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Mobile Learning Strategy Examples: From Microlearning to Gamification


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We live in blessed times when education became available for the vast majority of people. We’re at arm’s length from immense information, which we may find hard to absorb and digest, though. 

Apart from the information abundance, the fast pace of people’s lives leaves critically little room for education. This case is especially true for those who already left classrooms for the offices and strive to find some time for further education and self-development. Therefore, to make digital education accessible to as many people as possible, mobile learning appeared. 

As a design agency, we often receive requests from our clients to help with the design suitable for mobile learning, so we have huge expertise we’re ready to share.

In this blog post, we’ll discover why mobile learning is getting more and more in demand, how it satisfies different audience’s needs, and what strategies mobile learning employs to bring learners to their goals. 

And to start with, let’s make a quick recap of what we know about mobile learning.

What is mobile learning?

Mobile learning is a remote education form when users can access learning with mobile and handheld devices. Sometimes, you can see names like “eLearning” or “mLearning,” but they both stand for the same concept - a person can instantly start learning just by opening their smartphone or tablet. You may also understand “mobile” as “on the go,” and it’ll be true. Whenever people have an extra five minutes, being stuck in a traffic jam or waiting for a plane to take off, they can make use of bite-sized modules and engaging exercises to move further in the learning process. 

Why is mobile learning gaining traction?

The answer will be pretty obvious if we look into some figures. App Annie, an analytics firm, claims that people are now spending more than four hours a day using their smartphones, which makes a 30% increase compared to 2019.

daily hours spent in apps international statistics

For sure, a fair half of this time is not devoted to education but rather virtual socialization and entertainment. However, we also can’t underestimate the augmenting importance of mobile learning in people’s everyday lives, and here is why.

  • Mobile learning gives control to learners’ hands

Learners can autonomously build their learning process and decide on its intensity and length. They can study whenever they have a gap in their fully packed schedule, just pulling out a mobile device from their pockets. So if you manage to make your LMS fit the smartphone’s screens, you can expect people to frequently come back to your learning app.

  • Mobile learning provides users with constant feedback

People are more motivated to proceed with the learning process when they see their progress and get consistent feedback and advice on improving the results. Without being appreciated, learners can lose interest pretty fast. In your LMS, you can realize giving the feedback through in-app messaging, quizzes, or individual progress reviews.

  • Mobile learning creates a tailored experience

As opposed to traditional learning environments where it’s almost impossible to adjust the educational plan to each student, mobile learning allows individualizing a learning path based on students’ initial background and learning preferences. To gather this information, you can send a quick quiz to your learners by email or encourage them to fill out an online survey, based on which you’ll customize your learning solution.

Why implementing a mobile learning strategy is a good decision?

At least because many people consider both traditional education and eLearning boring and complicated. Our brain can be easily intimidated by the new stuff. The only way to calm the brain down is to reduce the complexity level. It works well breaking down the learning by small digestible chunks or/and adding some entertainment vibe to create a fun game feeling. 

The main purpose of mobile learning is to persuade learners that studying can be engaging and feasible. Thus, mobile learning investigates different ways to satisfy diverse learners’ needs. 

To be more specific, we’ll now move to mobile learning strategies that perform well from entertaining and educational perspectives. 

Here is what I have on the list:

  • Microlearning
  • Scenario-based learning
  • Social learning
  • Personalization
  • Gamification

All these strategies are designed to facilitate the learning process by employing different approaches and techniques. 

So let’s go one by one starting from the most popular mLearning strategy.

Microlearning: a bite-sized education

As you can guess from the very name, the essence of this strategy is dividing the new information into small chunks so as not to overwhelm learners. Usually, microlearning lessons are ten-fifteen minutes long. However, there could be even one-minute sessions uncovering a simple concept or giving a concise subject definition.

Hermann Ebbinghaus’s forgetting curve underlies the microlearning theory.

