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Video: Smart People, Dumb Objects, Networked Environments

BY Janna Bastow on May 9, 2014

The world, we are told, will become a vast ‘eco-system’ of conversant devices, buildings and virtual environments. But somewhere behind all these ‘machines’ are people, and it’s the people that, ultimately, make interactions ‘smart’. At ProductTank April, Usman Haque, founding partner of Umbrellium, founder of Haque Design + Research  and founder of Pachube, a real-time data Read more »

Product Management and the Internet of Things

BY Jock Busuttil on May 2, 2014

April’s ProductTank London considered the question of how to manage devices in an increasingly interconnected world. Marc Abraham (@MAA1) brought us three great speakers to share their experience of the Internet of Things (IoT), product management and connected devices: Usman Haque (@uah) from Umbrellium; Yodit Stanton (@yoditstanton) from Opensensors.IO; and Patrick Bergel (@goodmachine) from Animal Read more »

Video: Cardinal Sins of Product Management

BY Janna Bastow on April 15, 2014

Thou shall not say “Because that’s the way we’ve always done it.” This was among the lessons we learned from Dave Wascha, Chief Product Officer at Moo.com, at ProductTank March. As Dave said, “This is the most scary, terrifying, insidious thing we face as product managers, and the older you get the more baggage you Read more »

Video: Building up your Product Team's Immune System

BY Simon Cast on March 26, 2014

We’ve all been there: the “infections” that product teams are subjected to, slowly wearing away the team’s performance. To counter this you need to build an immune system for your product team so they can fight off the infections, be healthy, and work together to build great products. How? Mairead O’Connor (@maireadoconnor) provides pointers for Read more »

Product Management at SXSW

BY Janna Bastow on March 21, 2014

A couple weeks ago, the MTP team headed out to Austin for the SXSW festival.  This was our third year running, and held a great ProductTank Drinks @ SXSW event, taking over the patio bar of Little Woodrow’s on the popular 6th street downtown. Once again, the sun (just barely) came out for ProductTank, and Read more »

Video: Lean, Fast Feedback and Leopard Print

BY Janna Bastow on March 17, 2014

Challenging your assumptions can pay off. This is what UK retailer Marks & Spencer (M&S) discovered when they created a digital lab and started applying Lean Startup techniques to their products. At ProductTank February, Hemal Kuntawala (@hemalkuntawala) talked us through some of the specific insights and assumptions they wanted to challenge.  Each assumption is met with a Read more »

Video: Easy A/B Testing F**k-Ups

BY Janna Bastow on March 14, 2014

Your tests suck.  There, we said it.  Or at least Conversion Rate Optimisation (CRO) expert Craig Sullivan (@OptimiseOrDie) thinks so.  He’s made just about every mistake in the book with his own tests, and has seen others fall in the same traps over and over. At ProductTank February, Craig gave us a detailed and practical Read more »

Video: Mobile Product Design for the Real World

BY Janna Bastow on March 7, 2014

Building for the mobile era today is akin to the early television era.  We’re right at the beginning and we’re just starting to see the effects of the mobile revolution.  Think, the first real mobile app store is only 6 years old. Runar Reistrup (@runarreistrup), CEO at Depop, was building for mobile years prior, when there Read more »

Video: The Coolest Job in the World

BY Janna Bastow on January 31, 2014

Imagine being just like James Bond. When 007 walks into an exclusive bar, the barman recognises him and pours his vodka martini (shaken not stirred, of course). You don’t see Bond having to pull out his wallet to pay, he is automatically extended credit.  At ProductTank January, Yuval Samet (@yuvalsamet) of Klarna talks about how they Read more »

Video: Stripe uses Product as a Competitive Advantage

BY Janna Bastow on January 24, 2014

How can an API for payments, admittedly not the most alluring of products, still garner so much love from its users? Andy Young (@andyy) asked the same question at ProductTank January. Andy works on UK things at Stripe, a company in the payments space that just yesterday got funded with a valuation of $1.75B, talked Read more »