The product management of a design system

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Autodesk Shotgun UI, circa 2018 One of the most rewarding experiences I’ve had during my time as a Product Manager at Autodesk has been in building out and deploying a design system. ui product-management product-design design-systems practice

Why the Product Manager is secretly annoyed by you

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Transitioning from product design to product management

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product-design ux careers product-management designAn honest chronicle of my current problems as a designer-turned-PM and how I’m struggling to overcome them Continue reading on UX Collective ».

FBI profiling techniques for product managers

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Using the learnings of forensic psychologists & law enforcements officials about criminal profiling to improve product management work. Applying into product management In our role as product people, we can better understand psychological profiles and identify better user needs.

UX researchers and product managers: A guide to effective collaboration

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What’s the most effective way to work with my Product Manager / UX Researcher? product-management design ux psychology ux-researchContinue reading on UX Collective ».

A product manager’s 56 best (and stolen) insights from 2021

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design creativity management ux product-managementIf you’re reading this, it means I succeeded in my mission to the future. What follows is a human year’s worth of data condensed into… Continue reading on UX Collective ».

Product Managers: build, buy, or partner? Do you really have a choice?

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There is a ton of information from thought leaders about product managers’ build/buy/decision making. Do product managers have a choice Continue reading on UX Collective ». startup product-management business product-development marketing

Why are product managers still using a timeline?

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For those that know me, you know that I love product roadmaps. ux roadmaps product-development product-management product-designContinue reading on UX Collective ».

A product manager’s pivotal role in your B2B sales cycle

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How Product Teams Make or Break B2B Sales Success Continue reading on UX Collective ». product sales b2b sales-funnels product-management

Core concepts of modern product management

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A starting point for building successful products. Photo by Anton Maksimov juvnsky on Unsplash I often come across companies that don’t really understand what strong product management is about, mostly because they just never have been exposed to it.

Product managers: Not all metrics are good metrics

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How to use the right product metrics, and use them right Continue reading on UX Collective ». product-management product-design data startup ux

A matrix for prioritizing user research

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The ROI will be experienced subsequently across the product team, as they will be able to form better hypotheses and craft more accurate assumptions due to the depth of their understanding. It is known that product teams often work under pressure.

Design system FAQ: adoption and implementation

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Design systems are living rulesets, expressed in libraries of changeable components that silently follow and assist the work of product teams using them. In other words, small budgets for documentation allow loose governance over teams, whether it’s product or marketing.

Alternative Solutions & Owning Ecosystems

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You then try to look at the resources on their sites to try and learn more about their products and the tutorials aren’t clicking. Every product has different incentives to not solve certain problems. Does it make more sense to create another product to answer these concerns (e.g.

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Designer’s four roles in agile

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If you are a business owner, a design manager, or an individual designer, you must understand these roles and ensure that you have proper resources for each of them. Role 2: Product designer The detailed designs should be mostly ready before the implementation starts.

Product thinking: Focus on the solution, not the problem

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Valuing solution excellence in product management Continue reading on UX Collective ». design product-design product user-experience product-management

Needs, Jobs, and Behaviours?—?what’s the difference and why does it matter?

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3) Motivations and Anxieties These are in response to a product or service. user-experience insights research ux-strategy product-managementNeeds, Jobs, and Behaviours?—?what’s what’s the difference and why does it matter? Insights come in all shapes and sizes.

Is problem definition the stepchild of UX design?

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Google has a unique track record and know-how with more than 1 billion people using Google Maps every month and more than 5 million active apps and websites using Google Maps products every week.? product-management design-thinking ux product-design ux-strategy

Revisiting the anatomy of a design system

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ui product-management design-systems ux product-designOver the years, a lot has evolved about what a design system is what it’s comprised of. An article from Brad Frost inspired me to revisit this earlier article from 2016 and update this idea with my current perspectives.

How (not) to start an eBike subscription business

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Arguably, I allowed myself to get carried away, flattered even, by the desirability of the product and go ahead and set up my initial subscriptions. Whilst sitting through Asset Based Finance presentation the subject of financing up-cycled products emerged.

