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The Day We Fight Back: A Call To the International Community to Fight Against Mass Surveillance

The Day We Fight Back: A Call To the International Community to Fight Against Mass Surveillance | Startup Stories | Scoop.it
The Snowden revelations have confirmed our worst fears about online spying. They show that the NSA and its allies have been building a global surveillance infrastructure to “master the internet” and spy on the world’s communications. These shady groups have undermined basic encryption standards, and riddled the Internet’s backbone with surveillance equipment. They have collected the phone records of hundreds of millions of people none of whom are suspected of any crime.
StartUP Product's insight:

On February 11, on the Day We Fight Back, the world will demand an end to mass surveillance in every country, by every state, regardless of boundaries or politics. The SOPA and ACTA protests were successful because we all took part, as a community.


As Aaron Swartz put it, everybody "made themselves the hero of their own story." We can set a date, but we need everyone, all the users of the Global Internet, to make this a movement.


Last year, before Ed Snowden had spoken to the world, digital rights activists united on 13 Principles. The Principles spelled out just why mass surveillance was a violation of human rights, and gave sympathetic lawmakers and judges a list of fixes they could apply to the lawless Internet spooks.


On the day we fight back, we want the world to sign onto those principles. We want politicians to pledge to uphold them. We want the world to see we care.


Here's how you can join the effort:

1. We're encouraging websites to point to the Day We Fight Back website, which will allow people from around the world to sign onto our 13 Principles, and fight back against mass surveillance by the NSA, GCHQ, and other intelligence agencies. If you can let your colleagues know about the campaign and the website (https://thedaywefightback.org/?r=eff) before the day, we can send them information on the campaign in each country.

2. Tell your friends to sign the 13 Principles! We will be revamping our global action center at 

http://en.necessaryandproportionate.org/take-action to align ourselves with the day of action. We’ll continue to use the Principles to show world leaders that privacy is a human right and should be protected regardless of frontiers.

3. Email: If you need an excuse to contact your members or colleagues about this topic, February 11th is the perfect time to tell them to contact local politicians about Internet spying, encourage them to take their own actions and understand the importance of fighting against mass surveillance.

4. Social media: Tweet! Post on Facebook and Google Plus! We want to make as big of a splash as possible. We want this to be a truly global campaign, with every country involved. The more people are signing the Principles, the more world leaders will hear our demands to put a stop to mass spying at home and overseas.

5. Tools: Develop memes, tools, websites, and do whatever else you can to encourage others to participate.

6. Be creative: plan your own actions and pledge. Take to the streets. Promote the Principles in your own country. Then, let us know what your plan is, so we can link and re-broadcast your efforts.

All 6 (or more!) would be great, but honestly the movement benefits from everything you do.

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Take Action Today to Stop the TPP!

Take Action Today to Stop the TPP! | Startup Stories | Scoop.it
Don’t Let Them Trade Away Our Internet Freedoms: Speak Out Against the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement!
StartUP Product's insight:

The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is a trade agreement currently being negotiated in secret by the United States and ten other countries.

Leaked language from the agreement’s intellectual property chapter has been worrisome enough—and the public has no idea what is in the latest official draft, or even what the U.S. Trade Representative is pushing for in this agreement. There has been zero transparency in a process that is being pushed to the finish.

What’s worse is that the people who do have access to TPP’s official language are the same content industry executives that tried pushing through harmful laws like SOPA, PIPA, and ACTA. The rest of us will continue to be kept in the dark unless we speak up now.

Join us in demanding an end to these backroom negotiations.


Lobbyists and officials from twelve countries, including the US, are currently bickering over the details of this massive international "free trade" treaty. They are creating the TPP to strongly promote Digital Restrictions Management (DRM) and enforce draconian copyright law, which will hinder free software development.


Similar to 2012's SOPA and PIPA, TPP would likely entrench the Digital Millennium Copyright Act's (DMCA) measures that make it a crime to circumvent DRM, even when circumvention is done for non-commercial purposes. It would also export this criminalization to other countries with less onerous DRM policies. But that's not all: it would restrict fair use, lengthen copyright terms, and regulate the temporary copies of media that computers make, in a way that our friends at the Electronic Frontier Foundation have called "out of touch with the realities of the modern computer." 


