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.

SaaS Pricing Models for Product Managers

SaaS Pricing Models for Product Managers

6 ways to price your SaaS product using leading SaaS businesses as inspirationPricing a product is a critical part of product management; it’s rarely something product teams will or should do themselves and will typically involve a blend of product, marketing and...

How to Create a Product Vision Statement

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.

5 Visual Design Principles for Product Managers

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.

How to Make Cross Functional Teams Work

How to Make Cross Functional Teams Work

Getting the most out of groups of multi-disciplined team members'Cross functional team' is really just a fancy way of saying groups of people with different skill sets working together to achieve common goals. And that’s what business has always been about. Despite...

How to Build Better Internal Tools

How to Build Better Internal Tools

Celebrating the unsung heroes of the product world The unsung heroes of the product world are the product managers and teams who work on internal tooling and non-customer facing parts of the product stack. Sure, internal tools aren’t necessarily the sexiest thing to...

Scope Management is Product Management

Scope Management is Product Management

Defining the boundaries of your first iteration using the scope box modelWhere does the scope of a new product feature start and end? For product teams, figuring out where to draw the line that determines what should constitute the first version of a new product or...

The 5 types of Product Differentiation

The 5 types of Product Differentiation

How to fight your natural instinct to copy othersThe allure of copying competitors The gravitational pull towards copying competitors is real. In crowded markets, the more competitors, the more certain we are that what our competitors are doing must be the right...

Presentation skills for Product Managers

Presentation skills for Product Managers

How to excel at the activity we dread the mostSince product managers have no direct managerial responsibilities over team members and no tangible outputs in the same way a designer or developer might be able to say ‘here’s what I built this week’, PMs must instead...

How to Create a Product Content Strategy

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.

Product survey 2020

Product survey 2020

The Department of Product’s 2020 product survey was sent out the survey to our product community of over 10,000 product and tech leaders to find out how the product community is adapting to the new ways of working and to get a sense of what it means to be a product person today.

Technology Skills for Product Managers

Technology Skills for Product Managers

The most useful technical concepts to understand when working with engineersHow technical should product managers be? As with most things in life, the answer to the question of ‘how technical should product managers be?’ is ‘it depends’. It depends on the type of...

Unconventional advice for transitioning to Head of Product

From Product Manager to Product LeaderThis is not going to be your typical ‘how-to’ article for moving up into a Product Leadership role. I’m not going to cover the things you normally hear, like advice telling you to be a better PM, to be a better leader, to think...

Why product features matter

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?

Component Oriented Thinking for Product Managers

Component Oriented Thinking for Product Managers

Components mean many things to different members of a modern product team. For a product manager, using components means building reusable pieces of value which cut down future development time and leads to shipping more value faster.

How to Agree Ways of Working as a Product Team

How to Agree Ways of Working as a Product Team

Things feel a little stale. You’re stuck in a bit of a rut. The team’s energy isn’t quite what it used to be. And you’re not able to quite pinpoint exactly what has led you to feel this way. This can – and probably will – happen to all product teams at some point. A ways of working session might be just what you need to get you back up and running, feeling energised and rebooted.

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