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Sunday, January 14, 2018

Introduction to the Product Management Process

Trying to wrap your head around product management? You’re not alone.

Product management is becoming an increasingly popular role across both startups and enterprise companies, but it’s still difficult to define. That’s because it doesn’t fit any of the traditional roles you may already be familiar with: engineering, business strategy, design, or marketing.
What is Product Management
What is a product manager? (Source: Martin Eriksson, MindTheProduct)
Instead, product management draws on all these fields, forming a critical new discipline that has become increasingly important among startups and enterprise companies alike.

What is Product Management?

Product management is an interdisciplinary role that reaches across teams to plan, design, and continuously bring better products to market.
The role evolved out of a set of responsibilities that traditionally fell to lead developers and engineers: scoping out user problems and making critical product decisions.
Since then, it’s become clear that successful product leadership – and shipping successful products – goes beyond the scope of a dev team. It’s a separate function that requires business acumen, a deep understanding of UX design and product knowledge.
Product managers are responsible for setting a product vision, defining a product strategy and developing a roadmap that meets both company goals and user needs. (Here’s an excellent introduction to the role of a product manager.)
The primary question they’re out to answer is this:
How do we bring the best possible product to market and grow our business?

Idea Management

In this phase of the product management process, new suggestions, ideas and feature requests are captured as part of the product backlog. These serve as good sources of inspiration for your product’s evolution, and the good ideas should be locked down and developed further.


In this phase of the product management process, ideas and feature requests from the product backlog are fleshed out into more detail, in order to better understand the impact and effort expected for each.


In this phase, your entire product strategy and vision is taken into account, and focus is put on the initiatives that line up with the big vision of the product. A roadmap is a communication tool that helps communicate where you are, where you are heading and how you expect to get there.


In this phase, a more detailed look is taken at your backlog and your roadmap, with the goal of setting priorities based on a variety of inputs. The process involves deciding what should be built when, based on what will bring most value to the user and the product.


In this phase of the product management process, the product manager works closely with the engineering, marketing, support, and other teams to make sure features are delivered to a high quality and to spec.

Analytics & Experiments

In this phase, experiments are run and analytics are tracked in order to continually test and improve your product and understand what’s truly of value to your users.

Customer Feedback

Throughout the cycle, customer feedback plays a key role in validating and improving on proposed features and products. It offers direct insight and suggestions that help you to understand how you are doing at solving the problems you’re already trying to address, and discovering new problems you weren’t aware of.

Chasing Slow: a Journey Worth Pursuing

I just finished reading Erin Loechner’s new book, Chasing Slow, and it was one of the best decisions I have made this year—without question. I felt affirmed and encouraged by her words in practically every chapter.
Let me confess that I don’t love to read, and I can literally count the number of books I’ve read over the past couple of years on one hand. But there was something compelling about the idea of “chasing slow” that I was immediately drawn in and knew this was something I had to do.
The scary thing for me, is that my deviation from slowness doesn’t happen overnight. The busyness sets in, like a disease, and works its way inch by inch into my schedule, my mind, and my capacity to do things as simple as love.
After reading Chasing Slow, I have a deeper understanding of who I am, and why I have the desire now to prioritize my life in a way I’ve never done before.

