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Turbocharge your product development by combining in-house and external development teams

Turbocharging Product Development

In the eternal debate over in-house teams or external agencies, everyone is obsessing over the politics of either-or, when they should be focusing on the end goal: the best possible services. And that can only come from an intelligent combination of both. Outsourced Step-Change For many years, we were employed by clients to undertake periodic […]

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Alex Bamford - Sleepwalker

Sleepwalkers: Managing Customer Inertia

Don’t look now, but there’s a customer behind you who’s not as she appears. She has Sally’s face and Sally’s credit card, but let me assure you, that is not Sally. Notice the empty eyes and the shuffling gait? She’s a zombie! Just kidding–kind of. Sally is what I call a Sleepwalker and she’s not […]

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Asking for Customer Feedback is valuable

When Customer Feedback Leads, Positive Metrics Follow

It’s an inarguable fact: Metrics are useful. But they’re missing something—they don’t tell you the whole story. Quantitative metrics can tell you that a problem exists, but they can’t tell you what exactly the problem is or why it exists. Product managers are often tasked with increasing KPIs on their products, but they can’t do […]

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Waterfall to Agile - juggling different things

From Waterfall to Agile: A Product Manager Transition

A few weeks back, Martin Eriksson reviewed the history of Product Management and explained how the discipline was born in the FMCG manufacturing industry. At the time, the process for creating products was similar to the Waterfall project management model we’re familiar with because the development, testing, production and market distribution of physical goods is expensive and […]

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Optimus Prime - Transformer and Leader, and metaphor for product leadership

Transformers: Understanding Product Leadership

We are confused and speechless (in the literal sense) when it comes to leadership. Or shall I say management? After all, we generally call ourselves “product managers”, not “product leaders”. Maybe “product directors”? Or “product owners” who need to lead laterally, as they don’t really have the power to call the shots (contrary to those […]

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Monthly tools spend breakdown by company size

Limiting costs and waste when developing digital products

Reid Hoffman once remarked, “As the networked age has increased the competitive importance of speed, the key secret is now scaling up at speed.” In other words, the internet has enabled consumers to rapidly and easily access and assess new technologies that in turn become exponentially more valuable via network effects. It’s therefore more important […]

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Hooked by Nir Eyal

Hooked – or How to make products and influence people

As Head of Product at WorldRemit I’m always looking for new ideas and inspiration. Who better to turn to than a man who has successfully sold two start-ups and lectured at Stanford on business and design? So a few months ago I bought Nir Eyal’s book Hooked. Hooked promises to teach readers how to build habit-forming products. The underlying model of all […]

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