Ellen Chisa - VP of Product at Lola - discusses learning to becoming a product manager

Learning in Product – Ellen Chisa (ProductTank NYC)

Ellen Chisa has an educational background in engineering and is currently working on her MBA at Harvard Business School. She has worked for companies like Microsoft and Kickstarter, and is currently the VP of Product at Lola. They connect travelers to travel agents for hotels, restaurants, and any other travelling needs. In her ProductTank NYC […]

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Jesus Ramirez talks about how branding and product inform each other at ProductTank London

Focusing On Your Brand Will Produce a Better Product

We all want to build products which connect with our users and drive engagement. In this talk, Jesus Ramirez, VP Product at Tallwave Capital, explains how effectively leveraging brand in your products can create user experiences which do just that, and which turn your customers into advocates. Brand or Product? – Blurring the lines in […]

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Product Management is Culture Management

Or “How to Manage Software Development in Teams who Think Nothing Like you“. Product management has two diversity problems. The first one is well-acknowledged: our industry must have more women, other ethnicities, and better representation from LGBTQIA. The second is more subtle: in those instances when we do achieve diversity, and especially cross-cultural diversity, we […]

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Steve Portigal talks about the power of bad ideas at ProductTank San Francisco

The Power of Bad Product Ideas

Steve Portigal challenges product managers to re-think the idea-generation process by inviting in bad ideas. In brain-storming sessions, we frequently see two surges in ideas. The first is where the low hanging fruit is identified. The second surge is where more innovative ideas are frequently found. Welcoming bad ideas can be an effective strategy for […]

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Seven Simple Steps to Stress-Free Prioritisation

Job stories, backlog items, workshop ideas, roadmap features… it’s easy to feel overwhelmed by the scale of potential directions you can take a product in. And it’s natural to want order in this chaos. Prioritisation is a core part of Product Management, and it’s the topic I most commonly get asked about by other Product […]

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Nils Davis

Mental Models for Product Managers

What are Mental Models? A mental model is any concept that helps explain, analyze, or navigate the world. As product managers, our mental models drive our decision-making, the way we communicate and collaborate with others, and how we prioritize. Without a good framework of mental models, you will be limited in all those areas. “What […]

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Paul Yokota on Launching Products

Launching Products – Paul Yokota (ProductTank NYC)

Paul Yokota talks to ProductTank NYC about the process of launching products and discusses the many associated challenges, reflecting on the challenges he faced when launching Animoto’s Marketing Video Builder app. Paul started his career at Mixbook as a product manager for Mosaic, a mobile app for creating photobooks. He currently works as a Senior […]

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Maxime Prades explains how to build an API that developers love at ProductTank SF

Building an API that Developers Love

Maxime Prades (Director of Product at Zendesk) takes you through the experience of building a platform at Zendesk and being part of an API-first company. He opens his talk by describing the clear value that Zendesk’s APIs are providing to their customer accounts and the business. For example, customer accounts using the rest API during […]

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Netflix Abstracts the Team out of Product Design

This week I started watching Netflix’s new show Abstract. It’s a beautifully produced documentary that follows the achievements of world renowned designers across a wide range of design disciplines, from Tinker Hatfield, Nike’s head of design to the architectural boy wonder Bjarke Ingels. Many of the designer’s stories are inspiring and touching. These individual’s stories […]

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David Norris at ProductTank London

Scaling Up a Product Organisation

I had no idea what I was doing, but then no one else did. You just made it up as you went along in 2000. The job title only came into David Norris’ vocabulary in about 2008. Before that he’d been through numerous roles that had been doing that job without realising it – Production […]

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