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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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6 Things a Product Manager Is Not

A product manager is simultaneously none of these six things and all of them at the same time. Not all of us get to work in organisations that are set up with specialists in each subject area. Being the generalists we tend to be, working in a smaller organisation is great for allowing us to […]

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Top 10 Ways to Scare Your Product Manager this Halloween

In the spirit of Halloween we asked our community of Product Managers on Slack (you have joined our slack chat for product managers right?) what would scare them the most. Predictably, the results were hilarious:   1. Book a roadmap planning session full of HiPPOs. Shanin Schuessler   2. “Can you prepare a Gantt chart […]

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The History and Evolution of Product Management

Both new and experienced product managers often ask where this role came from and why it seems to have so much crossover with other roles such as Marketing and UX. While there’s no definitive history of product management, it’s often useful to consider our roots and understand how the role evolved over time. If nothing […]

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Video: Product = People by Nilan Peiris

TransferWise is famous for it’s founders, evangelical customers and phenomenal growth – they’re transferring over £500m every month and doubling every 3 months. But what’s the common thread between those three things? At Mind the Product 2015 Nilan Peiris argues that it’s their culture. Product is People. Every single person in your organisation influences the […]

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Rochelle King

Video: Rochelle King on Managing Conflict

We spend a lot of time and effort avoiding conflict but inevitably as product managers and designers we engage in conflict on a regular basis, whether it’s dealing with other teams, giving constructive criticism or simply while engaging divergent points of view. As the leader of user experience at Netflix and now Spotify, Rochelle King […]

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Product Management is a Team Sport

In my post what is a product manager, I define that person as the intersection of UX, business and technology. Many have misunderstood that to mean product managers are superior to those teams. Other product management definitions often fall back on the “product manager is the CEO of their product” trope. Both of these views […]

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