Using Pricing to Inform Your Roadmap - MindTheProduct
As a product manager, you have a long list of features to build or market problems to solve. You need to prioritise them. One factor should be willingness to pay. How much more would buyers pay for this feature or solution? Hence, the most valuable differentiators should come earliest on your roadmap.
pricing  prodmgmt  blog 
Are we moving towards a post-Agile age? – Clear(left) Thinking – Medium
Perhaps we’re moving towards a post-Agile world? A world that is informed by the spirit of Agile, but has much more flexibility and nuance built in.
This post-Agile world draws upon the best elements of Agile, while ditching the dogma. It also draws upon the best elements of Design Thinking and even — God forbid — the dreaded Waterfall process.
People working in a post-Agile way don’t care which canon an idea comes from, as long as it works.. The post-Agile practitioner cherrypicks from the best tools available, rather than sticking with a rigid framework. Post-Agile is less of a philosophy and more of a toolkit that has been built up over years of practice.
agile  prodmgmt  blog 
2 days ago
The difference between design and product management — Medium
A big difference is where they spend their time. You’ll hear me call design and engineering “deep dive” roles, while PM is a multi-tasking role, which is why it is relatively easier for PMs to assume more of a leadership role. Even though we work in very collaborative ways (“rough draft culture”) at Axial, both design and engineering require getting into a “flow state” on a problem. Design takes a lot of iteration and trial and error to get something right. PMs, on the other hand, are bouncing around a million tasks, from clarifying a user story, to managing communication inside and outside the organization, to doing whatever it takes to un-bottleneck the team, to all the things listed above.
prodmgmt  blog 
2 days ago
Inside Facebook’s (Totally Insane, Unintentionally Gigantic, Hyperpartisan) Political-Media Machine - The New York Times
This year, political content has become more popular all across the platform: on homegrown Facebook pages, through media companies with a growing Facebook presence and through the sharing habits of users in general. But truly Facebook-native political pages have begun to create and refine a new approach to political news: cherry-picking and reconstituting the most effective tactics and tropes from activism, advocacy and journalism into a potent new mixture. This strange new class of media organization slots seamlessly into the news feed and is especially notable in what it asks, or doesn’t ask, of its readers. The point is not to get them to click on more stories or to engage further with a brand. The point is to get them to share the post that’s right in front of them. Everything else is secondary.
facebook  media  blog 
3 days ago
How being awesome became the great imperative of our time | Aeon Essays
The person widely credited with inventing the high-five is Glenn Burke (1952-1995) – an African-American baseball player and gay trailblazer. On 2 October 1977 at Dodger Stadium, Dusty Baker had just hit his 30th home run of the season. Burke was up to bat next, and when Baker approached home plate, Burke was waiting to greet him. ‘His hand was up in the air, and he was arching way back,’ Baker recalls. ‘So I reached up and hit his hand. It seemed like the thing to do.’ Burke immediately went up to bat and proceeded to hit his first Major League home run. When he made his way around the bases and rounded home plate, Baker was standing there with his hand up high.
highfive  culture  blog 
3 days ago
Why Good Product Managers Practice Roadmap Strategy - Pendo Blog
Yeah, so I think that is probably where his frustration comes about, and I am planning on writing about this, this topic of “are roadmaps really the roots of product failure?” I do not think that roadmaps are the root of product failure, but bad process and customer understanding, that is the root of failure.
roadmap  prodmgmt 
15 days ago
Great Product Managers Have an Amplifying Effect - MindTheProduct
It’s still possible to deliver amazing projects when this doesn’t happen. It just takes more time, effort and resources—three things that clients often find in short supply. As a result we’re going to be a lot more caution working with clients that lack experienced and dedicated product-management, and will adjust our approach accordingly.
23 days ago
WhatsApp Grew to One Billion Users by Focusing on Product, Not Technology
Examples such as WhatsApp demonstrate that real-world innovation, in many ways, looks like an assembly line. At one end is a customer pain point or a potential new market. At the other is a product or service that solves the problem or addresses the market in a way nobody has thought of before. In between, people sit down and force themselves to examine the problem from a variety of fresh angles. Sometimes they tap the lab and bring a radical new technology to bear. But much more often they reach for pieces of technology that already exist and assemble them with new (or old) capabilities to produce a solution that turns the pain point into a delighted customer. Think of it as high concept meets whatever is lying around — an unconventional combination.
prodmgmt  whatsapp  blog 
5 weeks ago
Trump Is Getting Even Trumpier! - NYTimes.com
It’s hard to know exactly what is going on in that brain, but science lends a clue. Psychologists wonder if narcissists are defined by extremely high self-esteem or by extremely low self-esteem that they are trying to mask. The current consensus seems to be that they are marked by unstable self-esteem. Their self-confidence can be both high and fragile, so they perceive ego threat all around.

