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Three Ways of Generating Trust for Your Product

Sign up for our product! Tell us about yourself. Fill out your profile. Tell us where you’re going so we can bring you a driver. Let us see your bank transaction data so we can give you financial recommendations. Every time you ask your users for information, they’re going to ask why they should trust […]

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How product managers can make meetings great again

It’s become a common trope that product management is less about the management of products and more directly about the management of stakeholder relations. To that end, meetings would seem like an ideal use of time, enabling product managers to communicate with key members of the team. But as most readers know, that’s rarely the […]

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A "product" rockstar uses their head, hands and heart

Product Rockstars have Head, Hands, and Heart

Every time you look behind a truly great product, you find people. The individuals who have created paradigm shifting, legacy leaving products are distinguished not merely by what they’ve done, but also by who they are. Take a famous example. Thomas Edison pioneered the lightbulb, one of the greatest products of all time. He wasn’t […]

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Marc Kadish discusses collaborative alignment at ProductTank London

Collaborative Alignment – the ‘Auftragsklärung’ framework

In this talk from Product Tank London, I make a case for the crucial role of alignment in product management. In particular, I present the new framework – ‘Auftragsklärung’ – which includes a nicely designed canvas as a tool to structure and guide this intangible process. ‘Autonomy through alignment’ is one of the catchy phases I used to describe that […]

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View of the levels indicator on an amplifier, as a metaphor for product managers

Great Product Managers Have an Amplifying Effect

After all these years designing digital products and services at Clearleft, we’ve finally realised the secret of our success, and it has nothing to do with us. Well, maybe not NOTHING, but our most satisfying client engagements all have one thing in common (as do our least satisfying engagements), and that’s client-side product management. Catalysts, […]

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A product manager's toolkit in any industry - paper prototypes, iphone for note -taking,, and post-it notes.

Becoming an Industry-Agnostic Product Manager

General Skills As a product manager, you are at the epicentre of the wider product team, the glue holding all the pieces together. What I’ve realised in my years of managing product across multiple sectors is that this role does not deviate or change significantly, regardless of industry, whatever product you produce, or for whatever […]

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Writers make great product managers

Why Writers Should Manage Your Tech Projects

  Product managers usually begin their career by doing something else. Interview a dozen candidates to tend to your tech product and you’ll meet former coders, UX designers and marketers. You won’t meet a single writer, and that’s a glaring omission because I think writers make killer product managers. Let me count the ways… Reason […]

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Per Einar Dybvik talks about the critical skills of a good product manager at ProductTank Oslo

Critical Qualities in a Great Product Manager

So you want to be a product manager?  What do recruiters and senior executive look for in a great Product Manager? In this presentation from ProductTank Oslo, Per Einar Dybvik, partner at Startup Lab Oslo and former CEO of WIMP (now Tidal) shares his perspective in what he looks for in product “super managers”.  From his experiences […]

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Alex Watson explains the value of storytelling in product management (ProductTank London)

Managing Internal Communication for Big Projects

Alex Watson (at the time of recording, Head of Product at The Telegraph) takes us behind the scenes of a complex, rapid and responsive re-platforming of one of the UK’s largest news websites (up to 1 million unique users per month!)  What he reveals is that good story-telling is critical, as internal communication is essential when you’re […]

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