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The History and Evolution of Product Management

Both new and experienced product managers often ask where this role came from and why it seems to have so much crossover with other roles such as Marketing and UX. While there’s no definitive history of product management, it’s often useful to consider our roots and understand how the role evolved over time. If nothing […]

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Kristoffer Lawson

Video: Hardware vs Software product management

Building hardware products presents a set of unique challenges and Kristoffer Lawson, founder and CEO of Solu, found it all the more interesting coming to hardware from his background in software engineering. While it certainly takes more time to build and prototype products in hardware, the process is getting faster and the costs continue to fall. Not […]

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Rich Mironov

Video: Making Hard Strategic Decisions about Products & Portfolios

Understanding your product and portfolio strategy is not just a question of features, but also of customer segmentation and staying focused. Rich Mironov talks to ProductTank San Francisco about some of the most common reasons software companies fail, and the secret is that it’s nothing to do with engineering. It’s building the wrong thing, or being unable […]

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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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Tom Chi at Mind the Product San Francisco

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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Empty Product Backlog

When the Product Backlog Runs Out

You’ve got sprint planning coming up and, looking at your backlog, you see that there is nothing ready for the team to work on. I have talked to quite a few product people about this and no matter how experienced they were, all of them told me that this is a situation they’ve encountered at […]

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Rackspace Workshop at Mind the Product 2013

Sprint Zero – On Designing the Right Thing

Developing great products is hard. The most conservative estimates place new product failure rates at 50% or more.  Many of us can relate to working on an exhilarating project with talented colleagues, where the solution was architected brilliantly and even delivered on-time, only to see the product fall short of expectations in the marketplace. Mark […]

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Video: Doing it properly, at scale

Tom Loosemore, Deputy Director at the UK’s Government Digital Service, spoke at ProductTank recently about how to do product development properly, at scale, in government. It’s an eye-opening case study of how even the most entrenched and sluggish organisations can revitalise their digital presence with the thoughtful application of simple principles of user-centered design and […]

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