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AI: Building Products That Learn

From left to right, Abhishek Mathur, Anne Griffin, and Kenneth Kuo (our guest presenter and Q/A moderator) respond to audience questions during our second ProductTank NYC of 2018 at Metis (at WeWork).



PRODUCT LEADERSHIP II: MANAGING PRODUCT TEAMS

From left to right, Saad Khatri, Richard Banfield, and Jessica Waite (our guest moderator) respond to audience questions during our first ProductTank NYC of 2018 at Capital One Labs.


Emotionally Intelligent Product Design

From left to right, Erin Essex, Diane Kim, and Clément Delangue respond to audience questions during our 2nd ProductTank NYC event of November 2017 at ustwo Studios.


Product Leadership

From left to right, George Abbott, Martin Eriksson, and Daniella Patrick (our guest moderator) discuss Product Leadership during our 1st ProductTank NYC event of November 2017 at Capital One Labs.


Building Products for Product Builders

From left to right, Jim Thomson, Michelle M. Chu, and Shiven Ramji respond to audience questions during our September 2017 edition of ProductTank NYC at Venmo.


From Mind the Product

Oh the Drama! What Product Managers can Learn From Actors

BY ALISON KEMP ON APRIL 13, 2018

Sailesh Panchal, CTO at digital payments firm Orwell Group, is an unusual soul. He’s earned the gravitas he emanates from decades in software architecture and technology leadership.  However, what makes him stand out is a background in dance and acting, an Equity Card [the hard-won actor’s union card], and appearances in film and TV. This […]

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How to Avoid Being Blindsided by your Competition by Jeetu Patel

BY MEGAN CONLIN ON APRIL 12, 2018

Jeetu Patel, chief product officer at Box, joined us at ProductTank San Francisco to share his top tips to help product leaders stay ahead of their competition. In today’s competitive product landscape, Jeetu recommends focusing on the right problem, the right people and the right users to make your product stand out. Below is a […]

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How to Simplify Your Value Proposition: A Case Study

BY MOLLY NORRIS WALKER ON APRIL 11, 2018

It pays to be ruthlessly simple about your value proposition. While humans are emotional beings, the reality is they’re more likely to come to your product or service to achieve a clear transactional benefit. Acquire and convert more users by perfecting the most direct path to realizing that benefit. Here we look at a case […]

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Solving Product Development Challenges With Product Review

BY LISA LONG ON APRIL 10, 2018

Have you ever worried about knowing what to do next for your product?  Often, the qualitative and quantitative data you have on hand about your product can provide only a fuzzy outline of what is happening and it can be challenging to know if you’re heading in the right direction. While product managers have a […]

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How to Make Product Management for Enterprise Systems Work

BY ANDREAS REICHHART ON APRIL 9, 2018

I love building enterprise systems, because you get to work with your customers/users every day and literally see their lives change as you release new features. In my case, at Zalando, these are systems for fashion buying, supply chain management, inventory management and procure-to-pay processes (e.g. paying our suppliers for merchandise we bought from them). […]

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More Than Great Products: A Journey to Product/Market Fit

BY LIAM SMITH ON APRIL 6, 2018

Once upon a time I believed that to be a successful product manager, I simply had to create great products. The rest would fall into place, right? Well, not quite… For years I’ve helped my clients create new digital products and services for their customers. We threw terms like product/market fit around, without ever really giving […]

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Announcing World Product Day - the World’s Largest Product Management Event

BY MARTIN ERIKSSON ON APRIL 6, 2018

This year we’re celebrating the 8th Anniversary of ProductTank, our global series of product management meetups for product people, by product people, and what better way to do that than to host the world’s largest product management event? We’re thrilled to announce the first ever World Product Day on May 23, the 8th anniversary of […]

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Using Deep Learning to Find Beautiful Photos by Alex Miller

BY EMILY TATE ON APRIL 5, 2018

In this ProductTank San Francisco talk Alex Miller, one-time software engineer in the content understanding team at Yelp, gives us a case study of using machine learning (specifically deep learning) to provide a ranking system that surfaces the most beautiful photos of a business to the top of their page. Basic Photo Ranking You may know […]

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Mapping Experiences by Jim Kalbach