The secret to higher ROI? Redefining UX research

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finance, marketing, operations) and are not artificially confined to design and product teams. They are skilled in a wide repertoire of research methods and strive to influence a large number of organizations beyond design and product.

Reimagining OKRs for designers and design teams

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Yet, as a design manager or a designer, you will likely be asked to set OKRs, and as a leader, align your team to OKRs to measure success. Adobe scrapped the practice after calculating that 2,000 managers were in for some 80,000 hours when dealing with performance reviews.

Product metrics that matter

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The power of metrics entered Product Management to change it forever. Before product metrics, we were shooting blindfolded. As a result, product metrics quickly got established. If we don’t use product metrics, we’re at a disadvantage.

A quick guide for setting up a design system: Figma edition

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Be mindful that the file will be harder to manage over time and could present some performance issues if the project went on for too long and involves many features in and out of the project. figma product-management ui design-systems ux

Is your product becoming a house of cards?

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A “framework” for communicating dependencies within your product experience. TLDR : This ‘framework’ uses the metaphor of physical weight to help categorize parts of your product experience into three levels, each providing support for the next.

How I want to work as a content designer

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Anybody working at your company or even using your products and services can tell you something they think should be better. I had to wait 2 years before a Marketing partner approached my product manager to inquire about the feasibility.

Define your process for building effective products

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Define your process for building better products Photo by Leon on Unsplash Weather we build something from scratch or we keep adding to existing products, there’s a lot to consider. Without them there would be no product. scrum product agile product-management product-design

Tips to enhance your team’s user research insights

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If you’re a designer or member of a product team and hearing this, you are already seeing some signs of UX maturity within your organization. You or your product manager won’t face the dreaded “Did we test this?” whether product, dev, QA, etc.–will “We should test this.”

Canvas your way to product vision

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Photo by Miti on Unsplash While living in Sydney I participated in a workshop that was based on a lightweight product canvas. The last step of the workshop involved writing a vision statement for our new product. Now consider what those users need from your product.

Good product designers / bad product designers

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I find that too many companies, and even many designers, have no clue what a good product designer actually looks like. Yet there is a huge difference between how great product designers operate, and the rest. Good designers know how to manage stakeholders. They make sure that the product produces the expected outcome by following up on the performance after the team has shipped. careers ui design ux product-management

A/B testing sounds really good in theory, but…

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As you might already know, this common graphic visualizes the concept of A/B testing in product and user experience research ?—?a There is no doubt that A/B testing is an efficient learning and decision-making tool in product development.

21 rules of intelligent form design

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design ui product-management ux usabilityAs uncomplicated as form designs can be, you’ll find that the majority of the forms you come across are badly designed. If you’ve launched… Continue reading on UX Collective ».

Video game UX, building in public, the illusion of A/B testing

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Building a UX team: a trial & error strategy

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Falcon rockets landing | Photo by SpaceX on Unsplash This article is based on my presentation at the Product Camp 2021 conference and was divided into 8 key points when it comes to building a UX team. So together with my manager at the time, we started a long experimentation process.

Product designers are clashing with developers, and it’s ugly

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user-experience product-design ux product-development product-managementThere are solutions, though, and that market is growing Continue reading on UX Collective ».

The PO vs PM madness

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scrum ux startup product-management agileAll you need to know to navigate the PO vs PM dilemma. Continue reading on UX Collective ».

Running an effective design kickoff meeting

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product-management communication ux user-experience designUX designers don’t work in isolation, so collaboration and communication are vital skills. Continue reading on UX Collective ».

Don’t ever skip the post-mortem

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This story contributed to World-Class Designer School : a college-level, tuition-free design school focused on preparing young and talented African designers for the local and international digital product market. We’ve all been there, buddy.

Scaling team rituals to grow with design teams

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Illustrations by Oliver The most common team rituals that continue to bring value to my teams, the ones that are relevant no matter the team size, product, or company are the following: Critique ?—?a Let me know what you’d like to hear about next in my Design Manager Journey series ??

Asynchronous usability tests: how to keep users engaged?

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Don’t skip the warm-up and context-setting questions: In asynchronous usability tests, especially those designed to garner quick feedback or impressions of a product, warm-up and context-setting questions are sometimes deemed unimportant and skipped to save time and processing effort.