All of these restrictions would make it much harder for free software applications to interface with media and the Internet, chilling free software development and use.


Facing opposition, President Obama is attempting to bypass the US's standard approval process for treaties and unilaterally ram through the TPP, in a process known as a "fast track." Today (Wednesday, January 29th), the FSF is joining the diverse StopFastTrack coalition in urging our US supporters to simultaneously take action against this.


---->>>>If you can vote in the United States, please take five minutes to call your representatives and tell them you oppose the fast track because TPP would promote Digital Restrictions Management and hinder free software development. The StopFastTrack Web site will connect you automatically.


We recommend you visit the site with JavaScript turned off, as it includes some nonessential proprietary scripts. If we all raises our voices at once today, we can make TPP and the fast track too unpopular to pass.


Because it's widely known as the TPP, (and because of its generally low moral worth) some have referred the agreement as the "Toilet Paper Protocol." We think this is apt. But with toilet paper, the labels at least allow you some degree of information about what you're getting. TPP, however, is being negotiated almost entirely behind closed doors, in chambers populated by lobbyists and government officials, but empty of journalists.Most of the information we have about this utterly undemocratic deal comes from leaked documents.


TPP focuses on more than just copyright and DRM -- it is a giant mess of things that lobbyists couldn't get passed through more democratic channels. That's part of the reason that people from so many different groups and walks of life are coming together to oppose it.


Read more: 

https://www.fsf.org/blogs/community/as-free-software-users-we-need-to-speak-out-against-the-tpp


http://www.ibtimes.com/how-fight-trans-pacific-partnership-anti-tpp-petitions-protests-campaigns-1475530#.UulhidElClY.twitter


https://action.eff.org/o/9042/p/dia/action/public/?action_KEY=8229


http://fasttrackpoll.info/


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Using Agile To Teach Agile

Using Agile To Teach Agile | Startup Stories | Scoop.it

The Intro to Agile class taught by Amy Lightholder, teaching Agile in an Agile manner, raised the bar for future offerings from the Startup Product Academy. What if this Agile manner of teaching were made available to teachers at all levels of academia and professional trainings? 

StartUP Product's insight:

By Cindy F. Solomon, Founder


As a capacious continuous learner, like many other people drawn to product management, I’ve sat through numerous Agile introductions, presentations and seminars. I’ve seen Agile discussed, debated, researched, demonstrated, illustrated, pontificated and dogmatized. I’ve been inspired at Agile conferences and have the utmost respect for Agile experts, coaches, practitioners, and trainers.


Intro to Agile was the first time I’ve seen Agile actually taught using Agile – not merely as a demonstration – but actually as the teaching method embedded into every moment of the class and curriculum.

Here’s what Amy had to say about it.


“I have always been a bad student, because I get bored really easily and don’t have a lot of patience for explanations that don’t have much practical application. I wanted to create a learning experience that would have been able to hold even my attention. And I had a lot of freedom in this class because — since it wasn’t for a certification — it didn’t have a prescribed curriculum. Instead, I could be responsive to what students were interested in and/or needed to know for their individual situations.


"I drew a lot of inspiration for this class from the un-schooling movement, where you start with a project and the teaching follows what you need to know in order to do that project. Most instruction is too abstract, because that is the most effective way of conveying information. But it’s not the most effective means of learning for most people, and it’s certainly not the most enjoyable.


"If you want somebody to really learn a methodology, it’s best to put them in a situation where they need to use it and give them as much practice as possible. You don’t go to class for the material, exactly. There are already plenty of books and online lessons for the pure material. You go to class for the interactive experience with other students and for the opportunity to get personal coaching from an expert who has a very deep experience in whatever it is you’ve gone to school to learn. That’s the real value of in-person learning. Software can replace everything else. I know enough about Agile by this point, that there’s pretty much nothing a beginner student can throw at me that I won’t be able to help them with.”


Agile Teaching Methodology


As a tactile kinesthetic learner, I wish I could learn everything in this manner where I get exactly what I need to know to apply immediately while also interacting with other people equally fully engaged. So I went looking for precedents of this teaching approach.


