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Product Requirements: Using a Written or Visual Framework

There’s a lot of variation in how companies document product requirements. Some are moving away from detailed, written product requirements documents (PRDs), while others are using shorter write-ups, user stories, or jobs-to-be-done formats. Some product teams are moving away from written PRDs to visual artifacts like mockups and prototypes. It’s a change in approach that’s driven by demands for more agility […]

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What it Takes to Speak at Mind the Product

As the curator of the world’s two largest product conferences, I get approached all the time about getting on the #mtpcon stage. We only have so many speaking slots each year, and we review hundreds – if not thousands – of talks in the course of making our selection. In the interest of transparency, I […]

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When was the Last Time you Talked to Your Customers?

  I love asking people this question. It is quite a shocker that most people can’t really answer it. Everyone talks and writes about the importance of customer development, but companies still don’t spend enough time really talking to their customers. It’s a bit like data: you won’t find a single founder who doesn’t say: […]

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Why you Need a Sense of Urgency in Product

When I was doing my basic training in the military one of the things our instructors continually stressed was a sense of urgency. Nothing was to be rushed, but equally, nothing was to be done at a leisurely pace either. No need to take five minutes to shower when you are just as clean after […]

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9 tips from TED speakers on successful product management

Being a product manager is not easy. After all, a product or a complete product line is under your full responsibility – from launch through to sales, and every milestone in its lifecycle included. If you’re already a product manager and in search of new information, ideas, and insights on product management to help you […]

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Seven Simple Steps to Stress-Free Prioritisation

Job stories, backlog items, workshop ideas, roadmap features… it’s easy to feel overwhelmed by the scale of potential directions you can take a product in. And it’s natural to want order in this chaos. Prioritisation is a core part of Product Management, and it’s the topic I most commonly get asked about by other Product […]

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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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