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The Importance of Empathy, By Jack Sheppard

BY Andres Phillips on August 11, 2020

In this MTP Engage Manchester talk, Jack Sheppard, then Product Designer at 11FS gives us a lesson on empathy and its importance in the world of product. He shares some guidance on how empathy can make better product managers. His key points include: What empathy is Where empathy comes from The effect of modern life […] Read more »

Experience is Overrated by Stewart Livingstone

BY Chris Massey on June 26, 2020

In his career journey from working in Learning and Development to being an Agile Delivery Manager at the Co-Op, Stewart Livingstone has seen the talent gap from multiple angles. In this MTP Engage Manchester talk, he and brings a refreshing perspective to this particular issue – one of the tech industry’s age-old problems. Organisations struggle to […] Read more »

A Team Is Not a Bonsai Tree by Salma Alam-Naylor

BY Chris Massey on June 19, 2020

Teams are imperfect and beautiful things, just like us. Salma Alam-Naylor, a Software Development Lead at Code Computerlove, illustrates this in her 2020 MTP Engage Manchester talk, where she draws on her experiences as a tech leader to present a very horticultural metaphor that explores leadership, cultivating empowered teams, and the human condition. To understand […] Read more »

How to Write OKRs That Don't Suck by Adrian Howard

BY Chris Massey on June 5, 2020

Consultant, coach and trainer Adrian Howard has, over the years, seen many organisations attempt to implement Objectives and Key Results (OKRs), generally in response to a sense that “everything is wrong” and with a hopeful attitude of “these seem simple and clear”. In this MTP Engage Manchester talk, he explains how to write OKRS that, […] Read more »

Designing and Using Your Product Leadership Scorecard by Ross Webb

BY Chris Massey on May 29, 2020

In this MTP Engage Manchester talk, Ross Webb reveals some simple techniques that can be applied to help us communicate and develop much more effectively. For product managers, there’s often a troubling disconnect within organisations. More specifically, the wider organisation (including senior stakeholders) often doesn’t understand what product management is, or what challenges we face […] 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 »

In My Humble Opinion by Thor Mitchell

BY Nathan Langley on May 8, 2020

In this MTP Engage Manchester talk, Thor Mitchell, a product management coach and former CPO of Crowdcube, explains the importance of humility for product managers. Key points To be a great product manager, recognise what you know what you have yet to learn Understand that, in reality, you’re not all that, and that’s ok Be […] Read more »

Stuck in the Middle: Mastering Stakeholder Management by Emily Tate

BY Jon Horvath on March 6, 2020

In this MTP Engage Manchester talk, Mind the Product’s Chief of Staff, Emily Tate describes how, as product people, we often find ourselves stuck in the middle of difficult negotiations, and while making everyone happy isn’t our goal, mastering stakeholder management is key to building successful products. Key Points: Stakeholders are your process users, they […] Read more »

Jobs to be Done by Joe Leech

BY Jon Horvath on February 28, 2020

In this MTP Engage Manchester talk, using a simple example, Joe Leech demonstrates how we can employ the “Jobs to be done” framework, deconstructing company outputs and examining the importance of user stories. Key Points: Evaluate the competitive space Don’t just think function – emotional and social job stories are significant You can’t rely on […] Read more »

The Beautiful Mess by John Cutler

BY Jon Horvath on February 21, 2020

John Cutler is a Product Evangelist at Amplitude who helps product teams to become happier and more effective. Here, in his 2020 MTP Engage Manchester talk, he explains how we must all embrace ‘the beautiful mess’ and learn to navigate change in order to be more successful. Watch the video to see his talk in full. […] Read more »