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Apply These QA Techniques to Improve Your Product Development Process

Product managers often underestimate the importance of QA in software development. Embed these best practices in your team’s process to build higher-quality products and realize your vision faster.

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Andy Chiang

Andy Chiang

Andy is a product manager and technology expert who helps businesses, from startups to global corporations, scale teams and increase revenue. His previous roles include Director of Supply Chain Strategy at Gap Inc. and Director of Product Management at Coupa, which was featured on the Fortune Future 50 index in 2021.

Treat It Like a Product: API Management Best Practices

Taking on even a single API is a complex task, but it can be made easier by taking a product management approach. Optimize your API strategy with these best practices for security, design, governance, and more.

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Milos Belcevic

Milos Belcevic

Milos is a digital product specialist who has built and shaped cutting-edge solutions at numerous international companies and innovative startups. He is currently a senior product manager at Clarivate Analytics, supporting teams working with an API-based product. Milos was a speaker at the ACE! 2023 conference, where he gave a talk titled “API Product Management 101: A Survival Guide for Non-Technical PMs.”

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5 Common Mistakes in Requirements Gathering

Requirements gathering is a crucial but often overlooked part of the development process. Steer clear of these five ineffective approaches and identify meaningful ways to improve your requirements gathering process.

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Michael Reeb

Michael Reeb

Michael is an experienced program, project, and product manager with in-depth knowledge of large-scale, global IT solutions. He has held several roles at Microsoft, including senior build product manager and senior program manager. Michael holds a master’s degree in cybersecurity, and also has a professional degree from the General Management Program at Harvard Business School.

3 Product-led Growth Frameworks to Build Your Business

Adoption of product-led growth strategies is soaring, particularly among SaaS companies. This overview of three key frameworks can help you decide which one is right for your company.

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Arkapravo Chakraborty

Arkapravo Chakraborty

Arkapravo is a senior product manager with more than a decade of experience. With a background in software engineering and an MBA, he has helped develop and launch global products at Fortune 500 companies, including BT (British Telecom) and Accenture.

Drive Commercial Success With a Product-led Growth Culture

Aligned teams create a seamless customer experience. Unlock the potential of product-led growth in your organization with these six tips.

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Philippe Araujo

Philippe Araujo

Philippe is a growth product manager, Agile expert, and digital innovation consultant. Over the past 15 years he has helped clients such as Fujitsu and Michelin develop engaging products and transform their businesses to be more customer-centric.

HiPPOs and the Product Roadmap: How to Manage Senior Stakeholder Intervention

Don’t let someone’s intuition overshadow data-driven decision-making. Use these strategies to manage the highest-paid person’s opinions (HiPPO) and build robust, consistent processes around your product roadmap.

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Ryan Strong

Ryan Strong

Ryan is a senior product manager and startup CEO with more than a decade of experience building innovative products. His previous roles include Director of Product Management at 7-Eleven, where he played a key role in creating the first cashierless store, and Product Manager at AIG Retirement. Ryan has led both software and hardware projects using data to guide and validate at every stage of the process.

Struggling With Stakeholder Management? Hire a Product Manager

Product managers can be invaluable partners for CEOs and other executive leaders during times of organizational change. By negotiating with stakeholders at all levels, the product manager can achieve alignment for vital products and initiatives, and remove operational roadblocks.

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Scott Lee

Scott Lee

Scott is a product manager and consultant with more than nine years of experience working in global markets for companies like LVMH, Kering, and Richemont, as well as startups at all stages of development, from pre-seed to scaling.

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Greg Prickril

Greg is a seasoned product strategy consultant and trainer with nearly 20 years of experience shipping digital enterprise products at IBM, Microsoft, and SAP. He is also a global expert on delivering complex products and solutions at an enterprise scale.
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