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5 Lessons We Learned with Our First Product

We recently built and launched our first product, though it wasn’t without difficulty and a number of lessons learned along the way.  We had to make a few tough decisions and accept a few hard truths, which I’ll share with you today. I’m not saying that what we did was necessarily right, and it would […]

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Avoiding product management whiplash

I recently spent time with some new product managers and nearly all of them commented on how they found it difficult juggling the different disciplines involved. They’re right, there is a lot to juggle, and the context switching can cause some serious whiplash and brain-drain. Each phase of product development requires a different perspective, almost […]

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Analytics Strategy: 5 tips for more reliable reporting

Measuring the actions real people take on your digital product should be at the heart of your product development efforts. So are you also investing time in the measurement process itself? Most of us product managers work with services which are already live, so measuring what has happened already is critical to deciding what to […]

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Experiments in roadmapping at GOV.UK

Roadmaps can be a powerful tool to communicate the vision for a product’s development, unite teams of makers around common goals and let stakeholders know (roughly) when they can expect the improvements they care about. That’s why everyone loves a good roadmap. But getting them right is hard. Roadmaps are born of all sorts of […]

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Product Managers: Vision, Instinct & Obsession

I wanted to note down my experience of the product management role as after speaking to a few startup founders I’ve heard a lot of differing opinions, at least here in London. (In this post I’ll use the word customer over the word user as I prefer it. User sounds a bit hollow). The basics […]

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Creating New Value

Why is it that some products take off while others fall flat? There are many tactical reasons we can point to such as timing, competition, or product-market fit. Fundamentally though, there is one consistent truth regardless of the reason we may determine: some products create value for the market they’re serving, and some simply do […]

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What is a Technical Product Manager, Anyway?

What does it really mean to be a “Technical” Product Manager?  And how is it different from just a Product Manager?  In this post, I share the difference between these titles plus key Do’s and Don’t’s to help you succeed as a Technical Product Manager. You might have noticed many variations on the Product Manager job title.  Some companies have Strategic Product Managers, […]

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Why Pitching Won’t Deliver Great Products

As digital transformation continues to disrupt most industries and organisations, it is depressing to see the extension of the ‘pitch’ process to the selection of agencies and suppliers for product development. Depressing, because the process inevitably rewards those least likely to ever develop something of any value. Anyone familiar with Mad Men knows that advertising […]

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