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Building products is often overwhelming. With an ever-growing to do list, engineers who need motivating, stakeholders who need managing and reports that need compiling. We’re here to help.

Designed to be used as points of reference throughout your day, the Department of Product’s digital guidebooks are bite-sized bundles of knowledge, tips and tidbits to help you make better product decisions.

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Managing UX debt

Why tension between product designers and managers is healthyI was recently asked by a colleague what I found to be the most challenging aspects of product management. Without much thought, I blurted out a response which surprised me a little. ‘Managing the...

Tools for making better product decisions

Practical tools and frameworks for when you're not sure what to do nextIn Annie Duke’s Thinking in Bets, the author refers to a practice called ‘resulting’. And it’s a surprisingly common mistake most of us use in decision making: ‘When I consult with executives… I...

How to run product strategy workshops

Practical ways to get the most out of workshops Creating (and sometimes attending) workshops can be both a fun and stressful experience. When a group of humans are put into a room full of post it notes with no structure for hours on end with no set agenda or purpose,...

Crafting Ecommerce Product Strategies

How the customer lifecycle can help structure your product strategy The business of ecommerce With Amazon gobbling up almost 50% of ecommerce sales in the US, traditional high street retail in steady decline and paid online customer acquisition...

Why Products Fail

Agile and the fail fast culture prioritise failing as a means of learning as quickly as possible and moving onto the next experiment. It rewards failure – and actively encourages it as a mechanism to learn what works and what doesn’t. Not everyone is a fan.

4 Meetings to Master as a Product Manager

Whilst there are a number of different meetings we have to deal with on a day to day basis, some meetings tend to be more stressful than others. Here’s our guide to optimizing your meetings.

3 Ways to Develop a Metrics Oriented Mindset

Get yourself into the habit of continuously asking yourself, the product team and the wider business how you will measure feature requests and upcoming product developments.

Making Sense of Usability Test Results

Perhaps the biggest challenge product teams face is not necessarily how to conduct the usability tests in the first place but rather how to make sense of the wild variety of results your tests have produced.

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2019 programs

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and Product Mastery, tailored specifically to meet the needs of product teams.

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