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Job title spread of product people in 2016

Bigger and Better – Product Management Survey Results 2016

Our universe is expanding. More than 1,200 of you took part in this year’s Product Manager survey, double the number who took part in our survey three years ago. It’s growth that is mirrored throughout the product manager community, and we see the effects directly at Mind The Product – in the increasing number and […]

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Product Management Survey 2016

What makes a product manager? From our previous surveys we’ve learned a lot about everything from team sizes and organisation structure to compensation and academic backgrounds. It’s now time to gather fresh data and see how product management is evolving as a craft and a profession, and we need your help. We’ve refreshed our Annual […]

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Product Manager Survey 2013 - UK results

Product Manager Survey Part 2 – UK Results

In part 2 of this series analysing the results of our Product Manager Survey, we’ll be looking at the breakdown of responses from people based in the UK. If you missed it, you can also read Part 1 of the survey results. Some 40% of the responses came from the UK. Of those responses, 60% […]

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Mairead O'Connor at ProductTank

Video: Building up your Product Team’s Immune System

We’ve all been there: the “infections” that product teams are subjected to, slowly wearing away the team’s performance. To counter this you need to build an immune system for your product team so they can fight off the infections, be healthy, and work together to build great products. How? Mairead O’Connor (@maireadoconnor) provides pointers for […]

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Product Manager Survey 2013 - Overview

Product Manager Survey 2013 Results – Overview

In the second of our annual surveys, we again, looked at the state of working product managers. We had double the responses compared to last year, so have lots of great data to share – this first post will look the general stats, with further posts coming to look at specific aspects in more detail. […]

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Cognitive Load in Products

The Impact Of Cognitive Load

Kathy Sierra recently unleashed a blog post about the impact of cognitive load on people. Kathy goes into great detail and references the latest research on cognition. I was reminded of a situation in a previous incarnation as a satellite engineer that illustrates the problem that cognitive load creates: There were some satellites that were […]

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The Importance Of Narrative

Mid last year, Janna, my co-founder at ProdPad, and I were having trouble understanding where ProdPad was taking us, so we sat down and came up with a narrative and storyboards for our product. Having this narrative for ProdPad has helped immensely and I only wish we had written it down earlier. Product managers need […]

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Achieve mastery - Yoda-style (Martyn Jones @ElvisBacon)

Video: Product Management in Games at Mind Candy

Presenting at May 2013 ProductTank in London, Martyn Jones (@ElvisBacon), product manager and game designer at Mind Candy, who spoke to us about validation and iteration during product discovery.  Using the ‘double diamond‘ design process as his guiding theme, Martyn entertained us with his unique combination of hand-crafted slides and visual puns to draw out […]

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