Negotiation Skills for Product Managers

Negotiation Skills for Product Managers

Negotiation is a fundamental part of a product manager’s life. So it’s probably worth spending a bit of time understanding the different types of negotiation and how you can excel as a negotiator in day to day product management.

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...

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.

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.

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...

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...

Tools for making better product decisions

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.

Writing BDD Test Scenarios

Writing BDD Test Scenarios

How BDD scenarios can make your testing more human The difference between BDD and TDD BDD stands for behaviour driven development. TDD stands for test driven development. Both BDD and TDD refer to the methods of software development employed by your engineering team....

How to Communicate with Engineers

How to Communicate with Engineers

Why communication with your engineering team is critical ‘We need to spend time refactoring the code for the next few weeks’, says the engineer. ‘Burn in hell’, says the product manager. Why communication with your engineering team is critical If you want to be a...

SQL Skills for Product Managers

SQL Skills for Product Managers

How to get the data you need whenever you need it The power of data It’s painful, it’s brutal and it’s a little sadistic. But it’s wonderful. Data to product managers is like ammunition to an assassin; nothing gives us more pleasure than gently annihilating a loud,...

The Product Manager’s Guide to Drawing on a Whiteboard

The Product Manager’s Guide to Drawing on a Whiteboard

How to become the superhuman who can draw confidently on a whiteboard Are you terrified of whiteboards? Just the possibility that someone might hand you the pen in a meeting and say ‘go on then, draw it’, sends a shudder down many spines. A bunch of self-loathing...

5 Essential Business Skills for Product Managers

5 Essential Business Skills for Product Managers

Products are businesses. A solid foundation of business skills is critical for product managers. As product managers we are expected to possess a combination of business skills, technical knowledge and UX / design expertise. It's a hefty list of qualities as we rarely...

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