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Good Behavioral Product Manager, Bad Behavioral Product Manager

BY Kristen Berman on January 17, 2018

A good product manager generally has a keen instinct for human behavior. However, the best product managers have learned how to incorporate the science of human behavior in a more rigorous way than just relying on instinct. This post (with a nod from Ben Horowitz’s seminal post) introduces the idea of a behavioral product manager (BPM) – a product Read more »

The Product Agent: Managing Ideas on a Product Team

BY Tremis Skeete on December 11, 2017

My journey to product management was not what you might expect, but then again, maybe you would. I studied accounting and computers in high school. At 19 I got a job as a computer technician and by 21 I was a computer science major. I then got a job on campus as a network administrator. Read more »

From Startup to Enterprise Product Manager: Is Bigger Always Better?

BY Jobina Hardy on November 27, 2017

Observations of a B2C startup product manager working in enterprise. I once heard an anecdote about a very young child being told a story about a very old man. The child was asked to imagine what this octogenarian would look like. And the child said that as he was very, very old he must be very, very tall… To this Read more »

A Guide to Collaborating With and Motivating Your Engineering Team

BY Kunal Punjabi on November 20, 2017

Product management is a cool job, arguably one of the most sought-after roles in business today. But, if you’ve been at it long enough, you inevitably end up hearing some version of this phrase at one time or another: God only knows when my product is going to be shipped!Frustrated Business Person (or product manager) Read more »

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 Read more »

The Parable of Frank de Boer - Evolution, not Revolution in Building Product Teams

BY Sidharth Sreekumar on September 21, 2017

The Parable On June 26, 2017, English football team Crystal Palace enthusiastically announced the appointment of the great Dutch defender Frank de Boer as its new manager. Admittedly he was joining after a disappointing spell in Italy,  but his success with the Dutch champions, Ajax, with whom he won the Champions League four consecutive times, Read more »

Understanding how Design Thinking, Lean and Agile Work Together

BY Jonny Schneider on September 20, 2017

The ideas of Agile are great. It’s the way it has been codified into rituals and certifications, and rolled out mindlessly that misses the point. When people talk about Lean, the conversation often ends at process optimization, waste, and quality, and misses so much of what the Lean mindset offers. Design Thinking is held high as the Read more »

5 Product Leadership Lessons From the #mtpcon Leadership Forum 2017

BY Casper Sermsuksan on September 13, 2017

Last week I joined the Mind the Product Leadership Forum in London. Among the speakers and panelists were Matt Walton, Julia Whitney, Roman Pichler, Arne Kittler, and Brant Cooper. It took me two days to get to London from Yogyakarta, Indonesia for the night before the sessions, but it was worth it. While I originally wrote Read more »

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 Read more »

Escaping the Build Trap by Melissa Perri

BY Martin Eriksson on July 28, 2017

Like most of us, when Melissa Perri started as a product manager she started with giant requirements documents, dutifully recording every little detail from stakeholders and turning them into shiny docs for the developers. Then she discovered Agile and churned out features even faster. But eventually she realised that she had been building features for Read more »