Archive | Product Management Skills

Ron Lichty

Product Owners: How to Get Your Development Team to Love You

Ron Lichty was first a product manager at Apple 25 years ago, then managed development of Apple’s Macintosh UI. Since then, he’s mostly focused on the development part of the team. His fifth book, Managing the Unmanageable: Rules, Tools and Wisdom for Managing Software People and Projects, was published 3 years ago and it turns out Ron has […]

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Experience

Why Product Management Experience Matters

David Cancel recently stirred up some controversy by arguing that when it comes to hiring Product Managers (tl;dr) “Experience doesn’t matter. Mindset and hunger do.” While I understand that this is his personal experience and not a hard and fast rule for everyone, I think some of the reasons he outlines are outdated and no […]

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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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Randy Silver at Producttank

Product Management Career Resilience

The top 3 (work-related) things that make me feel jealous: Friends talking about the cloud/remote/open-source tools that they use Co-located teams Launching new features in 2 – 3 months rather than 2 – 3 quarters… or years That’s because I’m a Product Manager at an enterprise, and things are different here.  Not bad – there […]

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Countering experience bias

How to Counter Experience Bias as a Product Manager

We all have that one senior colleague – whether it’s the experienced number crunching data analyst, or the product manager who just joined from a Fortune 100 tech firm, or our manager – who has a few words of advice for the new feature we are working on. Does their input suddenly change your opinion, or force you to twist […]

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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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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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Kat Matfield - Behaviour Design - ProductTank

Behavioural Design – What, Why and How

Behaviour design is, in a nutshell, a set of techniques and patterns you can use to change the way people behave and make decisions, or “design that draws on behavioural psychology”. In this ProductTank talk, Kat Matfield points out that we’re all almost certainly already using elements of behavioural design, but accidentally and without necessarily knowing […]

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