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Elizabeth Churchill at Mind the Product

Metaphor and Stories in Product Management by Elizabeth Churchill

Product managers are the vision setters and story tellers of a business, according to Elizabeth Churchill, a Director of User Experience at Google – it’s their job to tell compelling stories and engage users. At this year’s London #mtpcon, Churchill, who is a psychologist by training, gave a presentation full of insight and practical takeaways, […]

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Marty Cagan at Mind the Product

Behind Every Great Product by Marty Cagan

In the opening keynote at this year’s London #mtpcon, Silicon Valley Product Group’s Marty Cagan shared his latest thoughts on what makes a great product manager by looking at the people behind some great products. Through his time at eBay, Netscape, HP and elsewhere, Cagan has worked with lots of great product teams, and has […]

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What’s the toughest part of your job?

The product management job has no shortage of challenges, tactical or strategic. There are the ones you sign up for: validating problems in the market, identifying a differentiated value proposition, defining the roadmap, shepherding feature development. For most of us, those things are synonymous with the job itself. Then there are the challenges we don’t […]

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Speaking to Engineers through Storytelling

When communicating, you want to enable your audience to see possibilities and solutions and their part in them. No more so than when speaking with the engineers on your product team. If you want your team (not just your customers) to believe in your product and its promise, you have to share stories that invite […]

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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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Karine Masse discusses the dilemma of Contract v.s. Permanent product roles at ProductTank London

The Permanent / Contract Dilemma for Product Professionals

In this ProductTank talk I give a view of how being a contractor can change the types of roles, responsibilities, companies and skills required of (or available to) a product manager. This is based on my very personal experience (as a hiring manager and a product manager myself) and on conversations had with fellow contractors […]

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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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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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