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6 Reasons your Product will 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.

DevOps Explained for Product Managers

Transition from tragile to agile with strong devops cultures So what exactly is Devops anyway? You’ve probably heard the phrase ‘devops’ used by your engineering team but you may not be sure exactly what it means. Sure, you know that is has...

How to Think Strategically

A classical definition of strategy applied to product thinking The problem with strategy Ask someone what their strategy is and you’ll often get vague responses relating to operational effectiveness, items from their to do list or a proclamation that their company is...

5 Useful Diagrams for Product Managers

Practical diagrams for when words alone don't quite cut it Why is diagramming useful? The ability to draw and produce clear diagrams are powerful skills for product managers. Here’s a few reasons why: Articulate your point of view / ideas -...

How to Differentiate Your Product

Fighting the forces of product inertia Overcoming the fear of thinking differently Suggesting different ideas or challenging conventional wisdom requires a certain level of tenacity. It also requires you to bulldoze through the fears that often beset the management...

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