14th May: The $100 million assumption – MVP down under

Get Excited and Make Things

On Wednesday 14th May, I’ll be joining a panel of local product managers and startup founders at Product Anonymous in Melbourne, Australia to talk about their MVP (minimum viable product) trials and tribulations.  If you’re in the area, it would be great if you could join us and take part in the discussion.

Time: 6-6:30 pm arrival & drinks.  Talk starts at 6:30 pm.

Grab your free ticket here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/product-anonymous-may-14-mvp-tickets-10598537511

See you there!

Product Management in Commerce on Mind the Product

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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:

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2nd March: Calling all entrepreneurs – Cofounders Bootcamp

Founders Nation BootcampI’ll be joining a great line-up of speakers at Founders Nation’s Bootcamp on Sunday 2nd March.  If you’re embarking on a new startup adventure, this is the event for you!

Tickets are available now at www.cofoundersbootcamp.com.

Special offer for readers of this blog – use promo code FNPartner14 to receive a 15% discount on tickets this week.

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Back(log) to the Future – story arcs, roadmaps and product themes

Last time I published an article explaining why I thought roadmaps were a little like DVD box sets.   DonorDrive product manager Kasey Marcum (@kaseymarcum) asked in the comments:

“Always enjoy your posts, Jock! I really love the high level idea of this. What does this actually look like in the wild?”

Imagine your roadmap and sprints being as engaging as a hit movie – just think how much easier they’d be to “sell” to your stakeholders and customers!  Let’s see how you can do this.

Back to the Future

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Product Management in Online Payments on Mind the Product

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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.

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35: Product management skills to pay the bills

I’m writing about one hundred things I’ve learned as a product manager.

So you want to become a product manager?  Good for you!  But how do you know you’re ready to move into a product management job?  Here are some suggestions to start you on the right track.

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Happy Christmas + where I’ve been hiding

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.