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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 […]

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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 […]

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How to Sell Your Boss on Roadmaps Without Timelines

BY Janna Bastow on May 22, 2017

I wonder what it is about feature roadmaps that is comforting to the C-suite. Is it the false sense of security that you’re setting yourself up to deliver a list of features based on untested assumptions and educated guesses? Is it the delusion that locking your organisation into a plan a year in advance equals […]

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The Six Essential Books that Every Product Manager Should Read

BY Rosemary King on April 11, 2017

I always tell the participants of my workshops that as a Product Manager you should be voraciously curious about what’s happening in the field.  Read books, keep tabs on blogs, follow people on Twitter, listen to podcasts, be a massive consumer of ideas and then see what resonates most with you. Here are some of […]

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User Research Tools and Methodologies - Morag McLaren (ProductTank London)

BY James Gadsby Peet on March 31, 2017

If you want a deep-dive into User Research, Morag is running a full day workshop on September 7th. Grab your seat soon! Morag McLaren Product Manager at Whatusersdo.com talks to ProductTank London about User Research Tools and Methodologies. The Context & Timing of Research Changes the Results you get You need to find out the […]

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Get Your Team Experimenting More by Using One Little Word...

BY Kate Leto on March 28, 2017

For me, as for many, the idea of applying a scientific approach (experiments, hypothesis, etc) to product management came from Eric Ries in Lean Startup.  In many ways, the concept was a game changer in how to approach validating product ideas and getting to product market fit. Over the last few years, the idea of using hypotheses […]

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What's the ROI of Innovation? - David Binetti

BY Chris Massey on March 10, 2017

David Binetti is a six-time entrepreneur, having served on the founding team of companies ranging from consumer (QFN, later Intuit’s Quicken.com), to industrial (Arch Rock, acquired by Cisco), to government (USA.gov, acquired by the Federal Government), to political (Votizen, acquired by Brigade) — with three stints as Founder/CEO. Currently, David helps organizations innovate faster with […]

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How to Communicate When You’re Founding a Startup

BY James Gadsby Peet on December 23, 2016

Forward Partners look to help early stage ventures get to Series A or seed funding by working with them on getting to viable and sustainable business models within 12 months. As such, for their team of startup experts, communication is absolutely key. So how do they make it work? Dharmesh Raittatha walks us through it. […]

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Oprah versus Spock: Advice from Dan Olsen and The Lean Product Playbook

BY Laure Parsons on December 1, 2016

“Product/Market Fit” is a concept that every start-up founder knows is important, but many have trouble achieving or even defining. In The Lean Product Playbook, author Dan Olsen details a six-step process to achieving product/market fit: Determine your target customer Identify underserved customer needs Define your value proposition Specify your MVP feature set Create your […]

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Scaling Lean Principles by Jeff Gothelf

BY Martin Eriksson on November 18, 2016

Coach, lean advocate, and author Jeff Gothelf talked about scaling Lean principles at this year’s London #mtpcon. Lean methodologies work well for a single team observes Gothelf: “A lean startup reduces risk by regular and continuous experimentation. When you take the concept of lean and combine it with agile you start to build a practice […]

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