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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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Managing – not Just Maintaining – a Product Backlog

Or Three Ways Product Owners can Stay on top of Scrum 2016 was a big year for the Justinmind product development team. We shipped a new feature every month or so, tackled bug fixes and upgraded the usability of our software (an interactive prototyping tool). With hindsight it was exciting, but such intense activity presents […]

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Learning in Product – Ellen Chisa (ProductTank NYC)

Ellen Chisa has an educational background in engineering and is currently working on her MBA at Harvard Business School. She has worked for companies like Microsoft and Kickstarter, and is currently the VP of Product at Lola. They connect travelers to travel agents for hotels, restaurants, and any other travelling needs. In her ProductTank NYC […]

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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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Finding Flow in Your Product Management Career

A few years ago, I wrote a couple of blog posts about working as a consultant in product management. At that time in London – we’re talking 2011/2012 – it was, dare I say, a bold step to leave a full-time, good product position to go freelance. I’m happy to say that over the past few […]

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Value Poker in the Dragons’ Den

Technical and product teams can spend a lot of time estimating the effort involved in a proposed piece of work. But how many of us even bother to write a value on a piece of work? Over time I’ve become fed up with seeing product people managing story backlogs where, at most, they had an effort […]

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Scope creep or just change?

It starts with “Can you just …?” “What about …” or “Don’t kill me but …?” What comes next is a new idea, feature, or request that hasn’t come up before. This conversation happens all the time and it causes a lot of grumbling about “scope creep”. But if you consider learning and discovery to […]

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Change or die: what big business can learn from start-ups about internal innovation

What’s the single key advantage that start-ups consistently hold over big businesses? One which allows them to move faster, and change course quicker than large corporations? It isn’t talent or creativity, and it’s certainly not resources. Start-up nimbleness comes from employee empowerment – a culture where people at all levels of the organization feel free […]

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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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The Importance of Passionate Stories to Product Design

There’s tight focus on finding and addressing customer pain points in product development. I believe there needs to be similar focus on their passion points. By passion points, I mean moments of profound or unexpected emotion: the joy that ensues results not simply from having a problem solved, but from a visceral, passionate reaction to […]

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