A release note is a document that describes the technical features of new or updated software.

These documents usually include information about:

  • The version number and date of release for each update or upgrade
  • List of the new features and their impact on end-users
  • List of bug fixes and their impact (“fixed a bug that prevented/ caused/ allowed …”)
  • Known issues, limitations, and bugs — especially for internal use (e.g., the customer support department)
  • Known incompatibilities with other programs or devices

The distribution methods of the document vary between different products and other users.

Common channels include:

  • In the product itself
  • Emails
  • Blog posts & social media
  • Google Play & App Store

Maayan Galperin,

Product Manager

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It’s a common misconception that the Product Discovery Phase is only for new products. In fact, it’s just as important for existing products as well.

The Product Discovery Phase aims to uncover insights into the users’ needs, so we can build a product that delivers value.

This phase is the key to creating successful products.

It includes activities such as:

✏️ Talk about long-term goals with stakeholders.

✏️ Plan according to the short-term goals.

✏️ Maintain the backlog — bugs and feature requests.

✏️ Conduct customer interviews.

✏️ Competitors analysis.

✏️ Market research.

✏️ Collaborating across the organization to brainstorm sessions.

In the Product Discovery phase, we discover what problems are worth solving. It helps us understand the customers’ needs, which in turn helps us create innovative solutions that solve real problems.

Maayan Galperin,

Product Manager

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We think we need a perfect map of the future to get started

BUT

We need a general direction.

The graphic below is one I found while following Liz Fosslien.

To me, this picture demonstrates my thoughts about the “north star” of a product.

We need to define the product’s value proposition and the pain point we plan to solve. And that’s it…!

We’ll figure the details out later.

Jeff Bezos once said:

“We are stubborn on vision. We are flexible on details…. We don’t give up on things easily.

If you’re not stubborn, you’ll give up on experiments too soon.

And if you’re not flexible, you’ll pound your head against the wall and you won’t see a different solution to a problem you’re trying to solve.”

That picture really made my day!

Thanks,

Maayan Galperin

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As product managers, we’re constantly juggling two streams of work: one dealing with discovery and the other with delivery.

We alternate between these two streams to keep our R&D and UX&UI teams on schedule and deliver quality products.

This way,

When the engineers and designers complete their current work, we can provide them with the next item without any gaps.

Here are some ideas that may inspire the next feature or product:

  • Customer feedback
  • Competitive research
  • User research
  • Market research
  • Ideas from the marketing, sales, and operations teams
  • Customer service
  • Innovative technology, R&D ideas
  • The product backlog
  • Company’s objectives

Maayan Galperin,

Product Manager

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You can’t go from zero to hero overnight….

It’s easy to get discouraged when you try to make a big change. But if you focus on improving your skill set every day, you’ll be amazed at how quickly those changes add up.

If you improve your skillset by 1% every day, then in just one year, you’ll be 37 times better than when you started.

When I try to stay motivated, I don’t think about how far I still have to go, but instead, I think about how far I have already come.

That’s the power of small and consistent steps!

Thanks,

Maayan Galperin

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Maayan Galperin

Maayan Galperin

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