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Build Strong Product Teams by Hiring Graduates

Last October I took part in Digital Wave, a conference in Bournemouth that brings together over 1,000 young people between the ages of 14 and 19 to learn about the opportunities offered by a career in the technology sector. I attended the conference to represent product.careers, a project I launched last year to raise awareness […]

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Measuring KPIs for a Platform vs a Revenue-Generating Product

There are some important differences between managing a solutions vs a platform product, in terms of providing product value (I wrote about becoming a platform Product Manager recently for Mind the Product). One of the key differences is how you determine and track valuable key performance indicators (KPIs). What are KPIs and how do you […]

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The Stigma of a Perfect Product

Has anyone ever really created the perfect piece of software? I’d venture that the answer is a resounding “No!” Every product has its flaws, whether in user experience, feature set, bugs, or technical debt. And I think we all know and accept that. Most product leaders are realists. Perfect to a product manager usually means […]

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How to fix Runaway Project Timelines

We’ve all been there: two months into a two-week project and the end still isn’t anywhere in sight. Sometimes a good project goes bad, you learn your lesson, and move on. But sometimes the issue is deeper than that, and it’s not a one-off fluke, but an institutional issue that keeps repeating itself. It’s so […]

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A Product Manager’s Guide to Strong Team Communication

Product managers and their more recent Agile brethren, product owners, hold one of the most demanding positions in an organisation. As the crucial nexus in the product development framework, their plate is all too often full with business demands, technical requirements, and marketing concerns. Product management in this context can feel like chaos, the type […]

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Changing Lanes – Becoming a Platform Product Manager

I’m a product manager for a content management system that runs some of the most-visited websites in the world. Our team reports to the CTO, and we sit within the engineering arm of the organization. Prior to this I’d had a year’s product experience at a customer-facing SaaS company and naively I believed I could copy-paste […]

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Product Owner vs Product Manager

As a Product Owner and the CEO of Scrum.org I was invited to speak at ProductTank NYC earlier this year about the conflict between the roles Product Owner and Product Manager. And how organizations need to consolidate on one overall decision maker for the product, and that person should be engaged with the delivery teams […]

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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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Read our round-up from ProductCamp London 2015

Last Saturday more than 200 product professionals from around the world descended on Paddington for what promised to be a day of lively discussion, networking and many coffees at ProductCamp’s sixth London “unconference”. In true unconference spirit there were no official speakers and no formal agenda – but instead a truckload of discussion ideas pitched by […]

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