Tag Archives | Product Management

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What’s the toughest part of your job?

The product management job has no shortage of challenges, tactical or strategic. There are the ones you sign up for: validating problems in the market, identifying a differentiated value proposition, defining the roadmap, shepherding feature development. For most of us, those things are synonymous with the job itself. Then there are the challenges we don’t […]

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Managing agile teams remotely, pitfalls and remedies

My first experience of managing a remote team was not a success: the team broke up quickly, and the company soon after. At first, I thought the issue was the personalities involved but as I’ve looked at more companies trying to set up offshore development offices, I’ve seen there are some common mistakes. I want […]

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Hands-on prototyping: a walk-through guide

As a product manager I’m sure you will have found that prototypes can be hugely useful for visualising requirements and revealing hidden risks. Lengthy, 50-page requirements are not reliable ways of conveying all the subtleties of a digital product. In my experience, readers quickly get bored and even worse, misinterpret what is written. But prototypes expand […]

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Three Ways of Generating Trust for Your Product

Sign up for our product! Tell us about yourself. Fill out your profile. Tell us where you’re going so we can bring you a driver. Let us see your bank transaction data so we can give you financial recommendations. Every time you ask your users for information, they’re going to ask why they should trust […]

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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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Five Reasons Not to Trust Your Analytics Data

Don’t get me wrong, I’m an advocate of data-driven decisions and I prefer my opinions and ideas to be grounded in a robust number backed case. I can have jubilatory moments when analysing figures and seeing the positive impact of what I do, as a product manager. This is also why I continue working out […]

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Product Rockstars have Head, Hands, and Heart

Every time you look behind a truly great product, you find people. The individuals who have created paradigm shifting, legacy leaving products are distinguished not merely by what they’ve done, but also by who they are. Take a famous example. Thomas Edison pioneered the lightbulb, one of the greatest products of all time. He wasn’t […]

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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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