ProductTank: What do UX people want from Product Managers?

BY JANNA BASTOW ON SEPTEMBER 09 2011

At the last ProductTank event, Jesmond Allen, UX director at cxpartners, spoke about what UX people want from PMs and they can best work together.

Having had experience in both roles, she outlined the difference in job descriptions, pointing out that, in fact, the two roles were more alike than not. She identified this overlap as an opportunity for the two roles to help each other out, but highlighted the risk of treading on each other’s toes.

As a UXer herself, she outlined some practical questions on what she could do for her product counterpart, and in turn, what a PM can do on their side to help keep things running smoothly.

In the end, she drove the point home that the key to having UX and PM roles working together most effectively is to communicate.

See Jesmond’s full presentation on Slideshare:

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About JANNA BASTOW

Janna Bastow comes from a user-centric design background and has extensive experience building social web experiences. She founded ProductCamp London in 2010 in an effort to meet and learn from other product managers. As a product manager always looking for better tools, she co-founded ProdPad, product management software that helps you manage your roadmap and your product backlog. Update: We’re developing an e-course to help you set up and introduce a flexible theme-based roadmap, at your organization. We’ll drop it in your inbox when it’s ready – sign up here.

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