Back in 2004, Dr. Andy Chun of City University of Hong Kong, identified the ATLM, the Agile Teaching/Learning Methodology, published in Lecture Notes in Computer Science — Advances in Web based learning, Volume 3143. Dr. Chun was referencing a traditional higher education classroom setting where the course takes place in a 13 week semester.

 

The teaching cycle on the left represents the teacher providing a lecture or tutorial, constantly monitoring feedback from the students, and making immediate, relevant adjustments to the course plan in response.


On the right side, the learning cycle is where the students are engaged. They immediately practice what has been presented individually and in groups, then demonstrate mastery with the rest of the class.


From Dr. Chung


“The classic Learning Pyramid confirms this approach. It charts the average retention rate for various methods of teaching. These retention percentages represent the results of research conducted by National Training Laboratories in Bethel, Maine in 1994.


According to the chart, lecture, the top of the pyramid, achieves an average retention rate of only 5%. On the opposite end of the scale, the “teach others/immediate use” method achieves an average retention rate of 90%! I believe knowledge sharing or “teaching others” is a critical tool in helping students understand the learning process and helps prepare them for lifelong learning.”


What if this Agile manner of teaching were made available to teachers at all levels of academia and professional trainings?  The Intro to Agile class taught by Amy Lightholder, teaching Agile in an Agile manner, raised the bar for future offerings from the Startup Product Academy. In development is a course to train teachers to teach in an Agile manner.

Register for Next Intro to Agile: Full Day Course!

The next Intro to Agile: Full Day Course class is January 16, 2013.

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Intro to Agile: Full Day Course

Intro to Agile: Full Day Course | Startup Stories | Scoop.it

"companies use Agile methodologies, without providing adequate onboarding for product people, making integration frustrating."

StartUP Product's insight:

Agile is an iterative, adaptive process of getting things done under conditions of uncertainty or change. Most of today's technology companies use Agile methodologies, without providing adequate onboarding for product people, making integration frustrating.


Startup Product Academy presents this one-day course to provide you with a basic introduction to Agile principles and practice, as well as practical, hands-on experience for identifying business value, building stakeholder consensus, and managing Agile teams. This is Agile (not Scrum) with an eye towards general product/project management (not software development). 


Who Should Attend?

This is an introductory course for people who have heard of Agile and are interested in learning more. It's appropriate for both technical and non-technical people. 


What will you learn?
- How Agile is different from traditional planning
- The basics of running an Agile project
- How to write Agile requirements (user stories) 
- How to build consensus with stakeholders
- How to manage the product backlog and project burndown chart
- The basics of lean product management
- The basics of Scrum and how it is different from Lean, XP, and KanBan methodologies
- How to apply Agile methodologies in real life


How will this benefit you?

- Gain hands-on experience in creating and use of Agile tools
- Prepare to participate in Agile teams and environments
- Develop powerful tools that can help you achieve your goals under conditions of uncertainty and change


About Amy Lightholder

Amy Lightholder is an expert Agile Practitioner, Entrepreneur, and Coach with more than 15 years of experience in the web software industry with a focus on the social impact of world-changing technologies. She is a popular speaker at many Bay Area technology conferences and gatherings including ProductCamp SF, Total Experience, Quantified Self, the Global Product Management Talk, and Agile Open California.


Amy helps individuals and organizations adapt to today’s information-driven, rapidly-changing business realities. Her clients include local Bay Area startups (Spokentranslation, Nodality) as well as international conglomerates (Globant, Gap, Autodesk). She has a degree in computer science from Mills College as well as myriad certifications in Agile including Certified Product Owner from the Scrum Alliance. She lives in San Francisco, CA. 


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Llewelyn Falco of TeachingKidsProgramming, ApprovalTests And Legacy code expert

Llewelyn Falco of TeachingKidsProgramming, ApprovalTests And Legacy code expert | Startup Stories | Scoop.it

Llewellyn Falco is an Instructor for DevelopMentor. He is an international speaker and the creator of the open source testing tool ApprovalTests


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Programming code is either going to be rewritten at some point, or die. Legacy code is code that you've either inherited or made and its doing something important and you want it to keep working. It may have been touched by more than 2-3 developers. You want to keep the code from breaking.

