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The Tyranny of ‘Good Enough’

One of the most frustrating experiences in my career was caused by Microsoft Excel. Unlike the thousands of other people who can say that, I wasn’t even using Excel at the time. I was testing a prototype of a personal finance management app with a user who was already a habitual budgeter. They were delighted […]

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Build Better Products With Effective MVPs

The concept of an MVP – or Minimum Viable Product – is a one that comes up a lot in product development. MVPs are an intrinsic part of the build-measure-learn process at the heart of product management processes, offering maximum benefit for minimum effort. Correct implementation of MVPs allows product managers to learn more about customers, deliver […]

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Video: Tom Chi on Rapid Prototyping & Product Management

Tom Chi has practiced rapid prototyping for over 15 years, on everything from software to hardware, organisational design to entrepreneurship. And a lot of the lessons he has learned in rapid prototyping are directly applicable to the discipline of product management. In this exceptional talk from Mind the Product San Francisco in June 2015, he […]

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Product Management is a Team Sport

In my post what is a product manager, I define that person as the intersection of UX, business and technology. Many have misunderstood that to mean product managers are superior to those teams. Other product management definitions often fall back on the “product manager is the CEO of their product” trope. Both of these views […]

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How to prepare for your product launch

This is the second part in the series of blog posts documenting our path to launching a SaaS product. The first part of this series is available here: Part 1 – Launching a B2B SaaS product Now that we’re getting closer to our launch date, we’re busy preparing. For us, that means coding, design work, documentation, and generally […]

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The Broken Windows Theory of Technical Debt

No matter how you prioritise your backlog, it’s always a challenge to deal with technical debt. Martin Fowler has a pretty good explanation of what technical debt is, and the obvious risks it brings: Doing things the quick and dirty way sets us up with a technical debt, which is similar to a financial debt. […]

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Bringing MVP Culture to Every Product Feature

What “lean” means for us in product development I very firmly include myself in the group of people converted to the “lean” product philosophy, but what does this word really mean? Well for the broader context, lean derives from post-war Japanese culture, where limited resources were the standard. Working in these conditions – a situation […]

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Design Thinking and Product Management

Product Management has been traditionally seen as an analytical role where product managers spend the bulk of their time crunching numbers and analytical data to drive new products forward. But with increased pressure on companies to stay leaner and at the same time decrease their time to market, a purely analytical approach to product management isn’t quite […]

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