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3 Things Product Managers can do to Serve Their Teams Better

BY James Gulland on June 29, 2020

Where can product managers add value, specifically to better serve their team, which in turn makes for a more aligned and functional product team? The product manager’s role is ambiguous at the best of times, although as Martin Eriksson alluded to in his write-up A Decade in Product – a Retrospective, the definition of the Read more »

Decision Supervision - Structured Thinking for Product People by Lucy Spence

BY Chris Massey on May 18, 2020

As product managers, we very rarely operate in isolation, and we’re more effective when we’re able to influence decisions being made around us. In this MTP Engage Manchester talk, Lucy Spence, Associate Director, Product Management at Compare the Market, shares various techniques she’s found to help her make decisions in a more structured way Match Read more »

How to Train Your Hippo By Ozlem Yuce

BY Andres Phillips on January 15, 2020

In this MTP Engage Manchester talk, Ozlem Yuce, Chief Product Officer at Agile at Heart gives us some insight on how we can better deal with the Highest Paid Person’s Opinion (HiPPO) in our organizations. She explains why the HiPPO can be so damaging and what to do about it as a product person. Her key Read more »

Can AI Create a Fairer World? By Kriti Sharma

BY James Gadsby Peet on November 22, 2019

In this thought-provoking keynote from #mtpcon London, Google Scholar and UN Advisor Kriti Sharma discusses the impact of artificial intelligence on decision making and what we, as product people, should be doing to ensure this decision making is ethical and fair. Key Points  Machine learning and decision making is often based on biased historical patterns Read more »

How to Make Product Decisions With Transparency and Trust

BY Ellen Gottesdiener on October 24, 2019

Product managers can make better decisions if they’ve built transparency and trust with their team. How these decisions are made is also important, and it requires a clear and collaborative process. Here’s a straightforward framework for collaborative decision making that is founded in transparency and trust. Product Decisions Product decisions are either tactical or strategic. Read more »

What do you Need to be an Outstanding Product Manager by Patrick Roelofs

BY Patrick Roelofs on August 2, 2019

Click CC for subtitles in English What do you need to be an outstanding product manager? This is one of the key questions for every product organisation and it is also one that this talk from MTP Engage Hamburg tries – at least to some extent – to answer. I share some of the issues Read more »

Lessons From the Space Race: 3 Steps to Better Product Decisions

BY Anna Buldakova on July 9, 2019

What makes a great product decision? The answer to this question is like the Holy Grail of product management: it promises success and prosperity but no clear evidence that it exists. In this post I examine the way I think about the path: what has worked for me and helped me grow as a product Read more »

Product Management is Simple, but Very, Very Hard

BY Simon Cast on May 20, 2019

I didn’t have time to write a short letter, so I wrote a long one instead. Mark Twain At its core Product Management is about making choices between countless possibilities to deliver value to the end user while meeting organisational goals and constraints. Simple huh? But not straightforward, nor easy to achieve. Indeed, this is Read more »

Indecision in Product: How to Avoid Becoming a Bottleneck

BY Alex Hughes on April 8, 2019

A few years ago, comedian Aziz Ansari released a Netflix special called “Live at Madison Square Garden”. During his set, he joked about the effort required to buy a new toothbrush. Not just any toothbrush would do, he had to have the best. He researched for hours, Googling “best toothbrush” and reading articles on the Read more »

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 Read more »