Alex Bamford - Sleepwalker

Sleepwalkers: Managing Customer Inertia

Don’t look now, but there’s a customer behind you who’s not as she appears. She has Sally’s face and Sally’s credit card, but let me assure you, that is not Sally. Notice the empty eyes and the shuffling gait? She’s a zombie! Just kidding–kind of. Sally is what I call a Sleepwalker and she’s not […]

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daniel-elizalde-producttank-sf

Product Management for the Internet of Things

In this talk from ProductTank San Francisco, I walk you through the IoT Decision Framework I developed to tackle the complexity of IoT products. The framework provides a structured way to organize your product strategy, identify gaps, and build your IoT roadmap. The IoT Decision Framework The greatest challenge of managing an IoT solution is […]

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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this is his personal experience and not a hard and fast rule for everyone, I think some of the reasons he outlines are outdated and no […]

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PRDs must die

Product Requirement Documents Must Die

I’ve been doing product management for a long time, and I remember very well what it was like to work on Product Requirement Documents (aka PRDs, Market Requirements, Business Requirements, Functional Specs, and more). But the last one I wrote was in 2005, and it’s not because they’re a lot of work (and they are) […]

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Anna Cox - Design Digital Products at ProductTank

Managing Interruptions = Better Digital Product Design

Anna Cox is Reader in Human-Computer Action (HCI) at UCL Interaction Centre. She and her colleagues investigate how best to design technologies to make them usable, useful, and to create a positive user experience in the context of the real world. What she and her colleagues have found (And this shouldn’t surprise any of us) […]

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Kanban example with WIP limits

5 Easy Ways to Improve your Product Development Process

Everyone gets pleasure from ticking tasks off of the todo-list, right? At least, I do. But it’s no longer fun when you feel like you’re drowning in work with too many things to do, or feel like you’re trying to juggle too many balls at once. That’s what kills motivation and creates unhappy employees. But […]

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Randy Silver at Producttank

Product Management Career Resilience

The top 3 (work-related) things that make me feel jealous: Friends talking about the cloud/remote/open-source tools that they use Co-located teams Launching new features in 2 – 3 months rather than 2 – 3 quarters… or years That’s because I’m a Product Manager at an enterprise, and things are different here.  Not bad – there […]

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Julia Shalet talks about DIY UX research for product people

DIY User Research for Product People

The specialism of Julia Shalet – a.k.a. The Product Doctor –  is in driving and enabling people-centred product leadership for those working in fast pace environments. She works with clients such as Pearson and Fitbug, enabling their staff to be ‘lean’ in their approach to customer and product development. In this energetic and insightful talk, […]

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