your product’s overall value proposition. Sure, it doesn’t have to be explicitly obvious that your vision fits within a specific industry domain, but it makes no sense to come up with a vision so random that people feel confused by the mismatch between the vision statement and the company.

Strategy

Alternative Product Business Models

With ad-funded models increasingly looking like a risky strategic decision for some product verticals at least, consumers have shown more willingness to pay for digital products and services they feel are valuable enough to do so. And with that, let’s take a look at some alternative business models you might want to explore.

Product Principles – Examples for Product Managers

Product principles are used by product teams to help guide decision making. They may initially feel like a nebulous corporate waste of time, but once you’ve invested some time in developing them, you’ll rarely wish you didn’t.

How to Conduct a Product Health Check

Product strategy isn’t simply about clear decision making; before you can even begin to make any decisions about the direction of your product, you need to spend some time in diagnostic mode where you try to build a big picture snapshot of the health of your product.

How to Keep on top of Trends that Matter to Product Managers

Of all the different trends that product managers need to be aware of, technical trends are some of the most difficult, since the space is constantly evolving and no one is ever sure whether a new technology is actually going to become widely adopted, or whether it’s just another flash in the pan.

Process

How to Structure your Day Using Energy Levels as a Product Manager

With product management often requiring a diverse bunch of different skill sets, it can be overwhelming to try to structure your day in a way that optimises each of the activities these skill sets are used for. What’s the best way to manage the tasks a PM might typically be required to do in a day? Let’s find out.

How to Build Products Quickly

If you’ve ever had the joys of working in both an early stage startup and a large corporation, you’ll understand the difference between a company with an operating cadence of ‘run’ and a company with an operating cadence of ‘stay afloat before the quicksand of corporate bureaucratic sludge kills you’.

Skills

Negotiation Skills for Product Managers

Negotiation is a fundamental part of a product manager’s life. So it’s probably worth spending a bit of time understanding the different types of negotiation and how you can excel as a negotiator in day to day product management.

Modern ways to create Product Requirements Documents

It’s helpful to think of your requirements as contextual vs. functional. For the purpose of this post, we’re going to focus on mainly functional requirements, assuming that your product strategy and roadmap are agreed. But that doesn’t mean that your functional requirements documents won’t acknowledge – and link to – your wider strategy, too.

5 Visual Design Principles for Product Managers

This summary is for product managers and tech workers with no formal design skills who want to brush up on their design sense and learn some basic design principles, so that they can have more confident conversations when working with design teams.

Podcasts

Product Stacks – Episode 8 – Vik Bharadwaj at Wayfair

Vik Bharadwaj is a Senior Product Manager for Wayfair Mobile apps leading engagement and retention initiatives along with optimizing for conversion. Prior to joining Wayfair, Vik was a senior product manager at Peapod Digital Labs, an Ahold Delhaize USA Company.

Product Stacks – Episode 7 – Mohana Cherukuri at EA Games

Mohana Cherukuri is a product manager at EA games working in the developer platform team, responsible for building tools that can be used inside EA games. Prior to EA Games, Mohana worked at Booking.com and Amazon, and has a background in software engineering.

Product Stacks – Episode 6 – Aishwarya Murali at Amazon

Aishwarya Murali is principal product manager at Amazon where she builds products to support the ecommerce seller experience. Prior to Amazon, Aishwarya worked as a Technical Product Manager at Expedia and spent time in management roles in Expedia and Dell.

Resources

Tools for making better product decisions

A good decision can lead to bad results, but so long as the steps you took to make that decision were sound, you can sleep safe at night knowing that you took the best action based on what you knew at the time.

Career development

All articles

Natural Language Processing – Practical Applications of NLP  for Product Teams

Natural Language Processing – Practical Applications of NLP for Product Teams

With ad-funded models increasingly looking like a risky strategic decision for some product verticals at least, consumers have shown more willingness to pay for digital products and services they feel are valuable enough to do so. And with that, let’s take a look at some alternative business models you might want to explore.

Alternative Product Business Models

Alternative Product Business Models

With ad-funded models increasingly looking like a risky strategic decision for some product verticals at least, consumers have shown more willingness to pay for digital products and services they feel are valuable enough to do so. And with that, let’s take a look at some alternative business models you might want to explore.

How to Structure your Day Using Energy Levels as a Product Manager

How to Structure your Day Using Energy Levels as a Product Manager

With product management often requiring a diverse bunch of different skill sets, it can be overwhelming to try to structure your day in a way that optimises each of the activities these skill sets are used for. What’s the best way to manage the tasks a PM might typically be required to do in a day? Let’s find out.

Product Principles – Examples for Product Managers

Product Principles – Examples for Product Managers

Product principles are used by product teams to help guide decision making. They may initially feel like a nebulous corporate waste of time, but once you’ve invested some time in developing them, you’ll rarely wish you didn’t.

How to Conduct a Product Health Check

How to Conduct a Product Health Check

Product strategy isn’t simply about clear decision making; before you can even begin to make any decisions about the direction of your product, you need to spend some time in diagnostic mode where you try to build a big picture snapshot of the health of your product.

DevRel Explained for Product Managers

DevRel Explained for Product Managers

Developers are, and always will be, a critical part of product development. Not just because engineers are the ones actually building the products we use, but also because getting the engineering community on board as evangelists for your product can make or break your success.

How to Build Products Quickly

How to Build Products Quickly

If you’ve ever had the joys of working in both an early stage startup and a large corporation, you’ll understand the difference between a company with an operating cadence of ‘run’ and a company with an operating cadence of ‘stay afloat before the quicksand of corporate bureaucratic sludge kills you’.

Accessibility Checklist for Product Teams

Accessibility Checklist for Product Teams

Why accessibility can no longer be treated as an afterthoughtAccessibility is the practice of improving the usability of your products for a broad audience. When product teams hear the word “accessibility” they may think first of people with physical conditions: low...

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