Hermann Ebbinghaus forgetting curve
Hermann Ebbinghaus forgetting curve

This curve explicitly tells us  - you will forget 80% of what you’ve learned just in a month! That’s how our brain works. So if we don’t turn fresh knowledge into practice, the newly learned information will dissolve pretty quickly. 

Microlearning aims to somehow deal with this issue. Small pieces of information are way easier to perceive and recollect than huge knowledge massives. Also, multiple repetition of learned materials helps preserve the information for longer.

Microlearning can be realized in different ways, each of which serves best for the particular target audience. 


All short and highly contextual messages that help users learn belong to microcopy. These are error notifications, explanations, hints, and tips you can often see within a digital product.

For example, in the message below, Google Drive teaches me how to share links.

the use of microcopy example
One of the options for sharing Google Drive materials

Microlearning videos

These can be either standalone educational videos or parts of the long learning process. Typically, each video conveys one main thought a learner should take away. 

The examples are:

  • micro-lectures
  • whiteboard animations
  • explainer and interactive videos

TED Talks can be a great example of micro-lectures often pursuing both educational and entertainment purposes.

microlearning video example
The lectures have a limited 18-minutes length and one specific topic for each talk.

Microlearning mobile apps

Microlearning mobile apps designed specifically for smartphones are firmly integrated into people’s lives. Whereas the young generation takes quite a fair part of microlearning users, business workers keep up with mobile learning. 

Here are two examples of microlearning mobile apps beneficial for both students and professionals.

Your Primer app offers five-minute courses in various disciplines such as marketing, SEO, analytics, business management, content creation, branding, and so on. With bite-sized lessons, it’s feasible to learn every day and gradually grow your new competencies.

microlearning mobile app example

Another great example of a microlearning application is the WordWord of the Day. This easy-to-use mobile product assists students and workers in enhancing their English language proficiency day by day.

World of the day as a example of microlearning application

Games and challenges

We’ll touch upon games more in detail a bit further when talking about gamification. As of now, I’d just like to mention that games and challenges also belong to the microlearning strategy pursuing the goal to inject a dose of fun into the learning process. Challenges evoke a competitive spirit and stimulate learners to strive for small, still significant achievements. 

You can try implementing in your LMS:

  • Flashcards and polls
  • Thematic quizzes
  • Open and close questions


Maybe you didn’t know (truth be told, me neither before researching materials for this article), infographics are a kind of microlearning we face almost every day. Neuroscientists say that we can help our brain understand complex notions by representing them with simple images. The graphical depiction of concepts engages our brain’s parts responsible for visual information perception and enables quicker knowledge assimilation.

educational infographics example
The educational infographics example

To serve microlearning, you can utilize:

  • Comparison infographics
  • Timeline infographics
  • Geographic infographics
  • Statistical, informational, hierarchical, and more infographics types are available to ease eLearning

Social media

Surprisingly, social media can also be attributed to microlearning. Without even noticing this, we keep learning from the content we consume. Especially if this is the content from professional social media like LinkedIn, Reddit, or even Twitter (not so often, but still!). It can also be a good exercise to use social media for micro-blogging and communication skills improvement.

Whereas microlearning is probably the most widely used mobile learning strategy, other equally effective approaches are used in mLearning.

Scenario-based learning: learn from real-life situations

Scenario-based learning is a sort of education when users learn from simulations of real-life situations. This eLearning approach works best if it’s crucial to check whether learners comprehend the material and, what is way more important, whether they can apply the received knowledge in real situations.

The main benefits of scenario-based learning are:

  • Suitable for formal and informal training
  • Allows learners to explore more learning situations
  • Encourages users to improve their mistakes through constructive feedback
example of the app that uses scenario-based learning

Social learning

The root of social learning goes to social learning theory stating that people can learn from looking at others and imitating them. Simply put, the observation helps build new behavioral patterns even without turning them into practice. However, reinforced by practical exercises, the social learning results may be significantly higher.

