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Move over product manager, introducing the Behavioral Product Manager

tl;dr version of https://medium.com/behavioral-economics-1/move-over-product-manager-introducing-the-behavioral-product-manager-ab8612f45ae8

A BPM understands that humans have systematic irrationalities. They seek to understand these irrationalities and build for them.

A BPM knows that their users do not have fixed preferences. They know their users make different decisions depending on the design and context of an experience.

A BPM is not afraid to be paternalistic. They understand that giving users all the choices and information can be burdensome rather than welcome. They believe it’s their job to make decisions easier and this sometimes means making decisions in the best interests of the user.”

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How to create the ultimate feature request list in Jira

tl;dr version of https://medium.com/swlh/how-to-create-the-ultimate-feature-request-list-in-jira-9a610e73fdf5

“…there are too many ideas, and how do you keep a track of them all without your backlog being swamped or them being recorded in an inaccessible way?

The answer is a Feature Request project.

Create a place [Jira Board] to store the requests

Create a way [Epic] to group the requests

…gathering the requests is to ensure that they all end up in the same place, so you only have one place to manage them. For anyone who has access to your Jira project then they should be encouraged to add their feature requests directly into your Feature Request project. 

…not everyone will have access to the Jira project, so you need to ensure that for these people, whoever is the recipient of the request knows that it will need to be added to the Feature Request project.

…put aside time every week to review what’s changed in the request list.

Label the requests”

Photo by Jo Szczepanska on Unsplash

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A Product Ideation Method: Zoom-In-Zoom-Out (ZIZO)

tl;dr version of https://medium.com/productschool/a-product-ideation-method-zoom-in-zoom-out-zizo-35c0403a5873

“There is no easy way to start designing a product from scratch. You can do it with a team or individually but getting started is always a challenge. You’re starring at a blank sheet unable to decide where to start.

The ZIZO FIA Product ideation methodology is a framework that enables you to zoom in and zoom out from the different layer of your product design.

You design in three different layers:

  1. Flow design,
  2. Interface design,
  3. And action design

It’s about shifting and iterating between the different levels of your user experience. A rule of thumb when starting from scratch would be to start from designing your user/product flow (some like to call it your user journey). This is the most high-level view of your product design. Then you dive deep into details designing your user interface and then the actions that each user takes in each screen/interface.”

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The Product Manager BottleNeck

tl;dr version of https://medium.com/swlh/the-product-manager-bottleneck-207c3e3a9973

“A mistake I made early on in my Product Management career was trying to be involved with every discussion and workstream.

…Unfortunately, this approach was actually hampering me and the team. Unintentionally, I was:

  • Slowing the pace of our team’s delivery
  • Undermining the autonomy of the team
  • Almost burning-out

…Your value as a Product Manager comes from acting as a knowledge facilitator, not a knowledge controller. You don’t need to solve every problem. You need to create an environment where your team can.

[If you don’t stop being the bottleneck] …Ultimately, you’re going to become so overwhelmed by simply directing and managing conversations you’re going to feel exhausted. You’ll be spending more time acting as unnecessary overhead. You won’t be able to spend time understanding the real problems of your customers and how your business can solve them.”

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How to Build a Healthy Product Roadmap: Foundational Principles

tl;dr version of https://medium.com/nodesdigital/how-to-build-a-healthy-product-roadmap-foundational-principles-bb094d66d6b3

“…many roadmaps somehow end up being the enemy of the product, the user and the business. This injustice usually occurs when roadmaps are confused with backlogs

…Backlogs are purely output-focussed. They are concrete, prioritised plans of what needs to be done. Your backlog includes detailed, actionable tasks assigned to the right people.

…the roadmap should be a melting pot of ideas. It should be a place where teams test and learn to identify worthwhile (and not-so-worthwhile) ideas.

…Treating an idea on the roadmap like it’s in a backlog prevents a product team being able to learn, adapt and iterate.

…Treating an idea on the roadmap like it’s in a backlog prevents a product team being able to learn, adapt and iterate.

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Why Product Managers need to be better at storytelling

tl;dr version of https://medium.com/unboxing-product-management/why-product-managers-need-to-be-better-at-storytelling-4506b1f786a9

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What People Don’t Tell You About Product Management

tl:dr version of https://medium.com/better-humans/what-people-dont-tell-you-about-product-management-b87bc11b1865

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The power of “why now?” as a prioritization technique

tl;dr version of https://medium.com/elezea/the-power-of-why-now-as-a-prioritization-technique-4cb9b24cb38f

“We have so many methodologies for prioritizing problems and features, but I’ve found that this one question is able to cut through all the complex reasoning and (rightfully) stop unneeded projects in their tracks.

…why it’s important to work on something right away is really helpful to separate the truly worthy projects from the ones that can wait.

…If we don’t solve this problem or add this feature right now, what do we lose? … [No solidly good reason?] that’s a pretty good indication that this thing can wait for later.

…it’s quite possible that a few months from now you’ll answer that question differently, and suddenly now becomes the perfect time to work on it. The point is that we should never do something now if later is a better option.”

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Nail Your Product Manager Resume

tl:dr version of https://medium.com/teamcandor/nail-your-product-manager-resume-ff7484835c81

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Hacking the PM Interview with fmr Amazon Sr PM

tl:dr version of https://www.productschool.com/blog/product-management-2/career-path/hack-pm-interview-amazon/