Llewelyn says, "In theory, you could have legacy code out there that's beautiful, really! I'm interested in keeping code working and attainable even if its old. Code excellence is about discipline and it's attainable with simple techniques."


Llewelyn Falco, Legacy Code Expert, joins host Cindy F. Solomon live at Studio132 for the Global Product Management Talk on Monday, November 18, 2013 at the simultaneous times of 10:00 AM Pacific Time, 11:00 AM MST Denver, 12:00 Noon CST Chicago, and 1:00 PM EST Boston.

Participants are welcome to listen live at http://www.blogtalkradio.com/prodmgmttalk, call in to talk on the show (323) 927-2957 and to participate on Twitter by following @ProdMgmtTalk and tweeting using the hashtag #ProdMgmttalk

Listen! http://bit.ly/1bJ4tgL

About Llewellyn Falco
Llewellyn Falco is an Instructor for DevelopMentor. He is an international speaker and the creator of the open source testing tool ApprovalTests ( www.approvaltests.com ). He spends most of his time programing in Java and C#. He also volunteers creating courseware and teaching kids to program ( www.teachingkidsprogramming.org ). Find his blog at llewellynfalco.blogspot.com

Llewellyn is the son of a university professor, and game designer ( Set, Quiddler ) his first family computer was a Dec PDP11 mainframe, which he started programming Fortran on at age 11.
Linkedin: http://www.linkedin.com/profile/view?id=1828806
Twitter: llewellynfalco

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About Global Product Management Talk
Discussion of vital issues forwarding product excellence, business process, product management, startups, marketing, innovation, and methodology for passionate product professionals and business owners about what it takes to produce successful products,
Mondays: @ProdMgmtTalk w/ @CindyFSolomon discussion with thought leader. (1 hour) These discussions originating as a twitter chat, have spawned the Startup Product movement for product excellence via community, educational events, and conference. @StartupProduct
Tuesdays: Competitive Intelligence w/ @Sean_Campbell & Scott Wigart of CascadeInsights.com
Thursdays: Brainrants from Brainmates Down Under 15 Minutes on a topical Product Management issue from an Australian perspective

http://startupproduct.com/global-product-management-talk/
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Steve Cohn, CEO/Founder of ProdThink

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Steve Cohn, CEO/Founder of ProdThink on How I Used Lean to go from Idea to Paying Customers 

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Steve Cohn, CEO/Founder of ProdThink Discusses How I Used Lean To Go From Idea To Paying Customers on the Global Product Management Talk

ProdThink is my third start-up. I sold my prior two companies to LivingSocial and TripAdvisor. Delighted to discuss the tactics I used to validate the need/pain point without writing any code, get our first customers using $50/day marketing budget, iterate on features to determine the “needle movers”, validate pricing and determine the Go-To-Market model, states Steve Cohn, CEO and Founder of ProdThink.com


Participants are welcome to listen live at http://www.blogtalkradio.com/prodmgmttalk, call in to talk on the show (323) 927-2957 and to participate on Twitter by following @ProdMgmtTalk and tweeting using the hashtag #ProdMgmttalk

Listen! http://bit.ly/1buot4K

Background resources:
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About Steve Cohn
My personal motto is: I try hard to be a good Father, Husband and Entrepreneur. ProdThink is my 3rd startup. I sold my first two to LivingSocial and TripAdvisor. I have had prior roles at DoubleClick, Quantcast, IBM and Merrill Lynch. I have an MBA from Harvard and an undergrad degree from George Washington. I have two high-energy boys (5 and 2 year old) and a very supportive wife.
Linkedin: www.linkedin.com/in/stevencohn
Twitter: @spcohn

About ProdThink
ProdThink puts collaboration to work: allowing product managers to engage with users and stakeholders to gather quantitative and qualitative data. With this groundbreaking tool, product teams are empowered to make informed product development decisions efficiently. ProdThink was created by product managers for product managers to save vital resources ahead of development. For more information visit https://www.prodthink.com. 

