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Training: What's the Biggest Challenge for Product Managers?

BY Rosemary King on June 28, 2017

For the past two months, I’ve been conducting research and discovery to help establish some ground rules for the Mind the Product Training Program.  As an organization we’ve set some goals for what we want to accomplish with our training. These are: To offer the same best in class experience that our Mind the Product […]

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How bad Ideas get on the Roadmap

BY Christian Bonilla on June 19, 2017

Assimilating new hires can take a big bite out of your schedule, but it’s a process I’ve always enjoyed, despite this. Having a captive audience eager to learn about the product is red meat to me. The only part of it that ever made me cringe was when a question about the product roadmap caught me […]

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Laura Klein - Introducing the User Map

BY Chris Massey on June 16, 2017

User research expert Laura Klein introduces ProductTank San Francisco to her User Map tool. In this talk you’ll learn the most important questions you need to answer about your customers. User Research Tools: The Problem With Personas Who is your product for? You should know who is buying (or not buying) and using your product. If […]

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Remember HiPPOs are Humans too...

BY James Gadsby Peet on June 13, 2017

At every tech or product management talk I go to   there is invariably a slide about HiPPOs  – standing for the “Highest Paid Person’s Opinions”. It’s a term used to describe a senior member of the organisation who is not attached to the delivery team full time, and who is expressing a perspective that the […]

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A Day in the Life of a Product Manager

BY Susanna Paevali on June 7, 2017

This is the introductory piece to a series of interviews with product managers. I am on a quest to find out what different product managers do, how their role compares to product management theory, what their daily struggles are, and how I can become a great product manager myself. Why am I doing this? I want to become […]

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Applying Product Principles to Guide Better Product Decisions

BY Nir Gazit on June 5, 2017

Like a sailor who navigates a path through stormy seas, a product manager needs to navigate their product through the needs of customers, business partners, and stakeholders while following the product vision (the end state for what the product will deliver in the future). This includes making numerous product decisions in a consistent and coherent […]

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Why Diversity Isn't Just Right, but Smart

BY Martin Eriksson on May 31, 2017

As a Swede, the importance and value of diversity seems self-evident, yet the business world and the tech industry especially continue to struggle to embrace it. As I mentioned in my product management experience article, and as should be clear from the effort we put into the curation of our product management conferences, diversity is incredibly […]

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The Move From Product to a Service Mindset

BY Andy Budd on May 26, 2017

In 1999, the economist Joseph Pine wrote a prophetic book which outlined a fundamental change in the way we live our lives. He provided ammunition for an emerging field in digital design, potentially signalling the death of product-centric thinking. Pine saw that it was becoming easier and easier to create products. The barriers, tariffs and specialist […]

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Julie Zhou - Building a Culture of Growth

BY Calvin Hoot on May 25, 2017

Julie Zhou, Director of Growth at Yik Yak, tells ProductTank San Francisco how to build a culture of growth. When a startup or new product starts to get some traction, there often comes a decision to hire someone to manage growth without a full picture of what that will actually entail. Julie Zhou leverages her […]

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How to Sell Your Boss on Roadmaps Without Timelines

BY Janna Bastow on May 22, 2017

I wonder what it is about feature roadmaps that is comforting to the C-suite. Is it the false sense of security that you’re setting yourself up to deliver a list of features based on untested assumptions and educated guesses? Is it the delusion that locking your organisation into a plan a year in advance equals […]

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