Link of the day: Agile Product Ownership in a nutshell

If you’ve got 15 minutes handy, here’s an engaging and useful overview of Agile Product Ownership by Henrik Kniberg over on Crisp’s Blog.  I also love the sketching tool he’s narrating over! (it’s ArtRage if you were wondering)

Thanks to Romuald Restout for the link.

How to double the speed of your WordPress site in 3 easy steps

With the investment of a few hours’ effort, I doubled the speed of this WordPress blog and no coding was needed.  This is great news if you’re a little intimidated by performance tuning.  In this article I’m going to walk you through the steps I took.

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21: Seven KPIs for customer insight

I’m writing about one hundred things I’ve learned about being a product manager.

Knowledge is power for product managers, but you have to gather and interpret the right metrics.  I use these seven key performance indicators (KPIs) to keep track of my customers and to identify products that need some love and attention.  I hope that you can use similar KPIs to expand your customer insight and to drive better performance.

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20: Leave work when you’re meant to

I’m writing about one hundred things I’ve learned as a product manager.

It took me a while to learn this one, but it’s genuinely helped me to sleep more soundly at night and avoid setting unrealistic expectations about how much I can get done in a given amount of time.

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Drowning in product documentation? Start swimming – Part 2

Does this sound familiar?

  • Write document ‘A’
  • Copy most of its contents into template ‘B’
  • Rework same content into slideshow ‘C’
  • Copy slide images into document ‘D’
  • PDF and circulate an executive summary of document ‘D’ for feedback from EVERYONE IN THE COMPANY
  • File documents A-D in a folder no-one will ever inspect again

If so, read on…
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Painting the Forth Bridge

I’m originally from Edinburgh, despite the distinctly foreign-sounding surname.  Running across the Firth of Forth from South Queensferry are road and rail bridges.  The rail bridge is the older of the two and is a distinctive rust-brown colour, which settles it into its context both by blending in with the surrounding hills and countryside on sunny days, and by contrasting with the grey mist and clouds on overcast days.

There is a popular myth that in order to protect its metalwork from the salty ravages of the nearby North Sea, the bridge needed to be painted to keep it proofed against corrosion.  The task took so long that, by the time the painters finished one job, it was immediately time to begin over.

It occurred to me recently that I’ve spent the best part of the last nine months getting to grips with our financial reporting so that we’d be able to define realistic targets for each of our thirty-odd software products and data sets.  Now that I’ve just finished, I have seemingly a short lull before I have to begin over again.

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Easier product forecasting

Do you find it difficult to set appropriate financial targets for your product?  Recently I’ve been attempting to simplify the process as part of my planning for my company’s next fiscal year and wanted to share an approach I’ve found helpful with you.  I’ve created a straightforward spreadsheet, which you are welcome to download and adapt for your own purposes.
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The problem with successful products

I was reading Ian Lunn’s recent post, “Judged on the success of your product“, on Product Focus’s new blog and it reminded me of a story:

I once worked with a chap who managed an online service, which charged by amount of data stored. The service was popular and growing its revenues, however the P&L model assumed that data was stored compressed, when in fact the reverse was true. Thus, the more popular the service became, the more it lost money on running costs…

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4 key ways to spot a successful product manager

How’s my driving?

As a product manager, how do you know you’re doing your job well?

Depending on your personal motivations you may want to know for your own satisfaction, to give your boss evidence at your next pay review, or to give your résumé some teeth for your next job.  This article outlines the problem with traditional metrics for product managers and offers some better alternatives for measuring success: communication, ideas, roadmapping, launch and end-of-life.

Simon, courtesy of GraphJam

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