I’ve got a pet peeve to share with you. If you’ve been following along with the growth of the Lean Startup and other experimental methods, you’ve probably come across this hypothesis format:If you aren’t familiar with this format, you can learn more about it here. While this format is fast and easy to use, it isn’t enough to ensure that your experiment designs are sound. As a result, I often cringe when I hear that teams want to use it.
It’s easy to think you already do continuous product discovery. Most of the teams that I work with come into coaching thinking that they don’t need help. They’ve read the industry books, they attend the popular product conferences, and they follow all the leading blogs. They’ve got this. Most product teams are starting to integrate discovery practices into their product development process. They interview customers, run usability tests, and conduct A/B tests. What more is there to learn?
In April, we posted this list of conferences. Since then, I’ve been asked dozens of times what my favorite product conference is. There are a lot of great product events, but for my money, none are better than Mind the Product. It’s the only product conference where I feel confident that the content will push my thinking and that there will be a number of great parties. That’s a fun combination.
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Selecting a term
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Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
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Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
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