The examples of social learning include:

  • Tutorship or mentoring - the essence of this learning type is in continuous interaction between a learner and a more knowledgeable person 
  • Webinars - this learning format became particularly widespread during the COVID-19 pandemic when online learning boomed
  • Workshops and masterminds - being surrounded by participants with different experiences, learning is happening through intense communication and knowledge sharing

Personalized learning

Instant feedback and gamified interactive learning are at the core of personalization.

Instant feedback is usually realized through scoring, custom-tailored tips, notifications, and pieces of advice. From one side, consistent feedback navigates learners to what they should pay more attention to. But what is more important, the properly designed feedback encourages users to proceed with their learning even though they may have some failures and disappointments on their learning path. 

From a product design process perspective, the UX copy is fully responsible for creating engaging and supportive feedback messages that would urge people to continue learning.

Gamified interactive learning is a mix of micro-learning and gamification. Interactive learning feeds users with small nuggets of information flavored with exercises in the form of games. 

As an example of gamified interactive learning, I would name the Elevate app. 

This application is designed to boost brain work and enhance a user’s writing, speaking, reading, memory, and math abilities. Daily exercises take into account my previous achievements and adjust following tasks to smoothly increase the difficulty level. 

What I really love about the Elevate app is its explanations and tips. Even though math is the weakest discipline for me, I keep struggling (sometimes, even successfully!) with fractions and equations thanks to the supportive feedback.

the app that uses personalized learning

And finally, we got to gamification, one of the most working mobile learning strategies. 


We’ve already touched upon gamification, talking about games and challenges in terms of microlearning. And now, let’s make clear why gamification is so widely employed and what benefits it brings to mobile learning.

  • Gamification drives learners engagement

Our brain loves fun and everything it can get with the minimum effort. Incorporating games in learning masks the seriousness of the process and reduces the fear of dealing with new things.

  • Gamification creates a competitive spirit

Reasonable competition is a powerful booster. Scoring, rewards, badges - all these leadership attributes spur learners to compete for higher positions and, again, increase learning engagement.

  • Gamification ensures a high users’ retention rate

If learners aren’t overloaded with complex information, the learning process is easy and fun, the feedback is consistent, and the progress is visible, chances are high they will stay for longer with this educational product. 

One of the brightest examples of successful gamification strategy realization is Duolingo.

Duolingo developed game-like tasks to assist users in learning new information. This approach encourages learners to keep up with their studies and motivates them to reach their language goals.

the use of gamification in Duolingo
Duolingo creates a personalized gamified experience for each app’s user

A few more words

Mobile learning is an indispensable part of the eLearning process. The variety of learning strategies allows companies to choose which approach would work best for their LMS taking into account specific business goals. Whatever mobile learning strategy you choose, we can help you with a web and mobile design like we did for PublishXI. 

Read next about web design examples and learn how to create a usable, responsive, and high-converting website.

Natalia Borysko


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Principles of Pragmatic Design: Why Does Your UI/UX Need to Be Pragmatic?

UI/UX design is not about drawing pretty images and playing around with fonts just because why not. A good UI/UX design lets users interact with the product in a simple manner, while product owners can achieve their business goals without any issues. Pragmatic design is the approach that gained significant traction precisely because it keeps these goals in mind. But what exactly does pragmatic design mean?

We at Eleken pride ourselves on being a pragmatic UI/UX design agency. That's literally one of the first things you see on our website. And it's not just a fancy phrase, but rather an approach with its own philosophy and design principles. So let's talk about pragmatic design, its meaning and principles in more detail.

What is pragmatic design? 

When it comes to UX/UI design, the pragmatic approach is a mindset that focuses on delivering practical solutions to users' needs, on the one hand, and business needs, on the other. A designer has a goal to create the most plain and straightforward solution which will serve everyone equally, without adding any unnecessary bells and whistles. A pragmatic designer ensures that the final product is efficient and intuitive, solves real business issues and fully meets user expectations.

Pragmatic web design, as well as UI/UX, places great emphasis on usability and functionality. Instead of chasing after fancy aesthetics or overcomplicated features, it prioritizes the core functionalities users truly need. Pragmatic approach recognizes that users come to a product or service with specific goals in mind, so it aims to support those goals in the most effective way possible.

