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The Perks of Being a Generalist

BY James Whitman on December 6, 2018

I’m lucky enough to be able to say that I love what I do – but why? What is it that gets me up to go to work every day? Like many in our field, I fell into a product job somewhat by accident, but I count myself as very lucky to have done so. […]

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Building Successful Communities of Practice by Emily Webber

BY James Gadsby Peet on November 30, 2018

Summary: Communities of practice can be powerful tools to enable both individuals and organisations to increase their effectiveness. By bringing together people who share a common interest or passion, new skills are learned and developed. People are often put in situations where they’re empowered, but they don’t know how to move forward. Sink or swim […]

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Building Product in an Age of Distrust by Ryan Freitas

BY James Gadsby Peet on November 23, 2018

Once upon a time, designers were convinced that they were doing the right thing. They didn’t question outcomes because they thought their motives were sound. Recently the conversation has shifted to become much more focused on user safety, trust and ethics. While this is progress, it has led people to feel they work in an […]

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Great Leaders Know When to Unlearn the Past

BY James Gadsby Peet on November 20, 2018

Good leaders know they need to continuously learn. But great leaders know when to unlearn the past to succeed in the future.Barry O’Reilly, Founder and CEO of ExecCap and Co-Author of Lean Enterprise This month’s Mind the Product Leadership meetup in London was treated to a talk by business advisor and entrepreneur Barry O’Reilly. Here’s […]

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Why Product Managers Should not Report to the CTO

BY Simon Cast on November 5, 2018

Product managers often end up reporting to the CTO, and some will argue that this is a good thing. While this might have been the case in the early days of product management, it’s not anymore. Why Shouldn’t a CTO be the Boss? Martin Eriksson’s seminal post on being a product manager shows that they […]

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Insights from the #mtpcon London Product Leadership Forum

BY James Gadsby Peet on October 30, 2018

The Product Leadership Forum is a chance for senior product professionals to discuss the challenges they face in a safe environment. The product manager role is evolving at pace and this means that there are a range of conversations that are hard to have in public. Here’s some insight into what was discussed at this […]

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How do you Make Product Management Work Effectively in a Distributed Team?

BY Tim Herbig on October 17, 2018

Ever since the shift towards agile practices, product teams have hung on to a set of core attributes, which range from cross-functional, to customer-centric, all the way up to iterative and independent. But there’s one aspect which should vanish from this list of must-haves: co-located. In this first of two posts, I look at how you […]

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5 Tips for Product Managers Who Want to Influence Quickly

BY Bridget McMullan on October 9, 2018

Today, attention is our new currency. With endless distractions, how does anyone get anything done? For product managers leading the execution of a product, working with an inattentive, context-switching development team is a struggle. This is why developing strong influencing skills is crucial for product managers. While many articles provide advice on ways to influence, they […]

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What Product Teams say and What They Really Mean — 10 Tips for Diagnosing Team Issues

BY Rob Boyett on October 4, 2018

Team issues can have a negative impact on a project and your people long term. There are a bunch of ways they might manifest themselves – and I’ve written them down as I’ve heard them over a decade of building digital products in cross-functional teams. I’m not touching on the upfront issues like bad sales […]

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Relationship Goals: How to Resolve the Tension Between Product Management and Sales

BY Liz Love on September 20, 2018

Product managers have a unique view on what’s happening across the business, provided the relationships are working well. They work at the intersection of the User Experience, Business, and Technical teams, and have the opportunity to tap into the collective knowledge of these teams, in addition to their own interactions with the market. Being in this […]

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