Lucia Adams - How to Innovate in Organisations That Don't Like Failure

BY James Gadsby Peet on March 6, 2018

Summary: In order to drive lasting and sustainable change, you need to be curious about the people you’re working with and explore their perspectives. This helps you to collaborate with all parts of the organisation no matter what their attitude to change may be. Finally, you’ve got to be lean, delivering quick wins that you […]

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Tom-Tom Erik Isaksen - Disrupt Yourself or Die

BY Shubham Bhattacharya on February 12, 2018

Tom-Tom Erik Isaksen is the head of product, Norway, at Telia, a telecom service provider. He leads a department called Division X at Telia which creates next-generation concepts that are validated and adopted into the business lines. Speaking at Product Tank Oslo, he starts off saying: “Division X is building a whole new product in the engineering […]

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Achieve Absolute Transparency With Portfolio Kanban

BY Alexander Novkov on November 6, 2017

Having process transparency is a key element for the successful execution of any plan that involves people working together. Although product management is no exception, some leaders fail to recognize that. One of the most common mistakes for product managers to make concerning transparency is that they fail to connect the dots between the product roadmap […]

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The Typology of Design Sprints

BY Julie Stanescu on October 25, 2017

In this talk from ProductTank San Francisco, Kai Haley (Lead of Design Relations and the Google Sprint Master Academy) and Burgan Shealy (UX Design Lead at Google) share insights into what are the different types of design sprints, and various ways they can be crafted to meet a team’s goals and needs. At its core, a design […]

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Why a Design Sprint is Better Than Real Life (and how to Keep Those Vibes When the Week Finishes)

BY Jobina Hardy on October 6, 2017

Last month I participated in a Design Sprint, a structured and facilitated Lean development workshop designed and championed by Google Ventures. This is a regimented five-day process of unpicking a core business challenge and working up a speedy solution that then gets tested with real humans. On the face of it, the primary goal of […]

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The Roadmap Dilemma: When to Grow, When to Learn

BY Alexandre Gabadou and Julien Dreher on October 4, 2017

All products start with one thing in common: teams face a certain degree of uncertainty about the market they’re targeting. In Lean methodologies, you build an MVP to collect user feedback and confirm your hypotheses, or you learn from your mistakes and pivot. Reducing uncertainty, therefore, comes as a result of learning cycles, and will […]

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Being Lean: Don't Speculate to Accumulate, Validate to Succeed

BY Andy Wicks on August 30, 2017

First coined in the mid 20th century, the term “speculate to accumulate” refers to the need invest (at some degree of risk) in order to make meaningful gains. In other words; roll the dice, take a punt, have a gamble. This is a risky strategy for product managers, and if your gambling skills are anything like […]

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Debbie Wren - Scaling Autonomous Teams

BY James Gadsby Peet on August 8, 2017

At ProductTank London, Lean & Agile Enterprise Coach Debbie Wren shares insights into successfully scaling autonomous teams. Her key takeaway? Get good at the basics first. Walk before you can run, small changes can have a big impact and it all comes down to people Don’t Hire Talented People and Then Tell Them How to do Their […]

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Enter The Matrix - Lean Prioritisation

BY Andy Wicks on July 17, 2017

Prioritisation is a necessary evil of every product development lifecycle. Deciding what to build, where to focus limited resources and what customer segments to target are questions that face every organisation on a daily basis. With this being the case, why do companies prioritise so badly? Prioritisation is one of the most critical aspects of product […]

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How to Sell Your Boss on Roadmaps Without Timelines

BY Janna Bastow on May 22, 2017

I wonder what it is about feature roadmaps that is comforting to the C-suite. Is it the false sense of security that you’re setting yourself up to deliver a list of features based on untested assumptions and educated guesses? Is it the delusion that locking your organisation into a plan a year in advance equals […]

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