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Product Management Is Not Project Management

BY Spenser Skates on January 8, 2018

As a product manager, it’s easy to get caught up doing the wrong job. With so much time and energy going into shipping great products, the project management demands of it all often create a center of gravity that’s hard for even the most veteran product managers to escape. But the most successful product managers know Read more »

Taking Stock and Planning for Impact

BY Rosemary King on December 19, 2017

For better or worse, the turning of a calendar year conveniently provides us with an opportunity for introspection. This time of year, we examine what we have accomplished, how we feel about it, what we want to do, what we dream of doing, and what our goals are for the coming year.  Sadly for us Read more »

Product Design: Let's get Emotional

BY Terry Cordeiro on December 12, 2017

Having spoken at conferences twice this year on the subject of design and emotion, I was spurred into writing this post by the number of people who gave me positive feedback. Why is Designing for Emotion so Important? When we recall past experiences, we are not wired to remember the whole experience with total accuracy. 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 »

#mtpcon Product Leadership Forum - What we Learned

BY James Gadsby Peet on November 16, 2017

The day before Mind the Product London 2017 we ran a forum for invited product leaders on a series of topics with some of the leading product managers from around the world. Here’s what we learned about product leadership. All conversations were under the Chatham House rule, so no one is quoted – but suffice Read more »

Offshore Development: Pluses and Minuses for Product Managers

BY John Powell on October 16, 2017

US-based technology companies are working at a fever pitch to recruit the best talent available. I live in Seattle where many Silicon Valley-based firms, including Google and Facebook, have opened offices to tap into the wealth of local talent that companies like Microsoft and Amazon enjoy here.  Another growing trend is to hire offshore talent 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 »

Evaluating Product Teams: Mind What You Measure

BY Satheesh Nanniyur on September 29, 2017

It is well accepted that outcomes  – such as product adoption, customer satisfaction, user experience, and product performance  – rather than outputs and tactical tasks should be used in evaluating product managers. However, in practice, these outcomes are at least influenced by – and often determined by – external factors. What are these external factors 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 »

Do tech skills benefit a product manager?

BY Nacho Bassino on August 16, 2017

Should product managers should have some tech skills. Should they know how to code, and how it would help them in their daily work? Read on to find out… Read more »