Productized Services September 14, 2020

Productivize - Issue #11

Sharath Kuruganty @5harath

Hey there ūüĎč Happy Monday! Each week Productivize is something I look forward to as it gives me an opportunity to sharpen my product mind and provide value to you all at the same time. Thank you for reading and learning with me ūüôŹ

Just a quick update on¬†Shoutout¬†before we dive in, I'm super pumped to let you know that it has crossed 200 beta sign-ups on the waitlist ūüôŹ I'm incredibly grateful to everyone who is helping to validate my idea and giving a chance to serve you! Right now, I'm working on V1 and soon will roll out the beta invites in batches. If you are not on the waitlist get on it¬†here.

That's the update I wanted to share and now let's get started with this issue ūüĎá

How Customers Adopt Products

Alexander Osterwalder from Strategyzer shares a tool called Forces Diagram that can help you to see why some customers may want to switch to using your solution over what they're currently using. The framework really helps understand the adoption or potential adoption of new value propositions. Read here.

Thematic roadmapping, in practice

Instead of giving roadmaps with specific dates and particular features, Chris Butler suggests coming up with themes as they are real customer problems collected to be attacked on a per sprint basis. This article is packed with insightful guidelines on how roadmapping is done right and why to focus on the problems you are solving, not the solutions. Read here.

Everything you need to know about Product Walkthroughs

In the increasingly important world of product education, product walkthroughs have risen to the top of the stack as one of the most effective ways to get your users to their "Aha!" moments. In this article, the UserGuiding team will focus on the part of product walkthroughs in the user onboarding of web apps and web products. Read here.


Tarun Gangwani

Tarun is a seasoned product and design professional with an ability to deliver user-centered solutions for startups as well as well-established enterprises. He is currently working as a PM at Twitch. Tarun shares his take on product management, design, cloud technologies and more on twitter. Give him a follow @tarungangwani

Maggie Crowley

Maggie is not only a product leader - she's also an Olympic speed skater. As the director of product management at Drift, she works in hypergrowth, high-profile startup environment. She shares a ton of great advice for both current and aspiring product practitioners. Give here a follow @maggiecrowley

Daniel Elizalde

Daniel has over 20 years of experience managing the complete lifecycle of IoT products. Daniel is also a product coach helping executives and product leaders develop successful IoT product strategies. He often shares his product wisdom and gives frequent talks on innovation and strategy. He currently teaches IoT Product Management at Stanford University. Give him a follow - @delizalde



A personal knowledge bank and collaborative learning network.


Remember, search, and share your voice conversations.


Record & share the best parts of your Zoom video calls.


A book you should read: The Making of a Manager

Came straight from Julie Zhuo's experience, *The Making of a Manager *is a modern field guide packed everyday examples and transformative insights on being a great manager. Whether you're new to the job, a veteran leader, or looking to be promoted, this is the handbook you need to be the kind of manager you wish you had. Get it here.

That's all for today. I'll be back with new learnings and findings next week. My goal is to give you the best experience and value through Productivize and I hope you enjoyed reading this issue.

Lastly, I'm gathering feedback on how can I make Productivize better for you. I would love to know what you think. Tap on the below button and let me know. Thanks for reading!

Until next week

  1. 2

    Great guide about productivity. I really want one subscription for me. I want one for my website that cover the electric skateboard reviews article, see here

  2. 2

    Nice Sharath. Seeing Grain everywhere. Any thoughts?

    1. 1

      I know. I haven't tried it yet but looks really cool and useful for people who do a lot of Zoom calls!

  3. 2

    Great job Sharath. I love this newsletter for its brevity. I can scan quickly and get at least one thing that can help my day. Today - I got three.

    1. 1

      Thanks Edmund!

  4. 2

    Love this email in my inbox - very clean design Sharath!

    1. 1

      Thanks Vik :)

  5. 2

    Loved the first article.

    1. 1

      True, it's interesting to know what motivates people to adopt and what blocks.

      Thanks for checking out!

  6. 2

    Otter is that next level leveraging of voice and past convos. I haven't taken the time to organize it for myself but something I want to do in the future!

    1. 1

      I heard a lot about Otter. My plan is to use it for Productivize interviews.

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