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Influencing Stakeholders

5 ways that poker will make you better at product management

Playing poker is often frowned upon as frivolous gambling. In reality, it can teach you invaluable lessons that will make you a better product manager.

Tommi Forsström – PM Insider
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Collaboration

How product managers can tame fires and win friends

To survive in a high-growth environment, you must learn to prioritize and get your team onboard so that they're focused on the strategic direction of the company.

Zheng Li – PM Insider
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Scale

5 things that agile organizations needs for their squads and guilds to soar

Here are a few things that need to be in place before you scale the popular product organization structure and reach your maximum potential.

Tommi Forsström – PM Insider
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Tips & Tactics

Three diseases your product can catch (and how to prevent them)

Sometimes even when the vision for your product is clear starting out, it gets foggy as you encounter too many shiny opportunities, diluting the focus you need to deliver cohesive products. Here are the 3 most common product diseases that you may encounter, along with their most common symptoms and the preventive actions you can take.

Radhika Dutt – Radical
User Insights

Be fearful when you hear the word "validate"

"Seek to be informed, not validated." These words were taped up in the viewing room of every focus group room and usability lab built at Netflix as a reminder to eager observers who were seeking knowledge from guests: listen with an open mind, not simply for validation of your idea.

Dr. Joel Mier – LinkedIn
Experimentation

"Fail fast" in software design is a myth

Software success hinges on a lottery-like collection of variables: the right product with the right features for the right audience in the right market. If you’re even a little bit off in your planning, you can end up wasting time and resources, and potentially putting your company in a very difficult situation. Here’s why “failing fast” isn’t always the best approach when it comes to software design

Aarron Walter – Fast Company
Data-Driven Decision-Making

Product management from first principles

First principles are a key part of a product manager’s thought process when tackling complex problems, where there may be many variables or assumptions in place. When used effectively they allow you to scientifically solve problems and create solutions.

Philip Pantelides - Science Not Ego
Lean

Your customers hate MVPs. Build SLCs instead.

Product teams have been repeating the MVP (Minimum Viable Product) mantra for a decade now, without re-evaluating whether it’s the right way to maximize learning while pleasing the customer. Well, it’s not the best system. It’s selfish and it hurts customers. At least, that’s according to WP Engine’s product team, and here’s why.

Jason Cohen – a smart bear

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