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Andreas Thorsheim on the importance of management and communication when building product

Product, Management & Communication

In an inspiring talk, Andreas Thorsheim talks about information gathering and synthesis in relation to the product manager role, middle management, and stakeholder communication management. He points out that the product manager is a central keystone of information within the organisation, acting both to hold everything together and to channel energy to the parts of […]

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Dag Olav Norem discussing Product Management Fundamentals at ProductTank Oslo

Product Management Fundamentals

In order to know how to do something it is important to understand why that something exists in the first place. It is not hard to understand why we need developers. Nor sales, marketing, customer support and so on. But why do we need product managers? “Why” does the role of product manager exist? In a […]

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PRDs must die

Product Requirement Documents Must Die

I’ve been doing product management for a long time, and I remember very well what it was like to work on Product Requirement Documents (aka PRDs, Market Requirements, Business Requirements, Functional Specs, and more). But the last one I wrote was in 2005, and it’s not because they’re a lot of work (and they are) […]

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Kanban example with WIP limits

5 Easy Ways to Improve your Product Development Process

Everyone gets pleasure from ticking tasks off of the todo-list, right? At least, I do. But it’s no longer fun when you feel like you’re drowning in work with too many things to do, or feel like you’re trying to juggle too many balls at once. That’s what kills motivation and creates unhappy employees. But […]

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Yerrie Kim - The Accidental Product Manager

Lessons Of An Accidental Product Manager

Yerrie Kim comes from a background in financial analysis and, spurred by a range of factors she joined EF Education first after meeting the CEO. As someone who never had a computer science background, or even particularly sought out the “product manager” role, Yerrie had to adapt quickly! In this talk she shares some of the […]

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product hero

Become a Product Hero in Just One Weekend

There are two paths to being a product hero – bringing new skills back to your team or sharing your hard earned lessons with the wider product community – so we’re putting together a weekend in London where you can do both! Join us in April to hone your skills with one of our awesome […]

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Mind the Product Workshops

Level Up your Product Management Skills at #mtpcon SF

Based on your feedback we’re adding an optional pre-conference day full of in-depth product management workshops to help you level up your skills and kick even more ass than before! We’ve lined up five amazing full-day workshops with true experts in the field and we’re keeping them small and focused with a maximum of 24 […]

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Marty Cagan at Mind the Product San Francisco

Video: The Root Causes of Product Failure by Marty Cagan

Let’s be honest, most products fail. Even in the best companies this happens – for every Google AdWords there’s a Google Wave. In this insightful talk at Mind the Product San Francisco, the inimitable Marty Cagan outlines what he sees as the root causes of these failures. Most teams today start with an idea, even […]

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product manager design tools

4 Design Skills Every Product Manager Should Have

The importance of design is a common refrain these days in the tech industry — to the point of almost being a cliche. Whether in the consumer (Airbnb, Uber, Dropbox) or enterprise (Slack) space, examples abound of companies creating immense value through great design. It’s no wonder that for the first time ever, over half […]

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