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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 Leadership Book Review  - What we Learned

BY James Gadsby Peet on May 23, 2017

The long awaited book Product Leadership is finally about to hit our Kindles, iPads and possibly even our hands. Anticipation has been building given the high-profile nature of the authors, including Mind the Product’s very own Martin Eriksson. It’s a book that shows product leadership to be a mentality and style, rather than a set […]

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Building a Culture of Innovation: Dave Martin, Digital Director & Product Strategist

BY James Gadsby Peet on May 4, 2017

Product managers are well placed to share learning from failure and to drive a culture of innovation, and so Dave Martin, Digital Director & Product Strategist, talks to ProductTank London about how to build Culture of Innovation in Enterprise Organisations. Learning Fuels Innovation If you’re looking to use innovation to drive growth, then you have to […]

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Be in a Band, not an Orchestra: how to Grow an Agile Product Team

BY Matt Walton on April 3, 2017

Some years ago, I wrote a blog post noting that small teams are more creative and productive than big teams. I suggested that this might be because, like a band, they were self organising, communicated easily and informally and had autonomy over what they played. Band vs Orchestra I contrasted this to an orchestra, which […]

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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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Taking a Product from Conception to Delivery

BY Graham Kennedy on March 13, 2017

In this talk I gave at ProductTank Singapore towards the end of 2016, I parsed the steps required to take a product from conception to delivery, with a strong slant toward the business of products. Throughout my experience as a product leader, I’ve spent much of my time and effort optimizing how to align deliverables with […]

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Developing as a Product Manager

BY James Gadsby Peet on February 20, 2017

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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Building Lean Product Teams at Storyful

BY Chris Massey on June 13, 2016

Adam Thomas is Chief Product Officer at Storyful, who refer to themselves as “the human algorithm” – monitoring the social web, tracking content and looking for signals to discover news-worthy events, or content that brands, financial analysts, advertisers etc. can use. This data and content is all verified, validated and corroborate by real humans, and then pushed […]

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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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Product Managers: 5 ways you can make an engineer's job easier

BY Kirsty Lee on March 31, 2014

As a Product Manager, demands are placed on you from many different areas – from engineering and design, to marketing and business development. However, software engineers tend to be the ones who work closest with Product Managers on a day-to-day basis – and they usually have a pretty clear idea of the things which make […]

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