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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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How to get Things Done: Raise Your Organizational Awareness

BY Kate Leto on September 18, 2018

Organizational Awareness: The Leader’s Sixth Sense In our product management community, we rightly place a great deal of attention on the people who are going to use our products. We are constantly answering that seemingly basic (yet challenging) question: What problem are we trying to solve for customers?  We test our ideas again and again. […]

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First, Do No Harm by Mariah Hay

BY Emily Tate on September 7, 2018

Product managers are problem finders and problem solvers. But what happens when we become problem creators? In her talk from #mtpcon San Francisco, Mariah Hay, VP of Product at Pluralsight, challenges us to think about our ethical responsibility as product managers. […]

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Social Tech for Local Change: the Story of Spacehive by James Chant

BY Magda Coutts on September 4, 2018

TL;DR: James Chant, formerly Head of Product at Spacehive, talks to ProductTank London about a social entrepreneurial marketplace, how this ecosystem can driven by the network effect and fed by non-product functions, and what influence “social tech for good” can have on a wider society. What is Spacehive? Spacehive is a UK-based crowdfunding platform where […]

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Dear CEO, Innovation Starts with a Good Product Manager

BY Bridget McMullan on August 23, 2018

I’ve worked for more than a decade in product management with Fortune 500 companies and startups, and I realize I’m seeing a scary pattern.  Product managers are only hired after the innovation or startup teams get concepts or funding approved.  This means that product managers are thrust into developing a product or service concept they […]

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Product Design Politics by Michelle Chu

BY Tremis Skeete on August 21, 2018

Michelle Chu began her career in publishing as a sales assistant at Backpacker, before working in advertising, layouts, and packaging design. She then moved to digital products and eventually to her current role as Senior Product Manager and Head of Design at Alpha. Start-up Alpha is a user insights platform for use as a tool […]

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Customer Obsession

BY Gibson Biddle on August 16, 2018

I have been the CPO/VP of Product for four startups as they scaled to thousands of employees. Because of these experiences – and the many challenges of growth – I’ve become obsessed with different tools and tactics that creative leaders can use to keep fast-growing companies pointed in the right direction. Having a clear, well-defined […]

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