What is #ProdMgmtTalk? http://bit.ly/AlLEbN 
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Our format: we post questions Q1, Q2, Q3 Please answer using A1, A2, A3

Questions for Discussion: 
PreQ: Please introduce yourself, where you are tweeting from & your involvement with #prodmgmt #prodmgmttalk

Q1 How do you validate an idea cheaply? @spcohn #prodmgmttalk http://bit.ly/1buot4K
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Q7 What #prodmgmt tools does prodthink help consolidate? @spcohn #prodmgmttalk http://bit.ly/1buot4K


About Global Product Management Talk
The Global Product Management Talk is a discussion of vital issues affecting professionals passionate about products, business process, product management, startups, marketing, innovation and excellence. A top 10 business podcast on the BlogTalkRadio network produced and hosted by Cindy F. Solomon, CPM, CPMM on Mondays with additional programming during the week for passionate product professionals and business owners who want to teach, learn & network about what it takes to produce successful products in an open digital environment inviting live participation.

Mondays: @ProdMgmtTalk w/ @CindyFSolomon discussion with thought leader. These discussions originating as a twitter chat, have spawned the Startup Product movement for product excellence via community, educational events, and conference. @StartupProduct


Tuesdays: Competitive Intel w/ @Sean_Campbell & Scott Wigart of CascadeInsights.com


Wednsdays: Brainrants from Brainmates Down Under w/ Natalie Yan-Chatonsky. 15 Minutes on a topical Product Management issue

http://startupproduct.com/global-product-management-talk/
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How to Blend Market Research with Competitive Intelligence

How to Blend Market Research with Competitive Intelligence | Startup Stories | Scoop.it

A good starting point? Understanding some commonalities and differences between MR and CI:

Commonalities

  • Requires analytical and interpretative skills.
  • Uses an interviewer discussion guide to help direct the interview process.
  • Often has the same stakeholders who request the research.

Differences

  • MR uses statistics to help ensure accuracy. CI relies on triangulation of data.
  • MR sample sizes can be in the hundreds. A typical CI study sample is less than 50.
  • MR frequently targets consumers; CI reaches out business-to-business (B2B).

How Do MR And CI Play Off Each Other?
While MR covers a wide range of topics, CI focuses on filling specific information gaps, primarily relating to the competition. The former surveys; the latter investigates. What makes this work is their complementary approaches.


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Announcing The Launching Of Startup Product Asheville!

Announcing The Launching Of Startup Product Asheville! | Startup Stories | Scoop.it
Ty Hallock, CEO of team @TopFloorStudio, brings Startup Product Talks to Silicon Mountain
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Today we announce the launch of Startup Product Asheville.  San Francisco meets Asheville to help build a strong network of Startup Product People.

Startup Product Asheville welcomes everyone passionate about product excellence, regardless of title, industry, or stage of growth, to come together to share, learn and talk about what it really takes to produce products that people love and how to build sustainable businesses and revenue streams based on product excellence. 
Let's build a vibrant Silicon Mountain startup community!
Everyone is encouraged to contribute their point of view, workshop their product dilemma, share their lessons learned in the process of shepherding products from idea to inception to build to launch and beyond. We need a place where all perspectives and orientations of what the product requires are welcome. Everyone who sheds light on specific areas that are essential to product excellence are welcome to present and contribute to the conversation.
There is a lifecycle that every product, startup, idea and project passes through to be realized. Focusing on where the product is in its lifecycle enables a conversation that brings us all together on what will serve the product most to arrive at product/market fit, sustain growth and generate revenue streams.
We welcome people from all disciplines and stages of product evolution:
Entrepreneurs
Designers
UX professionals
Founders, funders, CEOs
Software developers
Product Marketers, Agile Marketers, Growth Hackers
Product managers
Community managers
Customer Support & Service
Content strategists
Business Analysts
Project managers
And anyone who loves to talk, build and think about products!
Come share what you've learned and learn from others about the art AND discipline of all the facets involved in the process of breathing life into a product, managing actionable goals and producing scalable businesses...
We encourage open debate so the group can learn from us and each other. StartUp Product events may be led by a guest speaker or a panel of experts ideally representative of the local community.
“StartUp Product Talks” is also a networking function. An opportunity for anyone passionate about product quality and what it takes to delight customers to come together to meet, interact, and network.
The ideal environment within which sharing and learning can flourish and complement the knowledge base for all on a peer to peer basis. We’re keen for Product People across different industries to meet up and exchange business cards. You never know where your next job offer will come from.
Join the Startup Product Asheville community: http://www.meetup.com/StartupProductTalksAsheville/
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Live Broadcast: Design Thinking, Agile Engineering & Lean Business Collaboration

