Analytics & decision-making on Mind the Product

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If you’d have told me that August’s ProductTank London on analytics and decision-making would be one of the most risqué to-date, I’d have struggled to believe you. The talks had everything – sex, drugs and racy pictures of hot plumbing action. Read on for an 18-rated recap.

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Should the product manager and product owner be the same person?

I recently read the question on the difference between the product manager and product owner on Quora and ended up sharing my opinion – at length. So I’ve decided to publish it here for posterity. Needless to say, there are other answers and other opinions, all equally valid.

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44: A good picture can save 1,000 words

For those of us who are artistically challenged (read: crap at drawing), it can be daunting to contemplate the use of pictures over text to make a point. I’m a perfect case in point. For years I’ve been shamed by the gorgeous presentations by Macbook-toting designers. So I’ve resolved to change for the better.

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39-43: Four more things I’ve learned about product management

Last Tuesday I felt a bit like Gwyneth Paltrow. This wasn’t because I had a sudden hankering for colonic irrigation or conscious uncoupling. Rather, I felt a bit like her character in the film Sliding Doors, in which the difference between missing and catching a tube train creates two parallel, but very different paths through the rest of the story.

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Change management and product management on Mind the Product

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Some people say that a change is as good as a rest. They’ve probably never had to change an organisation’s product culture, though.  For July’s ProductTank London, Marc Abraham (@MAA1) brought us three experts in making change happen.

  • Derek Morrison (@allaboutproduct), Group Product Manager at Tesco
  • Sally Foote (@sallyfoote), Digital Product Consultant, Founder of FEB Digital
  • Craig Strong (@craigstrong), Director Global Product Development Lifecycle at Pearson

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10 top tips for reading your users’ minds – talk at #PMF14

Albert_Einstein_1947Which is better for making product decisions: guesswork or user feedback?

Albert Einstein once said that anyone can make something complex, but only a genius can make something simple.  Imagine if you could read your user’s minds and understand what they really think about your product.

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38: Product managers learn by doing

I’m writing about one hundred things I’ve learned about being a product manager.

Many years ago, my parents bought me my first PC. It was fairly pricy at the time, and represented the end of my reliance on stolen minutes on other people’s computers. And because I’m a muppet, the very first thing I did was to brick it by attempting an ill-advised upgrade.

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Product roadmapping, prioritisation and portfolio management on Mind the Product

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For June’s ProductTank London, experts spoke on the topic of product roadmapping, prioritisation and portfolio management:

  • Michelle You (@wreckingball37), Co-founder and Chief Product Officer of Songkick
  • Janna Bastow (@simplybastow), Co-founder of ProdPad, and of Mind The Product
  • Lee Wilkinson (@ProdDev_LeeW), Director of Product at Hearst Magazine

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