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A Day in the Life of a Product Manager

BY Susanna Paevali on June 7, 2017

This is the introductory piece to a series of interviews with product managers. I am on a quest to find out what different product managers do, how their role compares to product management theory, what their daily struggles are, and how I can become a great product manager myself. Why am I doing this? I want to become […]

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The Evolution of a Product Manager - Josh McWilliam

BY Tremis Skeete on May 15, 2017

Josh McWilliam is a co-founder and Vice President of Product at College Factual. Their mission is to help every student realize their full potential through the best fit education their money can buy. While their focus is on students with the College Factual brand, they also have other brands like Ed.ai (for advisors), Educate.ai (for […]

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Why Product Managers Should Learn to Code

BY Adam Oskwarek on May 5, 2017

Building products is amazing. You take an idea – sometimes big, sometimes small – and with your team you make it real. Or at least you make a version of it come to life and then send it out into the world. Every day I find this creatively inspiring. To craft a product from scratch […]

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Top Tips for Negotiating With Stakeholders

BY Edward Scotcher on April 28, 2017

Product managers are meant to be many things – visionaries, decision makers, leaders and much more. But what about negotiators? Negotiation is rarely mentioned outside an interview for a product manager – yet, in reality, being a product manager is a role that demands good political judgement. It’s all about setting and managing expectations. Here […]

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Product Requirements: Using a Written or Visual Framework

BY Joseph Aamidor on April 27, 2017

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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Seven Things you can Learn From WeChat Product Development

BY Casper Sermsuksan on April 20, 2017

We tend to think of Chinese companies as imitators rather than innovators, but is this fair? App developers and designers may look at other apps for inspiration on new features, but most only look to well-known apps like Facebook Messenger and Snapchat. Take Messenger for example. We got excited about its Snapchat-like Messenger Day, Venmo-like Payments, […]

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The Six Essential Books that Every Product Manager Should Read

BY Rosemary King on April 11, 2017

I always tell the participants of my workshops that as a Product Manager you should be voraciously curious about what’s happening in the field.  Read books, keep tabs on blogs, follow people on Twitter, listen to podcasts, be a massive consumer of ideas and then see what resonates most with you. Here are some of […]

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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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Why you Need a Sense of Urgency in Product

BY Simon Cast on March 30, 2017

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

BY Stacey Marone on March 21, 2017

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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