By keeping the user at the forefront, pragmatic design minimizes the cognitive load on users and reduces friction in their interactions. It focuses on simplicity, clarity, and intuitiveness, allowing users to accomplish tasks with ease and without any confusion. A pragmatic UI/UX design considers the context of how the product or service will be used and to make sure that users can achieve their desired outcomes quickly and effortlessly.

The other side of pragmatic design solutions is that they align with business objectives. By streamlining the user experience, it enhances customer satisfaction and engagement, leading to increased conversions, loyalty, and, ultimately, business success. A pragmatic design approach acknowledges that an efficient, user-friendly interface has a direct impact on a company's bottom line, making it a worthwhile investment for any organization.

Let's not go too far for pragmatic design examples and take a look at our cases. When we worked on redesigning SEOcrawl, we did not rely on our experience and our partner's vision solely. Instead, we constantly asked SEOcrawl users for feedback each step of the way. As a result, after the UI/UX design overhaul, the product started growing twice as fast.

SEOcrawl redesign screenshot

That's what pragmatic design is all about – making users' lives easier by hearing them out and ensuring they’ll have what they want in the simplest way possible.

But how exactly do we at Eleken do it?

Pragmatic design principles

Now that you get the gist let's talk in a bit more detail about the UI/UX design principles we adhere to.

Keep user pain points in mind 

A pragmatic approach to design solves problems and helps users achieve their goals. So, before Eleken designers start working, we have to thoroughly understand the challenges and goals of our clients’ users. By empathizing with their needs, we can develop solutions that effectively address their pain points. Thanks to user research, gathering insights, and identifying user personas, we gain valuable knowledge that informs our design decisions. This principle ensures that the final product meets the specific requirements of its intended users and enables them to achieve their goals seamlessly.

For example, Ricochet360 had a months-long learning curve because the interface was too unstructured, and lacked clear visual hierarchy and clues to let users know when they entered the wrong data. 

Ricochet360 screenshot

In such cases you need to design for simplicity. We hid all fields that were not vital into the "additional info," and made sure formatting, data type and required field were very clear for users at first glance. This new page looks quite simple, true. But it ensured the users no longer struggled with the task they used the product for, and that's what's important.  

Ricochet360 redesign screen

Test and iterate

Any pragmatic designer will pay attention to user testing and feedback. At Eleken, we strive to involve real users in the design process to collect feedback and insights. This approach helps us identify any usability issues early on and refine the design accordingly. By conducting usability tests, A/B testing, and other evaluation methods, we ensure that our designs are not only visually appealing but also intuitive, efficient, and delightful to use. Testing and iterating are crucial to creating a pragmatic UX/UI design that evolves and improves based on feedback from real people.

We've already talked about how we involved users in SEOcrawl redesign. But it's possible even when you're creating a product from scratch. For example, when we were designing an MVP for Prift, a multifunctional personal finances platform, we conducted A/B testing and went with the version the users preferred more (the second one).

Prift A/B testing

Go for realism over idealism

Implementing pragmatic design means we keep our expectations and goals realistic and align with users' natural behaviors and expectations. So before embarking on a new project, we invest time in understanding how users typically interact with similar products or services. This deep exploration allows us to design solutions that feel familiar and intuitive to users, minimizing the learning curve and optimizing their experience. By avoiding overly complex or unfamiliar interactions, we create interfaces that users can navigate effortlessly, resulting in a more engaging and satisfying user experience.

Take a look at HabitSpace design. Gamification, emojis, and simple graphs ensure you know from the very first glance what this app is for and how to use it. Design is not fine art, and a pragmatic designer doesn't need to ensure their creation has a unique style or differentiates from its counterparts. They need to make sure their product is easy to use, that's all. 

