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  1. Designing Enterprise Dashboards

    In the design of enterprise software products, the dashboard is becoming an increasingly popular solution, often advertised as the cure all for corporate information overload and the big data deluge. Whether you're fitting together disparate pieces of a legacy software puzzle, deep diving into custom system analytics, or surfacing knowledge from a giant proprietary database, a custom dashboard might be the right choice for monitoring and mining your data.

    However, dashboard design can be extremely tricky: With many possible user groups, from executives to project managers to administrators to domain specialists, no two dashboard solutions are the same, and one…

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    • Quick Alignment with Assumptive Personas

      Who exactly is the user we are talking about? You've likely found that many conversations still revolve around, "I think we should" rather than about what your target users would need.

      In the absence of having real users give feedback on a regular basis, we often resort to abstractions such as market segments, but it is very difficult to make detailed design decisions based on broad segments.

      Personas solve this problem by creating a realistic profile that represents a segment. In this presentation, I'll outline what personas are, why they are useful, and how to create them, starting with what…

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      • Forecasting Product Performance Like a Meteorologist

        Tying product metrics to financial return or cost savings
        Leveraging internal partnerships and support to buildrear recast map
        Determine and fix gaps in your launch strategy based on your forecast
        Business case, returns, pro forma, and phased execution of launches

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        • Lessons learnt from customer visits - do's and don'ts

          Customer visits can be the best qualitative method to learn the most about your customers/prospects - stuff you will not learn from surveying them. But this is only if you do them right. Based on experience doing 300 of them in 10 different countries, I would like to share what has worked and what has not.

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          • Agile devs meet UI design : how does a product manager mesh two processes

            In some organizations the UX/UI team will be working to it's own process, not necessarily coordinated or part of the engineering product development process. As product manager we may be caught in between. We'll share stories from the trenches, what workes and what doesn't

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            • How to prioritize requirements objectively and end roadmap arguments

              Use a simple scorecard based on objective criteria derived from company goals to win arguments with Sales, Engineering, the CEO and the CFO. We'll work through examples of how to capture, score, prioritize, socialize and come to consensus on your roadmap.

              I would be happy to lead this session: Bruce McCarthy

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              • User Centered Design: How to please users and get the CEO off your back

                As a product manager, you are no doubt inundated with feature and functionality requests based on strong personal opinions or unexpected circumstances from within your organization. This session will discuss approaches to neutralize strong opinions and back up your decisions with objective, scientific research. User Centered Design (UCD) allows you to do exactly that — it gives you the hard evidence you need to prioritize feature requests, differentiate your offerings and sell more product. Now you will have all the tools you need to deal with your most common challenges, including:
                • A current crisis: “The VP of Sales needs…

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                • Product Discovery

                  A lot of entrepreneurs have an idea and then start looking for a developer, build something and launch it only to discover that users are not connecting with the product. Doh! It would be far more efficient to do a product discovery phase before consuming engineering cycles. Simply put, product discovery makes every product manager much more efficient.

                  See also my interview with BostInnovationhttp://bostinno.com/2011/03/26/3-questions-with-iphone-guru-giuseppe-taibi-on-mobile-project-management/

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