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Applying Vision-Led Product Management in the real world.

3 Tips for Managing a B2B2C Product

At HelloWallet, we sold web and mobile apps that helped employees improve their financial wellness.  The product was offered as a benefit to employees by their employer, who was our our client.  The B2B2C model is complex to manage – here are some tips I learned along the way:
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Advisor Case Study: Assuming What Users Want

The following is adapted from Build What Matters. Spring 2014 was an exciting time for me. Not only was our first son due, but I also saw two exits from the startups I worked for. Opower went public in April, and HelloWallet was acquired by a strategic investor, Morningstar, in May. Nervous about working for a “big” enterprise like Morningstar, I immediately decided to launch a dating app my buddy and I had been talking about for years. The idea was simple: matching people based on the actual places they go, because people are more likely to be interested in someone who goes to the same bars, restaurants, parks, museums, and ball parks. Location-based check-ins on Facebook and Foursquare (Swarm) were rising, so we pulled data from those platforms. I called the app Wentroductions, and to this day, I cringe at the awkward name choice.
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3 Tips for Product - Design Collaboration in a Remote Work Environment

The collaboration between Product and Design is critical to the success of the end product. (read up on best practices at The 10 commandments of Product-UX ). In order to be truly collaborative, the relationship between the 2 teams is essential. Building trust with your designer by making sure they know their voice is being heard, their expertise is being leveraged, and you are true partners is imperative.  Communication is a big step to build that trust and relationship. 
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3 Tips That Will Make You The Sales Team's Favorite Product Manager

Collaboration is a critical skill for product managers, and in this post, I interviewed Juan Thurman, a fellow Austinite who has held leadership positions in sales, marketing and customer success at the likes of of B2B giants Twilio and IBM.  He offered 3 tips for product managers as they think about working with their sales teams:  
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How to Scope a New Feature

While consulting with a client last year, one of the challenges I helped the team with was their process of planning and releasing new features.  In particular, they wanted to get better at:
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Book Report: 5 Key Takeaways from Shape Up by Basecamp's Ryan Singer

 
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