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Sprint Zero - On Designing the Right Thing

BY Harry Max on March 3, 2014

Developing great products is hard. The most conservative estimates place new product failure rates at 50% or more.  Many of us can relate to working on an exhilarating project with talented colleagues, where the solution was architected brilliantly and even delivered on-time, only to see the product fall short of expectations in the marketplace. Mark […] Read more »

Video: Doing it properly, at scale

BY Martin Eriksson on October 24, 2013

Tom Loosemore, Deputy Director at the UK’s Government Digital Service, spoke at ProductTank recently about how to do product development properly, at scale, in government. It’s an eye-opening case study of how even the most entrenched and sluggish organisations can revitalise their digital presence with the thoughtful application of simple principles of user-centered design and […] Read more »

Validate or Die: Using Validation to Build the Right Product

BY Kunal Punjabi on September 16, 2013

As product managers and entrepreneurs, we know the importance of validating an idea before committing to getting it built. However, validation is easier said than done. In fact, it’s possibly one of the hardest things you will ever do in your product life cycle, otherwise products and startups wouldn’t have the abysmal 90%+ failure rate […] Read more »

The Power Of The Perfect Slice

BY Alastair Lee on March 15, 2013

Agile methodologies extol the virtues of releasing early and using feedback to guide your product decisions. For new products, this philosophy works well and can avoid wasting effort building features that users don’t value. However, agile techniques often hit problems when used on established products due to stakeholder fears about brand and experience damage. The […] Read more »

Video: Proper product management in large organisations - do it with Jazz

BY Martin Eriksson on February 5, 2013

Tom Loosemore is the Deputy Director at the UK’s Government Digital Services and was responsible for the recent launch of a single domain, user centred government website – gov.uk. In his talk at our product management conference Mind the Product 2012 he discussed the genesis of that project and how he and his team managed […] Read more »

Agile roadmapping

BY Liz Rice on August 29, 2012

“The best way to predict the future is to invent it.” – Alan Kay Every so often, I hear someone suggest that you can’t really build a roadmap when you’re working in Agile, because you’re only planning one iteration at a time. That, my friends, is nonsense. In this article I’ll describe a lightweight planning […] Read more »

Beware The Dogma Of Agile And Lean

BY Martin Eriksson on May 2, 2012

The public discourse around startups, product management and UX has become a touch dogmatic for my taste lately. If you’re not following the Lean Startup(TM) to the letter, holding daily scrums, doing continuous integration, embracing failure or (pick your own buzzword) you’re apparently doing something wrong. But I think this sort of dogmatic thinking is […] Read more »