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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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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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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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The importance of hiring product developers

The Importance of Hiring Product Developers

Take a look at the job offers for technical people that are out there right now. Senior Javascript Expert, Junior Django Backend Developer, Full-Stack Python/JS Developer… It’s the same pattern over and over. An optional “seniority” adjective, a fancy technology name plus the “Developer” or “Expert” word appended at the end. I think we’re doing […]

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Waterfall to Agile - juggling different things

From Waterfall to Agile: A Product Manager Transition

A few weeks back, Martin Eriksson reviewed the history of Product Management and explained how the discipline was born in the FMCG manufacturing industry. At the time, the process for creating products was similar to the Waterfall project management model we’re familiar with because the development, testing, production and market distribution of physical goods is expensive and […]

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Optimus Prime - Transformer and Leader, and metaphor for product leadership

Transformers: Understanding Product Leadership

We are confused and speechless (in the literal sense) when it comes to leadership. Or shall I say management? After all, we generally call ourselves “product managers”, not “product leaders”. Maybe “product directors”? Or “product owners” who need to lead laterally, as they don’t really have the power to call the shots (contrary to those […]

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