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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 […] Read more »

Be in a Band, not an Orchestra: how to Grow an Agile Product Team

BY Matt Walton on April 3, 2017

Some years ago, I wrote a blog post noting that small teams are more creative and productive than big teams. I suggested that this might be because, like a band, they were self organising, communicated easily and informally and had autonomy over what they played. Band vs Orchestra I contrasted this to an orchestra, which […] Read more »

Why you Need a Sense of Urgency in Product

BY Simon Cast on March 30, 2017

When I was doing my basic training in the military one of the things our instructors continually stressed was a sense of urgency. Nothing was to be rushed, but equally, nothing was to be done at a leisurely pace either. No need to take five minutes to shower when you are just as clean after […] Read more »

9 tips from TED speakers on successful product management

BY Stacey Marone on March 21, 2017

Being a product manager is not easy. After all, a product or a complete product line is under your full responsibility – from launch through to sales, and every milestone in its lifecycle included. If you’re already a product manager and in search of new information, ideas, and insights on product management to help you […] Read more »

Managing - not Just Maintaining - a Product Backlog

BY Victor Conesa on March 16, 2017

Or Three Ways Product Owners can Stay on top of Scrum 2016 was a big year for the Justinmind product development team. We shipped a new feature every month or so, tackled bug fixes and upgraded the usability of our software (an interactive prototyping tool). With hindsight it was exciting, but such intense activity presents […] Read more »

Learning in Product - Ellen Chisa (ProductTank NYC)

BY Tremis Skeete on March 9, 2017

Ellen Chisa has an educational background in engineering and is currently working on her MBA at Harvard Business School. She has worked for companies like Microsoft and Kickstarter, and is currently the VP of Product at Lola. They connect travelers to travel agents for hotels, restaurants, and any other travelling needs. In her ProductTank NYC […] Read more »

Seven Simple Steps to Stress-Free Prioritisation

BY Rik Higham on March 3, 2017

Job stories, backlog items, workshop ideas, roadmap features… it’s easy to feel overwhelmed by the scale of potential directions you can take a product in. And it’s natural to want order in this chaos. Prioritisation is a core part of Product Management, and it’s the topic I most commonly get asked about by other Product […] Read more »

Finding Flow in Your Product Management Career

BY Kate Leto on January 17, 2017

A few years ago, I wrote a couple of blog posts about working as a consultant in product management. At that time in London – we’re talking 2011/2012 – it was, dare I say, a bold step to leave a full-time, good product position to go freelance. I’m happy to say that over the past few […] Read more »

Value Poker in the Dragons' Den

BY Allan Kelly on December 20, 2016

Technical and product teams can spend a lot of time estimating the effort involved in a proposed piece of work. But how many of us even bother to write a value on a piece of work? Over time I’ve become fed up with seeing product people managing story backlogs where, at most, they had an effort […] Read more »

Scope creep or just change?

BY Jessica Hall on December 15, 2016

It starts with “Can you just …?” “What about …” or “Don’t kill me but …?” What comes next is a new idea, feature, or request that hasn’t come up before. This conversation happens all the time and it causes a lot of grumbling about “scope creep”. But if you consider learning and discovery to […] Read more »