Live Broadcast: Design Thinking, Agile Engineering & Lean Business Collaboration | Startup Stories | Scoop.it
        How To Unleash The Potential Of Design Thinking, Agile Engineering And Lean Business Using Fun, Cross-collaboration Practices With Dennis Britton, Collaboration Architec...
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How To Unleash The Potential Of Design Thinking, Agile Engineering And Lean Business Using Fun, Cross-collaboration Practices With Dennis Britton, Collaboration Architect, Linda Francis, Human Experience and Darius Dunlap Customer Development of 360c

Dennis Britton, Linda Francis and Darius Dunlap of 360c join host Cindy F. Solomon live at Studio132 for the Global Product Management Talk on Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at the simultaneous times of 10:00 AM Pacific Time, 11:00 AM MST Denver, 12:00 Noon CST Chicago, and 1:00 PM EST Boston.

Participants are welcome to listen live at http://www.blogtalkradio.com/prodmgmttalk, call in to talk on the show (323) 927-2957 and to participate on Twitter by following @ProdMgmtTalk and tweeting using the hashtag #ProdMgmttalk

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1- Linda has designed and implemented consumer and employee facing systems for enterprise, government, private sector and advises startups. Now, Linda, who has always been a connect-the-dots person, is excited to join the conversation and share her thoughts about how UX and Agile teams can work together.

2- Darius Dunlap is a mentor to startup teams and an advisor to startup incubators, universities, growing companies and large enterprises around the world.

3- Dennis Britton loves to induce collaboration in any group of talented people he can find. He is has introduced an agile, playful and productive culture to HP, Macy's, Sephora, Visa, Nike and Stella & Dot.


About Darius Dunlap, Products & Customers @dariusdunlap

Darius is a mentor to startup teams and an advisor to startup incubators, universities, growing companies and large enterprises around the world. He leads workshops on Customer-Focused Product Definition and Development, Innovation Management, the LUXr method for Lean Startups, Business Model Analysis and Strategy using variations of the Business Model Canvas, Innovation in Service Operations, Innovation in the Enterprise, as well as custom-developed programs.

Darius has a strong business foundation in international operations and management, product and service definition, and global business development as well as deep technical knowledge in internet technologies and across the hardware and software of computing systems from supercomputers to mobile devices. He is fascinated by technology that shapes our world, and by the connections it enables between people as they create and learn.

About Dennis Britton, Collaboration Architect @dennis_britton
Dennis loves to induce collaboration in any group of talented people he can find. He is has introduced an agile, playful and productive culture to HP, Macy’s, Sephora, Visa, Nike and Stella & Dot. Dennis continues to find ways to inspire his audiences and clients with interactive and experiential workshops and coaching. He recently crafted workshops titled: “Using Comics for Communication”, “Extreme Collaboration” and “The Product Manager’s Dilemma”. He believes that games are one of the most positive and powerful ways to respond to the accelerating pace of change in these times of rapid innovation and global competition. Facilitating the emergence of value-delivering teams and business systems makes him smile. http://www.linkedin.com/in/dennisbritton/

About Linda Francis, Experience Design @LindaFandangon
Linda has designed and implemented consumer and employee facing systems for enterprise, government, private sector and advises startups. Now, Linda, who has always been a connect-the-dots person, is excited to join the conversation and share her thoughts about how UX and Agile teams can work together (fueled by agile and lean startup ideology) to bring down the wall (figuratively and sometimes literally) that often exists in enterprise today and enable teams to deliver products that people love. Linda senses that businesses are beginning to wake up and realize that they need to improve their customer’s experience or they are likely to be taken over by a company who has done it for them. At this juncture of her life, Linda wants to facilitate systemic changes that will evolve corporations to operate cross-functionally; to shine a light into the black box they may have been from a customer-perspective and to start identifying and measuring the quality OF the experiences they are creating. Linda wants to help people shed the organizational trappings of the Industrial Age and compete in the Knowledge Age where we are today.

