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How product managers can make meetings great again

It’s become a common trope that product management is less about the management of products and more directly about the management of stakeholder relations. To that end, meetings would seem like an ideal use of time, enabling product managers to communicate with key members of the team. But as most readers know, that’s rarely the […]

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Janna Bastow shares her product management toolkit at ProductTank Oslo

The Day-To-Day Product Management Toolkit

In this talk from ProductTank Oslo, Janna Bastow focused on practical advice: What tools should you use as a product manager, and how do you use them? As a product manager you have different areas that all need their own set of tools, such as design, customer success, analytics, product and overall efficiency. Good tools will […]

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The Tyranny of ‘Good Enough’

One of the most frustrating experiences in my career was caused by Microsoft Excel. Unlike the thousands of other people who can say that, I wasn’t even using Excel at the time. I was testing a prototype of a personal finance management app with a user who was already a habitual budgeter. They were delighted […]

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Product Management Whiplash

Avoiding product management whiplash

I recently spent time with some new product managers and nearly all of them commented on how they found it difficult juggling the different disciplines involved. They’re right, there is a lot to juggle, and the context switching can cause some serious whiplash and brain-drain. Each phase of product development requires a different perspective, almost […]

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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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Why product managers and entrepreneurs need to be more alike

Whether you’re part of a large, established company or a small, new start-up venture, you need to think like an entrepreneur if you manage products.  Here’s a round-up of some of the presentations and discussions I attended at London’s recent ProductCamp, with links to the slide decks and recommended reading where applicable. Summary of advice: […]

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