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Remember HiPPOs are Humans too...

BY James Gadsby Peet on June 13, 2017

At every tech or product management talk I go to   there is invariably a slide about HiPPOs  – standing for the “Highest Paid Person’s Opinions”. It’s a term used to describe a senior member of the organisation who is not attached to the delivery team full time, and who is expressing a perspective that the […]

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Product Managers - You Are Not the CEO of Anything

BY Martin Eriksson on March 15, 2017

When Ben Horowitz wrote his groundbreaking memo good product manager, bad product manager nearly 20 years ago he described a product manager as the CEO of the product. While this has gotten a lot of people excited about the job I couldn’t disagree more – unless you’re the founder and the product manager at the […]

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Netflix Abstracts the Team out of Product Design

BY Richard Banfield on February 27, 2017

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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Inspiring Teams with Product Vision

BY Chris Massey on January 18, 2017

In this in-depth and inspiring talk, Keela Robinson, Founder and CEO PM Loop, unpacks what vision is, why it matters and how to find it. Crucially, she demonstrates how to communicate and reinforce vision to your team by sharing an incredible 30 practical strategies for meaningfully tying your vision to all that you do. Spoiler […]

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Transformers: Understanding Product Leadership

BY Timm Richter on February 9, 2016

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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Video: Rochelle King on Managing Conflict

BY Martin Eriksson on August 7, 2015

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

BY Martin Eriksson on April 27, 2015

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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Leadership and how a Product Manager has to ‘manage’

BY Masimba Sagwete on June 4, 2014

I recently left my first job as a product manager and reflecting on what happened led me to a lesson which I thought was worth sharing. I was frustrated with my job and rather than fighting on, I gave up to go somewhere else that promised less frustration. I’m not afraid to admit I gave […]

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Leadership and Product Management

BY Simon Cast on June 19, 2011

We often see Product Management in light of tools and techniques, such as roadmaps and lo-fi usability testing. However, Product Management encompasses more than that. Indeed focusing only on the tools means you are not taking advantage of what Product Management can bring to an organisation. More than the tools, Leadership is of crucial importance […]

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