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.
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.
You can now reach I Manage Products at the slightly shorter location of imanageproducts.uk, saving you from having to type THREE WHOLE CHARACTERS versus the old address.
Use the 0.5 seconds or so I’ve saved you wisely.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
On the 4th birthday of ProductTank London in May, three speakers shared with us their experiences of building and working in B2B (business to business) companies.
- James Gill (@JamesJGill), Founder and CEO of GoSquared
- Rif Kiamil (@rifkiamil), Founder and CEO of FOODit
- Clancy Childs (@cchilds), Chief Product and Marketing Officer at Tizaro