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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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Ken Chin talks about product leadership at ProductTank London

Developing as a Product Manager

There are no guides to Product Management As Ken Chin points out, the best way to learn about Product Management is to speak to people who have been doing it for longer than you. Unfortunately, because it is a relatively new discipline, there aren’t that many out there – and those that there are, are […]

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Shaun Russell explains Existentialism for Product Managers

Things Nobody Told Me About Being a Product Manager

Shaun Russell shares his journey into product management, sketching out the well-trodden path he took to getting started – reading, taking workshops, learning from peers, and so on. But being a product manager is really hard, and nothing can prepare you for it. There are things that nobody tells you, so Shaun explains what he’s […]

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Finding Flow in Your Product Management Career

A few years ago, I wrote a couple of blog posts about working as a consultant in product management. At that time in London – we’re talking 2011/2012 – it was, dare I say, a bold step to leave a full-time, good product position to go freelance. I’m happy to say that over the past few […]

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Jackie Dejesse talks about finding Product-Me fit at ProductTank NYC

Finding “Product-Me” Fit

Among other things, I am a product manager at Nucleus, a photographer, and a Oakland native transplanted into NYC. In my journey of building product, I’ve found that it is crucially important to think about the meaning and value you want to create in the world, and what it is about who you are that lets you […]

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Anne-Lise Waal discusses the essential anatomy of a product manager at ProductTank Oslo

Anatomy of a Product Manager

Anne-Lise Waal strips us product managers down to our skivvies! As the Managing Director of Attensi and former Director of Funcom, she knows a thing or two about the business savvy skills that product managers need to manage the commercial needs of your product. Be metrics driven—but make smart metrics Live and breathe your metrics […]

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Product Management Survey 2016

What makes a product manager? From our previous surveys we’ve learned a lot about everything from team sizes and organisation structure to compensation and academic backgrounds. It’s now time to gather fresh data and see how product management is evolving as a craft and a profession, and we need your help. We’ve refreshed our Annual […]

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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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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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Moving From Product Management Into Product Strategy

I’ve worked as a product manager since 2005. My first role was part of the core product team at BSkyB in strategic product development.  We were product owners of the concept through to delivery to market of all the new set-top boxes and in-home consumer devices such as routers and wireless bridges, as well as […]

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