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?
You can read the recap of the talks on product management and the Internet of Things over on mindtheproduct.com.
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.
I can’t promise fireworks, but I can tell you all about how to sanity-check your product ideas before you make an expensive mistake.
Come and join me at General Assembly London on Monday, 4th November 2013 from 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm for a workshop on how to build a Minimum Viable Product (MVP).
Sign up here: https://generalassemb.ly/education/how-to-build-a-minimum-viable-product-mvp/london/3102.
Companies often want to go Agile because it promises a more collaborative, market-centric and frequent delivery of product to market. In practice, however, gaps start to emerge because the rest of the business hasn’t adapted its adjacent processes to cope with the move to Agile. Nick Coster, Co-founder of Brainmates (@brainmates), talks through the challenges and proposes some solutions to bridging the Agile Business Gap.
Graffiti was positively encouraged – photo courtesy of Product Management Festival
The first Product Management Festival took place in Zürich this week, bringing together product people from across Europe, as well as some from farther afield: the US, China, Russia and Australia. There were laughs, drama and conflict (mainly between panellists, I hasten to add), but thankfully no actual fist-fights.
I’m doing another 10-week Product Management course with General Assembly, which was announced earlier today. Take a look at the mailshot below!
This week, we’ve been looking at two different lifecycles: the product lifecycle and the development lifecycle – cycles within cycles!
At the macro scale we’re looking at the product lifecycle which spans its evolution from drawing board to market through to eventual withdrawal. On a smaller scale within that cycle, a product will go through many development lifecycle iterations.
September is shaping up to be a good month for product people in Europe, with not one, but two great events lined up: Product Management Festival 2013 and Mind The Product Conference 2013.
I’m currently teaching a lively bunch of budding product managers over at General Assembly. After each class, I’ve been setting them a blogging task to sum up their understanding of what they’ve learned. I thought it might be fun to level the playing field a little and open myself up for a little critical retribution. So here are my musings on the first topic we covered: needs, features and benefits. Continue reading
Three years ago today I published my first article on I Manage Products. While a fair amount’s changed since then, I’d like to think that some things remain the same.
My writing style, for one, hasn’t really improved in three years. I don’t think my sense of humour has matured either. Still, we can’t expect miracles, can we?
If you fancy a laugh at my expense, cast an eye over my first article, “By way of an introduction”.