BY TREMIS SKEETE ON APRIL 4, 2018

Jim Kalbach is a respected author, speaker, and instructor in information architecture and UX strategy and currently Head of Customer Success at online whiteboard business Mural. His latest book, Mapping Experiences (O’Reilly, 2016), focuses on the role of visualizations in strategy and innovation and in this talk from ProductTank New York he discusses the roles […]

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Pizzas, Minivans, and the Innovation Core Team

BY NOEL SOBELMAN ON APRIL 3, 2018

We’ve all been aware of the benefits of organizing your team with a small, cross-functional core team structure since the early 1990s when Wheelwright and Clark published their seminal research in “Revolutionizing Product Development”. My colleagues and I used to joke that your entire core team should be able to fit inside a minivan. Today, […]

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Life Beyond Google Analytics: Pick the Best Tools for the Job

BY YOAV YECHIAM AND RONEN FISCHER ON FEBRUARY 14, 2018

Google Analytics as Your Default Platform? Sure, if it’s 2010… A product manager’s role as an analyst is sometimes forgotten or not recognized. As a product manager, the impact of your business decisions will be measured by your product’s front-end data. It is your obligation to be able to implement an analytic platform, analyze the […]

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The Fundamentals of Building Better Data Products

BY CHRISTOPH TEMPICH ON FEBRUARY 13, 2018

Data is the world’s most valuable resource, according to The Economist, and the companies that primarily deal in data  – Google, Amazon, Facebook and the like – are among the most valuable in the world. Data and data products have been part of my professional career for a long time – from advising telco providers […]

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Tom-Tom Erik Isaksen - Disrupt Yourself or Die

BY SHUBHAM BHATTACHARYA ON FEBRUARY 12, 2018

Tom-Tom Erik Isaksen is the head of product, Norway, at Telia, a telecom service provider. He leads a department called Division X at Telia which creates next-generation concepts that are validated and adopted into the business lines. Speaking at Product Tank Oslo, he starts off saying: “Division X is building a whole new product in the engineering […]

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Product Warrior Podcast: Janna Bastow Talks the Challenges of Established Products

BY DAVE MARTIN ON FEBRUARY 9, 2018

This week’s Product Warrior podcast, supported by Mind The Product, centres on the challenge of “adopting” an established product from previous product management. ProdPad and Mind The Product co-founder Janna Bastow explains how existing products in different growth stages come with additional product challenges compared with greenfield products. Such challenges include: Tech debt Business and […]

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Better for Business? Size up the Benefits of an MBA

BY ALEX JONAS ON FEBRUARY 9, 2018

Over the past couple of years, there has been something of a trend in product management circles for criticizing (or at least challenging) the value of an MBA. As a current MBA candidate, here’s why I think this is misguided. A couple of years ago an article appeared in the Wall Street Journal and elsewhere which highlighted the […]

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Optimize for an Experience not a Platform

BY AARON GLAZER ON JANUARY 26, 2018

The pace at which new platforms are introduced is increasing rapidly. This means that our customers are always looking for the next opportunity to get their hands on new technology and use it in complex, exciting ways. Virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality are the buzzwords we can’t seem to escape or get enough of. Last year […]

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How do you Build a Million-Dollar Product?

BY PRANAB AGARWAL ON JANUARY 11, 2018

I am a product manager. I’ve been one for over a decade, and I absolutely love it! Building new products, and building them from scratch gives me a huge boost! Interestingly a few of these products have crossed the million-dollar mark; so I wanted to share a few of my secret mantras that can help you […]

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The Product Agent: Managing Ideas on a Product Team

BY TREMIS SKEETE ON DECEMBER 11, 2017

My journey to product management was not what you might expect, but then again, maybe you would. I studied accounting and computers in high school. At 19 I got a job as a computer technician and by 21 I was a computer science major. I then got a job on campus as a network administrator. […]

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How to Win Enterprise-User Buy-In

BY CHUL KWON ON MAY 18, 2017

Eric Menzie, CRM Head of Product at Wells Fargo Securities, talks to ProductTank New York about How to Win Enterprise User Buy-In. Eric shares six important User Buy-In lessons that are applicable to both enterprise and consumer product management. […]

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Videos

Using Habit-Forming Technology for Good by Nir Eyal

In this ProductTank NYC talk, behavioral designer Nir Eyal examines the ways in which product design can influence consumer behavior, and discusses how to apply this thinking across various technologies to create a positive impact on the world.

