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What’s My (Product’s) Purpose?

Posted by Rey Quwatli on May 29, 2019 5 min read

For years, thought and expression had been democratized. Ultimately, the rod of creation had been surrendered to the people, and we watched chaos ensue (among other good things).

A liberated media is an invaluable commodity, don’t get me wrong. In fact, that type of unorganized drive gave momentum to otherwise underprivileged causes and previously silenced personalities, effectively leading traditional media and 20th century propaganda machines to a state of near demise.

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From Trigger to Investment: Channeling Nir Eyal on Habit-Forming Client Behaviors

Posted by Peter Sullivan on May 21, 2019 3 min read

Work long enough, and you’ll run into all sorts. In my 30+ years on this treadmill, it’s become clear to me that clients are the most interesting sort of all. Doesn’t matter the industry: property management, journalism, legal publishing, or content marketing. Clients are a fascinating bunch.

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ITX Product Momentum Podcast – Episode 12: Treating Your Product Community Like a Product

Posted by Peter Sullivan on May 13, 2019 5 min read

When you’re building software products, do you think only about adding features? Or do you think in terms of hiring your software products to solve a problem you have? Context is critical. Consider new products – and their features – in the same way you would new employees. What problems am I hiring them to solve? What will be my return on investment?

In this episode, Sean and Joe chat with Mike Belsito, a startup product and business developer with a rich background in creating big, important things out of nothing. Mike co-founded Product Collective, now a 20,000-member community of like-minded product people. He conceived the idea to help folks like himself navigate this untamed wilderness called product management. Out of Product Collective Mike spawned INDUSTRY – in just its fifth year it’s already one of the largest product management summits anywhere in the world.

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ITX Product Momentum Podcast – Episode 11: Validating Products Through Design Sprints

Posted by Peter Sullivan on April 09, 2019 5 min read

The design sprint process introduces experimentation and the scientific method to the world of digital product development. Like experimentation, the process is not about success or failure. It’s really about validation, getting quickly to the point of success or failure with considerably less investment of time, resources, and money.

In this episode, hosts Sean and Joe catch up with Jonathan Courtney, co-founder and CEO of AJ&Smart, a 21-person product studio in Berlin, Germany. A product designer by training and trade, Jonathan commands attention not only because AJ&Smart has facilitated more than 200 design sprints since 2016 – and he about 100 – but because of the engaging, humorous, and impassioned way he talks about using the design sprint process to help companies that struggle with defining their product goals.

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Effectiveness vs. Efficiency

Posted by Fred Beer on April 02, 2019 5 min read

Change is constant. If we fail to adapt to the change around us by not improving and getting better at delivering value, we won’t succeed. A key distinction for improvement is the difference between effectiveness and efficiency. These two concepts need to be approached separately. Often people try to address both at the same time, which results in neither being done well.

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