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What is product management and what does it take to be a product manager?

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Can an Advertising-Driven Business Model Coexist With Products That Users Love?

How can we design products that users love, while also building a sustainable business model through advertising? User experience and advertisements seem incompatible.  For publishers or social platforms, content and services are normally free to use — and in our age of information accessibility, users expect it to stay that way. Meanwhile, product managers are tasked with maximising […]

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Seven Things you can Learn From WeChat Product Development

We tend to think of Chinese companies as imitators rather than innovators, but is this fair? App developers and designers may look at other apps for inspiration on new features, but most only look to well-known apps like Facebook Messenger and Snapchat. Take Messenger for example. We got excited about its Snapchat-like Messenger Day, Venmo-like Payments, […]

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Building a Product Startup Within an Agency

Every product comes with a tumultuous ‘origin story’. Ours is still unfolding, but I’ve been reflecting on what building a product business within a service agency has brought to the tale. We decided, about 18 months ago, that our consultancy business model, though growing and successful, could benefit from diversification — specifically, from creating something with tangible intellectual property. Six […]

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When was the Last Time you Talked to Your Customers?

  I love asking people this question. It is quite a shocker that most people can’t really answer it. Everyone talks and writes about the importance of customer development, but companies still don’t spend enough time really talking to their customers. It’s a bit like data: you won’t find a single founder who doesn’t say: […]

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Third-Party Software Integration: Best Practice, Perils and Pitfalls

Product management teams often ask themselves if third-party integration is right for their software product roadmap. The thinking is that you should integrate with products such as Salesforce and Slack, because you never would want to try to build those sorts of products by yourselves. Because of this, look through product management job descriptions and you’ll […]

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Optimize to be Wrong, not Right

Let’s be honest. We have no idea what is going to happen a year, a week, or even five minutes from right now. And what’s worse, believing we do means we are not only kidding ourselves, but it’s almost certain we will not achieve our desired result. Rarely do predictions come true. We live in […]

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Is Your Chatbot Artificially Intelligent?

The chatter at SXSW this year was all about the chatbot. Several sessions and a lot of side conversations were aimed at helping companies understand what chatbots are and how to use them. I got the sense that everyone wants to have one of these in their product right away. But while everyone talked about the […]

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Dual-Track Agile: Why Messy Leads to Innovation

What is Dual-Track Agile? Dual-Track Agile is an IT development  methodology where figuring out what to build is as important as the building process. You start with a discovery track to find out if a product idea is good and if it makes sense to build. Successful findings from the discovery track are added to the backlog […]

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