General Assembly CPO on Product Management (Part 2)

When you think about friction, it normally comes across as a negative. However, there are forms of friction that product management teams can use to enhance the customer experience.

These opportunities emerge through mode shift friction – which represents how the effectiveness of a product or service changes when its use case changes. I will share some examples of companies who have utilized mode shift friction to create solutions for customers.

Are you familiar with Disney’s magic band? This is an RFID bracelet that Disney World visitors receive that gets them priority entry for rides. However, it also stores the customer’s information and can provide them with information about which rides are most popular. For example, when kids walk up to their favorite character, Goofy will know their name. In addition, Disney can track engagement with specific characters or sections of the park.

Another example involves international travel. To prevent issues with using your credit card, you have to call the provider and tell them when you’re traveling. However, credit card companies are getting smarter about this process. When I booked a recent trip, American Express knew my travel dates and sent me a message confirming that my card would be active during my upcoming trip. Outside of providing a great customer benefit, this also reduces the number of inbound calls for their customer service team.

In summary, the beauty of these examples is that there’s a combination of customer delight and improved business process. It’s a perfect example of how effective product management can find solutions for customers while having a positive impact on the business.


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About the speaker
Shiren Vijiasingam General Assembly, Chief Product Officer Member

Shiren Vijiasingam has spent the last two decades building product experiences that use technology to amplify the human impact. As Chief Product Officer General Assembly, he leads the product, design, learning, and engineering teams in blending live instruction with personalized, augmented digital learning. Before GA, as SVP of product at Weight Watchers, he led a major digital transformation to engage and motivate a global community of members toward lasting behavior change.

About the host
Andrea Chesleigh Boxed, VP of Product and Engineering

Andrea is the VP of Product and Engineering at One Kings Lane, a digital-first resource for making your home an expression of your personal style. She has spent over fifteen years in Product and Tech, and has led teams at startups and Fortune 500 companies, including Rent the Runway, Zappos, Time Warner, and Verizon. Andrea is passionate about solving hard (seemingly impossible) challenges, developing simple yet delightful products, building teams of entrepreneurial critical thinkers, and creating strategic outcomes with impact. She is a hands-on leader with a player/coach style, diving into the details with her team to partner, advise, and guide them to success.

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