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Ask Alexis and the SMS MVP by Josh Seiden

Josh Seiden is co-founder and principal at consulting firm Neo. In this ProductTank NYC talk, he shares his work on a project called Ask Alexis.


MAPPING EXPERIENCES BY JIM KALBACH

Jim Kalbach is a respected author, speaker, and instructor in information architecture and UX strategy and currently Head of Customer Success at online whiteboard business Mural. His latest book, Mapping Experiences (O’Reilly, 2016), focuses on the role of visualizations in strategy and innovation and in this talk from ProductTank New York he discusses the roles and duties related to mapping experiences.


Vivek Bedi - The Awesome Product Manager

Vivek Bedi is the Head of Product at LearnVest. He has over 15 years’ product management experience, working for companies like Goldman Sachs, Sterling Backcheck, and now LearnVest. In his presentation, talks about LearnVest, the role of a product manager, and what he’s learned from his years as a product manager.


Alexa scordato - Product Marketing at Stack Overflow

Alexa Scordato is the VP of marketing at Stack Overflow. Her company is an online community for programmers, and one of the top sites in the world. They see over 45 million visitors per month, seven visits per visitor every month, and each visit lasts about six minutes. The main focus of the site is the Q&A, and there have been over 7.6 billion times that a developer found a solution on their site.


WHY PRODUCT MANAGEMENT SHOULD NOT BE RESPONSIBLE FOR PROJECT MANAGEMENT

Jordan Bergtraum is a management consultant who has been responsible for product strategy, UX, and teams consisting of product and project managers. In his ProductTank NYC presentation, he discusses the challenges of having one person in charge of product and project management. Jordan uses the Tesla automobile as a relatable example. 



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SOPHIA HUANG – ONBOARDING AS A PRODUCT MANAGER

Sophia Huang started her career in the San Francisco Bay Area, and eventually moved to New York City to work with InVision, the makers of the popular InVisionApp software. In her ProductTank NYC presentation, she goes over the challenges of onboarding as a product manager.


DANIELLA PATRICK – INNOVATION LAB PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT

Daniella Patrick is an Innovation Lab Product Manager at Accenture, which is one of the largest global consulting firms in the world, with clients and partners like Microsoft, GE, HP, and IBM. Accenture now has over 400k people employed, and offices in over 200 cities across 55 countries. Daniella’s educational background is in mechanical engineering and mathematics, and her professional experience includes operations, engineering, and design roles at several startups. In her ProductTank NYC presentation, she discusses her team’s role at their company and how they go about identifying problems and developing solutions.



Jenine Lurie - Disruptive Product Development

Jenine has the consulting insights to connect business goals with user desire and motivation for service design and application development. She is experienced with the creative and technical skills to design solutions for intuitive, enjoyable experiences in a complex digital environment. 


Adrian Franks – Creative Design Tools

Adrian Franks is a design director and creative strategist at IBM. At IBM he worked to design and develop the Creative Toolbox, which helps designers and product managers familiarize themselves with the various tools available to prototype and create new products.


How Designers & Developers Can Work Better Together

Jason Fleitz is Director of Web Operations at LivePerson, where they develop products such as LiveEngage- a platform that gives companies the ability to engage with their customers anytime on web sites, mobile and social networks. In this presentation at ProductTank NYC, he explains about how designers and developers can work better together on software projects, by adopting some simple tactics and strategies for better collaboration.


FROM CUSTOMER INTERVIEW TO BUSINESS BREAKTHROUGH

In this talk at Product Tank NYC, I describe how a class project turned into my first major product build. As head of product management at UncommonGoods, I have used the wish list redesign and its success to demonstrate the value of customer feedback, data analysis, and iterative development. It has since served as the driving force in the proliferation of the PM discipline throughout UncommonGoods.







ProductTank NYC is a community of product professionals working for (or wanting to work for) digital/web/mobile companies in New York City to exchange ideas, insights and experiences. Our events include talks from guest speakers from various companies, organizations and industries.

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