HabitSpace screens

Be flexible

Trends change. Technologies change. User needs also change. So, in the ever-evolving digital landscape, pragmatic UX/UI design needs to be flexible and mindful of the product life cycle. By staying informed about the latest trends, keeping an eye on emerging technologies, and remaining open to incorporating new features or enhancements, we ensure that our designs remain relevant and valuable to users in the long term. But on the other hand, no design is completely future-proof. And it doesn't need to be. It just needs to have some space to grow. 

This is especially important when your clients want to build an MVP product, and you create the design for it. We did that, for example, for Favorably and many other products. If everything works out well, the product will grow a long way both in terms of design and tech, and any design must recognize this.

Favorably redesign screen

Prioritize accessibility

Pragmatic UX/UI design puts a great stress on accessibility. We recognize the importance of creating inclusive experiences that cater to users with disabilities or unique accessibility needs. By incorporating features like proper color contrast, keyboard accessibility, screen reader compatibility, and other accessibility considerations, we aim to provide an inclusive and empowering experience for everyone. 

Allowing the users to customize their primary working spaces, as we did, for example, with TextMagic, is one of the easiest ways to ensure that, for example, people with color blindness don't struggle with your product. It's a simple thing that goes a long way in ensuring customer satisfaction and loyalty.

TextMagic customization screen

Final thoughts

Design isn't the goal in itself. A product isn't a museum, and designers are not fine artists. Design, no matter how beautiful and pleasing, is not what users come for (except for when they are designers themselves and want to learn and/or steal adopt some ideas from you.) "Media is the message," and design is a way of communication. If you're a SaaS business owner, you should always go for a design that ensures a smooth user experience and for a designer who understands your business goals instead of the one who just wants to make things pop.

If you're looking for UI/UX design services to meet this criteria, contact us today and see how design can help you achieve your business goals.

Product design
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What Is Product Management: Comprehensive Overview

Product industry is blossoming and all sorts of digital products are being created and subtly merged with our businesses and daily routines. The creation of digital products is an exciting, yet a very complex process. And this is where product management comes to save the day. You might have heard of it and may even believe that this business process is pretty simple to get. Believe it or not - there’s still a lot to learn what product management is all about.

As a design agency for SaaS companies, we at Eleken are lucky to be a part of digital products creation and work together with various product teams. In this article we would like to share what we have learnt about product management and its undeniable importance for successful products. 

What is product management?

To figure out what product management is we first need to tackle the history a little. The concept appeared way before products got digital. In 1930th Neil McElroy, a young employee of Procter & Gamble, wrote a memo that suggested hiring more people for running the company's products. 

The note uncovered the new approach according to which `brand men` had to focus on a product’s packaging, positioning, distribution, and sales. These employees were expected to be fully responsible for a full life cycle of a specific product. Responsibilities described in the note resemble modern product managers' role in many ways.

Mr. McElroy’s memo turned out to be influential and defined the future of product management for several generations. A lot has changed since then, but the idea of having a dedicated process and role responsible for managing products remained.

The further development of software companies led to Agile methods of management, main principles were gathered in Agile Manifesto. And even though this paper is more often associated with project management, it became in fact the turning point from where modern product management rises.

You are probably aware that product management is often confused with project management. And in general sense, we can say that these concepts are close. Yet if you zoom in, you will see that product and project management bear different responsibilities and key deliverables.

Image source: ​​AIPMM ProdBOK

The main thing to get the difference between these two is that product management covers the whole product creation, while project management focuses on a specific stage of product development.

For project management tactics, strong organizational and time-management skills are more important, while product management is more strategic, requiring broader business vision and analytical thinking. Building, communicating and implementing the strategy for the product is one of the most important goals of product management. 

Modern product management is responsible for the product’s strategy, development and performance from start to finish. The ability to see the bigger picture and make informed decisions necessary for product development are crucial for product managers that aim to create stunning products.  

Achieving the goal of product success requires a deep understanding of technology behind the product, as modern digital products need to be flawless to win the competition and satisfy users. But product management is not just tech, it’s also profound understanding of users, their needs and satisfaction. And of course, product managers have to ensure all business goals are met. Thus, product management is best defined as the intersection of business, user experience, and tech.