Maybe as Trump has gotten more successful his estimation of what sort of adoration he deserves has increased while the outside criticism has gotten more pronounced. This combination is bound to leave his ego threat sensors permanently inflamed. So even if Candidate Trump is told to make a normal political point, Inner Boy Trump will hijack the microphone for another bout of resentful boasting.
trump  politics 
5 weeks ago
From ‘You’re So Vain’ to ‘I’m So Great’ — Pacific Standard
A new study reports self-regard, self-promotion, and plain old bragging are far more prominent in pop music than they were a quarter-century ago.
music  blog 
6 weeks ago
Snapchat and the Art of Upstreaming — Back of the Envelope
Snapchat is perfectly imperfect. So what if the photos aren’t the highest quality? So what if it doesn’t cater to landscape? So what if text captions are plastered directly on top of the photo itself?
This is Christensen’s ‘low-end disruption” at its best. The best camera app isn’t the highest quality photo resolution. It’s something that “just works” — it helps you capture the story and it does it fast. And Snapchat is building just that — a disruptive photo management app for the whole world that “just works.”
blog  snapchat  photography 
6 weeks ago
Solving All the Wrong Problems - The New York Times
Empathy, humility, compassion, conscience: These are the key ingredients missing in the pursuit of innovation, Ms. Helfand argues, and in her book she explores design, and by extension innovation, as an intrinsically human discipline — albeit one that seems to have lost its way. Ms. Helfand argues that innovation is now predicated less on creating and more on the undoing of the work of others.
blog  empathy  innovation 
6 weeks ago
I Can’t Believe I’m Saying This, But I Miss My CDs | WIRED
But you know what was really easy to do, not so long ago? Walking into a store, finding the CD you wanted, and taking it home. Granted, it was a lot more expensive than the streaming service’s monthly flat-rates, but at least the music was yours, and it wasn’t going anywhere.
music  blog 
7 weeks ago
The Sound of Hate - The New Yorker
When music is applied to warlike ends, we tend to believe that it has been turned against its innocent nature. To quote the standard platitudes, it has charms to soothe a savage breast; it is the food of love; it brings us together and sets us free. We resist evidence suggesting that music can cloud reason, stir rage, cause pain, even kill. Footnoted treatises on the dark side of music are unlikely to sell as well as the cheery pop-science books that tout music’s ability to make us smarter, happier, and more productive. Yet they probably bring us closer to the true function of music in the evolution of human civilization.
music  blog 
7 weeks ago
Heavy Metal and Natural Language Processing - Part 1
The top and bottom 20 metal words are shown in the table below, along with their "Metalness".
music  blog  language 
7 weeks ago
Hamburger Menus and Hidden Navigation Hurt UX Metrics
Discoverability is cut almost in half by hiding a website’s main navigation. Also, task time is longer and perceived task difficulty increases.
hamburger  navigation 
7 weeks ago
Yachts, jets and stacks of cash: super-rich discover risks of Instagram snaps | Technology | The Guardian
But these self-styled rich kids of Instagram are, often unwittingly, revealing their parents’ hidden assets and covert business dealings, providing evidence for investigators to freeze or seize assets worth tens of millions of pounds, and for criminals to defraud their families.

Leading cybersecurity firms said they were using evidence from social media in up to 75% of their litigation cases, ranging from billionaire divorces to asset disputes between oligarchs, with the online activity of super-rich heirs frequently providing the means to bypass their family’s security.
socialmedia  blog 
8 weeks ago
The Surprising History of the Infographic | History | Smithsonian
Early iterations saved soldiers' lives, debunked myths about slavery and helped Americans settle the frontier
visualization  infographic  blog 
8 weeks ago
Gchat was the future of messaging, why did Google make other chat products?
Beyond just Slack, Google was five or six years ahead of WhatsApp, GroupMe, and Facebook Messenger on offering a fun, functional chat app with lots of features. The company could have won the day if it understood what it had. In fact it’s still common to hear people calling any Google communication product Gchat. It’s an impressively powerful brand, especially given that it never existed.
blog  messaging 
9 weeks ago
The Principles of Quantum Team Management | First Round Review
Instead, if you simply outline the problem and what success looks like — let’s say it’s increasing revenue by 100% — all paths to success are still possible, including those you haven’t thought of yourself. It’s very likely that someone on your team will think of a better solution, but as soon as you say what you think, everyone gets a whole lot less creative.

I used to make this mistake a lot when I was a junior manager. I would give my team ideas to get them started, and as soon as I thought they were headed toward failure or a dead end, I’d stop them and say something to turn them around. It seemed like it was in everyone’s best interests to avoid the wrong solution, but a mentor of mine told me that my team would never get better if I didn’t let them learn from failure.

