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How to Create a Product Vision Statement

It goes without saying that your product vision should ultimately link back to your product’s overall value proposition. Sure, it doesn’t have to be explicitly obvious that your vision fits within a specific industry domain, but it makes no sense to come up with a vision so random that people feel confused by the mismatch between the vision statement and the company.

Strategy

How to Keep on top of Trends that Matter to Product Managers

Of all the different trends that product managers need to be aware of, technical trends are some of the most difficult, since the space is constantly evolving and no one is ever sure whether a new technology is actually going to become widely adopted, or whether it’s just another flash in the pan.

How to Create a Product Content Strategy

Content is perceived as something that can be slapped onto a design at the end of the product development process. But in the best companies, content is the design process, not an afterthought. A product that has invested in heavily integrating both design and content into the overall experience oozes quality. You can feel it.

Why product features matter

Feature factories is the term people use when they’re working at a company who’s idea of product strategy is putting a spreadsheet together with a shopping list of items that need to be delivered with a few dates slapped next to them. But as real as these frustrations are, it’s also worth asking: what if features actually do matter?

Radical product strategy

In 2011 when I founded Likelii, we had a clear vision: To make it easier and fun for wine enthusiasts to find wines they were likely to like. But despite having a clear vision, I had caught what I now call the Iteration Epidemic where we try to copy the success of companies that found their success through iteration, trying one strategy after another to find the nirvana of product-market fit.

Process

How to Create a Culture of Product Innovation

You may have sat in a room or on a call where the agenda is innovation and whilst everyone is sharing ideas, one or two ideas sound so outlandish that the person sharing it laughs to themselves about it. These are sometimes just bad ideas, but they’re also often the source of true innovation.

How to Send Internal Product Updates Stakeholders Will Read

If you’re ever tasked with writing internal product updates, here’s a few ideas on how you can spice them up so that your stakeholders feel energised and excited the next time you update them on all the wonderful work the product team is doing.

Skills

Modern ways to create Product Requirements Documents

It’s helpful to think of your requirements as contextual vs. functional. For the purpose of this post, we’re going to focus on mainly functional requirements, assuming that your product strategy and roadmap are agreed. But that doesn’t mean that your functional requirements documents won’t acknowledge – and link to – your wider strategy, too.

5 Visual Design Principles for Product Managers

This summary is for product managers and tech workers with no formal design skills who want to brush up on their design sense and learn some basic design principles, so that they can have more confident conversations when working with design teams.

Tools for making better product decisions

A good decision can lead to bad results, but so long as the steps you took to make that decision were sound, you can sleep safe at night knowing that you took the best action based on what you knew at the time.

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Tools for making better product decisions

A good decision can lead to bad results, but so long as the steps you took to make that decision were sound, you can sleep safe at night knowing that you took the best action based on what you knew at the time.

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Web3 For Product Managers: A Guide For The Crypto-Curious

Web3 For Product Managers: A Guide For The Crypto-Curious

If you're open to taking risks and love working in a fast-paced environment, Web3 PM'ing may be a good fitWeb3 has become one of the most talked-about concepts today. Just try to count how many times "crypto", "NFTs", or "DeFi" appear on your Twitter timeline.  To...

How to Write Impactful Release Notes as a Product Manager

How to Write Impactful Release Notes as a Product Manager

High impact releases deserve high impact release notesDo release notes matter any more? Back in the days when operating systems like MacOS or Windows used to get updated every few years I’d get extremely excited about what this next release might include. Fast forward...

How to Get the Most out of a Product Beta Phase

How to Get the Most out of a Product Beta Phase

Why running a well managed beta program can be a lot of fun as a product manager There are typically 3 reasons why product teams decide to introduce a beta phase into their product development cycle: To soft launch new products To test new ideas To migrate from...

5 Ways to Keep Teams Aligned as a Product Manager

5 Ways to Keep Teams Aligned as a Product Manager

Why building a shared understanding is critical for building successful productsOne way to guarantee that your product will fail is to create a culture where nobody knows what they’re supposed to be building and why. Engineers build whatever they want, designers have...

How to Keep on top of Trends that Matter to Product Managers

How to Keep on top of Trends that Matter to Product Managers

Of all the different trends that product managers need to be aware of, technical trends are some of the most difficult, since the space is constantly evolving and no one is ever sure whether a new technology is actually going to become widely adopted, or whether it’s just another flash in the pan.

How to Read API Documentation

How to Read API Documentation

Equip yourself with the ability to speak confidently about API integrationsAPIs and product management Product managers are not engineers. But there is an expectation that product managers are both technical enough to to have conversations with engineers and to...

5 No Code Automation Worklows for Product Managers

5 No Code Automation Worklows for Product Managers

How to leverage no code automation tools to make day to day life in product more efficientNo code automation tools are big business, with the sector growing into a multi billion dollar industry over the past few years. But despite the impressive growth in the sector,...

How to Create a Culture of Product Innovation

How to Create a Culture of Product Innovation

You may have sat in a room or on a call where the agenda is innovation and whilst everyone is sharing ideas, one or two ideas sound so outlandish that the person sharing it laughs to themselves about it. These are sometimes just bad ideas, but they’re also often the source of true innovation.

Modern ways to create Product Requirements Documents

Modern ways to create Product Requirements Documents

It’s helpful to think of your requirements as contextual vs. functional. For the purpose of this post, we’re going to focus on mainly functional requirements, assuming that your product strategy and roadmap are agreed. But that doesn’t mean that your functional requirements documents won’t acknowledge – and link to – your wider strategy, too.

How to Send Internal Product Updates Stakeholders Will Read

How to Send Internal Product Updates Stakeholders Will Read

If you’re ever tasked with writing internal product updates, here’s a few ideas on how you can spice them up so that your stakeholders feel energised and excited the next time you update them on all the wonderful work the product team is doing.

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