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Dear CEO, Innovation Starts with a Good Product Manager

BY Bridget McMullan on August 23, 2018

I’ve worked for more than a decade in product management with Fortune 500 companies and startups, and I realize I’m seeing a scary pattern.  Product managers are only hired after the innovation or startup teams get concepts or funding approved.  This means that product managers are thrust into developing a product or service concept they Read more »

Let's Engage - Live Data Visualisation at MTP Engage Hamburg 2018

BY Arne Kittler on August 22, 2018

True to the “Engage” of our conference title we always look for formats that go beyond brilliant presentations and that give our attendees opportunities to interact with each other and grow their network within the product community. But we also wanted to try something new at this year’s MTP Engage conference in order to create Read more »

Product Design Politics by Michelle Chu

BY Tremis Skeete on August 21, 2018

Michelle Chu began her career in publishing as a sales assistant at Backpacker, before working in advertising, layouts, and packaging design. She then moved to digital products and eventually to her current role as Senior Product Manager and Head of Design at Alpha. Start-up Alpha is a user insights platform for use as a tool Read more »

Managing Manufactured Products: Growth and Decline

BY Dustin Levy on August 20, 2018

Post-launch, the product manager will be responsible for managing the product lifecycle through its growth, maturity and decline phases. In this final post in my series on managing manufactured products I examine the specific touch points that exist between the operations, engineering, and finance functions when managing the lifecycle of manufactured products. You can read Read more »

Customer Obsession by Gibson Biddle

BY Gibson Biddle on August 16, 2018

I have been the CPO/VP of Product for four startups as they scaled to thousands of employees. Because of these experiences — and the many challenges of growth — I’ve become obsessed with different tools and tactics that creative leaders can use to keep fast-growing companies pointed in the right direction. Having a clear, well-defined Read more »

Why I Traded Private Equity for Product

BY Sei Moon on August 15, 2018

Last year I marked my fifth year of working with private equity firm Better Capital and its portfolio companies. Today, however, I’m the Chief Product Officer of a small digital advertising startup, making difficult product decisions and helping the company to grow. This is the story of why I traded private equity for product. I Read more »

Is it Time for a Licence to Practise Product Management?

BY Marc Abraham on August 14, 2018

I recently came across a piece by Mike Monteiro, co-founder and design director of Mule Design, titled Design’s Lost Generation, in which he makes the case that designers should require a licence to do their job. Mike got me thinking; should product managers also require a licence do their job? After all, we’re a sizeable Read more »

Scaling at Full Speed by Tanja Lau

BY Tanja Lau on August 8, 2018

“The hallmark of successful scaling is knowing when to hit the brakes so you can scale faster later,” according to Bob Sutton, organizational behavior expert at Stanford’s School of Engineering. I couldn’t agree more. Finding the right moment to enter the growth phase is crucial. Startups are quite vulnerable to focusing too much on scaling Read more »

The #1 Answer in Product: It Depends

BY Martin Eriksson on August 2, 2018

The internet lends itself to binary positions: you’re either for something or against it, advocating it or decrying it. It’s not just Twitter’s 280 characters that limit us to this black and white thinking, most blog posts and conference talks seem to follow the same trend. And I’m not even talking about politics. Waterfall vs Read more »

A Flop or a Bull's-Eye by Julia Weiper

BY Julia Weiper on August 1, 2018

As product managers, our job is to make the right decisions. However, as human beings, our decision-making is constantly impaired by systematic cognitive biases, making it really hard to decide objectively and rationally. For example, we look up to our most successful peers and are therefore biased to follow industry leaders such as Spotify, Soundcloud, Read more »