As the UK shops itself out of recession, it was more than fitting that February’s ProductTank London was all about product management in commerce: online, offline and mobile. This month we had three eye-opening talks:
Curating the product roadmap is one of the most typical responsibilities of a product manager. But have you ever thought about why you bother with them in the first place and how you could make them more effective?
New year – new ProductTank London. 2014 kicked off in style with Andy Young and Yuval Samet talking to us about product management in online payments. Take a look at the recap I wrote over on Mind the Product’s blog.
To all the readers of this humble product management blog: may I wish you all a happy Christmas and all the very best for 2014!
Thank you for reading, commenting and sharing the various articles I’ve written in 2013; I’m very grateful for your support.
You may have noticed that the rate of posts has dropped over the last few months. This is not entirely without cause. Since September, I’ve been writing a whole heap – just not on this blog! I’ve been writing my first book on product management and the vast majority of the material is new. The first drafts are nearly done and, while a date has not yet been set by the publisher, I’m hoping the book will come out in 2014.
I’ll be able to go into a little more detail as time goes on, but I’ll say this for now: the world doesn’t need another product management methodology or framework, and certainly not one written by me. So instead I’ve pulled together a collection of my stories, musings and advice from my own experience, which I guess could be charitably described as “cautionary tales” at best.
With your expectations duly set low, I look forward to sharing my book with you soon.
Once again, I’ve been attempting to single-handedly deny service to Twitter at ProductTank London. Last week we had Alexandra Deschamps-Sonsino, Claire Rowland and Alex Jones all talking to us about the Internet of Things and how it affects product management. Take a look at the recap I wrote over on Mind the Product’s blog.
If you’ve not heard of ProductTank, it’s a monthly meetup for product people to get together to hear a few talks and, more importantly, to have a drink and socialise with people who understand the difference between product and project management…. There are several ProductTanks going in different parts of the UK, Europe and the US, so there’s probably one near you. And if not, why not start one?
I’m writing about one hundred things I’ve learned as a product manager.
Recently Unilever challenged Procter & Gamble to prove their advertising claim that P&G’s Fairy brand of washing-up liquid lasted twice as long as Unilever’s Persil brand. The result that followed provides a great lesson for product managers when deciding which battles to pick.