About 360c
360c takes a comprehensive and collaborative approach to develop corporate strategies. We apply Lean/Ux/Startup/Agile techniques to actual situations and projects at your company via appraisals, workshops, and coaching. Our work will inform and support the creation and delivery of high quality experiences and align the company to deliver experiences that “fit” and delight customers. Through a variety of research techniques, we find and document the quality of experiences people have and the reputation of your brand. http://360c.co


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Questions for Discussion:
PreQ: Please introduce yourself, where you are tweeting from & your involvement with #prodmgmt #prodmgmttalk

Q1 What’s the biggest barrier for companies keeping their customers in the face of fast global competition?
Q2 Why are so many of the successful Silicon Valley companies produce products that are so hard to use?
Q3 How do I introduce a new product that will gain customers when there is so much noise out there?
Q4 What’s the biggest problem engineers have in working with designers?
Q5 What’s the biggest problems designers have in working with engineers?
Q6 What’s the biggest problem business/marketing/product folks have with engineering and design?
Q7 What do well run small businesses know that can increase a startup’s chances of product acceptance?
Q8 Why do so many agile and scrum implementations fail?
Q9 Why are so many successful larger companies getting beat out by smaller firms?
Q10 How can small firms steal mindshare and marketshare so quickly?



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Don't Hire a Product Manager Because They're "Technical" - Blog - Product Powers

Don't Hire a Product Manager Because They're "Technical" - Blog - Product Powers | Startup Stories | Scoop.it
I’m going to take a controversial position on what you should look for in a product mana...
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By Bruce McCarthy

Founder and Chief Product Person, Up Up Labs

Organizer, Startup Product Talks, Boston


Listening Is The Most Important Form of Communication

you can’t really understand market needs and craft a plan to meet them without the ability to listen, empathize and paint a picture of how people will benefit from your proposed solution.


When I am hiring product managers, I look for the following qualities in this order:

  1. Communication Skills
  2. Analytical Approach
  3. Business Sense
  4. Domain Knowledge
  5. Technical Knowledge
Technical Knowledge Comes Last


Technical knowledge is most useful when proposing solutions to market problems. It’s also useful when you are making trade-offs between different ways to implement a solution, and when evaluating the effort involved with solving equally valuable problems.


A product manager needs to be analytical enough to understand the business effects of technical decisions, but doesn’t have to come equipped with all of the relevant technical know-how herself.


it’s a better idea to bring your engineering folks into the conversation and use their technical knowledge. Their technical skills are going to be better than the product manager’s anyway, and having a collaborative discussion between two smart people is bound to be more productive than your product manager sitting alone in her office dreaming up ideas.
Domain Knowledge Will Come

A... mistake hiring managers often make is to bring in domain experts with no product management experience. 


domain knowledge, while useful in picking and understanding a market, is only a head start on the process, not a differentiator in the end. To succeed, a product manager must acquire market knowledge, but doesn’t necessarily have to start with it.


Communications skills are much harder to learn (especially quickly) than information about a market or a technology. Moreover, good communications skills will enable you to learn the other things, while domain and technical knowledge will not help you acquire good communications skills.


Communication Is the Foundation of Product Management


One of the key product person superpowers is rallying the whole company around a plan to make money by delivering value. Communication is the necessary foundation for getting buy-in on your product vision, making a business case – as well as providing requirements to engineering, messaging to marketing and support to the sales process.


About Bruce McCarthy

Bruce McCarthy has founded three companies and has led teams in organizations ranging from startups to market leaders such as Art Technology Group, Oracle and D&B. His executive-level positions include, most recently, VP of Product at NetProspex. Along the way, he has demonstrated his leadership in areas ranging from marketing to acquisitions (on both sides of the table) to product management and development. A dedicated evangelist for better products, Bruce founded UpUp Labs in 2012 to provide training, coaching, consulting and tools to product teams.  Bruce is a community organizer for Startup Product Talks Boston and host of the forthcoming Product Powers podcast series on the Global Product Management Talk channel.

