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Signs Your Product May Not Be Great

Are you wondering why your products are not scaling? These three reasons might be whyPhoto by Fernando Arcos on PexelsA quality product is one that delivers on its promises and more, during an extended period. A study by FirstInsight clearly shows that the quality of a product is becoming more important than its price when people make a purchasing decision,...

Five Ways to Validate Your Idea Without Building an MVP

Simple and easy techniques to test out your business idea without investingImage: martin-wilner-J1ActGs9Qzg-unsplashDon’t you love it when you go about your mundane life and an idea strikes you like lightning! Or when you are struggling with a problem, and you find a unique solution. And it makes you think, “Would people pay for this?”Some of you might...

Decision Quality vs. Decision Outcome: How Do You Know You’ve Made a Good Decision?

Photo by Victoriano Izquierdo on UnsplashThink of the most recent product decision you made. Was it a good decision to conduct more customer research, skip usability testing or implement that item from your roadmap?How do you know if it was a good decision? What makes a good decision? And what differentiates a good from a bad decision — its outcome...

The Roadmap Dilemma

Your roadmap will change. That’s given. On the other hand, it takes so much time and effort to build one. Is it still worth it?Photo by Dom J from PexelsLast week, R, a product strategy consultant, called me for advice regarding one of his customers. The company he was working for was pivoting to a new direction and, as part of the process, needed to...

A Product Doesn’t Have to be Unique to Succeed

Disruption demands respect for all aspects of business and customer experiencePhoto by Lightspring from ShutterstockEvery business should be disruptive, or it will become extinct soon — this is what we are told on every corner. Startup failure rates can sweep anyone off their feet (according to Failory, it’s 90%). Embarrassed by the numbers, founders...

Launch Your Business Idea With These Simple Steps

Product development lifecycle, simplifiedPhoto by Daniel Öberg on UnsplashDo you have an idea you want to turn into a business and don’t know where to start? Here are a few steps that will kick-start your journey. I pulled these from product management 101 and The Lean Startup book, which I highly recommend reading. I summarized it, and I am sharing...

Driving Toward Better Business Outcomes With Discovery

Every good product manager knows we should be talking to customers early and often, so we can understand their needs, desires, pain points and preferences. When we don’t have these conversations, the results are apparent: features nobody uses, products that don’t meet customer needs, etc. Talking to real or potential users is the way to get a deeper...

Why My First Startup Idea Failed

Mistakes I will never repeat again in a productPhoto by Sarah Kilian on UnsplashA few years ago, I had a business idea. One night, as I was falling asleep, it struck me like lightning. And it made me jump out of bed and grab a piece of random cardboard to write down the idea. The more I thought about it, the more I became passionate about it. I told...

Your Week as a PM

Photo by Estée Janssens on UnsplashOne of the most common questions aspiring PMs ask is, “What does your typical day look like?” There is no typical day for a PM. At best, you can get to a typical week. This will be filled with meetings, calls, backlog grooming sessions, customer calls, etc. If you are a PM, you already know how precious your time is....

10 Learning Tools to Kick-Start Your Junior PM Career

As a junior PM, I craved opportunities and ownership. But the reality was, there were many people more qualified than I was for the tasks. “How do I get a chance?” was a thought I battled with.Something that helped me was learning tools. I requested access to every tool I heard about: analytics, project management, CMS … and I worked out how to use...

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