I’ve recently been working for MOJ Digital at the Ministry of Justice as their interim head of product. They asked me to join as a professional coach and mentor to the team of product managers building digital services there. It soon became clear that there was plenty more I could do to help.
Here’s another question I was asked recently:
“I’m about to launch a website selling scotch whisky. Can you offer any advice?”
This article was originally published on MOJ Digital’s blog in January 2015.
Fancy a job as a product manager? Do you see yourself working in a hot start-up with a small, tight-knit team of specialists?
I’ll bet you never considered the Ministry of Justice as an option. You’re missing a trick – let me explain why.
After my general giddiness the other week, I can reassure everyone that I have regained a modicum of the reserve for which Brits are better known :-)
I was recently asked a question – here’s the answer I gave:
“I have just been offered an awesome job as a product manager for a startup and although I studied UX design, I think it could be for me. Just wondering whether you could give me some insight into your day-to-day duties and what the role might entail when working on a product for a startup?”
Wow. And furthermore, gosh.
I wasn’t expecting that.
Happy New Year, everyone!
As you may be aware, I’ve written a book about product management. It’s really a collection of stories from my own experience and others’ about how NOT to manage products. So if you just follow my Golden Rule (to ignore or do the opposite of everything I suggest), then you’ll be fine. Probably.
I’m writing about 100 things I’ve learned about product management.
I’ve never enjoyed job interviews. The inane questions annoy me most.
Have you ever found yourself asking why you spent AGES building a feature that nobody uses?