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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...

How Online Payments Work

Payment gateways, tokenisation, PCI compliance and webhooks explained Have you ever had the joy of working on a project which involved implementing a new payment provider? If you have, you’ll know that the process is not much fun if you don’t understand some of the...

The Product Council Guide

How to establish an effective Product Council What’s a Product Council? Popularised by Marty Cagan in his book, Inspired, the Product Council is a forum which includes key business stakeholders. The purpose of the Product Council is to set the strategic direction of...

GitHub Explained for Product Managers

Pull requests, merges, branching and all that jazz Look down at your keyboard. You’ll notice that the letters g, i and t are quite close together. You’ll also notice that the letters g,i and t spell the word ‘git’. In the UK, ‘git’ is a derogatory word, often used to...

Why is Slack popular?

A product management perspective Go to any conference and you’ll notice 1 thing: a small, but substantial number of hyperactive humans aren’t fully present at the conference. They’re physically in the room but they are far, far away. Where are they? They are on Slack....

Product Monetization Strategies

Bridging the gap between creative and commercial thinking Does generating revenue matter? A business is a repeatable process that makes money. Everything else is a hobby. —Paul Freet, Commercialisation Expert This is a neat way of summarising the definition of a...

DoP Daily Edit, January 19th 2018

Kahoot’s 70 million users, App store redesign, WhatsApp for business, Instagram, Spotify’s plan to take on radio

DoP Daily Edit, January 18th 2018

Trello with reporting, Instagram testing type feature, Lyft rides double, Google updates G suite with security tracking

DoP Daily Edit, January 17th 2018

Bitcoin in bubble territory, How Slack will use AI, Olark 2.0, Google tightens YouTube rules, Just Eat’s delivery driver problems, Revolut’s location based travel insurance, The non-techies guide to servers

DoP Daily Edit, January 16th 2018

Airbnb’s new payment feature, Social VR depends on humans, Blackberry’s new car security product, Goodlord appoints LoveFilm co-founder, The downsides of working from home

DoP Daily Edit, January 15th 2018

Thiel’s Gawker bid, Product strategy from Netflix VP, The Guardian’s re-branding, Hawaii’s user interface fiasco, Amazon grocery sales increase

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