When I finally loosened my grip and let things go, I realized that my ideas were actually only right half of the time. The other half, my team’s ideas were far better than mine. I’d been an idiot for 10 years of my career, I realized.
leadership  management  collaboration  blog 
9 weeks ago
Teaching Robots to Feel: Emoji & Deep Learning 👾 💭 💕
Recently, neural networks have become the tool of choice for a variety of tough computer-science problems: Facebook uses them to identify faces in photos, Google uses them to identify everything in photos. Apple uses them to figure out what you’re saying to Siri, and IBM uses them for operationalizing business unit synergies.

It’s all very impressive. But what about the real problems? Can neural networks help you find the 💯 emoji when you really need it?

Why, yes. Yes they can. 😏
emoji  ai  blog 
9 weeks ago
Evaluating Employees in Product Design & Development Roles » Mike Industries
There is a phenomenon in tech called easy-to-measuritis which says that we tend to concentrate on the things we can easily measure rather than the things that are most important. For example, the best thing for our business may be happy customers, but in order to measure happiness, we may have to build a ton of unwieldy survey infrastructure, so instead, we just measure bodies coming through the door and use that as a general proxy for happiness. What then happens is we build things to optimize bodies coming through the door and we move that number whatever way we can, perhaps even to the detriment of customer happiness.

The traditional way of evaluating employees — based on things like results, metrics, and impact — is just another manifestation of easy-to-measuritis. We want objective, binary ways of evaluating people so that they are uncontroversial and unassailable, but what we end up with are objective, binary ways to measure the wrong things, or at the very least, things that employees are not in direct control of. Instead, we should be measuring decision quality instead of outcome quality. After all, how we behave is always 100% within our control.
management  leadership  collaboration  blog 
9 weeks ago
Ev Williams is The Forrest Gump of the Internet - The Atlantic
Williams and his team at Medium say they are working to resist this consolidation, though they are not doing quite what anyone else would recognize as resistance. The truth is that they themselves want to consolidate some of the web, too; and then—with that task done—govern as just, beloved, and benevolent despots. Josh Benton, a media critic at Harvard, once described Medium as “YouTube for prose,” and that’s an apt summary of what it feels like to use. But as I spend more time with Ev, I catch him thinking of Medium as a project philosophically akin to the “Foundation” novels by Isaac Asimov. The heroes of those books sought to centralize all the learning across the galaxy before a dark age set in, knowing that though they cannot stop the shadowed era, they may be able to preserve scholarship and therefore shorten it. Ev’s ambitions, though not as grandiose, follow similar lines. Medium seeks to replicate the web’s old, chaotic hubbub on a single, ordered site—because, ultimately, Ev values the chaos.
medium  blog 
9 weeks ago
Lonelygirl15: how one mysterious vlogger changed the internet | Technology | The Guardian
The thing is, Bree wasn’t real. Lonelygirl15 actually had a small team of writers. Bree and her best friend Daniel were played by actors.

YouTubers and the media had been duped. Yet this was no mere flash in the pan hoax – this was YouTube’s first web series. This was the first time someone proved you could actually make money on YouTube.

And that changed everything.
youtube  internet  meme  blog 
9 weeks ago
Irked By The Way Millennials Speak? 'I Feel Like' It's Time To Loosen Up
Critics always want to make the next generation seem more alien than it actually is, like anthropologists reporting back from a field trip to Youngster Island.
blog  language 
may 2016
What Cringing at Your Own Dumb Voice Reveals About You
Similarly, hearing a recording of your voice pulls you into this observer’s perspective. It’s a lot like seeing photos of yourself, and how weirdly different you often appear from the version of yourself that you see in the mirror.

If hearing your own voice doesn’t bother you, it may simply mean you have higher self-esteem than the rest of us, as science writer Rolf Degen has theorized. Or it may just mean you’re used to it — research has shown that radio announcers, for instance, are able to nearly perfectly recognize their own voices, and the more familiar people are with something, the more they tend to like that thing. But coming to terms with the sound of your own dumb voice can also mean coming to terms with the uncomfortable truth that the “you” who exists in your own head is often very different from the “you” that the world sees and hears. I, for one, do not feel equal to that task at the present moment, and so I think I will procrastinate on this particular interview transcription just a bit longer.
language  blog 
may 2016
Peter Thiel, Comic Book Hero – Stratechery by Ben Thompson
The most obvious second-order effect is that, as Felix Salmon writes, Thiel is providing a blueprint for the suppression of the press by the wealthy. But what concerns me — and what ought to concern Thiel, and all of the Silicon Valley elites celebrating his actions — are the third order effects. Specifically, Thiel’s actions are bringing into stark relief the fundamental weakness of old analog businesses like journalism relative to the incredible power and strength of the technology sector, and if companies follow Thiel’s example, the freedom that makes the emergence of said companies possible could quickly come under threat — and deservedly so.
journalism  technology 
may 2016
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