Tag Archive: Product Management

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    by Angie Chang

    From Individual Contributors To The COO, Women Make An Impact At Salesforce’s Girl Geek Dinner

    Women represent nearly every level of leadership at Salesforce, from business to technical roles, inspiring others to strive towards that goal.

    By Courtney Mayeda (MBA, UCLA Anderson)

    Upon entering the expansive One Spear Street, we were greeted by the many smiling faces of Salesforce’s Women in Technology group, sporting their nifty red t-shirts. The space offered not only drinks and delicious food, but also the opportunity to experience demos of the expansive Salesforce product offerings.

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    by Angie Chang

    Product Manager Cindy Alvarez Gives Advice For Startups

    “Validate your assumptions about how you’re going to make money now.”

    By Heather McGough (Associate Producer, FailCon)

    I interviewed Cindy Alvarez, a talented product manager who turns understanding the customer into competitive advantage.

    She is a regular speaker on customer development, user research, product management, and web analytics.

    Failcon: What do you think was one of the biggest mistakes you have made in business?

    Cindy: Mistaking opportunity for vision.

    I joined a startup where the founder sold

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    by Angie Chang

    Partner Event: Products Are Hard (May 1 in SF)

    PRODUCTS ARE WHAT? That’s right, we said it. Making products is hard — whether you’re a product manager at corporation of 10,000 or a individual maker working out of your garage. The interdisciplinary job can be daunting, even for the most experienced generalist.

    So what better than to talk about it at the Products Are Hard gathering on May 1 in San Francisco, CA. Learn from speakers from a wide range of fields with all manner of job descriptions to share stories, provide insights, and suggest new ways of working.

    Women 2.0 members save 20% on tickets when you register here.

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    by Angie Chang

    Women In Technology – Past, Present, Future

    This week, I delivered two keynotes to middle school and high school girls interested in tech careers.

    By Gayle Laakmann McDowell (Founder & CEO, CareerCup)

    The first one was for the Philadelphia area awards dinner for the Aspirations in Computing Award, and the second was for a wonderful event called Girls Exploring Tomorrow’s Technology. I’ve printed my message below which addresses why everyone – both boys and girls – should consider a technology career.

    I wanted to talk to you today about why I think technology is such a great field to enter. But, first, I think I need to tell you a bit about who I am and how I got here.

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    by Angie Chang

    Fucking Ship It Already: Limited Products VS. Shitty Products

    By Laura Klein (Principal, Users Know)

    In our second installment of Fucking Ship It Already, we deal with a common problem for startups: shitty products.

    Look, I know that building a product with one or two engineers and no money is tough. As an entrepreneur, you almost certainly have far more ideas than you have resources to create those ideas. And it doesn’t help that you have people like me screaming, “Ship it! Ship it!” before you’re really ready.

    Who could possibly blame you for shipping a product that is, frankly, kind of shitty?

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    by Angie Chang

    The Product Managers: Women Who Have Shipped Products

    By Angie Chang (Co-Founder & Editor-in-Chief, Women 2.0)

    At A Field Guide To Female Founders, Influencers & Deal Makers is a list of product managers:

    “Behind every good product is a good product manager.

    It has been said that there are no exceptions. And yet each path to product management is different. Hailing from user experience, engineering, strategy, and marketing, here are ten women who shipped the products you use every day.”

    Here are the women product managers

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    by Angie Chang

    How Customer Development, Product Management Fit Together

    By Cindy Alvarez (Head of Products and Customer Development, KISSmetrics)

    “Isn’t customer development just product management?”

    “You don’t really need product management if you do customer development right.”

    “Customer development is fine for startups with no process, but it doesn’t fit into a mature product management organization.”

    I’ve heard all 3 of these, and I think they’re all completely wrong.

    Customer development and product management are

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    by Angie Chang

    Why Product Management is Perfect for Aspiring Entrepreneurs (Big vs. Small Companies)

    By Katie Corner (Product Manager, BOKU)

    It’s an age old feeling for aspiring entrepreneurs: I’m not ready to start my own company… yet. In the meantime, what is the most valuable next step? Join a big, stable company to learn the best processes and ship high-impact products? Join a startup to learn the classic mistakes and manage a high-growth product?

    I found myself in this exact situation when trying to pick a full-time job out of college. I had enjoyed a couple product management (PM) internships at Microsoft and Google, and enjoyed my time at these giants. Yet I couldn’t turn off that little voice in my head: maybe I should check out startups too?

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    by Angie Chang

    The Importance of Off-the-Record Conversations with Engineers

    By Cindy Alvarez (Head of Products and Customer Development, KISSmetrics)

    Do you talk to the engineers you work with?

    I mean, outside of specs, user stories, and meetings to review specs or user stories?

    If you aren’t, you’re leaving a lot of untapped potential on the table and your company is losing a competitive advantage because of it.

    I mean, you’re probably pretty smart.