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Broken Windows Theory

The Broken Windows Theory of Technical Debt

No matter how you prioritise your backlog, it’s always a challenge to deal with technical debt. Martin Fowler has a pretty good explanation of what technical debt is, and the obvious risks it brings: Doing things the quick and dirty way sets us up with a technical debt, which is similar to a financial debt. […]

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Cupcake Analogy MVP

Bringing MVP Culture to Every Product Feature

What “lean” means for us in product development I very firmly include myself in the group of people converted to the “lean” product philosophy, but what does this word really mean? Well for the broader context, lean derives from post-war Japanese culture, where limited resources were the standard. Working in these conditions – a situation […]

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Product Managers: Vision, Instinct & Obsession

I wanted to note down my experience of the product management role as after speaking to a few startup founders I’ve heard a lot of differing opinions, at least here in London. (In this post I’ll use the word customer over the word user as I prefer it. User sounds a bit hollow). The basics […]

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What is a Technical Product Manager, Anyway?

What does it really mean to be a “Technical” Product Manager?  And how is it different from just a Product Manager?  In this post, I share the difference between these titles plus key Do’s and Don’t’s to help you succeed as a Technical Product Manager. You might have noticed many variations on the Product Manager job title.  Some companies have Strategic Product Managers, […]

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Dave Wascha discussing Product Culture

Video: Cardinal Sins of Product Management

Thou shall not say “Because that’s the way we’ve always done it.” This was among the lessons we learned from Dave Wascha, Chief Product Officer at Moo.com, at ProductTank March. As Dave said, “This is the most scary, terrifying, insidious thing we face as product managers, and the older you get the more baggage you […]

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Video: Culture Club – 12 Lessons in Trying

It’s not easy to build a great product culture.  At ProductTank March, we heard the truth from Tim Warren, the Head of Software Experience for Connected Products at Tesco: Their product culture isn’t perfect (whose is!), but they’re working towards it and making great progress.  Tim talked about 12 lessons learned along the way. Some of […]

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Video: Building up your Product Team’s Immune System

We’ve all been there: the “infections” that product teams are subjected to, slowly wearing away the team’s performance. To counter this you need to build an immune system for your product team so they can fight off the infections, be healthy, and work together to build great products. How? Mairead O’Connor (@maireadoconnor) provides pointers for […]

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Video: The Coolest Job in the World

Imagine being just like James Bond. When 007 walks into an exclusive bar, the barman recognises him and pours his vodka martini (shaken not stirred, of course). You don’t see Bond having to pull out his wallet to pay, he is automatically extended credit.  At ProductTank January, Yuval Samet (@yuvalsamet) of Klarna talks about how they […]

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Video: The antithesis of a product process

Charles Adler is the Co-Founder and Creative Director of Kickstarter. He is an entrepreneur with over 14 years experience in interaction design. Formerly director of strategy and senior information architect at Agency.com, his work in user experience, design, and information architecture is driven by a commitment to all things clean and simple. Previously, he cofounded […]

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Janna Bastow - Startup culture at "Introducing a Product Culture"

Creating a Product Culture Starts with Communication

Having a product culture is about having the product, the very thing that you’re building, at the heart of the business, a core aspect that’s granted the attention it needs. This means that everyone in the company is an advocate for what you’re building and how you’re building it. The most successful product-centric companies include […]

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