In my view, meeting-heavy processes totally detract the ability to have people in different time zones working together. Meetings also get in the way of deep work, which is needed in teams of builders such as Software Engineers, Designers, etc. Shopify recently banned meetings with 2 or more people for this exact reason.
How to Write Tasks for Usability Testing
The tasks in a usability test should be realistic activities that the user might perform in real life when they’re using your product. They can be very specific or very open-ended, depending on the research questions and the type of usability testing.
How to Structure your Day Using Energy Levels as a Product Manager
With product management often requiring a diverse bunch of different skill sets, it can be overwhelming to try to structure your day in a way that optimises each of the activities these skill sets are used for. What’s the best way to manage the tasks a PM might typically be required to do in a day? Let’s find out.
Product Development Processes You Might Not have Heard of
What are the alternatives to scrum and kanban you ask? Here’s 3 different product development processes that modern product teams are using that you may very well have never heard of.
How to Build Products Quickly
If you’ve ever had the joys of working in both an early stage startup and a large corporation, you’ll understand the difference between a company with an operating cadence of ‘run’ and a company with an operating cadence of ‘stay afloat before the quicksand of corporate bureaucratic sludge kills you’.
Accessibility Checklist for Product Teams
Why accessibility can no longer be treated as an afterthoughtAccessibility is the practice of improving the usability of your products for a broad audience. When product teams hear the word “accessibility” they may think first of people with physical conditions: low...
Why Product Teams Should Hire Tech Leads
Realising the power of the product management tech lead partnership The composition of any product team will typically include a blend of: Software engineers UX / product design Product management The team may also include a UX content writer, a user researcher or...
How Product Managers and Sales teams can work effectively together
Mastering the delicate relationship between the builders and sellersIn my experience, product managers can often be quite snobbish when it comes to sales. I think it’s the cliche of sales people being Wolf of Wallstreet chest thumpers. But sales people don’t (always)...
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
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
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...
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 Nurture 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.
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
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
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...
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.
5 Ways to use Post it Notes as a Product Manager
They’re a tech company cliche. And here’s 5 ways you and your product team can use post it notes effectively.
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.