Product management definition diagram
Image source: atlassian.com

To understand product management better, below we will talk about the product`s lifecycle, typical product manager`s activities, as well as tools used for effective product management. We will also look into product management roles and different organizational models of product companies to see how they influence the prduct management. And of course our favorite one, the collaboration of product management and design.

Product management lifecycle

Let’s take a look at life cycle of digital products as it directly influences the product management. When we talk about the lifecycle of product management we mean the way a particular company runs its product development.

Image source: theproductmanager.com

The four main stages of a product life cycle are Introduction, Growth, Maturity, and Decline. Let’s look at them more closely.

Introduction. This phase starts a couple months before release and continues while your product is entering the market. During this stage product management needs to make sure that the product will be introduced to its users properly. At this stage you don’t hope to have the revenue yet. The job here is to deliver the idea of your product or service to potential customers and gather feedback from your users to correct your direction if needed. 

Growth. At growth stage, the significant number of users are aware of the product, benefit from it and ready to invest in it. If everything goes well you increase your revenue, client base and sales at this stage. The competition is growing and you need to mind it by continuing to enhance the product. As the name hints, it is the phase of the most rapid growth of your product.

Maturity. The maturity phase means your product has been established on the market. Hence you can see some slow-down in sales and growth. The reason is that the majority of target audience already uses your product, so it is time for diversification of your product, finding ways to involve new audiences and strong marketing efforts. For successful products, the maturity stage can last for decades.

Decline. Eventually every product reaches the decline stage. In this phase sales, market share and demand naturally decline. To create new demand and revive your product experts recommend product redesign and revamping. 

Product management here goes step by step along with the product life cycle, following its introduction, growth, maturity and decline stages. Now, let’s learn what product managers do day to day to ensure their products longivity and success.

Product manager’s activities

Daily product management functions balance between the strategic and tactical sides of the product. It doesn’t mean that product managers have to take care of every single detail related to product development. We can describe their job as “keeping a hand on a pulse of a whole process, and curating its direction.” 

the list of product management activities

You can think of two directions of product management activities: inbound and outbound. First direction includes the strategic product management block of product vision, strategy, product roadmap, and such, and development block of UX research, design, coding, and release. The outbound activities are everything about marketing and sales of the product, such as positioning, branding, sales processes, feedback from customers, and so on. 

Of course, there’s no strict line between inbound and outbound product management activities and daily product managers’ tasks are a natural balance in pursuit of product success. And modern tools are a great help to maintain this balance.

Main product management tools

Product management toolkits vary from company to company and are personally selected by a product manager based on their experience and needs. Luckily, we grew out of the spreadsheet era and nowadays the market has plenty of solutions to offer. 

Brainstorming, prototyping, and product design are those big fields of responsibility that product managers and product designers share. We know this from our personal experience, so we would like to share some recommendations on product management tools.

the product vision board

For idea validation phase it’s good to rely Lean Canvas with its numerous templates or Figjam, a digital whiteboard from Figma. It encourages team collective brainstorming and helps organize the creative process with tailored templates. As an alternative designers suggest Figjam.

You probably associate Figma/Adobe/InVision/Sketch with design work only. In fact, it’s a go-to tool for product managers who work with the design team or build simple prototypes on their own. Our designers recommend Figma. Easy file sharing and commenting options are just what you need for effective product management and concept visualization. 

Product management as well as product design is a lot about analyzing users' behaviour. So professional tools like UXcam or Hotjar are necessity for product managers that want to understand how users interact with the solution.

And of course, you can’t manage the product without organizing information and documentation and talking to other team members. Use Notion or Google Suit to keep your files in order and  Slack, Rocket chat, Jira, Todoist, or Toggle for communication and task management.

What production management solutions to use depends a lot on the range of product managers’ responsibilities, as well as the company’s organizational structure.

Organizational structure in product companies

It’s quite obvious that the product management in a small startup and giants like Google is not the same. All the processes within a company, including product management, are determined by its organizational structure.
Departments can build different products from start to finish or focus on one process such as design or marketing for several products.  