Chasing Slow: a Journey Worth Pursuing

Here are five things from the book which have changed the way I view my life. I hope they impact you as much as they have impacted me:
1. Without grace, minimalism is another metric for perfection.
Theodore Roosevelt once said, “comparison is the thief of joy.”
It’s no secret we live in a world where society tells us that the more we have, the better we are. So we spend our days acquiring as much as we can, while filling our schedules to the brim. Hint: It’s a recipe for disaster.
As minimalism has picked up in popularity over the years, there’s been a subtle shift in the comparison mentality here. People used to wear the badge of “I have more,” but now that’s changing to “I have less.”
Minimalism is about clarity. When we turn down the noise on the shoulda-woulda-coulda, the musicality of life comes forth—and that is something we shouldn’t feel the need to measure.
2. I learned that thinking about living is not the same as living.
Here’s one of my favorite quotes from Sophia Amoruso’s book, #GIRLBOSS:
“You’ve already taken the first step toward an awesome life by simply wanting one.”
Truth? Well, sort of. Let’s focus on the fact that she calls it the “first” step toward an awesome life—as opposed to the “only” step. The reality is, most of us are content with wanting this kind of life, rather than living this kind of life.
Erin encourages us to go beyond “thinking” about experiencing the kind of life of that chasing slow can bring—she wants us to actually be “living” it.
There are so many ways we can reclaim life. The good news is we can easily change course and get back on track. Start with one of these items, and see how it goes. And don’t get discouraged—we’re all a work in progress.
3. I used to think the opposite of control is chaos. But it’s not. The opposite of control is surrender.
I think this falls under the category “easy to believe, hard (so very hard) to do.”
Surrender is a word that sends chills down my spine, pretty much every time I hear it. There’s an element of sacrifice that usually comes with surrendering, and the truth is we … simply … don’t … want … to … let … go.
Whether it’s our busy schedules, the things we have in our home, the clothes in our closet, or the books we have on our shelf—they all weigh us down.
“What if I need it one day?”
“It’s worth too much and too valuable to throw away.”
“I don’t want to miss out on this opportunity.”
These are the things we say in our heads—the excuses we make—to justify holding on for dear life. None of us want to feel like we are losing control, but sometimes when we let go of something, we gain something else.
4. Here is the secret to subtraction. It doesn’t matter what you remove. What matters is that you stop adding it back.
This one is truly convicting for me, because I have a tendency to remove things from my life (and our house) quite easily—and then just as easily replace them with new things.
We try to enforce the fun rule of “one in, one out” in our kitchen—with coffee mugs, for example—and it’s successful. The problem, however, is that it’s not quite successful in other areas of our life.
And our calendars? Well let’s just say I’m slowly (painfully slowly) learning that being busy isn’t the same as being productive.
5. As usual, the things that cause me worry are not the things that require worrying about.
They say worry is the root of all evil, and far too often I have to admit this is true. The voices in my head continually assault my self-esteem, my self-worth, my self-anything.
“Why do so many of us feel so trapped? Why are we settling for lives measured in units of busyness and defined by who has the most stuff?”
She goes onto say:
“You were made to be free and you were made to help others be free. Every one of us was made for freedom. You can start by claiming your freedom. Right now, today.”
With freedom, we find ourselves. It’s time to start chasing “slow” and experience happiness.

Design a simple life. Start here. Start now.
You can design a life of less—and more. More of what you love, less of what you don’t. It’s a process, and we’re all in it together. We have created a 30-day email course that will inspire + encourage you on your journey.

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Thursday, January 4, 2018

Down But Not Out: Bitcoin Holds Onto Bullish Territory - CoinDesk

Bitcoin has come under pressure today amid sharp gains in alternative currencies, but the charts are showing no signs of panic.
Having clocked a high of $15,394.99 at 02:14 UTC today, CoinDesk's Bitcoin Price Index fell to an intraday low of $14,225.17 at 09:14 UTC. At press time, bitcoin was trading at $14,500 levels. Quite clearly, the 2 percent depreciation in the value shown by data source CoinMarketCap is largely due to the decline seen between 02:14 UTC and 09:14 UTC.
Meanwhile, cheaper alternative currencies are strongly bid. For instance, Ripple's XRP token has set a new all-time high of $3, having appreciated by a hefty 31.63 percent in the last 24 hours. Furthermore, prices of cardano (ADA) and stellar have jumped at least 20 percent each, while NEM (XEM) has appreciated by 46 percent.
An argument could be put forward that investors are using the BTC to accumulate alternative currencies, given the sharp gains in the XRP/BTCADA/BTC and XEM/BTC pairs.
Amid what some are calling an "altcoin bubble," it remains to be seen whether money will pour back into BTC once the valuations of the alternative currencies start to look overstretched.
Currently, the charts suggest BTC is down but not out and is holding onto bullish territory.

Bitcoin chart (prices as per Coinbase)

As discussed yesterday, the outlook remains bullish as long as prices hold above $12,701.55 (50 percent Fibonacci retracement).
Also, the drop from the intraday high of $15,400 seems to have come to a halt around the upward sloping 5-day moving average at $14,352. Further, the 50-day MA is sloping upwards in favor of the bulls. The chart also shows upside (bullish) break of the falling wedge.

4-hour chart

The above chart (prices as per Coinbase) shows:
  • BTC has breached the falling trend line and has established higher lows, indicating scope for an upside move.
  • An inverse head and shoulders pattern with neckline hurdle at $15,500.


  • The short-term outlook remains bullish. A break above $15,500 (neckline resistance) would open doors for a return to $18,500 (inverse head and shoulders breakout target as per the measured height method).
  • On the downside, support is seen at $13,500 and $12,701.55. Only a close (as per UTC) below $12,701.55 would signal a bullish-to-bearish trend change.

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