Product Management and the Art of Product Demonstrations

What I learned doing demos as a Product Manager.

A pictorial representation of demoing in front of a larger audience
A pictorial representation of demoing in front of a larger audience
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Fresh out of college with an engineering degree, I did my first product demo of a CRM application called “MyApprovals”. I was prepared. How hard could the demo be? The test runs were done, knew the features inside out, knew the code libraries used to run those features, and had the recorded demo in case something went wrong during the live demo. Cut to the final scene, my product demo ended with a polite thank you and we never heard from them again.

5 years and numerous demos later of both products and service offerings. …


A Case Study on how Grab uses experimentation to launch features.

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The road to Damascus for PMs goes through identifying user needs. To identify if a feature introduced will fit the bill, is also one of the biggest challenges faced by PMs. Add to this, the plethora of feedback and ideas received on a daily basis; we are looking at the possibility of carpet-bombing the product with features having no real user value. To avoid such a scenario, the question that becomes imperative is

What do we build? And more importantly, which features do we pare down?

Sometimes, what gets in a product release is at the expense of what becomes a backlog in JIRA. The answer to these questions has a high opportunity…


The world's best boss has plenty of insight for PMs.

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For those of you who don’t know him, Michael Scott was an effervescent fictional character played by Steve Carell on a mockumentary sitcom called “The Office.”

With 42 Emmy nominations, it consistently ranked high on the viewership board of Netflix and is a Top 5 contender in almost every “Best Sitcom” list published. 15 years since its inception, viewers keep coming back to it. According to Nielsen research, The Office ranked as the most-watched show on Netflix in 2018, with 52 million minutes streamed — more than 20 million more than Friends.

An example of User Retention if nothing else.


An approach on hand-drawn Low Fidelity Wireframes.

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There is no substitute for the good old fashioned way of picking up a pen and paper. Ask any Illustrator, Graphic Designer, Animator, or Product Manager they’d tell you the same. This is what Wireframes are, an easy way to transform sketches. Usually incorporated at the start of a sprint in Product Development, they are the stepping stones to a Prototype and Product MVP.

In this article, we look at the step by step approach of how one can create a Chatbot Wireframe and Dos and Don’ts of the same.

The…


The world of Conversational Interfaces (CIs) and what can we expect in the coming years.

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DataSeries highlight:

  • What is the current state of conversational interfaces like chatbots and what can we expect from them in the future.

There are three kinds of organizations.

1. Unaware: They are looking to leverage CIs. They need to be briefed on the applicability in Business space and the current state. They are curious to understand the journey to a CI enabled organization.

2. Aware: They understand the concept of CIs and cut to the chase. …

Himadri Joshi

Product Manager @ Haptik. Always uses Bayesian prediction to insert a USB. Reach out at joshi.himadri5@gmail.com

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