Image source: orgcharting.com

Startup or any product company’s organization structure often looks like on the chart above.  Any business can have a centralized or decentralized structure. But the majority of product companies choose a decentralized model since it allows more flexibility. 

Startup or any product company’s organization structure often looks like on the chart above.  Any business can have a centralized or decentralized structure. But the majority of product companies choose a decentralized model since it allows more flexibility. 

Another thing to note here is that the organizational structure influences not only processes and tools, but also the product management roles within company. 

Product management roles

Some of the main product management roles are:

Product Manager, the most typical and at the same time the most essential role for product management. Especially in smaller organizations this person is responsible for full product management scope.
is the role that defines what is the right product. Product Owner works closely with stakeholders and product team. There can be only one Product Owner in the team. It doesn’t mean that this person does all the work but this role holds the responsibility for managing all important product-related decisions.

User Experience Researcher Don’t get confused, even though this title doesn’t include `product` word it is a very important role for product management that focuses on user experience and collaborates with other product managers as well as design, development and marketing teams.

Product Marketing Manager this role is part of bigger product teams and focuses purely on marketing side of the specific product while collaborating closely with other Product Managers.

There are also leading product management roles:

VP of Product - Vice President of Product is a team leading role that holds ownership of the product decisions and works closely with Chief Technical Officer.

Chief Product Officer (CPO), or head of the product, is the person responsible for product-related activities. CPO is more likely to appear in bigger companies with multiple products and product managers in the teams. 

Now when we know most of the product management roles let’s explore the close collaboration between product management and design roles, one of the determining for product`s success. 

Product management and design collaboration

Product Management and Design, working with Engineering, are responsible for defining a winning product` said Marty Cagan in his interview for UX Design Institute. And we could not agree more.

Designers create products' look and feel. So it is essential that product managers and designers work closely together. They need to have a transpaent and effective communication to make sure the business goals, user needs, and the solution functionality combined with the design technological possibilities will meet and result in a great product.

Image source: productmanagerhq.com

Eleken designers work closely with clients` teams. Our role in the client's team depends a lot on the size and organization type of the company. In smaller teams we work directly with the founder and do a lot of UX research on our own. This was the case with Cheerity, where our designers suggested important changes to the product`s UX.

In bigger companies Eleken designers work directly with UX researchers and niche experts, development team and stakeholders. That’s the model we use in our ongoing cooperation with Greenventory. Our designer is part of all important meetings there. Such approach allows product designers to be a part of the product management process in order to thoroughly understand the future product before designing it.  

And of course, if there’s a product manager or a product owner in the team we work the most closely with them. And this always gives fruitful results. 

It’s also quite common when our designers take part in user and competitor research, participate in product team meetings, and make suggestions valuable for product development. Strong understanding of the product management and product goals allows our product designers be a valuable part of clients` product teams.

Jamie Conclin, the Vice President of Product in Astraea, one of our clients, in the feedback about collaboration with Eleken designers pointed that the cooperation increased the product success.

‘Eleken's support has been instrumental in improving the quality of the client's user interfaces, resulting in an increase in new businesses and interest from investors`. We will add that it was the result of the great product management as well.’

From our experience with various teams, we value two aspects of product management the most. Those are clear strategic plan and general team attitude

It is the most important product management responsibility to provide the strategic and Agile plan for the future product. Product vision, strategy, product roadmap, success metrics, all this is part of product management that turns product success from a desired but blurry goal into an actionable step-by-step journey.

As for the team, product management plays a crucial role as well. It’s like everyone is on the same page, knows what the team is doing and how to get to the goal. With good product management, everyone in the team feels more confident, focused and relaxed. And such an attitude leads to better performance and greater results. 

In conclusion

Every product is unique, so is the product management in different organizations. We hope that reading our overview helpled you get a more structured understanding of why product management is important for digital product success.

Interested in learning more about product management? Then consider reading our article about how to shape your product value proposition. Or get in touch and let's design a great digital solution together!

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