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Product development - what and how. From backlog management to organization that enables efficient product development.
My vast amount of experience in product managing and development has helped me to achieve great things in my career and boost the performance of the companies I worked for. For over 15 years, I have been studying everything product-related from gathering a strong team to applying correct methodologies. And most importantly, I never forget to adapt to our ever-changing world and business environment, so my ideas are fresh and relevant.
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Mindaugas Jankauskas on Remote product organisationProduct professional, Technology enthusiast, Product management consultantSome time ago
▪️What scale do you use to measure an employee performance? ▪️Why 1 to 10 does not work? It is all about finding/setting a clear and stable reference point. Agreed and communicated expectations is a good starting point 👌🏽

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Mindaugas JankauskasProduct professional, Technology enthusiast, Product management consultant
What makes this scale not a regular scale - it is relative. This scale must go together with an mutual agreement between an employee and manager on what are the expectations. As a scale alone it does not have any meaning. In small companies relying on abstract assessment can work well, however than your at risk on being influenced by one or more cognitive biases. Also, knowing that you trust an employee is not helping him to understand what he can improve and how to be even better.
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Mindaugas Jankauskas on Product DevelopmentProduct professional, Technology enthusiast, Product management consultantSome time ago
Have you ever been in a situation where you tell a person what you need, he confirms that he understood and when he delivers it is not exactly what you needed❓ It is a common problem in product development when user needs and perceived needs are actually different. However, there are ways to avoid situations like this: 1️⃣ Identify user needs not only by asking what he needs but by observing and understanding what he needs to achieve. 2️⃣ Visualize the result before starting working on it and discuss (wireframes, user flow diagrams, simple drawings, prototypes) to confirm that this is actually what he wants, text might not be enough. 3️⃣ Iterate, get feedback, and observe your user with the new feature. One of the methodologies to find a solution to bigger user problems is Design Sprints. There are more, and even these three points might improve the situation a lot.

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Mindaugas JankauskasProduct professional, Technology enthusiast, Product management consultant
You are right Design sprints work well for bigger problems where you either not sure of all problem aspects or there are multiple possible ways to approach it. And by definition it is meant for bigger changes as it takes time and effort to organize well. However in this post I mentioned it only as an illustration that people think of different ways to make sure they understand their users before building something. Even small double-checks and feedback loops might go a long way to save time ...
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Mindaugas Jankauskas on AR/3D in retail and e-commerceProduct professional, Technology enthusiast, Product management consultantSome time ago
🗯‼️Not everyone knows that having AR experience on your page is really simple and most mobile devices 📲 support it straight from the browser (no specialized apps needed) ▶️ Straight to AR https://cutt.ly/QyWxl6q ▶️ See it in action https://cutt.ly/ByWxxfB (Look for “View in my room” button)

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Mindaugas JankauskasProduct professional, Technology enthusiast, Product management consultant
as you already specify in your home page it would start about 100 and the final price would depend on detail level and complexity of the model itself. However the biggest challenge to retailers is not a price of one model, but possibility to develop thousands and ten thousands of models in short period of time.
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Mindaugas Jankauskas on Product DevelopmentProduct professional, Technology enthusiast, Product management consultantSome time ago
One of the most common challenges I noticed in Product management is being able to plan, communicate, and get buy-in from different levels of stakeholders efficiently. As Product Manager, you will have different levels of stakeholders: ▪️Company management ▪️Other PMs ▪️Your own team All of them need a different level of detail and most likely from different angles. Knowing that you might want to organize your analysis, planning process, and communication in similar structure. 🔹 Insight #1. Starting your product development planning from the top will help to focus on the most valuable problems and get management buy-in before you even start development. 🔹 Insight #2 Limiting to right level information for the right stakeholders will improve communication clarity.
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Mindaugas Jankauskas on Product DevelopmentProduct professional, Technology enthusiast, Product management consultantSome time ago
Good product management is a balance between three bigger skill sets: 🔹Craft (methodologies, decision making, prioritization, routines) 🔹Communication (Company, Stakeholders, Team) 🔹Commercial awareness (Knowing problem area, understanding users and potential impact to overall business) This simple framework can actually help to structure personal development and help managers to guide Product people towards faster growth. ℹ️ In fact, this framework can be used for almost any position (be it engineer, salespeople, marketing, …) however requirements and actual skills in those sets would be different.
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