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Getting Design Agencies and Engineering Teams to Work Together

BY Jessica Hall on August 2, 2017

Someone I know is about to kick off a big project with separate companies managing the design and development. I’m sorry to say I’ve seen this arrangement fail far more than I’ve seen it succeed because I’ve been the one called in to fix it. Design agencies and engineering teams are filled with talented and […]

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Hiring a Product Manager: A Little Clarity Goes a Long way

BY Taj Moore on July 4, 2017

I was invited to appear before an audience of tech recruiters for a panel called: “Everything you’ve ever wanted to know from a technologist, but were too shy to ask.” I realized I needed a good way to explain what it had taken me a while to see in the world of product management.   […]

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Why Product Managers Should Learn to Code

BY Adam Oskwarek on May 5, 2017

Building products is amazing. You take an idea – sometimes big, sometimes small – and with your team you make it real. Or at least you make a version of it come to life and then send it out into the world. Every day I find this creatively inspiring. To craft a product from scratch […]

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Product Requirements: Using a Written or Visual Framework

BY Joseph Aamidor on April 27, 2017

There’s a lot of variation in how companies document product requirements. Some are moving away from detailed, written product requirements documents (PRDs), while others are using shorter write-ups, user stories, or jobs-to-be-done formats. Some product teams are moving away from written PRDs to visual artifacts like mockups and prototypes. It’s a change in approach that’s driven by demands for more agility […]

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Building a Product Startup Within an Agency

BY Kieran Forde on April 19, 2017

Every product comes with a tumultuous ‘origin story’. Ours is still unfolding, but I’ve been reflecting on what building a product business within a service agency has brought to the tale. We decided, about 18 months ago, that our consultancy business model, though growing and successful, could benefit from diversification — specifically, from creating something with tangible intellectual property. Six […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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We Need More Human One-on-Ones

BY Patrik Ward on March 24, 2017

I still remember the day when I held my first one-on-one as a manager. I was nervous. I had read a dozen articles filled with advice from “let them lead the conversation” to “come prepared”. I had a list of questions in front of me, all carefully worded to spark great discussion. When I finally […]

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Product Management is Culture Management

BY Evgeny Lazarenko on March 7, 2017

Or “How to Manage Software Development in Teams who Think Nothing Like you“. Product management has two diversity problems. The first one is well-acknowledged: our industry must have more women, other ethnicities, and better representation from LGBTQIA. The second is more subtle: in those instances when we do achieve diversity, and especially cross-cultural diversity, we […]

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Developing as a Product Manager

BY James Gadsby Peet on February 20, 2017

There are no guides to Product Management As Ken Chin points out, the best way to learn about Product Management is to speak to people who have been doing it for longer than you. Unfortunately, because it is a relatively new discipline, there aren’t that many out there – and those that there are, are […]

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