Archive | Product Management Skills

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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Federico Selmi speaking at ProductTank London

Overcoming the Product Management and UX Overlap

Federico Selmi started his career as designer and now specialises in product management, customer validation and user centric design. Having worked at companies such as Education First, Shopa and Mindshapes, Federico has got a lot of experience with implementing best practices around lean customer development. In this warm and insightful talk from at ProductTank London […]

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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this is his personal experience and not a hard and fast rule for everyone, I think some of the reasons he outlines are outdated and no […]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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