Linkedin www.linkedin.com/in/brucemccarthy

Twitter @d8a_driven

Website http://www.productpowers.com

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A Practical Approach to Building Great Products & Teams

A Practical Approach to Building Great Products & Teams | Startup Stories | Scoop.it

As a product leader, I find the things I think about most often fall under one of three categories: people, product, or process

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by Chris Abad

VP, Product Desk.com

@chrisabad

People
  1. Optimize for employee happiness first
  2. Team motivation is your biggest lever.
  3. We don’t need managers - we need coaches, mentors & leaders
  4. Let the “doers” decide
  5. Only work with the best.

Product
  1. Have a clear vision.
  2. Good design is really important.
  3. Use data to make decisions when possible.
  4. Highly collaborative teams foster innovation.
  5. Be simple.

Process
  1. Involve customers as early and as often as possible.
  2. Everything is an experiment.
  3. Focus on value delivered.
  4. Plan for failure.
  5. Process actually matters.

There are plenty of examples out there of companies who have been wildly successful following contradictory beliefs.What’s important for me is that I’m constantly introducing myself to new challenges, and both learning and improving at each step.

About Chris Abad
I'm a designer, developer, and serial Internet entrepreneur. Currently VP of Product at http://Desk.com I've founded two startups in my career. The last company, iList Inc., was funded by Draper Fisher Jurvetson and a handful of other amazing entrepreneurs. iList was later acquired by News Corporation. I was head of product for Assistly, Inc., a customer support platform enabling companies to deliver awesomely responsive support to their customers. Outside the office, I enjoy beautiful design, photography, Hip-Hop music, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, motorcycles, and tattoos. chrisabad.com
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The Silent Partner: Jason Goldman, Product Manager (Twitter)

The Silent Partner: Jason Goldman, Product Manager (Twitter) | Startup Stories | Scoop.it

Jason Goldman helped build Google and Twitter into what they are today — but few outside of tech's inner circle know his name . 

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Rebecca Greenfield is a Staff Writer at Fast Company, she wrote the article 8 Lesssons Startups Can Learn From Twitter's Chaotic Creation Story from a conversation with Nick Bilton, New York Times columnistis, who wrote the book Hatching Twitter: A Story of Money, Power, Friendship, and Betrayal.


Capitalizing on the hype, she shared her lessons gleaned from the interview with Nick Bilton:

1. Mythical founding stories are just that: myths.

2. Don't go into business with friends if you want to stay friends.

3. If you do go into business with your friends, try not to push them out of the company.

4. Fighting is okay, though.

5. Really embrace the chaos.

6. Don't be a selfish jerk who takes credit for everything.

7. It's okay if your product constantly crashes...as long as it's cool.

8. Don't get drunk at inappropriate times if you have investors to answer to.


Back in April, 2013, Rob Fishman, Staff Writer at BuzzFeed wrote On shunning the spotlight in a star-obsessed industry: Jason Goldman helped build Google and Twitter into what they are today — but few outside of tech’s inner circle know his name. 


“The industry’s very focused on telling hero narratives,” he told me. It’s not that I think that it’s bad for people to have a public persona. The part that I think is damaging, or unhelpful, is when it seems like there are these visionary C.E.O.s who come up with genius ideas, and then it’s just building a team that allows for those ideas to come forth into the world.”


 At strategy sessions, he said, the C.E.O. would articulate a broad but pithy vision, and sit down to applause. “I’m the guy who stands up next, and says what does that mean in terms of what we’re building over the next six months,” he said. That’s the gritty work of fielding questions, farming out assignments and reconciling disagreements. “Your presentation doesn’t sound as good. Your presentation doesn’t have grand, inspiring goals,” Goldman went on. “You’re the guy who stands up and says, next week we’re going to fix a bunch of bugs. You’re the person that’s managing the fallout from the grand vision.”


In a boardroom crowded with idea guys, where “the very notion of what the product was would evolve,” said Goldman, “owning the whatness of the product” might sound humdrum, but it was by most accounts critical.

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